The Sooner State has produced quite a few talented stars. There are many famous people from Oklahoma who have made their marks in a variety of fields. We have professional athletes, country music stars, billionaires, and award-winning Hollywood actors whose roots started right here in Oklahoma. Check out this list and see how many of these celebrities in Oklahoma you were aware of.
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1. Phil Mc-Graw (Vinita)
Phil McGraw is an author, television personality, psychologist, and host of a long-running show "Dr. Phil."
2. Bill Goldberg (Tulsa)
This professional wrestler, actor, and former professional football player was born right here in Oklahoma.
3. Blake Griffin (Oklahoma City)
Blake Griffin was born and raised in OKC. He played college basketball for the Sooners and would later become a star professional for the Los Angeles Clippers.
4. Carrie Underwood (Muskogee)
Carrie Underwood rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of "American Idol." She is now an award-winning country music artist. She is one of the best-known famous people from Oklahoma and even attended Northeastern State University here.
5. Blake Shelton (Ada)
How's this for Oklahoma trivia? This country music star was born here and lived in Oklahoma up until the age of 17, when he moved to Nashville. He's recently gained even more fame as a judge on the TV show "The Voice."
6. Brad Pitt (Shawnee)
Brad Pitt is definitely one of the most famous people from Oklahoma! This Academy Award-winning actor came from humble beginnings. He was born to a trucking company manager and a school counselor.
7. Chuck Norris (Ryan)
Chuck Norris originally gained fame as the star of the hit television series "Walker, Texas Ranger." He's since become a household name and internet meme for his manliness and seeming invincibility. He was born right here in the Sooner state and moved to California at the tender age of 12.
8. Reba McEntire (McAlester)
The "Queen of Country" was born in McAlester. She caught her big break singing the national anthem at a local rodeo.
9. Garth Brooks (Tulsa)
Garth Brooks was born in Tulsa and attended Oklahoma State University. He has sold over 100 million albums during his incredible career, and is considered one of the greatest country musicians of all time.
10. James Garner (Norman)
James Garner was born in Norman and spent most of his childhood in Oklahoma. He was the star of the television shows "The Rockford Files" and "Maverick," and later in life, had a leading role in the hit movie "The Notebook."
11. Kristin Chenoweth (Broken Arrow)
This talented television actress and Broadway star attended college at Oklahoma City University.
12. Matt Kemp (Midwest City)
This professional baseball player was born and raised in the Sooner State. He has played for the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres.
13. Ron Howard (Duncan)
Ron Howard was a star right from the beginning when he played the lovable Opie on "Andy Griffith." As a young adult, he was a star in "Happy Days," and now he is an award-winning director and film producer.
14. Sam Walton (Kingfisher)
This one may surprise you, as he's more closely associated with Arkansas (where Walmart is headquartered). This businessman was one of the wealthiest men in the United States due to the success of his eponymous company, Walmart. Here he is pictured on the right with President George H.W. Bush.
15. Mickey Mantle (Spavinaw)
Here's another of our celebrities in Oklahoma that another state takes credit for! Mickey Mantle is closely associated with the Yankees, as he was a star player in the 1950s and 1960s. But he was born right here in Oklahoma, in Spavinaw. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame just a few years after retiring.
16. Toby Keith (Clinton)
Toby Keith is another of the many famous people from Oklahoma to make their mark in the country music industry. This singer and songwriter was born in Clinton and raised in Oklahoma City.
17. Vince Gill (Norman)
Vince Gill is yet another famous award-winning country musician. We're loaded down with country celebrities in Oklahoma!
Do you know of any other famous people from Oklahoma? Share their names in the comments; we love Oklahoma trivia!
July 19, 2021
What are some fun facts about Oklahoma?
Did you know the first batch of Girl Scout cookies was sold in Muskogee? Or that due to all our man-made lakes, we actually have more shoreline than the Atlantic and Gulf coasts combined?
Check out this list for more incredible facts about the Sooner State.
What are some historical photos from Oklahoma?
Oklahoma joined the United States in 1907, and the Oklahoma Historical Society has a treasure trove of photos from that era and even before.
Here are some of the very oldest photos ever taken in Oklahoma.
What are some unique things about living in Oklahoma?
Well, we hope you like heat. And fried foods. And football!
Here’s a list of some things you need to know before moving here.