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Famous People from Kansas City, MO

Kansas City, MO, is a city that prides in quite a number of notable individuals who have done a great job in making their hometown proud. From athletes to award-winning authors, philanthropists to political leaders, scientists to astronauts, musicians to actors and actresses, Kansas City is not short of some history making famous people who enjoy calling this haven home. Our list below contains people who were born in Kansas City or just some notable locals who are worth the recognition.

Earl Cole. Cole was born in Kansas City back in 1971. He is a former California advertising executive, producer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is known to most as the $1 million winner of the TV reality series ‘Survivor: Fiji.’ He was asked to join the show just two days before it started shooting, showing leadership skills and intelligent tact throughout the entire series showing determination and zeal till he emerged the show’s winner.

Jean Harlow. Jean was born in 1911 in Kansas City, MO, and she rose to fame as an American film actress and a sex symbol of the early 1990s. She only appeared on the big screens between 1928 and 1937 before her sad demise tat the young age of 26. She remains as one of the biggest and most iconic movie stars in the world, and despite her death, her image in the public eyes has endured for generations after generations. Her ‘laughing vamp’ movie persona contributed a lot to her fame. She had interesting nicknames, including the ‘platinum blonde’ and ‘blonde bombshell.’

Ed Asner. Also known as Edward Asner, this American actor and voice actor was born in Kansas City, MO, in 1929. He is a former president of the ‘Screen Actors Guild.’ He rose to fame given his role as Lou Grant between 1970 and the 1980s, which made him one of the very few actors in the world to portray or play the same character both in a drama and a comedy. The Primetime Emmy Awards recognize him as an honored male actor of his time.

Donald Frank Cheadle Jr. many know him as Don Cheadle. He is an American writer, author, director-actor as well as producer. He is well known for his role as hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina in the genocide film ‘Hotel Rwanda,’ which saw him get nominated in the Academy Awards for the Best Actor. He has appeared in many other big movies, including ‘Iron Man 2’ and ‘Iron Man 3’.