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Arizona Famous People
Famous Americans: History and Biographies
Links to histories and biographies of the famous people of Arizona. Many famous people of Arizona have made significant contributions to the history of our nation and the state of Arizona. These famous Americans, famous entertainers, famous players, famous scientist, famous singers, famous statesmen, famous women, heroes, great explorers, and others Arizona famous Americans have all made Arizona their home. This list includes Arizona historical figures, celebrities and those individuals of Arizona who have influenced the lives of others.
Cesar Estrada Chavez (1927 - 1993) Cesar Chavez was born in Yuma, Arizona in 1927. He founded
and led the first successful farm workers' union in U.S. history and was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994.
- Joan Ganz Cooney (1929 - ) Producer of Sesame Street; born in Phoenix
- Geronimo (Mescalero-Chiricahua: Goyaałé "one who yawns"; June 1829 – February 17,
1909) was a prominent leader of the Bedonkohe Apache who fought against Mexico and the United States for their expansion into Apache tribal lands for several decades
during the Apache Wars. "Geronimo" was the name given to him during a battle with Mexican soldiers. Geronimo's Chiricahua name is often rendered as Goyathlay or Goyahkla
in English.Geronimo was born to the Bedonkohe band of the Apache, near Turkey Creek, a tributary of the Gila River in the modern-day state of New Mexico, then part of
Mexico. His grandfather (Mahko) had been chief of the Bedonkohe Apache. He had three brothers and four sisters
- Zane Grey (January 31, 1872 – October 23, 1939) was an American author best known for his
popular adventure novels and stories that presented an idealized image of the American frontier. Riders of the Purple Sage (1912) was his best-selling book. In addition
to the success of his printed works, they later had second lives and continuing influence when adapted as films and television productions. As of 2012, 112 films, two
television episodes, and a television series, Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater, had been made that were based loosely on his novels and short stories
- Haskay-bay-nay-ntayl (c. 1860 - after 1894), better known as the Apache
Kid, was a White Mountain Apache scout, and later a renegade, active in the American states of Arizona and New Mexico, and the Mexican states of Sonora and
Chihuahua in the late 19th and possibly the early 20th centuries.
Helen Hull Jacobs (1908 - 1197) Tennis champion, writer; born in Globe.
John McCain (1936 - ) Arizona Senator and war hero. Presidential Candidate in 2000.
- Phil Mickelson (1970 - ) Professional golfer, Scottsdale resident.
- Sandra Day O'Conner (1930 - ) The first woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court in 1981.
- Linda Ronstadt (born July 15, 1946) is an American popular music singer. She has earned 11 Grammy Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award,
an ALMA Award, and numerous United States and internationally certified gold, platinum and multiplatinum albums. She has also earned nominations for a Tony Award and a
Golden Globe award.
- David Spade (1965 - ) Comedian/actor, Raised in Scottsdale.
Steven Spielberg (1946 - ) Film director, raised in Phoenix.
Stewart Udall (1920 - ) Former Secretary of the Interior; born in St. Johns.
More Famous People of Arizona
- Rex Allen singer, actor, Willcox
- Michael Carbajal world champion boxer, Phoenix
- Lynda Carter actress, Phoenix
- Cochise Apache indian chief, Arizona Territory
- Barbara Eden was born in Tucson, Arizona in 1934. She became famous for her starring role in the television series I Dream of Jeannie.
- Louie Espinoza Arizona's first world champion boxer, Chandler
- Barry Goldwater politician, Phoenix
- Carl Trumbull Hayden politician, Phoenix
- Frank Luke, Jr. WWI fighter ace, Phoenix
- Charles Mingus, born in Nogales, Arizona in 1922, was a bassist, pianist, bandleader, composer, and vocalist. He was one of the most important jazz composers
of the 20th century.
- Kerri Strug gymnast, Tucson
US Famous People
Links to histories and biographies of
famous people from each of the 50 states
. Learn history through the biographies of the famous people from your state. These famous Americans have influenced the lives of others and all have made the US their home. People listed are almost always native to the state. We do (on occasion) include those that have
either lived within a state for most of their adult life, or have made a significant
contribution to the state in their personal endeavors.