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This List of people from Florida includes people who were born, raised or lived in the state of Floridamarker for a significant part of their lives.

Explorers, Pioneers, and Military



Film and Television

Name Notability Connection to Florida
Chester R. Bender (1914-1996) First Florida resident to graduate from the United States Coast Guard Academy Raised in Plant Citymarker
Roy Geiger (1885-1947) Marine Corps General during World War II Born in Middleburgmarker
Joseph Kittinger (1928-) Aviation and Space Flight Pioneer Born in Tampamarker
John Young (1930-) Navy Fighter Pilot and NASA Apollo Astronaut Raised in Orlandomarker
Name Notability Connection to Florida
Elizabeth Ashley (1939-) Film and Television Actress Born in Ocala
Amanda Bearse (1958-) Film and Television Actress Born in Winter Park
Wayne Brady (1972-) Television Personality and Comedian Born in Orlando
Delta Burke (1956-) Television Actress Born in Orlando
Tom Byrd (1960-) Television Actor (NBC's Boone) Born in Philippine Islandsmarker; reared in Florida
Diana Canova (1953-) Actress Born in West Palm Beachmarker
Conlan Carter (1934-) Actor (Combat! and The Law and Mr. Jones on ABC) Born in Arkansasmarker; formerly resided in Naplesmarker
Mark Consuelos (1970-) Television Actor Raised in Tampa
Merian C. Cooper (1893-1973) Film Director, Screenwriter, and Producer Born in Jacksonvillemarker
Brittany Daniel (1976-) Television and Film Actress Born in Gainesvillemarker
Greg Davis Jr. (1984-) Television Actor Born in Orlandomarker
Johnny Depp (1963-) Film Actor Raised in Miramarmarker
Faye Dunaway (1941-) Academy Award-Winning Actress Born in Bascommarker
Alex Fernandez (1967-) Film and Television Actor Born in Miamimarker
Stepin Fetchit (1902-1985) Film Actor and Comedian Born in Key Westmarker
Robert Gant (1968-) Television Actor Born in Tampa
Nicole Garza (1982-) Film and Television Actress Born in Miami
Malcolm Gets (1963-) Actor Raised in Gainesvillemarker
Mel Gorham (1959-) Actress Born in Coral Gablesmarker
Carla Gugino (1973-) Film and Television Actress Born in Sarasotamarker
Darrell Hammond (1955-) Television Comedian from Saturday Night Live Born in Melbournemarker
Gina Hecht (1953-) TV and film actress Born in Winter Parkmarker
Wanda Hendrix (1928-1981) Film Actress Born in Jacksonville
Catherine Hickland (1956-) Soap Opera Actress Born in Fort Lauderdalemarker
Cheryl Hines (1965-) Television Actress Born in Miami Beachmarker
Crystal Hunt (1985-) Soap Opera Actress Born in Clearwatermarker
Jonathan Jackson (1982-) Actor Born in Orlando
Sarah Jones (1983-) Film and Television Actress Born in Winter Springsmarker
Arielle Kebbel (1985-) Film and Televistion Actress Born in Winter Parkmarker
Catherine Keener (1960-) Actress Born in Miamimarker
Chris Marquette (1984-) Film and Television Actor Born in Stuartmarker
DeLane Matthews (1961-) Television Actress Born in Rockledgemarker
Butterfly McQueen (1911-1995) Film and Television Actress Born in Tampa
Leighton Meester (1986-) Film and Television Actress Grew up in Marco Islandmarker
Mandy Moore (1984-) Actress & Singer-Songwriter Grew up in Longwoodmarker
Jessica Morris (1980-) Soap Opera Actress Born in Jacksonville
Summer Phoenix (1978-) Actress and Model Born in Winter Parkmarker
Danny Pino (1974-) Film and Television Actor Born and raised in Miamimarker
Sidney Poitier (1927-) Academy Award-Winning Actor Born in Miami
Brett Ratner (1969-) Film and Music Video Director Born and raised in Miami Beachmarker
Ashley Rickards (1992-) TV actress Born in Sarasota
Bob Ross (1942-1995) Television Presenter and Artist Born in Daytona Beachmarker
Wesley Snipes (1962-) Actor and Film Producer Born in Orlando
Rachel Specter (1980-) Film and Television Actress Born in Tampa
Kirsten Storms (1984-) Television Actress Born in Orlando
Ben Vereen (1946-) Actor, Dancer and Singer Born in Miami
Bob Vila (1946-) Television Home Improvement Personality Born in Miami


Government and Politics

Name Notability Connection to Florida
Alan Stephenson Boyd (1922-) First United States Secretary of Transportation Born in Jacksonville
Corrine Brown (1946-) Congresswoman Born in Jacksonville
Lawton Chiles (1930-1998) Former Governor of Florida Born in Polk Countymarker
Jim Davis (1957-) Florida Congressman and former candidate for governor Born in Tampa
John Delaney (1956-) Former mayor of Jacksonville Resides in Jacksonville
Buddy Dyer Mayor of Orlando Born in Orlando
Mark Foley (1954-) Former Congressman Raised in Lake Worthmarker
Bob Graham (1936-) Former Senator and Governor of Florida Born in Miami
Katherine Harris (1957-) Congresswoman Born in Key West
Bob Martinez (1934-) Former Governor of Florida Born in Tampa
Bill McCollum (1944-) Former Congressman and current Attorney General of Florida Born in Brooksvillemarker
Bill Nelson (1942-) Senator Born in Miami
Alex Penelas (1961-) Former mayor of Miami Lived in Miami
Janet Reno (1938-) Former Attorney General of the United States Born in Miami


Literature

Name Notability Connection to Florida
Dave Barry (1947-) Pulitzer Prize-Winning Columnist and Best Selling Author Lives and does most of his writing in Miami
Pat Frank (1907-1964) Author most famous for Alas, Babylon Lived in Tangerinemarker
Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) Novelist, Short Story Writer, and Journalist Lived and wrote in Key West
Carl Hiaasen (1953-) Journalist and Novelist Born in Plantationmarker
Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) Author and Folklorist during the Harlem Renaissance Raised in Eatonvillemarker
James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) Author, Poet, and Civil Rights Activist Born in Jacksonville
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1896-1953) Novelist and Short Story Writer Lived and wrote in Cross Creekmarker, the setting for most of her work Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings House and Farm Yard, Women's History Month 2006-A National Register of Historic Places Feature
Lillian Smith (1897-1966) Author and Social Critic Born in Jaspermarker


Music

Name Notability Connection to Florida
George Acosta DJ Born in Miami
Mason "Mase" Betha (1977-) Rap artist Born in Jacksonville
Gary U.S. Bonds (1939-) Singer and songwriter Born in Jacksonville
Pat Boone (1934-) 1950s Rock and Roll singer Born in Jacksonville
Jo Ann Campbell (1938-) Pop singer Born in Jacksonville
Luther Campbell (1960-) Rap performer Born in Miami
Nick Carter Backstreet Boys singer Resides in Tampa
Aaron Carter Singer Born in Tampa
Lil' Wayne Rapper Resides in Miamimarker
Khia Chambers (1970-) Rap artist Raised in Tampa
Carter Cornelius (1948-1991) R&B artist; lead singer of Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose Born in Daniamarker
Billy Daniels (1915-1988) Big band singer and actor Born in Jacksonville
Tramar "Flo Rida" Dillard (1979-) Rap artist Born in Opa-Locka
Fred Durst (1970-) Lead singer of Limp Bizkit Born in Jacksonville
Greg Eklund (1970-) Drummer for Everclear Born in Jacksonville
Gloria Estefan (1957-) Grammy Award-winning singer Raised in Miami
Brooke Hogan (1988-) Singer and Rapper Born/Raised in Tampa
J. Rosamond Johnson (1873-1954) Composer and singer during the Harlem Renaissance Born in Jacksonville
Frances Langford (1913-2005) Singer and radio star Born in Lakelandmarker
James MacDonough (1970-) Bass guitarist Born in Jacksonville
Raul Malo (1965-) Country music singer and songwriter Born in Miami
AJ McLean (1978-) Singer Born in West Palm Beach
Mandy Moore (1984-) Singer and Actress Raised and lives in Orlando
Jim Morrison (1943-1971) Singer, songwriter, and poet Born in Melbourne
Faheem "T-Pain" Najim (1985-) Rap artist Born in Tallahasseemarker
Jacki-O (198?-) Rap artist Born in Miami
Armando "Pitbull" PĂ©rez (1981-) Rap artist Born in Miami
Tom Petty (1950-) Musician Born in Gainesvillemarker
Rick Ross (1977-) Rap artist Born in Carol Citymarker
Markus Schulz DJ Resides in Miami
Verick "Smitty" Smith (1982-) Rap artist Born in Miami
Scott Stapp (1973-) Singer and songwriter Born in Orlando
Katrina "Trina" Taylor (1978-) Rap artist Born in Miami
Johnny Tillotson (1939-) Singer and songwriter Born in Jacksonville
Claude "Butch" Trucks (1947-) Drummer of the Allman Brothers Band Born in Jacksonville
Robert 'Vanilla Ice' Van Winkle White Rapper Moved to Miami at 16, currently resides
Donnie Van Zant (1952-) Lead singer of .38 Special Born in Jacksonville
Ronnie Van Zant (1948-1977) Lead singer for Lynyrd Skynyrd Born in Jacksonville
Scooter Ward (1970-) Lead singer of Cold Born in Jacksonville
Danielle White (1992-) Singer Raised in Bradentonmarker
Maurice "Trick Daddy" Young (1975-) Rap artist Born in Miami


Science and Technology

Name Notability Connection to Florida
Philip Don Estridge (1937-1985) Led the development of the IBM Personal Computer Born in Jacksonville; lived and worked in Boca Ratonmarker
John Archibald Wheeler (1911-2008) Theoretical Physicist Born in Jacksonville


Sports

Name Notability Connection to Florida
Chucky Atkins (1974-) Professional basketball player Born in Orlando
Gilbert Arenas (1982-) Professional basketball player Born in Tampa
Wade Boggs (1958-) Professional baseball player Lives in Tampa
Dwayne Bowe (1984-) Professional football wide receiver Born in Miami
Steve Carlton (1944-) Major League Baseball pitcher Born in Miami
Vince Carter (1977-) Professional basketball player Born in Daytona Beach
John Chaney (1932-) College basketball coach Born in Jacksonville
Laveranues Coles (1977-) Professional American football player Born in Jacksonville
Daunte Culpepper (1977-) Professional American football quarterback Born in Ocalamarker
Johnny Damon (1974-) Major League Baseball All-Star OutfielderGrew up in Orlando, Floridamarker
Keyon Dooling (1980-) Professional basketball player Born in Fort Lauderdale
Elvis Dumervil (1984-) Professional football linebacker Born in Miami
David Duval (1971-) Professional golfer Born in Jacksonville
Dave Eiland (1966-) Professional pitching coach Born in Dade Citymarker
Dwight Gooden (1964-) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Tampa
Zack Greinke (1983-) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Orlando
Al Harris (1974-) Professional football cornerback Born in Pompano Beachmarker
Udonis Haslem (1980-) Professional basketball player Born in Miami
Bob Hayes (1942-2002) Track and Field athlete and professional American football player Born in Jacksonville
Geno Hayes (1987-) Professional football linebacker Born and raised in Greenvillemarker
Mario Henderson (1984-) Professional football offensive tackle Born in Lehigh Acresmarker
Devin Hester (1982-) Professional football wide receiver and punt returner Born and raised in Riviera Beachmarker
Hulk Hogan (1953-) Professional wrestler and television star Grew up in Tampa
Michael Irvin (1966-) Professional American football player Born in Fort Lauderdale
Jamaal Jackson (1980-) Professional football center Born in Miami
Mike Jenkins (1985-) Professional American football player Grew up in Bradenton
Andre Johnson (1981-) Professional football wide receiver Born in Miami
Bruce Johnson (1987-) Professional football cornerback Born in Live Oakmarker
Chris Johnson (1985-) Professional football running back Born in Orlando
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (1972-) Professional wrestler and actor Lives in Miami
Chipper Jones (1972-) Professional baseball player Born in Delandmarker
Hunter Jones (1984-) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Palm Beach Gardensmarker
Roy Jones Jr. (1969-) Former boxing champion Born in Pensacolamarker
Kelly Kelly (1987-) WWE Diva Born in Jacksonville
Howard Kendrick (1983-) Professional baseball second baseman Born in Jacksonville
Tony La Russa (1944-) Professional baseball manager Born and raised in Tampa
Ray Lewis (1975-) Professional American football player Born in Bartowmarker
Olindo Mare (1973-) Professional football placekicker Born in Hollywoodmarker
Tino Martinez (1967-) Professional baseball player Born in Tampa
Jeff Mathis (1983-) Professional baseball catcher Born in Mariannamarker
Mark McCumber (1951-) Professional golfer Born in Jacksonville
Willis McGahee (1981-) Professional American football player Born in Miami
Tracy McGrady (1979-) Professional basketball player Born in Bartow
Santana Moss (1979-) Professional American football player Born in Miami
Louis Murphy (1987-) Professional football wide receiver Born in St. Petersburgmarker
Brett Myers (1980-) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Jacksonville
Mike Napoli (1981-) Professional baseball catcher Born in Hollywood
Stephen Nicholas (1983-) Professional football linebacker Born in Jacksonville
Chad Ochocinco (1978-) Professional American football player Born in Miami
Jonathan Papelbon (1980-) Professional baseball pitcher Grew up in Jacksonville
Dimitri Patterson (1983-) Professional football cornerback Born in Orlando
Ryan Pickett (1979-) Professional football nose tackle Born and raised in Zephyrhillsmarker
AJ Pierzynski (1976-)Major League Baseball CatcherRaised in Orlando, Floridamarker
Tim Raines (1959-) Professional baseball player Born in Sanfordmarker
Jay Ratliff (1981-) Professional football nose tackle Born in St. Petersburgmarker
Alex Rodriguez (1975-) Professional baseball player Partly raised in Miami
Warren Sapp (1972-) Professional American football player Born in Orlandomarker
Lito Sheppard (1981-) Professional American football player Born in Jacksonville
Brandon Siler (1985-) Professional football linebacker Born in Daytona Beach
Emmitt Smith (1969-) Professional American football player Born in Pensacola
Kevin Smith (1986-) Professional football running back Born in Miami
Mike Smith (1959-) Professional football head coach Raised in Daytona Beachmarker
Chris Snelling (1981-) Professional Baseball player Born in North Miamimarker
Denard Span (1984-) Professional baseball player Born in Tampa
Matthew Stafford (1988-) Professional football quarterback Born in Tampa
Steve Spurrier (1945-) American football player and coach Born in Miami Beach
Antonio Tarver (1968-) Professional boxer Born in Tampa
Din Thomas (1976-) UFC Fighter Lives and trains in Port St. Lucie
Jason Varitek (1972-) Professional baseball player Grew up in Longwoodmarker
Leonard Weaver (1982-) Professional football fullback Born in Melbournemarker
Eric Weems (1985-) Professional football wide receiver Born in Daytona Beach
LeeRoy Yarbrough (1938-1984) NASCAR driver Born in Jacksonville
Michelle McCool (1980-) WWE Diva Born and lives in Palatka


Other

Name Notability Connection to Florida
Carrot Top (1965-) Prop Comedian Born in Cocoa Beachmarker
Fabiano Caruana (1992-) Youngest chess grandmaster in United States history Born in Miami
Janice Dickinson (1955-) Early Supermodel Raised in Hollywoodmarker
Tiffany Fallon (1974-) Playmate of the Year 2005 Born in Fort Lauderdale
Abraham Lincoln Lewis (1865-1947) Businessman and Florida's first African-American millionaire Born in Madisonmarker
Charles E. Merrill (1885-1956) Founder of Merrill Lynch Born in Green Cove Springsmarker
Kara Monaco (1983-) Playmate of the Year 2006 Born in Lakelandmarker
Carolyn Murphy (1973-) Supermodel Born in Fort Walton Beachmarker
A. Philip Randolph (1889-1979) Civil Rights activist Born in Crescent Citymarker
Krissy Taylor(1978-1995) Model Born in Miami
Niki Taylor (1975-) Model Born in Miami
Norman Thagard (1943-) NASA Astronaut Lives and works in Tallahassee
Jimmy Wales (1966-) Founding member of the Wikimedia Foundationmarker Resides in St. Petersburgmarker


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