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Learn About Famous People From Mississippi

Can you name them all?

Learn About Famous People From Mississippi

Can you name them all?

Performing Arts

Mississippians shine on stage, on screen, and behind the scenes. Just look at Morgan Freeman, Oprah Winfrey, James Earl Jones, and Kermit the Frog, not to mention the founders of MTV and BET.

People

Joshua Alba
Actor
Biloxi

Dana Andrews
Actor
Collins

Fred Armisen
Actor
Hattiesburg

Katherine Bailess
Actor
Vicksburg

Rod Brasfield
Comedian
Smithville

Charles Burnett
Film Director, Writer, Producer
Vicksburg

Lacey Chabert
Actor
Purvis

Alvin Childress
Actor
Meridian

Jerry Clower
Comedian
Liberty

Fred Coe
TV Producer
Alligator

Shea Curry
Actor
Hattiesburg

Cassi Davis
Actor
Holly Springs

John Dye
Actor
Amory

Tate Ellington
Actor
Madison

Aunjanue Ellis
Actor
McComb

Mary Elizabeth Ellis
Actor
Laurel

J.D. Evermore
Actor
Greenville

Ruth Elizabeth Ford
Actor
Brookhaven

Morgan Freeman
Actor
Charleston

M.C. Gainey
Actor
Jackson

Lawrence Gordon
Film Producer
Belzoni

Lance Goss
Theater Professor
Jackson

Allie Grant
Actor
Tupelo

Walt Grayson
TV Reporter, Anchor, Writer
Jackson

Gary Grubbs
Actor
Amory

Lynn Hamilton
Actor
Yazoo City

Mary Donnelly Haskell
Actor, Singer
Oxford

Sam Haskell
TV Executive, Author
Amory

Jim Henson
Actor, Puppeteer
Leland

Anthony Herrera
Actor
Wiggins

Shauntay Hinton
Actor
Starkville

Eddie Hodges
Actor, Singer
Hattiesburg

Olivia Holt
Actor, Singer
Nesbit

Robert L. Johnson
Founder, BET
Hickory

James Earl Jones
Actor
Arkabutla

Simbi Khali
Actor, Singer
Jackson

Dianne Ladd
Actor
Meridian

Daniel Curtis Lee
Actor
Jackson

Stella Stevens
Actor
Hot Coffee

Tom Lester
Actor
Laurel

Thalia Mara
Ballet Dancer, Educator
Jackson

Gerald McRaney
Actor
Collins

Mary Ann Mobley
Actor
Biloxi

Ritchie Montgomery
Actor
Natchez

Mathilde “Tig” Notaro
Stand-Up Comedian, Actress
Jackson

Paul Ott
Radio/Talk Show Host, Singer
Dixie Springs

Bob Pittman
Founder, MTV
Brookhaven

Parker Posey
Actor
Laurel

Beah Richards
Actor
Vicksburg

Eric Roberts
Actor
Biloxi

Robin Roberts
News Anchor
Pass Christian

Toni Seawright
Actor
Pascagoula

Tavis Smiley
Talk Show Host
Gulfport

Mary Alice Smith
Actor
Indianola

Shepard Smith
News Anchor
Holly Springs

Jamie Lynn Spears
Actor
McComb

Taylor Spreitler
Actor
Hattiesburg

Stella Stevens
Actor
Yazoo City

Tonea Stewart
Actor
Greenwood

Elliott Street
Actor
Meridian

Channing Tatum
Actor
Pascagoula

Tate Taylor
Movie Director, Actor
Jackson

Kathy Thibodeaux
Founder, Ballet Magnificat!
Jackson

Keith Thibodeaux
Actor, Musician
Jackson

Larry Thompson
Film Producer
Clarksdale

James Michael Tyler
Actor
Winona

Ernestine Wade
Actor
Jackson

Ray Walston
Actor
Laurel

Sela Ward
Actor
Meridian

Spencer Williams
Actor
Natchez

Don Wilson
Producer, Director, Editor
Gulfport

Oprah Winfrey
Actor, Talk Show Host
Kosciusko

Hattie Mae Winston
Actor
Lexington

Peter Zapletal
Puppeteer
Jackson

Zig Ziglar
Motivational Speaker
Yazoo City

Places + Things

MSU Riley Center
Meridian

New Stage Theatre
Jackson

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