Famous Kansans

Famous People Born in Kansas

See our top list of the most famous people from Kansas. We’ve chosen people like athletes, actors, civil rights activists, scientists and people from other walks of life that have come from the “The Sunflower State”.

Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle actor, Smith Center
Clarence D. Batchelor political cartoonist, Osage City
Gwendolyn Brooks poet, Topeka
Walter P. Chrysler auto manufacturer, Wamego
Clark M. Clifford secretary of defense, Fort Scott
John Steuart Curry painter, Dunavant
Bob Dole politician, Russell
Amelia Earhart aviator, Atchison
Milton S. Eisenhower educator, Abilene
Carl A. Hatch politician, Kirwin
Dennis Hopper actor, Dodge City
William Inge playwright, Independence
Walter Johnson baseball pitcher, Humboldt
Buster Keaton comedian, Piqua
Emmett Kelly clown, Sedan
Stan Kenton jazz musician, Wichita
Harold Lloyd actor, Burchard
Edgar Lee Masters poet, Garnett
Hattie McDaniel actress, Wichita
William C. Menninger psychiatrist, Topeka
Gordon Parks film director, Fort Scott
Zasu Pitts actress, Parsons
Charles Buddy Rogers actor, Olathe
Damon Runyon journalist, Manhattan
Barry Sanders football player, Wichita
Eugene W. Smith photojournalist, Wichita
William E. Stafford poet, Hutchinson
John Cameron Swayze news commentator, Atchison
Vivan Vance actress, Cherryvale
William Allen White journalist, Emporia
Charles E. Whittaker jurist, Troy