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Directory of Notable Texans

Texas has produced and is still producing characters whose names and deeds are well known. We're proud of most of Texas' sons and daughters, but we can't deny that there are some who are more infamous than famous.

The one criterion that is absolutely essential to getting on this list is that the individual must have been born within the boundaries of the Great State of Texas.

This list will grow and change with the headlines. If you would like to submit names and data for addition to the list, we will be glad to add them if we are able to confirm your information.


Name

Description

Hometown

Date of Birth

Date of Death

Lance Armstrong Road racing cyclist, 7-time Tour de France Winner Plano 09/18/1871 -
Gene Autry Singer, actor Tioga 9/29/1907 10/2/1998
Frederick Bean "Tex" Avery Artist-animator; created Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck Taylor 2/27/1908 8/26/1980
Joe Don Baker Actor Groesbeck 2/12/1936 -
Kathy Baker Actress Midland 6/8/1947 -
Marcia Ball Singer, pianist Austin - -
Ernie Banks Baseball Hall of Famer Dallas 1/30/1931 -
Clyde Barrow Bank robber (Bonnie and Clyde) Teleco 3/21/1909 5/23/1934
Don "Red" Barry Actor (Red Ryder in serials of the same name) Houston 1/11/1912 7/17/1980
Lou Ann Barton Singer Austin - -
Frank Beard Singer, guitarist (ZZ Top) Houston - -
Gordon Lee "Tex" Beneke Bandleader; jazzman Fort Worth 1/1/1914 5/30/2000
Robby Benson Actor Dallas 1/21/1956 -
Dan Blocker Actor; portrayed Hoss Cartwright on Bonanza O'Donnell 12/10/1928 5/3/1972
Powers Boothe Actor Snyder 6/1/1948 -
Edie Brickell Singer, songwriter; married to Paul Simon Oak Cliff 3/10/1966 -
Betty Buckley Actress, singer; Broadway and movies Big Spring 7/3/1947 -
Carol Burnett Actress, commedienne San Antonio 4/26/1933 -
Gary Busey Actor Goose Creek 6/29/1944 -
Kate Capshaw Actress; married to Steven Spielberg Austin 11/3/1953 -
Joe "King" Carrasco Guitarist, singer Dumas/Austin - -
Cyd Charisse Actress, dancer; married to Tony Martin Amarillo 3/8/21 06/17/08
Randall "Tex" Cobb Former pro boxer Abilene 1/1/50 -
Arnett Cobb Jazz musician (tenor sax) Houston - -
Dabney Coleman Actor Austin 1/2/32 -
Ornette Coleman Jazz musician (alto sax) Fort Worth - -
Albert Collins Guitarist, singer Leona 10/1/32 11/24/93
Anjanette Comer Actress Dawson 8/7/42 -
Johnny Copeland Singer, guitarist Houston - -
Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan Aviator Galveston 1/22/1907 12/9/95
Shirley Cothran Miss America 1975 Fort Worth - -
Joan Crawford Actress San Antonio 3/23/1908 5/10/77
Christopher Cross Singer San Antonio/ Austin 5/3/51 -
King Curtis R&B musician (tenor sax) Fort Worth - -
Bebe Daniels Actress (20's & 30's) Dallas 1/14/1901 3/16/71
Linda Darnell Actress Dallas 10/17/23 4/10/65
Mac Davis Singer, songwriter Lubbock 1/21/42 -
Jimmy Dean Singer, songwriter, sausage maker Plainview 8/10/28 6/13/2010
Jo Carol Dennison Miss America 1942 Tyler - -
Sam Donaldson Network political reporter, anchor El Paso 3/11/34 -
Michael Dorn Actor (Star Trek's Lt. Cmdr. Worf, etc.) Luling 12/9/52 -
Sandy Duncan Actress; television & Broadway Henderson 2/20/46 -
Shelley Duvall Actress Houston 7/7/49 -
Dwight D. Eisenhower 34th U.S. President Denison 10/14/1890 3/28/69
Danny Elfman Hollywood's hottest film composer Amarillo 5/29/53 -
Linda Ellerbee Actress, producer, writer Bryan 8/15/44 -
Joe Ely Singer, songwriter Austin - -
Ron Ely Actor (15th screen Tarzan, etc.) Hereford 6/21/38 -
Dale Evans Singer, actress; married to Roy Rogers Uvalde 10/31/1912 2/7/2001
Morgan Fairchild Actress Dallas 2/3/50 -
Farrah Fawcett Actress Corpus Christi 2/2/47 06/25/09
Freddy Fender Singer San Benito/ Corpus Christi 6/4/37 -
Horton Foote Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and screenwriter Wharton 3/14/16 3/4/09
Michelle Forbes Actress (Star Trek's Lt. Ro Larin, etc.) Austin 2/17/67 -
George Foreman Former World Heavy-Weight Boxing Champion Marshall 1/10/49 -
Robert Foxworth Actor; married to Elizabeth Montgomery Houston 11/1/41 -
Jamie Foxx Actor, producer (In Living Color, etc.) Dallas 12/13/67 -
Lefty Frizzell Singer Corsicana - -
Steven Fromholz Singer, songwriter Austin - -
Larry Gatlin Singer (The Gatlin Brothers) Odessa 5/2/48 -
Rudy Gatlin Singer (The Gatlin Brothers) Odessa - -
Steve Gatlin Singer (The Gatlin Brothers) Odessa - -
Lynda Day George Actress (Mission Impossible, etc.) San Marcos 12/11/46 -
Phyllis George Miss America 1971; sportscaster, journalist Denton - -
Billy Gibbons Singer, guitarist (ZZ Top) Houston - -
Jimmy Dale Gilmore Singer, songwriter Amarillo 1945 -
Peri Gilpin Actress (Roz on Frasier) Waco 5/27/61 -
Pedro Gonzales-Gonzales Character actor (discovered by Groucho Marx on You Bet Your Life) Aguilares 12/21/26 -
Salim Grant Actor; music producer Houston - -
Kathryn Grant Actress; married to Bing Crosby; mother of Mary Frances Crosby (she shot JR) Houston 11/25/33 -
Teresa Graves Actress (Laughin, Get Christy Love) Houston 1/10/49 -
Corrine Griffith Silent screen star Texarkana 11/24/1894 7/13/79
Nancy Griffith Singer, songwriter Seguin - -
Texas Guinan Vaudevillian, actress, personality Waco 1/12/1884 11/5/33
Jerry Hall Actress, model; former wife to Mick Jagger Mesquite 7/2/56 -
Ann Harding Actress, leading lady of 20's & 30's Houston 8/7/1901 9/1/81
Catherine Hardwicke Director (Twilight) Cameron 10/21/55 -
Woody Harrelson Actor Midland 7/23/61 -
Lisa Hartman Actress Houston 6/1/56 -
Ethan Hawke Actor Austin 11/6/70 -
Don Henley Singer, songwriter Linden - -
Little Joe Hernandez Singer, bandleader Dallas - -
Patricia Highsmith Writer Fort Worth 1/21/21 2/4/95
Dusty Hill Singer, guitarist (ZZ Top) Houston - -
Tish Hinojosa Singer, songwriter San Antonio - -
Ben Hogan Golf great Dublin 8/13/1912 7/24/97
Buddy Holly Cornerstone of rock music Lubbock 9/7/36 2/3/59
Sam "Lightnin" Hopkins Guitarist, composer, singer Centerville/ Houston - -
Lee Horsley Actor Muleshoe 5/15/55 -
Johnny Horton Singer, guitarist Tyler - -
Howard Hughes Aviator, filmmaker, eccentric billionaire Houston 12/24/1905 4/5/76
Martha Hyer Actress Fort Worth 8/10/24 -
Waylon Jennings C&W Singer, songwriter Littlefield 6/15/37 -
Flaco Jiminez Accordionist San Antonio - -
Keg Johnson Jazz musician (trumpet) Dallas - -
Budd Johnson Jazz musician (tenor sax) Littlefield 6/15/37 -
Lyndon B. Johnson 36th U.S. President Stonewall 8/27/1908 1/22/73
Carolyn Jones Actress (original Morticia of Adams Family, etc.) Amarillo 4/28/29 8/3/83
George Jones C&W Singer Saratoga 9/12/31 -
Tommy Lee Jones Actor, producer San Saba 9/15/46 -
Scott Joplin Ragtime composer, pianist Linden 11/24/1868 4/11/1917
Janis Joplin Singer Port Arthur 1/19/43 10/4/70
Barbara Jordan U.S. Congresswoman Houston 9/15/36 1/17/1996
Freddie King Guitarist Gilmer - -
Tom Kite Pro golfer Dallas 12/49 -
Beyonceé Knowles Pop Singer Houston 9/4/1981 -
Kris Kristofferson Actor, singer, songwriter Brownsville 6/22/36 -
Paul Lambert Actor El Paso 1/1/1923 4/27/1997
Richard Linklater Director Dallas 7/30/1960  
Josh Logan Director, writer, producer (Paint Your Wagon, etc.) Texarkana 10/5/1908 7/12/1988
Trini Lopez Singer, actor Dallas 5/15/1937 -
Bessie Love Actress, film star of the 20's Midland 9/10/1898 4/26/1986
Lyle Lovett Singer, songwriter Klein 11/1/1957 -
Barbara Lynn Singer Beaumont - -
Peter MacNichol Actor Dallas 4/10/1954 -
Barbara Mandrell C&W Singer Houston 12/25/1948 -
Steve Martin Actor, commedian Waco 8/14/1945 -
Mary Martin Broadway star; mother of Larry Hagman Weatherford 12/1/1913 11/3/1990
Johnny Mathis Singer extrordinaire Gilmer 9/30/1935 -
Delbert McClinton C&W Singer Lubbock / Fort Worth 11/4/1940 -
Matthew McConaughey Actor Uvalde 11/4/1969 -
Bruce McGill Actor (Animal House, Oliver Stone's W) San Antonio 07/11/1950 -
George "Spanky" McFarland Child actor (Our Gang) Dallas 10/2/1928 6/30/1993
Larry McMurtry Author (Pulitzer Prize - Lonesome Dove) Wichita Falls 6/3/1936 -
Meat Loaf Singer, actor Dallas 9/27/1951 -
Ann Miller Tap dancer extrordinairre Chireno 4/12/1919 1/22/2004
Roger Miller Singer, songwriter Fort Worth 1/2/1936 10/25/1992
Steve Miller Singer, guitarist Dallas - -
Deborah Morehart Actress Fort Worth 7/3/1962 -
Ella Mae Morse Jazz singer Mansfield 9/12/1924 -
Audie Murphy Most decorated enlisted man in WWII; actor Kingston 6/20/1924 5/28/1971
Emilio Navaira Singer San Antonio - -
Willie Nelson C&W singer, songwriter Abbott 4/30/1933 -
Michael Nesmith Singer (The Monkees), songwriter, producer Houston 12/30/1942 -
Fathead Newman Jazz musician (tenor sax) Dallas - -
Chester W. Nimitz Fleet Admiral, USN (during WWII) Fredericksburg 2/24/1885 2/20/1966
Christopher Null Journalist, novelist, screenwriter Houston 9/7/1971 -
Annette O'Toole Actress Houston 4/1/1952 -
Roy Orbison Singer, guitarist Wink 4/23/1936 12/6/1988
Bonnie Parker Bank robber (Bonnie and Clyde) Rowena 10/1/1910 5/23/1934
Eva Longoria Parker Actress (Desperate Housewives) San Antonio 03/15/1975 -
Fess Parker Actor (portrayed Davy Crockett, etc.) Fort Worth 4/1/1952 3/18/2010
Suzy Parker Supermodel of 50's, 60's, actress San Antonio 10/28/1933 5/3/2003
Bill Paxton Actor Fort Worth 5/17/1955 -
Ross Perot Self-made man Texarkana 6/27/1930 -
Valerie Perrine Actress Galveston 9/3/1944 -
Esther Phillips Singer Galveston - -
Mary Kay Place Actress Port Arthur 9/23/1941 -
Katherine Ann Porter Author (Pulitzer Prize - Collected Stories) Indian Creek 5/15/1890 9/18/1980
Wiley Post Aviator (first solo global flight) Grand Saline 11/22/1898 8/15/1935
Paula Prentiss Actress; married to Richard Benjamin San Antonio 3/4/1939 -
Billy Preston - Houston 9/9/1946 6/6/2006
Ray Price Singer Perryville - -
Randy Quaid Actor Houston 10/1/1950 -
Dennis Quaid Actor Houston 4/9/1954 -
Tomas Ramirez Jazz musician (tenor sax) South Texas - -
Phylicia Rashad Actress Houston 6/19/1948 -
Dan Rather ex-CBS National News anchor Wharton 10/31/1931 -
Dewey Redman Jazz musician (tenor sax) Fort Worth - -
Rex Reed Critic, personality Fort Worth 2/10/1938 -
Jim Reeves C&W Singer Panola County - -
Debbie Reynolds Actress; mother of Carrie Fisher El Paso 4/1/1932 -
J. P. (Big Bopper) Richardson Singer - - 2/3/1959
Jennie C. Riley C&W Singer Anson - -
Tex Ritter C&W Singer, actor Murvaul 1/12/1905 1/2/1974
Gene Roddenberry Creator of Star Trek, producer El Paso 8/19/1921 10/24/1991
Johnny Rodriguez Singer, songwriter Sabinal - -
Robert Rodriguez Director San Antonio 06/20/1968 -
Kenny Rogers Singer Houston 8/21/1938 -
Brad Rushing Filmmaker Houston 10/27/1964 -
Keri Russell TV actress; former Mouseketeer Dallas 3/23/1976 -
Nolan Ryan Legendary Pitcher Refugio County 1/31/1947 -
Irene Ryan Actress (Granny of Beverly Hillbillies, etc.) El Paso 10/17/1902 4/26/1973
Zachary Scott Actor Austin 2/21/1914 10/3/1965
Selena (Quintanilla Perez) Tejano songstress Lake Jackson 4/16/1971 3/31/1995
Joan Severance Model, actress Houston 12/23/1958 -
Ann Sheridan Actress Denton 2/21/1915 1/21/1967
Anna Nicole Smith Model, actress Houston 11/28/1967 02/08/2007
Jaclyn Smith Actress, model Houston 10/26/1947 -
Buster Smith Jazz musician (alto sax, clarinet) Dallas - -
Liz Smith Celebrity journalist Fort Worth 2/2/1923 -
Sissy Spacek Actress; cousin of Rip Torn Quitman 12/25/1949 -
Aaron Spelling Television producer; father of Tori Spelling Dallas 4/22/1928 6/23/2006
Brent Spiner Actor (Star Trek's Data, etc.) Houston 2/2/1949 -
Nick Stahl Actor Harlingen 12/5/1979 -
Stephen Stills Singer, songwriter Dallas 1/3/1945 -
Gale Storm Singer, film & TV actress (My Little Margie) Bloomington 4/5/1921 6/27/2009
George Strait C&W Singer Poteet 5/18/1952 -
Angela Strehli Singer Lubbock/ Austin - -
Patrick Swayze Actor Houston 8/18/1952 09/14/2009
Sharon Tate Actress; murdered by Manson Family Dallas 1/24/1943 8/9/1969
Jack Teagarden Jazz trombone virtuoso Venon 8/20/1905 1/15/1964
B. J. Thomas Singer, songwriter Houston 8/7/1942 -
Henry Thomas Actor (E.T., Valmont, etc.), musician San Antonio 9/9/1971 -
Hank Thompson C&W Singer, guitarist Waco - -
Floyd Tillman Singer, songwriter Post - -
Stephen Tobolowsky Actor Dallas 5/30/1951 -
Rip Torn Actor; Sissy Spacek's cousin Temple 2/6/1931 -
Lee Trevino Championship pro golfer Dallas 12/1/1939 -
Ernest Tubb C&W Singer Crisp 2/9/1914 9/6/1984
Tanya Tucker C&W Singer Seminole 10/10/1958 -
Tommy Tune Broadway director, choreographer Wichita Falls 2/28/1939 -
Jack Valenti Longtime President of the MPAA Houston 09/05/1921 04/26/2007
Jimmy Vaughan Rock musician Dallas/Austin - -
Stevie Ray Vaughan Rock musician Dallas/Austin 10/3/1954 8/27/1990
King Vidor Pioneer film director, producer Galveston 2/8/1894 11/1/1982
Aaron "T-Bone" Walker Guitarist, singer Linden/Dallas - -
Charles Denton "Tex" Watson Manson family member serving life in prison Collin County 1945 -
Lisa Whelchel Former Mouseketeer; TV infomercials Fort Worth 5/29/1963 -
Forest Whitaker Actor Longview 7/15/1961 -
Lt. Col. Edward H. White II Astronaut; first to walk in space (1965) - 11/14/1930 1/27/1967
Charles Whitman Texas Tower shooter; Eagle Scout 6/24/1941 8/1/1966 8/1/66
JoBeth Williams Actress Houston 12/6/1948 -
Van Williams Actor Fort Worth 2/27/1934 -
Bob Wills Bandleader; fiddler Turkey 3/6/1906 5/13/1975
Chill Wills Actor Seagoville 7/18/1903 12/15/1978
Andrew Wilson Actor Dallas 08/22/1964 -
Luke Wilson Actor Dallas 09/21/71 -
Owen Wilson Actor Dallas 11/18/1968 -
Robin Wright Actress Dallas 4/8/1966 -
Babe Didrikson Zaharias Olympic medalist, 1932; American pioneer sportswoman Port Arthur 6/26/1914 1956
Renee Zellweger Actress Katy 4/25/1969 -

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