For the first time in history three Louisville Cardinals made their way into the NFL Draft during the first round. Congratulations to these young men for all their hard work and dedication! Read More...
1. Muhammad Ali: Multiple heavyweight boxing champion and one of the most iconic figures in 20th-century American sports.
2. Jennifer Carpenter: Actress best known for work on Showtime’s Dexter as the character Debra Morgan.
3. Iman Crosson: Actor, Internet celebrity and Obama impersonator who became an example of professional promotion using the Internet.
4. Tom Cruise: Actor (born in Syracuse, New York, lived in Louisville until his mid-teens). Star of the films Risky Business, Top Gun, A Few Good Men, and Mission: Impossible, among others.
5. Darrell Griffith: Basketball player. Won 1980 NCAA basketball championship and John R. Wooden Award; 1980 NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player; 1981 NBA Rookie of the Year Award; played 11 seasons with the Utah Jazz; nicknamed “Dr. Dunkenstein” for aerial exploits.
6.John Hensley: TV and film actor, regular cast member on the cable TV program Nip/Tuck.
7. Mildred & Patty Hill: Composers of the song “Happy Birthday to You”.
8. Edwin Hubble: Astronomer/Astrophysicist, Basketball Coach at New Albany, IN High School and namesake of the Hubble Space Telescope. Lived in the Highlands.
9. Ken Jenkins: Stage and film actor, co-founder of Actors Theatre of Louisville and acted in Scrubs, Gone in 60 Seconds, and I Am Sam.
10. Jennifer Lawrence: Film actress best known for her Oscar-winning performance in Silver Linings Playbook and Oscar-nominated performance in Winter’s Bone, and as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games.
11. Rob Riggle: Actor on The Daily Show, The Office, and Saturday Night Live
12. Rajon Rondo: Former Kentucky Wildcat basketball player. Current NBA player for Boston, won an NBA Championship in 2008, and has participated in several NBA All-Star games.
13. Don Rosa: Illustrator of Scrooge McDuck, Donald Duck and other Disney characters.
14. Colonel Harland Sanders: Founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, born, raised, and lived in Henryville, Indiana until adulthood.
15. Hunter S. Thompson: Journalist and author, long-time contributing writer for Rolling Stone magazine.
16. Johnny Unitas: Quarterback at University of Louisville who went on to a Hall of Fame career, mainly with the Baltimore Colts.
17. Brent Weedman: is a retired American mixed martial artist who has competed in Bellator’s Welterweight division. He has competed in several Bellator Tournaments, including the: Bellator Season Four Welterweight Tournament, Bellator Season 5 Welterweight Tournament, and the Bellator Season 6 Lightweight Tournament.
The above are notable people who were either born/raised or have lived for a significant period of time in the Louisville, Kentucky metropolitan area.