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Notable ties to the Greater Metro Area of Houston


Red Adair (born 1915, died 2004); legendary oil well firefighter
Reagan High

Yolanda Adams (born 1962); gospel singer
Sterling High; graduated 1979

Debbie Allen (born 1950); dancer/actress: "Fame"
Yates High; graduated 1967

Wes Anderson (born 1969); film director: "The Royal Tennenbuams", "Rushmore"
St.John's High

Corky Ballas (born 1961); international ballroom champion, featured on "Dancing With The Stars"
Father of Mark Ballas, also of "Dancing With The Stars"
Son of George Ballas, who once owned the world's largest dance studio in Houston. George also invented the weed eater.

Don "Red" Barry (born 1912, died 1980); actor: star of westerns, "The Adventures of Red Ryder", "Surfside 6"

Texas Battle (born 1980); actor: "The Bold & Beautiful", "Dagonball", "Final Destination 3"

Frank Bielec (Sealy); designer; TV personality: "Trading Spaces"

Lisa Hartman Black (born 1956); singer/actress: "Knots Landing"
Long Middle High, Sharpstown High and High School for the Performing and Visual Arts; graduated 1974
Married to Houston-raised Clint Black

Alexis Bledel (born 1981); actress: "Gilmore Girls", "Tuck Everlasting", "Sin City", "The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants"
St. Agnes Academy

Matthew Bomer (born 1977) (Spring); actor: "Chuck", "White Collar"
Klein High; graduated 1996
Started his acting career at Houston's Alley Theater

Blue October; Rock band

Chad Brannon (Tomball) (born 1979); actor: "General Hospital"
Tomball High; graduated 1997

Jonathan Breck (Spring) (born 1965); actor: the creeper in "Jeepers Creepers" and "Jeepers Creepers 2"

Lauren Bush (born 1984); model
attended the Kincaid School

Mark Calaway (born 1962); professional wrestler; WWF's "The Undertaker"
Waltrip High

Kimberly Caldwell (Katy) (born 1982); "American Idol" finalist, TV Guide Channel host

Chamillionaire; real name Hakeem Seriki (born 1979); rapper

Denton A. Cooley (born 1920); world-renowned heart surgeon, founder of the Texas Heart Institute

Kathryn Grant Crosby (born 1933); actress: "Anatomy of a Murder", "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad"
Wife of Bing Crosby

Rodney Crowell (born 1950); singer/songwriter

Brett Cullen (born 1956); actor: "Falcon Crest", "Apollo 13", "LOST", "Make it or Break It"
Madison High; graduated 1974

Támar Davis R&B/pop/soul singer
As a child was a member of Girl's Tyme which later became Destiny's Child.

Michael Dell (born 1965) founder of Dell Computers
Memorial High

Loretta Devine (born 1949); actress: "Waiting To Exhale", "I Am Sam", "Boston Public"
Aldine-Carver High; graduated 1967

Haylie Duff (born 1985); actress: "Napoleon Dynamite", "7th Heaven" (raised in Houston, San Antonio & L.A.)

Hilary Duff (born 1987); pop singer/actress: "Lizzie McGuire", "Agent Cody Banks", "A Cinderella Story" (raised in Houston, San Antonio & L.A.)

Shelly Duvall (born 1949); actress: "The Shining", "3 Women", "Popeye"
Waltrip High; graduated 1967

Terri Ellis; R&B/pop singer; former member of the '90s R&B group EnVogue
Worthing High; graduated 1982

Sean Faris (born 1982): actor; "Life As We Know It", "Reunion", "Yours, Mine and Ours" (raised in Houston until age 12, then moved to Ohio)

Andy Fickman; Director: "The Game Plan", "She's The Man", "Race to Witch Mountain"

A.J. Foyt (born 1935); auto racing legend; Four-time Indy 500 Winner

Robert Foxworth (born 1941); actor: "Falcon Crest", "Six Feet Under"
Lamar High; graduated 1960

Billy Gibbons (born 1949); musician; ZZ Top

Teresa Graves (born 1948, died 2002); actress: "Get Christie Love!", "Laugh-In"

Joanne King Herring; former Houston talk show host, socialite; helped inspire the book and film "Charlie Wilson's War".

Jennifer Holliday (born 1960); Broadway star
Washington High; graduated 1978

Howard Hughes (born 1905, died 1977); film producer/director, aviator
(Hughes' grave site located at Glenwood Cemetery on Washington Ave. near downtown Houston)

Jack Ingram (born 1970); country singer
Woodlands High School

Mike Jones; rapper

Barbara Jordan (born 1936, died 1996); U.S. Congresswoman
Wheatly High; graduated 1952

Robert Earl Keen (born 1957); country singer

Beyoncé Knowles (born 1981); singer/actress: Destiny's Child, "Austin Powers in Goldmember", "The Pink Panther", "Dreamgirls"
High School for the Performing and Visual Arts; graduated 2000

Solange Knowles (born 1986); singer/actress: "Johnson Family Vacation", "Bring It On 3"

Lil' Flip; real name Wesley Weston (born 1981); rapper
Worthing High; graduated 1999

Richard Linklater (Bellaire) (born 1960); director; "The School of Rock", "Dazed & Confused"
Bellaire High

Lyle Lovett (Klein) (born 1957); country singer
Klein High

LeToya Luckett (born 1981); R&B singer

Tanisha Lynn (born 1978); actress: "All My Children"
High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

Peter Masterson (born 1934); actor/director/screenwriter: "The Stepford Wives" (1975), "The Exorcist", "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" (writer), "The Trip to Bountiful" (director)
Father of actress Mary Stuart Masterson

Adam Mayfield (born 1976); actor: "All My Children"

Natalie (Clear Lake) (born 1979); R&B singer
A former Houston Rockets Power Dancer

John Norris (born 1959); MTV News correspondent

Renée O'Connor (Katy) (born 1971); actress: "Xena: Warrior Princess"
High School for the Performing and Visual Arts; graduated 1989

Barbara Olsen (born 1955, died 2001, victim of Sept. 11); author/TV commentator; "Politically Incorrect" panelist
Waltrip High

Renee Olstead (born 1989); actress/singer: "Still Standing", "13 Going On 30", "Space Cowboys"

Annette O'Toole (born 1954); actress: "Smallville", "48 Hrs.", "Superman III" (raised in Houston until age 13, then moved to CA)

Damon Pampolina (Clear Lake) (born 1975); former "Mousekeeter" and member of the '90s pop group The Party

Jim Parsons (born 1973); actor: "The Big Bang Theory"

Dennis Quaid (Bellaire) (born 1954); actor: "The Right Stuff", "Any Given Sunday", "Frequency", "Yours, Mine and Ours"
Bellaire High; graduated 1972

Randy Quaid (Bellaire) (born 1950); actor: "National Lampoon's Vacation, "Independence Day"
Bellaire High; graduated 1967

Leven Rambin (born 1990); actress: "All My Children", "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles", "Grey's Anatomy", "Scoundrels"
Attended St. Francis Episcopal Day School.
Granddaughter of J. Howard Rambin, Jr., former president and CEO of Texaco.
Her father is founder of Keep Houston Beautiful as well as owner of Moody Rambin Interests, the largest commercial real estate firm in Houston.

Lexie Randall (Galena Park) (born 1980); Child actress of the '80s and '90s: "Sarah, Plain and Tall", "Designing Women", "The War"

Dan Rather (born 1931); journalist, former CBS news anchorman
Reagan High; graduated 1950

Phylicia Rashad (born 1948); actress; "The Cosby Show"
Yates High; graduated 1966

Kenny Rogers(born 1938); country singer
Davis High; graduated 1956

Tommy Schlamme (born 1950); director/producer: "The West Wing", "Ally McBeal", "Spin City", "Invasion", "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip"

Joan Severance (born 1958); actress: "The Love Boat: The Next Wave", "Bird On A Wire", "Wiseguy"
Westbury High; graduated 1977

Slim Thug (born 1982); rapper

Anna Nicole Smith (born 1967, died 2007); model/actress/TV personality (born in Houston, raised in Mexia, TX, but returned to Houston)
Married Houston oilman J. Howard Marshall

Jaclyn Smith (born 1947); actress: "Charlie's Angels", host of Bravo's "Sheer Genius"
Lamar High; graduated 1964

Brent Spiner (Bellaire) (born 1949); actor: "Star Trek: The Next Generation"
Bellaire High; graduated 1962

Patrick Swayze (born 1952, died 2009); actor: "Dirty Dancing", "Ghost"
Waltrip High; graduated 1971

Mark L. Taylor (Garden Villas) (born 1954); actor: "Honey, I Shrunk The Kids", "Arachnophobia"; appearances on "Melrose Place", "Summerland" and "Desperate Housewives"; well known character actor

Steve Tyrell ;music producer/composer/singer

Brooke Valentine (born 1986); R&B singer

Jack Valenti (born 1921, died 2007); Longtime President of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), Hollywood Lobbyist

Paul Wall (born 1980); rapper
Jersey Village High School; graduated 1998

Isaiah Washington (born 1963); actor: "Grey's Anatomy", "Romeo Must Die", "Hollywood Homicide"
Willowridge High; graduated 1981

JoBeth Williams (born 1948); actress: "Poltergiest", "The Big Chill"
Jones High; graduated 1966

Chandra Wilson (born 1969); actress: "Grey's Anatomy"
High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

Lynn Wyatt international socialite
San Jacinto High

Vince Young (born 1983) Football player; quarterback for NFL's Tennessee Titans

Renée Zellweger (Katy) (born 1969); actress: "Bridget Jones's Diary", "Nurse Betty", "Chicago"
Katy High; graduated 1987

Marvin Zindler (born 1921, died 2007); flamboyant and iconic television reporter for Houston's KTRK, notorious for helping to close illegal brothel known as "The Chicken Ranch" in La Grange, Texas. His story inspired the musical "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" in which Dom DeLuise portrayed a character based on Zindler.


Mark Ballas (born 1986); dancer: "Dancing With The Stars" regular (raised in London, England)
Son of Corky Ballas

David Cook (born 1982); singer (raised in Missouri)

Shannon Elizabeth (born 1973); actress: "American Pie", Scary Movie" (raised in Waco, TX)

Jennifer Garner (born 1972); actress; "Alias", "13 Going On 30", "Daredevil" (raised in Charleston, WV)

Greg Germann (born 1962); actor; "Ally McBeal" (raised in Colorado)

Melora Hardin (born 1967); actress: "The Office", "Monk" (raised in Los Angeles, CA)

Meredith MacRea (born 1944, died 2000); singer/actress; "Petticoat Junction" (raised in CA)

Barbara Mandrell (born 1948) Country singer/actress (at age 7 her family relocated to CA)

Shane McDermott (born 1976); former '90s teen actor from "All My Children", the film "Airborne" and the teen soap "Swans Crossing" (raised in N.Y.)
Shane quit acting as an adult, moved to Galveston Island and became a realtor. He's also Chairman of the Galveston Landmark Commission and is on the board for Galveston Historical Foundation.

Meredith Monroe (born 1970); actress; "Dawson's Creek" (raised in Hinsdale, Illinois)

Michael Nesmith (born 1942); musician/actor; "The Monkees" (raised in Dallas, TX)

Billy Preston (born 1946, died 2006); singer/songwriter, often credited as "the 5th Beatle" (raised mostly in L.A.)

Missi Pyle (born 1972); actress: "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" (2005), "Bringing Down The House" (raised in Tennessee)

Selena Quintanilla (Lake Jackson area) (born 1971, died 1995); tejana/pop singer (raised in Corpus Christi, TX)
Performed final concert at the Houston Astrodome one month prior to her death

Kim Smith (born 1983); model/actress (raised in Odessa, TX)

Matt Stone (born 1971); actor/co-creator of "South Park" (raised in Littleton, CO)

Paola Turbay (born 1970); actress: "Cane", former Miss Columbia (moved to Bogota, Columbia at age 10)

Natalie Zea (Pasadena) (born 1975): actress: "Dirty Sexy Money", "Passions" (raised in Monahans, TX)


Krista Allen (born 1972 in born in Ventura, CA); model/actress; "Days of our Lives", "Baywatch Hawaii", "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind", "What About Brian"

Brandon Barash (born 1979 in St. Louis, MO, raised partly in CA); actor: "General Hospital"
Moved to Houston at age 14.
Memorial High; graduated 1998

Crystal Bernard (born 1961 in Garland, TX); singer/actress; "Wings", "Happy Days"
Westfield High

Clint Black (born 1962 in Long Branch, NJ); country singer
Married to Houston native Lisa Hartman Black

Roger Clemens (born 1962 in Ohio. Raised partly in Ohio and then Houston); Major League Baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox, NY Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays; a seven time recipient of the Cy Young Award.
Spring Woods High

Walter Cronkite (born 1916 in St. Joseph, MO); journalist; CBS news broadcaster
San Jacinto High

Chloe Dao (born 1972 in Pakse, Loas); fashion designer

Clyde Drexler (born 1962 in New Orleans, LA); 10 time NBA All-Star, Olympic Gold Medalist, played with the Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets who he helped lead to their second NBA title in 1995
Sterling High; graduated 1980

Sean Patrick Flanery (born 1965 in Lake Charles, Louisiana); actor; "Young Indiana Jones", "Powder", "The Dead Zone"
Dulles High; graduated 1984

George Foreman (born 1949 in Marshall, TX); heavyweight boxing campion

Renee Goldsberry actress; "One Life To Live", "Ally McBeal" (born in San Jose, CA, raised in both Houston and Detroit)

Larry Hovis (born 1936 in Wapato, WA. Died in 2003); actor: "Hogan's Heroes"

Ashley Jones (born 1976 in Memphis, TN); actress; "The Bold & The Beautiful", "True Blood"
High School for the Performing and Visual Arts; Lamar High

Martha Madison (Cypress Creek) (born 1977 in Newport News, Virginia); actress; "Days of our Lives"
Cy-Fair High; graduated 1995

Amelia Marshall (born 1958 in Albany, GA); actress; "Passions", "All My Children"
High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

Glenn McCarthy (born 1908 in Beaumont, TX. Died in 1988)
lavish oil tycoon, wildcatter and businessman. Was the inspiration for the character of Jett Link, played by James Dean, in 1956's "Giant"
San Jacinto High School

Ann Miller (born 1923 in Chireno, TX. Died 2004) actress; "Kiss Me Kate", "Easter Parade", "Mulholland Dr."
Albert Sidney Johnston High

Lee Pace (Spring) (born 1979 in Chickasha, Oklahoma); actor: ""Pushing Daisies", "Wonderfalls", "The Good Shepherd"
(Moved to Houston in the 7th grade after having lived in Saudi Arabia and New Orleans)
Quit high school temporarily to act at Houston's Alley Theater.
Klein High; graduated 1997

Andy Pettitte (born 1972 in Baton Rouge, LA) Baseball player; pitcher for MLB's New York Yankees. Former pitcher of his home town Houston Astros
Deer Park High; graduated 1990

Cindy Pickett (Bellaire) (born 1947 in Oklahoma); actress: "Ferris Bueller's Day Off", "Son In Law"
Bellaire High
Her father, Cecil Pickett, was Bellaire High's drama teacher

Kelly Rowland (born 1981 in Atlanta, GA)); singer/actress; Destiny's Child; "Freddy VS Jason"

Nolan Ryan (born 1947 in Refugio, Texas); Major League Baseball Hall-of-Famer; played for the Houston Astros, New York Mets, California Angels and Texas Rangers

Laurie Smith (born 1971 in Atlanta, GA); designer, TV personality: "Trading Spaces"

Alana Stewart (born 1945 in San Diego); former model, actress and TV personality; ex-wife of George Hamilton and Rod Stewart, best friend of Farrah Fawcett
Stephen F. Austin High

Gale Storm (born 1922 in Bloomington, TX) died 2009; actress; "My Little Margie", "The Gale Storm Show"

Sherry Stringfield (Spring/Klein) (born 1967 in Colorado Springs, CO); actress; "E.R."
Klein High

Tia Tequila (Aleif) (born 1981 in Singapore); MTV reality show personality

B.J. Thomas (born 1942 in Hugo, OK); singer

Tommy Tune (born 1939 in Wichita Falls, TX); Broadway star
Lamar High; graduated 1957

(Neither born or raised, but at some point have called Houston home)

Baby Bash (born 1975); R&B singer/rapper (born Vallejo, CA)

Frank Beard (born 1949); musician; ZZ Top (born in Dallas, TX)

Craig Biggio (born 1965); Major League Baseball player; played his entire baseball career (1988-2007) with the Houston Astros, four time recipient of the Golden Glove Award, joined the 3000 hit club on June 28, 2007 (born in Smithtown, NY)

David Brinkley (born 1920, died 2003); "NBC Nightly News"; Peabody Award winner (born in North Carolina)

Barbara Bush (born 1925); former First Lady (born in Rye, NY)

George H. Bush (born 1924); 41st President of the United States (born in Massachusetts)

Brett Butler (born 1958); comedian/actress; "Grace Under Fire" (born in Montgomery, Alabama)
Worked the Houston comedy clubs early in her career.

Bruno Campos (born 1973); actor; "Nip/Tuck", "Jesse", "Resurrection Blvd" (born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Houston is one of several cities where he lived growing up.

Michael E. DeBakey (born 1908, died 2008); World-renowned heart surgeon and medical pioneer. (born in Lake Charles, LA)

Tom Delay (born 1947); former House Majority Leader (born in Laredo, TX and partly raised in Venezula)

Farrah Fawcett (born 1947, died 2009); actress; "Charlie's Angels" (born in Corpus Christi, TX)
Often stays at her parents' home in the Champions area

Clark Gable (born 1901, died 1960); actor; "Gone With The Wind", "It Happened One Night", "The Misfits" (born in Ohio)
Worked in a Houston stock company from 1927-28

Janeane Garofalo (born 1964); actress; "Reality Bites", "The Truth About Cats And Dogs" (born in Newton,NJ)
Spent her senior year of high school at Katy's James E. Taylor High; got her start in Houston comedy clubs

Amy Grant (born 1960); Christian/Pop Artist (born in Nashville, TN)
Lived in Houston briefly as a child.

Salma Hayek (born 1966); actress; "Desperado", "From Dusk Till Dawn", "54" (born in Veracruz, Mexico)
Lived with aunt in Houston as a teenager.

Dusty Hill (born 1949); musician; ZZ Top (born in Dallas, TX)

Frankie J. (born 1977); R&B singer (born in Tijuana, raised in San Diego)

Béla Károlyi (born 1942); World-renowned gymnastics coach. He along with wife Marta have trained numerous Olympic medalists at their Houston area gym.(born in Romainia)

Tara Lipinski (born 1982); Olympic champion (born in Philadelphia)
Lived in the Sugar Land area
attended River Oaks Academy
Is best friends with Houston-raised actress Ashley Jones

Ralphie May (born 1972); Comedian (born in Chattanooga, TN)
Moved to Houston after high school to start his comedy career.

Debra Paget (born 1933); actress: "The Ten Commandments", "Love Me Tender" (born in Denver, CO)
Retired from acting and moved to Houston.

Mary Lou Retton (born 1968): Olympic gold-medal gymnast (born in Virginia)

Hannah Storm (born 1962): Television Journalist; anchor for EPSN's SportsCenter.
She considers Houston her hometown. (born in Atlanta, GA)

Sharon Tate (born 1943, died 1969); actress: "Valley Of The Dolls"
Murdered by members of the Charles Manson cult.
As a child she lived in Pasadena, TX, just outside of Houston and attended St. Pius V Catholic School from kindergarden to second grade. (born in Dallas, TX)

Billy Bob Thornton (born 1955); actor: "Friday Night Lights", "The Alamo", "Sling Blade" (born in Arkansas)
Lived in Houston for a period in the '80s

Gene Tierney (born 1920, died 1991); actress; "Laura", "Leave Her To Heaven" (born in Brooklyn, NY)
Married Houston oilman W. Howard Lee
Buried in the Lee family plot at Glenwood Cemetery on Washington Ave. near downtown Houston. Photo of her headstone

Clay Walker (born 1969); country singer (born in Beaumont, TX)

Michelle Williams (born 1980); member of Destiny's Child, gospel singer (born in Rockford, Illinois)

Robert Wuhl (born 1951); comedian, comedy writer, actor; "Arli$$" (born in Union Township, NJ)
Moved to Houston after high school to attend the University of Houston; had a job selling beer at the Astrodome.


Bill Engvall (born 1957); actor/comedian; "Blue Collar TV", "The Bill Engvall Show"

Katherine Helmond (born 1928); actress; "Soap", "Who's The Boss", "Everybody Loves Raymond"

Tina Knowles (born 1954); fashion designer

Esther Phillips (born 1935, died 1984); jazz singer

John Stockwell (born 1961); actor, director, writer; "Top Gun", Stephen King's "Christine", "Crazy/Beautiful", "Blue Crush"

Barry White (born 1944, died 2003); singer

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