List of people from Kansas City, Missouri
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This article is a list of notable individuals who were born in and/or have lived in Kansas City, Missouri.
- Bud Abell – linebacker in the American Football League; born in Kansas City
- Oleta Adams – singer
- Amy Alcott (born 1956) – Hall of Fame professional golfer; born in Kansas City
- M.A. Alford – multimedia artist
- Henry Wilson Allen – Western author and screenwriter
- Robert Altman – film director
- Raleigh DeGeer Amyx – collector of Olympic and Presidential memorabilia
- Stewart Ashby, Jr. – rapper
- Edward Asner – actor, born in Kansas City
- Ashley Aull – 2006 Miss Kansas USA
- Burt Bacharach – pianist and composer
- Parrish Baker – cartoonist
- Joy Bang – actress born in Kansas City
- Kay Barnes – mayor of Kansas City 1999–2007
- H. Roe Bartle – mayor of Kansas City and namesake of Kansas City Chiefs
- Count Basie – jazz musician and bandleader
- Noah Beery – actor
- Wallace Beery – Oscar-winning actor
- Thomas Hart Benton – artist
- Richard L. Berkley – politician, former mayor
- Ken Berry – baseball player
- Danni Boatwright – Survivor: Guatemala winner; Miss Kansas
- Johnny Yong Bosch – actor, martial artist, voice actor, and musician
- Connee Boswell – singer
- Diane Brewster – actress
- Walter Brown – blues musician
- Sylvia Browne – psychic and medium
- Melvin Calhoun – rapper
- Danny Carey – drummer for rock band Tool
- John D. Carmack – game programmer
- Joe Carter – baseball player with Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays, lives in the city
- Don Cheadle – actor, Hotel Rwanda, Ocean's Eleven, Crash
- Anthony Civella – mobster
- Emanuel Cleaver – politician, U.S. Representative for Fifth District in Missouri
- Gene Clark – singer/songwriter with The Byrds
- Jonathan Coachman – ESPN sportscaster, wrestling commentator, college basketball player
- Jennifer Jo Cobb – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver
- Robert Coldsnow – Kansas legislator and lawyer
- Evan S. Connell – author
- Chris Cooper – Oscar-winning actor
- John Coughlin – figure skater, 2011 U.S. pairs champion
- Joan Crawford – Oscar-winning actress
- Walter Cronkite – CBS television journalist, news anchor
- Marcus Denmon – NBA player
- Bob Dernier – MLB outfielder
- Walt Disney – film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, and animator
- Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff – model and Miss Teen USA 2017
- James T. Draper, Jr. – president of Southern Baptist Convention 1982-1984; pastor of Red Bridge Baptist Church in Kansas City 1965-1970
- Carol Duboc – singer, composer, arranger, and actress
- Amelia Earhart – iconic aviator
- James E. Edmondson – Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice
- Eminem (Marshall Mathers) – rapper and actor
- Melissa Etheridge – singer
- Harris Faulkner – newscaster
- Samantha Fish – musician
- Scott Foley – actor
- Lisa Forbes – Miss Kansas and Miss Earth USA 2007
- William P. Foster – band director
- Thomas Frank – writer, editor
- Josh Freeman – NFL quarterback
- Matt Freije – NBA player
- Friz Freleng – film producer, director, animator, and cartoonist
- Caroline Glaser – The Voice contestant
- Maurice Greene – sprinter, gold-medalist Olympian in track and field
- Masten Gregory – auto racing
- Eddie Griffin – comedian and actor, Deuce Bigalow, Undercover Brother
- Karolyn Grimes – actress, Zu-Zu in the Frank Capra classic It's a Wonderful Life, lived in town for many years
- Donald J. Hall, Sr. – businessman
- Joyce Hall – businessman, founder of Hallmark Cards
- Leon Harden – football player for Green Bay Packers
- Jean Harlow – actress
- Jessica Harp – country music singer-songwriter, former member of The Wreckers with Michelle Branch
- Thomas Hayward – leading tenor of Metropolitan Opera
- Robert A. Heinlein – science fiction author; his stories are frequently set in or reference Kansas City
- Ernest Hemingway – iconic novelist and short story author
- Shauntay Henderson – FBI Ten Most Wanted fugitive, convicted criminal
- Paul Henning – writer, producer of The Beverly Hillbillies TV series
- Opal Hill – golfer and LPGA co-founder
- Jerry Hines – Emmy Award-winning photographer, voted cutest baby of Kansas City 1975
- Ralph F. Hirschmann (1922–2009) – biochemist who led synthesis of first enzyme
- Mabel Hite – vaudeville and musical comedy performer, father worked at Owl Drug Store
- Clara Cleghorn Hoffman (1831–1908), temperance activist
- Bob Holden – 53rd Governor of Missouri
- Dorothy B. Hughes – novelist
- Jane Dee Hull – 20th Governor of Arizona
- Jim Humphreys – prominent Texas rancher
- Tim Kaine – former Governor and current U.S. Senator from Virginia; 2016 Democratic nominee for Vice president under Hillary Clinton
- Krizz Kaliko (born Samuel Watson, Jr.) – rapper
- Jason Kander – former Missouri Secretary of State
- John Kander – composer
- Ewing Kauffman – pharmaceutical magnate, philanthropist, and Major League Baseball owner
- Ellie Kemper – actress, The Office, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
- Vern Kennedy – baseball pitcher
- Bill Kenney – politician, ex-Chiefs player
- Edward Kerr – actor, Above Suspicion, Confessions of a Sexist Pig, The Astronaut's Wife
- Craig Kilborn – actor, sportscaster, talk show host
- Philip Klutznick – U.S. Secretary of Commerce to President Jimmy Carter
- Evalyn Knapp – actress
- Sarah Lancaster – actress
- Frank Sherman Land – Freemason and founder of Order of DeMolay, international organization for young men
- Barbara Lawrence – actress
- William Least Heat-Moon – author
- Muna Lee – three-time track and field Olympic finalist
- Jeff Leiding – football player
- Lesa Lewis – IFBB professional bodybuilder
- Ryan Lilja – NFL player for Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School graduate
- Tyronn Lue – NBA player and current head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Raytown Senior High School
- Betty Lynn – actress best known for playing Thelma Lou on The Andy Griffith Show
- Bill Maas – NFL player
- Arthur Mag – lawyer, legal counsel to Harry S. Truman
- Sean Malto – professional skateboarder
- Amanda Marsh – first winner of The Bachelor
- Denny Matthews – sportscaster, author
- John Mayberry, Jr. – baseball outfielder with Philadelphia Phillies
- Claire McCaskill – politician and senator
- Edie McClurg – actress
- Courtney McCool – athlete and Olympian
- Glenn McGee – bioethicist and philosopher
- Phil McGraw – psychologist and talk show host, lived in the area as a teen
- Katherine McNamara – actress, Shadowhunters
- Jay McShann – blues musician
- Pat Metheny – jazz guitarist
- Frederick H. Michaelis – U.S. Navy Admiral
- Janelle Monáe – singer
- Wendy Moniz – actress
- Julia Montgomery – actress in Revenge of the Nerds and One Life to Live
- Dennis Moore – Congressman, politician
- Logan Morrison – baseball player
- Paul Morrison – politician
- Tommy Morrison – heavyweight boxer
- Bennie Moten – pianist, bandleader
- Mancow Muller – radio personality
- Richard B. Myers – U.S. Air Force General and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
- Satchel Paige – baseball pitcher
- Charlie Parker – jazz saxophonist and composer
- Gordon Parks – screenwriter, director, actor, photographer
- Jamie Paulin-Ramirez – American Muslim convert arrested in Jihad Jane plot to kill a Danish artist
- Rodney Peete – NFL quarterback, Fox Sports TV host
- Tom Pendergast – political boss
- Tom Pernice, Jr. – professional golfer
- Darrell Porter – professional baseball player, author
- Joe Posnanski – sports writer, author
- William Powell – actor
- Joe Randa – baseball player
- Rob Riggle – actor and comedian
- Bullet Rogan – baseball player
- Ginger Rogers – dancer, Academy Award-winning actress, Broadway performer
- Paul Rudd – actor, Ant-Man, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
- Karl L. Rundberg (1899–1969) – Los Angeles City Council member
- Brandon Rush – NBA player
- Kareem Rush – NBA player
- Pierre Russell – basketball player
- Ray Sadecki – Major League Baseball pitcher
- Lori Saunders – actress, Petticoat Junction
- Rachel Saunders – 2005 Miss Kansas USA
- Melana Scantlin – Miss Missouri USA and Average Joe star, co-host of World Series of Blackjack
- Wes Scantlin – lead singer and rhythm guitarist of rock band Puddle of Mudd, cousin of Melana Scantlin
- Ted Shawn – modern dance pioneer
- Columbus Short – choreographer, actor, singer
- Sam Simmons – former NFL and Arena Football League player
- Crystal Smith – model
- Jack Sock – professional tennis player
- Alberto Sordi – Italian actor (honorary citizen)
- Kate Spade – fashion designer
- Alexis Spight – gospel musician
- Darren Sproles – NFL running back
- Casey Stengel – baseball player and Hall of Fame manager
- Michael Stevens – educator and Internet celebrity
- George Strohmeyer – football player
- Darrell Stuckey – NFL player with the San Diego Chargers
- Jason Sudeikis – actor, Saturday Night Live
- Justin Swift – football player with NFL's Detroit Lions
- Myra Taylor – blues singer, solo career and member of the Wild Women of Kansas
- Tech N9ne (Aaron D. Yates) – rapper
- Bobb'e J. Thompson – child actor
- Virgil Thomson – Pulitzer Prize-winning composer
- Calvin Trillin – food writer, journalist, humorist
- Marion A. Trozzolo – businessman, River Quay
- Harry S. Truman – 33rd President of the United States (from Independence, Missouri)
- Lisa Tucker – writer
- Big Joe Turner – blues singer
- Henry Clay Van Noy – owner of Van Noy Railway News and Hotel Company (today known as HMSHost)
- Grace VanderWaal – singer-songwriter, ukuleleist, and season 11 winner of NBC's America's Got Talent
- Janie Wagstaff – 1992 olympic swimmer
- Dee Wallace – actress, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
- Earl Watson – basketball player
- Orla Watson – inventor
- Tom Watson – professional golfer, twice Masters champion, five-time British Open winner, World Golf Hall of Fame
- Ben Webster – jazz saxophonist
- Jason Whitlock – sports journalist
- Charles Wheeler – Kansas City Mayor
- Frank White – professional baseball player
- Dianne Wiest – two-time Oscar-winning actress
- Chuck Wild – recording artist, songwriter and composer
- Jason Wiles – actor, played Maurice 'Bosco' Boscorelli in TV series Third Watch
- Barry Winchell – Private First Class, murdered by a fellow soldier for his sexual orientation
- Smoky Joe Wood – a.k.a. The Kansas Cyclone; professional baseball player for Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians
- Doug Worgul – journalist and author of the novel Thin Blue Smoke
- Chely Wright – country music singer
- Katie Wright – actress; married to Hank Azaria
- Jack Wyatt – host of ABC's Confession (1958–1959); Episcopalian priest
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