List of people from Alaska

This is a list of notable people from Alaska
Alaska is the largest state in the United States by area. It is situated in the northwest extremity of the North American continent, with Canada to the east, the Arctic Ocean to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the west and south, with Russia further west across the Bering Strait...

. This list includes individuals who were born in Alaska, grew up there, retired there or in any other fashion lived there, even if for only a brief period of time such as infancy, during one or more of the many gold rushes during the late 19th century and early 20th century, or as a result of rapid military influx and outflux from 1940 onward.

  • Key to table entries:
    • Name
    • Year born
    • Year died
    • Communities lived in Alaska
    • Noted for


John Luther Adams
John Luther Adams
John Luther Adams is a composer whose music is inspired by nature, especially the landscapes of Alaska where he has lived since 1978.-Biography:...

1953 living Fairbanks
Fairbanks, Alaska
Fairbanks is a home rule city in and the borough seat of the Fairbanks North Star Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska.Fairbanks is the largest city in the Interior region of Alaska, and second largest in the state behind Anchorage...

classical music composer
Christian Allen  1976 living Eagle River
Eagle River, Alaska
Eagle River is a community within the Municipality of Anchorage situated on the Eagle River for which it is named, between Fort Richardson and Chugach State Park in the Chugach Mountains. Its ZIP code is 99577...

video game designer
Syun-Ichi Akasofu
Syun-Ichi Akasofu
is the Founding Director of the International Arctic Research Center of the University of Alaska Fairbanks , serving in that position from the center's establishment in 1998 until January 2007. Previously he had been director of the university's Geophysical Institute from 1986.-Background:Akasofu...

1930 living Fairbanks geophysicist, aurora researcher, recently a participant in climate change debate
Alvin Eli Amason
Alvin Eli Amason
Alvin Eli Amason is a Sugpiaq Alaskan painter and sculptor. He was born in Kodiak and is of Alutiiq ancestry. He received his Master of Fine Arts from Arizona State University and taught at Navajo Community College. He is now retired from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and was the head of the...

1948 living Fairbanks, Kodiak
Kodiak, Alaska
Kodiak is one of 7 communities and the main city on Kodiak Island, Kodiak Island Borough, in the U.S. state of Alaska. All commercial transportation between the entire island and the outside world goes through this city either via ferryboat or airline...

painter, sculptor
Artis the Spoonman
Artis the Spoonman
Artis the Spoonman is an American street performer from Seattle, Washington, who uses spoons as a musical instrument....

1948 living Kodiak street musician, subject of the song
"Spoonman" is a song by the American rock band Soundgarden. Written by frontman Chris Cornell, "Spoonman" was released on February 15, 1994 as the first single from the band's fourth studio album, Superunknown . "Spoonman" is often credited as one of the songs that launched Soundgarden's career...

 by Soundgarden
Soundgarden is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1984 by singer Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto...


Laird Barron
Laird Barron
Laird Samuel Barron is an award winning author and poet, much of whose work falls within the horror, noir, and dark fantasy genres. He has also been the Managing Editor of the online literary magazine Melic Review. He lives in Olympia, Washington.-Biography:Mr...

1970 living Palmer
Palmer, Alaska
Palmer is the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the state of Alaska, USA. It is part of the Anchorage Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city is 5,937....

sled dog racer, writer
Rex Beach
Rex Beach
Rex Ellingwood Beach was an American novelist, playwright, and Olympic water polo player.- Biography :...

1877 1949 Nome
Nome, Alaska
Nome is a city in the Nome Census Area in the Unorganized Borough of the U.S. state of Alaska, located on the southern Seward Peninsula coast on Norton Sound of the Bering Sea. According to the 2010 Census, the city population was 3,598. Nome was incorporated on April 9, 1901, and was once the...

writer; one of many participants in the Nome Gold Rush
Nome Gold Rush
-Beach:Claim jumping was mostly a problem before the beach gold was found, since it could not be claimed and there was plenty of it. As a matter of fact, the beach gold seems to have been more important than the claimed gold in the creeks. The mining of Nome beach is a good example of gold rushes...

 and related events who became famous elsewhere (see below for other examples)
Marty Beckerman
Marty Beckerman
Marty Beckerman is an American journalist, humorist, and author. He is a native of Anchorage, Alaska, and started his career with The Anchorage Daily News, when he was still a junior and sophomore at Steller Secondary School...

1983 living Anchorage
Anchorage, Alaska
Anchorage is a unified home rule municipality in the southcentral part of the U.S. state of Alaska. It is the northernmost major city in the United States...

Irene Bedard
Irene Bedard
Irene Bedard is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Native American characters in a variety of films. Bedard was born in Anchorage, Alaska...

1967 living Anchorage actress
Chad Bentz
Chad Bentz
Chad Robert Bentz is a Major League Baseball pitcher who is currently a free agent. Bentz grew up in Juneau, and he made history on April 7, by becoming the second pitcher, after Jim Abbott, to play in the major leagues after being born without one of his hands...

1980 living Juneau
Juneau, Alaska
The City and Borough of Juneau is a unified municipality located on the Gastineau Channel in the panhandle of the U.S. state of Alaska. It has been the capital of Alaska since 1906, when the government of the then-District of Alaska was moved from Sitka as dictated by the U.S. Congress in 1900...

, Seward
Seward, Alaska
Seward is a city in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. According to 2005 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 3,016....

major league baseball pitcher
William D. Berry
William D. Berry
William D. Berry or Bill Berry was an influential Alaskan artist known for his wildlife sketches, cartoons, and paintings.-Life and work:...

1926 1979 Fairbanks painter, cartoonist
Lydia Black
Lydia T. Black
Lydia T. Black was an American anthropologist.She won an American Book Award for Russians in Tlingit America: The Battles of Sitka, 1802 And 1804.-Life:...

1925 2007 Fairbanks, Kodiak anthropologist, linguist
Anastasia Blue
Anastasia Blue
Anastasia Blue was the stage name of Elena Behm, an American pornographic actress. She was married to Gabriel Behm and lived in Bremerton, Washington in the last years of her life....

1980 2008 Anchorage pornographic actress
Annalee Blysse
Annalee Blysse
Annalee Blysse is an American paranormal romance novelist. Born and raised in Alaska, she recently moved to Nevada.She writes romances, and erotic romance, especially futuristic and paranormal.-Novels :...

romance novelist
Tom Bodett
Tom Bodett
Thomas Edward "Tom" Bodett is an American author, voice actor and radio host. He is also the current spokesman for the hotel chain Motel 6, whose commercials end with the phrase, "I'm Tom Bodett for Motel 6, and we'll leave the light on for ya."-Career:...

1955 living Homer
Homer, Alaska
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. According to 2005 Census Bureau estimates, the population was 5,364. One of Homer's nicknames is "the cosmic hamlet by the sea"; another is "the end of the road"...

writer, commentator, voice actor
Carlos Boozer
Carlos Boozer
Carlos Austin Boozer, Jr. is an American professional basketball player with the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association...

1981 living Juneau Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
The Chicago Bulls are an American professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois, playing in the Central Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association . The team was founded in 1966. They play their home games at the United Center...

 basketball player
Lincoln Brewster
Lincoln Brewster
Lincoln Brewster is a contemporary Christian musician and pastor. As a guitarist, singer, and songwriter, Brewster became a sought-after session guitarist in the early 90s. Brewster is the senior worship pastor at Bayside Church in Roseville, California.-Biography:Brewster has been musically...

1971 living Fairbanks, Homer musician, singer-songwriter
Justin Buchholz
Justin Buchholz
Justin Buchholz is an American mixed martial artist. Buchholz graduated from Lathrop High School in 2002, where he competed in wrestling. He competes in the Lightweight division.-Mixed martial arts career:...

1983 living Fairbanks mixed martial artist
Kira Buckland
Kira Buckland
Kira Buckland is an American voice actress.Kira graduated from University of Alaska, Anchorage, majoring in Japanese. Since winning the Anime Expo 2007 AX Idol Voice Acting competition Buckland has been working professionally with Bang Zoom! Entertainment...

1987 living Anchorage animation voice actress
Martin Buser
Martin Buser
Martin Buser is a champion of sled dog racing.Martin Buser began mushing at age seventeen in Switzerland. In 1979, Buser moved to Alaska to train and raise sled dogs full time...

1958 living Big Lake
Big Lake, Alaska
Big Lake is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. It is part of the Anchorage, Alaska Metropolitan Statistical Area...

sled dog racer
Jon Butcher
Jon Butcher
Jon Butcher is an American rock, blues songwriter, guitarist & freelance multimedia producer.-Early life:Born Jon A. Toombs to Joan Butts and John A Toombs Sr., Jon picked up his new last name and his first guitar simultaneously at the age of six, through inspirations of Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and...

1950 living Clear
Clear, Alaska
Clear is an unincorporated community in Denali Borough, Alaska, United States. The small community is along the George Parks Highway at milepost 280 and encompasses residential homes and businesses. Its elevation is 518 feet ....

guitarist and songwriter best known for fronting 1980s band Jon Butcher Axis
Susan Butcher  1954 2006 sled dog racer, four-time winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race


Marian Call  1982 living Anchorage singer-songwriter
Matt Carle
Matt Carle
Matthew Carle is an American professional ice hockey defenseman who plays for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League .-Playing career:...

1984 living Anchorage NHL hockey player
Chad Carpenter
Chad Carpenter
Chad Carpenter is an American cartoonist, well known for his comic panel Tundra. Carpenter launched the strip in the Anchorage Daily News in 1991, and since then he has self-syndicated it to over 330 newspapers, an unusually high amount for strips in self-syndication.-Early life:Carpenter was born...

living Eagle River, Wasilla
Wasilla, Alaska
Wasilla is a city in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, United States and the sixth-largest city in Alaska. It is located on the northern point of Cook Inlet in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley of the southcentral part of the state. The city's population was 7,831 at the 2010 census...

cartoonist, creator of Tundra
Tundra (comic strip)
Tundra is a comic strip written and drawn by Wasilla, Alaska, cartoonist Chad Carpenter. The comic usually deals with wildlife, nature and outdoor life. Tundra began in December 1991 in the Anchorage Daily News and is currently self-syndicated to over 500 newspapers...

William F. Cassidy
William F. Cassidy
William F. Cassidy graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1931, and was commissioned in the United States Army Corps of Engineers. He served as assistant to the District Engineer in Portland, Oregon; commanded an engineer company at Fort Belvoir, Virginia; and oversaw military...

1908 2002 Nome U.S. Army lieutenant general
Shawn Chacón
Shawn Chacón
Shawn Anthony Chacón is a Major League pitcher, currently a free agent. He last played in the Majors for the Houston Astros...

1977 living Anchorage Pittsburgh Pirates
Pittsburgh Pirates
The Pittsburgh Pirates are a Major League Baseball club based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They play in the Central Division of the National League, and are five-time World Series Champions...

Mario Chalmers
Mario Chalmers
Almario Vernard "Mario" Chalmers is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the NBA. He was selected 34th overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves...

1986 living Anchorage Miami Heat
Miami Heat
The Miami Heat is a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. The team is a member of the Southeast Division in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association . They play their home games at American Airlines Arena in Downtown Miami...

 point guard
Callan Chythlook-Sifsof
Callan Chythlook-Sifsof
Callan Chythlook-Sifsof is an American snowboarder who has competed in snowboard cross since 2005. In 2006 she was invited to her first Winter X Games competition. Her best World Cup finish was second in a snowboard cross event in Arosa, Switzerland. She won the U.S. National Championships in...

1989 living Aleknagik
Aleknagik, Alaska
Aleknagik is a second class city in the Dillingham Census Area of the Unorganized Borough of the U.S. state of Alaska. The population was 221 at the 2000 census.-Geography:...

, Girdwood
Girdwood, Alaska
Girdwood is an unincorporated year-round ski resort community within the Municipality of Anchorage in the U.S. state of Alaska. It lies in a valley in the Chugach Mountains near the end of the Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet, 36 miles southeast of Anchorage proper.It is surrounded by seven permanent...

snowboarder, 2010 Olympics team member, first Alaska Native Olympian
Daryn Colledge
Daryn Colledge
Daryn Wayne Colledge is an American football offensive guard for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League.-High school:...

1982 living North Pole
North Pole, Alaska
North Pole is a small city in the Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska, United States. It is part of the Fairbanks, Alaska metropolitan statistical area. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated its population as of July 1, 2009 at 2,226. The name "North Pole" is often applied to the entire area covered...

Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals are a professional American football team based in Glendale, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix. They are currently members of the Western Division of the National Football Conference in the National Football League...

 football player
Ty Conklin
Ty Conklin
Ty Curtis Conklin is an American professional ice hockey goaltender currently with the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League....

1976 living Anchorage professional ice hockey goaltender
Robert Crawford  1899 1961 Fairbanks early singer-songwriter, composer of "The U.S. Air Force
The U.S. Air Force (song)
The U.S. Air Force is the official song of the United States Air Force. Written in 1939, it is known informally as "The Air Force Song," and is often referred to informally as "Into the Wild Blue Yonder", "Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder," or simply "Wild Blue Yonder."Originally, the song was...

Aaron Cunningham
Aaron Cunningham
Aaron Roe Ward Cunningham is a Major League Baseball outfielder for the San Diego Padres.-Baseball career:Cunningham was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the sixth round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft...

1986 living Anchorage San Diego Padres
San Diego Padres
The San Diego Padres are a Major League Baseball team based in San Diego, California. They play in the National League Western Division. Founded in 1969, the Padres have won the National League Pennant twice, in 1984 and 1998, losing in the World Series both times...



Nora Marks Dauenhauer
Nora Marks Dauenhauer
Nora Marks Dauenhauer is an American poet and short-story writer and a scholar of the language and traditions of the Tlingit aboriginal nation in Alaska, of which she is a member...

1927 living Juneau writer
T. Neil Davis
T. Neil Davis
T. Neil Davis is a professor emeritus of geophysics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the author of several books. Born in Greeley, Colorado, Davis received his B.S in geophysics from University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1955, an M.S. in geophysics from California Institute of Technology in...

1932 living Fairbanks, North Pole geophysicist, writer
Dale DeArmond
Dale de Armond
Dale Burlison DeArmond was an American printmaker.-Life:Dale F. Burlison met Robert Neil DeArmond, a native of Sitka, Alaska, while they were classmates at Stadium High School in Tacoma, Washington. They married on July 29, 1935 and lived on a troller in Sitka...

1914 2006 Juneau, Ketchikan
Ketchikan, Alaska
Ketchikan is a city in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Alaska, United States, the southeasternmost sizable city in that state. With an estimated population of 7,368 in 2010 within the city limits, it is the fifth most populous city in the state....

, Pelican
Pelican, Alaska
Pelican is a city in the northwestern part of Chichagof Island in Hoonah-Angoon Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. As of the 2000 census, the population of the city is 163.-Geography:...

, Sitka 
R. N. DeArmond
R. N. DeArmond
Robert Neil "Bob" DeArmond was an American historian who specialized in the history of Alaska, especially the Alaska Panhandle. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, DeArmond wrote several historical columns for southeast Alaska publications; these included Days of Yore, Gastineau Bygones, and News of...

1911 2010 Juneau, Ketchikan, Pelican, Sitka historian, journalist, writer
Mahala Ashley Dickerson
Mahala Ashley Dickerson
Mahala Ashley Dickerson grew up in Alabama on a plantation owned by her father...

1912 2007 Anchorage, Wasilla lawyer, civil rights activist, mother of bodybuilder Chris Dickerson
Traci Dinwiddie
Traci Dinwiddie
Traci Dinwiddie is an American film and television actress.-Biography:Dinwiddie was born in Anchorage, Alaska of Syrian and Cherokee descent. She has appeared in films including Summer Catch , Black Knight , The Notebook and End of the Spear , and Mr. Brooks...

1973 living Anchorage actress
Jimmy Doolittle
Jimmy Doolittle
General James Harold "Jimmy" Doolittle, USAF was an American aviation pioneer. Doolittle served as a brigadier general, major general and lieutenant general in the United States Army Air Forces during the Second World War...

1896 1993 Nome World War II general and hero
Brandon Dubinsky
Brandon Dubinsky
Brandon Dubinsky is an American professional ice hockey player currently playing for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League .-Playing career:...

1986 living Anchorage professional ice hockey player
William Duncan
William Duncan (missionary)
William Duncan was an English-born Anglican missionary who founded the Tsimshian communities of Metlakatla, British Columbia, in Canada, and Metlakatla, Alaska, in the United States...

1832 1918 Metlakatla
Metlakatla, Alaska
Metlakatla is a census-designated place on Annette Island in Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area, Alaska, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 1,375.- History :...

Anglican lay missionary, brought a group of Tsimshian
The Tsimshian are an indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Tsimshian translates to Inside the Skeena River. Their communities are in British Columbia and Alaska, around Terrace and Prince Rupert and the southernmost corner of Alaska on Annette Island. There are approximately 10,000...

 Indians from Canada to Annette Island
Annette Island
Annette Island, or Taak'w Aan, is an island in Gravina Islands of the Alexander Archipelago of the Pacific Ocean on the southeastern coast of the U.S. state of Alaska. It is at . It is about long and about wide. The land area is...

, founding Metlakatla


Kate Earl
Kate Earl
Kate Earl, born Kate Joy Smithson, is an American singer-songwriter.Earl was born to Charles and Pomposa Smithson in Anchorage, Alaska. She is of Filipino and Dutch/Welsh descent. She began playing piano at 4, sang in her church choir, and began playing the guitar when she was seventeen...

1981 living Anchorage, Chugiak
Chugiak, Alaska
Chugiak is an unincorporated community in the Municipality of Anchorage in the U.S. state of Alaska, situated approximately 20 miles northeast of downtown Anchorage. It is located between Eagle River to the south, and Eklutna to the north, and between Knik Arm to the west and the Chugach...

Wyatt Earp
Wyatt Earp
Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp was an American gambler, investor, and law enforcement officer who served in several Western frontier towns. He was also at different times a farmer, teamster, bouncer, saloon-keeper, miner and boxing referee. However, he was never a drover or cowboy. He is most well known...

1848 1929 Nome frontier law officer of the American West; lived in Nome prior to and during the height of its gold rush, operating the Dexter Saloon
Carl Ben Eielson  1897 1929 pioneering aviator
Erik Ellington
Erik Ellington
Erik Ellington is a professional skateboarder. Ellington is goofy footed. He currently resides in Hollywood, California.Ellington was/is a member of the "Piss Drunx" c...

1977 living Anchorage professional skateboarder


Dana Fabe
Dana Fabe
Dana Anderson Fabe has been a member of the Alaska Supreme Court since March 1996. She has served two terms as the court's Chief Justice...

1951 living Anchorage first female associate justice of the Alaska Supreme Court
Alaska Supreme Court
The Alaska Supreme Court is the state supreme court in the State of Alaska's judicial department . The supreme court is composed of the chief justice and four associate justices, who are all appointed by the governor of Alaska and face judicial retention elections and who choose one of their own...

Claire Fejes
Claire Fejes
Claire Specht Fejes was born in New York and trained in anatomy, stone-carving, and sculpture at the Newark Museum, Newark Fine Arts School, and the Students' Art League through the Works Progress Administration...

1920 1998 Fairbanks artist, writer
Corey Flintoff
Corey Flintoff
Corey Flintoff is a newscaster for National Public Radio.Flintoff was born in Fairbanks, Alaska. He has a bachelor's degree from University of California at Berkeley, and a master's degree from University of Chicago....

1946 living Fairbanks National Public Radio correspondent


Vivica Genaux
Vivica Genaux
Vivica Genaux is an American coloratura mezzo-soprano. Her father, an American of Belgian-Welsh descent, was a biochemistry professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and her mother, Mexican-born of Swiss-German extraction, was a language teacher...

living Fairbanks opera singer
Scott Gomez
Scott Gomez
Scott Carlos Gomez is an American ice hockey center of both Mexican and Colombian descent, currently playing for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League .-Playing career:...

1979 living Anchorage Montreal Canadiens
Montreal Canadiens
The Montreal Canadiens are a professional ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. They are members of the Northeast Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League . The club is officially known as ...

 hockey player
Katherine Gottlieb
Katherine Gottlieb
Katherine Gottlieb is the president and CEO of the Southcentral Foundation, an Alaska Native Healthcare Organization.She graduated from Alaska Pacific University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, a master’s in business administration, and an honorary doctorate....

ca. 1952 living Anchorage president of Southcentral Foundation
Southcentral Foundation
Southcentral Foundation is an Alaska Native health care organization established by Cook Inlet Region, Inc. in 1982 to improve the health and social conditions of Alaska Natives, enhance culture, and empower individuals and families to take charge of their lives. Alaska Native people own, manage,...

, MacArthur Fellow
MacArthur Fellows Program
The MacArthur Fellows Program or MacArthur Fellowship is an award given by the John D. and Catherine T...

Mike Gravel
Mike Gravel
Maurice Robert "Mike" Gravel is a former Democratic United States Senator from Alaska, who served two terms from 1969 to 1981, and a former candidate in the 2008 presidential election....

1930 living Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula
Kenai Peninsula
The Kenai Peninsula is a large peninsula jutting from the southern coast of Alaska in the United States. The name Kenai is probably derived from Kenayskaya, the Russian name for Cook Inlet, which borders the peninsula to the west.-Geography:...

U.S. Senator of Pentagon Papers
Pentagon Papers
The Pentagon Papers, officially titled United States – Vietnam Relations, 1945–1967: A Study Prepared by the Department of Defense, is a United States Department of Defense history of the United States' political-military involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967...

Kelsey Griffin
Kelsey Griffin
Kelsey Griffin is a professional basketball player currently playing for the Connecticut Sun of the WNBA. She was drafted 3rd overall in the 2010 WNBA Draft. Griffin played college ball for Nebraska, leading the Cornhuskers to their best ever season...

1987 living Eagle River basketball player with the Connecticut Sun
Connecticut Sun
The Connecticut Sun is a professional basketball team based in Uncasville, Connecticut, playing in the Eastern Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association . The team was founded in Orlando, Florida before the 1999 season began; the team moved to Connecticut before the 2003 season...

 of the WNBA
Women's National Basketball Association
The Women's National Basketball Association is a women's professional basketball league in the United States. It currently is composed of twelve teams. The league was founded on April 24, 1996 as the women's counterpart to the National Basketball Association...

Logan Grove
Logan Grove
Logan Parker Grove is a native of Palmer, Alaska, who fell into acting at the age of six. His sister was invited to attend the annual Actors, Models and Talent Competition and Logan was subsequently entered as well. Showing promise by winning several categories at the annual AMTC, his family...

1999 living Palmer child actor best known for his work in various Disney productions
Eileen Grubba
Eileen Grubba
Eileen Grubba is an American actress born in Anchorage, Alaska. A lifetime member of the Actors Studio, she trained at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta, HB Studio in New York City, and under the acting coach Allan Miller, who coached Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, Geraldine Page, and other leading...

living Anchorage actress
Ernest Gruening
Ernest Gruening
Ernest Henry Gruening was an American journalist and Democrat who was the Governor of the Alaska Territory from 1939 until 1953, and a United States Senator from Alaska from 1959 until 1969.-Early life:...

1887 1974 Juneau journalist, writer, territorial governor, U.S. Senator


John Haines
John Haines
John Haines was an American poet and educator who had served as the poet laureate of Alaska.John Meade Haines, who was born in Norfolk, Virginia, published nine collections of poetry. He was appointed the Poet Laureate of Alaska in 1969. A collection of critical essays about his poetry, The...

1924 2011 Big Delta
Big Delta, Alaska
Big Delta is a census-designated place in Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska, United States. The population was 749 at the 2000 census...

, Fairbanks
poet, former Alaska poet laureate
Poet Laureate
A poet laureate is a poet officially appointed by a government and is often expected to compose poems for state occasions and other government events...

Benjamin Haldane
Benjamin Haldane
Benjamin Alfred Haldane was a Tsimshian professional photographer from Metlakatla, Alaska.-Background:Benjamin Alfred Haldane was born on 15 June 1874 in the village of Metlakatla, British Columbia....

1874 1941 Metlakatla photographer
Travis Hall
Travis Hall
Travis Hall is an NFL player for the San Francisco 49ers. He plays the defensive tackle position. He went to Brigham Young University. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the 6th round in the 1995 NFL Draft...

1972 living Soldotna
Soldotna, Alaska
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,759 people, 1,465 households, and 969 families residing in the city. As of 2008, the population was close to 4,200. The population density was 541.9 people per square mile . There were 1,670 housing units at an average density of 240.7 per square mile...

San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers are a professional American football team based in San Francisco, California, playing in the West Division of the National Football Conference in the National Football League . The team was founded in 1946 as a charter member of the All-America Football Conference and...

 football player
Walter Harper
Walter Harper
Walter Harper was the first person to reach the summit of Mount McKinley/Denali, the highest mountain in North America. Harper, an Alaska Native, was part of the mountaineering team of Hudson Stuck...

1892 1918 made the first recorded ascent of Mount McKinley
Mount McKinley
Mount McKinley or Denali in Alaska, United States is the highest mountain peak in North America and the United States, with a summit elevation of above sea level. It is the centerpiece of Denali National Park and Preserve.- Geology and features :Mount McKinley is a granitic pluton...

Richard Harris
Richard Harris (prospector)
Richard Tighe Harris was a Canadian miner and prospector.Richard Harris was born in Dummadonald, County Down, Ireland. However, attended Girard College, a private boarding school in Philadelphia, PA ....

1833 1907 Juneau gold prospector, co-founder of Juneau
Ernestine Hayes
Ernestine Hayes
Ernestine Hayes is an Native American memoirist.-Life:Ernestine Hayes was raised in Juneau, and from the age of fifteen lived in California....

1945 living Juneau writer
Herman of Alaska
Herman of Alaska
Saint Herman of Alaska was one of the first Eastern Orthodox missionaries to the New World, and is considered by Orthodox Christians to be the patron saint of the Americas.-Biography:Saint Herman was born in the town of Serpukhov in the Moscow Diocese around 1756...

1756 1837 Kodiak Island
Kodiak Island
Kodiak Island is a large island on the south coast of the U.S. state of Alaska, separated from the Alaska mainland by the Shelikof Strait. The largest island in the Kodiak Archipelago, Kodiak Island is the second largest island in the United States and the 80th largest island in the world, with an...

Orthodox saint
C. "Rusty" Heurlin
Magnus Colcord Heurlin
Magnus Colcord "Rusty" Heurlin Magnus Colcord "Rusty" Heurlin Magnus Colcord "Rusty" Heurlin (July 5, 1895 – March 10, 1986 was a Swedish-American artist.-Background:Magnus Colcord Heurlin was born in Christanstad, Skåne County, Sweden. He was the son of Berndt Felix Heurlin and Sophie Bjorklund....

1895 1986 Barrow
Barrow, Alaska
Barrow is the largest city of the North Slope Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. It is one of the northernmost cities in the world and is the northernmost city in the United States of America, with nearby Point Barrow being the nation's northernmost point. Barrow's population was 4,212 at the...

, Ester
Ester, Alaska
Ester is a census-designated place in Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska, United States. It is part of the 'Fairbanks, Alaska Metropolitan Statistical Area'. The population was 2,422 at the 2010 census...

, Valdez
Valdez, Alaska
Valdez is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. According to 2005 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 4,020. The city is one of the most important ports in Alaska. The port of Valdez was named in 1790 after the Spanish naval officer Antonio Valdés y...

Walter Hickel  1919 2010 Anchorage industrialist, twice governor, also U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Robin Hobb
Robin Hobb
Robin Hobb is the second pen name of novelist Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden who produces primarily fantasy fiction, although she has published some science fiction....

1952 living Kodiak fantasy fiction writer
Sam Hoger
Sam Hoger
Samuel Earl Hoger is an American mixed martial artist most notable for appearing on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, a reality television series produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship and broadcast on Spike TV...

1980 living mixed martial artist
Anna Kathryn Holbrook
Anna Kathryn Holbrook
Anna Kathryn Holbrook is an American soap opera actress, best known for her role as Sharlene Frame Hudson on Another World, a role she played originally from 1988 to 1991...

1956 living Fairbanks television actress
Rick Holmstrom
Rick Holmstrom
Rick Holmstrom is an American electric blues and rhythm and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. Holmstrom has released five albums since 1996, and previously worked with William Clarke and Rod Piazza. In addition, Holmstrom has played and recorded with Jimmy Rogers, Billy Boy Arnold, Jody...

1965 living Fairbanks blues
Blues is the name given to both a musical form and a music genre that originated in African-American communities of primarily the "Deep South" of the United States at the end of the 19th century from spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts and chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballads...

 guitarist and singer-songwriter
Steve Holt
Steve Holt (musician)
Steve Holt is the guitarist for Alaskan post-hardcore/metalcore band 36 Crazyfists. He also sings backing vocals for the band. Holt played the rhythm guitar in the song "Enemy of the State" by Roadrunner United on the album The All-Star Sessions. Holt also produced and engineered 36 Crazyfists'...

living Kenai
Kenai, Alaska
Kenai is a city in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. According to 2005 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 7,464...

guitarist and backing vocalist for 36 Crazyfists
36 Crazyfists
36 Crazyfists is a four-piece metal band originating from Anchorage, Alaska. They are now based in Portland, Oregon. The band's name comes from a Jackie Chan movie, Jackie Chan And The 36 Crazy Fists...


Nathan Jackson
Nathan Jackson (artist)
Nathan Jackson is an American artist. He is among the most important living Tlingit artists and the most important Alaskan artists. He is best known for his totem poles, but works in a variety of media....

1938 living Ketchikan artist, specializing in carving totem poles
Sheldon Jackson
Sheldon Jackson
Sheldon Jackson was a Presbyterian missionary who also became a political leader. During this career he travelled about 1 million miles and established over 100 missions and churches in the Western United States. He is best remembered for his extensive work during the final quarter of the 19th...

1834 1909 Sitka pioneering Presbyterian missionary, educator, reindeer herder
Kevin Johansen
Kevin Johansen
Kevin Johansen is an Argentine-American rock musician. Born to an Argentine mother, Marta Calvet, and an American father, he lived most of his childhood in the San Francisco Bay Area, but moved with his family to Buenos Aires at the age of 12...

1964 living Fairbanks Latin rock musician
Michelle Johnson
Michelle Johnson (actress)
Michelle Johnson is an American actress, probably best known for her role in Blame It on Rio.-Career:Director Stanley Donen signed her, as a 17-year-old, to appear as Michael Caine's love interest in the romantic comedy film Blame It on Rio...

1965 living Anchorage actress
Levi Johnston
Levi Johnston
Levi Keith Johnston is the former fiancé of Bristol Palin. He first received media attention in August 2008 when U.S. vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin announced that her daughter Bristol was five months pregnant with Johnston's baby and that the two were engaged...

1990 living Wasilla former partner of Bristol Palin
Bristol Palin
Bristol Sheeran Marie Palin is the second child and oldest daughter of former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd....

 and celebrity news personality
Marie Smith Jones  1918 2008 Anchorage, Cordova
Cordova, Alaska
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,454 people, 958 households, and 597 families residing in the city. The population density was 40.0 per square mile . There are 1,099 housing units at an average density of 17.9 per square mile...

last speaker of the Eyak language
Eyak language
Eyak is an extinct Na-Dené language that was historically spoken by the Eyak people, indigenous to southcentral Alaska, near the mouth of the Copper River.The closest relatives of Eyak are the Athabaskan languages...

DeeDee Jonrowe
DeeDee Jonrowe
DeeDee Ann Jonrowe is an American kennel owner and dog musher who is a three-time runner up in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, and holds the fastest time ever recorded for a woman...

1953 living Anchorage, Fairbanks, Willow
Willow, Alaska
Willow is a census-designated place in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. It is part of the Anchorage, Alaska Metropolitan Statistical Area. At the 2000 census the population was 1,658.-History:...

sled dog racer
Joseph Juneau
Joe Juneau (prospector)
Joseph Juneau was a miner and prospector from Canada who was born in the Quebec town of Saint-Paul-l'Ermite to François Xavier Juneau dit Latulippe and Marguerite Thiffault Juneau. He is best known for co-founding, with Richard Harris, the city of Juneau, Alaska, United States...

1836 1899 Juneau gold prospector, co-founder and namesake of Juneau


Gunnar Kaasen
Gunnar Kaasen
Gunnar Kaasen was a Norwegian-born musher who delivered a cylinder containing 300,000 units of diphtheria antitoxin to Nome, Alaska, in 1925, as the last leg of a dog sled relay that saved the U.S. city from an epidemic....

1882 1960 Nome sled dog racer
Peter Kalifornsky
Peter Kalifornsky
Peter Kalifornsky , was a self-taught writer and ethnographer of Kenai, Alaska, who wrote traditional stories, poems, and language lessons in the Outer Inlet dialect of Dena'ina, a language of the Athabaskan language group...

1911 1993 Kenai Peninsula ethnographer, writer
Seth Kantner
Seth Kantner
Seth Kantner is a writer who has attended the University of Alaska and studied journalism at the University of Montana. He has worked as a photographer, trapper, fisherman, mechanic and igloo-builder and now lives in Kotzebue, Alaska. His 2004 book Ordinary Wolves tells the story of Cutuk, a boy...

living Kotzebue
Kotzebue, Alaska
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,082 people, 889 households, and 656 families residing in the city. The population density was 114.1 people per square mile . There were 1,007 housing units at an average density of 37.3 per square mile...

Joan Arend Kickbush
Joan Arend Kickbush
Joan Arend Kickbush, born March 23, 1926 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and died June 16, 2006 in Delafield, Wisconsin, was a popular Alaska artist focusing on Alaska Native children, Arctic wildlife, and Yupik villagers.-Life:...

1926 2006 Anchorage painter
Jewel Kilcher
Jewel (singer)
Jewel Kilcher , professionally known as Jewel, is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, actress and poet...

1974 living Homer singer-songwriter, actress
Jeff King
Jeff King (mushing)
Jeff King is an American long distance musher who is well known for winning both the 1,049+ mi Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race across the U.S. state of Alaska and the 1,100 mi Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race across the U.S. and Canada .King moved to Alaska in 1975 and began racing in 1976...

1956 living sled dog racer
Sara King
Sara King
Sara J. King is an Alaskan science fiction writer residing in the Alaska Bush." She is currently working on her 11th novel, part of the "After Earth" series represented by the Donald Maass Literary Agency of New York.-History:...

1982 living Fairbanks writer
Natalie Kusz
Natalie Kusz
-Life:She graduated from University of Alaska Fairbanks with a B.A. and an M.F.A.She taught at Bethel College, and Harvard University.She teaches at Eastern Washington University....

1962 living memoirist
Chris Kuper
Chris Kuper
Chris Kuper is an American football offensive guard for the Denver Broncos in the National Football League. He is currently the Broncos starting right guard....

1982 living Anchorage Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos are a professional American football team based in Denver, Colorado. They are currently members of the West Division of the American Football Conference in the National Football League...

 offensive guard
Randy Kutcher
Randy Kutcher
Randy Scott Kutcher was a Major League Baseball utility outfielder for the San Francisco Giants and Boston Red Sox from 1986 through 1990. He batted and threw right-handed.Kutcher was born in Anchorage, Alaska...

1960 living Anchorage major league baseball outfielder


Trajan Langdon
Trajan Langdon
Trajan Shaka Langdon is a retired American professional basketball player. A 210 lb. shooting guard, he gained fame in the U.S. while playing college basketball at Duke University with the Duke Blue Devils.-Biography:...

1976 living Anchorage retired basketball player with several teams, most notably the Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cleveland Cavaliers are a professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. They began playing in the National Basketball Association in 1970 as an expansion team...

 and CSKA Moscow
PBC CSKA Moscow is a Russian professional basketball team that is based in Moscow, Russia. The club is a member of the VTB United League. It is often referred to in the West as "Red Army" for its past affiliation with the Soviet Army. CSKA has won two titles between 2006 and 2009 in Europe's...

Austin E. Lathrop
Austin E. Lathrop
Austin Eugene "Cap" Lathrop was an industrialist and outspoken opponent of Alaska statehood. He has been called "Alaska's first home-grown millionaire."-Early life:...

1865 1950 Anchorage, Cordova, Fairbanks, Valdez industrialist, owned substantial business investments throughout Alaska in territorial days, one of the strongest Alaskan opponents of statehood
Sydney Laurence
Sydney Laurence
Sydney Mortimer Laurence was an American Romantic landscape painter and is widely considered one of Alaska's most important historical artists.-Early life:...

1865 1940 Anchorage, Valdez landscape painter
Ernest Leffingwell
Ernest de Koven Leffingwell
Ernest de Koven Leffingwell was an arctic explorer, geologist and Spanish-American War veteran.During the period from 1906 to 1914, Leffingwell spent 9 summers and 6 winters on the Arctic coast of Alaska, making 31 trips by dog sled and/or small boats. He created the first accurate map of a large...

1875 1971 Flaxman Island  explorer and geologist
Hilary Lindh
Hilary Lindh
Hilary Lindh is a former alpine ski racer.Born in Juneau, Alaska, Lindh was just 14 when she was named to the U.S. Ski Team. By 16, she had become the first American to win a World Junior Championships downhill title. All this was done while with Kathy Miklossy and Alex Mitkus in Utah, away from...

1969 living Juneau alpine ski racer
Segundo Llorente
Segundo Llorente
Segundo Llorente Villa, S.J. was a Spanish Jesuit, philosopher and author who spent 40 years as a missionary among the Central Alaskan Yup'ik people in the most remote parts of Alaska...

1906 1989 Alakanuk
Alakanuk, Alaska
Alakanuk is a 2nd-class city in the Wade Hampton Census Area of the Unorganized Borough in the western part of the U.S. state of Alaska. As of the 2000 census, the population of the city was 652....

, Bethel
Bethel, Alaska
Bethel is a city located near the west coast of the U.S. state of Alaska, west of Anchorage. Accessible only by air and river, Bethel is the main port on the Kuskokwim River and is an administrative and transportation hub for the 56 villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.Bethel is the largest...

, Fairbanks, Kotzebue
Jesuit priest, elected to a single term in the Alaska House of Representatives
Alaska House of Representatives
The Alaska House of Representatives is the lower house in the Alaska Legislature, the state legislature of the U.S. state of Alaska. The House is composed of 40 members, each of whom represents a district of about 15,673 people . Members serve two-year terms without term limits...

 as a write-in candidate
Write-in candidate
A write-in candidate is a candidate in an election whose name does not appear on the ballot, but for whom voters may vote nonetheless by writing in the person's name. Some states and local jurisdictions allow a voter to affix a sticker with a write-in candidate's name on it to the ballot in lieu...

, widely published writer on Alaska in his native Spain
Spain , officially the Kingdom of Spain languages]] under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. In each of these, Spain's official name is as follows:;;;;;;), is a country and member state of the European Union located in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula...

 (as Collecion Padre Llorente)


Fred Machetanz
Fred Machetanz
Fred Machetanz was an Alaskan painter who first came to the territory in 1935, when he traveled to Unalakleet to visit his uncle, Charles Traeger, who ran a trading post there. He returned in 1942 with the U.S. Navy to the Aleutian Islands during World War II, and returned to Unalakleet after the...

1908 2002 Palmer, Unalakleet
Unalakleet, Alaska
Unalakleet is a city in Nome Census Area, Alaska, United States, in the western part of the state. At the 2000 census the population was 747. Unalakleet is known in the region and around Alaska for its salmon and king crab harvests; the residents rely heavily on caribou, ptarmigan, oogruk , and...

Dick Mackey
Dick Mackey
Dick Mackey is an American dog musher who won the 1,049-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race across the U.S. state of Alaska in 1978 by the closest margin in the history of the event. His son, Rick Mackey, became the first legacy winner when he won the race in 1983...

living Coldfoot
Coldfoot, Alaska
Coldfoot is a census-designated place in Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. The population was 13 at the 2000 census....

sled dog racer, early winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
Lance Mackey
Lance Mackey
Lance Mackey is an American dog musher and dog sled racer from Fairbanks, Alaska, who is a four-time winner of the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest and four-time winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.-Career:...

1970 living Fairbanks, Fox
Fox, Alaska
Fox is a census-designated place in Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska, United States. It is part of the Fairbanks, Alaska Metropolitan Statistical Area. At the 2007 census the population was 353.-Geography:...

sled dog racer, four time Yukon Quest and four time Iditarod winner
Holly Madison
Holly Madison
Hollin Sue Cullen, professionally known as Holly Madison, is an American model, showgirl and television personality. She is widely known for being one of Hugh Hefner's girlfriends on the reality television series The Girls Next Door...

1979 living Prince of Wales Island  model, television personality
Ray Mala
Ray Mala
Ray Mala was the first Native American movie star and is the most prolific film star that the state of Alaska has thus far produced. Ray Mala was recently named a "Top Ten Alaskan" by TIME Magazine...

1906 1952 Candle
Candle, Alaska
Candle is an unincorporated community in the Northwest Arctic Borough of the U.S. state of Alaska.Candle was the turnaround point for the first major mushing competition in 1908, the All Alaska Sweepstakes, which was started by Allan "Scotty" Alexander Allan, and ran from Nome to Candle and back.-...

actor, cinematographer
Andre Marrou
Andre Marrou
Andre Verne Marrou is an American political figure, affiliated with the Libertarian Party.Born in Nixon, Texas, he graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1962...

1938 living Anchorage, Homer the third Libertarian
Libertarian Party (United States)
The Libertarian Party is the third largest and fastest growing political party in the United States. The political platform of the Libertarian Party reflects its brand of libertarianism, favoring minimally regulated, laissez-faire markets, strong civil liberties, minimally regulated migration...

 to be elected to a U.S. state legislature (all from Alaska to that point), later became the party's vice presidential
Vice President of the United States
The Vice President of the United States is the holder of a public office created by the United States Constitution. The Vice President, together with the President of the United States, is indirectly elected by the people, through the Electoral College, to a four-year term...

 and presidential
President of the United States
The President of the United States of America is the head of state and head of government of the United States. The president leads the executive branch of the federal government and is the commander-in-chief of the United States Armed Forces....

Robert Marshall
Bob Marshall (wilderness activist)
Robert "Bob" Marshall was an American forester, writer and wilderness activist. The son of wealthy constitutional lawyer and conservationist Louis Marshall, Bob Marshall developed a love for the outdoors as a young child...

1901 1939 Wiseman
Wiseman, Alaska
Wiseman is a census-designated place in Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, Alaska, United States. The population was 21 at the 2000 census.Wiseman is a small mining community in the Brooks Range. It was founded by gold miners who abandoned the Slate Creek settlement around 1919...

wilderness activist, writer; wrote Arctic Village
Arctic Village (book)
Arctic Village is a book written by Robert Marshall about the Koyukuk River area and the town of Wiseman, Alaska around the year 1930. He referred to the people of this area as "...the happiest civilization of which I have knowledge." The book was republished by the University of Alaska Press as...

about his experiences in Wiseman
Jesse Marunde
Jesse Marunde
Jesse Marunde was an American strongman athlete who placed second in the 2005 World's Strongest Man competition....

1979 2007 Glennallen
Glennallen, Alaska
Glennallen is a census-designated place in the Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the Unorganized Borough of the U.S. state of Alaska. As of the 2000 census, the population of the CDP was 554.- Location :...

strongman competitor
Carl McCunn
Carl McCunn
Carl McCunn was an American wildlife photographer who became stranded in the Alaskan wilderness and eventually committed suicide when he ran out of supplies.-Early life:...

1946 1981 Anchorage photographer, adventurer; committed suicide when stranded in the wilderness in northern Alaska
Mel McDaniel
Mel McDaniel
Mel McDaniel was an American country music artist. His chart making years were mainly the 1980s and his hits from that era include "Louisiana Saturday Night", "Big Ole Brew", "Stand Up", the Number One "Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On", "I Call It Love", "Stand on It", and a remake of Chuck Berry's...

1942 2011 Anchorage country music
Country music
Country music is a popular American musical style that began in the rural Southern United States in the 1920s. It takes its roots from Western cowboy and folk music...

Linious "Mac" McGee
Linious "Mac" McGee
Linious "Mac" McGee , an Alaskan aviation pioneer and founder of McGee Airways, which, through a long series of mergers and acquisitions became Alaska Airlines.-Biography:...

1897 1988 Anchorage, Seward pioneering aviator
Drew Meekins
Drew Meekins
Drew Meekins is an American pairs skater. With former partner Julia Vlassov, he is the 2006 World Junior Champion.-Early life:Drew Meekins was born in Juneau, Alaska to Edward Russell "Russ" Meekins, Jr. and Nancy Harvey...

1985 living Juneau pairs figure skater
Russel Merrill
Russel Merrill
Russel Hyde Merrill was an Alaskan aviation pioneer. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, he became a U.S. Navy pilot during World War I, becoming Naval Aviator No. 469...

1894 1929 Anchorage, Ketchikan pioneering aviator
Tommy Moe
Tommy Moe
Tommy Moe is a former alpine ski racer. He is now retired from international competition and lives in Wilson, Wyoming...

1970 living Girdwood, Palmer, Wasilla skier, gold medal winner at the 1994 Winter Olympics
1994 Winter Olympics
The 1994 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XVII Olympic Winter Games, was a winter multi-sport event celebrated from 12 to 27 February 1994 in and around Lillehammer, Norway. Lillehammer failed to win the bid for the 1992 event. Lillehammer was awarded the games in 1988, after having beat...

Patricia Monaghan
Patricia Monaghan
Patricia Monaghan, Ph.D., is one of the pioneers of the contemporary women's spirituality movement. She is the author of more than 15 books of poetry and nonfiction, including the two volume Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines...

1946 living poet, writer
Kelly Moneymaker
Kelly Moneymaker
Kelly Susan Moneymaker is a popular music singer, who is most noted for replacing Gioia Bruno in the music group Exposé.Moneymaker was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska...

1970 living Fairbanks singer, most notably with Exposé
Shannyn Moore
Shannyn Moore
Shannyn Moore is an American political blogger based in Alaska. Moore is a writer for The Huffington Post and has been a prominent critic of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. She has appeared on such television shows as The Rachel Maddow Show and Countdown with Keith Olbermann...

1970 living Homer blogger, political activist
James Morrison
James Morrison (actor)
James Paige Morrison is an American actor. He was born in Bountiful, Utah, the son of an office manager, and was raised in Anchorage, Alaska.-Biography:...

1954 living Anchorage actor, 24
24 (TV series)
24 is an American television series produced for the Fox Network and syndicated worldwide, starring Kiefer Sutherland as Counter Terrorist Unit agent Jack Bauer. Each 24-episode season covers 24 hours in the life of Bauer, using the real time method of narration...

Joshua Morrow
Joshua Morrow
Joshua Jacob Morrow is an American actor and former pop singer who plays the role of Nicholas Newman on The Young and the Restless.-Private life:In 2001, Joshua married his longtime girlfriend, Tobe Keeney...

1974 living Juneau actor, singer
Margaret Murie
Margaret Murie
Margaret Thomas "Mardy" Murie was a naturalist, author, adventurer, and conservationist. Dubbed the "Grandmother of the Conservation Movement" by both the Sierra Club and the Wilderness Society,  she helped in the passage of the Wilderness Act, and was instrumental in creating the Arctic...

1902 2003 Fairbanks "grandmother of the conservation movement"
Lisa Murkowski
Lisa Murkowski
Lisa Ann Murkowski is the senior U.S. Senator from the State of Alaska and a member of the Republican Party. She was appointed to the Senate in 2002 by her father, Governor Frank Murkowski. After losing a Republican primary in 2010, she became the second person ever to win a U.S...

1957 living Anchorage, Fairbanks, Ketchikan, Wrangell
Wrangell, Alaska
Wrangell is a city and borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. At the 2000 census the population was 2,308.Its Tlingit name is Ḵaachx̱aana.áakʼw . The Tlingit people residing in the Wrangell area, who were there centuries before Europeans, call themselves the Shtaxʼhéen Ḵwáan after the nearby Stikine...

U.S. Senator who was reelected as a write-in candidate in 2010


Jacob Netsvetov
Jacob Netsvetov
Jacob Netsvetov, Enlightener of Alaska, was a native of the Aleutian Islands who became a priest of the Orthodox Church and continued the missionary work of St. Innocent among his and other Alaskan people. His feast day is celebrated on the day of his repose, July 26.-Early life:Father Jacob was...

1802 1864 Atka
Atka, Alaska
Atka is a hamlet located on the east side of Atka Island, in Aleutians West Census Area, Alaska, United States. The population was 61 at the 2010 census.The population of Atka is nearly entirely Aleut . The major industry is fishing.-Geography:...

, Sitka
Orthodox saint


William Oefelein
William Oefelein
William Anthony "Bill" Oefelein is an American businessman and a former test pilot instructor, naval officer and NASA astronaut who, on his only spaceflight, piloted the STS-116 Space Shuttle mission....

1965 living Anchorage astronaut
An astronaut or cosmonaut is a person trained by a human spaceflight program to command, pilot, or serve as a crew member of a spacecraft....

Laurie Olin
Laurie Olin
Laurie Olin is an American landscape architect. He has worked on everything from private residences to large public parks. Olin grew up in Alaska, and earned his degree in Architecture from the University of Washington, in Seattle where he was mentored under Richard Haag. After graduating he...

1938 living landscape architect
Norman Olson
Norman Olson
Norman Olson is an American militia movement activist. Olson is a Baptist minister and retired United States Air Force non-commissioned officer originally from Alanson, Michigan...

1946 living Nikiski
Nikiski, Alaska
Nikiski is a census-designated place in Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska, United States. The population was 4,327 at the 2000 census.-Geography:Nikiski is located at ....

militia activist


Dorothy Page
Dorothy Page
Dorothy G. Page was best known as "Mother of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race", the 1,049-mile dog sled race across the U.S. state of Alaska.Page moved from New Mexico to Alaska in 1960...

1921 1989 Wasilla co-founder of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
Bristol Palin
Bristol Palin
Bristol Sheeran Marie Palin is the second child and oldest daughter of former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd....

1990 living Wasilla daughter of Sarah and Todd Palin (see below), former contestant on Dancing with the Stars
Dancing with the Stars (U.S. season 11)
Dancing with the Stars returned for an 11th season on September 20, 2010. The cast was announced during the August 30 episode of Bachelor Pad during a live press conference that included a Q&A session with host Tom Bergeron and co-host Brooke Burke and the new cast. There are twelve celebrity cast...

Sarah Palin
Sarah Palin
Sarah Louise Palin is an American politician, commentator and author. As the Republican Party nominee for Vice President in the 2008 presidential election, she was the first Alaskan on the national ticket of a major party and first Republican woman nominated for the vice-presidency.She was...

1964 living Eagle River, Skagway
Skagway, Alaska
Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska, on the Alaska Panhandle. It was formerly a city first incorporated in 1900 that was re-incorporated as a borough on June 25, 2007. As of the 2000 census, the population of the city was 862...

, Wasilla
youngest and first female governor, 2008 Republican nominee for U.S. vice president
Todd Palin
Todd Palin
Todd Mitchell Palin is the husband of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, the 2008 vice-presidential nominee of the Republican Party. He is an American oil field production operator, commercial fisherman and champion snowmobile racer, winning the Tesoro Iron Dog race four times.-Early life:Palin...

1964 living Dillingham
Dillingham, Alaska
- Natural resources :Dillingham was once known as the Pacific salmon capital of the world and commercial fishing remains an important part of the local economy...

, Wasilla
husband of Sarah Palin, champion snowmobile racer
Annie Parisse
Annie Parisse
Anne Marie Cancelmi , known as Annie Parisse, is an American television, film, and theater actress, known for playing Alexandra Borgia on the television drama Law & Order, a role she played from 2005 until 2006 in 33 episodes. Parisse is also known for her role of Julia Lindsey Snyder on the...

1975 living Anchorage actress
Elizabeth Peratrovich
Elizabeth Peratrovich
Elizabeth Peratrovich , Tlingit nation, was an important civil rights activist; she worked on behalf of equality for Alaska Natives...

1911 1958 Juneau, Ketchikan, Klawock
Klawock, Alaska
Klawock is a city in Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area, in the U.S. state of Alaska, on the west coast of Prince of Wales Island, on Klawock Inlet, across from Klawock Island...

, Petersburg
Petersburg, Alaska
Petersburg is a city in Petersburg Census Area, Alaska, in the United States. According to 2009 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 2,824 full time residents.- History :...

, Sitka
civil rights activist
Peter the Aleut
Peter the Aleut
Cungagnaq is venerated as a martyr and saint by some jurisdictions of the Eastern Orthodox Church. He was allegedly a native of Kodiak Island , and is said to have received the Christian name of Peter when he was baptized into the Orthodox faith by the monks of St...

ca. 1815 Orthodox saint
Emmitt Peters
Emmitt Peters
Emmitt Gordon Peters, Sr. the "Yukon Fox", is an Alaskan American hunter, fisher, trapper, and dog musher. The last rookie to win the 1,049 mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race , he and his lead dogs Nugget and Digger shattered the previous speed record by almost six days.Peters is an Athabaskan...

1940 living Ruby
Ruby, Alaska
Ruby is a city in Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, Alaska, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 188.-Geography:Ruby is located at .According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of ....

sled dog racer, early winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
Valerie Plame
Valerie Plame
Valerie Elise Plame Wilson , known as Valerie Plame, Valerie E. Wilson, and Valerie Plame Wilson, is a former United States CIA Operations Officer and the author of a memoir detailing her career and the events leading up to her resignation from the CIA.-Early life :Valerie Elise Plame was born on...

1963 living Anchorage
Kirsten Powers
Kirsten Powers
Kirsten A. Powers is an American columnist, blogger, pundit, and political commentator. Powers is a Democratic political analyst on Fox News who appears regularly on shows such as The O'Reilly Factor, Fox News Sunday, Special Report with Bret Baier and Freedom Watch...

1969 living Fairbanks blogger, political commentator
Chanel Preston
Chanel Preston
Chanel Preston is an American pornographic actress. She entered the adult film industry in 2010 at the age of 24.-Early life:...

1985 living Fairbanks pornographic actress


Marjorie Rambeau
Marjorie Rambeau
Marjorie Rambeau was an American film and stage actress.-Early life:Rambeau was born in San Francisco, California to Marcel Rambeau and Lilian Garlinda Kindelberger. Her parents split up when she was a girl. She and her mother went to Nome, Alaska where young Marjorie dressed as a boy, sang and...

1889 1970 Nome actress
Kikkan Randall
Kikkan Randall
Kikkan Randall is an American cross-country skier from Anchorage, Alaska. She is the niece of former cross-country skiing Olympians Betsy Haines and her brother, Chris Haines...

1982 living Anchorage cross-country skier
Sean Rash
Sean Rash
Sean Rash is a right-handed ten-pin bowler from Anchorage, AK, and is considered one of the brightest young players on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour. He now resides in Montgomery, Illinois.Rash joined the PBA in 2005...

1982 living Anchorage professional tenpin bowler
Joe Redington
Joe Redington
Joe Redington, Senior was an American dog musher and kennel owner, who is best known as the "Father of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race", which runs 1,049 miles¹ across the U.S. state of Alaska.-Early life:...

1917 1999 Knik
Knik-Fairview, Alaska
Knik-Fairview is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. It is part of the Anchorage, Alaska Metropolitan Statistical Area. At the 2000 census the population was 7,050.-Geography:Knik-Fairview is located at...

sled dog racer, co-founder of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
Robert Campbell Reeve
Robert Campbell Reeve
Robert Campbell Reeve was the founder of Reeve Aleutian Airways.-Childhood:Bob Reeve was born in Waunakee, Wisconsin on March 27, 1902. He was one of twins, his brother was Richard. Their parents were Hubert and Mae Reeve. Mae died in 1904, and their father remarried, leaving the boys to fend for...

1902 1980 Anchorage, Valdez pioneering aviator
Tex Rickard  1870 1929 Juneau, Nome Old West figure, boxing promoter; lived in Nome during the height of its gold rush, served on the first city council
Libby Riddles
Libby Riddles
Libby Riddles is an American dog musher, noteworthy as the first woman to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.Riddles was born in Madison, Wisconsin to Willard and Marry Riddles, and moved to Alaska just before her 17th birthday. Her first race was the Clines Mini Mart Sprint race in 1978, when...

1956 living Shaktoolik
Shaktoolik, Alaska
Shaktoolik is a city in Nome Census Area, Alaska, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 230. Shaktoolik is one of a number of Alaskan communities threatened by erosion and related global warming effects. The community has been relocated twice.-History:According to the Alaska Dept...

, Teller
Teller, Alaska
Teller is a city in Nome Census Area, Alaska, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 268. According to a 2009 estimate, the population had increased by exactly one person....

sled dog racer, first woman to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
Libby Roderick
Libby Roderick
Libby Roderick is an American singer/songwriter, recording artist, poet, activist, and teacher. The global impact of her song "How Could Anyone" has been featured on CNN, in Readers Digest, and in the Associated Press. She was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska where she still lives part of the...

ca. 1958 living Anchorage journalist, singer-songwriter, writer
Amerie Rogers  1981 living Anchorage pop singer
Ava Rose
Ava Rose
Ava Rose is an American pornographic actress who entered the industry in 2006 at the age of 20. She is the older sister of Mia Rose.-Biography:...

1986 living Sutton  pornographic actress
Mia Rose  1987 living Sutton pornographic actress
Paul Rosenthal
Paul Rosenthal
Paul Rosenthal is an American virtuoso violinist.Rosenthal has played the violin since the age of three, going on to attend the Juilliard School in New York City and the University of Southern California under acclaimed master Jascha Heifetz. Paul Rosenthal also is skilled at both the trumpet and...

1942 living Juneau violinist, founder of the Sitka Summer Music Festival
Sitka Summer Music Festival
The Sitka Summer Music Festival is a month-long classical chamber music festival in the community of Sitka, Alaska.-About:The festival takes place in early summer during the month of June with three groupings of musicians...

Bob Ross
Bob Ross
Robert Norman "Bob" Ross was an American painter, art instructor, and television host. He is best known as the creator and host of The Joy of Painting, a television program that ran for 12 years on PBS stations in the United States.-Personal life:Ross was born in Daytona Beach, Florida, and...

1942 1995 North Pole painter
Peter Trimble Rowe  1856 1942 Episcopal bishop
Jason Ryznar
Jason Ryznar
Jason Ryznar is a professional ice hockey player currently with the Alaska Aces of the East Coast Hockey League.-Playing career:...

1983 living Anchorage professional ice hockey player


Larry Sanger
Larry Sanger
Lawrence Mark "Larry" Sanger is an American philosopher, co-founder of Wikipedia, and the founder of Citizendium....

1968 living Anchorage co-founder of Wikipedia
Curt Schilling
Curt Schilling
Curtis Montague "Curt" Schilling is a former American Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher. He helped lead the Philadelphia Phillies to the World Series in and won World Series championships in with the Arizona Diamondbacks and in and with the Boston Red Sox. Schilling retired with a...

1966 living Anchorage professional baseball player
Daniel Schlereth
Daniel Schlereth
Daniel Robert Schlereth is a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Detroit Tigers.-Early years:Schlereth was born in Anchorage, Alaska, before moving to Highlands Ranch, Colorado. He is a graduate of Highlands Ranch High School. During his senior year, he struck out a school record 19 batters in a...

1986 living Anchorage professional baseball player
Mark Schlereth
Mark Schlereth
Mark Frederick Schlereth is a former professional football player and current television sportscaster. Schlereth played guard in the NFL for 12 seasons with the Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos. He is currently a football analyst for ESPN on NFL Live, Sportscenter, and other programs...

1966 living Anchorage professional football player, football analyst for ESPN
Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, commonly known as ESPN, is an American global cable television network focusing on sports-related programming including live and pre-taped event telecasts, sports talk shows, and other original programming....

Mitch Seavey
Mitch Seavey
Mitch Seavey is an American dog musher, who won the 1,112-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race across the U.S. state of Alaska in 2004.Seavey competed in his first Iditarod in 1982, and in every race since 1995. In the 1995 race, he started in Seward, and completed the entire length of the Iditarod...

living Seward, Sterling
Sterling, Alaska
Sterling is a census-designated place in Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 4,705.-Geography:Sterling is located at .Sterling is east of Kenai....

sled dog racer
Charles John Seghers
Charles John Seghers
Charles John Seghers was a Belgian clergyman and missionary bishop. He is considered to be the founder of the Alaska Mission.-Early years and formation:...

1839 1886 Juneau, Nulato
Nulato, Alaska
Nulato is a city in Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, Alaska, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 336.-Geography:Nulato is located at ....

, Sitka
pioneering Catholic missionary
Ronald Senungetuk
Ronald Senungetuk
Ronald Senungetuk is an Inupiat artist originally from Wales, Alaska who works primarily in wood and metal. He is a sculptor and silversmith and is known for his abstractions of animal figures. He trained at the School for American Craftsmen at the Rochester Institute of Technology and in Oslo,...

1933 living Fairbanks, Homer, Wales
Wales, Alaska
Wales is a town in the Nome Census Area, Alaska, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 152. It is the westernmost town on the American mainland.-Geography:...

silversmith, sculptor
Leonhard Seppala
Leonhard Seppala
Leonhard Seppala was a Norwegian born American Sled dog racer who participated the 1932 Winter Olympics. Seppala is considered the founder of the Siberian Husky breed. -Background:...

1877 1967 Fairbanks, Nome sled dog racer, key musher in the 1925 serum run to Nome
1925 serum run to Nome
During the 1925 serum run to Nome, also known as the "Great Race of Mercy," 20 mushers and about 150 sled dogs relayed diphtheria antitoxin by dog sled across the U.S. territory of Alaska in a record-breaking five and a half days, saving the small city of Nome and the surrounding communities from...

Tom Sexton
Tom Sexton
For the 19th-century baseball player, see Tom Sexton .Tom Sexton is an Alaskan poet and scholar who became the state's Poet Laureate in 1995-Childhood and education:...

1940 living Anchorage, Fairbanks poet, former Alaska poet laureate
Don Simpson
Don Simpson
Donald Clarence "Don" Simpson was an American film producer, screenwriter, and actor. He is known for producing such hits as Flashdance, Beverly Hills Cop, Top Gun and The Rock...

1943 1996 Anchorage Hollywood film producer
Jamie Smith  ca. 1965 living Fairbanks cartoonist, printmaker
Molly Smith
Molly Smith
Molly Smith is the artistic director of Arena Stage in Washington D.C.. She has been focused on new play development for the past 30 years while at Arena Stage as well as Perseverance Theatre on Douglas Island in Juneau, Alaska, the theater she founded and led for 19 years...

living Douglas
Douglas, Alaska
Douglas, Alaska is an area on Douglas Island in southeastern Alaska. Itoriginated in 1881 as a place providing services to miners of the nearby Treadwell gold mine, and was incorporated as a city in 1902. Douglas was once a larger town than neighboring Juneau, but dwindled in the early 1900s as...

theater director
Soapy Smith
Soapy Smith
Jefferson Randolph "Soapy" Smith II was an American con artist and gangster who had a major hand in the organized criminal operations of Denver, Colorado; Creede, Colorado; and Skagway, Alaska, from 1879 to 1898. He was killed in the famed Shootout on Juneau Wharf...

1860 1898 Skagway con artist, gangster
Steve Smith  1985 living Anchorage Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles are a professional American football team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are members of the East Division of the National Football Conference in the National Football League...

 football player
Dana Stabenow
Dana Stabenow
Dana Stabenow is an American author who has written science fiction, mystery, and suspense/thriller novels. Many of Stabenow's books are set in her home state of Alaska, where she was raised by her single mother who lived and worked on a fish tender in the Gulf of Alaska. Stabenow received a B.A...

1952 living writer
Darby Stanchfield
Darby Stanchfield
Darby Stanchfield is a film and television actress best known for her recurring roles as April Green on Jericho and as Helen Bishop on the period drama Mad Men....

1971 living Kodiak, Unalaska
Unalaska, Alaska
Unalaska is a city in the Aleutians West Census Area of the Unorganized Borough of the U.S. state of Alaska. Unalaska is located on Unalaska Island and neighboring Amaknak Island in the Aleutian Islands off of mainland Alaska....

television actress
Ted Stevens
Ted Stevens
Theodore Fulton "Ted" Stevens, Sr. was a United States Senator from Alaska, serving from December 24, 1968, until January 3, 2009, and thus the longest-serving Republican senator in history...

1923 2010 Anchorage, Fairbanks, Girdwood both the longest-serving U.S. Senator from Alaska and from the Republican Party
John Strohmeyer
John Strohmeyer
John Strohmeyer was the 1972 Pulitzer Prize winner for editorial writing “for his editorial campaign to reduce racial tensions in Bethlehem.”...

1924 2010 Anchorage Pulitzer Prize
Pulitzer Prize
The Pulitzer Prize is a U.S. award for achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature and musical composition. It was established by American publisher Joseph Pulitzer and is administered by Columbia University in New York City...

-winning journalist; journalism professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage
University of Alaska Anchorage
The University of Alaska Anchorage is the largest school of the University of Alaska System, with about 16,500 students, about 14,000 of whom attend classes at Goose Lake, its main campus in Anchorage....

, where he wrote several books about Alaska, including Extreme Conditions
John F. A. Strong
John Franklin Alexander Strong
John Franklin Alexander Strong was a Canadian-born journalist who was the 2nd Governor of Alaska Territory from 1913 to 1918.-Background:...

1856 1929 Iditarod
Iditarod, Alaska
Iditarod is an abandoned town in the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska.- Geography :It is on a horseshoe lake that was once a bend in the Iditarod River, northwest of Flat, ultimately flowing into the Yukon river.- History :...

, Juneau, Katalla
Katalla, Alaska
Katalla is a ghost town in the Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska, southeast of Cordova. The name of this town was sometimes spelled Catalla. It is now abandoned.- Geography :...

, Nome, Skagway
founder of what is now the Juneau Empire
Juneau Empire
The Juneau Empire is a newspaper in Juneau, Alaska, United States. Mark Bryan was appointed publisher in 2009.-External links:* *...

, territorial governor
Robert Stroud  1890 1963 Juneau convicted killer, later better known as "The Birdman of Alcatraz
Birdman of Alcatraz (film)
Birdman of Alcatraz is a 1962 film starring Burt Lancaster and directed by John Frankenheimer. It is a fictionalized version of the life of Robert Stroud, a federal prison inmate known as the "Birdman of Alcatraz" because of his life with birds. In spite of the title, much of the action is set at...

Stephen Sundborg
Stephen Sundborg
Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J. is an American Jesuit and theologian. He has served as the 21st President of Seattle University since July 1997....

living president of Seattle University
Seattle University
Seattle University is a Jesuit Catholic university located in the First Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, USA.SU is the largest independent university in the Northwest US, with over 7,500 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within eight schools, and is one of 28 member...

Rick Swenson
Rick Swenson
For the Saskatchewan politician see Rick Swenson .Rick Swenson, sometimes known as the "King of the Iditarod", , is an American dog musher who has won the 1,049-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race across the U.S. state of Alaska more times than any other competitor...

1950 living Manley Hot Springs
Manley Hot Springs, Alaska
Manley Hot Springs is a census-designated place in Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, Alaska, Manley Hot Springs is a [[census-designated place]] in [[Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, Alaska|Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area]], [[Alaska]], Manley Hot Springs Manley Hot Springs (Too Naaleł Denh in Koyukon) is a...

, Two Rivers
Two Rivers, Alaska
Two Rivers is an unincorporated area of homes between mile 13 and mile 25 along the Chena Hot Springs Road, northeast of Fairbanks, Alaska...

sled dog racer
Jim Sykes
Jim Sykes
James L. "Jim" Sykes is a radio journalist and producer, and Green Party politician, in the U.S. state of Alaska. The founder of the Green Party of Alaska, Sykes initiated a lawsuit, Sykes v. Alaska, relying heavily upon case law established in the earlier ballot access lawsuits of Joe Vogler...

1950 living Anchorage, Palmer, Talkeetna
Talkeetna, Alaska
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. It is part of the Anchorage, Alaska Metropolitan Statistical Area. At the 2000 census the population was 772.-Geography:...

Green Party
Green Party (United States)
The Green Party of the United States is a nationally recognized political party which officially formed in 1991. It is a voluntary association of state green parties. Prior to national formation, many state affiliates had already formed and were recognized by other state parties...



Khleo Thomas
Khaleed Leon Thomas or simply Khleo is an American actor, rapper, singer, and entertainer best known for his role as Zero in Holes and Mixed Mike in Roll Bounce...

1989 living Anchorage actor, rapper
Lowell Thomas, Jr.
Lowell Thomas, Jr.
Lowell Jackson Thomas, Jr. is a film and television producer who collaborated with his father, the accomplished reporter and author Lowell Thomas, on several projects before becoming an Alaskan State Senator in the early 1970s, and later the fifth Lieutenant Governor of Alaska .In the 1980s, he...

1923 living Anchorage, Talkeetna son of Lowell Thomas
Lowell Thomas
Lowell Jackson Thomas was an American writer, broadcaster, and traveler, best known as the man who made Lawrence of Arabia famous...

; bush pilot, film maker, lecturer, politician, writer
Morris Thompson
Morris Thompson
Morris Thompson was an Alaska Native leader, American businessman and political appointee working on matters related to Alaska Natives.-Early life and career:...

1939 2000 Fairbanks, Tanana
Tanana, Alaska
Tanana is a city in the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. At the 2000 census the population was 308. It is formerly known as Clachotin...

Alaska Native leader, business executive
Nate Thompson
Nate Thompson
Nate Scott Thompson is an American ice hockey player, currently playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League.-Playing career:...

1984 living Anchorage professional ice hockey player
Ray Troll
Ray Troll
Ray Troll is a Ketchikan, Alaska-based artist.Troll attended high school in Witchita, Kansas. He has a bachelors degree in printmaking and a MFA degree in printmaking in drawing from Washington State University. He came to Alaska in 1983 at age 29. He is a guitar player and vocalist in the...

living Ketchikan artist, musician


Archie Van Winkle
Archie Van Winkle
Colonel Archie Van Winkle was a United States Marine who was awarded Medal of Honor for his actions as a Staff Sergeant during the Korean War....

1925 1986 Juneau, Ketchikan Korean War hero
Paul Varelans
Paul Varelans
Paul Varelans is a former professional mixed martial arts fighter. He is famous for his appearances in the Ultimate Fighting Championship from 1995 to 1996, as well as a worked shoot fight against Taz in Extreme Championship Wrestling.-Career:...

1969 living Fairbanks UFC fighter
Norman D. Vaughan
Norman D. Vaughan
Colonel Norman Dane Vaughan was an American dogsled driver and explorer whose first claim to fame was participating in Admiral Byrd's first expedition to the South Pole...

1905 2005 Eagle River explorer, dog musher
Joe Vogler
Joe Vogler
Joseph E. "Joe" Vogler was the founder of the Alaskan Independence Party, and either its chair or gubernatorial nominee for most of its first two decades of existence...

1913 1993 Fairbanks, Kodiak gold miner and secessionist advocate, became folk hero following his murder


Jujiro Wada
Jujiro Wada
Jujiro Wada was a Japanese adventurer and entrepreneur who achieved fame for his exploits in turn-of-the-20th-century Alaska and Yukon Territory.-Origins:...

ca. 1872 1937 Barrow, Fairbanks, Nome adventurer
Velma Wallis
Velma Wallis
Velma Wallis is an Athabascan Indian and bestselling U.S. novelist. Her work has been translated into 17 languages.-Life and work:...

1960 living Fairbanks, Fort Yukon
Fort Yukon, Alaska
As of the census of 2000, there were 595 people, 225 households, and 137 families residing in the city. The population density was 85.0 people per square mile . There were 317 housing units at an average density of 45.3 per square mile...

Nathan West
Nathan West
Nathan Luke West is an American actor.He married actress Chyler Leigh on July 20, 2002.-Filmography:*D2: The Mighty Ducks as Iceland Goalie*The Adventures of A.R.K. as Sam...

1978 living Anchorage actor
Mr. Whitekeys
Mr. Whitekeys
Mr. Whitekeys occasionally known as W. Keys, is a musician, recording artist, entrepreneur, writer, media personality and ornithologist in the U.S. state of Alaska. He was the owner and operator of a nightclub called the Fly By Night Club, located in the Spenard neighborhood of Anchorage, from...

1947 living Fairbanks, Spenard
Spenard, Alaska
Spenard is a neighborhood in the Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska, United States and was historically a separate city from Anchorage. Spenard maintains the flavor of a separate community today, with "Spenardi Gras" being its primary community celebration that encourages a sense of solidarity and...

writer, musician, commentator, satirist
James Wickersham
James Wickersham
James Wickersham was a district judge for Alaska, appointed by U.S. President William McKinley to the Third Judicial District in 1900. He resigned his post in 1908 and was subsequently elected as Alaska's delegate to Congress, serving until 1917 and then being re-elected in 1930...

1857 1939 Eagle
Eagle, Alaska
Eagle is a city located along the United States-Canada border in the Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska, United States. It includes Eagle Historic District, a U.S. National Historic Landmark. The population was 129 at the 2000 census...

, Fairbanks, Juneau
judge and congressional delegate in the district and territory, made an early recorded ascent of Mount McKinley, compiled an important early bibliography of Alaska
Noel Wien
Noel Wien
Noel Wien was an American pioneer aviator. He was the founder of Wien Air Alaska, Alaska's first airline.-Biography:...

1899 1977 pioneering aviator
Dave Williams  1979 living Anchorage professional baseball player
Barrett Willoughby
Barrett Willoughby
Barrett Willoughby , aka Florence Barrett, was a best-selling novelist who wrote works of romantic fiction and nonfiction from the 1920s through the 1940s. Her writing was mainly mostly set in Alaska, where she spent many years...

1959 writer
Charles Wood
Charles Wood (singer and actor)
Charles Wood was an American singer and actor. After moving to New York City from Redwood City, California, where he grew up, he appeared in five Broadway musicals in the 1940s and 1950s.-Early years:...

1916 1978 Iditarod, Kodiak singer and actor in Broadway musicals
Broadway theatre
Broadway theatre, commonly called simply Broadway, refers to theatrical performances presented in one of the 40 professional theatres with 500 or more seats located in the Theatre District centered along Broadway, and in Lincoln Center, in Manhattan in New York City...


Rob Yundt  1980 living Wasilla mixed martial artist

People associated with Alaska

  • Edward Albee
    Edward Albee
    Edward Franklin Albee III is an American playwright who is best known for The Zoo Story , The Sandbox , Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? , and a rewrite of the screenplay for the unsuccessful musical version of Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's . His works are considered well-crafted, often...

     (born 1928), the main person responsible for building the Last Frontier Theatre Conference
    Last Frontier Theatre Conference
    The Last Frontier Theatre Conference is an annual conference on American Theatre held in Valdez, Alaska that focuses on playwrighting. Continually held each year since 1993, the conference puts out a call for play submissions, requesting playwrights from around the country to send one-act plays and...

     in Valdez to the status it has currently achieved.
  • Henry Tureman Allen
    Henry Tureman Allen
    Henry Tureman Allen was a United States Army officer known for exploring the Copper River in Alaska in 1885 along with the Tanana and Koyukuk rivers by transversing 1,500 miles of wilderness. His trek was been compared by General Nelson A. Miles to that of Lewis and Clark.Henry was born in...

     (1859-1930), U.S. Army officer who conducted a famous expedition of Alaska's interior in 1885, largely through the Copper
    Copper River (Alaska)
    The Copper River or Ahtna River is a 300-mile river in south-central Alaska in the United States. It drains a large region of the Wrangell Mountains and Chugach Mountains into the Gulf of Alaska...

     and Tanana River
    Tanana River
    The Tanana River is a tributary of the Yukon River in the U.S. state of Alaska. According to linguist and anthropologist William Bright, the name is from the Koyukon tene no, tenene, literally "trail river"....

  • Roald Amundsen
    Roald Amundsen
    Roald Engelbregt Gravning Amundsen was a Norwegian explorer of polar regions. He led the first Antarctic expedition to reach the South Pole between 1910 and 1912 and he was the first person to reach both the North and South Poles. He is also known as the first to traverse the Northwest Passage....

     (1872-1928), frequently passed through Alaska in his travels.
  • Hubert Howe Bancroft
    Hubert Howe Bancroft
    Hubert Howe Bancroft was an American historian and ethnologist who wrote and published works concerning the western United States, Texas, Mexico, Central America, British Columbia and Alaska.-Biography:...

     (1832-1918), his 19th-century published history of Alaska, part of a larger series, formed an important foundation for later study of Alaska history.
  • Alexander Baranof (1746-1819)
  • Vitus Bering
    Vitus Bering
    Vitus Jonassen Bering Vitus Jonassen Bering Vitus Jonassen Bering (also, less correNavy]], a captain-komandor known among the Russian sailors as Ivan Ivanovich. He is noted for being the first European to discover Alaska and its Aleutian Islands...

     (1681-1741), made the first recorded European sighting of Alaska.
  • Hale Boggs
    Hale Boggs
    Thomas Hale Boggs Sr. , was an American Democratic politician and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Orleans, Louisiana...

     (1914-1972), member of the U.S. House from Louisiana, who disappeared on a flight in Alaska along with freshman colleague Nick Begich
    Nick Begich
    Nicholas Joseph "Nick" Begich, Sr. was a Democratic Party member of the United States House of Representatives from Alaska. He disappeared in a plane crash in Alaska in 1972. His son Mark Begich is currently the junior U.S...

     while helping Begich campaign for reelection.
  • Jackson Browne
    Jackson Browne
    Jackson Browne is an American singer-songwriter and musician who has sold over 17 million albums in the United States alone....

     (born 1948), stated in a 1980s interview that he was conceived in Alaska, while his father was stationed there in the U.S. military.
  • Simon Bolivar Buckner, Jr.
    Simon Bolivar Buckner, Jr.
    General Simon Bolivar Buckner, Jr. was an American lieutenant general during World War II. He served in the Pacific Theater of Operations and commanded the defenses of Alaska early in the war. After that assignment, he was promoted to command 10th Army, which conducted the amphibious assault on...

     (1886-1945), military commander of Alaska early in World War II.
  • Sydney Chapman (1888-1970), mathematician and geophysicist; was Advisory Scientific Director of the Geophysical Institute
    Geophysical Institute
    The Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska Fairbanks conducts research into space physics and aeronomy; atmospheric sciences; snow, ice, and permafrost; seismology; volcanology; and tectonics and sedimentation. It was founded in 1946 by the United States Congress...

     at the University of Alaska
    University of Alaska Fairbanks
    The University of Alaska Fairbanks, located in Fairbanks, Alaska, USA, is the flagship campus of the University of Alaska System, and is abbreviated as Alaska or UAF....

     from 1951 until his death, where he was largely responsible for building the programs and reputation of the Institute in its early years.
  • James Cook
    James Cook
    Captain James Cook, FRS, RN was a British explorer, navigator and cartographer who ultimately rose to the rank of captain in the Royal Navy...

     (1728-1779), British explorer, whose voyages include several trips along Alaska's coastline.
  • William Healey Dall (1845-1927), biologist, hydrographer; explored interior Alaska, charted the Aleutians. America's pre-eminent authority on Alaska 1866-1900
  • Brad Davis
    Brad Davis (basketball)
    Bradley Ernest Davis is a retired professional basketball player who spent the bulk of his National Basketball Association career with the Dallas Mavericks.-Biography:...

     (born 1955), played briefly for the Anchorage Northern Knights
    Anchorage Northern Knights
    The Anchorage Northern Knights were a team in the Continental Basketball Association from 1977 to 1982.At the time they joined the league then known as the Eastern Basketball Association, the franchise attracted national attention as perhaps the most misplaced franchise in the history of...

     before going on to a long career with the Dallas Mavericks
    Dallas Mavericks
    The Dallas Mavericks are a professional basketball team based in Dallas, Texas. They are members of the Southwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association , and the reigning NBA champions, having defeated the Miami Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals.According to a 2011...

    , both as a player and in other capacities.
  • Edna Ferber
    Edna Ferber
    Edna Ferber was an American novelist, short story writer and playwright. Her novels were especially popular and included the Pulitzer Prize-winning So Big , Show Boat , and Giant .-Early years:Ferber was born August 15, 1885, in Kalamazoo, Michigan,...

     (1885-1968), a personal friend of Ernest Gruening, following the success of Giant, was convinced by Gruening to write Ice Palace as a tool to promote Alaskan statehood.
  • Joseph Hazelwood
    Joseph Hazelwood
    Joseph Jeffrey Hazelwood is an American sailor. He was the captain of the Exxon Valdez during its 1989 oil spill. He was accused of being drunk at the time of the accident, though at trial he was cleared of this charge...

     (born 1946), captain of the Exxon Valdez
    Exxon Valdez
    Oriental Nicety, formerly Exxon Valdez, Exxon Mediterranean, SeaRiver Mediterranean, S/R Mediterranean, Mediterranean, and Dong Fang Ocean is an oil tanker that gained notoriety after running aground in Prince William Sound spilling hundreds of thousands of barrels of crude oil in Alaska...

    when it ran aground and spilled oil
    Exxon Valdez oil spill
    The Exxon Valdez oil spill occurred in Prince William Sound, Alaska, on March 24, 1989, when the Exxon Valdez, an oil tanker bound for Long Beach, California, struck Prince William Sound's Bligh Reef and spilled of crude oil. It is considered to be one of the most devastating human-caused...

     in 1989.
  • Michael A. Healy (1839-1904), captain of the USRC Corwin
    USRC Thomas Corwin (1876)
    The Thomas Corwin was a United States Revenue Cutter and subsequently a merchant vessel. These two very different roles both centered on Alaska and the Bering Sea...

     and USRC Bear when they were the only law enforcement presence north of Sitka.
  • Eric Holmback
    Eric Holmback
    Eric Holmback was an American professional wrestler, better known by the ring name Yukon Eric.Holmback spent the majority of his career in Southern Ontario, Canada, where he won the NWA Canadian Open Tag Team Championship on two occasions with Whipper Billy Watson in 1955 and 1961 and the Montreal...

     (1924-1965), a professional wrestler of the 1950s and 1960s known as "Yukon Eric," was billed (declared by the promoter and/or ring announcer as hailing) from Fairbanks. Other wrestlers, such as Jay York (who was also briefly a member of the rock group Delaney & Bonnie) and King Kong Bundy
    King Kong Bundy
    Christopher Alan "Chris" Pallies is an American professional wrestler, stand-up comedian and actor, better known by his ring name, King Kong Bundy.-Personal:...

     (while wrestling in Texas
    World Class Championship Wrestling
    World Class Championship Wrestling ' was a regional professional wrestling promotion headquartered in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. Originally owned by promoter Ed McLemore, by 1966 it was run by Southwest Sports, Inc., whose president, Jack Adkisson, was better known as wrestler Fritz Von Erich...

     during the early 1980s), also portrayed wrestling personas associated with Alaska.
  • Michio Hoshino
    Michio Hoshino
    was a famous Japanese-born nature photographer. He originally hailed from Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture.Called one of the most accomplished nature photographers of his era...

     (1952-1996), photographer.
  • Jack London
    Jack London
    John Griffith "Jack" London was an American author, journalist, and social activist. He was a pioneer in the then-burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction and was one of the first fiction writers to obtain worldwide celebrity and a large fortune from his fiction alone...

     (1876-1916), writer.
  • Christopher McCandless
    Christopher McCandless
    Christopher Johnson McCandless was an American hitchhiker who adopted the name Alexander Supertramp and hiked into the Alaskan wilderness in April 1992 with little food and equipment, hoping to live for a time in solitude...

     (1968-1992), hiker, ad hoc adventurer.
  • Ralph Regula
    Ralph Regula
    Ralph Straus Regula was a Representative in the United States Congress from the 16th District of the State of Ohio. He retired in January 2009 after 18 consecutive terms. He is a member of the Republican Party. In the 110th Congress , he was the second longest serving Republican member of the U.S...

     (born 1924), longtime member of the U.S. House representing Canton, Ohio
    Canton, Ohio
    Canton is the county seat of Stark County in northeastern Ohio, approximately south of Akron and south of Cleveland.The City of Caton is the largest incorporated area within the Canton-Massillon Metropolitan Statistical Area...

    , the hometown of William McKinley
    William McKinley
    William McKinley, Jr. was the 25th President of the United States . He is best known for winning fiercely fought elections, while supporting the gold standard and high tariffs; he succeeded in forging a Republican coalition that for the most part dominated national politics until the 1930s...

    . Regula devoted much of his career to preserving McKinley's legacy, and maintained a decades-long effort in Congress to prevent the renaming of Mount McKinley
    Denali naming dispute
    There is a dispute over the name of the mountain listed by the United States Board of Geographic Names as "Mount McKinley" and by the Alaska Board of Geographic Names as "Denali", located in Alaska as the centerpiece of Denali National Park and Preserve...

     to its native name Denali.
  • Robert W. Service
    Robert W. Service
    Robert William Service was a poet and writer who has often been called "the Bard of the Yukon".Service is best known for his poems "The Shooting of Dan McGrew" and "The Cremation of Sam McGee", from his first book, Songs of a Sourdough...

     (1874-1958), due to influence from Gold Rush migration across the North Country, Service became Alaskans' most well-loved poet, despite actually living in the Yukon Territory.
  • Vilhjalmur Stefansson
    Vilhjalmur Stefansson
    Vilhjalmur Stefansson was a Canadian Arctic explorer and ethnologist.-Early life:Stefansson, born William Stephenson, was born at Gimli, Manitoba, Canada, in 1879. His parents had emigrated from Iceland to Manitoba two years earlier...

     (1879-1962), frequently passed through Alaska in his travels.
  • Timothy Treadwell
    Timothy Treadwell
    Timothy Treadwell was an American bear enthusiast, environmentalist, amateur naturalist, eco-warrior and documentary film maker. He lived among the coastal grizzly bears of Katmai National Park in Alaska, USA, for approximately 13 summers...

     (1957-2003), bear enthusiast.
  • Naomi Uemura
    Naomi Uemura
    was a Japanese adventurer. He was particularly well known for doing alone what had previously been achieved only with large teams. For example, he was the first person ever to reach the North Pole solo, the first ever to raft the Amazon solo, and the first ever to climb Mount McKinley solo.-Early...

     (1941-1984), adventurer, mountain climber, died while attempting a solo ascent of Mount McKinley
    Mount McKinley
    Mount McKinley or Denali in Alaska, United States is the highest mountain peak in North America and the United States, with a summit elevation of above sea level. It is the centerpiece of Denali National Park and Preserve.- Geology and features :Mount McKinley is a granitic pluton...

  • Bradford Washburn
    Bradford Washburn
    Henry Bradford Washburn, Jr. was an American explorer, mountaineer, photographer, and cartographer. He established the Boston Museum of Science, served as its director from 1939–1980, and from 1985 until his death served as its Honorary Director .Washburn is especially noted for exploits in four...

  • Cal Worthington
    Cal Worthington
    Calvin Coolidge "Cal" Worthington is a well-known car dealer throughout the West Coast of the United States. He is best known for his unique radio and television advertisements for the Worthington Dealership Group. He was usually joined by "his dog Spot", except that "Spot" was never a dog...

     (born 1920), purchased Anchorage dealership Friendly Ford in 1976 and renamed it Cal Worthington Ford, which his company still owns and operates. Has been a ubiquitous presence on Anchorage television for decades, as well as the subject of parodies and other cultural depictions originating from Alaska.

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