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10 Famous Louisvillians

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Louisville has been home to many famous people throughout it's history. While some were born and raised in Louisville, others were transplants from other areas that went on to fame. Here is a brief list of ten famous people who at one point called Louisville home.

Tom Cruise
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Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise was born in Syracuse, New York but spent his teenage years in Louisville. He would later go on to become one of the most well-know actors of his generation appearing in films such as Top GunJerry McGuireRisky Business, and the Mission Impossible franchise.

Jennifer Carpenter
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Jennifer Carpenter

Actress Jennifer Carpenter was born and raised in Louisville. She is best known for playing Deborah Morgan on the Showtime series Dexter in which she played the sister of titular character--serial killer Dexter Morgan.

Diane Sawyer
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Diane Sawyer

News anchor Diane Sawyer was born in Glasgow, KY and moved to Louisville with her family at a young age. As a young woman she competed in beauty pageants and won the 1963 Junior Miss America. After studying journalism she was a weather forecaster for WLKY. Over the years she has been a White House correspondent and worked for several national news programs, including her current position at ABC World News.

Darrell Griffith
Darrell Griffith Sports Illustrated

Darrell Griffith

Basketball legend Darrell Griffith gained recognition playing for the University of Louisville in the 1980s, leading them to the 1980 NCAA title. He then went to great success in the NBA with the Utah Jazz. He was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 2014.

Ken Jenkins
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Ken Jenkins

Many people probably recognize Ken Jenkins from his roll as Dr. Bob Kelso on the TV show Scrubs. He also helped to found Louisville's Actors Theater in 1969. Jenkins has had a long career in film and television including appearances in Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Abyss, Executive Decision, The Stand, and The X-files.

Rob Riggle
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Rob Riggle

Comedian Rob Riggle was born in Louisville, but was raised in Kansas. His film and television credits include The Hangover, Step-Brothers, the Daily Show, Saturday Night Live, and Modern Family. He is also a regular on Fox's NFL Sunday as the comedy relief on the pre-game presentations.

Rajon Rondo
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Rajon Rondo

Before playing for the Boston Celtics, Rajon Rondo played for Louisville's Eastern High School. He would later go to the University of Kentucky where he played two seasons with the Wildcats. He was drafted by the Phoenix Suns, but was traded to the Celtics before the 2006 season. He won his first NBA title in 2008.

Hunter S Thompson
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Hunter S Thompson

Writer Hunter S Thompson is an icon of the counter culture. Starting off as sports writer, his drug fueled escapades would create the genre of gonzo journalism. Several of his books have become films such as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Rum Diaries (starring friend and fellow Kentucky native Johnny Depp). Sadly Thompson took his own life in 2005.

Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence is the current America's Sweetheart, and with good reason. The Oscar-winning actress has proven herself to be versatile in roles such as Winter's Bone, The Hunger Games, American Hustle, and Silver Linings Playbook. Combine that with a personality that does not take herself too seriously and a love of her hometown of Louisville.

Muhammad Ali
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Muhammad Ali

Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali got his start in Louisville. From humble beginnings, Ali went on to be World Heavyweight Champion and an outspoken champion for civil rights. He founded many charitable organizations, including the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville. Though Parkinson's disease has taken it's tole on his body, Ali continues to be one of the most beloved and respected members of the Louisville community.

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