For a place dubbed as The Lone Star State, Texas has introduced quite a number of stars to the world over the past several decades. Famous for its hot weather, ranches, cattle, cowboys, and Texas BBQ, the state definitely has a lot more to offer that will make you scream “Yeehaw!” With the second largest area and population in the United States, it’s of no doubt that this South Central state is also home to some of the most talented and distinguished celebrities in Hollywood.
Many athletes, singers, and movie stars have their roots planted in Texas. From Tommy Lee Jones to Beyonce, the world will never be the same thanks to the gifts of this prosperous state.
Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning recording artist Beyoncé Giselle Knowles was born on September 4, 1981, in Houston, Texas. Best acclaimed for her electrifying vocals, videos, and live shows, she rose to fame in the ’90s as the lead vocalist of the R&B group Destiny’s Child.
She, later on, launched a hugely successful solo career with her debut album, Dangerously in Love. The American singer-songwriter became one of the best-selling music artists of all time, selling over 118 million records as a solo artist. She has won 28 Grammys, holding the record for most Grammy wins ever by a female artist.
It’s no secret that she’s from Texas. In fact, she mentions her hometown in her lyrics on more than one occasion. She pays homage to Houston in her songs “I Been On (Remix),” “Haunted,” “No Angel,” “Flawless,” and “Run The World (Girls).” Aside from this, she also references the H-town in her music videos – every chance she gets. Queen Bey doesn’t disappoint; she’s made it clear she hasn’t forgotten where she started.
2. Selena Gomez
Born in Grand Prairie, Texas, on July 22, 1992, Selena Marie Gomez is an American actress and singer. Named after famous Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez, Gomez was raised in suburban Dallas by her mother. Her acting career began at age 7 for her role in the ’90s children’s television show “Barney & Friends.” In 2003, she appeared shortly on the big screen for “Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over.” However, her big break wasn’t until her lead role as “Alex Russo” in the Disney Channel series Wizards of Waverly Place.
Besides being a Disney darling, Selena also thrives on singing. In 2009, with her band called “Selena Gomez & the Scene,” she released her first album, which ranked #9 on the Billboard 200 charts was certified Platinum by RIAA. On January 10, 2020, she released her third studio album, Rare, which debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200. The album sold 112,000 copies in its first week and earned her her first number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 — Lose You to Love Me
At 17, she became the youngest ambassador to UNICEF in 2009. She has since been actively advocating for the world’s most vulnerable children through numerous events, campaigns, and initiatives on behalf of UNICEF USA.
3. Woody Harrelson
American actor and playwright Woody Harrelson was born on July 23, 1961, in Midland, Texas. Most notable for his role as a dim-witted bartender, Woody Boyd, on the classic sitcom Cheers, he received his first Emmy Award in 1989.
He later earned respect as an accomplished film actor. He was a recipient of three Academy Award nominations for the following: Best Supporting Actor (2009) for “The Messenger,” Best Actor (1996) for “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” and Best Supporting Actor (2017) for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”
Appearing in more than 70 films, some of his memorable roles include Merritt McKinney, a hypnotist in Now You See Me, Haymitch in the Hunger Games, and gun-toting, Twinkie-loving zombie killer Tallahassee in Zombieland.
4. Tommy Lee Jones
What does ‘Men in Black,’ ‘The Fugitive,’ ‘No Country for Old Men’ and ‘Lincoln’ have in common? Three words – Tommy Lee Jones. Born in San Saba, Texas, the 74-year old American film director and actor is best known for portraying taciturn military men, law-enforcement officials, and cowboys. His extraordinarily subtle and quiet performances draw the audience in with his calm delivery. His role as Samuel Gerard in the action-thriller film, The Fugitive (1993) earned him a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for best-supporting actor.
The Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe, and Oscar Award winner continued his career starring in massive 1994 box-office hits like Natural Born Killers, The Client, and Blown Away. His other notable roles include Sheriff Ed Tom Bell in No Country for Old Men, Agent K in the Men in Black, and CIA Director Robert Dewey in Jason Bourne.
He continues to appear on the big screen with the science fiction film Ad Astra in 2019 and the comedy The Comeback Trail in 2020.
5. Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey, born on November 4, 1969, is an American actor and producer who hails from Uvalde, Texas. His undeniable good looks, trademark drawl, and Southern charm made him a frequent leading man for rom-coms, including The Wedding Planner (2001) and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), among many others. Conversely, McConaughey’s dynamic skills allowed him to portray a viperous hitman in Killer Joe (2011), a crude murderer in Mud (2012), and a male strip club owner in Magic Mike (2012).
Since his role in the 1993 ensemble comedy film Dazed and Confused, he has been a recipient of various awards and nominations, including an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Golden Globe, an MTV Movie Award, two Critics’ Choice Awards, and a People’s Choice Award. He has further been nominated for five Teen Choice Awards and two Emmys.
These are just some of the stars that have brought Texas glory over the years. Indeed, this state and its people are unlike any other. Aside from producing prominent names in the entertainment industry, the Lone Star State is gaining even more traction over the years for opening its doors to other non-Texas-born celebrities who want to take up residence in the great Southern state.
So, if you want to live somewhere with a high chance of meeting someone famous, remember that Texas is also home to these many big names. Take note of this list because who knows? You might run into them someday.