List of people from Florida

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This is a list of notable people who were born, raised or resident in the American state of Florida.

Business

Name Notability Connection to Florida
James J. Greco (1958–) Businessman; chief executive officer and president of Sbarro Lives in Boynton Beach

Politics and government

Name Notability Connection to Florida
Jeb Bush (1953–) former Governor of Florida (1999-2007); brother of former president George W. Bush Lived in Miami
Bill Nelson (1942–) U.S. Senator from Florida since 2001, former U.S. Congressman from Florida (1979-1991) Born in Miami
Janet Reno (1938–2016) U.S. attorney general, 1993–2001; first woman to serve as attorney general Born in Miami
Marco Rubio (1971–) U.S. Senator from Florida since 2011; unsuccessful candidate for president in 2016 Born in Miami

Film and television

Name Notability Connection to Florida
Elizabeth Ashley (1939–) Film and television actress Born in Ocala[citation needed]
Matt Battaglia (1965–) Film and television actor, producer, philanthropist Born in Tallahassee[citation needed]
Steven Bauer (1956–) Film and television actor Grew up in Miami[1]
Amanda Bearse (1958–) Film and television actress Born in Winter Park[citation needed]
Shannon Bream (1971–) Reporter and anchor for Fox News Grew up in Tallahassee[2]
Delta Burke (1956–) Television actress Born in Orlando[3]
Tom Byrd (1960–) Television actor (NBC's Boone) Born in Philippine Islands; raised in Florida[citation needed]
Maria Canals-Barrera (1966–) Film and television actress Born in Miami[citation needed]
Diana Canova (1953–) Actress Born in West Palm Beach[citation needed]
Conlan Carter (1934–) Actor (Combat! and The Law and Mr. Jones) Born in Arkansas; formerly resided in Naples[citation needed]
Jonathan Chase (1979–) Film and television actor Born in Plantation[citation needed]
Merian C. Cooper (1893–1973) Film director, screenwriter, and producer Born in Jacksonville[4]
Brittany Daniel (1976–) Television and film actress Born in Gainesville[citation needed]
Johnny Depp (1963–) Film actor Raised in Miramar[5]
Creagen Dow (1991–) Film and television actor Born in Sebring[citation needed]
Faye Dunaway (1941–) Academy Award-winning actress Born in Bascom[6]
Gail Edwards (1952–) Film and television actress Born and raised in Coral Gables[citation needed]
John R. Ellis (1955–) Filmmaker, producer, director, animator, special effects artist Born in Ohio; raised in West Palm Beach[7]
Raúl Esparza (1970–) Film, television, and stage actor Born in Miami[8]
Charlie Estepp (1973–) Film television actor, stuntman, and screenwriter Born in Tampa Florida [9]
Stepin Fetchit (1902–1985) Film actor and comedian Born in Key West[10]
Megan Fox (born 1986) Film and television actress Partly raised in St. Petersburg[11]
Josh Gad (1981–) Film actor, comedian, and singer best known for voicing Olaf from Frozen Born in Hollywood
Robert Gant (1968–) Television actor Born in Tampa[citation needed]
Joanna García (1979–) Film and television actress Born in Tampa[citation needed]
Nicole Garza (1982–) Film and television actress Born in Miami[citation needed]
Matt Gerald Film and television actor Born in Miami[citation needed]
Malcolm Gets (1963–) Actor Born in Gainesville[citation needed]
Skyler Gisondo (1996–) Film and television actor Born in Palm Beach County[citation needed]
Julie Gonzalo (1981–) Film and television actress Raised in Miami[citation needed]
Mel Gorham (1959–) Film and television actress Born in Coral Gables[citation needed]
Ashley Greene (1987–) Film and television actress Born in Jacksonville[citation needed]
Carla Gugino (1973–) Film and television actress Born in Sarasota[citation needed]
Tony Hale (1970–) Film and television actor Born in Tallahassee[12]
Darrell Hammond (1955–) Comedian from Saturday Night Live; actor Born in Melbourne[13]
Gina Hecht (1953–) Television and film actress Born in Winter Park[citation needed]
Wanda Hendrix (1928–1981) Film actress Born in Jacksonville[14]
Catherine Hickland (1956–) Soap opera actress Born in Fort Lauderdale[15]
Cheryl Hines (1965–) Actress Born in Miami Beach[citation needed]
Crystal Hunt (1985–) Soap opera actress Born in Clearwater[16]
Jonathan Jackson (1982–) Actor Born in Orlando[citation needed]
Victoria Jackson (1959–) Film and television actress Born in Miami[citation needed]
Carter Jenkins (1991–) Film and television actor Born in Tampa[citation needed]
Sarah Jones (1983–) Film and television actress Born in Winter Springs[citation needed]
Victoria Justice (1993–) Actress, singer Born in Hollywood[citation needed]
Lawrence Kasdan (1949–) Film director and screenwriter Born in Miami[17]
Arielle Kebbel (1985–) Film and televistion actress Born in Winter Park[citation needed]
Catherine Keener (1960–) Actress Born in Miami[18]
Josie Loren (1987–) Television actress Born in Miami[citation needed]
Vinicius Machado (1982–) Film and television actor Raised in Orlando[citation needed]
Chris Marquette (1984–) Film and television actor Born in Stuart[citation needed]
Natalie Martinez (1984–) Model and actress Born in Miami[citation needed]
Velia Martínez (1920–1993) Actress and singer Born in Tampa[citation needed]
DeLane Matthews (1961–) Television actress Born in Rockledge[citation needed]
Monica May (1984–) Actress Born in Lakeland[citation needed]
Butterfly McQueen (1911–1995) Film and television actress Born in Tampa[citation needed]
Julio Oscar Mechoso (1955–) Film and television actor Born in Miami[19]
Leighton Meester (1986–) Film and television actress Born in Marco Island[citation needed]
Katy Mixon (1981–) Film and television actress Born in Pensacola[citation needed]
Mandy Moore (1984–) Actress and singer-songwriter Grew up in Longwood[20]
Jessica Morris (1980–) Soap opera actress Born in Jacksonville[21]
Enrique Murciano (1973–) Film and television actor Born in Miami[citation needed]
Chris Núñez (1973–) Tattoo artist and subject of TLC's Miami Ink Born in Miami Beach[citation needed]
Victor Nuñez (1945–) Film director Born in DeLand[citation needed]
Sarah Paulson (1974–) Film, stage and television actress Born in Tampa[citation needed]
Kimberly Peirce (1967–) Film director Born in Miami[22]
Carlos Pena Jr. (1989–) Television actor and singer Born in Weston[citation needed]
Gina Philips (1975–) Film and television actress Born in Miami Beach[citation needed]
Summer Phoenix (1978–) Actress and model Born in Winter Park[citation needed]
Danny Pino (1974–) Film and television actor Born and raised in Miami[citation needed]
Sidney Poitier (1927–) Academy Award-winning actor Born in Miami[23]
Brett Ratner (1969–) Film and music video director Born and raised in Miami Beach[citation needed]
Monica Raymund (1986–) Television actress Born in St. Petersburg[citation needed]
Ashley Rickards (1992–) Television actress Born in Sarasota[citation needed]
Genesis Rodriguez (1987–) Television actress Born in Miami[citation needed]
Maggie Rodriguez (1969–) Co-anchor of CBS's The Early Show Born in Miami[24]
Stephen Root (1951–) Film and television actor Born in Sarasota[citation needed]
Bob Ross (1942–1995) Television presenter and artist Born in Daytona Beach[25]
Mickey Rourke (1952–) Film actor Raised in Miami[citation needed]
Maya Rudolph (1972–) Film and television actress Born in Gainesville[citation needed]
Rick Sanchez (1958–) Host of CNN's Rick's List Grew up in Hialeah[26]
Pat Skipper (1958–) Film and television actor Born in Lakeland[citation needed]
Wesley Snipes (1962–) Actor and film producer Born in Orlando[citation needed]
Rachel Specter (1980–) Film and television actress Born in Tampa[citation needed]
Kirsten Storms (1984–) Television actress Born in Orlando[27]
Bella Thorne (1997–) Television actress Born in Hollywood, Florida[citation needed]
Daniel Tosh (1975–) Television comedian Born in Germany; raised in Titusville[28]
Wilmer Valderrama (1980–) Film and television actor Born in Miami[citation needed]
Del Vaughn (1942–1972) CBS News reporter and correspondent killed in helicopter crash in Pennsylvania during aftermath of Hurricane Agnes Considered St. Petersburg his hometown[29]
Alexa Vega (1988–) Film and television actress Born in Miami[citation needed]
Ben Vereen (1946–) Actor, dancer and singer Born in Miami[30]
Bob Vila (1946–) Television home improvement personality Born in Miami[31]
Shea Whigham (1969–) Film and television actor Born in Tallahassee[citation needed]
Hugh Wilson (1943–) Film director Born in Miami[citation needed]

Literature

Name Notability Connection to Florida
T.D. Allman (1944–) Exposed CIA secret involvement with the war in Laos and interviews with world figures; historian author of Finding Florida: The True History of the Sunshine State and Miami: City of the Future Born in Tampa[citation needed]
Dave Barry (1947–) Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and best-selling author Born in Miami[32]
Pat Frank (1907–1964) Author of Alas, Babylon Lived in Tangerine[33]
Carl Hiaasen (1953–) Journalist and novelist Born in Plantation[34]
Zora Neale Hurston (1891–1960) Author and folklorist during the Harlem Renaissance Raised in Eatonville[35]
James Weldon Johnson (1871–1938) Author, poet, and civil rights activist Born in Jacksonville[36]
Stetson Kennedy (1916-2011) Author of Palmetto Country and civil rights activist Lived in Jacksonville and St. Augustine
David Nolan (1946–) Author of Fifty Feet in Paradise: The Booming of Florida Lives in St. Augustine
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1896–1953) Novelist and short story writer Lived in Cross Creek, the setting for most of her work[37]
Lillian Smith (1897–1966) Author and social critic Born in Jasper[38]

Military

Name Notability Connection to Florida
Chester R. Bender (1914–1996) First Florida United States Coast Guard Academy Born in Burnsville, West Virginia; lived in Plant City[39]
Alan Stephenson Boyd (1922–) First United States Secretary of Transportation Born in Jacksonville[40]
Clay Ford (1938–2013) United States Army, United States Army Reserve, Arkansas National Guard (1955–1988), rose from private to colonel Born in Wynne, Arkansas; represented Santa Rosa County in Florida House of Representatives, 2007 until his death[41]
Roy Geiger (1885–1947) Marine Corps general during World War II Born in Middleburg[42]
Joseph Kittinger (1928–) Aviation and space flight pioneer Born in Tampa[43]
John Young (1930–) Navy fighter pilot and NASA Gemini, Apollo, and Space Shuttle astronaut Raised in Orlando[44]

Music

Name Notability Connection to Florida
Adassa Reggaetón artist Born in Miami[45]
Ariana Grande (1993–) Actress, model, and singer Born in Boca Raton[citation needed]
Mason "Mase" Betha (1977–) Rap artist Born in Jacksonville[46]
Gary U.S. Bonds (1939–) Singer and songwriter Born in Jacksonville[47]
Pat Boone (1934–) 1950s rock and roll singer Born in Jacksonville[48]
Jo Ann Campbell (1938–) Pop singer Born in Jacksonville[49]
Luther Campbell (1960–) R&B singer Born in Miami[50]
Aaron Carter Singer Born in Tampa[citation needed]
Nick Carter Backstreet Boys singer Resides in Tampa[citation needed]
Khia Chambers (1970–) Rap artist Born in Tampa[51]
Desmond Child (1953–) Songwriter; singer; Songwriter's Hall of Fame Born in Gainesville[citation needed]
Easton Corbin Country music singer Born in Trenton[52]
Carter Cornelius (1948–1991) R&B artist; lead singer of Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose Born in Dania[53]
Christian Cuevas (born 1995) Pop rock singer-songwriter and contestant from NBC's The Voice season 11 Born in Orlando
Christian Daniel (1984–) Singer-songwriter and actor Resides in Miami[54]
Billy Daniels (1915–1988) Big band singer and actor Born in Jacksonville[citation needed]
Clint Daniels (1974–) Country singer and writer Born in Panama City[citation needed]
Jason Derülo (1989–) Pop and R&B singer Born in Miami[55]
Diplo DJ and producer; co-creator and lead member of Major Lazer Born in Mississippi; attended University of Central Florida, as well as residing in Florida for years[citation needed]
Fred Durst (1970–) Lead singer of Limp Bizkit Born in Jacksonville[citation needed]
Greg Eklund (1970–) Drummer for Everclear Born in Jacksonville[citation needed]
Flo Rida (Tramar Dillard) (1979–) Rapper and actor Born in Opa-Locka[56]
Willa Ford (1981–) Pop singer Born/raised in Ruskin[citation needed]
Debbie Harry (1945–) Vocalist, musician, actress, and lead singer of the new wave band Blondie Born in Miami[citation needed]
Bertie Higgins (1944–) Singer and songwriter Born in Tarpon Springs[citation needed]
Brooke Hogan (1988–) Singer and rapper Born/Raised in Tampa[57]
Jacki-O (198?–) Rap artist Born in Miami[58]
Lauren Jauregui Singer of Fifth Harmony Born and raised in Miami[59]
J. Rosamond Johnson (1873–1954) Composer and singer during the Harlem Renaissance Born in Jacksonville[60]
Georgette Jones (1970–) Country music singer Born in Lakeland[citation needed]
Josh Kaufman (1976–) Indianapolis-based Soul singer-songwriter and winner of NBC's The Voice season 6 Born and raised in Sarasota until age 13
Sean Kingston (1990–) Reggae fusion singer and rapper Born in Miami[61]
Frances Langford Big Band singer and movie actress Born in Lakeland[citation needed]
DJ Laz (Lazaro Mendez) Rapper Born in Miami[62]
James MacDonough (1970–) Bass guitarist Born in Jacksonville[63]
Raul Malo (1965–) Country music singer and songwriter Born in Miami[64]
Antoine "Ace Hood" McColister (1988–) Rapper Born in Port St. Lucie, raised in Deerfield Beach[65]
AJ McLean (1978–) Singer Born in West Palm Beach[66]
Jim Morrison (1943–1971) Singer, songwriter, and poet Born in Melbourne[67]
Faheem "T-Pain" Najim (1985–) Rap artist Born in Tallahassee[68]
Jake Owen (1981–) American country music artist Born in Vero Beach[citation needed]
Jaco Pastorius (1951–1987) Jazz bassist, former member of Weather Report Raised in Fort Lauderdale until his death[69]
Armando "Pitbull" Pérez (1981–) Cuban-American rapper and actor Born in Miami[70]
Tom Petty (1950–2017) Musician Born in Gainesville[71]
Rick Ross (1977–) Rap artist Born in Carol City[72]
Santaye Singer-songwriter Resides in Miami[73]
Markus Schulz DJ Resides in Miami[citation needed]
Verick "Smitty" Smith (1982–) Rap artist Born in Miami[74]
Kyle Sokol (1974–) Bass player for Rude Squad and Trust for Liars Born and resides in Saint Petersburg[citation needed]
Scott Stapp (1973–) Singer and songwriter Born in Orlando[citation needed]
Mel Tillis (1932–2017) Country music singer and songwriter Born in Dover[citation needed]
Pam Tillis (1957–) Country music singer and songwriter Born in Plant City[citation needed]
Johnny Tillotson (1939–) Singer and songwriter Born in Jacksonville[75]
Trick Daddy (Maurice Young) (1975–) Rap artist Born in Sarasota[76]
Claude "Butch" Trucks (1947–) Drummer of the Allman Brothers Band Born in Jacksonville[77]
Donnie Van Zant (1952–) Lead singer of .38 Special Born in Jacksonville[78]
Ronnie Van Zant (1948–1977) Lead singer of Lynyrd Skynyrd Born in Jacksonville[79]
Vanilla Ice (Robert Van Winkle) Rap artist Moved to Miami at 16; resides in Wellington[citation needed]
Scooter Ward (1970–) Lead singer of Cold Born in Jacksonville[80]
Danielle White (1992–) Singer Born in Bradenton[81]
XXXTENTACION (Jahseh Onfroy) (1998–2018) Rapper, singer Born in Plantation

Science and technology

Name Notability Connection to Florida
Anthony J. Arduengo, III (1952–) Chemist and material scientist; discoverer of persistent carbene Born in Tampa[82]
Wendy Chung Molecular and clinical geneticist Born and raised in southern Florida[83]
Philip Don Estridge (1937–1985) Led the development of the IBM Personal Computer Born in Jacksonville; lived and worked in Boca Raton[84]
George Smoot (1945–) Astrophysicist and cosmologist; recipient, 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics Born in Yukon[85]
John Archibald Wheeler (1911–2008) Theoretical physicist Born in Jacksonville[86]

Sports

Name Notability Connection to Florida
Nate Allen (1987–) Professional football safety Born in Fort Myers[87]
Robert Andino (1984–) Professional baseball shortstop Born in Miami[88]
Gilbert Arenas (1982–) Professional basketball player Born in Tampa
J. P. Arencibia (1986–) Professional baseball catcher Born in Miami[89]
Devin Aromashodu (1984–) Professional football wide receiver Born in Miami[90]
Bronson Arroyo (1977–) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Key West[91]
Chucky Atkins (1974–) Professional basketball player Born in Orlando[92]
Alex Avila (1987–) Professional baseball catcher Born in Hialeah[93]
Antwan Barnes (1984–) Professional football defensive end Born in Miami[94]
Daniel Berger (1993–) Professional PGA Tour golfer Born in Plantation, Florida[95]
Jay Berger (1966–) Professional tennis player; highest world ranking # 7 Lived in Key Biscayne and Jupiter[96]
Sheila Bleck (1966–) IFBB professional bodybuilder Lives in Tampa[97]
Wade Boggs (1958–) Professional baseball player Lives in Tampa[98]
Boof Bonser (1981–) Professional baseball pitcher Born in St. Petersburg[99]
Dwayne Bowe (1984–) Professional football wide receiver Born in Miami[100]
Antonio Brown (1988–) Professional football wide receiver Born in Miami[101]
Brodrick Bunkley (1983–) Professional football defensive tackle Born in Tampa[102]
Billy Butler (1986–) Professional baseball player Born in Orange Park[103]
Rashad Butler (1983–) Professional football offensive tackle Born in Palm Beach Gardens[104]
Dayana Cadeau (1966–) Haitian-born Canadian American professional bodybuilder Lives in Wilton Manors[105]
Jose Canseco (1964–) Major League Baseball outfielder Raised in Miami[106]
Steve Carlton (1944–) Major League Baseball pitcher Born in Miami[107]
Ryan Carpenter (1991–) Professional ice hockey forward Born in Oviedo[108]
Vince Carter (1977–) Professional basketball player Born in Daytona Beach[109]
Kevin Cash (1977–) Professional baseball catcher Born in Tampa[110]
Jamar Chaney (1986–) Professional football linebacker Born in Fort Pierce[111]
John Chaney (1932–) College basketball coach Born in Jacksonville[112]
Jakob Chychrun (1998–) Professional ice hockey defenceman Born in Boca Raton[113]
Desmond Clark (1977–) Professional football tight end Born in Bartow[114]
Audra Cohen (1986–) Professional tennis player Born in Plantation[115]
Laveranues Coles (1977–) Professional football player Born in Jacksonville[116]
Jim Courier (1970–) Professional American tennis player Born in Sanford[117]
Lisa Cross (1978–) IFBB professional bodybuilder Lived in Miami[118]
Daunte Culpepper (1977–) Professional football quarterback Born in Ocala[119]
Johnny Damon (1974–) Major League Baseball All-Star outfielder Grew up in Orlando[120]
Wade Davis (1985–) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Lake Wales[121]
Ian Desmond (1985–) Professional baseball shortstop Born in Sarasota
Antonio Dixon (1985–) Professional football defensive tackle Born in Miami[122]
Keyon Dooling (1980–) Professional basketball player Born in Fort Lauderdale
Elvis Dumervil (1984–) Professional football linebacker Born in Miami[123]
David Duval (1971–) Professional golfer Born in Jacksonville[124]
Dallas Eakins (1967–) Professional ice hockey defenceman and head coach Born in Dade City[125]
Dave Eiland (1966–) Professional pitching coach Born in Dade City[126]
Chris Evert (1954–) Professional tennis player Born in Fort Lauderdale
Brian Ferlin (1992–) Professional ice hockey forward Born in Jacksonville[127]
Bruce Fleisher (1948–) Professional PGA golfer Lives in the Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, area[128]
Eric Foster (1985–) Professional defensive tackle Born in Homestead[129]
Jeff Fulchino (1979–) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Titusville[130]
William Gay (1985–) Professional football cornerback Born in Tallahassee[131]
Alonzo Gee (1987–) Professional basketball player Born in Riviera Beach[132]
Blake Geoffrion (1988–) Professional ice hockey forward Born in Plantation [133]
Margie Goldstein-Engle (1958–) Equestrian Born in Wellington
Gio González (1985–) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Hialeah[134]
Luis Gonzalez (1967–) Professional baseball outfielder Born in Tampa[135]
Dwight Gooden (1964–) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Tampa[136]
Richard Goodman (1987–) Professional football wide receiver Born in Fort Lauderdale[137]
Tom Gordon (1967–) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Avon Park[138]
Frank Gore (1983–) Professional football player Born in Miami, Florida
Shayne Gostisbehere (1993–) Professional ice hockey defenceman Born in Pembroke Pines[139]
Brian Gottfried (1952–) World No. 4-ranked tennis player Lives in Ponte Vedra, Florida[140]
Nick Green (1978–) Professional baseball player Born in Pensacola
Zack Greinke (1983–) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Orlando[141]
Colette Guimond (1961–) IFBB professional bodybuilder Lives in New Port Richey[142]
Al Harris (1974–) Professional football cornerback Born in Pompano Beach[143]
Udonis Haslem (1980–) Professional basketball player Born in Miami[144]
Garnet Hathaway (1991–) Professional ice hockey forward Born in Naples[145]
Bob Hayes (1942–2002) Track and field athlete and professional football player Born in Jacksonville[146]
Geno Hayes (1987–) Professional football linebacker Born and raised in Greenville[147]
Mario Henderson (1984–) Professional football offensive tackle Born in Lehigh Acres[148]
Devin Hester (1982–) Professional football wide receiver and punt returner Born and raised in Riviera Beach[149]
Dan Hinote (1977–) Professional ice hockey forward and assistant coach Born in Leesburg[150]
Hulk Hogan (1953–) Professional wrestler and television star Born in Tampa
Eric Hosmer (1989–) Professional baseball first baseman Born in South Miami[151]
Eric Hurley (1985–) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Jacksonville[152]
Michael Irvin (1966–) Professional football player Born in Fort Lauderdale
Jamaal Jackson (1980–) Professional football center Born in Miami[153]
Val James (1957–) Professional ice hockey forward Born in Ocala[154]
Max Jean-Gilles (1983–) Professional football guard Born in Miami[155]
Mike Jenkins (1985–) Professional football player Grew up in Bradenton[156]
Andre Johnson (1981–) Professional football wide receiver Born in Miami[157]
Bruce Johnson (1987–) Professional football cornerback Born in Live Oak[158]
Chris Johnson (1985–) Professional football running back Born in Orlando[159]
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (1972–) Professional wrestler and actor Lives in Miami[160]
Gartrell Johnson (1986–) Professional football running back Born in Miami[161]
Howard Johnson (1960–) Professional baseball player Born in Clearwater[162]
Chipper Jones (1972–) Professional baseball player Born in DeLand[163]
Hunter Jones (1984–) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Palm Beach Gardens[164]
James Jones (1980–) Professional basketball player Born in Miami[165]
Roy Jones Jr. (1969–) Former boxing champion Born in Pensacola[citation needed]
Solomon Jones (1984–) Professional basketball player Born in Eustis[166]
Matt Joyce (1984–) Professional baseball outfielder Born in Tampa[167]
Kelly Kelly (1987–) Professional wrestler Born in Jacksonville
Skip Kendall (1964–) Professional golfer Lives in Windermere[168]
Howard Kendrick (1983–) Professional baseball second baseman Born in Jacksonville[169]
Jeff Keppinger (1980–) Professional baseball player Born in Miami[170]
Casey Kotchman (1983–) Professional baseball first baseman Born in St. Petersburg[171]
Tony La Russa (1944–) Professional baseball manager Born and raised in Tampa[172]
Matt LaPorta (1985–) Professional baseball first baseman Born in Port Charlotte[173]
Debi Laszewski (1969–) IFBB professional bodybuilder Lives in Jupiter[174]
Jesse Levine (1987–) US/Canadian tennis player Lives in Boca Raton[175]
Ray Lewis (1975–) Professional football player Born in Bartow; lived in Lakeland[176]
Danell Leyva (1991–) Gymnast; 2012 Olympic silver medalist, men's all-around Raised in Miami, Florida[177]
Jesse Litsch (1985–) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Pinellas Park[178]
Sid Luckman (1916–1998) NFL Hall of Fame football player Lived in Aventura[179]
Zac MacMath (born 1991) soccer player Born in St. Petersburg[180]
Elliott Maddox (1947–) Professional baseball outfielder Lives in Coral Springs[181]
Dave Magadan (1962–) Professional baseball player Born in Tampa[182]
Olindo Mare (1973–) Professional football placekicker Born in Hollywood[183]
Tino Martinez (1967–) Professional baseball player Born in Tampa[184]
Denise Masino (1968–) IFBB professional bodybuilder Lives in Fort Myers[185]
Ricardo Mathews (1987–) Professional football defensive tackle Born in Jacksonville[186]
Jeff Mathis (1983–) Professional baseball catcher Born in Marianna[187]
Jaycob Megna (1992–) Professional ice hockey defenceman Born in Plantation[188]
Jayson Megna (1990–) Professional ice hockey forward Born in Fort Lauderdale[189]
Michelle McCool (1980–) Former WWE wrestler Born and lives in Palatka
Mark McCumber (1951–) Professional golfer Born in Jacksonville[190]
Bryant McFadden (1981–) Professional football cornerback Born in Hollywood[191]
Willis McGahee (1981–) Professional football player Born in Miami[192]
Tracy McGrady (1979–) Professional basketball player Born in Bartow[193]
Jason Michaels (1976–) Professional baseball outfielder Born in Tampa[194]
Joshua Moore (1988–) Professional football cornerback Born in Fort Lauderdale[195]
DaJuan Morgan (1985–) Professional football safety Born in Riviera Beach[196]
Santana Moss (1979–) Professional football player Born in Miami[197]
Sinorice Moss (1983–) Professional football wide receiver Born in Miami[198]
John Ryan Murphy (1991–) Professional baseball catcher Born in Bradenton[199]
Louis Murphy (1987–) Professional football wide receiver Born in St. Petersburg[200]
Brett Myers (1980–) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Jacksonville[201]
Chris Myers (1981–) Professional football lineman Born in Miami[202]
Mike Napoli (1981–) Professional baseball catcher Born in Hollywood[203]
Harry Newman (1909–2000) Professional NFL All-Pro football quarterback Lived in South Florida[204]
Stephen Nicholas (1983–) Professional football linebacker Born in Jacksonville[205]
Chad Ochocinco (1978–) Professional football player Born in Miami[206]
Darren O'Day (1982–) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Jacksonville[207]
Rob Oppenheim (1980–) Professional golfer Lives near Orlando[208]
Donna Orender (née Geils) (1957–) College basketball player and Women's Pro Basketball League All-Star; WNBA president Lives in Jacksonville Beach[209]
Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia (1966–) IFBB professional bodybuilder Lives in Miami Beach[210]
Akwasi Owusu-Ansah (1988–) Professional football safety Born in Gainesville[211]
Jonathan Papelbon (1980–) Professional baseball pitcher Grew up in Jacksonville[212]
Dimitri Patterson (1983–) Professional football cornerback Born in Orlando[213]
Eric Patterson (1983–) Professional baseball outfielder Born in Tallahassee[214]
Kenny Phillips (1986–) Professional football safety Born in Miami[215]
Ryan Pickett (1979–) Professional football nose tackle Born and raised in Zephyrhills[216]
Jason Pierre-Paul (1989–) Professional football defensive end Born in Deerfield Beach[217]
AJ Pierzynski (1976–) Professional baseball catcher Raised in Orlando[218]
Jim Presley (1961–) Professional baseball third baseman Born in Pensacola[219]
Ryan Raburn (1981–) Professional baseball player Born in Tampa[220]
Tim Raines (1959–) Professional baseball player Born in Sanford[221]
Jay Ratliff (1981–) Professional football nose tackle Born in St. Petersburg[222]
Chris Ray (1982–) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Tampa[223]
Alex Rodriguez (1975–) Professional baseball player Partly raised in Miami[224]
Sean Rodriguez (1985–) Professional baseball second baseman Born in Miami[225]
Antrel Rolle (1982–) Professional football free safety Born in Homestead[226]
Al Rosen (1924–2015) Professional baseball player; MLB four-time All-Star; MVP; two-time home run champion Lived in Miami[227]
Chris Sale (1989–) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Lakeland[228]
Jarrod Saltalamacchia (1985–) Professional baseball catcher Born in West Palm Beach[229]
Asante Samuel (1981–) Professional football cornerback Born in Fort Lauderdale[230]
Deion Sanders (1967–) Professional football cornerback Born in Fort Myers
Warren Sapp (1972–) Professional football player Born in Orlando[231]
Ossie Schectman (1919–2013) Basketball player who scored the first basket in NBA history Lived in Florida[232]
Luke Scott (1978–) Professional baseball player Born in DeLand[233]
Clint Session (1984–) Professional football linebacker Born in Pompano Beach[234]
Maria Sharapova (1987–) Professional tennis player Lives in Bradenton[235]
Derrick Sharp (1971–) American-Israeli professional basketball player Born in Orlando[236]
Darryl Sharpton (1988–) Professional football linebacker Born in Coral Gables[237]
Lito Sheppard (1981–) Professional football player Born in Jacksonville[238]
Scot Shields (1975–) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Fort Lauderdale[239]
Buck Showalter (1956–) Professional baseball manager Born in DeFuniak Springs[240]
Brandon Siler (1985–) Professional football linebacker Born in Daytona Beach[241]
Ernie Sims (1984–) Professional football linebacker Born in Tallahassee[242]
Mike Sims-Walker (1984–) Professional football wide receiver Born in Orlando[243]
Kelly Slater (1972–) Professional surfer Born in Cocoa Beach[244]
Emmitt Smith (1969–) Professional football player Born in Pensacola[245]
Geno Smith (1990–) Professional football quarterback Born in Miami[246]
Kevin Smith (1986–) Professional football running back Born in Miami[247]
Mike Smith (1959–) Professional football head coach Born in Daytona Beach[248]
Rusty Smith (1987–) Professional football quarterback Born in Jacksonville[249]
Chris Snelling (1981–) Professional baseball player Born in North Miami[250]
Harold Solomon (1952–) Professional tennis player ranked No. 5 in the world Lives in Fort Lauderdale[251]
Mose Solomon, the "Rabbi of Swat" (1900-1966) Professional baseball player Lived in Miami[252]
Denard Span (1984–) Professional baseball player Born in Tampa[253]
Steve Spurrier (1945–) Football player and coach Born in Miami Beach[254]
Matthew Stafford (1988–) Professional football quarterback Born in Tampa[255]
Amar'e Stoudemire (1982–) Professional basketball player Born in Lake Wales[256]
Steve Tannen (1948–) Professional NFL football player Born in Miami[257]
Antonio Tarver (1968–) Professional boxer Born in Tampa[258]
Din Thomas (1976–) UFC fighter Lives and trains in Port St. Lucie[259]
Joanna Thomas (1976–) IFBB professional bodybuilder Lives in Fort Lauderdale[260]
Danny Valencia (1984–) Professional baseball player Born in Miami[261]
Jason Varitek (1972–) Professional baseball player Grew up in Longwood[262]
Alan Veingrad (1963–) Professional NFL football player Raised in part in Miami[263]
Betty Viana-Adkins (1971–) IFBB professional bodybuilder Lives in Miami Beach[264]
Jonathan Vilma (1982–) Professional football player Born in Coral Gables
Tim Wakefield (1966–) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Melbourne[265]
Neal Walk (1948–2015) Professional NBA basketball player Raised in Florida[266]
Leon Washington (1982–) Professional football running back Born in Jacksonville[267]
Leonard Weaver (1982–) Professional football fullback Born in Melbourne[268]
Eric Weems (1985–) Professional football wide receiver Born in Daytona Beach[269]
Dan Wheldon (1978–2011) Racing driver Born in England; lived in St. Petersburg
Paul Wight (1972–) Professional wrestler Lives in Tampa
Bobby Wilson (1983–) Professional baseball catcher Born in Dunedin[270]
Major Wright (1988–) Professional football safety Born in Miramar[271]
LeeRoy Yarbrough (1938–1984) NASCAR driver Born in Jacksonville[272]
Sam Young (1987–) Professional football quarterback Born in Coral Springs[273]

Other

Name Notability Connection to Florida
G. Harold Alexander (1900–1987) Florida Republican Party state chairman (c. 1952–1964) Resided in Fort Myers[274]
Carrot Top (1965–) Prop comedian Born in Cocoa Beach[275]
Fabiano Caruana (1992–) Youngest chess grandmaster in United States history Born in Miami
Janice Dickinson (1955–) Early supermodel Born in Hollywood[276]
Tiffany Fallon (1974–) Playboy Playmate of the Year (2005) Born in Fort Lauderdale[277]
Herman Goldner (1916–2010) Mayor of St. Petersburg (1961–1967 and 1971–1973) Born in Detroit, Michigan, resided in Florida (1947–1999)[278]
Abraham Lincoln Lewis (1865–1947) Businessman and Florida's first African-American millionaire[citation needed] Born in Madison[279]
Adam Lovell (1977–) Founder of WriteAPrisoner.com Lives and works in Edgewater[280]
Charles E. Merrill (1885–1956) Founder of Merrill Lynch Born in Green Cove Springs[281]
Kara Monaco (1983–) Playboy Playmate of the Year (2006) Born in Lakeland[282]
Carolyn Murphy (1973–) Supermodel Born in Fort Walton Beach[citation needed]
Chris Myers (1959–) Sportscaster Born in Miami[283]
Kathleen Parker (1952–) Syndicated columnist Grew up in Winter Haven
A. Philip Randolph (1889–1979) Civil rights activist Born in Crescent City
Jason Schappert Aviator, flight instructor Lives in Ocala
Krissy Taylor (1978–1995) Model Born in Miami[284]
Niki Taylor (1975–) Model Born in Miami[285]
Norman Thagard (1943–) NASA astronaut Lives and works in Tallahassee[286]
Hugo Vihlen (1931–) Record-breaking solo sailor Born in Florida; lived in Homestead[287]
Jimmy Wales (1966–) Founding member of the Wikimedia Foundation Resided in St. Petersburg[288]
Roger L. Worsley (1937–) Higher education administrator, president of Laredo Community College and chancellor of Southern Arkansas University Tech[289] Resident of The Villages in Sumter County since 2011[290]

Foreign-born Floridians

Name Notability Connection to Florida
Camila Cabello (1997–) Singer of Fifth Harmony Born in Cuba and raised in Miami[citation needed]
Mark Consuelos (1970–) Television actor and husband of Kelly Ripa Born in Spain and lived in Tampa[291]
Gloria Estefan (1957–) Grammy Award-winning singer Born in Cuba and raised in Miami[citation needed]
José Fernandez (1992–2016) Professional baseball pitcher Born in Cuba and later moved to Tampa
Don Francisco (1940–) Popular television personality from Telemundo Born in Chile and lives in Miami
Enrique Iglesias (1975–) Pop singer-songwriter and son of Spanish music legend Julio Iglesias Born in Spain and raised in Miami[citation needed]
Mark Meadows (1959–) U.S. Representative from North Carolina since 2013 Born in France and raised in Brandon
Tim Tebow (1987–) Professional baseball outfielder and former football quarterback Born in the Philippines and raised in Jacksonville[292]

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