Famous Kentuckians

Famous People Born in Kentucky

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

Muhammad Ali boxer, Louisville
Alben W. Barkley vice president, Graves Cty
Louis D. Brandeis jurist, Louisville
John Mason Brown critic, Louisville
Kit Carson scout, Madison Cty
Champ Clark politician, Anderson Cty
Rosemary Clooney singer, Maysville
Irvin S. Cobb humorist, Paducah
Jefferson Davis president of the Confederacy, Fairview
Irene Dunne actress, Louisville
Crystal Gayle singer, Paintsville
David W. Griffith film producer, Oldham Cty
Casey Jones locomotive engineer, Cayce
Abraham Lincoln U.S. president, Hodgenville
Brian Littrell singer, Lexington
Loretta Lynn singer, Butchers Hollow
Bill Monroe songwriter, Rosine
Carry Amelia Nation temperance leader, Garrard Cty
Patricia Neal actress, Packard
Kevin Richardson singer, Lexington
Wiley B. Rutledge jurist, Cloverport
Diane Sawyer broadcast journalist, Glasgow
Allen Tate poet and critic, Winchester
Hunter Thompson writer, Louisville
Frederick M. Vinson jurist, Lousia
Robert Penn Warren author, Guthrie