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 capital and 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; fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences born in Atlanta
Martin Luther King Jr. civil rights leader, 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, known for roles in Kick-Ass, Hugo, Carrie; winner of two Saturn Awards born in Atlanta
Isabella Acres (born 2001)[2][3] appeared as Rose on the situation-comedy television series Better Off Ted born in Atlanta[citation needed]
Matt Battaglia Emmy Award-winning producer;[4] 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 Template:Formerly lived in Atlanta
John Burke solo pianist and composer born in Atlanta
Monica Calhoun actress, The Players Club, The Best Man, The Salon; graduate of 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 reality TV star of The Real Housewives of Atlanta [citation needed]
David Cross stand-up comedian and actor [citation needed]
Wylie Draper actor, portrayed older Michael Jackson in The Jacksons: An American Dream [citation needed]
Corri English actress, in 2006 honored at International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival as Best Actress for Unrest [citation needed]
Elle Fanning actress and model; younger sister of actress Dakota Fanning; known for I Am Sam, Daddy Day Care, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, We Bought a Zoo, Maleficent
Melissa Ordway actress and model; known for her roles on Hollywood Heights, The Young and the Restless, and many other roles born in Atlanta
Jane Fonda Academy Award-winning actress, ex-wife of Atlanta television mogul Ted Turner [citation needed]
Jeff Foxworthy comedian lives in Atlanta[5]
Jasmine Guy actress, star of A Different World and film Harlem Nights [citation needed]
Omari Hardwick [citation needed]
Oliver Hardy comedian and actor [citation needed]
Ed Helms actor, The Office [citation needed]
Shuler Hensley singer and actor [citation needed]
Holly Hunter Academy Award-winning actress [citation needed]
DeForest Kelley[6] actor best known as Dr. McCoy 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]
China Anne McClain actress, The A.N.T. Farm born in Atlanta
Brittany Murphy actress [citation needed]
Kip Pardue actor [citation needed]
Robert Patrick actor, played "T-1000" in Terminator 2: Judgment Day [citation needed]
Ty Pennington [citation needed]
Tyler Perry actor, director, screen and playwright, producer, author [7] and songwriter; first film Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)[8] moved to Atlanta[9][10]
Victoria Principal actress, Dallas [citation needed]
Raven-Symoné actress, The Cosby Show, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper and That's So Raven born in Atlanta[11]
Chandler Riggs actor, The Walking Dead born in Atlanta
Julia Roberts Academy Award-winning actress; films include Pretty Woman and Erin Brockovich born at Crawford Long Hospital[12]
Ryan Seacrest TV and radio personality; host of reality-television series American Idol attended Dunwoody High School[citation needed]
Christopher Tavarez [citation needed]
Kenan Thompson comedian, 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, In Cold Blood, The Great Gatsby, The Walking Dead Atlanta native[13]
Kim Zolciak reality TV star of The Real Housewives of Atlanta [citation needed]


Name Known for Association
Cam Newton Football player born in Atlanta
Walt Frazier Basketball player born in Atlanta
Gunnar Bentz Olympian born in Atlanta

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]
Alan K. Avery art dealer founder of Atlanta Arts Project
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 [14]
Anne T. Hill fashion designer founded Taffy's of California born in Atlanta[15]
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]


Name Known for Association
Spike Lee director of films including She's Gotta Have It, School Daze, Do the Right Thing and several music videos born in Atlanta[16]
Kenny Leon Several broadway plays and several television episodes [citation needed]
Tyler Perry director of films, plays, television series including Meet The Browns, and Madea plays and movies moved to Atlanta[9][10]
Steven Soderbergh film director, 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[17]
William Emerson covered the civil rights era as Newsweek's first bureau chief assigned to cover the Southern United States; later editor in chief of The Saturday Evening Post moved to Atlanta[18]
Frank Stanton Georgia's first Post Laureate died in Atlanta[19]
Ted Turner media mogul, TBS and CNN founder moved to Atlanta
Pat Conroy Author, journalist, educator born on October 26, 1945, in Atlanta, Georgia. The first of seven children born into a military family[20]


Name Known for Association
Young Thug rapper, songwriter born and lives in Atlanta
Future rapper born and lives in Atlanta
Lil Jon rapper, record producer, songwriter and grammy winner born and lives in Atlanta
André Benjamin (performs under the mononym André 3000) rapper, actor, record producer, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist; half of the rap group OutKast born in Atlanta
DJ Toomp record producer, songwriter and grammy winner born and lives in Atlanta
Kanye West rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer and fashion designer; one of the best-selling artists of all time born in Atlanta
Drumma Boy record producer, songwriter lives in Atlanta
Kelly Rowland singer-songwriter, actress and television personality born in Atlanta
Johntá Austin singer-songwriter, signed to Jermaine Dupri's So So Def Recordings; awarded two Grammy Awards for songs "We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey and "Be Without You" by Mary J. Blige born in Atlanta[21]
David Berkeley singer-songwriter with four studio albums and one live album[22] moved to Atlanta for his wife to finish school[23]
Eddie Chamblee jazz tenor saxophonist born in Atlanta in 1920
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 [24][25]
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[26]
Whitney Houston singer, actress and model moved to Atlanta in 2002
Graham Jackson theatre organist, pianist and choral conductor moved to Atlanta in 1923[27]
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 1960s,[28] known for songs "I'm Sorry" (1960) and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" (1958); recipient of Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2009) born in Atlanta in 1944[29]
Mable Lee dancer, entertainer, 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
China Anne McClain singer-songwriter and actress (Jasmine Payne on TV series Tyler Perry's House of Payne, Chyna Parks on A.N.T. Farm) born in Atlanta[30]
Big Maceo Merriweather blues singer-pianist, made many recordings in the 1940s for Bluebird and Victor born in Atlanta in 1905
Duke Pearson jazz pianist and composer, noted for work on the Blue Note label born in Atlanta 1932, died in Atlanta 1980
Usher Raymond (performs under the mononym Usher) singer-songwriter, dancer and actor; rose to fame in late 1990s with release of second album My Way attended North Springs High School[31]
Jerry Reed country-music singer-songwriter, guitarist and actor who appeared in more than a dozen films; signature songs include "Guitar Man", "East Bound and Down", "A Thing Called Love" and "When You're Hot, You're Hot" born in Atlanta[32]
Elton John singer-songwriter, English-born entertainer whose songs include "Your Song", "Crocodile Rock" and "Candle in the Wind" lives part-time in Atlanta[33]
India Arie Simpson (better known as India.Arie) singer-songwriter and record producer;[34] has sold over 3.3 million records in the U.S.; has won four Grammy Awards, including Best R&B Album moved to Atlanta[35]
Chris Tomlin contemporary Christian music artist, worship leader and songwriter from Grand Saline, Texas moved to Atlanta and began church
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[24]
Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress from TLC lived in Atlanta [36]
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 Jr. Governor of Georgia and 39th President of the United States lived in Atlanta
Maynard Holbrook Jackson Jr. first black Mayor of Atlanta born and lived in Atlanta
Nathan Deal Governor of Georgia lived in Atlanta
Lester Maddox 75th Governor of Georgia born and lived in Atlanta
Kasim Reed 59th Mayor of Atlanta lived in Atlanta
John Brown Gordon Confederate Lieutenant General and Governor of Georgia Lived in Atlanta
Michelle Nunn Foreign Service, Candidate for Senator, Non-Profit CEO Born and lived in Atlanta

Religious Leaders[edit]

Name Known for Association
Charles Stanley Senior pastor of First Baptist Church in northern Atlanta, Georgia. Founder and president of In Touch Ministries and also served two one-year terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1984 to 1986. lives in Atlanta
Andy Stanley Senior pastor of North Point Community Church, Buckhead Church, and several additional Atlanta area churches. Founded North Point Ministries, a worldwide Christian organization. born in Atlanta

Writers and artists[edit]

Name Known for Association
Joel Chandler Harris wrote the Uncle Remus stories lived in West End of Atlanta[37]
Margaret Mitchell wrote Gone With the Wind born in Atlanta
Lewis Grizzard writer and humorist lived in Atlanta
Judith Pordon poet and editor born in Atlanta
Lucy May Stanton artist born in Atlanta[38]
Flannery O'Connor Southern gothic writer lived in Atlanta

See also[edit]


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  13. ^ "Scott Wilson". The New Georgia Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
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  17. ^ "Resolution adjourning the Senate in honor and loving memory of David Dick". Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  18. ^ Staff (August 28, 2009). "William Emerson Dies at 86; Newsweek Journalist Covered the South – He Was the Magazine's First Bureau Chief Covering the South a Year Before the Brown vs. Board of Education Ruling and Wrote About the Fight for Civil Rights". Associated Press (via the Los Angeles Times). August 28, 2009. Retrieved July 13, 2012.
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