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Famous People from Birmingham, Alabama


  • Roland Frye, scholar
  • Carol Garrison, president of UAB
  • Kay Tipton, notable high school mathematics teacher

Arts & Literature

  • John Beecher, activist poet
  • Allen Barra, journalist, sports writer
  • Steven Ford Brown, publisher, translator, writer
  • Mark Childress, author
  • Jon Coffelt, artist
  • Clayton Colvin, artist
  • Dennis Covington, journalist, writer
  • Fannie Flagg, author, actress
  • Frank Fleming, sculptor
  • Charles Gaines, novelist, screenwriter
  • Gail Godwin, novelist
  • Spider Martin, photojournalist
  • Robert R. McCammon, novelist
  • Sena Jeter Naslund, author
  • Walker Percy, author
  • Howell Raines, former New York Times editor
  • James Redfield, novelist
  • Sonia Sanchez, poet
  • Virginia Scruggs, photography
  • Melissa Springer, photographer
  • Margaret Walker, poet and author
  • Tobias Wolff, author
  • Daniel Wallace, novelist

Business & Economics

  • A.G. Gaston, African-American businessman
  • John M. Harbert, founder of Harbert International
  • Elmer Harris, CEO of Alabama Power
  • Wallace Malone, former CEO of SouthTrust Bank
  • Brad Martin, CEO of Saks Incorporated
  • Michael K. Powell, former FCC chairman
  • Rufus N. Rhodes, founder of the Birmingham News.
  • Richard M. Scrushy, founder of Healthsouth
  • Donald Watkins, banker, attorney


  • R.G. Armstrong, actor
  • Steve Ashlee, director
  • Amber Benson, actress
  • Attitude, rapper
  • Rick and Bubba, radio/tv personalities
  • Bo Bice, singer, "American Idol" runner-up (Helena)
  • Birmingham J, rapper
  • Nell Carter, singer & actress
  • Dorothy Love Coates, gospel singer
  • Courteney Cox, actress
  • Diana Degarmo, singer, "American Idol" runner-up
  • Sam Dees, soul music singer
  • Dennis Edwards, soul music singer
  • Paul Finebaum, radio talk-show host
  • Fannie Flagg, author, actress
  • Louise Fletcher, actress
  • Emmylou Harris, singer
  • Erskine Hawkins, jazz composer
  • Taylor Hicks, soul music singer, American Idol winner
  • Odetta Holmes, folk singer
  • Alan Hunter, former MTV VJ
  • Kate Jackson, actress
  • Eddie Kendricks, soul music singer
  • Rebecca Luker, singer, actress
  • Gucci Mane, rapper
  • Mark & Brian, radio personalities
  • Gail Patrick, actress, television producer
  • Wayne Rogers, actor
  • Vincent Saizis, cinematographer
  • Glenn Shadix, actor (Bessemer)
  • Ruben Studdard, singer, American Idol winner
  • Sun Ra, musician
  • Matt Whitson, musician, producer
  • Paul Williams, soul music singer
  • Tammy Wynette, country singer

Law & Politics

  • Truman H. Aldrich, U.S. Representative
  • Richard Arrington, first African-American mayor of Birmingham
  • Spencer Bachus, U.S. Representative
  • Sydney J. Bowie, U.S. Representative
  • B. B. Comer, Governor of Alabama
  • Eugene "Bull" Connor, former Commissioner of Public Safety
  • Norman Lee Cooper, President of American Bar Association
  • Russell McWhortor Cunningham, Governor of Alabama
  • William Henry Denson, U.S. Representative
  • Art Hanes, mayor of Birmingham
  • Earl F. Hilliard, U.S. Representative
  • George Huddleston, U.S. Representative
  • George Huddleston, Jr., U.S. Representative
  • Joseph Forney Johnston, Governor of Alabama, U. S. Senator
  • Bernard Kincaid, mayor of Birmingham
  • Chris McNair, Jefferson County Commissioner
  • John P. Newsome, U.S. Representative
  • Luther Patrick, U.S. Representative
  • Cecil F. Poole, federal judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Charles Redding Pitt, chairman of Alabama Democratic Party
  • Condoleezza Rice, U.S. Secretary of State
  • Richard Shelby, U.S. Senator
  • Jesse F. Stallings, U.S. Representative
  • Margaret Tutwiler, diplomat
  • Oscar Underwood, U. S. Senator
  • Donald Watkins, attorney, banker
  • William Edgar Weldon, politician, real estate developer
  • Frank S. White, U. S. Senator

Math & Science

  • Lawrence J. DeLucas, biophysical engineer, Columbia astronaut.
  • E. O. Wilson, entomologist and noted author


  • James Andrews, nationally renowned orthopedic specialist
  • S. Richardson Hill, endocrinologist and health care
  • dministration expert
  • John W. Kirklin, pioneering heart surgeon
  • Larry Lemak, orthopedist and entrepreneur
  • Albert Pacifico, renowned heart surgeon
  • Luther Leonidas Terry, former Surgeon General of the United States
  • Joseph F. Volker, dental researcher, first president of UAB


  • Mike Anderson, former UAB basketball coach
  • Charles Barkley, basketball player
  • Gene Bartow, former basketball coach and Athletic Director for UAB
  • Bruce Benedict, born in Birmingham, major league baseball player
  • Lyman Bostock, born in Birmingham, major league baseball player
  • Bobby Bowden, football coach
  • Bear Bryant, football coach
  • Bubba Church, born in Birmingham, major league baseball player
  • Karlos Dansby, football player
  • Spud Davis, born in Birmingham, major league baseball player
  • Tom Drake, born in Birmingham, major league baseball player
  • Vonetta Flowers, Olympic Gold-medalist and bobsledder
  • Alex Grammas, born in Birmingham, major league baseball player
  • Hubie Green, professional golfer
  • Jerry Hairston, born in Birmingham, major league baseball player
  • Samuel H. Hairston, baseball player
  • Bobby Humphrey, University of Alabama football player, Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos
  • Bo Jackson, multi-sport athlete
  • Ron Jackson, born in Birmingham, major league baseball player
  • Carl Lewis, track and field athlete
  • Theodore Long, current general manager of WWE Smackdown!
  • Lee May, born in Birmingham, major league baseball player
  • Willie Mays, baseball player
  • Tony Nathan, football player and coach
  • Gus Niarhos, born in Birmingham, major league baseball player
  • Satchel Paige, baseball player
  • Erk Russell football player
  • Jason Standridge, major league baseball player
  • Ronald Steele, Basketball player
  • Virgil Tucks, born in Birmingham, major league baseball player
  • Bob Veale, born in Birmingham, major league baseball player
  • Al Worthington, born in Birmingham, major league baseball player
  • Dixie Walker, baseball player
  • Mike Davis, UAB basketball coach


  • Mother Angelica, nun and founder of global Catholic network EWTN
  • Angela Davis, activist
  • Deidre Downs, Miss America 2005
  • Patti Ruffner Jacobs, social reformer
  • Wallace Rayfield. architect
  • Joseph Raya, archbishop and social activist
  • Fred Shuttlesworth, Civil Rights activist
  • Heather Whitestone, Miss America 1995
  • Louise Wooster, famed madam
  • Haleigh Stidham, Miss Alabama USA 2006
  • Jay Sebring, ex-boyfriend of Sharon Tate and Charles Manson victim.



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