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Every state of the Union has given birth to people who have left a lasting impression on our history and culture. The following native Oklahomans have played distinctive roles.

Born in Oklahoma

Famous Oklahomans
Name Born / Died Place
Bill Anoatubby
Governore Chickasaw Nation
Born: November 8, 1945 Tishomingo
Died:    
Hoyt Wayne Axton
Singer, Songwriter, Actor
Born: March 25, 1938 Duncan
Died: October 26, 1999 Victor, Mont.
Johnny Lee Bench
Baseball player
Born: December 7, 1947 Oklahoma City
Died:    
John Allyn Berryman
(Born: John Allyn Smith)
Poet
Born: October 25, 1914 McAlester
Died: January 7, 1972 Minneapolis, Minn,
Acee Blue Eagle
(Born: Alex C. McIntosh)
(Aka: Chebon Ah Bu Lah, Laughing Boy; and Lumhee Holat-tee)
Artist, Teacher
Born: August 17, 1909 near Anadarko
Died: June 18, 1959 Muskogee
Earl Bostic
Musician
Born: April 25, 1913 Tulsa
Died: October 28, 1965 Rochester, N.Y.
Troyal Garth Brooks
Singer, Songwriter
Born: February 7, 1962 Tulsa
Died:    
Carlos Wesley "Don" Byas
Musician
Born: October 21, 1912 Muskogee
Died: August 24, 1972 Amsterdam, Netherlands
John W. "J.J." Cale
Singer, Songwriter, Musician
Born: December 5, 1938 Tulsa
Died:    
Lon Chaney, Jr.
(Born: Creighton Tull Chaney)
Actor
Born: February 10, 1906 Oklahoma City
Died: July 12, 1973 San Clemente, Calif.
Gordon Cooper
Astronaut, Test pilot
Born: March 6, 1927 Shawnee
Died: October 4, 2004 Ventura, Calif.
Douglas Edwards
(Born: Clyde Douglas)
News anchorman
Born: July 14, 1917 Ada
Died: October 13, 1990 Sarasota, Fla.
Blake Edwards
(Born: William Blake Crump)
Film Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Born: July 26, 1922 Tulsa
Died:    
Ralph Waldo Ellison
Writer
Born: March 1, 1914 Oklahoma City
Died: April 16, 1994 New York, N.Y.
Tommy Ray Franks
(Born: Tommy Ray Bentley)
U.S. Army General
Born: June 17, 1945 Wynnewood
Died:    
James Garner
(Born: James Scott Bumgarner)
Actor
Born: April 7, 1928 Norman
Died:    
Owen K. Garriott
Astronaut, Electrical engineer
Born: November 22, 1930 Enid
Died:    
Vincent Grant "Vince" Gill
Singer, Songwriter, Musician
Born: April 12, 1957 Norman
Died:    
Chester Gould
Cartoonist
Born: November 20, 1900 Pawnee
Died: May 11, 1985 Woodstock, Ill.
James Gordon "Bo" Gritz
U.S. Army Special Forces Officer
Born: May 18, 1939 Enid
Died:    
Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie
Singer, Songwriter
Born: July 14, 1912 Okemah
Died: October 3, 1967 New York, N.Y.
Roy Ellsworth Harris
Composer
Born: February 12, 1898 Chandler
Died:    
Paul Harvey
(Born: Paul Harvey Aurandt)
Radio broadcaster, Commentator
Born: September 4, 1918 Tulsa
Died:    
Barton Lee Hazlewood
Singer, Songwriter, Producer
Born: July 9, 1929 Mannford
Died: August 4, 2007 Henderson, Nev.
Emmett Evan "Van" Heflin, Jr.
Actor
Born: December 13, 1908 Walters
Died: July 23, 1971 Los Angeles, Calif.
John Bennett Herrington
Astronaut, Test pilot
Born: September 14, 1958 Wetumka
Died:    
Tony Hillerman
Writer
Born: May 27, 1925 Sacred Heart
Died:    
Ronald William "Ron" Howard
Director, Producer, Actor
Born: March 1, 1954 Duncan
Died:    
Patrick Jay Hurley
Statesman, Diplomat, AEF Officer
Born: January 8, 1883 Indian Territory
Died: July 30, 1963 Santa Fe, N.M.
James "Jabby" Jabara
Jet pilot
Born: October 10, 1923 Muskogee
Died: November 17, 1966 Delray Beach, Fla.
Wanda Jean Jackson
Singer
Born: October 20, 1937 Maud
Died:    
Karl Guthe Jansky
Physicist
Born: October 22, 1905 Oklahoma Territory
Died: February 14, 1950 Red Bank, N.J.
Ben "Son" Johnson Jr.
Actor
Born: June 13, 1918 Foraker
Died: April 8, 199 Mesa, Ariz.
Jennifer Jones
(Born: Phylis Flora Isley)
Actress
Born: March 2, 1919 Tulsa
Died:    
Robert Samuel Kerr
Politician, Businessman
Born: September 11, 1896 near Ada
Died: January 1, 1963 Washington, D.C.
Jeane Jordan Kirkpatrick
(Born: Jeane Duane Jordan)
Diplomat, Political scientist
Born: November 19, 1926 Duncan
Died: December 7, 2006 Bethesda, Md.
Wilma Pearl Mankiller
Female Chief of the Cherokee Nation
Born: November 18, 1945 Tahlequah
Died:    
Mickey Charles Mantle
Baseball player
Born: October 20, 1931 Spavinaw
Died: August 13, 1995 Dallas, Tex.
Jack D. "Jumping Jack" McCracken
Basketball player
Born: June 15, 1912 Chickasha
Died: January 5, 1958 Denver, Colo.
Reba Nell McEntire
Singer, Actress
Born: March 28, 1955 McAlester
Died:    
Vera Miles
(Born: Vera June Ralston)
Actress
Born: August 23, 1929 Boise City
Died:    
Leona Mitchell
Soprano
Born: October 30, 1949 Enid
Died:    
William Donald "Billy Don" Moyers
Journalist, Commentator
Born: June 5, 1934 Hugo
Died:    
Daniel Patrick "Pat" Moynihan
U.S. Senator, Educator, Sociologist
Born: March 16, 1927 Tulsa
Died: March 26, 2003 Washington, D.C.
Clarence Charles "Ducky" Nash
Voice actor
Born: December 7, 1904 Watonga
Died: February 20, 1985 Glendale, Calif.
Patti Page
(Born: Clara Ann Fowler)
Singer
Born: November 8, 1927 Claremore
Died:    
William Bradley "Brad" Pitt
Actor
Born: December 18, 1963 Shawnee
Died:    
Thomas Boone Pickens, Jr.
Businessman
Born: May 22, 1928 Holdenville
Died:    
William Reid Pogue
Astronaut, Test pilot
Born: January 23, 1930 Okemah
Died:    
Tony Randall
(Born: Arthur Leonard Rosenberg)
Actor
Born: February 26, 1920 Tulsa
Died: May 17, 2004 New York, N.Y.
Allie Pierce Reynolds
(Nickname: The Superchief)
Baseball player
Born: February 10, 1917 Bethany
Died: December 26, 1994 Oklahoma City
Granville Oral Roberts
Televangilist
Born: January 24, 1918 Ada
Died:    
Dayle Lamoine "Dale" Robertson
Actor
Born: July 14, 1923 Harrah
Died:    
Charles Wilber "Bullet" Rogan
(Nicknames: Bullets, Bullet Joe)
Baseball player
Born: July 28, 1889 Oklahoma City
Died: March 4, 1967 Kansas City, Mo.
William Penn Adair "Will" Rogers
Humorist, Actor, Social commentator, Cowboy
Born: November 4, 1879 Oologah, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma)
Died: August 15, 1935 Point Barrow, Alaska Territory
Daniel Hale "Dan" Rowan
(Born: Daniel Hale David
Comedian
Born: July 22, 1922 near Beggs
Died: September 22, 1987 Englewood, Fla.
Leon Russell
(Born: Claude Russell Bridges)
Singer, Songwriter, Musician
Born: April 2, 1942 Lawton
Died:    
Lee Roy Selmon
Football player
Born: October 20, 1954 Eufaula
Died:    
Theodore Tillman "Ted" Shackelford III
Actor
Born: June 23, 1946 Oklahoma City
Died:    
Thomas Patten Stafford
Astronaut, Test pilot
Born: September 17, 1930 Weatherford
Died:    
Wilver Dornell "Willie" Stargell
(Nickname: Pops)
Baseball player
Born: March 6, 1940 Earlsboro
Died: April 9, 2001 Wilmington, N.C.
Robert Stemmons
Whistler
Born: September 27, 1956 Tulsa
Died:    
Elizabeth Marie Tall Chief
Ballerina
Born: January 24, 1925 Fairfax
Died:    
Jacobus Franciscus "Jim" Thorpe
(Native name: Wa-Tho-Huk, "A path lighted by a great flash of lightning" or "Bright path")
Olympic medalist, Baseball player, Football player, Basketball player
Born: May 28, 1888 Prague
Died: March 28, 1953 Lomita, Calif.
Jeanne Marie Tripplehorn
Actress
Born: June 10, 1963 Tulsa
Died:    
Samuel Moore "Sam" Walton
Businessman, Entrepreneur
Born: March 29, 1918 Kingfisher
Died: April 5, 1992 Little Rock, Ark.
Paul Glee Waner
(Nickname: Big Poison)
Baseball player
Born: April 16, 1903 Harrah
Died: August 29, 1965 Sarasota, Fla.
Lloyd James Waner
(Nickname: Little Poison)
Baseball player
Born: March 16, 1906 Harrah
Died: July 22, 1982 Oklahoma City
Alfre Ette Woodard
Actress
Born: November 8, 1952 Tulsa
Died:    


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