50 Most Famous People from Texas

Wikipedia lists over 2,400 “famous” people who were born, reared or spent a significant portion of their life in Texas.  Most seemed relatively obscure so we thought it’d be easy to narrow the list down to the top 50.  Well, it wasn’t.  We ended up with “contemporary” list of celebrities, politicians, sports stars, actors and musicians from Texas.  If you compare it to the original 2400 from wikipedia I bet you’ll agree that it easy to find the top 50.

“Mean Joe” Greene (born 1946), College and Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers

Anna Nicole Smith (1967–2007), model, actress

Barbara Mandrell (born 1948), country singer

Barry White (1944–2003), soul singer and record producer

Billy Gibbons (born 1949), guitarist in ZZ Top

Boxcar Willie (Lecil Travis Martin) (1931–1999), country singer

Carol Burnett (born 1933), actress, comedian, singer, writer The Carol Burnett Show

Chris Cooper (born 1951), Oscar-winning actor, Seabiscuit, The Bourne Identity, The Patriot

Clint Black (born 1962), country music singer, raised in Houston

Clyde Barrow (1909–1934), Bonnie and Clyde, bank robbers

Dan Rather (born 1931), former CBS Evening News anchor

Dennis Rodman (born 1961), former NBA forward, who played primarily with the Detroit Pistons and the Chicago Bulls

Don Henley (born 1947), musician with rock group the Eagles

Dwight Eisenhower (1890–1969), 34th President of the United States (born in Denison, but raised in Kansas)

Earl Campbell (born 1955), Pro Football Hall of Famer, Heisman Trophy winner

Ernest Tubb (1914–1984), country singer-songwriter

George H.W. Bush (born 1924), Forty-first president of the United States

George Walker Bush (born 1946), Former Governor of Texas and former President of the United States, 2001-2010.

Grant Hill (born 1971), seven-time NBA All-Star small forward for the Phoenix Suns

Howard Hughes (1905–1976), aviator, filmmaker, eccentric billionaire

Janis Joplin (1943–1970), blues/rock singer

Jerry Jones (born 1942), billionaire entrepreneur, oilman, owner of Dallas Cowboys football team

Jimmy Dean (1928–2010), country singer, television personality, businessman

Lady Bird Johnson (1912–2007), former first lady (married to President Lyndon B. Johnson)

Lamar Hunt (1932–2006), founder of American Football League, Major League Soccer, North American Soccer League

Lance Armstrong (born 1971), cyclist, seven-time Tour de France winner

Larry Hagman (born 1931), actor, son of actress Mary Martin

Lee Harvey Oswald. assassination of President John F. Kennedy

Lyle Lovett (born 1957), singer-songwriter

Lyndon B. Johnson (1908–1973), 36th President of the United States

Mark Cuban (born 1958), billionaire entrepreneur, owner of Dallas Mavericks basketball team

Mary Kay Ash (1918–2001), businesswoman and founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics

Michael Dell (born 1965), founder of Dell Inc.

Mickey Gilley (born 1936), country musician

Morgan Fairchild (born 1950), actress

Nolan Ryan (born 1947), Baseball Hall of Famer

Pat Green (born 1972), country singer-songwriter

Red Adair (1915–2004), offshore oil field firefighter

Rip Torn (born 1931), actor, cousin of Sissy Spacek

Robert M. Edsel (born 1956), nonfiction writer, oil company founder and innovator

Roger Staubach, Football star turned business titan

Sandra Day O’Connor (born 1930), former associate justice of the Supreme Court; first woman on the high court

Shaquille O’Neal (born 1972), 15-time All-Star center for the Boston Celtics

Steve Martin (born 1945), comedian, actor

T. Boone Pickens (born 1928), energy entrepreneur, philanthropist

Tommy Lee Jones (born 1946), actor

Walter Cronkite (1916–2009), CBS News anchor

Waylon Jennings (1937–2002), country singer

Willie Nelson (born 1933), country singer-songwriter

Willie Shoemaker (1931–2003), most successful jockey in history

 

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