Famous South Dakotans

Famous People Born in South Dakota

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

Sparky Anderson baseball manager, Bridgewater
Tom Brokaw TV newscaster, Webster
John James Exon senator, Geddes
Myron Floren accordionist, Roslyn
Joe Foss governor, 1st Commissioner of the American Football League, Sioux Falls
Joseph Hansen author, Aberdeen
Crazy Horse Oglala chief
Oscar Howe Sioux artist, Joe Creek
Hubert H. Humphrey senator and vice president, Wallace
David C. Jones U.S. Air Force general, Aberdeen
Roy Braxton Justus cartoonist, Avon
Cheryl Ladd actress, Huron
Ward L. Lambert basketball, Deadwood
Ernest Orlando Lawrence physicist, Canton
Russell Means American Indian activist, Pine Ridge
George McGovern politician, Avon
Dorothy Provine actress, Deadwood
Rain-in-the-Face Hunkpapa Sioux chief
Red Cloud Oglala Sioux chief
Sitting Bull Hunkpappa Sioux chief
Jess Thomas opera singer, Hot Springs
Norm Van Brocklin football player, Parade
Mamie Van Doren actress, Rowena