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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Some of the most influential individuals in American life from South Carolina include:



  • Aziz Ansari (born February 23, 1983) is an American actor and comedian. He is best known as one of the stars of the critically acclaimed sketch comedy series Human Giant on MTV, for which he is also a writer and executive producer. Ansari now appears in a new NBC series, Parks and Recreation, from producers of The Office. Ansari was born in Columbia, South Carolina, to Indian Tamil parents.
  • Ben Bernanke (1953- ), the current chairman of the US Federal Reserve, grew up in Template:City-state.
  • Chubby Checker, singer, born Ernest Evans in Spring Gulley, on October 3, 1941.
  • Stephen Colbert, host of The Colbert Report on Comedy Central since 2005; previously correspondent for Comedy Central's The Daily Show. A native of Charleston, he attended Porter Gaud School. Colbert also ran as a favorite son candidate for the 2008 presidential election in his native South Carolina.
  • Danny!, recording artist for Definitive Jux Records, grew up in Columbia and graduated Richland Northeast High School in 2001.
  • John Edwards, former N.C. Senator & 2004 Democratic Vice Presidential candidate, born in Seneca in 1953.
  • Joe Frazier, 1964 Olympic heavyweight champion and the world heavyweight champ 1970-73; fought Muhammad Ali for the heavyweight title three times. He is most remembered for the fight at Madison Square Garden in March 1971, where he defeated Ali to become the undisputed heavyweight champ. Frazier was born in Beaufort on January 12, 1944.
  • Brett Gardner, a Major League Baseball player for the New York Yankees, from Holly Hill, South Carolina.
  • Josh Turner, is an American country music singer and songwriter born on November 20, 1977 who is from Hannah, South Carolina. He has a quite a few #1 singles.
  • Jesse Jackson, famous political and social figure, originally from Greenville, South Carolina, born on October 8, 1941.
  • Jasper Johns, considered one of the greatest post-World War II American artists, was raised in Allendale and attended the University of South Carolina before moving to New York City.
  • Andie MacDowell (born April 21, 1958) is an American model and actress, from Gaffney, winner of two Golden Globe Awards.
  • Kary Mullis (1944-), 1993 Nobel laureate in Chemistry, grew up Columbia and graduated from high school there.
  • Will Patton (1954-) born in Charleston, SC. Actor
  • Robert Remus (born August 27, 1948) professional wrestler (aka, Sgt.Slaughter)
  • Darius Rucker, born in Charleston, SC, frontman for popular rock band Hootie and the Blowfish. He is now a country music act with several No. 1 singles.
  • Jim Rice, baseball Hall of Famer, hails from Anderson.
  • Shawnee Smith, actress and musician. Well known for her roles as Amanda Young in Saw I-VI and Linda in the TV series Becker. Also the other half of the country-rock band Smith & Pyle alongside fellow actress Missi Pyle. Born in Orangeburg, SC on July 3, 1970.
  • Chad Wolf, lead singer and songwriter of popular American-Swedish band Carolina Liar
  • Thomas Gibson, actor, Dharma and Greg (Golden Globe Nominee), Viva Rock Vegas, Chicago Hope, Criminal Minds, born July 3, 1962, in Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Kimberly Clarice Aiken, Miss America 1994 and Miss South Carolina 1993 is from Columbia, SC and graduated High School there as well.

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