List of people from Lincoln, Nebraska

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This is a list of people from Lincoln, Nebraska.

List of people from Lincoln, Nebraska alphabetical order
Name DOB DOD Career Notability
E.C. "Teddy Blue" Abbott 1860 Cowboy Member of the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame (District 6); author of We Pointed Them North: Recollections of a Cowpuncher (1939)[1][2]
Fred Abel 1903 1980 Athlete NFL player
Hazel Abel 1888 1966 Teacher and politician First woman from Nebraska elected to serve in the U.S. Senate
Nancy C. Andreasen 1938 Neuroscientist One of the world's foremost authorities on schizophrenia
Fred Beebe 1879 1957 Professional baseball player[3] A pitcher for five Major League Baseball teams
Shawn Bouwens 1968 Professional football player Played professionally for the Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars[4]
Leslie Brooks 1922 2011 Actress Featured in films such as Cover Girl and Blonde Ice
William Jennings Bryan 1860 1925 Lawyer, statesman, politician Three-time Democratic Party nominee for President of the United States
Johnny Carson 1925 2005 Entertainer Host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson from 1962-92
Willa Cather 1873 1947 Author Best known for O Pioneers!, My Ántonia, and Death Comes for the Archbishop
Dick Cavett 1936 Entertainer Host of The Dick Cavett Show
Joba Chamberlain 1985 Athlete Relief pitcher for the Detroit Tigers
Dick Cheney 1941 Politician Former Vice President of the United States under George W. Bush
Amasa Cobb 1823 1905 Politician U.S. Representative from Wisconsin
Amy Sue Cooper Model Playboy Cyber Girl of the Year 2005
Richard Cowan 1922 1944 Soldier Posthumous Medal of Honor recipient in World War II
Charles G. Dawes 1865 1951 Banker, politician Former Vice President of the United States under the Coolidge administration
Sandy Dennis 1937 1992 Actress Won an Academy Award for her role in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in 1967
David Doyle 1929 1997 Actor Starred as "Bosley" in the hit TV series Charlie's Angels
Mary Doyle 1931 1995 Actress
Mignon G. Eberhart 1899 1996 Writer
Harold Edgerton 1903 1990 Engineer Credited with popularizing the use of the electronic flash in photography
Loren Eiseley 1907 1977 Poet, science writer Inspired the environmental movement with his writings
Jane English 1940 Politician Member of Arkansas State Senate from North Little Rock
Deb Fischer 1951 Politician Republican U.S. Senator
Caril Ann Fugate 1943 Criminal Teenage girlfriend of murderer Charles Starkweather; youngest female in US history to be tried for first-degree murder
Ernest K. Gann 1910 1991 Author Early airline pilot and author of The High and The Mighty and Fate is the Hunter among others.
Alex Gordon 1984 Athlete Player for 2015 World Series champion Kansas City Royals
Ashley Graham 1988 Model Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model
Cliff Hillegass 1918 2001 Businessman Creator and publisher of CliffsNotes
Alice Hamlin Hinman 1869 1934 Psychologist Educational reformer, member of the Lincoln Board of Education
Fred Hoiberg 1972 Professional Basketball Coach Head coach of the Chicago Bulls
Mike Johanns 1950 Politician Former Republican mayor of Lincoln and governor of Nebraska
Bob Kerrey 1943 Politician 35th Governor of Nebraska and a U.S. Senator[5]
Lane Kiffin 1975 College Football Coach Head football coach of Florida Atlantic University . Previous head coach of Oakland Raiders, USC , Tennessee, and offensive coordinator for Alabama
Helen Klanderud 1937 2013 Politician Former Mayor of Aspen, Colorado[6]
Lars Krutak 1950 Anthropologist
Ron Kurtenbach 1943 Activist Prominent communist and former radio host
Chris Landreth 1987
Louise Le Baron 1874 1918 Opera singer
Tosca Lee 1969 Writer
Verne Lewellen 1901 1980 Professional football player
Gilbert N. Lewis 1875 1946 Chemist Developed the Lewis dot structure of molecular modeling
John L. Loos 1918 2011 Historian Historian of Lewis and Clark Expedition
Gordon MacRae 1921 1986 Actor, singer Best known for appearances in the musicals Oklahoma! and Carousel
Nathaniel Motte 1984 Musician Singer, songwriter, producer and film composer from electric pop duo 3OH!3
Danny Noonan 1965 Professional football player Played for the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers[7]
Dirk Obbink 1957 Papyrologist and classicist
Mary Pipher 1947 Psychologist, author Received and later returned a Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association
Roscoe Pound 1870 1964 Legal scholar and educator
John Bennett Ramsey 1943 Businessman Father of JonBenét Ramsey
James Lee Rankin 1907 1996 Politician United States Solicitor General (1956–61)[8]
Shawn Redhage 1981 Professional basketball player Plays in pro league in Australia
Barrett Ruud 1983 Professional football player
Bo Ruud 1984 Professional football player Played linebacker for New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns
Brandon Sanderson 1975 Writer
Coleen Seng 1936 Politician Former Democratic mayor of Lincoln
Lindsey Shaw 1989 Actress Starred in Nickelodeon's sitcom Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide
Ted Sorensen 1928 Lawyer, speechwriter Closest adviser to and speechwriter for President John F. Kennedy
Charles Starkweather 1938 1959 Criminal Executed after a killing spree in Nebraska and Wyoming that left 11 dead
Ryland Steen 1980 Musician Drummer for ska punk band Reel Big Fish
Alex Stivrins 1962 Professional basketball player Played for the Seattle SuperSonics, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks, and Atlanta Hawks
Hilary Swank 1974 Actress Won two Academy Awards for Best Actress for Boys Don't Cry and Million Dollar Baby
Matthew Sweet 1964 Musician Solo pop rock artist, formerly a member of R.E.M. and The B-52's
Brandon Teena 1972 1993 Murder victim Murdered for being transgender; subject of 1999 Oscar-winning film Boys Don't Cry
Janine Turner 1962 Actress Starred in TV series Northern Exposure and film Cliffhanger
James Valentine 1978 Musician Guitarist for pop rock band Maroon 5
Robert Van Pelt 1897 1988 Attorney Served as U.S. District Judge in the District of Nebraska
Kent Wells 1967 Athlete NFL and AFL player
Daniel Whitney (Larry the Cable Guy) 1963 Comedian, actor Co-star of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour
Milton I. Wick 1899 1981 Businessman Founded Wick Communications
Don Wilson 1900 1982 Announcer Radio and TV announcer for Jack Benny
Denny Zager 1943 Musician Was member of duo Zager and Evans; current salesman of EZ-Play modified guitars
Mary Zimmerman 1943 Director and playwright Winner of Broadway's Tony Award in 2002
Greg Zuerlein 1987 Pro football player Placekicker for the NFL's St. Louis Rams


  1. ^ "Texas Ranch House: Teddy Blue Abbott". PBS. 
  2. ^ Abbott, E.C. "Teddy Blue"; Smith, Helena Huntington (1939). We Pointed Them North: Recollections of a Cowpuncher (Reprint (1991) ed.). The Lakeside Press/R. R. Donnelley & Sons. ASIN B000M161B4. 
  3. ^ "Fred Beebe Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Shawn Bouwens". Pro-Football-Reference.Com. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress". Retrieved 2012-11-04. 
  6. ^ Travers, Andrew (2013-10-05). "Helen Kalin Klanderud: June 9, 1937 — Oct. 3, 2013". Aspen Daily News. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  7. ^ "Danny Noonan". Retrieved October 6, 2012. 
  8. ^ "J. Lee Rankin". United States Department of Justice. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 

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