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Famous People that live in Idaho Main Idaho Real Estate Insights

You might be surprised who call Idaho their home state! Throughout Idaho's histroy, many famous people have been born in Idaho. And, because Boise and the whole state of Idaho are such an amazing place to live, famous people from around the country move here and call it home.

We broke our list down into two categories: Famous people born in Idaho and famous people who live in Idaho but were born elsewhere. This page will grow as we add more people, so check back frequently. Feel free to comment on anybody we missed and we can add them to our list.

Famous people who are from Idaho

Film/TV

Aaron PaulBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: August 27, 1979
Hometown: Emmett
Category: TV, Movies
Notable work: Breaking Bad, Westworld, Bojack Horseman
Videos: Architectural Digest Home Tour

Dan CumminsBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: May 17, 1977
Hometown: Riggins
Category: TV, Stand-up comedy
Notable work: Revenge is Near, Crazy with a Capital F, Timesuck podcast, Hear This

 

Billie BirdBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: February 28, 1908
Hometown: Pocatello
Died: November 27, 2002
Category: TV, Movies
Notable work: Sixteen Candles, Home Alone, Dennis the Menace, Benson ('84-'86), Dear John ('88-'92)

Ronee BlakleyBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: August 24, 1945
Hometown: Nampa
Category: TV, Movies
Notable work: Nashville (1975), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Lighting Over Water (1980), Desperate Women (1978), Ladies in Waiting (1979)

J.D. CannonBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: April 24, 1922
Hometown: Salmon
Died: May 20, 2005
Category: TV, Movies
Notable work: McCloud, The Fugitive, The Virginian

Cheryl ParisBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: 1959
Hometown: Burley
Category: TV, Movies
Notable work: Matlock, Liberty & Bash, Me, Myself & I, Rescue Me

Kimberlee PetersonBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: May 8, 1980
Hometown: Boise
Category: TV, Movies
Notable work: The West Wing, L.A. Noir, Boston Public, Serious Moonlight

Phyllis BrooksBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: July 18, 1915
Hometown: Boise
Died: August 1, 1995
Category: Movies, Broadway
Notable work: I've Been Around, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938), Little Miss Broadway (1938), Panama Hattie, Round Trip

Music/Arts

Lillian DisneyBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: February 15, 1899
Hometown: Spalding
Died: December 16, 1997
Category: Artist
Notable companies: Disney (Wife of Walt Disney, Lilly Belle train in Disneyland, named Mickey Mouse)

Andrew "Andy" BenoitBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: May 27, 1986
Hometown: Boise
Category: Writer
Notable companies: Sports Illustrated, MMQB NFL podcast, NFLTouchdown.com (founder)

Ronee BlakleyBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: August 24, 1945
Hometown: Nampa
Category: Composer, Performer
Notable work: Nashville (1975), Lighting Over Water (1980), Renaldo and Clara (1978)

Gutzon BorglumBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: March 25, 1867
Hometown: St. Charles, Idaho Territory
Died: March 6, 1941
Category: Sculptor, Painter
Notable work: Mount Rushmore, Stone Mountain, Aviator at University of Virginia

Thom PaceBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: January 14, 1949
Hometown: Boise
Category: Musician, Composer
Notable work: Maybe (Theme song for Life and Times of Grizzly Adams and 1980 Goldene Europa Award)

Carol Ryrie BrinkBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: December 28, 1895
Hometown: Moscow
Died: August 15, 1981
Category: Writer, Playwright
Notable work: Caddie Woodlawn (1936 Newberry Medal Winner, 1958 Lewis Carrol Shelf Award Winner)

Olive OsmondBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: May 4, 1925
Hometown: Samaria
Died: May 9, 2004
Category: Music
Notable work: mother of the Osmond Singing Family

Kerry ChristensenBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: October 6, 1954
Hometown: Grace
Category: Singer, Yodeling
Notable work: Disney World German Pavillion ('84-'90), Living Evil cartoon soundtrack

Athletics

Matt ParadisBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: October 12, 1989
Hometown: Council
Sport (position): Football (Center)
College: Boise State University
Professional Teams: Denver Broncos (2014-2018, Super Bowl 50 Champion), Carolina Panthers (2019-present)

Picabo StreetBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: April 3, 1971
Hometown: Triumph
Sport (position): Skiing (Downhill, Super-G)
Achievements: 3 World Championship Medals, 1994 Olympics Silver Medal (Downhill), 1998 Olympics Gold Medal (Super-G)

Hilary KnightBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: July 12, 1989
Hometown: Sun Valley
Sport (position): Hockey (Forward)
College: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Achievements: Olympic Gold Medal (2018), Olympic Silver Medal (2010,2014), World Championships (8 gold, 2 silver), dozens of accolades and awards

Harmon KellebrewBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: June 29, 1936
Hometown: Payette
Died: May 17, 2011
Sport (position): Baseball (Infielder)
Professional Teams: Washington Senators ('54-'60), Minnesota Twins ('61-'74), Kansas City Royals ('75')
Awards: 13-time All-Star, AL MVP (1969), 8th longest homerun ever (520 ft), 6-time AL Homerun Leader, 3-time AL RBI Leader, Twins Number Retired (1975), MLB Hall of Fame Inductee (1984)

Korey HallBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: August 5, 1983
Hometown: Mountain Home
Sport (position): Football (Fullback/Linebacker)
High School: Glenns Ferry HS
College: Boise State University
Professional Teams: Green Bay Packers (2007-2010, Super Bowl XLV Champion), New Orleans Saints (2011), Arizona Cardinals(2012)
Awards: 3-time 1st team All-WAC Linebacker, two time WAC Player of the Year, two-time WAC Special Teams Player of the Year

Georgia ColemanBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: January 23, 1912
Hometown: St. Maries
Died: September 14, 1940
Sport (position): Diving
Teams: Team USA
Awards: 1928 Olympics (Silver - 10 meter platform, Bronze - 3 meter springboard), 1932 Olympics (Gold - 3 meter springboard, Silver - 10 meter platform), 11 AAU titles, 1996 International Swimming Hall of Fame inductee

Kaitlyn FarringtonBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: December 18, 1989
Hometown: Hailey
Sport (position): Snowboarding
Teams: Team USA
Awards: 2014 Olympics (Gold - Halfpipe), 2014 X Games (Bronze - Superpipe), 2013 World Cup Park City ( Bronze), 2011 X Games (Silver - Superpipe)

A.J. FeeleyBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: May 16, 1977
Hometown: Caldwell
Sport (position): Football (Quarterback)
College: University of Oregon
Professional Teams: Philadelphia Eagles ('01-'03, '06-'08), Miami Dolphins ('04-'05), Carolina Panthers ('09), St. Louis Rams ('10-'11)

Jeremy Lee (Jerry) ArmstrongBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: June 26, 1936
Hometown: Boise
Sport (position): Boxing (Bantamweight)
College: Idaho State University (then Idaho State College)
Professional Teams: Team USA
Achievements: 1960 Olympics (5th place), Referee (100 matches), ISU Hall of Fame (1980)

 

Dirk KoetterBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: February 5, 1959
Hometown: Pocatello
Sport (position): Football (Coach)
College: Boise State University, Arizona State University
Professional Teams: Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Brandon BlairBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: November 24, 1984
Hometown: Rexburg
Sport (position): Football (Defensive End)
College: University of Oregon
Professional Teams: Kansas City Chiefs (2011), Oakland Raiders (2012-2013), Philadelphia Eagles (2013-2015) | Stats

Logan EmoryBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: January 10, 1988
Hometown: Boise
Sport (position): Soccer (Defender)
College: University of Portland
Professional Teams: Puerto Rico Islanders (2010-2011), Toronto FC (2012-2013), San Antonio Scorpions (2013), LA Galaxy II (2014)

Shirley EnglehornBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: December 12, 1940
Hometown: Caldwell
Sport (position): Golf
Professional Accomplishments: LPGA Tour wins: 10 |LPGA Tour Major Championships: 1 (1970)

Cody PickettBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: June 30, 1980
Hometown: Caldwell
Sport (position): Football (Quarterback)
College: University of Washington
Professional Teams: SanFrancisco 49ers ('04-'05), Houston Texans ('06), Toronto Argonauts ('07-'09)

Business

William AgeeBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: January 5, 1938
Hometown: Boise
Died: December 20, 2017
Category: Business Executive
Notable companies: Bendix Corporation (CEO), Morrison Knudsen (CEO), Boise Cascade (CFO, SVP)

Don AslettBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: 1935
Hometown: Twin Falls
Category: Entrepreneur, Author
Notable companies: Varsity House Cleaning (now Varsity Facility Services) (founder), Museum of Clean in Pocatello (founder)

Government/Civil Service

W. Mark FeltBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: August 17, 1913
Hometown: Twin Falls
Died: December 18, 2008
Category: Government, FBI
Notable positions/projects: "Deep Throat" source during the Watergate Scandal, Associate Director of the FBI (May 3, 1972-June 22, 1973

James AngletonBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: December 9, 1917
Hometown: Boise
Died: May 11, 1987
Category: Government, CIA
Notable positions/projects: CIA Counterintelligence (Chief, 1954-1975), OSS, Enigma Code, Manhattan Project, Operation CHAOS

Terrel H. BellBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: November 11, 1921
Hometown: Lava Hot Springs
Died: June 22, 1996
Category: Government, White House
Notable positions: US Commissioner of Education (June 1974-July 1976), US Secretary of Education (Jan 22, 1981-Dec 31, 1984)

Frank ChurchBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: July 25, 1924
Hometown: Boise
Died: April 7, 1984
Positions Held: US Senator for Idaho (Jan 3, 1957-Jan3, 1981), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (Jan 3, 1979-Jan 3 1981), Established the Frank Church Wilderness Preserve in Idaho in 1972

Chief JosephBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: March 3, 1840
Hometown: Washington Territory near the present-day Idaho-Washington Border
Died September 21, 1904
Category: Native American Leader & Humanitarian
Notable position: Leader of the Nez Perce Tribe, Nez Perce War defender, Indian rights adovate

Ezra Taft BensonBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: August 4, 1899
Hometown: Whitney
Died May 30, 1994
Category: Government, White House
Notable position: US Secretary of Agriculture (Jan 21, 1953-Jan 20, 1961)

Sarah PalinBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: February 11, 1964
Hometown: Sandpoint
Category: Government, Governor
Notable positions: Governor of Alaska (Dec 4 2005-Jul 26, 2009), Vice Presidential Candidate for John McCain (2008)

Military

Gregory "Pappy" BoyingtonBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: December 4, 1912
Hometown: Coeur d'Alene
Died: January 11, 1988
Branch (rank): Marines (Colonel)
Deployments/Wars: World War II
Medals/Accommodations: Fighter Ace (26 kills), Medal of Honor, Navy Cross, Purple Heart
Click here to see our post about all of the Medal of Honor recipients from Idaho

Bowe BergdahlBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: March 28, 1986
Hometown: Sun Valley
Branch (rank): Army (Private)
Deployments/Wars: Afghanistan

Other

Ezra Taft BensonBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: August 4, 1899
Hometown: Whitney
Died May 30, 1994
Category: Religious Leader
Notable position: Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (President, Oct 7 1943-Nov 10, 1985), Jesus Christ Church of Latter-Day Saints (President, Nov 10 1985-May 30, 1994)

Famous people who have lived for a long time in Idaho.

Film/TV

Bill FagerbakkeBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: October 4, 1957
Hometown: Fontana, CA
Moved to Idaho: 1960's (Rupert)
College: University of Idaho
Category: TV, Movies
Notable work: Spongebob Squarepants (Patrick Star), Coach series (Dauber Dybinski), How I Met Your Mother (Marvin Erickson Sr.)

George KennedyBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: February 18, 1925
Hometown: New York, NY
Moved to Idaho: 2002 (Eagle)
Died: February 28, 2016
Category: TV, Movies
Notable work: Cool Hand Luke, Naked Gun series, McHale's Navy

Christina HendricksBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: May 3, 1975
Hometown: Knoxville, TN
Moved to Idaho: mid-1980's-early 1990's (Twin Falls)
Category: TV, Movies
Notable work: Mad Men, Drive, The Romanovs, Good Girls

Michael HoffmanBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: November 30, 1956
Hometown: Hawaii
Moved to Idaho: 1960s (Boise)
Category: TV, Movies
Notable work: Some Girls, Restoration, The Last Station, Founding the Idaho Shakespeare Festival

Jay PickettBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: February 10, 1961
Hometown: Spokane, WA
Moved to Idaho: 1980s (Caldwell)
Category: TV, Movies
Notable work: Port Charles, General Hospital

Genevieve Cortese (Padalecki)BuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: January 8, 1981
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Moved to Idaho: 1980s (Sun Valley)
Category: TV, Movies
Notable work: Supernatural, Wildfire, Flash Forward

Lou DobbsBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: September 24, 1945
Hometown: Childress County, TX
Moved to Idaho: 1957 (Rupert)
Category: TV Anchor
Notable work: Lou Dobbs Tonight, Moneyline

Music/Arts

Gene HarrisBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: September 1, 1933
Died: January 16, 2000 (Boise)
Birthplace: Benton Harbor, MI
Moved to Idaho: late 1970's (Boise)
Instrument: Piano, soul-jazz
Notable works: Discography
Website: click here
Bands/Acts: The Three Sounds, Ray Brown Trio

Ernest HemmingwayBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: July 21, 1899
Birthplace: Oak Park, IL
Moved to Idaho: 1959 (Ketchum)
Died: July 2, 1961
Category: Writer
Notable works: The Old Man and the Sea (1952 Pulitzer Prize Winner), 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Farewell to Arms

Anthony DoerrBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: October 27, 1973
Birthplace: Cleveland, OH
Moved to Idaho: Boise)
Category: Writer
Notable works: All the Light We Cannot See (2015 Pulitzer Prize Winner and finalist for 2014 National Book Award for Fiction), Cloud Cuckoo Land, About Grace, The Shell Collector

Ned EvettBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: May 9, 1967
Birthplace: Nashville, TN
Moved to Idaho: 2000-present (Boise)
Instrument: Guitar
Notable works: Inventing the glass-necked fretless guitar
Bands/Acts: multiple cover bands, Yellow Wood Junction, Eric Johnson, Joe Satriani

Edgar Rice BurroughsBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: September 1, 1875
Birthplace: Chicago, IL
Moved to Idaho: 1891 (Raft River), 1903-1904 (Pocatello)
Died: March 19, 1950
Category: Writer
Notable works: Tarzan of the Apes series, John Carter of Mars series

Peter CeteraBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: September 13, 1944
Birthplace: Chicago, IL
Moved to Idaho: mid-1980s (Ketchum)
Instrument: Singer, Guitar
Awards:  14 Grammys, Grammy Hall of Fame (2014), Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2016), 1987 Academy Award for Best Original Song, 1987 Golden Globe for Best Original Song
Bands/Acts: Chicago, David Foster

Athletics

Kristin ArmstrongBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: August 11, 1973
Hometown: Memphis, TN
Moved to Idaho: 1995 (Moscow)
Sport: Time Trial Cycling
Team: Multiple Professional Cycling Teams, Team USA
Awards: Olympic Medals: Gold (2008, 2012, 2016) World Championships: Gold (2006, 2009), Silver (2007), Bronze (2005) Pan Am Games: Bronze (2003)

Stacy DragilaBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: March 25, 1971
Hometown: Auburn, CA
Moved to Idaho: Boise
Sport: Pole Vaulting
Team: Team USA
Awards: First Women's Olympic Gold Medal in Pole Vaulting (2000), World Championship Gold Medals (1997, 1999, 2001), National Titles (9 indoor, 8 outdoor), Founded Dragila Vault Co. in Boise

Gretchen Fraser (Kunigk)BuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: February 11, 1919
Hometown: Tacoma, WA
Moved to Idaho: 1939 (Sun Valley)
Died: February 17, 1994
Sport (position): Skiing (Downhill, Slalom)
Achievements: First American to win Olympic Gold in skiing, 1948 Olympics Silver Medal (Combined) and Gold Medal (Slalom)

Hayes "Big Ed" SandersBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: March 24, 1930
Hometown: Watts, CA
Moved to Idaho: 1951-52 (Pocatello)
Died: December 12, 1954
Sport (position): Boxing (Heavyweight)
Achievements: First African American Olympic heavyweight champion (1952), 1953 Golden Gloves Tournament (Silver), ISU Hall of Fame Inductee (1959)

Dick FosburyBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: March 6, 1937
Hometown: Portland, OR
Moved to Idaho: 1977 (Ketchum)
Sport (position): Track & Field (High Jump)
Teams: Oregon State University, Team USA
Achievements: Invented the "Fosbury Flop" technique, Olympic Gold Medal (1968), NCAA Championships Gold Medal (1968, 1969), Oregon State University Hall of Fame inductee (1988)

Bill BucknerBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: December 14, 1949
Hometown: Vallejo, CA
Moved to Idaho: 1990s (Boise)
Died: May 27, 2019
Sport (position): Baseball (First Base)
Teams: Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, KC Royals, LA Dodgers
Achievements: Assists by a 1st baseman (4th), All-Star (1981), NL Batting Champion (1981), NL Pennant (1974), NL Batting Title (1980)

Lauren Lilo (Beckham)BuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: August 6, 1984
Hometown: San Bernadino, CA
Moved to Boise: 2000's
Sport: Figure/Bodybuilding Competition
Awards: WFF Gold's Gym Treasure Valley Figure Championship (2003: 3rd, 2005: 2nd, 2007: 1st), NGA Northwest Fall Show (2011, 1st place), NPC Idaho Muscle Classic (2016: 2nd)

Business

Joe AlbertsonBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: October 17, 1906
Birthplace: Yukon, Oklahoma Territory
Moved to Idaho: 1909-1993 (Caldwell)
Died: January 20, 1993
Notable companies: Albertsons supermarket chain (founder)

Government/Civil Service

Cecil D. AndrusBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: August 25, 1931
Birthplace: Hood River, OR
Moved to Idaho: 1966-2017 (Lewiston and Boise)
Died: August 24, 2017
Positions Held: Governor of Idaho (1971-1977 and 1987-1995), Secretary of the Interior (1977-1981)

William BorahBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: June 29, 1865
Hometown: Fairfield, IL
Moved to Idaho: October 1890 (Boise)
Died: Jan 19, 1940
Positions Held: US Senator for Idaho (Mar 4, 1907-Jan 19, 1940), Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (Chairman, Dec 1, 1924-Mar 4, 1933), Dean of the US Senate (Mar 4, 1933-Jan 19, 1940)

Military

Bernard "Bernie" FisherBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: January 11, 1927
Hometown: San Bernadino, CA
Moved to Idaho: Boise (1947-1949 & 1971-2014)
Died: August 16, 2014
Branch (rank): Air Force, Navy, Idaho Air National Guard (Colonel)
Deployments/Wars: Vietnam
Medals/Accommodations: Medal of Honor, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit
Click here to see our post about all of the Medal of Honor recipients from Idaho

Technology

Philo FarnsworthBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: August 19, 1906
Hometown: Beaver, UT
Moved to Idaho: 1918 (Rigby)
Died: March 11, 1971
Category: Inventor
Notable products: Inventor of the television, Farnsworth-Hirsch nuclear fusor, over 300 patents

Other

Frank Forrester Church IVBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: September 23, 1938
Hometown: Palo Alto, CA
Moved to Idaho: 1950-1970s (Boise)
Died: September 24, 2009
Category: Religious Leader
Notable positions: Leader of the Unitarian Universalist Church of All Souls

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