Famous Tucsonans

These are people who were born in, are living in, have lived in, or who have died in Tucson or the surrounding area.

Name Date Born in Tucson Lives in or has lived in Tucson Died in Tucson Occupation
Abbey, Edward 1927-1989     X American writer, environmentalist
Acaba, Joseph 1967-   x   Astronaut
Ai 1947-2010   X   American writer
Allen, Rupert Clyde 1927-2008 X     American writer
Allen, Rex 1924-1999     X Actor, singer, songwriter
Ameche, Jim 1915-1983     X Radio performer
Angier, Bradford 1910-1997     X American writer
Apache Kid 1868?-1894?     X First Sergeant of Scouts, U.S. Army
Arthur, Karl 1952-   X   American writer
Baldwin, Gordon C. 1908-1983   X   American writer
Baldwin, Stephen 1966-   X   Actor
Bates, Mario Doniel 1973- X     Professional football player
Bates, Michael 1969- X     Professional football player
Baylor, Byrd 1924-2021   x   American writer
Behan, John Harris 1845-1912     X Lawman, cowboy
Bennett, Michael 1943-1987     X Dancer
Bieber, Hailey Rhode (née Baldwin)  1996  X      Model
Bok, Bart Jan 1906-1983     X Astronomer, educator, and author
Bonanno, Joseph "Joey Bananas" 1905-2002     X Businessman, alleged mafia crime family head
Bordes, Francois 1919-1981     X Archeologist, educator, and author
Borman, Frank 1928-   X   Astronaut
Bowden, Charles 1945-2014   X   American writer, journalist
Bowers, Janice Emily 1950-   X   American writer
Bradbury, Ray 1920-2012   X   American writer
Bradley, Donald A. 1925-1974     X Scientific researcher, astrologer, and writer
Brown, Joseph Paul Summers (J.P.S.) 1930-2021   X   American writer
Burke, Brooke  1971    X    TV personality
Burns, Joey  1968    X    Musician, Calexico
Caldwell, Erskine 1903-1987   X   American writer
Calkins, Dick 1895-1962     X Cartoonist
Carmona, Richard Henry 1949-   X   Physician, police officer, public health official
Case, Neko 1970   x   Musician, The New Pornographers
Chafee, Judy 1932-1998   x   Architect
Cliburn, Van 1934-2013   X   American pianist
Clinton, Larry 1909-1985     X Bandleader
DeConcini, Dennis Webster 1937- X     American politician
DeFer, Kaylee 1986- X     Actor
DeGrazia, Ted (Ettore) 1909-1982     X Artist
Deming, Alison Hawthorne 1946-   X   American writer, poet
Denver, John 1943-1997   X   American singer
Doss, Helen Grigsby 1918-2013   X   English writer
Douglass, Andrew Ellicott 1867-1962     X Astronomer, dendrochronologist
Eden, Barbara 1931- X     Actor
Eder, Linda 1961- X     Singer
Elliot, Sean Michael 1968- X     Professional basketball player
Fife, John     X   Human Rights Activist (Sanctuary Movement, No More Deaths)
Fitch, Steve 1949- X     Photographer
Fontana, Bernard Lee 1931-2016   X   American writer
Franken, Rose (Dorothy) 1895?-1988     X American writer
Freyse, William 1899-1969     X Cartoonist
Giffords, Gabrielle "Gabby" 1970- X     U.S. Congressional representative, activist, writer
Gordon, Gordon 1906-2002   X   American writer
Gordon, Mildred 1912-1979     X Editor, screenwriter, and author
Gorin, Igor 1908-1982     X Composer, singer, and actor
Gould, Laurence McKinley 1896-1995     X Explorer, educator
Gray, Genevieve Stuck 1920-1995     X American writer
Gurney, J. Eric 1910-1992     X Canadian cartoonist, illustrator, and writer
Guthrie, Savannah 1971-   X   TV personality, journalist
Harris, Sean Eugene 1972- X     Professional football player
Haury, Emil Walter 1904-1992     X Archaeologist, anthropologist, educator, and writer
Hindman, Earl 1942-2003   X   Actor
Hubka, Betty (Josephine Morgan) 1924-2013   X   American writer
Ingalls, Jeremy 1911-2000     X American writer
Iserson, Kenneth Victor 1949-   X   American writer, physician
Jaastad, Henry 1895-1954   X   Architect, Mayor of Tucson
Jance, Judith Ann 1944-   X   American writer
Jernigan, Gisela Evelyn 1948-   X   American writer
Joessler, Josias 1895-1954   X   Architect
Johnson, Enid 1892-1969     X American writer
Johnson, Horace 1893-1964     X Composer
Kay, Ulysses Simpson 1917-1995 X     Composer
Keaton, Diane 1946-   X   Actor
Kelly, Mark 1964-   X   American astronaut
Kennedy, Daniel 1983- X     Actor
Kerr, Steve 1965-   X   Basketball coach
Kingsolver, Barbara 1955-   X   Writer, novelist
Kinnear, Greg 1964-   X   TV personality
Krutch, Joseph Wood 1893-1970     X American critic
Kuykendall, Ralph Simpson 1885-1963     X American historian
Lewi, William Grant, II 1902-1951     X American writer, astrologer
Levy, David H. 1948-   X   Writer, astronomer
Lowden, Frank Orren 1861-1943     X American politician
Lowell, Susan 1950-   X   Mexican writer
Martin, Patricia Preciado 1939- X     American writer
Marvin, Lee 1924-1987     X American actor
McCartney, Linda 1941-1998     X American photographer (wife of Beatle Paul McCartney)
McCartney, Sir Paul 1942-   X   Vocalist, songwriter, composer, bass player, poet, ex-Beatle)
McNulty, James Francis Jr. 1925-2009     X U.S. Congressional representative
Merrill, James 1926-1995     X America poet
Mettler, Barbara 1907-2002   X   Dancer, educator, filmmaker, writer
Mitchell, John James 1846-1898     X Congressional Medal of Honor recipient
Momaday, N. Scott 1934-   X   American writer, novelist, poet
Norstad, Lauris 1907-1988     X Military officer
Nye, Nelson Coral 1907-1997     X American writer
Oberman, Heiko Augustinus 1930-2001     X Dutch writer
Olson, Lute 1934-2020   X   Basketball Coach, University of Arizona
Orlen, Steve 1942-2010     X American writer, poet
Owens, James Cl "Jesse" 1913-1980     X American track and field athlete, Medal of Freedom recipient
 Pardo, Dominick "Don" 1918-2014     X Radio and television broadcaster, actor
 Pegler, James Westbrook 1894-1969     X  American journalist
Pettit, Donald 1955   X   Astronaut
Ptacek, Rainer 1951-1997   X   Musician
Rivera-Ashford, Roni Capin      X    Author
Roemer, William F. Jr. 1926-1996     X American writer
Ronstadt, Linda 1946- X     Singer
Sanger, Margaret 1879-1966     X American women's rights activist
Schellie, Don 1932-1993     X American writer
Scholder, Fritz 1937-2005   X   Artist, painter
Schottland, Charles Irwin 1906-1995     X American government official
Schuur, Diane 1953-   X   Jazz musician 
Shandling, Gary 1949-2016   X   Comedian, TV personality
Sharmat, Marjoie Weinman 1928-2019   X   American writer
Shelton, Richard 1933-   X   American writer, poet
Smallens, Alexander 1889-1972     X Musical conductor
Smith, Lowell Herbert 1892-1945     X Aviator
Sonnichsen, C.L. 1901-1991     X American writer
Sontag, Susan 1933-2004   X   American writer
Speare, Elizabeth George 1908-1994     X American writer
Story, Ronald D. 1946-   X   American writer
Strug, Kerri 1977- X     American gymnast
Tate, Velma 1913-1997     X American writer
Thomas, Eric Jason 1964- X     Professional football player
Udall, Morris "Mo" King 1922-1998   X   American politician
Udall, Stewart Lee 1920-2010   X   American politician
Vicker, Ray 1917-2000     X Journalist, author
Weil, Andrew 1942-   X   American writer, physician
Wells, Catherine 1952-   X   American writer
Wilder, Janos 1954-   X   Chef, restaurateur
Wright, Harold Bell 1872-1944   X   American writer
Zepeda, Ofelia 1954-   X   American writer, poet, linguist

See also: Authors with Tucson Connections, opens a new window


Various Newspaper articles from Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Citizen, and Newspapers.com.

Almanac of Famous People.

Gale Biography Resource Center (database.) (Most of these people can be found in the Gale Biography Resource Center.)

"Vaya Con Dios, Tucson." Arizona Daily Star. May 9, 2004. Page B7.

Henry, Bonnie "Celebrities flocked to Old Pueblo, opens a new window" Arizona Daily Star. May 2, 2010.

"Brief Biography | Barbara Kingsolver, opens a new window." Barbara Kingsolver | The Authorized Site.

Edward Abbey Author Page, opens a new window | Amazon.com: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle.

"Ai, opens a new window" | Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More.

Duggan, Mark. "A Visit With Byrd Baylor." | Arizona Public Media.

"Richard H. Carmona, opens a new window." | NNDB: Tracking the entire world.

"Dennis DeConcini, opens a new window" | U.S. Congress Votes Database - The Washington Post.

"Alison Hawthorne Deming, opens a new window" | PoetryFoundation.org.

Barbara Eden News, Barbara Eden Bio and Photos, opens a new window| TVGuide.com." TV Guide, TV Listings, Online Videos, Entertainment News and Celebrity News | TVGuide.com

Linda Eder | Music Videos, Songs, News, Photos, and Lyrics | MTV.com (web page no longer exists)

John James Mitchell (1846 - 1898) - Find A Grave Memorial, opens a new window. | Find A Grave - Millions of Cemetery Records.

Find A Grave - Holy Hope Cemetery & Mausoleum. Famous Burial Locations, opens a new window | Find A Grave - Millions of Cemetery Records.

Limberis, Chris. "News & Opinion: Rock Ranch." Tucson Weekly. May 26, 1998.

"Stephen Baldwin: His Famous Family, Faith and a Film Adaptation., opens a new window" RisenMagazine.com

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