List of people from Des Moines, Iowa
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This is a list of the people born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with the city of Des Moines, Iowa, and its surrounding metropolitan area.
- Bangladesh (Shondrae Crawford), music producer
- Bruce Brubaker, pianist and Julliard School faculty member
- Stephen Collins, actor
- Bill Daily, actor, best known as Capt. Roger Healey on I Dream of Jeannie, and Howard Borden on The Bob Newhart Show
- Sarah Darling, country music singer-songwriter
- Joel Dickinson, music producer
- Rory Freeman, cast member on television show Survivor: Vanuatu
- Tana Goertz, cast member on television show The Apprentice 3
- Juanita Hansen, silent film actress and anti-drug spokeswoman
- Peter Hedges, writer of What's Eating Gilbert Grape; director of film Pieces of April
- David Anthony Higgins, actor, Malcolm in the Middle
- Harriet Hilliard, TV actress, singer, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Ozzie Nelson and His Orchestra
- Frank Jenks, actor
- Ashton Kutcher, actor
- Cloris Leachman, Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actress
- Jason Momoa, Baywatch Hawaii, Stargate, New Conan the Barbarian
- Chris Pirillo, television personality and technology figure
- Brandon Routh, actor, best known for title role in Superman Returns
- Ronald Reagan, worked as a disc jockey (radio d.j.) in Des Moines
- Bill Stewart, jazz drummer, worked with Pat Metheny
- Stephen Stucker, actor, best known for his role as the air traffic controller in the 1980 movie Airplane!
- India Summer, adult film actress
- Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins of TLC, Grammy-winning R&B singer
- Gregory Alan Williams, actor
- Roger Williams, pianist and recording artist
- Steve Bartkowski, former NFL quarterback
- Casey Blake, Major League Baseball player
- Scott Clemmensen, NHL hockey player
- Joel Hanrahan, pitcher for Boston Red Sox
- Bobby Hansen, NBA player, played for Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines, and University of Iowa
- Bob Harlan, CEO of Green Bay Packers 1989-2007
- Jeremy Hellickson, pitcher for Tampa Bay Rays, attended Herbert Hoover High School in Des Moines
- Shawn Johnson, gymnast, 2007 World All-Around Champion, 2007 U.S. National All-Around Champion, 2008 Olympic Champion in the balance beam, winner of Season 8 Dancing with the Stars
- Lolo Jones, Olympic track-and-field and bobsled athlete
- Kevin Love, NASCAR driver
- Matt Macri, third baseman for Minnesota Twins, played at Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines
- Dick Pope, Sr., the "Father of American Water Skiing" and promoter of Florida tourism, was born in Des Moines
- Shawna Robinson, NASCAR driver
- Matt Snider, former NFL football player
- Kevin Tapani, Major League Baseball pitcher
- Ross Verba, NFL lineman, played for Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines
- Stephen Beachy, author
- David W. Belin, author
- Rob Borsellino, author
- Bill Bryson, author
- Thomas M. Disch, author
- Christopher Largen, author
- Era Bell Thompson, African American writer and journalist
- Brian Wansink, author of Mindless Eating
- Stephen Kline, artist, photographer
- Edna Griffin, civil rights activist
- Laurence W. Lane Jr., magazine publisher and diplomat
- The McCaughey septuplets, born in 1997 in Des Moines to parents from nearby Carlisle, and the world's first set of septuplets to all survive infancy
- George W. Webber (1920–2010), president of New York Theological Seminary.
- Lawrence Russell Dewey, U.S. Army general
- Faculty Lounge, a band made up of former and current Des Moines-area educators, coaches, and/or administrators, is based in Des Moines.
- The Nadas, the band that Playboy magazine called the "Best College Band You've Never Heard Of" is based in Des Moines.
- Jim Roth, guitarist with rock band Built to Spill, is from West Des Moines.
- Country singers Kate and Kacey Coppola were born in Des Moines, were on CMT's Can You Duet.
- Seven of the nine members of the band Slipknot were born in Des Moines. Paul Gray was born in Los Angeles and James Root was born in Las Vegas
- The metal band Stone Sour began their music career in Des Moines. Both Slipknot and Stone Sour feature vocalist Corey Taylor and guitarist James Root.
- Members of Slipknot:
- Sid Wilson, DJ a.k.a DJ Starscream
- Joey Jordison, drummer
- Chris Fehn, percussionist, backup vocals
- Paul Gray, bassist
- Craig Jones, keyboardist/sampler
- James Root, guitar; also with Stone Sour
- Shawn "Clown" Crahan, percussionist
- Mick Thomson, guitarist
- Corey Taylor, rock/metal musician, vocalist; also with Stone Sour.
- Martin, Douglas. "George W. Webber, Social Activist Minister, Dies at 90", The New York Times, July 12, 2010. Accessed July 13, 2010.