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Last modified: 11/15/07

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Arkansas Vacation Fun Facts

Famous Arkansans

These are just a few of the famous people who were either born in Arkansas or spent some important time in Arkansas.

Joey Lauren Adams, actress

Julie Adams, actress

John Hanks Alexander, first African-American to graduate from West Point

Catherine Tharp Altvater, painter

Lance Alworth, football player

G. M. “Bronco Billy” Anderson, actor

Maya Angelou, poet and novelist

Harry S. Ashmore, editor

Hubert “Geese” Ausbie, basketball player, Harlem Globetrotters

Daisy Bates, black activist

James Black, knife maker

Lisa Blount, actress

Frank Bonner, actor and director

Gretha Boston, actress

Beth Brickell, actress

James Bridges, filmmaker

Elton Britt, country singer

Maurice “Footsie” Britt, football player and politician

Lou Brock, baseball player

Bonnie Brown, country singer

Dee Brown, author and historian

Helen Gurley Brown, editor

Jim Ed Brown, country singer

Maxine Brown, country singer

Paul “Bear” Bryant, football coach

Dale Bumpers, Arkansas governor and U.S. senator

Chester Arthur “Howlin' Wolf” Burnett, blues singer

Bob Burns, comic musician

Sarah Caldwell, opera conductor

Glen Campbell, singer

Hattie Caraway, U.S. senator and first woman to be elected to the Senate

Thad Caraway, U.S. senator

Bill Carr, track star

Johnny Cash, country singer

Eldridge Cleaver, black activist

Hilary Rodham Clinton, U.S. senator

William Jefferson Clinton, Arkansas governor and U.S. president

Mike Conley, Olympic triple jumper

Floyd Cramer, piano player

John Daly, golfer

William Orlando Darby, general

Gail Davis, actress

Jay Hanna “Dizzy” Dean, baseball player

Bill Dickey, baseball player and manager

William Dillard, founder of Dillards Department stores

Sonora Louise Smart Dodd, created Father's Day

Bill Doolin, outlaw

Jimmy Driftwood, folk singer and songwriter

Ronnie Dunn, country singer, Brooks & Dunn

Melvin Endsley, country songwriter

Orval Faubus, Arkansas governor

Sanford Faulkner, songwriter and planter

John Gould Fletcher, poet

William Fulbright, U.S. senator

Ellen Gilchrist, author

Norris Goff, actor

Randy Goodrum, songwriter

Fred Graham, author and journalist

Al Green, singer

Paul Greenberg, journalist

John Grisham, novelist

Tess Harper, actress

Brook Hays, U.S. representative and president of Southern Baptist Convention

Levon Helm, musician, The Band

Barbara Hendricks, opera singer

Joan Hess, mystery novelist

Al Hibbler, singer

Wayland Holyfield, songwriter

J. B. Hunt, trucking tycoon

John H. Johnson, publisher

E. Fay Jones, architect

Jerry Jones, football team owner

Scott Joplin, composer and musician

Louis Jordan, songwriter

George Kell, baseball player

Albert King, blues guitarist

Paul Klipsch, inventor of Klipsch speakers

Alan Ladd, actor

Chester Lauck, actor

Tracy Lawrence, country singer

Jimmy Lile, knifemaker

Laurence Luckinbill, actor

Douglas MacArthur, general

Mark Martin, racecar driver

John McClellan, U.S. senator

Skeets McDonald, singer and songwriter

Wilbur Mills, U.S. representative

Martha Mitchell, Watergate figure

Sidney Moncrief, basketball player

Patsy Montana, country singer

Wally Wade Moon, baseball player

George Newbern, actor

Walter Norris, jazz pianist

K. T. Oslin, country singer

Freeman Harrison Owens, camera inventor and cinematographer

Frank Pace Jr., U.S. secretary of the army

Twila Paris, gospel singer and songwriter, author

Isaac C. Parker, the Hanging Judge

Albert Pike, soldier, poet, Freemason

Scottie Pippen, basketball player

Art Porter Jr., saxophonist

Art Porter Sr., jazz pianist

Charles Portis, novelist

Dick Powell, actor

Florence Beatrice Price, symphonic composer

David Hampton Pryor, Arkansas governor and U.S. senator

Vance Randolph, folklorist

Collin Raye, country singer

Bass Reeves, first black U.S. deputy marshall west of the Mississippi

Charlie Rich, country singer and songwriter

Brooks Robinson, baseball player

Joseph T. Robinson, Arkansas governor and U.S. senator

Winthrop Rockefeller, Arkansas governor

Pharoah Sanders, jazz musician

Sarasen, Quapaw chief

Clyde Scott, football player and Olympic hurdler

Mary Steenburgen, actress

Jack Stephens, investor, Stephens Inc.

Steve Stephens, TV host

W. R. Stephens, investor, Stephens Inc.

William Grant Still, violinist and composer

Edward Durell Stone, architect

Barry Switzer, football player and coach

John Michael Talbot, rockabilly and Christian singer

Reese “Goose” Tatum, basketball player, Harlem Globetrotters

Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor, boxer

Harry Thomason, producer

Billy Bob Thornton, actor

Conway Twitty, country singer

T. Texas Tyler, country singer

Don Tyson, chairman, Tyson Foods

Jerry Van Dyke, actor

Hazel Walker, basketball player

Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart

William Warfield, singer

Sonny Boy Williamson, country musician

Kemmons Wilson, founder of Holiday Inns

Forrest Wood, founder of Wood Manufacturing and designer of the Ranger Boat

C. Vann Woodward, historian

Mark Wright, country singer, writer, and producer

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