Famous People From Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Famous People From Albuquerque, New Mexico

You might be thinking that most famous people always come from places like New York City, or Los Angeles, but Albuquerque is home to many famous people you might know.  

Albuquerque, New Mexico is known for its unique geography, high elevation, watermelon-colored mountains that locals call the “Sandias” and a big river called the Rio Grande, among other things.  It is well known as a cultural center of the Southwest, with unique architecture and many museums tourists come to see from around the country and the world.

Some people are proud to call it their home, while others tend to not share many details about their private life.  In any case, here are a few famous people from Albuquerque, New Mexico that you might have heard of.

  1. Neil Patrick Harris – Neil is an actor, singer, writer, producer, and television host.  He was born in Albuquerque, and lived for several years in Ruidoso, another city in New Mexico.  
  2. Demi Lovato – Demi is singer, songwriter, and actress.  She was raised in Dallas but many people don’t know that she was born in Albuquerque.  Demi Lovato rose to fame with her work on Disney Channel, with The Jonas Brothers, as well as her musical career.
  3. Holly Holm – Holly is a mixed martial artist who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, also known as the UFC.  Holly was born in Albuquerque, went to Manzano high school and also studied briefly at UNM.  She is the former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, as well as a former professional boxer and kickboxer.
  4. Al Unser – Al was a famous professional race car drive, the younger brother of also well known racing drivers Jerry and Bobby Unser, and father of Al Unser Jr.  He won the Indianapolis 500 four times in his career.

And there you have it! These people all came from the Land Of Enchantment, and went on to make it big in the spotlight.  Despite all the fame and money, they always remember their humble beginnings in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  This is a short list of the many famous people that have come from not just Albuquerque, but all over New Mexico.  

For more information, come visit Albuquerque yourself to learn more about the famous people who have grown up around the state and gone on to live big careers outside of New Mexico, as well as people who have stayed in New Mexico.