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List of people from Alaska

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Flag of Alaska
Flag of Alaska
Artis the Spoonman
Artis the Spoonman
Rex Beach
Rex Beach
Carlos Boozer
Carlos Boozer
Susan Butcher
Susan Butcher
Mario Chalmers
Mario Chalmers
Robert Crawford
Robert Crawford
Jimmy Doolittle
Jimmy Doolittle
William Duncan
Wyatt Earp
Wyatt Earp
Mike Gravel
Mike Gravel
Ernest Gruening
Ernest Gruening
Wally Hickel
Wally Hickel
Robin Hobb
Robin Hobb
Sheldon Jackson
Sheldon Jackson
Kevin Johansen
Kevin Johansen
Levi Johnston
Levi Johnston
Joseph Juneau
Joseph Juneau
Gunnar Kaasen
Gunnar Kaasen
Jewel Kilcher
Jewel Kilcher
Sydney Laurence
Sydney Laurence
Lance Mackey
Lance Mackey
Holly Madison
Holly Madison
Ray Mala
Ray Mala
Andre Marrou
Andre Marrou
Drew Meekins
Drew Meekins
Tommy Moe
Tommy Moe
Lisa Murkowski
Lisa Murkowski
William Oefelein
William Oefelein
Bristol Palin
Bristol Palin
Sarah Palin
Sarah Palin
Peter the Aleut
Peter the Aleut
Valerie Plame
Valerie Plame
Amerie Rogers
Amerie Rogers
Larry Sanger
Larry Sanger
Curt Schilling
Curt Schilling
Mark Schlereth
Mark Schlereth
Molly Smith
Molly Smith
Soapy Smith
Soapy Smith
Steve Smith
Steve Smith
Ted Stevens
Ted Stevens
Robert Stroud
Robert Stroud
Nate Thompson
Nate Thompson
Archie Van Winkle
Archie Van Winkle

This is a list of notable people from Alaska. This list includes individuals who were born in Alaska, grew up there, retired there, or in any other fashion lived there even if for only a brief period of time (such as infancy, during one or more of the many gold rushes during the late 19th century and early 20th century, or as a result of rapid military influx and outflux from 1940 onward).

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John Luther Adams 1953 living Fairbanks classical music composer
Syun-Ichi Akasofu 1930 living Fairbanks geophysicist, aurora researcher, recently a participant in climate change debate
Christian Allen 1976 living Eagle River video game designer
Alvin Eli Amason 1948 living Fairbanks, Kodiak painter, sculptor
Artis the Spoonman 1948 living Kodiak street musician, subject of the song by Soundgarden
Lena Atti 1926 2020 Kwigillingok artist expert at traditional grass weaving


Tony Barnette 1983 living Anchorage MLB player for the [[Texas Rangers (baseball)| Laird Barron 1970 living Palmer sled dog racer, writer
Rex Beach 1877 1949 Nome, Rampart writer; one of many participants in the Nome Gold Rush and related events who became famous elsewhere (see below for other examples)
Marty Beckerman 1983 living Anchorage writer
Irene Bedard 1967 living Anchorage actress; voice actor for Pocahontas
Benny Benson 1913 1972 Chignik, Unalaska, Seward, Ugaiushak Island, Kodiak designer of the Flag of Alaska
Chad Bentz 1980 living Juneau, Seward major league baseball pitcher
Bill Berry 1926 1979 Fairbanks painter, cartoonist
Lydia Black 1925 2007 Fairbanks, Kodiak anthropologist, linguist
Annalee Blysse romance novelist
Tom Bodett 1955 living Homer writer, commentator, voice actor
Carlos Boozer 1981 living Juneau power forward for the Chicago Bulls who won an Olympic Bronze medal
Lincoln Brewster 1971 living Fairbanks, Homer musician, singer-songwriter
Justin Buchholz 1983 living Fairbanks mixed martial artist
Kira Buckland 1987 living Anchorage animation voice actress
David Bullock 1993 living Anchorage American tech entrepreneur and media executive
Martin Buser 1958 living Big Lake sled dog racer
Jon Butcher 1950 living Clear guitarist and songwriter best known for fronting 1980s band Jon Butcher Axis
Susan Butcher 1954 2006 Fairbanks, Wrangell Mountains sled dog racer, four-time winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race


Marian Call 1982 living Anchorage, Juneau singer-songwriter
Matt Carle 1984 living Anchorage NHL hockey player
Chad Carpenter living Eagle River, Wasilla cartoonist, creator of Tundra
William F. Cassidy 1908 2002 Nome U.S. Army lieutenant general
Shawn Chacón 1977 living Anchorage Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher
Mario Chalmers 1986 living Anchorage Miami Heat point guard who won the 2011 3-point contest
Valentina Chepiga 1962 living Anchorage IFBB professional bodybuilder
Quinn Christopherson living Anchorage singer-songwriter
Callan Chythlook-Sifsof 1989 living Aleknagik, Girdwood snowboarder, 2010 Olympics team member, Alaska Native activist
Corey Cogdell 1986 living Anchorage trapshooter, two-time Olympic bronze medal winner in the Women's Trap
Daryn Colledge 1982 living North Pole Miami Dolphins football player
Ty Conklin 1976 living Anchorage former professional hockey player
Robert Crawford 1899 1961 Fairbanks early singer-songwriter, composer of "The U.S. Air Force"
Aaron Cunningham 1986 living Anchorage San Diego Padres outfielder


Nora Marks Dauenhauer 1927 2017 Juneau writer
T. Neil Davis 1932 2016 Fairbanks, North Pole geophysicist, writer
Dale DeArmond 1914 2006 Juneau, Ketchikan, Pelican, Sitka printmaker
R. N. DeArmond 1911 2010 Juneau, Ketchikan, Pelican, Sitka historian, journalist, writer
Mahala Ashley Dickerson 1912 2007 Anchorage, Wasilla lawyer, civil rights activist, mother of bodybuilder Chris Dickerson
Traci Dinwiddie 1973 living Anchorage actress
Buckwheat Donahue 1951 2019 Nome folklorist
Jimmy Doolittle 1896 1993 Nome World War II general and hero
Brandon Dubinsky 1986 living Anchorage professional ice hockey player
William Duncan 1832 1918 Metlakatla Anglican lay missionary, brought a group of Tsimshian Indians from Canada to Annette Island, founding Metlakatla


Kate Earl 1981 living Anchorage, Chugiak singer-songwriter
Carl Ben Eielson 1897 1929 Fairbanks pioneering aviator


Dana Fabe 1951 living Anchorage first female associate justice of the Alaska Supreme Court
Claire Fejes 1920 1998 Fairbanks artist, writer
Corey Flintoff 1946 living Fairbanks National Public Radio correspondent


Vivica Genaux 1969 living Fairbanks opera singer
Ray Genet 1931 1979 Talkeetna Mountaineer, guide
Scott Gomez 1979 living Anchorage Florida Panthers hockey player
Katherine Gottlieb ca. 1952 living Anchorage, Old Harbor, Seldovia president of Southcentral Foundation, MacArthur Fellow
Mike Gravel 1930 living Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula U.S. Senator of Pentagon Papers fame
Kelsey Griffin 1987 living Eagle River basketball player for multiple teams in both the WNBA and Australian WNBL; also played for the Australia national team
Max Gruenberg 1943 2016 Juneau Member of the Alaska House of Representatives]
Ernest Gruening 1887 1974 Juneau journalist, writer, territorial governor, U.S. Senator


John Haines 1924 2011 Big Delta, Fairbanks poet, former Alaska poet laureate
Benjamin Haldane 1874 1941 Metlakatla photographer
Travis Hall 1972 living Soldotna San Francisco 49ers football player
Walter Harper 1892 1918 Tanana made the first recorded ascent of Denali
Richard Harris 1833 1907 Juneau gold prospector, co-founder of Juneau
Ernestine Hayes 1945 living Juneau writer
Ruthy Hebard 1998 living Fairbanks WNBA basketball player with the Chicago Sky
Willie Hensley 1941 living Kotzebue, Anchorage advocate for Alaska Native rights
Herman of Alaska 1756 1837 Kodiak Island Orthodox saint
C. "Rusty" Heurlin 1895 1986 Barrow, Ester, Valdez painter
Wally Hickel 1919 2010 Anchorage industrialist, twice governor, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Robin Hobb 1952 living Kodiak fantasy fiction writer
Sam Hoger 1980 living Eagle River mixed martial artist
Anna Kathryn Holbrook 1956 living Fairbanks television actress
Sven Holmberg 1969 living Fairbanks film and television actor
Rick Holmstrom 1965 living Fairbanks blues guitarist and singer-songwriter
Steve Holt living Kenai guitarist and backing vocalist for 36 Crazyfists



Nathan Jackson 1938 living Ketchikan artist specializing in carving totem poles
Sheldon Jackson 1834 1909 Sitka pioneering Presbyterian missionary, educator, reindeer herder
Kevin Johansen 1964 living Fairbanks Latin rock musician
Michelle Johnson 1965 living Anchorage actress
Levi Johnston 1990 living Wasilla former partner of Bristol Palin and celebrity news personality
Jennifer Jolly 1971 living Kenai consumer technology journalist and TV broadcaster
Marie Smith Jones 1918 2008 Anchorage, Cordova last speaker of the Eyak language
DeeDee Jonrowe 1953 living Anchorage, Fairbanks, Willow sled dog racer
Joseph Juneau 1836 1899 Juneau gold prospector, co-founder and namesake of Juneau


Gunnar Kaasen 1882 1960 Nome sled dog racer
Peter Kalifornsky 1911 1993 Kenai Peninsula ethnographer, writer
Seth Kantner living Kobuk Valley, Kotzebue writer
Joan Arend Kickbush 1926 2006 Anchorage painter
Jewel Kilcher 1974 living Homer singer-songwriter, actress
Jeff King 1956 living McKinley Park sled dog racer
Sara King 1982 living Fairbanks writer
Tyler Kornfield 1991 living Anchorage Olympic cross-country skier
Michael E. Krauss 1934 2019 Fairbanks linguist
Chris Kuper 1982 living Anchorage Denver Broncos offensive guard
Natalie Kusz 1962 living memoirist
Randy Kutcher 1960 living Anchorage major league baseball outfielder


Trajan Langdon 1976 living Anchorage retired basketball player, most notably the Cleveland Cavaliers and CSKA Moscow
Austin E. Lathrop 1865 1950 Anchorage, Cordova, Fairbanks, Valdez businessman, one of the strongest Alaskan opponents of statehood
Sydney Laurence 1865 1940 Anchorage, Valdez, Talkeetna landscape painter
Ernest Leffingwell 1875 1971 Flaxman Island explorer and geologist
Hilary Lindh 1969 living Juneau alpine ski racer
Segundo Llorente 1906 1989 Alakanuk, Anchorage, Bethel, Cordova, Fairbanks, Kotzebue, Sheldon Point Jesuit priest, elected to the Alaska House of Representatives in 1960, becoming the first Catholic priest to serve in a U.S. state legislature; also a widely published writer on Alaska in his native Spain


Fred Machetanz 1908 2002 Palmer, Unalakleet painter
Dick Mackey living Coldfoot sled dog racer, early winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
Lance Mackey 1970 living Fairbanks, Fox sled dog racer, four time Yukon Quest and four time Iditarod winner
Holly Madison 1979 living Craig model, television personality
Ray Mala 1906 1952 Candle actor, cinematographer
Andre Marrou 1938 living Anchorage, Homer the third Libertarian to be elected to a U.S. state legislature (all from Alaska to that point), later became the party's vice presidential and presidential nominee
Edward Marsden 1869 1932 Saxman, Metlakatla, Sitka Tsimshian Presbyterian missionary and activist, first Alaska Native to be ordained
Robert Marshall 1901 1939 Wiseman wilderness activist, writer; wrote Arctic Village about his experiences in Wiseman
Bristol Marunde 1982 living Fairbanks mixed martial artist
Jesse Marunde 1979 2007 Glennallen strongman competitor
Carl McCunn 1946 1981 Anchorage photographer, adventurer; committed suicide when stranded in the wilderness in northern Alaska
Mel McDaniel 1942 2011 Anchorage country music singer-songwriter
Linious "Mac" McGee 1897 1988 Anchorage, Seward pioneering aviator
Drew Meekins 1985 living Juneau pairs figure skater
Russel Merrill 1894 1929 Anchorage, Ketchikan pioneering aviator
Dan Mintz 1981 living Anchorage comedian, writer, and actor
Tommy Moe 1970 living Girdwood, Palmer, Wasilla skier, gold medal winner at the 1994 Winter Olympics
Patricia Monaghan 1946 2012 poet, writer
Kelly Moneymaker 1970 living Fairbanks singer, most notably with Exposé
Shannyn Moore 1970 living Homer blogger, political activist
James Morrison 1954 living Anchorage actor, 24
Joshua Morrow 1974 living Juneau actor, singer
Margaret Murie 1902 2003 Fairbanks "grandmother of the conservation movement"
Lisa Murkowski 1957 living Anchorage, Fairbanks, Ketchikan, Wrangell U.S. Senator who was reelected as a write-in candidate in 2010


Jacob Netsvetov 1802 1864 Atka, Sitka Orthodox saint


William Oefelein 1965 living Anchorage astronaut
Laurie Olin 1938 living landscape architect
Norman Olson 1946 living Nikiski militia activist


Dorothy Page 1921 1989 Wasilla co-founder of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
Bristol Palin 1990 living Wasilla daughter of Sarah and Todd Palin, former contestant on Dancing with the Stars
Sarah Palin 1964 living Eagle River, Skagway, Wasilla youngest and first female governor, 2008 Republican nominee for U.S. vice president
Todd Palin 1964 living Dillingham, Wasilla ex husband of Sarah Palin, champion snowmobile racer
Rudy Pan[1]kow 1998 living Ketchikan, Alaska Actor, most notably on the Netflix original, Outer Banks.
Virgil Partch 1916 1984 St. Paul cartoonist
William Paul 1885 1977 Tongass Village, Ketchikan, Sitka, Juneau Native rights activist, first Alaska Native attorney
Elizabeth Peratrovich 1911 1958 Juneau, Ketchikan, Klawock, Petersburg, Sitka civil rights activist
Peter the Aleut ca. 1815 Kodiak Orthodox saint
Emmitt Peters 1940 2020 Ruby sled dog racer, early winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
Valerie Plame 1963 living Anchorage
Kirsten Powers 1969 living Fairbanks blogger, political commentator
Chanel Preston 1985 living Fairbanks pornographic actress



Kikkan Randall 1982 living Anchorage Olympic gold medalist cross-country skier
Sean Rash 1982 living Anchorage professional tenpin bowler
Joe Redington 1917 1999 Knik sled dog racer, co-founder of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
Robert Campbell Reeve 1902 1980 Anchorage, Valdez pioneering aviator
Wilds P. Richardson 1861 1929 Valdez Army officer, headed Alaska Roads Commission
Tex Rickard 1870 1929 Juneau, Nome Old West figure, boxing promoter; lived in Nome during the height of its gold rush, served on the first city council
Libby Riddles 1956 living Shaktoolik, Teller sled dog racer, first woman to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
Libby Roderick ca. 1958 living Anchorage journalist, singer-songwriter, writer
Amerie Rogers 1981 living Anchorage pop singer
Mia Rose 1987 living Sutton pornographic actress
Paul Rosenthal 1942 living Juneau violinist, founder of the Sitka Summer Music Festival
Bob Ross 1942 1995 North Pole painter
Peter Trimble Rowe 1856 1942 Sitka Episcopal bishop
Jason Ryznar 1983 living Anchorage professional ice hockey player


Larry Sanger 1968 living Anchorage co-founder of Wikipedia
Curt Schilling 1966 living Anchorage professional baseball player
Daniel Schlereth 1986 living Anchorage professional baseball player
Mark Schlereth 1966 living Anchorage professional football player, analyst for ESPN
Brian Schmidt 1967 living Anchorage astrophysicist, 2011 Nobel Prize laureate in Physics
Mitch Seavey 1959 living Seward, Sterling sled dog racer
Charles John Seghers 1839 1886 Juneau, Nulato, Sitka pioneering Catholic missionary
Ronald Senungetuk 1933 2020 Fairbanks, Homer, Wales silversmith, sculptor
Leonhard Seppala 1877 1967 Fairbanks, Nome sled dog racer, key musher in the 1925 serum run to Nome
Tom Sexton 1940 living Anchorage, Fairbanks Alaska poet laureate
Don Simpson 1943 1996 Anchorage film producer
Peter Simpson 1871 1947 Metlakatla, Sitka Native rights activist and boatbuilder
Jamie Smith ca. 1965 living Fairbanks cartoonist, printmaker
Molly Smith living Douglas theater director
Soapy Smith 1860 1898 Skagway con artist, gangster
Steve Smith 1985 living Anchorage professional football player
Dana Stabenow 1952 living Anchorage, Seldovia writer
Darby Stanchfield 1971 living Kodiak, Unalaska television actress
Ted Stevens 1923 2010 Anchorage, Fairbanks, Girdwood longest-serving U.S. Senator from Alaska and from Republican Party
John Strohmeyer 1924 2010 Anchorage Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist; professor at University of Alaska Anchorage, author of Extreme Conditions
John F. A. Strong 1856 1929 Iditarod, Juneau, Katalla, Nome, Skagway founder of what is now Juneau Empire, territorial governor
Robert Stroud 1890 1963 Juneau convicted killer known as "The Birdman of Alcatraz"
Stephen Sundborg 1943 living president of Seattle University
Rick Swenson 1950 living Manley Hot Springs, Two Rivers sled dog racer
Jim Sykes 1950 living Anchorage, Palmer, Talkeetna Green Party politician


Khleo Thomas 1989 living Anchorage actor, rapper
Lowell Thomas, Jr. 1923 2016 Anchorage, Talkeetna son of and collaborator with Lowell Thomas; bush pilot, film maker, lecturer, politician, writer
Morris Thompson 1939 2000 Fairbanks, Tanana Alaska Native leader, business executive
Nate Thompson 1984 living Anchorage professional ice hockey player
Ray Troll 1954 living Ketchikan artist, musician


Rachel Uchitel 1975 living Anchorage media personality; her father was an Anchorage business magnate of the 1970s and 1980s who founded Anchorage's cable television system


Archie Van Winkle 1925 1986 Juneau, Ketchikan Korean War hero
Paul Varelans 1969 living Fairbanks mixed martial artist
Norman D. Vaughan 1905 2005 Eagle River, Trapper Creek explorer, dog musher
Joe Vogler 1913 1993 Fairbanks, Kodiak gold miner and secessionist advocate, became folk hero following his murder


Jujiro Wada ca. 1872 1937 Barrow, Fairbanks, Nome adventurer
Velma Wallis 1960 living Fairbanks, Fort Yukon writer
Nathan West 1978 living Anchorage actor
Mr. Whitekeys 1947 living Fairbanks, Spenard writer, musician, commentator, satirist
James Wickersham 1857 1939 Eagle, Fairbanks, Juneau judge and congressional delegate in the district and territory, made an early recorded ascent of Mount McKinley, compiled an important early bibliography of Alaska
Noel Wien 1899 1977 pioneering aviator
Lael Wilcox living Anchorage ultra-endurance bicycle racer
Dave Williams 1979 living Anchorage professional baseball player
Barrett Willoughby 1901 1959 writer
Charles Wood 1916 1978 Iditarod, Kodiak singer and actor in Broadway musicals
Roger L. Worsley 1937 living Anchorage educator; vice-chancellor University of Alaska Anchorage, 1978–1985
Hugh Wade 1901 1995 first secretary of state of Alaska



S. Hall Young 1847 1927 Fairbanks, Fort Wrangel Presbyterian missionary, wilderness companion of John Muir


People associated with Alaska

See also

Elected officials



  1. ^ "Rudy Pankow", Wikipedia, August 5, 2020, retrieved August 7, 2020
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