List of people from Atlanta

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This is a list of people who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with the American city of Atlanta, the most populous city in the U.S. state of Georgia.


Name Known for Association
Thomas E. Hill Professor of Philosophy at University of North Carolina and fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Born in Atlanta
Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Leader, and Academic Born in Atlanta [1]
James W. Wagner President of Emory University Lives in Atlanta


Name Known for Association
Chloë Grace Moretz Actress and model; best known for her roles in Kick-Ass 1-2, Let Me In, Hugo, If I Stay, The Equalizer, Carrie (2013), (500) Days of Summer, Dark Shadows, and Hick. Won 14 awards, two Saturn Awards among them for Carrie and Let Me In. [2][3] Born in Atlanta
Isabella Acres (born 2001)[4][5] appeared as Rose on the situation-comedy television series Better Off Ted born in Atlanta[citation needed]
Matt Battaglia Emmy Award-winning producer;[6] co-produced a two-time Golden Globe Award-nominated film; acted in over 90 films network pilots and television shows. [citation needed]
Toni Braxton Singer, actress and reality TV star of Braxton Family Values [citation needed]
Monica Calhoun film roles include The Players Club, The Best Man, and The Salon; graduate of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts [citation needed]
C. Martin Croker voice actor, Zorak and Moltar on Space Ghost: Coast to Coast [citation needed]
Nene Leakes actress and Reality TV star of The Real Housewives of Atlanta [citation needed]
David Cross stand-up comedian and actor [citation needed]
Wylie Draper best remembered as older Michael Jackson in The Jacksons: An American Dream [citation needed]
Corri English In 2006 she won a Horror Award at the International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival for Best Actress for Unrest. [citation needed]
Elle Fanning Teen actress and model; Younger sister of Dakota Fanning, who is also an actress; Known for I Am Sam,Daddy Day Care, The Door in the Floor, Because of Winn-Dixie, Babel, The Nines, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Phoebe in Wonderland, Somewhere, Super 8, Twixt, We Bought a Zoo, Ginger & Rosa, and Maleficent.
Jane Fonda [citation needed]
Jeff Foxworthy comedian resides in Atlanta[7]
Jasmine Guy [citation needed]
Omari Hardwick [citation needed]
Oliver Hardy comedian [citation needed]
Ed Helms [citation needed]
Shuler Hensley [citation needed]
Holly Hunter [citation needed]
DeForest Kelley[8] actor on Star Trek born in Atlanta[citation needed]
Elijah Kelley [citation needed]
RonReaco Lee [citation needed]
Chris Lowell Veronica Mars [citation needed]
Christopher Massey Zoey 101 [citation needed]
Kyle Massey That's So Raven [citation needed]
Brittany Murphy [citation needed]
Kip Pardue [citation needed]
Robert Patrick best remembered as the "T-1000" in Terminator 2: Judgment Day [citation needed]
Ty Pennington [citation needed]
Tyler Perry actor, director, screen and playwright, producer, author [9] and songwriter; first film Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)[10] moved to Atlanta[11][12]
Victoria Principal Dallas [citation needed]
Raven-Symoné actress; roles include the television series The Cosby Show, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper and That's So Raven born in Atlanta[13]
Julia Roberts actress; roles include Pretty Woman (1990) born at Crawford Long Hospital[14]
Ryan Seacrest actor; host of reality-television series American Idol attended Dunwoody High School[citation needed]
Christopher Tavarez [citation needed]
Kenan Thompson Saturday Night Live, Fat Albert [citation needed]
Chris Tucker actor and comedian "Columbia High School"
Devon Werkheiser Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide [citation needed]
Scott Wilson actor Atlanta native[15]
Kim Zolciak Reality TV star of The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Don't be Tardy [citation needed]
Chandler Riggs Star of The Walking Dead
China Anne McClain Star of A.N.T. Farm born in Atlanta, along with her sisters

Business people[edit]

Name Field Known for Association
George Adair developer early-Atlanta real-estate developer [citation needed]
Dean Alford chief executive officer and politician president and chief executive of Allied Energy Services; member of the Georgia General Assembly [citation needed]
Ray Anderson entrepreneur founder of carpet manufacturer Interface, Inc. [citation needed]
Charles Brewer businessman founder of Internet service provider MindSpring, which later merged with EarthLink [citation needed]
Asa Griggs Candler entrepreneur founder of beverage manufacturer The Coca-Cola Company [citation needed]
S. Truett Cathy entrepreneur founder of the fast-food restaurant chain Chick-fil-A [citation needed]
Anne Cox Chambers entrepreneur co-owner of mass-media company Cox Enterprises [citation needed]
Lemuel Grant businessman and engineer early-Atlanta railroad man, landowner, engineer and businessman [citation needed]
James M. Henderson advertising born in Atlanta; lived in Greenville, South Carolina, Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina in 1970 [16]
Anne T. Hill fashion designer founded Taffy's of California born in Atlanta[17]
Bernard Marcus entrepreneur co-founder of home-improvement retailing chain Home Depot; primary funding source for the Georgia Aquarium [citation needed]
John Pemberton chemist chemist and inventor of the carbondated soft drink Coca-Cola [citation needed]
Richard Peters businessman early-Atlanta railroad man, landowner and a founder of Atlanta [citation needed]
John C. Portman, Jr. architect international architect and developer, designer of the groundbreaking atrium-style hotel [citation needed]
Neel Reid architect student of École des Beaux-Arts; designed various buildings now listed on the National Register of Historic Places [citation needed]
Ted Turner media mogul founder of cable-news channel CNN [citation needed]
Robert W. Woodruff executive president of the beverage manufacturer The Coca-Cola Company [citation needed]
Alan K. Avery art dealer founder of the Atlanta Gallery Association and the Atlanta Public Arts Project


Name Known for Association
Spike Lee Several films including She's Gotta Have It, School Daze, Do the Right Thing & several music videos born in Atlanta[18]
Kenny Leon Several broadway plays and several television episodes [citation needed]
Tyler Perry many films, plays and several television series Best known for Meet The Browns and his Madea plays and movies. moved to Atlanta[11][12]
Steven Soderbergh Out of Sight, Erin Brockovich, Traffic, Ocean's Eleven [citation needed]


Name Known for Association
David Dick covered the Southeastern United States for CBS News in late 1960s based in Atlanta; later transferred to the Dallas bureau[19]
William Emerson covering the civil rights era as Newsweek's first bureau chief assigned to cover the Southern United States and was later editor in chief of The Saturday Evening Post. moved to Atlanta[20]
Frank Stanton Being Georgia's First Post Laureate died in Atlanta[21]
Ted Turner media mogul, TBS and CNN founder moved to Atlanta


Name Known for Association
André Benjamin (performs under the mononym André 3000) rapper, actor, record producer, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is one half of the rap group OutKast. born in Atlanta
Johntá Austin singer-songwriter, signed to Jermaine Dupri's So So Def Recordings; awarded two Grammy Awards for his work on the songs "We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey and "Be Without You" by Mary J. Blige born in Atlanta[22]
David Berkeley singer-songwriter with four studio albums and one live album;[23] moved to Atlanta for his wife to finish school[24]
Radric Davis (Gucci Mane) rapper, actor lives in Atlanta
Tauheed Epps (2 Chainz) rapper from Atlanta
Ciara Harris (performs under the mononym Ciara) singer-songwriter, dancer, actress and fashion model moved to Atlanta [25][26]
Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. (better known as T.I.) rapper, actor and businessman born in Atlanta
Keri Hilson singer-songwriter and actress from Decatur attended Emory University[27]
Whitney Houston African American singer, actress and model moved to Atlanta in 2002
Graham Jackson African-American theatre organist, pianist and choral conductor moved to Atlanta in 1923[28]
Jay Wayne Jenkins (Young Jeezy) rapper from Atlanta
Brenda Lee performer who sang rockabilly, pop and country music; had 37 U.S. chart hits during the 1960s,[29] known for her songs "I'm Sorry" (1960) and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" (1958) born in Atlanta in 1944[30]
Mable Lee Tap dancer, entertainer, and 2008 Inductee into the Tap Dance Hall of Fame. born in Atlanta in 1921.
Charlyn Marshall (better known at Cat Power or Chan Marshall) singer-songwriter, actress and model born in Atlanta[31]
China Anne McClain singer-songwriter and actress (regular cast member as Jasmine Payne on the television series Tyler Perry's House of Payne and co-star as Chyna Parks on the television series A.N.T. Farm) born in Atlanta[32]
Usher Raymond (performs under the mononym Usher) singer-songwriter, dancer and actor; rose to fame in the late 1990s with the release of his second album My Way attended North Springs High School[33]
Jerry Reed country-music singer-songwriter, guitarist and actor who appeared in more than a dozen films; signature songs include "Guitar Man" and "A Thing Called Love" born in Atlanta[34]
Elton John singer-songwriter, English born entertainer whose songs include "Your Song" and "Candle in the Wind" resides part-time in a luxury high-rise condo in Atlanta[35]
India Arie Simpson (better known as India.Arie) singer-songwriter and record producer;[36] has sold over 3.3 million records in the U.S.; has won four Grammy Awards, including Best R&B Album moved to Atlanta[37]
Chris Tomlin contemporary Christian music artist, worship leader and songwriter from Grand Saline, Texas, United States moved to Atlanta and began church[38][39]
Nicholas Williams (Trinidad James) rapper from Atlanta
Bobby Wilson (better known as Bobby V) recording artist (nicknamed "Valentino" because he was due to be born on Valentine's Day) attended North Atlanta High School and Clark Atlanta University[25]
Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress from TLC lived in Atlanta [40]
Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress from TLC from Atlanta
Monica singer, songwriter, producer, and actress from Atlanta


Name Known for Association
James Earl "Jimmy" Carter 39th President of the United States Governor of Georgia Graduated from Georgia Tech (Atlanta) lived in Atlanta
Maynard Holbrook Jackson First Black Mayor of Atlanta born and lived in Atlanta
Governor Nathan Deal Governor of Georgia lived in Atlanta
Lester Maddox 75th Governor of Georgia born and lived in Atlanta
Mayor Kasim Reed 59th Mayor of Atlanta lived in Atlanta

Writers and artists[edit]

Name Known for Association
Joel Chandler Harris wrote the Uncle Remus stories lived in West End of Atlanta[41]
Margaret Mitchell wrote Gone With the Wind born in Atlanta
Lewis Grizzard writer and humorist lived in Atlanta
Lucy May Stanton artist born in Atlanta[42]
Flannery O'Connor Southern gothic writer lived in Atlanta

See also[edit]


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