List of people from Florida

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Miami Beach, Florida, a popular tourist destination.

This List of people from Florida includes people who were born, raised or lived in the state of Florida for a good part of their lives.

Explorers, pioneers, scientists and military[change | change source]

Name Notability Connection to Florida
Chester R. Bender (1914–1996) First Florida resident to graduate from the United States Coast Guard Academy Raised in Plant City[1]
Roy Geiger (1885–1947) Marine Corps General during World War II Born in Middleburg[2]
Joseph Kittinger (1928-) Aviation and Space Flight Pioneer Born in Tampa[3]
John Young (1930-) Navy Fighter Pilot and NASA Apollo Astronaut Raised in Orlando[4]

Government and politics[change | change source]

Name Notability Connection to Florida
Alan Stephenson Boyd (1922-) First United States Secretary of Transportation Born in Jacksonville[5]
Corrine Brown (1946-) Congresswoman Born in Jacksonville[6]
Lawton Chiles (1930–1998) Former Governor of Florida Born in Polk County[7]
Jim Davis (1957-) Florida Congressman and former candidate for governor Born in Tampa[8]
John Delaney (1956-) Former Mayor of Jacksonville Resides in Jacksonville[9]
Buddy Dyer Mayor of Orlando Born in Orlando[10]
Mark Foley (1954-) Former Congressman Raised in Lake Worth[11]
Bob Graham (1936-) Former United States Senator and Governor of Florida Born in Miami[12]
Katherine Harris (1957-) Congresswoman Born in Key West[13]
Bob Martinez (1934-) Former Governor of Florida Born in Tampa[14]
Bill McCollum (1944-) Former Congressman and current Attorney General of Florida Born in Brooksville[15]
Bill Nelson (1942-) United States Senator Born in Miami[16]
Alex Penelas (1961-) Former Mayor of Miami Lived in Miami
Janet Reno (1938-) Former Attorney General of the United States Born in Miami[17]

Movies and television[change | change source]

Name Notability Connection to Florida
Aisha Khalif (2000-) movie actress and super model Born in Ocala[18]
Amanda Bearse (1958-) movie and Television Actress Born in Winter Park[19]
Wayne Brady (1972-) Television Personality and Comedian Born in Orlando[20]
Delta Burke (1956-) Television Actress Born in Orlando[21]
Tom Byrd (1960-) Television Actor (NBC's Boone) Born in Philippine Islands; reared in Florida[22]
Diana Canova (1953-) Actress Born in West Palm Beach[23]
Conlan Carter (1934-) Actor (Combat! and The Law and Mr. Jones on ABC) Born in Arkansas; formerly resided in Naples[24]
Mark Consuelos (1970-) Television Actor Raised in Tampa[25]
Merian C. Cooper (1893–1973) movie Director, Screenwriter, and Producer Born in Jacksonville[26]
Brittany Daniel (1976-) Television and movie Actress Born in Gainesville[27]
Greg Davis Jr. (1984-) Television Actor Born in Orlando[28]
Johnny Depp (1963-) movie Actor Raised in Miramar
Faye Dunaway (1941-) Academy Award-Winning Actress Born in Bascom[29]
Gail Edwards (1952 -) movie and Television Actress Born and raised in Coral Gables
Alex Fernandez (1967-) movie and Television Actor Born in Miami[30]
Stepin Fetchit (1902–1985) movie Actor and Comedian Born in Key West[31]
Robert Gant (1968-) Television Actor Born in Tampa[32]
Joanna García (1979-) movie and Television Actress Born in Tampa[33]
Nicole Garza (1982-) movie and Television Actress Born in Miami[34]
Matt Gerald movie and Television Actor Born in Miami[35]
Malcolm Gets (1963-) Actor Raised in Gainesville
Skyler Gisondo (1996-) movie and Television Teen Actor Born in Palm Beach County[36]
Mel Gorham (1959-) Actress Born in Coral Gables[37]
Carla Gugino (1973-) movie and Television Actress Born in Sarasota[38]
Tony Hale (1970-) movie and Television Actor Grew up in Tallahassee[39]
Darrell Hammond (1955-) Television Comedian from Saturday Night Live Born in Melbourne[40]
Gina Hecht (1953-) TV and movie actress Born in Winter Park[41]
Wanda Hendrix (1928–1981) movie Actress Born in Jacksonville[42]
Catherine Hickland (1956-) Soap Opera Actress Born in Fort Lauderdale[43]
Cheryl Hines (1965-) Television Actress Born in Miami Beach[source?]
Crystal Hunt (1985-) Soap Opera Actress Born in Clearwater[44]
Jonathan Jackson (1982-) Actor Born in Orlando[45]
Carter Jenkins (1991-) movie and Television Actor Born in Tampa[46]
Sarah Jones (1983-) movie and Television Actress Born in Winter Springs[47]
Lawrence Kasdan (1949-) movie director and screenwriter Born in Miami[48]
Arielle Kebbel (1985-) movie and Televistion Actress Born in Winter Park[49]
Catherine Keener (1960-) Actress Born in Miami[50]
Chris Marquette (1984-) movie and Television Actor Born in Stuart[51]
DeLane Matthews (1961-) Television Actress Born in Rockledge[52]
Butterfly McQueen (1911–1995) movie and Television Actress Born in Tampa[53]
Leighton Meester (1986-) movie and Television Actress Grew up in Marco Island[54]
Mandy Moore (1984-) Actress & Singer-Songwriter Grew up in Longwood[55]
Jessica Morris (1980-) Soap Opera Actress Born in Jacksonville[56]
Summer Phoenix (1978-) Actress and Model Born in Winter Park[57]
Danny Pino (1974-) movie and Television Actor Born and raised in Miami[58]
Sidney Poitier (1927-) Academy Award-Winning Actor Born in Miami[59]
Brett Ratner (1969-) movie and Music Video Director Born and raised in Miami Beach[60]
Monica Raymund (1986-) Television Actress Born in St. Petersburg[61]
Ashley Rickards (1992-) TV actress Born in Sarasota[62]
Stephen Root (1951-) movie and Television Actor Born in Sarasota[63]
Bob Ross (1942–1995) Television Presenter and Artist Born in Daytona Beach[64]
Rick Sanchez (1958-) Host of CNN's Rick's List Grew up in Hialeah[65]
Pat Skipper (1958-) movie and Television Actor Born in Lakeland[66]
Wesley Snipes (1962-) Actor and movie Producer Born in Orlando[source?]
Rachel Specter (1980-) movie and Television Actress Born in Tampa[67]
Kirsten Storms (1984-) Television Actress Born in Orlando[68]
Ben Vereen (1946-) Actor, Dancer and Singer Born in Miami[69]
Bob Vila (1946-) Television Home Improvement Personality Born in Miami[70]
Hugh Wilson (1943-) movie Director Born in Miami[71]

Literature[change | change source]

Name Notability Connection to Florida
Dave Barry (1947-) Pulitzer Prize-Winning Columnist and Best Selling Author Lives and does most of his writing in Miami[72]
Pat Frank (1907–1964) Author most famous for Alas, Babylon Lived in Tangerine[73]
Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961) Novelist, Short Story Writer, and Journalist Lived and wrote in Key West[74]
Carl Hiaasen (1953-) Journalist and Novelist Born in Plantation[75]
Zora Neale Hurston (1891–1960) Author and Folklorist during the Harlem Renaissance Raised in Eatonville[76]
James Weldon Johnson (1871–1938) Author, Poet, and Civil Rights Activist Born in Jacksonville[77]
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1896–1953) Novelist and Short Story Writer Lived and wrote in Cross Creek, the setting for most of her work[78]
Lillian Smith (1897–1966) Author and Social Critic Born in Jasper[79]

Music[change | change source]

Name Notability Connection to Florida
George Acosta DJ Born in Miami
Mason "Mase" Betha (1977-) Rap artist Born in Jacksonville[80]
Gary U.S. Bonds (1939-) Singer and songwriter Born in Jacksonville[81]
Pat Boone (1934-) 1950s Rock and Roll singer Born in Jacksonville[82]
Jo Ann Campbell (1938-) Pop singer Born in Jacksonville[83]
Luther Campbell (1960-) Rap performer Born in Miami[84]
Nick Carter Backstreet Boys singer Resides in Tampa
Aaron Carter Singer Born in Tampa
Lil' Wayne Rapper Resides in Miami - but from Louisiana
Khia Chambers (1970-) Rap artist Raised in Tampa[85]
Easton Corbin Country music singer Born in Trenton[86]
Carter Cornelius (1948–1991) R&B artist; lead singer of Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose Born in Dania[87]
Billy Daniels (1915–1988) Big band singer and actor Born in Jacksonville[88]
Jason Derülo (1989-) Pop and R&B singer Born in Miami[89]
Tramar "Flo Rida" Dillard (1979-) Rap artist Born in Opa-Locka[90]
Fred Durst (1970-) Lead singer of Limp Bizkit Born in Jacksonville
Greg Eklund (1970-) Drummer for Everclear Born in Jacksonville[91]
Gloria Estefan (1957-) Grammy Award-winning singer Raised in Miami
Willa Ford (1981-) Pop Singer Born/Raised in Ruskin[92]
Brooke Hogan (1988-) Singer and Rapper Born/Raised in Tampa[93]
J. Rosamond Johnson (1873–1954) Composer and singer during the Harlem Renaissance Born in Jacksonville[94]
Sean Kingston (1990-) Reggae Fusion Singer and Rapper Born in Miami[95]
Frances Langford (1913–2005) Singer and radio star Born in Lakeland[96]
James MacDonough (1970-) Bass guitarist Born in Jacksonville[97]
Raul Malo (1965-) Country music singer and songwriter Born in Miami[98]
AJ McLean (1978-) Singer Born in West Palm Beach[99]
Mandy Moore (1984-) Singer and Actress Raised and lives in Orlando[source?]
Jim Morrison (1943–1971) Singer, songwriter, and poet Born in Melbourne[100]
Faheem "T-Pain" Najim (1985-) Rap artist Born in Tallahassee[101]
Jacki-O (198?-) Rap artist Born in Miami[102]
Jaco Pastorius (1951–1987) Jazz bassist, former member of Weather Report Lived in Fort Lauderdale until his death[103]
Armando "Pitbull" Pérez (1981-) Rap artist Born in Miami[104]
Tom Petty (1950-) Musician Born in Gainesville[105]
Rick Ross (1977-) Rap artist Born in Carol City[106]
Markus Schulz DJ Resides in Miami
Verick "Smitty" Smith (1982-) Rap artist Born in Miami[107]
Scott Stapp (1973-) Singer and songwriter Born in Orlando
Katrina "Trina" Taylor (1978-) Rap artist Born in Miami[source?]
Johnny Tillotson (1939-) Singer and songwriter Born in Jacksonville[108]
Claude "Butch" Trucks (1947-) Drummer of the Allman Brothers Band Born in Jacksonville[109]
Robert 'Vanilla Ice' Van Winkle Rap artist Moved to Miami at 16, currently resides in Wellington
Donnie Van Zant (1952-) Lead singer of .38 Special Born in Jacksonville[110]
Ronnie Van Zant (1948–1977) Lead singer for Lynyrd Skynyrd Born in Jacksonville[111]
Scooter Ward (1970-) Lead singer of Cold Born in Jacksonville[112]
Danielle White (1992-) Singer Raised in Bradenton[113]
Maurice "Trick Daddy" Young (1975-) Rap artist Born in Miami[114]

Science and technology[change | change source]

Name Notability Connection to Florida
Philip Don Estridge (1937–1985) Led the development of the IBM Personal Computer Born in Jacksonville; lived and worked in Boca Raton[115]
John Archibald Wheeler (1911–2008) Theoretical Physicist Born in Jacksonville[116]

Sports[change | change source]

Name Notability Connection to Florida
Chucky Atkins (1974-) Professional basketball player Born in Orlando[117]
Gilbert Arenas (1982-) Professional basketball player Born in Tampa
Alex Avila (1987-) Professional baseball catcher Born in Hialeah[118]
Wade Boggs (1958-) Professional baseball player Lives in Tampa[119]
Boof Bonser (1981-) Professional baseball pitcher Born in St. Petersburg[120]
Dwayne Bowe (1984-) Professional football wide receiver Born in Miami[121]
Steve Carlton (1944-) Major League Baseball pitcher Born in Miami[122]
Vince Carter (1977-) Professional basketball player Born in Daytona Beach[123]
Kevin Cash (1977-) Professional baseball catcher Born in Tampa[124]
John Chaney (1932-) College basketball coach Born in Jacksonville[125]
Laveranues Coles (1977-) Professional American football player Born in Jacksonville[126]
Daunte Culpepper (1977-) Professional American football quarterback Born in Ocala[127]
Johnny Damon (1974-) Major League Baseball All-Star Outfielder Grew up in Orlando[128]
Wade Davis (1985-) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Lake Wales[129]
Keyon Dooling (1980-) Professional basketball player Born in Fort Lauderdale[130]
Elvis Dumervil (1984-) Professional football linebacker Born in Miami[131]
David Duval (1971-) Professional golfer Born in Jacksonville[132]
Dave Eiland (1966-) Professional pitching coach Born in Dade City[133]
Jeff Fulchino (1979-) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Titusville[134]
Alonzo Gee (1987-) Professional basketball player Born in Riviera Beach[135]
Gio Gonzalez (1985-) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Hialeah[136]
Luis Gonzalez (1967-) Professional baseball outfielder Born in Tampa[137]
Dwight Gooden (1964-) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Tampa[138]
Nick Green (1978-) Professional baseball player Born in Pensacola[139]
Zack Greinke (1983-) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Orlando[140]
Al Harris (1974-) Professional football cornerback Born in Pompano Beach[141]
Udonis Haslem (1980-) Professional basketball player Born in Miami[142]
Bob Hayes (1942–2002) Track and Field athlete and professional American football player Born in Jacksonville[143]
Geno Hayes (1987-) Professional football linebacker Born and raised in Greenville[144]
Mario Henderson (1984-) Professional football offensive tackle Born in Lehigh Acres[145]
Devin Hester (1982-) Professional football wide receiver and punt returner Born and raised in Riviera Beach[146]
Hulk Hogan (1953-) Professional wrestler and television star Grew up in Tampa
Eric Hurley (1985-) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Jacksonville[147]
Michael Irvin (1966-) Professional American football player Born in Fort Lauderdale
Jamaal Jackson (1980-) Professional football center Born in Miami[148]
Mike Jenkins (1985-) Professional American football player Grew up in Bradenton[149]
Andre Johnson (1981-) Professional football wide receiver Born in Miami[150]
Bruce Johnson (1987-) Professional football cornerback Born in Live Oak[151]
Chris Johnson (1985-) Professional football running back Born in Orlando[152]
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (1972-) Professional wrestler and actor Lives in Miami[153]
Gartrell Johnson (1986-) Professional football running back Born in Miami[154]
Howard Johnson (1960-) Professional baseball player Born in Clearwater[155]
Chipper Jones (1972-) Professional baseball player Born in Deland[156]
Hunter Jones (1984-) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Palm Beach Gardens[157]
Roy Jones Jr. (1969-) Former boxing champion Born in Pensacola[source?]
Solomon Jones (1984-) Professional basketball player Born in Eustis[158]
Matt Joyce (1984-) Professional baseball outfielder Born in Tampa[159]
Kelly Kelly (1987-) WWE Diva Born in Jacksonville
Howard Kendrick (1983-) Professional baseball second baseman Born in Jacksonville[160]
Jeff Keppinger (1980-) Professional baseball player Born in Miami[161]
Casey Kotchman (1983-) Professional baseball first baseman Born in St. Petersburg[162]
Matt LaPorta (1985-) Professional baseball first baseman Born in Port Charlotte[163]
Tony La Russa (1944-) Professional baseball manager Born and raised in Tampa[164]
Ray Lewis (1975-) Professional American football player Born in Bartow[165]
Jesse Litsch (1985-) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Pinellas Park[166]
Dave Magadan (1962-) Professional baseball player Born in Tampa[167]
Olindo Mare (1973-) Professional football placekicker Born in Hollywood[168]
Tino Martinez (1967-) Professional baseball player Born in Tampa[169]
Jeff Mathis (1983-) Professional baseball catcher Born in Marianna[170]
Michelle McCool (1980-) WWE Diva Born and lives in Palatka
Mark McCumber (1951-) Professional golfer Born in Jacksonville[171]
Willis McGahee (1981-) Professional American football player Born in Miami[172]
Tracy McGrady (1979-) Professional basketball player Born in Bartow[173]
Jason Michaels (1976-) Professional baseball outfielder Born in Tampa[174]
Santana Moss (1979-) Professional American football player Born in Miami[175]
Louis Murphy (1987-) Professional football wide receiver Born in St. Petersburg[176]
Brett Myers (1980-) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Jacksonville[177]
Mike Napoli (1981-) Professional baseball catcher Born in Hollywood[178]
Stephen Nicholas (1983-) Professional football linebacker Born in Jacksonville[179]
Chad Ochocinco (1978-) Professional American football player Born in Miami[180]
Darren O'Day (1982-) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Jacksonville[181]
Jonathan Papelbon (1980-) Professional baseball pitcher Grew up in Jacksonville[182]
Dimitri Patterson (1983-) Professional football cornerback Born in Orlando[183]
Eric Patterson (1983-) Professional baseball outfielder Born in Tallahassee[184]
Ryan Pickett (1979-) Professional football nose tackle Born and raised in Zephyrhills[185]
AJ Pierzynski (1976-) Professional baseball catcher Raised in Orlando[186]
Ryan Raburn (1981-) Professional baseball player Born in Tampa[187]
Tim Raines (1959-) Professional baseball player Born in Sanford[188]
Jay Ratliff (1981-) Professional football nose tackle Born in St. Petersburg[189]
Chris Ray (1982-) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Tampa[190]
Alex Rodriguez (1975-) Professional baseball player Partly raised in Miami[191]
Sean Rodriguez (1985-) Professional baseball second baseman Born in Miami[192]
Chris Sale (1989-) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Lakeland[193]
Jarrod Saltalamacchia (1985-) Professional baseball catcher Born in West Palm Beach[194]
Warren Sapp (1972-) Professional American football player Born in Orlando[195]
Lito Sheppard (1981-) Professional American football player Born in Jacksonville[196]
Scot Shields (1975-) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Fort Lauderdale[197]
Brandon Siler (1985-) Professional football linebacker Born in Daytona Beach[198]
Emmitt Smith (1969-) Professional American football player Born in Pensacola[199]
Kevin Smith (1986-) Professional football running back Born in Miami[200]
Mike Smith (1959-) Professional football head coach Raised in Daytona Beach[201]
Chris Snelling (1981-) Professional Baseball player Born in North Miami[202]
Denard Span (1984-) Professional baseball player Born in Tampa[203]
Matthew Stafford (1988-) Professional football quarterback Born in Tampa[204]
Steve Spurrier (1945-) American football player and coach Born in Miami Beach[205]
Amar'e Stoudemire (1982-) Professional basketball player Born in Lake Wales[206]
Antonio Tarver (1968-) Professional boxer Born in Tampa[207]
Din Thomas (1976-) UFC Fighter Lives and trains in Port St. Lucie[208]
Jason Varitek (1972-) Professional baseball player Grew up in Longwood[209]
Tim Wakefield (1966-) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Melbourne[210]
Leon Washington (1982-) Professional football running back Born in Jacksonville[211]
Leonard Weaver (1982-) Professional football fullback Born in Melbourne[212]
Eric Weems (1985-) Professional football wide receiver Born in Daytona Beach[213]
Bobby Wilson (1983-) Professional baseball catcher Born in Dunedin[214]
LeeRoy Yarbrough (1938–1984) NASCAR driver Born in Jacksonville[215]

Other[change | change source]

Name Notability Connection to Florida
Shannon Bream (1971-) Reporter for Fox News Grew up in Tallahassee[216]
Carrot Top (1965-) Prop Comedian Born in Cocoa Beach[217]
Fabiano Caruana (1992-) Youngest chess grandmaster in United States history Born in Miami
Janice Dickinson (1955-) Early Supermodel Raised in Hollywood[218]
Elizabeth Edwards (1949-2010) Estranged wife to John Edwards Born in Jacksonville[219]
Tiffany Fallon (1974-) Playmate of the Year 2005 Born in Fort Lauderdale[220]
Abraham Lincoln Lewis (1865–1947) Businessman and Florida's first African-American millionaire Born in Madison[221]
Charles E. Merrill (1885–1956) Founder of Merrill Lynch Born in Green Cove Springs[222]
Kara Monaco (1983-) Playmate of the Year 2006 Born in Lakeland[223]
Chris Myers (1959-) Sportscaster Born in Miami[224]
Carolyn Murphy (1973-) Supermodel Born in Fort Walton Beach[source?]
A. Philip Randolph (1889–1979) Civil Rights activist Born in Crescent City[225]
Krissy Taylor(1978–1995) Model Born in Miami[226]
Niki Taylor (1975-) Model Born in Miami[227]
Norman Thagard (1943-) NASA Astronaut Lives and works in Tallahassee[228]
Hugo Vihlen (1931-) Record-breaking solo sailor Born in Florida; lived in Homestead[229]
Jimmy Wales (1966-) Founding member of the Wikimedia Foundation Resides in St. Petersburg[230]

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