Famous People in Oklahoma

Oklahoma is a state that is both fascinating and full of colorful people.  Many of the great and powerful people of the United States has called Oklahoma home.  From Astronauts to Actors, Athletes and Ambassadors, and yes, plenty of cowboys and Indians, Oklahoma is teeming with a rich and varied history of producing Famous Americans.

While this list of Famous Oklahomans is by no means complete, it serves as a who's who of Oklahoma.  You'll find well known famous Oklahomans such as Chuck Norris and Brad Pitt, to those famous Oklahomans that aren't as well known, but still deserve a place on this list.

As you browse through this list, think about how far Oklahoma has came since 1907.  Oklahoma has only been a state for little over 100 years, and yet, some of the most famous people in the world has come from here.

100 Oklahoma Outlaws, Gangsters & Lawmen
100 Oklahoma Outlaws, Gangsters & Lawmen

This book includes difficult-to-find information about significant Oklahoma outlaws who lived and worked during the 100-year period "from horseback to Cadillac." While criminal history within Oklahoma is the focus, famous crimes committed elsewhere by Oklahomans, such as the Barker Gang, Wilbur Underhill, and Machine Gun Kelly, as well as Oklahoma connections to legendary outlaws like Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid, John Dillinger, and Baby Face Nelson are also mentioned.

 
Astronauts, Athletes, & Ambassadors: Oklahoma Women from 1950-2007
Astronauts, Athletes, & Ambassadors: Oklahoma Women from 1950-2007

Pioneers in their own way, these women continue to open new frontiers and bring glory to OKlahoma. Some of these prominent women are: Jerrie Cobb, Shannon Lucid, Shannon Miller, Bertha Teague, Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick, Mayor Mazola McKerson, Hune Brooks, Clara Luper, Chief Wilma Mankiller, and Five Miss Americas, Kay Starr, Reba McEntire, Wanda Jackson, Carrie Underwood...

 
Oklahoma: The Land and Its People
Oklahoma: The Land and Its People

This A-to-Z treatment of Oklahoma history, geography, and lore features magnificent full-color contemporary photography throughout-along with intriguing historical black-and-whites. Region by region, the authors chronicle the varied landforms, along with the people from ancient times to today.

 
Pretty Boy Floyd - Depression Era Gangster, a modern Robin Hood
Pretty Boy Floyd - Depression Era Gangster, a modern Robin Hood

Famous Outlaws in Oklahoma

Bill Dalton of the Dalton Gang and later the Doolin Gang: Ardmore, Oklahoma: bank robber, train robber.

Pretty Boy Floyd: Sallisaw, Oklahoma: bank robber.

Belle Starr: Eufaula, Oklahoma: horse thief, Bootlegger.

Tulsa Jack Blake: Tulsa, Oklahoma: bank robber, train robber.

Famous Cowboys in Oklahoma

Jim Shoulders: Henryetta, Oklahoma: World Champion Rodeo Star, known as the Babe Ruth of rodeo.

Lucille Mulhall: Mulhall, Oklahoma: Considered as the first show cowgirl.

Thomas Edwin ("Tom Mix"): Dewey, Oklahoma and Guthrie, Oklahoma: Cowboy actor.

George, Zack and Joe Miller: Lamont, Oklahoma: 101 Ranch Wild West Show.

Clem McSpadden: Chelsea, Oklahoma: Statesman, Rodeo announcer.

Pawnee Bill: Pawnee, Oklahoma: Actor, Wild West Show entertainer.

Tom R. Ferguson: Miami, Oklahoma: Rodeo star.

Jesse Chisholm: Geary, Oklahoma: Pioneer trader.

Panoramic view of the 101 ranch showing farm buildings, residences, ranch hands, farm machinery, and animals.
Panoramic view of the 101 ranch showing farm buildings, residences, ranch hands, farm machinery, and animals.

American Indians in Oklahoma

Quanah Parker: Ft. Sill, Oklahoma: Last chief of the Comanches.

Geronimo: Ft. Sill, Oklahoma: Apache warrior.

Black Kettle: Cheyenne, Oklahoma: Cheyenne Chief.

Standing Bear: Ponca City, Oklahoma: Ponca Indian Chief, Statesman.

Wilma Mankiller: Tahlequah, Oklahoma: Cherokee Chief, first female chief of Cherokee Nation.

Iron Eyes Cody(Espera Oscar de Corti): Ft. Gibson, Oklahoma: American actor famous for playing Native Americans in Hollywood Films.

Stand Watie: Honey Creek, Indian Territory. Brigadier General of the Confederate States of America. Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation 1862-1866.

Sequoyah: Sallisaw, Oklahoma: Inventor of Cherokee alphabet.

Black Beaver: Anadarko, Oklahoma: Indian Scout

Al Momaday: Mountain View, Oklahoma: Indian artist well known for his paintings of Kiowa dancers and horses.

Joe Rector: Muskogee, Oklahoma: Indian artist, Champion weightlifter.

Jerome Tiger and Jeremy Tiger: Muskogee, Oklahoma: Indian artists.

Famous Astronauts from Oklahoma

Leroy Gordon Cooper Jr (Gordo Cooper): Shawnee, Oklahoma: Engineer, Astronaut. He was one of the seven original astronauts in Project Mercury.

Owen Garriott: Enid, Oklahoma: American Astronaut. He spent 60 days aboard Skylab and 10 days aboard Spacelab-1.

Shannon Lucid: Bethany, Oklahoma: Biochemist, Astronaut. Held the record for longest duration stay in space. Flown in space 5 times, including a prolonged mission aboard the Mir space station.

Stuart Roosa: Claremore, Oklahoma: Astronaut. Was the command module pilot for the Apollo 14 mission, and was the third mission to land astronauts on the moon.

Thomas Stafford: Weatherford, Oklahoma: Astronaut, Air Force general. Was the first General Officer to fly in space, and one of only 24 people to have flown to the moon.

Jim Thorpe: Olympic gold medalist in the decathlon during the 1912 summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden
Jim Thorpe: Olympic gold medalist in the decathlon during the 1912 summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden

Famous Athletes from Oklahoma - Major Sports

Troy Aikman: Henryetta, Oklahoma: Football player. Former quarterback that played for the Dallas Cowboys.

Johnny Bench: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Baseball player. Former catcher that played for the Cincinnati Reds.

Barry Switzer: Norman, Oklahoma: Football coach. Coached both college and professional ranks. Holds one of the highest winning percentages of any college football coach in history.

Mickey Mantle: Spavinaw, Oklahoma: Baseball player. Famous former player for the New York Yankees. Most World Series home runs record holder.

Brian Bosworth("The Boz"): Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Football player, Actor. Former linebacker that played for the Seattle Seahawks.

Joe Carter: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Baseball player. Former right fielder. Played for the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies. Famous for his plays that helped win the 1993 World Series.

Tony Casillas: Tulsa, Oklahoma: Football player. Former defensive lineman that played for the Atlanta Falcons and the Dallas Cowboys.

Jim Thorpe: Prague, Oklahoma: Athlete. Olympic gold medalist in pentathlon and decathlon. Professional football player, baseball player, and basketball player.

Wayne Tisdale: Moved to Oklahoma from Texas: All American basketball player, jazz musician.

Alvin Dark: Comanche, Oklahoma: Baseball player

Billy Sims: Norman, Oklahoma: Football player

Steve Largent: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Football player and U.S. Congressman. Formerly played for the Seattle Seahawks.

Steve Davis: Sallisaw, Oklahoma: Football announcer for ABC.

Darryl Royal: Hollis, Oklahoma: Football player

Paul Dean: Holdenville, Oklahoma: Baseball player

Jackie Shipp: Muskogee, Oklahoma: Football player.

Curt Gowdy: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Sports reporter.

Steve Owens: Miami, Oklahoma and Norman, Oklahoma: Football player.

Jerome Dean ("Dizzy Dean"): Holdenville, Oklahoma: Baseball player

Carl Hubell: Meeker, Oklahoma: Baseball player.

Ferguson Jenkins: Guthrie, Oklahoma and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Baseball player.

Henry Iba: Stillwater, Oklahoma: Basketball player.

Gil Morgan: Wewoka, Oklahoma: Golfer.

Tommy Morrison: Jay, Oklahoma: Boxer and actor.

Nancy Lopez: Tulsa, Oklahoma: Golfer.

Dale Mitchell: Colony, Oklahoma: Baseball player.

Bobby Mercer: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Baseball player.

Allie Reynolds: Bethany, Oklahoma and Stillwater, Oklahoma: Baseball player.

Darryl Porter: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Baseball player.

Warren Spahn: Hartshorne, Oklahoma: Baseball player.

Bertha Frank Teague: Byng, Oklahoma: Basketball coach. First female in National Basketball Hall of Fame.

Billy Vessels: Norman, Oklahoma: Football player

Paul and Loyd Waner: Harrah, Oklahoma: Baseball players. Paul was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Bud Wilkinson: Norman, Oklahoma:. Football player.

Ralph Terry : Chelsea Ok, Oklahoma: Baseball Player. Former pitcher that played for the New York Yankees.

Famous Athletes from Oklahoma - Other Sports

Shannon Miller: Edmond, Oklahoma: Olympic gymnast. Olympic Hall of Fame.

Maria and Marjorie Tallchief: Fairfax, Oklahoma: Ballerinas. Maria Tallchief was the first American Prima Ballerina. She was in the New York ballet for 18 years.

Yvonne Chouteau: Norman, Oklahoma and Vinita, Oklahoma: Ballerina.

Bart Conner: Norman, Oklahoma:. Gymnast.

Walter Cronkite speaking at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington.
Walter Cronkite speaking at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington.

Famous Writers from Oklahoma

Ralph Ellison: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Writer. Wrote "Invisible Man".

Judy Woodruff: Tulsa, Oklahoma:. News anchor and journalist, White House correspondent.

Tony Hillerman: Sacred Heart, Oklahoma: Author of detective novels. Wrote Skin Walkers, A Thief of Time and The Shape Shifter among others.

Bill Moyers: Hugo, Oklahoma: Journalist. Lifetime achievement award, 300 Emmy Awards, Lifetime Peabody Award.

Russell Bates: Anadarko, Oklahoma: Author.

C.J. Cherryh: Lawton, Oklahoma: Sci-fi and fantasy author.

Walter Cronkite: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Broadcast journalist.

Mercedes Lackey: Tulsa, Oklahoma: Sci-fi and fantasy author.

Louis L'Amour: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Western genre author.

Chuck Norris signs a T-shirt for Corporal William P. Kessler, 23 of Cedar Park, Texas.  Chuck Norris was one among many who toured Iraq, uplifting the hearts of our honored Americans in the service.
Chuck Norris signs a T-shirt for Corporal William P. Kessler, 23 of Cedar Park, Texas. Chuck Norris was one among many who toured Iraq, uplifting the hearts of our honored Americans in the service.

Famous Actors from Oklahoma

Chuck Norris: Wilson, Oklahoma and Ryan, Oklahoma: Actor

Brad Pitt: Shawnee, Oklahoma: Actor

Will Rogers: Oolagah, Oklahoma: Humorist, Cowboy, social commentator, actor and vaudeville performer.

Ron Howard: Duncan, Oklahoma: Child actor, film director and producer.

Roy Clark: Tulsa, Oklahoma: Actor.

Ted Shackelford: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Actor. Played Gary Ewing on TV series "Knot's Landing". Also played in several soap opera rolls and the TV hit series "Dallas".

Dan Rowan: Beggs, Oklahoma: Comedian.

James Garner: Norman, Oklahoma: Actor. Played in Rockford Files and Maverick.

Tony Randall: Tulsa, Oklahoma: Comedian, Actor. Played the neurotic on "The Odd Couple".

Wes Studi: Nofire Hollow, Oklahoma: Played the lead role in "Geronimo".

Blake Edwards: Tulsa, Oklahoma: Film director, screen writer, producer. Best known for the Pink Panther series.

Van Heflin: Walter, Oklahoma: Actor. Played in Santa Fe Trail and others.

Dale Robertson: Harrah, Oklahoma: Western movie actor. "Tales of Wells Fargo", "Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show".

Jean Tripplehorn: Tulsa , Oklahoma: Actress. Plays Jackie O. on the TV series "Grey Gardens". Also performed on Frazier, Mickey Blue Eyes, Waterworld, The Firm, Basic Instinct and many others.

Justin Nimmo: born in Lexington, Oklahoma: Plays Zane in "Power Rangers".

Danny Cooksey: Moore, Oklahoma: Actor, Musician. Played Sam McKinney on TV show "Different Strokes", also played as John Conner's friend in Terminator 2 - Judgment Day.

Jennifer Jones: Tulsan, Oklahoma: Actress. Academy Award for "The Song of Bernadette".

Ben Johnson: Shidler, Oklahoma: Ranch hand, rodeo performer, actor. Played in bonanza, Radio flyer, Red Dawn, Angels in the Outfield.

William Boyd: Tulsa, Oklahoma: Actor. Played Hopalong Cassidy.

Anita Bryant: Tulsa, Oklahoma: Entertainer.

Lon Chaney (and Jr.): Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Actors. Hunchback of Notre Dame, Phantom of the Opera. Known as "The Man of a Thousand Faces".

Kristin Chenoweth: Broken Arrow, Oklahoma: Singer, Actor.

Suzy Amis: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Actress, model. Played in "Fandango" and "Titanic" (the granddaughter).

Gary Busey: Tulsa, Oklahoma:. Actor.

Dennis Weaver: Norman, Oklahoma: Actor. Played in Gunsmoke and "Duel."

Joan Crawford: Lawton, Oklahoma: Actress.

Megan Mullally: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Actress. Played Karen Walker on the Will & Grace show.

Garth Brooks singing the Don McLean song "American Pie" at the We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial concert.
Garth Brooks singing the Don McLean song "American Pie" at the We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial concert.

Famous Musicians from Oklahoma

Toby Keith: Clinton, Oklahoma: Country music singer, songwriter, record producer, actor.

Patti Page: Claremore, Oklahoma: Sold over 100 million records. Inducted into Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.

Garth Brooks: Tulsa, Oklahoma: Country Music Musician. Sold over 220 million country and country-rock records.

Vince Gill: Norman, Oklahoma and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Country blue grass singer and songwriter. Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Bob Wills: Left Texas to live in Oklahoma: Musician. The King of Western Swing.

Carrie Underwood: Muskogee, Oklahoma: Multiple Grammy award winner in Country and Pop music. Winner of 4th season on American idol.

Reba McEntire: McAlester, Oklahoma: Singer. Actress.

David Cook: Left Texas to live in Tulsa: Winner of American Idol.

Elvin Bishop: Tulsa, Oklahoma: Wrote the hit single "Fooled Around and Fell in Love" among others.

David Bagsby: Tulsa, Oklahoma: Composer and musician.

Hank Thompson: Left Texas to live in Oklahoma: Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He has sold over 60 million records.

D. Twilley: Tulsa, Oklahoma: Classic rock star.

Gene Autry: Sapulpa, Oklahoma: Actor and musician.

Mae Axton: Roff, Oklahoma: Songwriter.

Lou Ballard: Miami, Oklahoma: and Tulsa, Oklahoma: Composer.

Jeremy Castle: Blanchard, Oklahoma: Singer and songwriter. Country and western music.

Scott Hendricks: Clinton, Oklahoma: President of Virgin records and Capital records. Music producer.

Leon Russell: Tulsa, Oklahoma: Musician.

Conway Twitty: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Norman, Oklahoma: Country singer.

Woody Guthrie: Okemah, Oklahoma: Folksinger and composer. Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. Best known for "This Land is Your Land"

Roy Harris: Lincoln City, Oklahoma: Composer and Cultural Ambassador for U.S. State Department.

Becky Hobbs: Bartlesville, Oklahoma: American country music singer, songwriter, pianist.

Gail Davies: Broken Bow, Oklahoma: Country and folk singer, songwriter, record producer.

Jana Jae: Grove, Oklahoma: Fiddler that played on Hee Haw.

Tuck Andrews: Tulsa, Oklahoma: Jazz musician.

John Denver: Clinton, Oklahoma: Musician, actor, social activist.

Roger Miller: Erick, Oklahoma: Country music singer, Actor, Broadway play producer.

The Wealthy and Powerful in Oklahoma

Admiral William J. Crowe: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Statesman, Ambassador.

J. Paul Getty: Tulsa, Oklahoma: Financier.

Alan Greenburg: Tulsa, Oklahoma: Financier.

Robert S. Kerr: Ada, Oklahoma: Oilman, Senator.

David Boren: Seminole, Oklahoma: President of the University of Oklahoma. Statesman.

Jeanne Kirkpatrick: Duncan, Oklahoma: Diplomat. Ambassador to the U.N.

T(homas) Boone Pickens (Jr.): Holdenville, Oklahoma: Financier.

A White House photo of radio personality Paul Harvey being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
A White House photo of radio personality Paul Harvey being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Scientists, Philanthropists, and Colorful Characters from Oklahoma

Paul Harvey: Tulsa, Oklahoma: Radio broadcaster, syndicated commentator.

Karl Guthe Jansky: Norman, Oklahoma: Engineer. Physicist. Discoverer of cosmic radio waves.

Chester Gould: Pawnee, Oklahoma: Cartoonist. Creator of Dick Tracey comic strip.

Robert Stemmons: Tulsa, Oklahoma: Whistler. He trains birds to whistle.

Clyde Snow: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: forensic anthropologist.

Greg Burns: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: a physically handicapped artist who draws detailed drawings with a pen held in his teeth.

Paul and Thomas Branif: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Aviation pioneers. Their contributions revolutionized aviation.

Maxine Anderson: Okeene, Oklahoma: Geologist, world famous balloonist.

John Peters: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Founder of World Neighbors.

Wiley Post: Maysville, Oklahoma: aviator.

S.N. Goldman: Ardmore, Oklahoma:. Inventor of the shopping cart.

Larry Jones: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Evangelist. Founder of "Feed The Children" organization.

Phil McGraw (Dr. Phil): Vinita, Oklahoma: Day time talk show host, Author, Psychologist.

Carrie Nation: Guthrie, Oklahoma: Prohibitionist.

Carl Albert: McAlester, Oklahoma: former Speaker of The House.

Patrick Moynihan: Tulsa, Oklahoma: N.Y. senator, ambassador to U.N. and India.

Oral Roberts: Pontotoc County, Oklahoma: Pentecostal televangelist, author, traveling faith healer. Founded ORU in Tulsa.

Larry Winget: Muskogee, Oklahoma: motivational speaker, TV personality.

Tommy Franks: Wynnewood, Oklahoma: American war hero General. Oversaw the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Norman Wagoner: Eufaula, Oklahoma: Preacher, Evangilist.

Patrick Flanagan: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Tulsa, Oklahoma: Inventor. He had over 300 patents to his credit.

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Christopher Floyd 6 years ago from Kansas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.

Recognized the picture on here as Charles Arthur Floyd. Had to stop and take a look. Nicely done. I grew up in Oklahoma. I may have missed them, but I didn't see J. C. Watts or Tom Coburn.

Boomer Sooner Baby!


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Urbane Chaos 6 years ago from Wister, Oklahoma Author

Chris, Any relation?

Ya know, right after I finished this list, I found another that had several names I didn't have here, so I'm sure that I forgot quite a few..

Boomer Sooners!

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J. C. Watts: Eufaula, Oklahoma: American politician and Canadian Football League player.

Thomas Allen "Tom" Coburn: Muskogee, Oklahoma: American politician, medical doctor, and ordained Southern Baptist deacon.

Thanks for the adds Chris!


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Christopher Floyd 6 years ago from Kansas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.

To Charles Arthur? I'd love to know. My grandfather grew up around Mountain Home, Arkansas, which is 3 1/2 hours away by today's standards. Its possible. I have a friend whose family used to run with him from time to time. Also, my mother used to be a home health nurse. The old timers would find out her last name and start treating her like family. They'd tell stories about how Pretty Boy left a bag of money in their parents mailbox, etc.


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Urbane Chaos 6 years ago from Wister, Oklahoma Author

That would be something to be related to him. He's always been a fascinating character, and I love reading about him. Still, I always wonder what his real motivation was - what really drove him.. don't think anyone will ever know.

I can only imagine the stories that's been passed around. I know one thing though, I'd love it if someone would stash a bag of money in my mailbox.. especially if it was filled with $100 bills! :D


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Harvey Stelman 6 years ago from Illinois

Urbane,

Ou '67-'71, I had no idea the list was so long. OU-most NCAA Championships since wwll- Football.


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Harvey Stelman 6 years ago from Illinois

How about Bud Blck-baseball, Blake Griffn-basketbll and Alvin Adams-basketball. Oops, Stacy King-basketball.

I'm not thinking of out of stata plaers


Robert Spencer 6 years ago

What about Clarence Nash Watonga, Oklahoma, voice of Donald Duck...


Jonas 6 years ago

Urbane Chaos thanks for the blog, i've learned a lot about OK that I didn't know before. I especially enjoyed your blog about the underground tunnels in Tulsa.

But how can John Starks not be on your list of famous athletes? He's the best basketball player to ever come out of Oklahoma, yes better than Tisdale and Mark Price (who should also be on the list). Besides Aikman, Bench and Mantle and maybe Thorpe, Starks is the most famous athlete from OK. He played for the New York Knicks for 8 years and hasn't played for them in 12 years and he's still one of the most popular athletes in New York City, yet in Oklahoma he's always the forgotten one. Spend 3 days in NYC and you'll see people still wearing his jersey on the street. He was an NBA All-Star and a constant thorn in Michael Jordans(the best athlete ever from anywhere in any sport)side year after year. He should be top 5 on your list ahead of Switzer and Bosworth. Plus Starks is the most charitable athlete i've ever known he gives back to his community like you wouldn't believe. He was one of the most popular players in the NBA for almost a decade and he never forgot where he came from. Mayor Susan Savage gave him his own day "John Starks Day" in Tulsa, yet he's always forgotten on these lists. He's more famous in NYC than he is in OK, i've never understood this. Do okies just not know that is from Tulsa or what?

Other NBA players from OK not mentioned: Mark Price, Brent Price, Anthony Bowie, Lee Mayberry, Brooks Thompson, Byron Houston, Haywoode Workman, Corey Williams(1 time NBA champ), Stacey King(3 time NBA champ), Dennis Rodman(from Dallas but claims Durant OK as a home), Richard Dumas, Shea Seals, Marques Haynes(one of the original Harlem Globetrotters, best ball handler of all-time)

Also musicians I guess you're not including bands but how about the Flaming Lips? Zac Maloy and The Nixons? How about JJ Cale? And they suck but they're famous a band called Hinder or the All American Rejects.


kenzie 6 years ago

a lot info


Big Chuck 6 years ago

How about Rodney Carrington? Famous comedian, had a sitcom for a couple of years. He resides in Bixby.


Devyn 6 years ago

Just wanted to say that Neal Schon, guitarist from the band Journey, is from Oklahoma.


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bluebird 6 years ago

Very interesting and informative hub.


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Jalapeno10 6 years ago

Informative and unique !

Loved it :-)


Anon 5 years ago

How about the 70's and 80's R&B/Funk band - The GAP Band. GAP stands for Greenwood, Archer & Pine, streets in Tulsa.


Shadow 5 years ago

S. E. Hinton Tulsa author:

That Was Then, This Is Now - book

Tex - movie

Rumble Fish - movie

(Most Famous for) The Outsiders - movie


Deb 5 years ago

How about Shep Wooley?


rok 5 years ago

Forgot to mention Clint Kimbrough,

from Allen Oklahoma. Has several

credits to his name acting on

broadway, TV, and the sliver screen

and later as directing.


tornadogurl 4 years ago

You forgot my cousin. Mike Moore from Eakley OK. He was a pitcher for the Oakland A's when they won the World Series. He also played for Seattle and Detroit Tigers.


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emzies04 4 years ago from Tulsa, OK

This list is really useful I've looked at some of the others out there and most don't have nearly as many names as this one does. I'm from Claremore, and I thought it was interesting to see some names on here I didn't expect.


Alex Coleman 4 years ago

Ralph Blaine. my neighbor. wrote Have yourself a merry little Christmas as well as Meet me in St. Louis.


4 years ago

Crappy list. Do your research before publishing. Also, make sure you know for sure where they are from within the state. Also "moved here from Texas.." Does not make them "from" OK.


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Urbane Chaos 4 years ago from Wister, Oklahoma Author

K,

These are people who are either from Oklahoma or who have lived here any significant amount of time and made an impact on Oklahoma. The title of the article is "Famous people in Oklahoma", not "Famous People 'from' Oklahoma".

If you see a mistake, please let me know specifically who it is and I'll be happy to change it!

Thanks for the comment!


tessa 4 years ago

Anita bryant was actually from Barnsdall/Bigheart...she was even born in a house there


jim dowling 4 years ago

im more than likely pretty boys grandson i guess dna would put her to bed.


Gail Farrell 4 years ago

What about Lane Frost he is Lane Oklahoma


julia henington 4 years ago

Lane frost is from Lane Oklahoma he is one best bull rides ever


flyingweisel 4 years ago

also rue mlanahan was from olklahoma, infact i know one of her cousins personally. she was from my hometown of Healdton Ok.


Bill Wax 4 years ago

what about famous rodeo cowboy Freckles Brown


Cheye71 3 years ago

Carrie Underwood is actually from Checotah, OK

Mel McDaniel (Country Singer) - born in Checotah, OK - grew up in Okmulgee, OK: His chart making years were mainly the 1980s and his hits from that era include "Louisiana Saturday Night", "Big Ole Brew", "Stand Up", the Number One "Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On", "I Call It Love", "Stand on It", and a remake of Chuck Berry's "Let It Roll (Let It Rock)". Member of the Grand Ole Opry.

Terry Don West (Famous Bull Rider) - from Henryetta, OK - four time national bull riding champion and is 1 of the top 5 bull riders of all time! He was one of only a hand full of bull riders to ever successfully cover the infamous bull, Bodacious... And Terry Don West covered this magnificent animal twice! He also has is very own Bull Riding School located in Henryetta!


Cheye71 3 years ago

Tracy Scroggins - from Checotah, OK - graduated from Tulsa University - NFL Player - He spent his entire 10 year NFL career as a linebacker playing for the Detroit Lions


Deaja Chaney 3 years ago

What about Blake Shelton he's from Ada, Oklahoma


gracefulwolf 3 years ago

Know what Olka homa means? group red In other words red group. Oklahoma


David Casebolt 3 years ago

Billy Vessels is from Cleveland OK.

He played in Norman, but was born in Cleveland.


Mike 3 years ago

John Denver was born in Roswell, New Mexico, not Oklahoma.


bdg 2 years ago

boomer sooner but not eveybody who played at ou is from Norman!!!


catlover not real name... 2 years ago

You put nearly any girls :[

... lol


Sozo 19 months ago

David Gates from Bread from Tusla.


Dmbrooks2000 19 months ago

It's Wayman Tisdale, not Wayne.


Paul Tackett 7 months ago

Cal Smith he was from gans he sang country bumpkin

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