Famous People from West Virginia

Charlie Barnett (1954 - 1996) An American actor and comedian. He had a recurring role in the TV series Miami Vice as Neville 'Noogie' Lamont. Born in Bluefield, WV (1394)

George Brett (1953 - ) A retired American baseball third baseman and designated hitter. He played 21 years for the Kansas City Royals. Born in Glen Dale, WV (637)

Pearl Buck (1862 - 1973) An American writer and novelist. Author best known for her novel The Good Earth. She became the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature (1938). Born in Hillsboro, WV (641)

Jean Carson (1923 - 2005) An American stage, film and television actress. Best known for her work on the classic 1960s sitcom The Andy Griffith Show. Born in Charleston, WV (1395)

John Joseph Corbett, Jr. (1961 - ) An American actor and country music singer. Best known for playing Chris Stevens on Northern Exposure from 1990 to 1995 and Aidan on Sex and the City. Born in Wheeling, WV (1396)

Dagmar (1921 - 2001) Born Virginia Ruth Egnor. She became one of the leading personalities of early 1950s live television doing sketch comedy on The Bob Hope Show, Texaco Star Theater and other shows. Born in Yawkey, WV (1698)

Joyce Anne DeWitt (1949 - ) An American actress most famous for her role as Janet Wood on the television situation comedy Three's Company. Born in Wheeling, WV (1397)

James Cecil Dickens (1920 - 2015) Better known as Little Jimmy Dickens. An American country music singer famous for his humorous novelty songs, his small size, 4'11" and his rhinestone-studded outfits. Born in Bolt, WV (1398)

Paul Dooley (1928 - ) Born Paul Brown. An American actor, writer, and comedian. He was the voice of Sarge in the Disney/Pixar film Cars and Cars 2. Born in Parkersburg, WV (1399)

Bradford Claude Dourif (1950 - ) An American film and television actor who gained early fame for his portrayal of Billy Bibbitt in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Born in Huntington, WV (1400)

Joanne Dru (1922 - 1996) An American film and television actress. Known for films like Red River and All the King's Men. Born in Logan, WV (1700)

Conchata Galen Ferrell (1943 - ) An American actress. Best known for her role as Berta the housekeeper in the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men. Born in Charleston, WV (1401)

Joshua Denver Harto (1979 - ) An American actor who has guest starred in a number of television series, including American Dreams, Crossing Jordan, JAG, Strangers with Candy, The Practice, Cold Case and more. Born in Huntington, WV (1402)

Steve Harvey (1957 - ) Born Broderick Steven Harvey. An American actor, comedian, television host, and radio personality. Born in Welch, WV (1403)

Stonewall Jackson (1824 - 1863) Born Thomas Jonathan Jackson. Confederate general during the American Civil War. Known for his Valley Campaign. Military historians consider him to be one of the most gifted tactical commanders in U.S. history. Born in Clarksburg, WV (642)

Don Knotts (1924 - 2006) Actor best known for appearances in movies like The Incredible Mr. Limpet and The Apple Dumpling Gang and the television series The Andy Griffith Show. Born in Morgantown, WV (638)

Kathy Mattea (1959 - ) Country music and bluegrass performer who often brings folk, Celtic, and traditional country sounds to her music. Born in South Charleston, WV (639)

Charles "Charlie" Ray McCoy (1941 - ) An American musician noted for his work on a wide variety of instruments including the harmonica, guitar, the bass and trumpet. Born in Oak Hills, WV (1404)

Mary Lou Retton (1968 - ) A retired American gymnast. She won a gold medal in the individual all-around competition and two silver medals and two bronze medals at the 1984 Summer Olympics. Born in Fairmont, WV (635)

Walter Reuther (1907 - 1970) One of the most influential labor leaders of the 20th Century. He was alongside Martin Luther King Jr. when he gave his "I have a Dream" speech. Born in Wheeling, WV (643)

H.T. Webster (1885 - 1952) Born Harold Tucker Webster. Cartoonist and creator of Caspar Milquetoast. Born in Parkersburg, WV (644)

Jerry West (1938 - ) A retired American basketball player who played his entire professional career for the Los Angeles Lakers. Born in Chelyan, WV (636)

Chuck Yeager (1923 - ) First pilot to fly faster than the speed of sound. The most famous test pilot of all time. Born in Myra, WV (640)

Steve Yeager (1948 - ) Baseball player who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Seattle Mariners. Once hit 2 grand slams in one High School baseball contest. Born in Huntington, WV (645)