Famous Little Rock People
Famous Little Rock Athletes
- Bill Clinton called Little Rock home as the 42nd Governor of Arkansas and the 42nd President of the United States. His presidential library is located in downtown.
- Little Rock is the birthplace of five-star General Douglas MacArthur.
- The Little Rock Nine: Ernest Green, Elizabeth Eckford, Jefferson Thomas, Dr. Terrence Roberts, Carlotta Walls Lanier, Minnijean Brown Trickey, Gloria Ray Karlmark, Themla Mothershed-Wair and Melba Pattillo Beals
- General Wesley Clark, NATO commander in the air war against Yugoslavia in 1999 and 2004 U.S. presidential candidate, is a Little Rock native.
- Lottie Shackelford of Little Rock was the first African American elected Mayor.
- Adolphine Terry, a native of Little Rock, was the leading proponent of women's rights in Arkansas. Mrs. Terry was the sister of poet John Gould Fletcher and the wife of Congressman D.D. Terry.
- Black Panther leader and author Eldridge Cleaver was born in Little Rock in 1935.
- Socks Clinton, First Feline of the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion and the White House, was born in Little Rock.
- Korto Momolu, local fashion designer and stylist, become a finalist on Bravo’s hit reality show Project Runway Season 5.
- P. Allen Smith, television show host, author and gardening expert. His television show P. Allen Smith's Garden Home is shown on PBS member stations and in syndication on other networks. Some episodes are filmed at the Garden Home Retreat, spanning over 500 acres at Moss Mountain Farm near Little Rock.
Famous Little Rock Actors and Actresses
- Hubert “Geese” Ausbie played center and traveled internationally as a member of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team (1961-1985).
- Keith Jackson, Little Rock native and National Football League legend, founded P.A.R.K. (Positive Atmosphere Reached Kids) to create a “place that will give kids hope, strong values, and confidence”.
- Derek Fisher, born in Little Rock on August 9, 1974, was the first round draft pick by the L. A. Lakers.
- Little Rock, Arkansas is the home of the former Middle Weight World Champion, Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor.
- Hall of Famer and third baseman for the Orioles, Brooks Robinson
- Sidney Moncrief of the Milwaukee Bucks
- Dan Hampton of the Chicago Bears
- Jerry McKinnis started a fishing guide service at Lake Maumelle and started a local TV show called “The Fishin’ Hole”. This program went on to become a regional TV show, then went national is now the longest running fishing show in TV history.
Famous Little Rock Authors and Musicians
- Academy Award winning actress Mary Steenburgen
- Gilbert "Bronco Billy Anderson" Aronson was born in Little Rock in 1882 before becoming the silver screen's first beloved cowboy.
- American actor, Gil Gerard, most famous for his role as Captain William “Buck” Rogers in the 1979-1981 television series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.
- Robert Palmer, Jr., the longtime New York Times music critic and superlative historian of rock-n-roll music in America, was born in Little Rock.
- Author of "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee," Little Rock native Dee Brown, changed the teaching of American History.
- William Grant Still, a Little Rock native, was the first African-American conductor of a major symphony and the first important black classical music composer in the United States.
- Albert "Al" Hibbler was lead male vocalist for Duke Ellington's orchestra in the 1940s after leaving his Little Rock home.
- Little Rock retired engineer Edgar C. Whisenant reportedly made a quarter million dollars from his best-selling book, "88 Reasons Why the Rapture Will Be in 1988."
- John Gould Fletcher, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, hails from Little Rock.
- Kris Allen, American Idol Season 8 winner, was born and raised as a resident of the greater Little Rock metropolitan area.
- The nation’s all-time best-selling African American novelist, E. Lynn Harris, was raised in Little Rock.
- Rock band Evanescence began in Little Rock. Its lead singer Amy Lee attended Pulaski Academy, a well known private school in West Little Rock.