List of people from Atlanta

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This is a list of people who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with the American city of Atlanta, the capital and most populous city in the U.S. state of Georgia.


Name Known for Association
Ron Clark worked with disadvantaged students in rural North Carolina and New York City, and co-founded the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta. Contestant on Survivor: Edge of Extinction. lives in Atlanta
Thomas E. Hill Professor of Philosophy at University of North Carolina; fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences born in Atlanta
Martin Luther King Jr. civil rights leader, academic born in Atlanta [1]
Sheryl McCollum crime analyst, professor, founder and director of the non-profit Cold Case Investigative Research Institute born in Atlanta [2]
Bazoline Estelle Usher educator and administrator in the Atlanta Public Schools, Georgia Woman of Achievement lived in Atlanta [3]
Blake Ragsdale Van Leer President or Georgia Tech, during his tenure, he was first to admit women lived in Atlanta
James W. Wagner former President of Emory University lives in Atlanta


Name Known for Association
Isabella Acres [4] [5] appeared as Rose on the sitcom television series Better Off Ted born in Atlanta[ citation needed]
Matt Battaglia Emmy Award-winning producer; [6] co-produced a two-time Golden Globe Award-nominated film; acted in over 90 films network pilots and television shows grew up in the towns of Tucker and Lithonia, Georgia, two suburbs of Atlanta [7]
Toni Braxton singer, actress and reality TV star of Braxton Family Values formerly lived in Atlanta
Monica Calhoun actress, The Players Club, The Best Man, The Salon; graduate of Los Angeles County High School for the Arts [ citation needed]
C. Martin Croker voice actor, Zorak and Moltar on Space Ghost: Coast to Coast [ citation needed]
David Cross stand-up comedian and actor born in Atlanta [8]
Wylie Draper actor, portrayed older Michael Jackson in The Jacksons: An American Dream [ citation needed]
Corri English actress, in 2006 honored at International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival as Best Actress for Unrest [ citation needed]
Elle Fanning actress and model; younger sister of actress Dakota Fanning; known for I Am Sam, Daddy Day Care, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, We Bought a Zoo, Maleficent
Niles Fitch actor, known for This Is Us and stage work born in Atlanta [9]
Jane Fonda Academy Award-winning actress, ex-wife of Atlanta television mogul Ted Turner formerly lived in Atlanta [10]
Jeff Foxworthy comedian born in Atlanta [11]
Jasmine Guy actress, star of A Different World and film Harlem Nights grew up and stays in Atlanata [12]
Bill Goldberg professional wrestler, WCW, WWE, attended the University of Georgia
Omari Hardwick grew up in Atlanta [13]
Oliver Hardy comedian and actor studied in Atlanta [14]
Ed Helms actor, The Office born in Atlanta
Shuler Hensley singer and actor [ citation needed]
Holly Hunter Academy Award-winning actress [ citation needed]
DeForest Kelley [15] actor best known as Dr. McCoy on Star Trek born in Atlanta[ citation needed]
Elijah Kelley [ citation needed]
Nene Leakes reality TV star of The Real Housewives of Atlanta Resides in Atlanta [16]
RonReaco Lee [ citation needed]
Chris Lowell Veronica Mars [ citation needed]
Christopher Massey Zoey 101 born in Atlanta
Kyle Massey That's So Raven born in Atlanta
China Anne McClain actress, The A.N.T. Farm born in Atlanta
Chloë Grace Moretz actress and model, known for roles in Kick-Ass, Hugo, Carrie; winner of two Saturn Awards born in Atlanta [17]
Brittany Murphy actress born in Atlanta
Melissa Ordway actress and model; known for her roles on Hollywood Heights, The Young and the Restless born in Atlanta
Kip Pardue actor born in Atlanta
Robert Patrick actor, played "T-1000" in Terminator 2: Judgment Day [ citation needed]
Ty Pennington [ citation needed]
Tyler Perry actor, director, screen and playwright, producer, author [18] and songwriter; first film Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005) [19] moved to Atlanta [20] [21]
Victoria Principal actress, Dallas [ citation needed]
Storm Reid actress, Euphoria born in Atlanta [22]
Raven-Symoné actress, The Cosby Show, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, That's So Raven and The View born in Atlanta [23]
Chandler Riggs actor, The Walking Dead born in Atlanta
Julia Roberts Academy Award-winning actress; films include Pretty Woman and Erin Brockovich born at Crawford Long Hospital [24]
Faith Salie actress, comedian, journalist moved to Atlanta; grew up in Dunwoody [25]
Ryan Seacrest TV and radio personality; host of reality-television series American Idol attended Dunwoody High School[ citation needed]
Christopher Tavarez [ citation needed]
Kenan Thompson comedian, Saturday Night Live, Fat Albert born in Atlanta
Donald Glover actor, Atlanta, rapper, Childish Gambino [ citation needed]
Chris Tucker actor and comedian born in Atlanta
Devon Werkheiser Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide [ citation needed]
Porsha Williams reality TV star of The Real Housewives of Atlanta Born in Atlanta
Scott Wilson actor, In Cold Blood, The Great Gatsby, The Walking Dead Atlanta native [26]
Kim Zolciak reality TV star of The Real Housewives of Atlanta [ citation needed]


Name Known for Association
Hank Aaron baseball player, member of National Baseball Hall of Fame resides in Atlanta
Jordan Adams basketball player born in Atlanta
Dennis Allen New Orleans Saints Defensive Coordinator born in Atlanta
Al-Farouq Aminu basketball player for Portland Trail Blazers born in Atlanta
Harris Barton All Pro NFL offensive lineman grew up in Atlanta
Malik Beasley basketball player for Minnesota Timberwolves born in Atlanta [27]
Gordon Beckham baseball player, Seattle Mariners born in Atlanta
Gunnar Bentz Olympian born in Atlanta
Eric Berry football player born in Atlanta
Ron Blomberg baseball player born in Atlanta
Brandon Boykin football player, Minnesota Vikings born in Atlanta
Malcolm Brogdon basketball player for Milwaukee Bucks born in Atlanta [28]
Anthony Carter basketball player, assistant coach for Sioux Falls Skyforce raised in Atlanta, attended Alonzo A. Crim High School
Wendell Carter Jr. NBA player for Chicago Bulls Born in Atlanta, attended Pace Academy [29]
Kristi Castlin track and field athlete born in Atlanta
Roberto Castro professional golfer, PGA Tour resides in Atlanta
Kelvin Cato basketball player born in Atlanta
Ricardo Clark soccer player born in Atlanta [30]
Javaris Crittenton basketball player born in Atlanta, attended Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy
Cameron Dollar basketball player, assistant coach for Washington Huskies born in Atlanta
Sten Ekberg Olympian resides in Atlanta
Derrick Favors basketball player for New Orleans Pelicans born in Atlanta
Joseph Forte basketball player born in Atlanta
Dexter Fowler baseball player, St. Louis Cardinals born in Atlanta
Walt Frazier basketball player born in Atlanta [31]
World B. Free basketball player born in Atlanta [32]
Mark Gilbert Major League Baseball player, Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa born in Atlanta
JJ Hickson basketball player born in Atlanta
Evander Holyfield world champion heavyweight boxer raised in Atlanta
Dwight Howard basketball player for Los Angeles Lakers born in Atlanta [33]
Tim Hyers baseball player and coach born in Atlanta
Ernie Johnson Sr. Major League Baseball player resided in Atlanta
Ernie Johnson Jr. sportscaster, Turner Sports, TNT raised in Atlanta, attended University of Georgia
Adam Jones football player for Cincinnati Bengals born in Atlanta
Brandon Jones NASCAR driver born in Atlanta
Chipper Jones Major League Baseball player, Atlanta Braves resides in Atlanta [34]
Kristen Ledlow sports anchor, works for NBATV resides in Atlanta
Pete Maravich basketball player, member of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame resided in Atlanta [35]
Robert Mathis football player born in Atlanta
Erskine Mayer baseball player born in Atlanta
Adam Nelson track and field athlete, Olympic champion born in Atlanta
Cam Newton football player for Carolina Panthers born in Atlanta [36]
Tony Parker basketball player born in Atlanta
Lew "Sneaky Pete" Robinson drag racer born in Atlanta [37]
Deion Sanders Football player, member of Pro Football Hall of Fame Resided in Atlanta [38]
Kobi Simmons basketball player born in Atlanta [39]
Michael Vick football player Resided in Atlanta [40]
LeRoy T. Walker President of United States Olympic Committee born in Atlanta
Hines Ward football player, Pittsburgh Steelers resided in Atlanta
Darius Watts football player born in Atlanta
Mario West professional basketball player attended Georgia Tech
Dominique Wilkins basketball player, member of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame resides in Atlanta
Sam Wyche football player and coach born in Atlanta
Josef Martinez professional soccer player resides in Atlanta

Business people

Name Field Known for Association
F. Duane Ackerman executive Last CEO of Bellsouth lived in Atlanta
George Adair developer early Atlanta real-estate developer [ citation needed]
Dean Alford chief executive officer and politician president and chief executive of Allied Energy Services; member of the Georgia General Assembly [ citation needed]
Ray Anderson entrepreneur founder of carpet manufacturer Interface, Inc. [ citation needed]
Charles Brewer businessman founder of Internet service provider MindSpring, which later merged with EarthLink [ citation needed]
Asa Griggs Candler entrepreneur founder of beverage manufacturer The Coca-Cola Company [ citation needed]
S. Truett Cathy entrepreneur founder of the fast-food restaurant chain Chick-fil-A [ citation needed]
Anne Cox Chambers entrepreneur co-owner of mass-media company Cox Enterprises [ citation needed]
Lemuel Grant businessman and engineer early-Atlanta railroad man, landowner, engineer and businessman [ citation needed]
James M. Henderson advertising born in Atlanta; lived in Greenville, South Carolina, Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina in 1970 [41]
Anne T. Hill fashion designer founded Taffy's of California born in Atlanta [42]
Evelyn Greenblatt Howren aviator former WASP who founded aviation businesses in Atlanta, lobbied for aviation industry born in Atlanta [43]
Bernard Marcus entrepreneur co-founder of home-improvement retailing chain Home Depot; primary funding source for the Georgia Aquarium [ citation needed]
John Pemberton chemist chemist and inventor of the carbondated soft drink Coca-Cola [ citation needed]
Richard Peters businessman early-Atlanta railroad man, landowner and a founder of Atlanta [ citation needed]
John C. Portman, Jr. architect international architect and developer, designer of the groundbreaking atrium-style hotel [ citation needed]
Neel Reid architect student of École des Beaux-Arts; designed various buildings now listed on the National Register of Historic Places [ citation needed]
Ted Turner media mogul founder of cable-news channel CNN [ citation needed]
Robert W. Woodruff executive president of the beverage manufacturer The Coca-Cola Company [ citation needed]


Name Known for Association
Matt Hullum director of films, music videos and web series including Lazer Team, and Red Vs Blue born in Atlanta [44]
Spike Lee director of films including She's Gotta Have It, School Daze, Do the Right Thing and several music videos born in Atlanta [45]
Kenny Leon director of several Broadway plays and several television episodes [ citation needed]
Tyler Perry director of films, plays, and television series, including Meet The Browns, and Madea plays and movies moved to Atlanta [20] [21]
Steven Soderbergh film director, Out of Sight, Erin Brockovich, Traffic, Ocean's Eleven [ citation needed]


Name Known for Association
Brooke Baldwin journalist, currently works for CNN born in Atlanta
Pat Conroy author, journalist, educator born on October 26, 1945, in Atlanta [46]
David Dick covered the Southeastern United States for CBS News in the late 1960s based in Atlanta; later transferred to the Dallas bureau [47]
William Emerson covered the Civil Rights Movement as Newsweek's first bureau chief assigned to cover the Southern United States; later editor in chief of The Saturday Evening Post moved to Atlanta [48]
Bob Jordan television news journalist, author former news anchor born in Atlanta
Frank Stanton Georgia's first Poet Laureate died in Atlanta [49]
Ted Turner media mogul, TBS and CNN founder; owned Atlanta Braves moved to Atlanta [50]


Name Known for Association
2 Chainz, real name Tauheed Epps rapper from Atlanta [51]
21 Savage, real name Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph rapper and record producer moved to Atlanta in his teens
6LACK, real name Ricardo Valdez Valentine moved to East Atlanta at a very young age
André 3000, real name André Benjamin rapper, actor, record producer, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist; half of the rap group OutKast born in Atlanta
Angie Stone, singer and record producer moved to Atlanta
Lil Baby, real name Dominique Jones Rapper Born in Atlanta
Johntá Austin singer-songwriter, signed to Jermaine Dupri's So So Def Recordings; won two Grammy Awards for songs " We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey and " Be Without You" by Mary J. Blige born in Atlanta [52]
David Berkeley singer-songwriter with four studio albums and one live album [53] moved to Atlanta for his wife to finish school [54]
Bobby V, real name Bobby Wilson recording artist (nicknamed "Valentino" because he was due to be born on Valentine's Day) attended North Atlanta High School and Clark Atlanta University [55]
SahBabii, real name Saaheem Valdery rapper and songwriter born in Chicago, raised in Atlanta
Cat Power, also known as Chan Marshall, real name Charlyn Marshall singer-songwriter, actress and model born in Atlanta
Eddie Chamblee jazz tenor saxophonist born in Atlanta in 1920
Ciara, real name Ciara Harris singer-songwriter, dancer, actress and fashion model moved to Atlanta [55] [56]
Drumma Boy record producer, songwriter lives in Atlanta
John Burke solo pianist and composer born and lives in Atlanta
Future, real name Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer born and lives in Atlanta
CeeLo Green, real name Thomas DeCarlo Gallaway rapper, singer, actor born in Atlanta
Keri Hilson singer-songwriter and actress from Decatur attended Emory University [57]
India.Arie, real name India Arie Simpson singer-songwriter and record producer; [58] has sold over 3.3 million records in the U.S.; has won four Grammy Awards, including Best R&B Album moved to Atlanta [59]
Graham Jackson theatre organist, pianist and choral conductor moved to Atlanta in 1923 [60]
Trinidad James, real name Nicholas Williams rapper from Atlanta
Elton John singer-songwriter, English-born entertainer whose songs include " Your Song", " Crocodile Rock" and " Candle in the Wind" lives part-time in Atlanta [61]
JID , real name Destin Route rapper, singer born in Atlanta
Gladys Knight singer-songwriter, actress, businesswoman and author born in Atlanta
Brenda Lee performer who sang rockabilly, pop and country music; had 37 US chart hits during the 1960s, [62] known for songs " I'm Sorry" (1960) and " Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" (1958); recipient of Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2009) born in Atlanta in 1944 [63]
Mable Lee dancer, entertainer, 2008 inductee into the Tap Dance Hall of Fame born in Atlanta in 1921
Lil Jon rapper, record producer, songwriter and Grammy winner born and lives in Atlanta
Lil Yachty rapper, songwriter from Atlanta
Vivek Maddala composer, producer, multi-instrumental performer attended Georgia Tech
MadeinTYO, real name Malcolm Jamaal Davis rapper originated in Atlanta
Gucci Mane, real name Radric Davis rapper, actor lives in Atlanta
China Anne McClain singer-songwriter and actress (Jasmine Payne on TV series Tyler Perry's House of Payne, Chyna Parks on A.N.T. Farm) born in Atlanta [64]
Big Maceo Merriweather blues singer-pianist, made many recordings in the 1940s for Bluebird and Victor born in Atlanta in 1905
Monica singer, songwriter, producer, and actress from Atlanta
Eric Nam Korean-American singer-songwrite, television host, entertainer and entrepreneur currently based in South Korea born in Atlanta
Duke Pearson jazz pianist and composer, noted for work on the Blue Note label born in Atlanta 1932, died in Atlanta 1980
Jerry Reed country-music singer-songwriter, guitarist and actor who appeared in more than a dozen films; signature songs include " Guitar Man", " East Bound and Down", " A Thing Called Love" and " When You're Hot, You're Hot" born in Atlanta [65]
Kelly Rowland singer-songwriter with the Destiny's Child and as a solo artist, actress and television personality. She is two times Grammy Awards winner. born in Atlanta
Cappriccieo Scates drummer and record producer, presented with the Phoenix Award in 2011 lives and works in Atlanta [66] [67]
Natalie Lauren Sims, also known as Suzy Rock musician, songwriter, graphic and art designer, and music executive moved to Atlanta in 2007 [68]
T.I., real name Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. rapper, actor and businessman born in Atlanta
Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress from TLC born in Atlanta
Chris Tomlin contemporary Christian music artist, worship leader and songwriter from Grand Saline, Texas moved to Atlanta and began church
DJ Toomp record producer, songwriter and Grammy winner born and lives in Atlanta
Usher, real name Usher Raymond singer-songwriter, dancer and actor; rose to fame in late 1990s with release of second album My Way attended North Springs High School [69]
Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress from TLC lived in Atlanta [70]
Kanye West rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer and fashion designer; one of the best-selling artists of all time born in Atlanta, raised in Chicago
Playboi Carti, real name Jordan Terrell Carter rapper from Atlanta
Young Jeezy, real name Jay Wayne Jenkins rapper from Atlanta
Young Thug rapper, songwriter born and lives in Atlanta
Lil Nas X rapper from Atlanta
Migos rappers from Atlanta
Gunna rapper from Atlanta
Rich the Kid rapper from Atlanta
Lil Gotit rapper from Atlanta
Young Scooter rapper from Atlanta
Lil Keed rapper from Atlanta
Rich Homie Quan rapper from Atlanta
Summer Walker singer from Atlanta [71]
Young Nudy rapper from Atlanta
Southside rapper, record producer from Atlanta
Clairo singer-songwriter born in Atlanta
Trouble rapper from Atlanta
Soulja Boy, real name DeAndre Cortez Way rapper from Atlanta
K Camp, real name Kristopher Thomas Campbell rapper from Atlanta
Roscoe Dash rapper from Atlanta
B.o.B. rapper from Atlanta
Bankroll Fresh rapper who was killed and shot from Atlanta and died in Atlanta
Lil Scrappy rapper from Atlanta
Young Dro rapper from Atlanta
Cash Out rapper from Atlanta
Ludacris rapper from Atlanta
Yung Joc rapper from Atlanta
Russ rapper from Atlanta [72]
YFN Lucci rapper from Atlanta
Pastor Troy rapper from Atlanta
Rocko rapper from Atlanta
OJ da Juiceman rapper from Atlanta
iLoveMakonnen rapper from Atlanta
V.I.C. rapper from Atlanta
Silentó rapper from Atlanta
Skooly rapper from Atlanta
Unk rapper from Atlanta
YC rapper from Atlanta
Gorilla Zoe rapper from Atlanta
Big Kuntry King rapper from Atlanta


Name Known for Association
James Earl "Jimmy" Carter Jr. governor of Georgia and 39th President of the United States lived in Atlanta
Nathan Deal governor of Georgia lived in Atlanta
John Brown Gordon Confederate lieutenant general and governor of Georgia lived in Atlanta
Maynard Holbrook Jackson Jr. first black mayor of Atlanta born and lived in Atlanta
Lester Maddox 75th governor of Georgia born and lived in Atlanta
Michelle Nunn foreign service, candidate for Senator, non-profit CEO born and lived in Atlanta
Kasim Reed 59th mayor of Atlanta lived in Atlanta
Randolph W. Thrower former Commissioner of Internal Revenue lived in Atlanta
Charline White first African-American woman to be elected to the Michigan Legislature born in Atlanta [73]

Religious leaders

Name Known for Association
Andy Stanley senior pastor of North Point Community Church, Buckhead Church, and other local churches; founded North Point Ministries, a worldwide Christian organization born in Atlanta
Charles Stanley senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Atlanta; founder and president of In Touch Ministries; served as president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1984 to 1986 lives in Atlanta

Writers and artists

Name Known for Association
Violet Chachki drag queen born in Atlanta [74]
Lewis Grizzard writer and humorist lived in Atlanta
Joel Chandler Harris wrote the Uncle Remus stories lived in West End of Atlanta [75]
Cheryl McKay wrote The Ultimate Gift lives in Atlanta [76]
Margaret Mitchell wrote Gone With the Wind born in Atlanta
Flannery O'Connor Southern gothic writer lived in Atlanta
Judith Pordon poet and editor born in Atlanta
Lucy May Stanton artist born in Atlanta [77]
Natasha Tretheway poet lived in Atlanta

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