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Famous People from Oklahoma

Joe Albertson (1906 - 1993) The founder of the Albertsons chain of grocery stores and a notable philanthropist. Born in Yukon, OK (1406)

Susan Elizabeth Amis (1962 - ) A former American film actress and model. She made her film debut in the movie Fandango. She also had a role in Titanic. Born in Oklahoma City, OK (1414)

Garth Brooks (1962 - ) Born Troyal Garth Brooks. An American singer-songwriter. He is one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. Born in Tulsa, OK (467)

Jeremy Castle (1974 - ) Country music singer/songwriter. Born in Oklahoma City, OK (475)

L. Gordon Cooper Jr. (1927 - 2004) An American aerospace engineer, test pilot, United States Air Force pilot and one of the seven original astronauts in Project Mercury, the first manned space program of the United States. Born in Shawnee, OK (468)

John Hope Franklin (1915 - 2009) A United States historian and past president of the American Historical Association. He is the author of From Slavery to Freedom and he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1995. Born in Rentiesville, OK (473)

James Garner (1928 - 2014) Born James Scott Bumgarner. An American actor, voice artist, and comedian. He starred in the television series, Maverick and The Rockford Files and had leading roles in more than 50 films. Born in Norman, OK (474)

Vince Gill (1957 - ) An American country singer-songwriter. He was part of the country rock band Pure Prairie League in the 1970s and began his solo career in 1983. Born in Norman, OK (469)

Woody Guthrie (1912 - 1967) Folk singer, guitarist, and composer. He published over 1,000 songs of social commentary. His best-known song is "This Land is Your Land." He is the father of American folk musician Arlo Guthrie. Born in Okemah, OK (465)

Paul Harvey (1918 - 2009) Born Paul Harvey Aurandt. American Radio Broadcaster for the ABC Radio Network. He is famous for his "The Rest of the Story" segments. Born in Tulsa, OK (477)

Toby Keith (1961 - ) Born Toby Keith Covel. An American country music singer-songwriter, record producer and actor. His song "Should've Been a Cowboy" was the most played country song of the 1990s. Born in Clinton, OK (482)

Mickey Mantle (1931 - 1995) An American baseball player. He was a major league baseball center fielder and first baseman for the New York Yankees from 1951-1968. He was nicknamed "The Commerce Comet" or "The Mick". Born in Spavinaw, OK (466)

Reba McEntire (1955 - ) An American country music singer, songwriter and actress. She is sometimes referred to as "The Queen of Country" and is one of the best-selling artists of all time. She also is known for her role in her self-titled television series Reba. Born in McAlester, OK (478)

Chuck Norris (1940 - ) Born Carlos Ray Norris. An American martial artist, actor, film producer and screenwriter. He appeared in a number of action films and starred in the television series Walker, Texas Ranger. Born in Ryan, OK (472)

Patti Page (1927 - 2013) Born Clara Ann Fowler. An American singer of traditional pop music. She was the top-charting female vocalist and best-selling female artist of the 1950s. Her signature song, "Tennessee Waltz", was one of the biggest-selling singles of the 20th century. Born in Claremore, OK (471)

Brad Pitt (1963 - ) An American actor and producer. Some of his movies include Legends of the Fall, Ocean's Eleven, Mr & Mrs Smith and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Born in Shawnee, OK (479)

Alice Mary Robertson (1854 - 1931) An American educator, social worker, government official and politician. She was the second woman to serve in the United States Congress and the first woman from Oklahoma (1921-1923). Born in Tullahassee, OK (481)

Blake Shelton (1976 - ) An American country music singer and television personality. He is known for his role as a judge on the TV singing competitions Nashville Star, Clash of the Choirs and The voice. Born in Ada, OK (483)

Maria Tallchief (1925 - 2013) Born Elizabeth Marie Tall Chief. She is considered America's first major prima ballerina and the first Native American to hold the rank. Born in Fairfax, OK (1703)

James Francis "Jim" Thorpe (1888 - 1953) Considered one of the most versatile athlete of modern sports. He won Olympic gold medals for the 1912 pentathlon and decathlon, played both college and professional football as well as professional baseball and basketball. Born in Prague, OK (470)

Carrie Underwood (1983 - ) An American singer, songwriter, and actress. Her career began when she became the winner of the fourth season of American Idol in 2005. She is recognized as the female vocalist of her generation in any genre. She was the first and only country artist to ever debut at number one on the Hot 100. Born in Muskogee, OK (745)

Sam Walton (1918 - 1992) An American businessman and entrepreneur best known for founding Walmart and Sam's Club. Born in Kingfisher, OK (34)