Famous People that live in Idaho

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 freqently. Feel free to comment anybody we missed and we will add them to our list.

Famous people who were born in 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)

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)

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 Ealges (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: Varsiy House Cleaning (now Varsity Favility 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 Comissioner 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

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/Accomodations: Fighter Ace (26 kills), Medal of Honor, Navy Cross, Purple Heart

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: Religous Leader
Notable position: Quorom 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

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

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 Proze for Literature, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Farewell to Arms

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)

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)

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 Comittee on Foreign Relations (Chairman, Dec 1, 1924-Mar 4, 1933), Dean of the US Senate (Mar 4, 1933-Jan 19, 1940)

Technology

Philo FarnsworthBuildIdaho.com Holiday Guide 2019

Born: August 19, 1906
Hometown: Beaver, Utah
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 California
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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