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Famous Nebraskans

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

Grace Abbott, social worker and reformer

Bess Streeter Aldrich, novelist

Hartley Burr Alexander, anthropologist, poet, philosopher, mythologist

Fred Astaire, dancer

George Beadle, Nobel prize-winning scientist

Marlon Brando, actor

William Jennings Bryan, politician, orator, and presidential candidate

Warren Buffett, investor

Johnny Carson, The Tonight Show host

Willa Cather, novelist

Dick Cavett, TV host

Dick Cheney, U.S. vice president

William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody, buffalo hunter, wild west show operator

James Colburn, actor

Edward Creighton, banker and telegraph pioneer

Sandy Dennis, actress

Loren Eiseley, anthropologist, poet, and philosopher of science

Father Edward Flanagan, founder of Boys Town

Henry Fonda, actor

Gerald Ford, U.S. president

Robert Furnas, Nebraska governor

Nathan Gold, businessman, civic leader, and philanthropist

Coleen Gray, actress

Dwight Palmer Griswold, banker and Nebraska governor

Hall Brothers, founders of Hallmark cards

Gilbert M. Hitchcock, U.S. senator

Phineas Hitchcock, U.S. senator

Larry Jacobson, football player

Moses Kincaid, U.S. senator

Lawrence Klein, Nobel prize-winning economist

Ted Kooser, poet laureate

Charles Lindbergh, aviator

Makhpiya-luta (Red Cloud), Oglala chief

Dorothy McGuire, actress

Val Finch Merriman, Nobel prize-winning physicist

J. Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day, U.S. secretary of agriculture

John Gneisenau Neihardt, poet

Ben Nelson, Nebraska governor

Nick Nolte, actor

George W. Norris, U.S. senator

James W. Nye, Nevada territorial governor

Margaret O'Brien, actress

Kay Orr, Nebraska governor

Tom Osborne, football coach

John J. Pershing, general

Richard A. "Pete" Petrashek, aka Peter the Near (Great), magician

Susanne LeFlesche Picotte, first Native American woman doctor

Nathan Roscoe Pound, botanist and ecologist

Andy Roddick, tennis player

Nellie David Tayloe Ross, Wyoming governor and first woman governor in the U.S.

Rueben, a chimpanzee that knows sign language

Mari Sandoz, novelist

Evelyn Genevieve Sharp, aviator

Standing Bear, Ponca chief

Tashunca-uitco (Crazy Horse), Oglala Lakota leader

Robert Taylor, actor

Arthur W. Thompson, auctioneer

Susette LaFlesche Tibbles, aka Bright Eyes, Omaha Indian rights activist

Malcolm X, black leader

Lady Evelyn Brodstone Vestey, member of British royalty

Roger Welsch, folklorist

Daryl Zanuck, movie producer

For a list of 700 famous Nebraskans, go to

John Kremer, Travel Guide

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