What Are the Most Famous Celebrities That Hail from Texas?

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The Lone Star State is where everything is more significant—including the talent! Texas isn’t just known for its vast landscapes and larger-than-life culture; it’s also the birthplace of some of the most iconic celebrities. Texas has produced a remarkable array of influential figures from chart-topping musicians to Hollywood stars.

Let’s explore the fascinating stories of these famous Texans, celebrating their roots and remarkable journeys to stardom.

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez, born in Grand Prairie, Texas, on July 22, 1992, is a multi-talented actress, singer, and producer. She first gained fame as a child star on Disney Channel’s “Wizards of Waverly Place.” Since then, she’s appeared in popular films like “Another Cinderella Story” and “Spring Breakers.”

As a singer, Selena has had a prolific career as a solo artist and with her band, Selena Gomez & the Scene. Her albums have been certified platinum, and she has had multiple songs chart in the Billboard Hot 100, including hits like “Come & Get It,” “Good for You,” and “Bad Liar.” Selena’s a big star in the pop music world thanks to her versatile talent and strong fan following. She’s also a social media sensation, once holding the title of the most-followed person on Instagram.

Beyoncé

Beyonce attending the Lion King premiere

One of the biggest names in pop music since Beyoncé Knowles, born on September 4, 1981, in Houston, Texas, is a globally renowned singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress. She’s one of the biggest names in pop music since the 2000s. She first gained fame in the late 1990s as the lead singer of Destiny’s Child, one of the best-selling girl groups ever. Beyoncé’s solo career took off with her debut album, “Dangerously in Love,” featuring hits like “Crazy in Love” and “Baby Boy.” She continued to release acclaimed albums, including “B’Day,” “Beyoncé,” and “Lemonade.”

An accomplished actress, she has starred in films such as “Dreamgirls” and “The Lion King.” Beyoncé is married to rapper and producer Jay-Z.

Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson shot to fame as the first winner of “American Idol” in 2002. Born on April 24, 1982, in Fort Worth, Texas, she released her debut album, “Thankful,” in 2003. Her second album, “Breakaway,” was a massive success, featuring hits like “Since U Been Gone” and selling over 12 million copies.

Clarkson has since released multiple albums, including “All I Ever Wanted” and “Stronger,” which made her the first artist to win the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album twice. She has sold over 25 million albums worldwide. Clarkson, along with Carrie Underwood, was one of the most successful “American Idol” winners.

Dakota Johnson

Dakota Johnson

For Dakota Johnson, show business runs in the blood. The actress and model was born in Austin, Texas, on October 4, 1989, to parents Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith. Her grandmother is former actress Tippi Hedren.

Despite her famous lineage, Dakota made a name for herself with her role as Anastasia Steele in the commercially successful Fifty Shades trilogy, which earned her a People’s Choice Award and a BAFTA Rising Star nomination. Her other notable films include “21 Jump Street,” “Black Mass,” “How to Be Single,” “Suspiria,” and “Bad Times at the El Royale.”

Renée Zellweger

Renee Zellweger

An Academy Award-winning actress and singer, Renée Zellweger was borin in Katy, Texas on April 25, 1969. She graduated from the University of Texas in Austin and began acting in college. Her breakout role came in “Jerry Maguire,” followed by “Nurse Betty,” earning her a Golden Globe. She is also beloved for her role as Bridget Jones in the “Bridget Jones’s Diary” series.

Zellweger won her first Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in “Cold Mountain” and another for Best Actress for portraying Judy Garland in “Judy.”

Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria at Cannes Film Festival

Eva Longoria, born on March 15, 1975, in Corpus Christi, Texas, proudly identifies as a “Texican” (a Mexican-American Texan). She first gained recognition on the daytime soap “The Young and the Restless.” Longoria’s breakout role came as Gabrielle Solis on “Desperate Housewives,” earning her a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award. She continued her successful TV career with the hit comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”

Beyond television, Longoria has appeared in films like “The Sentinel,” “Over Her Dead Body,” “Frontera,” and “Overboard.” Additionally, she has been featured in numerous ad campaigns, showcasing her versatile talent.

Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey

Born in Uvalde, Texas, on November 4, 1969, Matthew McConaughey attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he changed his major from law to film. He probably made the right choice because he went on to become an Academy Award-winning actor and producer. He first gained attention with his role in the 1993 film “Dazed and Confused.” His first leading role came in 1996 with “A Time to Kill,” followed by notable films like “Contact,” “Amistad,” and “The Wedding Planner.”

In the 2000s, McConaughey became a rom-com favorite with hits like “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.” Later, he took on more dramatic roles in “The Lincoln Lawyer,” “Mud,” and “Dallas Buyers Club,” for which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor.

Owen Wilson

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Owen Wilson, born on November 18, 1968, in Dallas, Texas, is a versatile actor, comedian, producer, and screenwriter. He is closely associated with filmmaker Wes Anderson, collaborating on films like “Bottle Rocket,” “Rushmore,” and “The Royal Tenenbaums,” earning an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay for the latter.

Wilson is also known for his roles in comedies such as “Zoolander,” “Starsky & Hutch,” “Midnight in Paris,” and the “Night at the Museum” series.

Nick Jonas

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Nick Jonas first rose to fame as one-third of the Jonas Brothers, alongside his siblings Joe and Kevin. Born on September 16, 1992, in Dallas, Texas, he first achieved success with Disney movies “Camp Rock” and their TV series “Jonas.” The Jonas Brothers also released five commercially successful albums.

After the band’s hiatus, Nick pursued a solo career, releasing albums like “Nick Jonas,” which featured the hit single “Jealous” and “Last Year Was Complicated.” The Jonas Brothers reunited in 2019, releasing “Happiness Begins,” Nick’s solo album “Spaceman” came out in 2021.

Jim Parsons

Jim Parsons smiling

Jim Parsons is most known for his role as Sheldon Cooper on “The Big Bang Theory,” which earned him four Primetime Emmys and a Golden Globe. His portrayal of the quirky physicist was so iconic that the popularity of the character led to a spinoff, “Young Sheldon,” in which he was a co-executive producer.

Born on March 24, 1973, in Houston, Texas, Parsons was a theater student first at the University of Houston before becoming famous. He spent time living in both California and New York, working on several commercials and TV series before landing the role of Sheldon. He also appeared on Broadway and in films like “Hidden Figures” and “The Boys in the Band,” showcasing his versatile acting skills.

Jennifer Garner

jennifer garner

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Jennifer Garner grew up as a ballet dancer. Born on April 17, 1972, she rose to fame as CIA officer Sydney Bristow in the TV series “Alias,” winning a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award. She also gained popularity due to her iconic roles in “13 Going on 30” and “Daredevil.”

Her film credits include “Juno,” “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past,” “The Invention of Lying,” “Valentine’s Day,” and “Dallas Buyers Club.” Garner is also an advocate for early childhood education and serves on the board of Save the Children USA.

Carol Burnett

carol burnett

Fans of the actress and comedienne Carol Burnett will always remember her for her own variety and sketch TV program, “The Carol Burnett Show.”It was groundbreaking in many ways, but mainly for being the first TV show of its kind to be hosted by a female. It ran for 11 seasons from 1967 to 1978.

Carol Burnett was born in San Antonio, Texas on April 26, 1933. She has also starred in notable films like “The Front Page,” “Annie,” and “Noises Off,” and has performed on Broadway in productions such as “Once Upon a Mattress.” Her career has spanned over seven decades, earning her numerous Emmy Awards.

Tommy Lee Jones

Tommy Lee Jones

Tommy Lee Jones, born on September 15, 1946, in San Saba, Texas, is an Academy Award-winning actor with a career spanning over five decades. He is best known for his role as U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard in “The Fugitive,” which won him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. He reprised this role in “U.S. Marshals” and gained further fame as Agent K in the “Men in Black” series.

Jones has portrayed a wide range of characters, including many historical figures, showcasing his versatile acting skills.

Steve Martin

Steve Martin playing the banjo

Steve Martin is a legendary American comedian known for his roles in “The Jerk,” “Three Amigos,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” “Parenthood,” and “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.” Born on August 14, 1945, in Waco, Texas, he began as a stand-up comedian and made regular TV appearances on “The Tonight Show” and “Saturday Night Live.”

Besides acting, Martin is a talented musician renowned for his banjo playing. Since the 2000s, he has focused more on music, recording, and touring with bluegrass artists.

Jensen Ackles

Jensen Ackles, born on March 1, 1978, in Dallas, Texas, is an actor and director best known for his role as Dean Winchester on the hit TV series “Supernatural.”

He began his career with roles in “Days of Our Lives” and “Smallville.” Ackles has also directed several episodes of “Supernatural” and starred in the show “The Boys.”

Alexis Bledel

Best known for her role as Rory Gilmore on the beloved TV series “Gilmore Girls,” Alexis Bledel is recognized for a career spanning film, TV, and theater.

Born on September 16, 1981, in Houston, Texas, she started as a timid girl whose parents suggested she try theater in Houston to overcome her shyness. Now, she has more than overcome her weakness – she became a renowned actress at that. Besides acting in the popular “Gilmore Girls,” she also starred in “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” films and earned an Emmy for her performance in “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Jesse Plemons

Born on April 2, 1988, in Dallas, Texas, Jesse Plemons was raised in Mart and commuted to L.A. for auditions when he was a young actor. He got his breakthrough with his role as Landry Clarke on “Friday Night Lights.” He later starred in acclaimed series such as “Breaking Bad” and “Fargo,” “Black Mirror” and in movies like “Killers of the Flower Moon,” and “The Power of the Dog” alongside his wife, Kirsten Dunst.

Plemons has also made a mark in films like “The Master,” “Black Mass,” and “Judas and the Black Messiah,” earning critical acclaim for his performances.

Rico Rodriguez

Known as Manny Delgado in the hit ABC sitcom “Modern Family,” Rico Rodriguez started acting at a young age. Born on July 31, 1998, in Bryan, Texas, he moved to L.A. when he was six to help his sister pursue her acting career. He got bitten by the acting bug himself, so he enrolled in acting classes and appeared on TV before his breakout role as Manny.

We all watched him grow on TV through the show’s 11-year run, charming audiences with his mature and humorous character. His performance earned him several awards and nominations, making him a beloved figure in television comedy.

Chace Crawford

Chace Crawford is an actor best known for his role as Nate Archibald on the popular TV series “Gossip Girl.” Born on July 18, 1985, in Lubbock, Texas, he was a former Hollister model whose first-ever TV role was his breakout role.

He has also appeared in films such as “The Covenant” and “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” and stars in the TV series “The Boys.”

Jennifer Love Hewitt

Jennifer Love Hewitt, born on February 21, 1979, in Waco, Texas, first captured attention with “Party of Five” before starring in “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” These shows made her a 90’s pop culture icon. Born in Waco, Texas on February 21, 1979, she started her acting career as a child on Disney’s “Kids Incorporated.”

She cemented her status as a TV favorite as she starred in “Ghost Whisperer” and “The Client List.” In addition to acting, she has a successful music career with several albums.

Ethan Hawke

Hailing from Austin, Texas, Ethan Hawke has built an impressive acting, writing, and directing career. Born on November 6, 1970, his breakthrough came with “Dead Poets Society,” and he later starred in “Reality Bites” and the “Before Sunrise” trilogy.

His performances in “Training Day” and “Boyhood” earned him Oscar nominations, and his contributions to the “Before” series garnered additional writing awards.

Conclusion

Texas has produced a remarkable array of talent across various fields, from legendary actors like Matthew McConaughey and Renée Zellweger to comedic icons like Steve Martin to pop superstars like Beyoncé and Selena Gomez and emerging stars like Jensen Ackles. Their significant contributions to the entertainment industry and their Texan roots make the Lone Star State proud.

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