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Notable Hoosiers

Hoosiers have long history or statewide and national accomplishments in a variety of areas and disciplines. Here’s a list of the notable people with a connection to the Hoosier State. Some names include links to images and/or biographical essays. An asterisk indicates the person was not born in Indiana.

Educators

Eliza Blaker
Alfred Kinsey*
 

Explorers

 

Film/TV/Theater/Dance

David Anspaugh
Gretchen Cryer
Madelyn Pugh Davis
Howard Hawks
Angelo Pizzo
Sydney Pollack
Steve Tesich*
Twyla Tharp
Matt Williams
 

Inventors

James Buchanan Eads
Dr. William Scholl
 

Journalists

Margaret C. Anderson
Janet Flanner
Brian Lamb
Jane Pauley
William Raspberry*
Tavis Smiley*
Dr. Nancy Snyderman
 

Judges

Sherman Minton
 

Medicine/Science

Percy Julian (Chemist)*
James Mooney (Ethnology/Anthropology)
Richard Royce Schrock
 

Musicians

May Frances Aufderheide
Joshua Bell
Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds
Gaither Family
Crystal Gayle*
Josef Gingold*
Freddie Hubbard
Janet Jackson
Michael Jackson
John Mellencamp
Bill Monroe*
Oliver Nelson
Sandi Patty*
Axl Rose (William Bailey)
David Lee Roth
Constance LeRoy Runcie
Steve Wariner
 

Notorious

Belle Gunness*
Reno Brothers
 

Politics

Walter Q. Gresham
Harry S. New
 

Religion

 

Sports

Andretti family*
Mike Aulby
Bettenhausen family
Larry Bird
Anita DeFrantz*
Jeff Gordon*
Bob Griese
Tom Harmon
Gil Hodges
Don Mattingly
Tony Stewart
John Wooden
Fuzzy Zoeller

Activists

Albion Fellows Bacon
Jimmy Hoffa
May Wright Sewall*
Ryan White
 

Actors

Claude Akins
James Best*
Monte Blue
Avery Brooks
Chad Everett
Vivica A. Fox
Brendan Fraser
Ron Glass
Florence Henderson
Greg Kinnear
Shelly Long
Karl Malden*
Steve McQueen
Betsy Palmer
Meshach Taylor*
Michael Warren
Clifton Webb
Dick York
 

Artists

John Hardrick
Felrath Hines
Janet Scudder
Otto Stark
 

Aviators and Astronauts

Joseph P. Allen
Frank Borman
Jerry Ross
Donald Williams
Wilbur Wright
 

Authors

Theodore Dreiser
Shirley Graham DuBois
Mari Evans*
Annie Fellows Johnston
Ross Lockridge, Jr.
Jean Shepard*
James Alexander Thom
Dan Wakefield
Jessamyn West
 

Business

Studebaker family*
 

Cartoonist

Norman Bridwell (Clifford)
Jim Davis (Garfield)
Johnny Gruelle* (Raggedy Ann)
Dale Messick (Brenda Starr)
Bill Peet (Disney animator)
Tom Ryan (Tumbleweeds)
 

Comedians/Clowns

Benjamin “Scatman” Crothers
Emmett Kelly*
David Letterman
Herb Shriner*
 

Designers

Bill Blass
Roy Frowick (Halston)*
 

Early Indiana Legends

John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed)*
John and William Conner*