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New Mexico Vacation Fun Facts

Famous New Mexicans

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

Ben Abruzzo, balloonist

Ansel Adams, photographer

Larry Ahrens, radio talk show host

Paul Allen, founder of Microsoft

Clay Allison, outlaw

Rudolfo Anaya, author

Dianne Anderson, radio talk show host

Lynn Anderson, country singer

Maxie Anderson, balloonist

Johnson Antonio, woodcarver

Manuel Armijo, New Mexico governor

Elfego Baca, lawman

Jimmy Santiago Baca, author

Kathy Baker, actress

Josef Bakos, painter

Patrocinio Barela, woodcarver

David Barsky, storyteller and author

Maria Benetiz, flamenco dancer

Charles Bent, New Mexico governor

Bryan Berg, world record-breaking card stacker

Oscar Berninghaus, artist

Hans Bethe, physicist

Jeff Bingaman, U.S. senator

Sarah Bird, novelist

Michael Blake, novelist

Ernest Blumenschein, artist

William Bonney (aka Henry McCarty, Henry Antrim, and Billy the Kid), outlaw

Kent Bostick, Olympic cyclist

Richard Bradford, novelist

Nacio Herb Brown, songwriter

J. B. Bryan, publisher, La Alameda Books

Alice Bullock, folklorist

Ralph Bunche, Nobel Peace Prize winner

Bruce Cabot, actor

Glen Campbell, singer

T. C. Canon, artist

Cathy Carr, Olympic swimmer

Lena Carr and A. A. Carr, filmmakers

Kit Carson, explorer and lawman

Willa Cather, novelist and short story writer

Dennis Chavez, U.S. senator

Fray Angelico Chavez, author

Maurus Chino, founder of the Southwest Indigenous Alliance

Jan Clayton, actress

Cochise, Apache chief

Buffalo Bill Cody, wild west showman

Henry Connelly, New Mexico governor

E. Irving Couse, artist

Bob Crosby, rodeo cowboy

Francisco Cuervo y Valdes, provisional Spanish governor

Ram Dass (Richard Alpert), psychologist and spiritual leader

Juan Bautista de Anza, New Mexico governor

Clarita Garcia de Aranda, flamenco dancer

Ezequiel de Baca, first Hispanic governor in U.S.

Francisco Vázquez de Coronado, explorer

John Denver, singer

Antonio de Ortermin, New Mexico governor

Don Pedro de Peralta, New Mexico governor

Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, explorer

Diego de Vargas, New Mexico governor

David DeWitt, novelist

Bo Diddley, singer

Trent Dimas, Olympic gymnast

Mabel Dodge, heiress, author, and literary philanthropist

Pete Domenici, U.S. senator

Long John Dunn, entrepreneur

W. Herbert “Buck” Dunton, artist

Fremont Ellis, painter

Joaquin Encinias, director

Marisol Encinias, flamenco dancer

Jim Everett, football player

Albert Fall, U.S. senator and secretary of the interior

Richard Farnsworth, actor

Nicolai Fechin, artist

Enrico Fermi, physicist

Bobby Foster, boxer

Clifford Fragua, artist

Drew Gaffney, astronaut

Jose Manuel Gallegos, U.S. representative

Miguel Gandert, photographer

Pat Garrett, sheriff

Greer Garson, actress

Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft

Murray Gell-Mann, Nobel prize-winning physicist

Geronimo, Apache chief

Robert H. Goddard, developed world's first liquid-fuel rocket

Glenna Goodacre, sculptress

Edward Gonzales, artist

R. C. Gorman, artist

Sidney Gutierrez, astronaut

Gene Hackman, actor

Donald Hamilton, mystery writer

William Hanna, cartoonist

Ed Harris, actor

Neil Patrick Harris, actor

Elizabeth Case-Harwood and Burt Harwood, art patrons

Edward Hatch, general

Tony Hillerman, novelist

Conrad Hilton, founder of Hilton hotels

Buddy Holly, singer

Dennis Hopper, actor

Paul Horgan, historian

Allan Houser, sculptor

Peter Hurd, painter

Aldous Huxley, novelist and essayist

Don Imus, radio show host

Burl Ives, musician

Will James, Western legend

Janis Joplin, singer

Mike Judge, creator of Beavis and Butt-head

Stephen Watts Kearny, general

Charles Kennedy, Western legend

Jan Kerouac, author

Black Jack Ketchum, train robber

Val Kilmer, actor

Ralph Kiner, baseball player

J. Z. Knight, channeler of Ramtha

John Kremer, author of 1001 Ways to Market Your Books, Celebrate Today, and The Biology of Business; founder and member of the Self-Publishing Hall of Fame; maintainer of this web site; self-promoter

Oliver LaFarge, novelist

Bishop Lamy, Catholic bishop

Octaviano Larrazolo, U.S. senator and first naturalized American and Hispanic to serve as a senator

D. H. Lawrence, novelist

Timothy Leary, psychologist and drug experimenter

John Lewis, founder of Modern Jazz Quartet

Samuel Lewis, Sufi teacher

Ottmar Liebert, composer and guitarist

Milton Livingston, builder of Cyclotron

Gregory Lomayesva, artist

Nancy Lopez, golfer

Mabel Dodge Lujan, author

Manuel Lujan Jr., U.S. secretary of interior

Douglas MacArthur, general

Tommy MacDonald, football player

Shirley MacLaine, actress

Marisa Maez, TV news anchor

Mangas, Apache chief

Agnes Martin, artist

George R.R. Martin, science fiction and fantasy novelist

Maria and Julian Martinez, potters

Padre Martinez, social reformer who also brought the first printing press to New Mexico

Bill Mauldin, political cartoonist

George McJunkin, discoverer of Folsom Man

Mark Medoff, novelist

Don Meredith, football player

Roger Miller, singer and songwriter

Edgar D. Mitchell, astronaut

Flores Mogollon, Spanish governor

Scott Momaday, novelist

Tamara Monosoff, inventor and author, The Mom Inventor's Handbook

Demi Moore, actress

Jim Morrison, singer, The Doors

Walter Mruk, painter

Michael Martin Murphy, country singer

Ty Murray, rodeo champion

Roy Nakayama, chile developer

Nana, Apache chief

Willard Nash, painter

Bruce Nauman, artist

Ralph Neely, football player

Francine Neff, U.S. secretary of the treasury

John Nichols, novelist

Jack Nicholson, actor

Georgia O'Keeffe, painter

Juan de Oñate, explorer

Steve Ontiveros, baseball player

J. Robert Oppenheimer, head of Manhattan Project which developed atomic bomb

Katherine Ortega, U.S. treasurer

Simon Ortiz, poet

Virgil Ortiz, artist

Louis Owens, novelist

Sheldon Parsons, painter

Albino Perez, New Mexico governor

Don Perkins, football player

John (Blackjack) Pershing, general

Bert Phillips, artist

Waite Phillips, oilman

Slim Pickens, actor

Jim Plunkett, football player

Frederick Pohl, science fiction novelist

Po'pay, led the 1680 Pueblo Revolt

Eliot Porter, nature photographer

Bart Prince, architect

LeBaron Bradford Prince, New Mexico governor

Ernie Pyle, World War II correspondent

Godfrey Reggio, director

Eugene Manlove Rhodes, author

Bill Richardson, New Mexico governor

Holly Roberts, photographer

John Maddox Roberts, novelist

Julia Roberts, actress

Charmayne James Rodman, barrel racer

Millicent Rogers, designer and art patron

Susan Rothenberg, artist

Fred Saberhagen, science fiction novelist

Eva Encinias Sandoval, dancer and founder, National Institute of Flamenco

Peter & Paul Sarkisian, artists

Jack Schaefer, novelist

Harrison J. Schmitt, astronaut and U.S. senator

Ernest Thompson Seton, author, naturalist, artist, and co-founder of the Boy Scouts

Joseph Sharp, artist

Connie Shelton, novelist

Will Shuster, painter

Hampton Sides, novelist

Leslie Marmon Silko, novelist

Marc Simmons, historian

Mike Smith, jockey

Teresa Kalab Smith, children's book author and illustrator

Smokey the Bear

Erick Southwick, rodeo champion

Roger Staubach, football player

Alfred Stieglitz, photographer

Slim Summerville, Keystone cop

Leo Szilard, physicist

Luci Tapahonso, poet

Edward Teller, physicist

Clyde Tombaugh, astronomer and discover of Pluto

Miguel Trujillo, Isleta Pueblo activist

Tom Udall, U.S. representative

Stanislaw Ulam, mathematician

Al Unser, race car driver

Al Unser Jr., race car driver

Bobby Unser, race car driver

Vivian Vance, actress

Judith Van Gieson, mystery novelist

Woody and Steina Vasulka, artists

Pablita Velarde, painter

Cuerno Verde, Comanche chief

Victorio, Apache chief

Lew Wallace, novelist, general, and territorial governor

Alton Walpole, filmmaker

Erika Wanenmaker, artist

Duane Ward, baseball player

Frank Waters, author

Bill Watterson, cartoonist

Richard Wetherill, leader of first expedition party to excavate Chaco Canyon

Eugene Wigner, mathematician

Jack Williamson, science fiction novelist

Heather Wilson, U.S. representative

Joe Wilson, ambassador

Valerie Plame Wilson, CIA analyst

Scott Wiseman, animator

Ellen Wood, author

Summer Woods, novelist

Henrietta Wyeth, painter

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