List of people from Charlotte, North Carolina
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The following is list of notable people associated with the U.S. city of Charlotte, North Carolina. All people listed are or have previously been residents of Charlotte, unless otherwise indicated.
Arts, literature, humanities and entertainment
- Sunshine Anderson, (musician) R&B singer
- Brooke Ballentyne, pornographic actress.
- Romare Bearden, artist
- Jason V Brock, filmmaker, writer, artist, and author
- Ben Browder, actor Farscape and Stargate SG-1
- Horace Brown, R&B singer
- Nappy Brown, R&B and gospel singer
- Phillip Bush, American classical pianist
- W. J. Cash, writer and journalist
- Tom Constanten, former keyboard player Grateful Dead
- David L Cook, Christian recording star, comedian
- Brooklyn Decker, American model, graduated from Butler High School in Matthews, NC. Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover model.
- Flagship - American alt-rock band
- DJ Flash, rapper
- FireHouse, early 90's "hair
- Mark Freiburger, filmmaker
- Harry Golden, author
- Anthony Hamilton, R&B singer
- Wilbert Harrison, R&B singer
- Ali Hillis, actress
- Cheris F. Hodges, author
- Hopesfall, hard rock band
- Adina Howard, R&B singer
- I'm with Stupid, acoustic rock band
- Kwame Jackson, runner-up in the first season of "The Apprentice"
- Renneker Jenkins, actor
- Travis Jeppesen, author
- K-Ci & JoJo (Cedric "K-Ci" Hailey & Joel "JoJo" Hailey) of 1990s R&B group Jodeci
- Si Kahn, singer-songwriter and activist (resident of Charlotte)
- John P. Kee, gospel singer
- Mark Kemp, author, music journalist
- Sharon Lawrence, Hollywood actress, most known from NYPD Blue
- Adam Lazzara, lead singer of Taking Back Sunday
- Ben Long, internationally-renowned artist, most known for his fresco work and his drawings
- Emily Maynard, ABC Bachelorette Season 8 The Bachelorette (season 8)
- Carson McCullers, author
- Ross McElwee, documentary filmmaker and professor at Harvard University
- James B. McMillan, federal judge who ruled in favor of school busing to integrate Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
- Stephanie Mills,R&B singer
- Maureen O'Boyle, formerly of "Current Affair" and "Extra"; now newscaster for WBTV
- Brittany Robertson, actress
- Kathy Reichs, anthropologist and author
- Randolph Scott, actor
- Jessica Stroup, actress, best known for portraying Erin Silver on 90210
- John Shelby Spong, retired Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, noted author, lecturer, and theologian
- Stephanie S. Tolan, children's book author
- Skeet Ulrich, graduate of Northwest Cabarrus High School and Star of CBS Show "Jericho"
- David Vincent, frontman/bassist/singer of the Death Metal band Morbid Angel
- Wednesday 13, musician
- Willie Weeks, bass guitarist, most known for his work with Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder and George Harrison.
- Earl Wentz, actor, pianist, composer, and musical director, most noted for his creation in 2000 of the American Composer Series
- Maurice Williams, songwriter and performer of Maurice William and the Zodiacs, famous for "Stay"
- Jordan Lloyd (from suburban Matthews) Winner of Big Brother Season 11 and contestant on Season 16 of the Amazing Race.
- Deniro Farrar, Rapper
- Jim Rash, actor for NBC's Community
Politics, law and the military
- Erskine Bowles, President of UNC System (2005–2010), former White House Chief of Staff, and unsuccessful US Senate nominee in 2002 and 2004
- Rebecca Carney, Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly
- Daniel G. Clodfelter, attorney and politician, Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly
- Chris Cole, politician
- Charlie Smith Dannelly, educator and politician, Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly
- Buster Glosson, Lieutenant General (Ret.), United States Air Force
- Pat McCrory, 74th Governor of North Carolina; longest-serving mayor in Charlotte's history (1995–2009)
- Sue Myrick, member of the United States House of Representatives, and mayor of Charlotte (1987–1991)
- Sarah Parker, Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court (born in Charlotte)
- Robert Pittenger, real estate investor and Republican former State Senator in the North Carolina General Assembly (2002–2008)
- Richard Vinroot, attorney and mayor of Charlotte (1991–1995)
- Leon Levine, founder of Family Dollar; prominent billionaire, businessman and philanthropist.
- Hugh McColl, former CEO and Chairman of Bank of America; built the company from a small regional bank into one of the largest banks in the world.
- Bruton Smith, billionaire founder and CEO of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., a company that owns and operates eight race tracks in the United States. Also founded Sonic Automotive, one of the largest automobile retailers in the US.
- Clemmie Spangler, #117 on Forbes list of 400 richest Americans; former president of the 16-campus University of North Carolina system. Made his fortune in construction and investments.
- Ben Elbert Douglas, Sr., mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina from 1935 to 1941
- Pablo Álvarez, Soccer defender in Flynet and Charlotte Eagles.
- Arn Anderson, former professional wrestler
- Dwight Clark, former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver
- Stu Cole, former Major League Baseball player and manager of the Tulsa Drillers
- Mo Collins, former Oakland Raiders lineman
- Carlos Crawford, former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher
- Seth Curry, Charlotte Christian alumni, NBA player Golden State Warriors
- Stephen Curry, Charlotte Christian alumni, NBA player Golden State Warriors
- Ray Durham, MLB second baseman
- Ric Flair, professional wrestler
- DeShaun Foster, running back for the Carolina Panthers
- Joe Gibbs, Hall of Fame American football coach and NASCAR Championship team owner.
- Larry Hefner, former NFL linebacker
- Antawn Jamison, NBA forward, former University of North Carolina basketball star
- Bobby Jones, former NBA player and 1972 Olympian
- Ron "The Truth" Killings, pro wrestler and rapper
- Chris Leak, Offensive MVP of 2007 BCS National Championship Game
- Mohamed Massaquoi, NFL Wide Receiver, Cleveland Browns
- Jeff McInnis, NBA guard
- Mildred Meacham, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player
- Sam Mills, American football linebacker who played twelve seasons in the National Football League for the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers
- Anthony Morrow, NBA player with the Dallas Mavericks.
- Jim Nantz, sportscaster
- Dickie Noles, former MLB pitcher
- Pettis Norman, former NFL tight end, Dallas Cowboys
- Hakeem Nicks, NFL wide receiver, New York Giants
- Richard Petty, winner of 200 NASCAR races and 7-time series champion.
- Roman Phifer, former NFL linebacker
- Wali Rainer, former NFL player. Played for Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions and Houston Texans.
- Jeff Reed, NFL placekicker, plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers
- Jerry Richardson, owner of the Carolina Panthers
- John Sadri, former tennis player, Australian Open singles finalist
- Don Schollander, Olympic champion swimmer
- Jamie Skeen, basketball player, plays for Maccabi Ashdod B.C. in the Israeli Super League
- Ricky Steamboat, former pro wrestler
- Chad Tracy, MLB third baseman
- Dolly Vanderlip, AAGPBL pitcher
- Dave Waymer, former NFL safety, played for the New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Raiders
- Reggie White, American football defensive end for the Carolina Panthers; career leader at the time of his retirement in sacks
- Haywood Workman, former Indiana Pacers guard
- Annie Lowrie Alexander (1864–1929), first licensed female physician in the American South
- David L Cook, Christian singer and Comedian. Inducted into the 2006 ICGMA Hall of Fame, 2006 Country Gospel Music Entertainer of the Year
- Chelsea Cooley, Miss USA 2005
- William Emerson (1923–2009), journalist who covered 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.
- Billy Graham, evangelist
- Hank Hanegraaff, author, radio talk-show host and advocate of evangelical Christianity
- Susan J. Helms, Brigadier General-select in the United States Air Force and former NASA astronaut
- Richard Hipp, software architect and primary author of SQLite
- Tammy Faye Messner, Christian singer and television personality, former wife of televangelist, and later convicted felon, Jim Bakker
- Tommy Helms, major league baseball player with the Cincinnati Reds and three other major league teams, also managed the Reds parts of two seasons
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