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.
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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.
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, Cheif Wilma Mankiller, and Five Miss Americas, Kay Starr, Reba McEntire, Wanda Jackson, Carrie Underwood...
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.
Famous Outlaws in Oklahoma
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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