Famous Louisianians

Famous People Born in Louisiana

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

Louis Armstrong musician, New Orleans
Geoffrey Beene fashion designer, Haynesville
Truman Capote writer, New Orleans
Kitty Carlisle singer, actress, New Orleans
Van Cliburn concert pianist, Shreveport
Michael De Bakey heart surgeon, Lake Charles
Fats Domino musician, New Orleans
Louis Moreau Gottschalk pianist, composer, New Orleans
Bryant Gumbel TV newscaster, New Orleans
Lillian Hellman playwright, New Orleans
Al Hirt trumpeter, New Orleans
Mahalia Jackson gospel singer, New Orleans
Dorothy Lamour actress, New Orleans
Jerry Lee Lewis singer, Ferriday
Huey P. Long politician, Winnfield
Wynton Marsalis musician, New Orleans
Jelly Roll Morton jazz musician, composer, New Orleans
Huey Newton black activist, New Orleans
Paul Prudhomme chef, Opelousas
Cokie Roberts journalist, New Orleans
Kordell Stewart football player, Marrero
Ray Walston actor, New Orleans
Edward Douglas White jurist, Lafourche Parish