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ⓘ List of notable people from Oklahoma. Harvey Pratt born 1941, Native American forensic artist Quanah Parker c. late 1840s – 1911, last Comanche chief Wilma Mank ..




List of notable people from Oklahoma
                                     

ⓘ List of notable people from Oklahoma

  • Harvey Pratt born 1941, Native American forensic artist
  • Quanah Parker c. late 1840s – 1911, last Comanche chief
  • Wilma Mankiller born 1945, first woman Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation
  • Geronimo 1829–1909, Native American leader of the Chiricahua Apache
  • Bill Anoatubby born 1945, Governor of the Chickasaw Nation
  • Will Rogers 1879–1935, humorist Actor
  • Clarence L. Tinker 1887-1942, member of the Osage tribe, U.S. Army Air Corps general and first American general to die in World War II
  • Stand Watie 1806–1871, Brigadier General in the Confederate Army, Cherokee chief
  • Fred Waite 1853–1895, Native American of the Chickasaw tribe, cowboy, member of Billy the Kids gang and politician
  • Black Kettle 1801/07–1868, Cheyenne Chief killed near Cheyenne, Oklahoma, in Roger Mills County
                                     

1. Political/Military Figures

  • Dan Boren born 1973, represents Oklahomas 2nd Congressional district in the U.S. House
  • Joseph J. Clark 1893–1971, Admiral U.S. Navy and first Native American to graduate from the United States Naval Academy
  • J.C. Watts, U.S. Congressman and OU quarterback
  • Dewey F. Bartlett, Oklahoma Governor and U.S. Senator
  • Donald Lee "Don" Nickles born 1948 American political leader, U.S. Senator from Oklahoma 1981-2005
  • Bo Gritz born 1939, most decorated Green Beret officer during the Vietnam War
  • Gene Stipe, born 1926, longest-serving member of the Oklahoma State Senate
  • General Tommy Franks born 1927, Commander of US Central Command, US Invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq
  • William J. Crowe 1925–2007, Admiral U.S. Navy and former Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Jeane Kirkpatrick born 1926, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
  • George Nigh born 1927, two-time Governor of Oklahoma
  • Perle Mesta 1889–1975, political hostess, U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg
  • Daniel Patrick Moynihan 1927–2003, U.S. Senator, ambassador to India, Ambassador to the United Nations, President of the United Nations Security Council
  • Drew Edmondson born 1946, state Attorney General
  • Carl Albert 1908–2000, Speaker of the House from 1971 to 1977, first in line for presidency after Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned during President Nixons tenure.
  • David Boren born 1941, former Governor of Oklahoma, U.S. Senator and University of Oklahoma president
                                     

2.1. Entertainment Humorists/Comedians

  • Will Rogers 1879–1935, humorist
  • Daniel Hale Rowan 1922–1987, comedian and co-host of Rowan & Martins Laugh-In
                                     

2.2. Entertainment Music

  • Roy Harris 1898–1979, classical composer
  • The Arnolds, Southern Gospel trio based in Tulsa
  • Patti Page born 1927, traditional pop music and country music singer
  • David Gates born 1939, singer/songwriter associated with the band Bread
  • Sandi Patty born 1957, Contemporary Christian music singer
  • Don Byas 1912-1972 jazz tenor saxophonist and one of the leading saxophonists of the swing and bebop eras
  • Wanda Jackson born 1938, rockabilly singer
  • Aqueduct born 1992, indie pop band
  • Gail Farrell born 1947, singer/songwriter, featured performer from The Lawrence Welk Show
  • Charlie Christian 1916–1942, jazz guitarist, member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, considered the father of jazz guitar
  • Merle Kilgore 1934–2005, singer/songwriter, manager
  • Starlight Mints, indie pop band
  • Tom Paxton 1937-, singer, singer-songwriter
  • Mel McDaniel born 1942, country music singer/songwriter
  • Lee Hazlewood born 1929, singer/songwriter, record producer
  • Chet Baker 1929–1988 - jazz trumpeter who helped popularize the 1950s cool jazz style
  • Jimmy Webb born 1946, popular music composer
  • Neal Schon born 1954, lead rock guitarist of Journey
  • Toby Keith born 1961, country musician
  • Bob Wills 1905–1975, country music singer/songwriter, leader of the band The Texas Playboys
  • The Chainsaw Kittens, alternative rock band
  • B. J. Thomas born 1942 singer/songwriter
  • The Flaming Lips, indie rock band featuring Wayne Coyne, Steven Drozd and Michael Ivins
  • Earl Bostic 1913–1965, R&B and jazz musician
  • Maci Wainwright born 1990, country music singer-songwriter
  • Ronnie Dunn born 1953, half of the country music duo Brooks and Dunn
  • Jerry Cantrell, musician, lead guitarist/vocalist, Alice in Chains
  • The Nixons, 90s hard rock band
  • Carrie Underwood born 1983, American Idol winner 2005
  • Richard Hart born 1955, Jazz guitarist, composer/arranger, published artist
  • Norma Jean b. Norma Jean Beasler January 30, 1938 is an American country music singer
  • Earl Grant 1933–1970, easy listening pianist
  • Hinder, rock band
  • Color Me Badd, R&B vocal group
  • Claude Williams musician 1908–2004, jazz musician with the Count Basie band
  • Michael Hedges December 31.1953 – December 2, 1997 acoustic guitarist born in Enid, Oklahoma
  • Roger Miller, singer/songwriter
  • Mason Williams born 1938, composer Classical Gas, recording artist, comedy writer Smothers Brothers
  • Joe Don Rooney born 1975, country music singer, one-third of the group Rascal Flatts
  • Leon Russell born 1942, singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist
  • The All-American Rejects
  • Sheb Wooley 1921–2003, actor and singer Purple People Eater
  • Vince Gill born 1957, country musician
  • Eddie Cochrane, rockabilly musician
  • Roy Clark born 1933, country musician
  • Reba McEntire born 1955, country singer
  • Hoyt Axton 1938–1999, country music singer/songwriter, wrote "Ive Never Been to Spain" but Ive been to Oklahoma.
  • Leona Mitchell born 1948, famed African American soprano, member Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame
  • Sam Rivers born 1923 jazz tenor saxophonist with Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie,Herbie Hancock, and Quincy Jones
  • Hanson born 1992, pop band
  • Restless Heart band members Paul Gregg and Greg Jennings
  • Garth Brooks born 1962, country music singer/songwriter
  • The Gap Band born 1967, R&B, funk and soul group
  • Pillar born 2001, christian rock band
  • Woody Guthrie 1912–1967, folk singer
  • J. J. Cale born 1938, country rock see Tulsa sound
  • Glen Hardin born 1939, musician, piano player
  • Blake Shelton born 1976, country musician


                                     

2.3. Entertainment Television/Radio

  • Douglas Edwards 1917–1990, radio and television journalist
  • Paul Harvey born 1918, radio broadcaster and commentator
  • Rex Linn born 1956, actor CSI: Miami
  • Kayne Gillaspie, TV personality and fashion designer
  • Ted Shackelford born 1946, actor Knots Landing
  • Dan Rowan, co-host, "Rowan & Martins Laugh-In"
  • Phil McGraw born 1950, television psychologist
  • Bill Moyers, journalist/national anchor
  • Glenn Hauser born 1945, radio broadcaster
  • Bob Murphy 1924–2004, sports play-by-play announcer best known as announcer for New York Mets
  • Walter Cronkite born 1916, television journalist
  • Mary Hart, born 1950, TV personality, co-host "Entertainment Tonight"
  • Kristin Chenoweth born 1968, actress and singer
  • Justin Nimmo, born September 5, 1974, actor Power Rangers in Space
                                     

2.4. Entertainment Miss America

  • Shawntel Smith born 1971, Miss America 1996
  • Susan Powell born 1959, Miss America 1981
  • Jane Anne Jayroe born 1946, Miss America 1967
  • Jennifer Berry born 1983, Miss America 2006
  • Norma Smallwood 1909–1966, Miss America 1926, first Miss America of Native American Heritage Cherokee
  • Lauren Nelson born 1987, Miss America 2007
                                     

3. Business

  • Tom L. Ward, oil industry businessman
  • T. Boone Pickens, Jr. 1928-2019, oil industry businessman
  • Sam Walton 1918–1992, founder of Wal-Mart
  • Sylvan Goldman 1898–1984, Businessman and inventor of the shopping cart
  • Edward L. Gaylord 1919–2003, late Editor of the Daily Oklahoman, founder of TNN & CMT, owner of Grand Ole Opry
  • Clay Bennett, Chairman of Dorchester Capital, Professional Basketball LLC
  • Waite Phillips 1883–1964, oil industry businessman
  • Edward K. Gaylord 1873–1974, Founder of the Daily Oklahoman
                                     

4. Art and Literature

  • Jim Thompson born 1906, novelist
  • S.E. Hinton born 1948, author and novelist
  • Josh Shipp born 1981, author and motivational speaker
  • Ralph Ellison 1914–1994, writer and scholar
  • Jeff Rowland, cartoonist, author of WIGU
  • Jason Nelson born 1970, pioneering net artist and digital poet
  • Charles Bell painter, 1935-1995, photorealist painter
  • Roger Eric Davis, 1962-2013, Artist of Oil Paintings
  • William Bernhardt born 1960, novelist
  • Chester Gould 1900–1985, creator of the Dick Tracy comic strip
  • Tony Hillerman born 1925, journalist, historian, professor, and novelist
  • John Berryman 1914–1972, poet
  • Bill Wallace, author
  • Bill Moyers born 1934, journalist and public commentator
                                     

5. Athletics

  • Darrell Royal born 1924, football coach at University of Texas
  • Mark Price born 1964 basketball player; Enid H.S., Georgia Tech, and Indiana Pacers
  • Edward C. Gallagher, champion OSU sprinter and football player, winningest wrestling coach in NCAA history, Olympic wrestling coach, National Wrestling Hall of Fame charter member
  • Matt Roney born 1980, MLB baseball player, relief pitcher
  • Tommy Morrison, Former World Heavyweight Champion boxer
  • Brian Bosworth born 1965, Oklahoma Sooners football and NFL player
  • Mickey Mantle 1931–1995, New York Yankees Baseball Hall of Famer
  • Mikey Burnett UFC fighter
  • Bart Conner, Olympic gold medal gymnast
  • Crystal Robinson, New York Liberty WNBA basketball player
  • John Smith born 1965, Olympic gold medalist and wrestling coach
  • Josh Brown born 1979, kicker Seattle Seahawks
  • Lance Norick born 1968, NASCAR driver.
  • Spencer Tillman, All-American running back for the Oklahoma Sooners and CBS TV football analyst
  • Billy Sims born 1955, running back Oklahoma Sooners football and Detroit Lions, Heisman Trophy winner
  • Matt Holliday, Outfielder for the Colorado Rockies.
  • Henry Iba, OSU basketball coach, NCAA and Olympic champion coach Basketball Hall of Famer
  • Paul "Big Poison" Waner 1903–1965, Baseball Hall of Famer
  • Wayman Tisdale born 1964, professional basketball player and jazz bass guitarist
  • "Jumping Jack" McCracken 1911–1958, Basketball Hall of Famer
  • Bud Wilkinson 1916–1994, famed Oklahoma Sooners football coach, member of the College Football Hall of Fame
  • Troy Aikman, quarterback, OU, UCLA and Dallas Cowboys champion, Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee
  • Matt Wiman Born 1983, UFC fighter
  • Charlie Haas, WWE professional wrestler
  • Willie Stargell 1940-2001, Baseball Hall of Famer with the Pittsburgh Pirates, known for his ability to hit home runs completely out of stadiums.
  • Mat Hoffman, World Champion BMX biker
  • Steve Largent, Seattle Seahawks Pro Football Hall of Famer and politician
  • Kelly Gregg, Oklahoma Sooners football and National Football League player
  • Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State Cowboys Heisman Trophy winner, Football Hall of Famer
  • Lee Roy Selmon, Oklahoma Sooners football player and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee
  • Jim Ross, WWE announcer
  • Shannon Miller, Olympic gold medal gymnast
  • Bill Goldberg, professional wrestler
  • Allie Reynolds 1917–1994, Baseball Hall of Famer
  • Johnny Bench born 1947, MLB catcher Cincinnati Reds, member Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Beth Phoenix, professional wrestler
  • Jason White, Oklahoma Sooners football quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner
  • J.C. Watts, Oklahoma Sooners football quarterback and later U.S. Congressman
  • Bryant Reeves attended Gans high school in eastern Oklahoma, attended OSU, and retired from the Vancouver Grizzlies in the NBA.
  • Abe Lemons, Oklahoma City University, Pan American University, and Texas Longhorns basketball coach
  • Dr. Gil Morgan born 1959, professional golfer
  • Bob Tway born 1959, professional golfer and PGA Championship winner in 1986
  • Brad Penny, Florida Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers MLB pitcher
  • Lloyd "Little Poison" Waner 1906–1982, Baseball Hall of Famer
  • Bob Kalsu 1945–1970, Oklahoma Sooners football and Buffalo Bills player, only active professional football player killed in the Vietnam War
  • Barry Switzer born 1937, football coach, Oklahoma Sooners and Dallas Cowboys
  • Eddie Sutton, Arkansas Razorbacks and Oklahoma State Cowboys basketball coach
  • Jim Thorpe 1887–1953, Olympic gold medalist, played professional football and Major League Baseball
  • Pepper Martin 1904–1965, St. Louis Cardinals baseball player
  • Joe Carter, Major League Baseball player, right fielder
  • Steve Owens, Oklahoma Sooners football player and 1969 Heisman Trophy winner
  • Bobby Murcer 1946–2008 Professional baseball player and sportscaster
  • Warren Spahn 1921–2003, Baseball Hall of Famer
  • Bullet Rogan 1893–1967, Baseball Hall of Famer
  • Darrell Porter 1952–2002, MLB baseball player for the St. Louis Cardinals
  • Larry Coker born 1948, former football coach at University of Miami
  • Jeremy Shockey born 1980, professional football player
  • Ryan Minor, Oklahoma Sooners baseball & basketball player


                                     

6. Science/Medicine

  • Karl Guthe Jansky 1905–1950, physicist and radio engineer
  • Richard E. Berendzen born 1938, astronomer, author, and professor
  • James Herndon born 1952, media psychologist
                                     

7. Aviation/Aeronautics

  • Shannon Lucid born 1943, astronaut
  • James Jabara 1923-1966 worlds first jet ace, and Korean War triple ace with 15 kills
  • Thomas Stafford born 1930, astronaut
  • Wiley Post 1898–1935, first pilot to fly solo around the world, born in Texas but grew up in Oklahoma
  • Gordon Cooper 1907-2006
  • William R. Pogue born 1930, astronaut
  • Thomas and Paul Braniff, airline entrepreneurs, founders of Braniff International Airways
  • Owen K. Garriott born 1930, astronaut
  • John Herrington born 1958, astronaut
  • Clarence L. Tinker 1887-1942, U.S. Army Air Corps general and supreme commander of the U.S. Army Air Corps in the Pacific during World War II
                                     

8. Religious Figures

  • Bill Majors born 1960, missionary
  • Yahweh ben Yahweh born and legally named Hulon Mitchell Jr., was the leader of the religious group Nation of Yahweh
  • Oral Roberts 1918-2009, evangelist
                                     

9. Infamous Oklahomans

  • Cameron Willingham 1968–2004, convicted arsonist, whose case spawned a controversy over use of forensic evidence in capital trials
  • Pretty Boy Floyd 1904–1934, Depression era gangster
  • Belle Starr 1848–1889, Queen of the outlaws, a female Jesse James
                                     

10. Other

  • Steven W. Taylor born 1949, Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice, presided over Oklahoma City bombing suspect Terry Nicholss state murder trial
  • Bill G. Chapman 1928–2007, advocate for the blind, author
  • Stephen Jones July 1, 1940 -, attorney best known as Timothy McVeighs lead defense lawyer during his trial for the Oklahoma City bombing
  • Tom Colbert born 1949, first African-American Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice
  • Bass Reeves 1838-1910, first African-American U.S. Marshal and one of the chief law enforcement agents during the first years of Oklahomas statehood.
  • Joe Redington 1917–1999, "Father of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race"
  • Cornel West born 1953, scholar