Famous People from North Dakota

Lynn Rene Anderson (1947 - ) An American country music singer best known for her Grammy Award-winning, country crossover hit, "(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden." Anderson was one of the most popular female country singers of the 1970s. Born in Grand Forks, ND (777)

Dick Armey (1940 - ) Born Richard Keith Armey. A former U.S. Representative from Texas (1985-2003) and House Majority Leader (1995-2003). He was one of the engineers of the "Republican Revolution" of the 1990s, in which Republicans were elected to majorities of both houses of Congress for the first time in four decades. Born in Cando, ND (778)

Leslie Louise Bibb (1974 - ) An American actress and former fashion model. Some of her films include See Spot Run, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and Iron Man. Born in Bismarck, ND (779)

Quentin Northrup Burdick (1908 - 1992) A United States Senator from North Dakota from 1960 until his death in 1992. Prior to that he had served in the United States House of Representatives from 1959 to 1960. Born in Munich, ND (780)

Warren Minor Christopher (1925 - 2011) Is an American diplomat, lawyer, and public servant. He served as the Secretary of State during Bill Clinton's first term. He also served as Deputy Attorney General in the Lyndon Johnson administration, and as Deputy Secretary of State in the Jimmy Carter administration. Born in Scranton, ND (781)

Angie Dickinson (1931 - ) An American actress. She appeared in more than 50 films. Best known for her role as Seargent Leann "Pepper" Anderson in Police Woman. Born in Kulm, ND (433)

Sally Fraser (1932 - ) An American actress who appeared on television and in numerous films. She became best known for appearing in low-budget science fiction films of the 1950s. Born in Williston, ND (1582)

Phyllis Frelich (1944 - 2014) An American actress, and, with Marlee Matlin, one of the two pre-eminent deaf actresses in the United States. Born in Devils Lake, ND (1581)

William H. Gass (1924 - ) An American novleist, short-story writer, essayist, critic and former philosophy professor. His novel, The Tunnel received the American Book Award. Born in Fargo, ND (440)

Kam Heskin (1973 - ) An American actress best known for her roles as the second Caitlin Richards Deschanel on NBC's soap opera Sunset Beach (1998-1999) and as her role as Paige Morgan in the The Prince and Me sequels. Born in Grand Forks, ND (1580)

Harold Keith "Johnny" Johnson (1912 - 1983) A United States General. He served as the Chief of Staff of the United States Army from 1964 to 1968. Born in Bowesmont, ND (1579)

Lang Jonny (1981 - ) Born Jon Gordon Langseth, Jr. An American blues, gospel, and rock singer, songwriter and recording artist. Born in Fargo, ND (1578)

Louis L'Amour (1908 - 1988) Author known for his vivid descriptions of frontier life. He wrote primarily Western novels but he also wrote historical fiction, science fiction, nonfiction, poetry and short stories. Considered one of the world's most popular writers. Born in Jamestown, ND (432)

Peggy Lee (1920 - 2002) An American jazz and popular music singer, songwriter, composer and actress. Her career spanned 6 decades. Born in Jamestown, ND (434)

Jan Maxwell (1956 - ) An American stage and television actress. She has received a Tony nomination in all four acting categories. She has appeared in the television soap operas All My Children and One Life to Live. Born in Fargo, ND (782)

Cliff "Fido" Purpur (1912 - 2001) First North Dakota native to become a National Hockey League player. He played for the St. Louis Eagles, the Chicago Blackhawks, and the Detroit Red Wings. Born in Grand Forks, ND (439)

Bobbie Vee (1943 - ) Born Robert Thomas Velline. An American pop music singer who was a teen idol in the early 1960s. Some of his hits include "Take Good Care of My Baby", "More Than I Can Say" and "Run to Him". He was also a pioneer in the music video genre. Born in Fargo, ND (783)

Harley Venton (1953 - ) An American actor. He is known for his role of attorney Derek Colby on the soap opera, Guiding Light from 1979 to 1982. He was also in the movies Sleeping with the Enemy and Clear and Present Danger. Born in Jamestown, ND (1577)

Lawrence Welk (1903 - 1992) An American musician, accordionist, bandleader, and television producer, hosting The Lawrence Welk Show from 1955 to 1982. His style came to be known to his large number of radio, television, and live-performance fans as "champagne music." Born in Strasburg, ND (784)

Natalie West (1956 - ) An American television, film and stage actress. Best known for her role as Crystal Anderson Conner on the TV series Roseanne. Born in Grand Forks, ND (1575)