The following is a list of prominent people who were born in the U.S. state of Tennessee, live in Tennessee, or for whom Tennessee is a significant part of their identity.
A Roy Acuff (1903–1992), musician; born in Maynardville Charlie Adams; drummer, percussionist, and drum engineer Lily Afshar classical guitarist, University of Memphis music professor James Agee (1909–1955); Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, screenwriter, journalist, poet, and film critic; born in Knoxville The Aldridge Sisters, singing duo that appeared on The Lawrence Welk Show from 1977 to 1982 Lamar Alexander (b. 1940), lawyer and U.S. Senator from Tennessee; born and raised in Maryville Duane Allman (1946–1971); guitarist; born in Nashville Gregg Allman (b. 1947); singer, keyboardist, guitarist, songwriter; born in Nashville Monroe Dunaway Anderson William R. Anderson (1921-2007); naval officer and member of Congress; born in Humphreys County Jessica Andrews (b. 1983); country singer Jade Arcade (b. 1971); comics artist, writer, voice actor, composer, musician and animator; born in Nashville Lil Hardin Armstrong Victor Ashe Chet Atkins (1924–2001); guitarist and record producer; born in Luttrell Doug Atkins (b. 1930); Hall of Fame defensive end primarily with the Chicago Bears Rodney Atkins (b. 1969); country music artist; born in Knoxville B DeFord Bailey Howard Baker Robert Baker George Franklin Barber Ronnie Barrett William M. Bass Kathy Bates Kate Batts (a.k.a. The Bell Witch) Robin Beard Brian Bell John Bell Bill Belichick, New England Patriots Head Coach, born in Nashville Jeff Bennett Aaron Benward Polly Bergen Joe Blanton Jerry Blevins William Blount Willie Blount Alexander Bonnyman, Jr. Arna W. Bontemps Pat Boone Rachel Boston Charles Boyce, syndicated cartoonist Richard Henry Boyd (1843-1922), founder and head of the National Baptist Publishing Board Rod Brasfield Corey Brewer Clarence Brown Jonathan Browning William Gannaway Brownlow James M. Buchanan, economist, Nobel laureate Josh Bullocks Frances Hodgson Burnett Kenneth C. Burns, "Jethro" of Homer and Jethro Charles Burson Jake Butcher Derrick Byars Joseph W. Byrns C Matt Cain Duke Calhoun Archie Campbell Guy Carawan Hattie Caraway Dixie Carter Kellye Cash Johnny Cash June Carter Cash Rosanne Cash David Catching John Catron Tracy Caulkins Gen. Benjamin F. Cheatham Doc Cheatham Kitty Cheatham Richard Boone Cheatham Richard Cheatham John R. Cherry III Kenny Chesney Philander P. Claxton Jim Clayton Mark E. Clayton Frank G. Clement Chad Clifton Randall Cobb Fred Coe Michael Coe Lynnette Cole - Miss USA 2000 Mark Collie Dustin Colquitt, punter for the Kansas City Chiefs Darby Conley Lester Conner Zack Cozart James Craig David "Davy" Crockett Dixie Lee Crosby Edward Hull "Boss" Crump John Cullum Lowell Cunningham Billy Ray Cyrus Miley Cyrus, star of Hannah Montana D Jeremy Davis(originally from North Little Rock, Ark Beauford Delaney George Roby Dempster Jamie Denton Dale Dickey R.A. Dickey Bobby Dodd Shannen Doherty Andrew Jackson Donelson Aaron Douglas Josh Drake Johnny Duncan King Dunlap E Van Epperson F David Farragut Josh Farro Zac Farro Jerome Felton Lester Flatt Ric Flair Shelby Foote Harold Ford, Jr. Tennessee Ernie Ford Nathan Bedford Forrest Abe Fortas Ramon Foster Megan Fox Aretha Franklin Aubrayo Franklin Morgan Freeman Bill Frist Phillip Fulmer G Marc Gasol Nikki Giovanni Guilford Glazer Dr. Ernest W. Goodpasture Ginnifer Goodwin Albert Gore, Jr., 45th Vice President of the United States, 1993-2001 Albert Gore, Sr. Yo Gotti Lou Graham Red Grooms H Wayne Haddix Lucy Hale (actor, singer) from Pretty Little Liars Alex Haley George Hamilton Ken Hamlin W.C. Handy Bob Harper George "Two Ton" Harris Phil Harris Nicole Taylor Hart Dennis Haskins James Haslam Jr. Trenton Hassell Whit Haydn Isaac Hayes Henry D. Haynes, "Homer" of Homer and Jethro Thomas "The Hitman" Hearns Todd Helton, major league baseball player Christina Hendricks, actress Elaine Hendrix, actress Hunter Hillenmeyer, NFL player Will Hoge Charles O. (Chad) Holliday Rick Honeycutt John Jay Hooker Benjamin Hooks Ed Hooper Myles Horton Sam Houston Dick Hudson Thomas Hughes, English author of Tom Brown's School Days who founded Rugby, Tennessee Cordell Hull, U.S. Secretary of State and winner of Nobel Peace Prize Con Hunley Courtney Hunt Alberta Hunter Dennis Hwang J Andrew Jackson, Seventh President of the United States, 1829-1837 Howell Edmunds Jackson Quinton Jackson, Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, (Born in Memphis) Samuel L. Jackson Mark Jacoby Claude Jarman Jr. Jeff Jarrett Josh Jasper (born 1987), All-American college American football placekicker William L. Jenkins, U.S. House of Representatives (R-TN-01), 1997-2007 Michael Jeter Andrew Johnson, Seventeenth President of the United States, 1865-1869 Thomas Johnson Cave Johnson Cherry Jones Christopher Jones Ed "Too Tall" Jones Jesse Holman Jones Popeye Jones Van Jones K Estes Kefauver David Keith Adm. Frank B. Kelso Kem Ke$ha Daniel Kilgore Johnny Knoxville Joseph Wood Krutch L Dan Landrum - Hammer dulcimer player Lucille La Verne Jerry "The King" Lawler William P. Lawrence Arthur Lee Adriane Lenox Steve Liddle Sondra Locke Z. Alexander Looby Horace Lurton Dustin Lynch Andrew Lytle M Jean (Faircloth) MacArthur "Uncle Dave" Macon Matt Mahaffey Johnny Majors Delbert Mann Shawn Marion Sterling Marlin - Two-time Daytona 500 winner Wink Martindale Christopher Massey Mike Massey - Professional pool player Matthew Fontaine Maury William McAdoo Cormac McCarthy Tim McCarver Jacques McClendon Michael McDonald Brownie McGhee Stick McGhee Kenneth McKellar Reggie McKenzie Bill McKinney Jon Meacham Jodie Meeks Chris Moneymaker - poker player from Knoxville Ashley Monroe Grace Moore Shelly Moore - Miss Teen USA 1997 Craig Morgan Lorrie Morgan Ricky Morton Anson Mount James Cole Mountflorence (___ - 1820). American diplomat Mary Noailles Murfree N Elise Neal Patricia Neal Lindsey Nelson Robert Neyland, UT Vols football coach and namesake for Neyland Stadium Alfred O. P. Nicholson Bishop James Daniel Niedergeses Kenneth Nixon O Adolph Ochs Oconostota Joe O'Donnell Michael Oher Frank Omiyale Major Owens P Bettie Page John Palmer, former NBC News correspondent Matt Palmer, relief pitcher for the San Diego Padres Hermes Pan Paramore, 4 members born and raised in Franklin, TN, Hayley Williams born in Meridan, MS, raised in Franklin, TN Cindy Parlow Chris Parnell Hope Partlow Dolly Parton Elizabeth Patterson Minnie Pearl Carl Perkins John M. Pickard James K. Polk, Eleventh President of the United States, 1845-1849 Bishop Leonidas Polk Sarah Childress Polk, First Lady of the United States, wife of President James K. Polk Annie Potts Elvis Presley David Price Missi Pyle Q DJ Qualls Jimmy Quillen R Dave Ramsey John Crow Ransom Sam Rayburn J. J. Redick B. Carroll Reece Florence Patton Reece (folk singer) Jerry Reese Brad Renfro Grantland Rice Lee Roberson James Robertson Oscar Robertson Pat Robertson Charles P. Roland John Ross Mitch Rouse Mason Rudolph Wilma Rudolph Fred Russell S Christine Sadler Shane Salerno Chip Saltsman William Sanderson, actor, Newhart, Deadwood, True Blood Clarence Saunders Tom Schulman John T. Scopes Hillary Scott (lead singer of Lady Antebellum) Josey Scott (lead singer of Saliva) Rhea Seddon John Seigenthaler John Michael Seigenthaler Gerald Sensabaugh Sequoyah John Sevier Paul Shanklin Vicellous Reon Shannon, actor, The Hurricane, 24 Season 1 Cybill Shepherd William Shepherd T. G. Sheppard George Sherrill Dinah Shore Daniel Simberloff Benjamin "Pap" Singleton Bessie Smith Brent Smith (lead singer of Shinedown) Daniel Smith Lee Smith Rachel Smith - Miss USA 2007 Bobby Sowell, (b. 1947) musician, pianist, keyboardist, organist, songwriter, composer Memphis Richard Speight, Jr. Steve Spurrier Andrew Stevens John M. Stone Harry Stonecipher Thomas S. Stribling Samuel Stritch Pat Summitt Frank Sutton Grady Sutton Lynn Swann Taylor Swift, Born in *Pennsylvania T George Taliaferro Roscoe Tanner Quentin Tarantino; movie director, actor, and screenwriter; born in Knoxville. Allen Tate Golden Tate Peter Taylor Three 6 Mafia Jake Thomas Fred Dalton Thompson Isaac Tigrett Justin Timberlake Mageina Tovah; actress; Joan of Arcadia, the Spider-Man films Elston Turner Tina Turner U Usher V Gore Verbinski, Actor. Lark Voorhies, Actress. W Barbara Jo Walker- Miss America 1947 William Walker Randall Wallace Darrell Waltrip Taylor Ware Cameron Watson, actor and director Robert Penn Warren Ida B. Wells Scott Wells Tina Wesson Red West James Westerfield Kent Whitaker, culinary writer, author, celebrity chef (Born in Kentucky, raised in Nashville) Hugh Lawson White Reggie White Ed Whitson John S. Wilder Elliot Williams Hayley Williams, (singer) lead vocals for Paramore (originally from Meridian, MS) Louis Williams Shawne Williams Sonny Boy Williamson I Patrick Willis E. Bright Wilson Oprah Winfrey (originally from Mississippi) Tim Wise Reese Witherspoon Jason Witten, tight end for the Dallas Cowboys Brandan Wright Y Alvin York, World War I soldier who captured 132 Germans almost single-handedly Taylor York Chris Young Thaddeus Young Z Gen. Felix Kirk Zollicoffer Craig Patterson - Knoxville, TN
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