We are often know as the land of “Great Faces, Great Places” and yet, few people know these famous people are from South Dakota. From talkshow hosts to baseball players, we are proud of our fellow talented and well-known South Dakotans.
1. Bob Barker
A well-loved South Dakota celebrity, Bob Barker hosted 'The Price is Right' for nearly 35 years.
2. January Jones
January Jones is known for her roles in Mad Men, X-Men, and American Wedding. Born in Sioux Falls and raised in the tiny town of Hecla, January is a true South Dakota native.
3. Brock Lesnar
Hailing from Webster, SD, Lesnar is now a 4 time WWE Champion. Lesnar learned the value of hard work while growing up on a dairy farm with his parents and three siblings. That hard work is paying off now as he continues to dominate the world of professional wrestling.
4. Mike Miller
Mike Miller was raised in Mitchell, SD. This extremely talented baller now plays in the NBA. He currently plays for the Denver Nuggets and previously played for a few other teams including the Miami Heat.
5. Adam Vinatieri
A Yankton native and four time Super Bowl Champion, Adam Vinatieri truly makes South Dakota proud. Vinatieri is the kicker for the Indianapolis Colts NFL team and as of 2015, is the oldest NFL player that is still active.
6. Tom Brokaw
It may come as a surprise that this NBC Nightly News anchor is originally from South Dakota. Brokaw was born in Webster and attended high school in Yankton. After dropping out of the University of Iowa, Brokaw received his Bachelors in Political Science at the University of South Dakota. He continues to show love and support of his home state by returning to visit and take part in charity events including the McCrossan Boys Ranch Banquet Auction of 2012.
7. Chad Greenway
The small town of Mount Vernon is the original home of NFL Linebacker Chad Greenway. In his high school career, Greenway was also famous for his extreme athleticism. He played basketball, baseball and ran track in his years in South Dakota.
8. Mary Hart
Did you know that the infamous Mary Hart of Entertainment Tonight is originally from Madison, South Dakota? Not only is she the longest running host of the celebrity gossip-themed show, she was also Miss South Dakota and a semi-finalist in Miss America!
9. Mark Ellis
Last but not least is Major League Baseball professional second baseman Mark Ellis. Born and raised in Rapid City, he is one of a trio of players to come out of Rapid City and make it to play in Major League Baseball.
Out of a state with less than 1 million people, it is always amazing to see the talent and dedication that is grown here. We could not be more proud to be South Dakotans when standing next to these phenomenally talented folks. What South Dakota native celebrities didn’t make the list?