List of people from Carbondale, Illinois

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The following list includes notable people who were born or have lived in Carbondale, Illinois. For a similar list organized alphabetically by last name, see the category page People from Carbondale, Illinois.

Arts and culture[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Ayres, AgnesAgnes Ayres Agnesayres.jpg Apr 4, 1898 Dec 25, 1940 Actor (The Sheik) Born in Carbondale
Colvin, ShawnShawn Colvin ShawnColvinJune08.jpg Jan 10, 1956 Grammy Award-winning singer and musician Grew up in Carbondale
Conger, DarvaDarva Conger Suzanne Stokes and Darva Conger.jpg Sep 21, 1965 Winner of Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? (2000) Born in Carbondale
Falcone, BenBen Falcone Falcone and McCarthy 2007.jpg Aug 25, 1973 Actor (What to Expect When You're Expecting and Enough Said) Born in Carbondale
Franz, DennisDennis Franz Dennis Franz (1994).jpg Oct 28, 1944 Actor (NYPD Blue) Graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Fuller, R. BuckminsterR. Buckminster Fuller BuckminsterFuller1.jpg Jul 12, 1895 Jul 1, 1983 Architect and futurist; built the geodesic domes found around Carbondale Taught at Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Gardner, JohnJohn Gardner John Gardner author 1979.jpg Jul 21, 1933 Sep 14, 1982 Novelist and teacher (Grendel) [citation needed]
Gilbert, PaulPaul Gilbert Paul Gilbert - 1.jpg Nov 6, 1966 Guitarist (Racer X, Mr. Big) Born in Carbondale
Gregory, DickDick Gregory Dick Gregory 2010.jpg Oct 12, 1932 Comedian and civil rights leader Attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale for two years
Hull, GertrudeGertrude Hull Gertrude Hull 1898.jpg Nov 16, 1866 Mar 22, 1947 Teacher and tutor for Douglas MacArthur Attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale for two years - salutatorian
Jones, RodneyRodney Jones 1950 Poet and nominee for the Pulitzer Prize Professor of English at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Metcalf, LaurieLaurie Metcalf Lauriemetcalf.jpg Jun 16, 1955 Actress (Roseanne, 2017 Tony Award winner) Born in Carbondale
Soldier, DaveDave Soldier DaveSoldierJojo.jpg Nov 6, 1956 Composer and founder of the Thai Elephant Orchestra Born in Carbondale
Trumbauer, FrankieFrankie Trumbauer May 30, 1901 Jun 11, 1956 Saxophonist; contemporary of Bix Beiderbecke Born in Carbondale

Crime[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Krajcir, Timothy WayneTimothy Wayne Krajcir Timothy Krajcir.jpg Nov 28, 1944 Serial killer; murdered two Carbondale women

Military[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Logan, Jr, John AlexanderJohn Alexander Logan, Jr John A Logan Jr.jpg Jul 24, 1865 Nov 11, 1899 US Army officer; posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for actions during the Philippine–American War Born in Carbondale

Politics[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Liu, LauraLaura Liu Jul 19, 1966 Apr 17, 2016 Illinois Appellate Court judge Born in Carbondale [1]
Simon, SheilaSheila Simon Sheila Simon.jpg Mar 13, 1961 46th lieutenant governor of Illinois Lives in Carbondale

Sports[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Acks, RonRon Acks Oct 3, 1944 Linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers
Bardo, StephenStephen Bardo Apr 5, 1968 Shooting guard at U of I; ESPN college basketball analyst [2]
Caldwell, JimJim Caldwell Jim Caldwell (American football) 2010.jpg Jan 16, 1955 Head coach of the Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts Wide receiver coach at Southern Illinois University
Carr, ChrisChris Carr Mar 12, 1974 Shooting guard for six different NBA teams Attended Southern Illinois University
Hudson, TroyTroy Hudson Troy Hudson.jpg Mar 13, 1976 Point guard for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors Born in Carbondale
Jacobs, BrandonBrandon Jacobs Brandon Jacobs training camp.jpg Jul 6, 1982 Running back for the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers Played football at Southern Illinois University
Kill, JerryJerry Kill 2013-0427-JerryKill.jpg Aug 24, 1961 Head football coach for the University of Minnesota and Southern Illinois University
Scott, BartBart Scott Bart Scott 2011.JPG Aug 18, 1980 Linebacker for the New York Jets Played football for Southern Illinois University
Waterbury, SteveSteve Waterbury Apr 6, 1952 Pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals Born in Carbondale
Watson, ShawnShawn Watson Sep 21, 1959 Quarterbacks coach for the Louisville Cardinals football team Born in Carbondale

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