List of people from St. Joseph, Missouri 

This is a list of notable people born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with the city of St. Joseph, Missouri.

  • Don Alt (1916-1988), Iowa state representative and businessman; born in St. Joseph.
  • Charles S.L. Baker (1859-?), African American businessman and inventor, lived in St. Joseph.
  • Kay Barnes (b. 1938), mayor of Kansas City 1999-2007
  • Dwayne Blakley (b. 1979), football player, born in St. Joseph.
  • Ryan Bradley (b. 1983), figure skater
  • Norbert Brodine, cinematographer
  • Byron Browne, baseball player
  • Charles Francis Buddy, bishop, attended Christian Brothers School
  • Rob Calloway, boxer
  • Harold F. Cherniss, historian of ancient Greece and Plato scholar at Princeton
  • Walter Cronkite, iconic television journalist, born in St. Joseph; his father was a dentist there
  • Paul Crouch, founder of Trinity Broadcasting Network
  • Katherine Kennicott Davis, composer of “The Little Drummer Boy”
  • Eminem, rapper and recording artist, born in St. Joseph
  • Eugene Field, popular poet in his day, worked for the St. Joseph Gazette and wrote a famous poem about Lover’s Lane, St. Joseph
  • Ralph D. Foster, broadcasting pioneer
  • Betty Garrett, actress, known for On the Town and Laverne & Shirley, born in St. Joseph
  • Elijah Gates, State Treasurer of Missouri
  • Anthony Glise, guitarist
  • Jody Hamilton, wrestler
  • Larry Hamilton, wrestler
  • Fred Harman, artist, drew the Red Ryder cartoons and worked with Walt Disney, born in St. Joseph and worked at Artcrafts Engraving Company in St. Joseph
  • Coleman Hawkins, jazz saxophonist
  • Shere Hite, sex educator
  • Edie Huggins, television journalist
  • Jesse James, iconic outlaw, murdered in St. Joseph
  • Kagney Linn Karter, porn actress
  • Brian McDonald, writer
  • Jeff Morris, actor, known for The Blues Brothers, born in St. Joseph
  • Timothy Omundson, actor
  • Isaac Parker, judge
  • Travis Partridge, football player
  • Forrest E. Peden, decorated World War II soldier
  • Tom Pendergast, political boss
  • Seraphine Eppstein Pisko, executive secretary of the Denver Jewish Hospital
  • Frank Posegate, mayor of St. Joseph
  • LeRoy Prinz, choreographer and film director
  • Arthur Pryor, trombonist
  • Sid Rogell, Hollywood producer
  • Nellie Tayloe Ross, first woman elected governor of a U.S. state; governor of Wyoming from 1925-1927
  • Martin Rucker, football player
  • Martin T. Rucker, politician
  • Mike Rucker, football player
  • Jay Sarno, hotel mogul, founder of Caesars Palace
  • Bill Snyder, Kansas State football coach
  • Eddie Timanus, Jeopardy! champion, won five times in 1999 despite being blind
  • Steve Walsh, musician of band Kansas
  • Ruth Warrick, actress, known for Citizen Kane and All My Children, born in St. Joseph
  • James H. Webb, U.S. Senator of Virginia, born in St. Joseph
  • Huston Wyeth, industrialist
  • Jane Wyman, Oscar-winning actress and first wife of Ronald Reagan, born in St. Joseph
  • Delmer J. Yoakum (1915-1996), artist
  • Olive Young born in St. Joseph. Actress and blues singer, was silent-films movie star in China but typecasting hurt her in Hollywood.

 

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