List of people from Kansas City

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This is a list of people who were born or lived a significant part of their lives in Kansas City, Missouri or the Kansas City Metropolitan Area.

*Sergio D. Acosta - Filmmaker
*Oleta Adams – singer
*Ashley Aull – 2006 Miss Kansas USA
*Robert Altman – film director
*Nate Archibald– basketball player with the Kansas City Kings
*Brooke Ashley – adult actress and a former Miss Teen Kansas City runner up
*Ed Asner – actor
*Burt Bacharach – pianist and composer
*H. Roe Bartle – former mayor of Kansas City and namesake of the Kansas City Chiefs
*Count Basie – jazz musician
*Kay Barnes– former mayor of Kansas City 1999-2007
*Richard L. Berkley – politician, former mayor
*Noah Beery – actor
*Wallace Beery – actor
*Thomas Hart Benton – artist
*Danni Boatwright– ESPN host, winner, and former Miss Kansas USA
*George Brett – professional baseball player
* Walter Brown– Blues Musician
*Sylvia Browne – psychic and medium
*Joe Carter – famous Baseball player with the Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays, lives in town
*Don Cheadle – actor Hotel Rwanda, Ocean's Eleven, Crash
*Eminem – rapper
*Emanuel Cleaver – politician, current member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the Fifth District in the state of Missouri
*Andrea Ciliberti – 2005 Miss Missouri USA
*Earl Cole – winner
*Evan S. Connell – author
*David Cook – American Idol 7 winner
*Chris Cooper – actor
*Jennifer Jo Cobb– Nascar Bush series driver
*Michael J. Cox – author
*Walter Cronkite – journalist, television news anchor
*Joan Crawford – actress
*Len Dawson– Kansas City Chiefs pro football hall of fame Quarterback and announcer and KMBC sports director
*Marisol Deluna – fashion designer, received a BFA degree from the Kansas City Art Institute
*Walt Disney – film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, and animator
*Melissa Etheridge – singer
*Scott Foley – actor
*Lisa Forbes – ex Miss Kansas USA and was in The Bachelor in Paris -- eliminated in the first round
*Thomas Frank – writer, editor
*Friz Freleng – film producer, director, animator, and cartoonist
*Matt Freije – NBA player
*Mark Funkhouser – mayor of Kansas City, Missouri
*Trent Green – Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback
*Maurice Greene – Olympic athlete
*Masten Gregory – auto racing
*Eddie Griffin – comedian and Actor Deuce Bigalow Undercover Brother
*Karolyn Grimes –actress, Zu-Zu in the Frank Capra classic It's a Wonderful Life, lived in town for many years
*Donald J. Hall, Sr. – businessman
*Joyce Hall – businessman, founder of Hallmark Cards
*Jean Harlow – actress
*Jessica Harp– Country Music Singer and now member of the The Wreckers with Michelle Branch
*Jim Humphreys – prominent Texas rancher
*William Least Heat-Moon– author
*Robert A. Heinlein – science fiction author
*Paul Henning – writer of The Beverly Hillbillies TV series, producer
*Ernest Hemingway – novelist and short story author
*Priest Holmes – professional football player for the Kansas City Chiefs
*Dick Howser– former manager of the Kansas City Royals
*Lamar Hunt – college football player and sports promoter; late owner and founder of the Kansas City Chiefs
*Ub Iwerks – animator and cartoonist
*Pete Johnson – jazz pianist
*Ewing Kauffman – American pharmaceutical magnate, philanthropist, and Major League Baseball owner.
*Bill Kenney– politician ex-Kansas City Chiefs player
*Craig Kilborn– actor Talk Show host
*Phill Kline – politician
*Tara Knott – Olympian
*Sarah Lancaster – actress
*Suzanne Lieurance – freelance writer
*Rush Limbaugh – conservative radio talk show host
*Michael T. Lynch – author, freelance writer
*Bill Maas – ex NFL player
*Amanda Marsh– first winner of The Bachelor
*Claire McCaskill– politician senator
*Edie McClurg– actress
*Hal McRae– baseball player and manager with Kansas City Royals
*Courtney McCool – olympian
*Phil McGraw – psychologist and talk show host, lived in area as teen
*Jay McShann – Blues musician
*Denny Matthews – sportscaster, author
*Pat Metheny – jazz guitarist
*Dennis Moore– Senator politician
*Paul Morrison – politician
*Tommy Morrison – Boxer
*Mancow Muller – radio host
*Mike Murphy – radio talk show host
*Richard B. Myers – United States Air Force General and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
*John Jordan "Buck" O'Neil – professional baseball player for the Negro American League with the Kansas City Monarchs
*Jesse Clyde Nichols – businessman, developer of commercial and residential real estate
*William F. Nolan – author
*Gordon Parks– writer director actor photographer
*Satchel Paige – Legendary baseball player
*Charlie Parker – jazz saxophonist
*H.O. Peet – industrialist founder of Colgate-Palmolive
*Rodney Peete – ex-NFL player and now Fox Sports tv host
*Darrell Porter – professional baseball player, author
*Albert Pujols – baseball player who lives in Kansas City and plays for St. Louis Cardinals
*Joe Randa – professional Baseball player
*Bullet Rogan – professional baseball player
*Paul Rudd – actor in such films as Clueless, The 40 Year-Old Virgin, and
*Kareem Rush – NBA player
*Rachel Saunders – 2005 Miss Kansas USA
*Melana Scantlin– former Miss Missouri USA and Average Joe star and also cohost of the World Series of Blackjack
*Crystal Smith – former playmate
*Sam Simmons– NFL player with Steelers
*Kate Spade – Fashion designer
*Casey Stengel – professional baseball player
*Dee Wallace-Stone – actress, mother in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
*Mike Sweeney – baseball player with Oakland Athletics
*Justin Swift– Detroit Lions NFL Football player
*Tony Temple– Cleveland Browns football player, leading rusher (281 yards) in Cotton Bowl while playing for the Missouri Tigers.
*Virgil Thomson– Pulitzer Prize-winning composer
*Lisa Tucker (author) – writer
*Derrick Thomas – professional football player for the Kansas City Chiefs
*Bobb'e J. Thompson – American child actor
*Calvin Trillin – journalist, humorist, and novelist
*Marion A. Trozzolo – businessman, River Quay
*Harry S. Truman – 33rd President of the United States (Independence, Missouri)
*Big Joe Turner – blues singer
*Henry Clay Van Noy – businessman, owner of the Van Noy Railway News and Hotel Company (today known as HMSHost)
*Matt Vogel – Muppets Performer and Sesame Street Muppeteer
*Amy Wagstaff – 1992 olympic swimmer
*Earl Watson– Basketball player
*Tom Watson – professional golfer
*Dianne Wiest – actress
*Jason Whitlock – sports journalist for the The Kansas City Star and former ESPN Contributor
*Charles Wheeler (politician) Former Kansas City Mayor
*Frank White – former professional baseball player
*Barry Winchell – Private First Class, murdered by a fellow soldier for his sexual orientation
*Chely Wright – Country Music singer
*Katie Wright – actress
*Smoky Joe Wood – a.k.a. The Kansas Cyclone; professional baseball player for the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians
*Aaron Yates aka Tech N9ne; rapper
*Jonathan Coachman – wrestling commentator & former college basketball player
*Wes Scantlin - Lead singer and Rythymn Guitarist of the rock band Puddle of Mudd, cousin of Melana Scantlin


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