Famous actors from Kentucky

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November 9, 2021
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Famous actors from Kentucky

Admiring and envying the world's biggest stars is easy to do on Instagram. From A-list movie stars and major musicians to pro ball players and comedians who landed their own sitcoms, there's no shortage of evidence of just how good the good life is. They post pictures of themselves with other big shots on rooftop bars, at exclusive clubs, at backstage parties, and at restaurants where regular people can't get a reservation.

But the vast majority of these celebrities were born and raised outside of Hollywood, finding their way to the bright lights and big money of superstardom from obscure beginnings in regular small towns or cities across the country.

Stacker compiled a list of actors that were born in Kentucky from IMDb’s most popular list. For each actor, we included a movie poster image from a film he is known for (all movie poster images from OMDb). Keep reading to see which favorite actors are from your home state.

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Josh Dallas

- Born: Louisville (12/18/1978)
- Known for:
--- Fandral in "Thor" (2011)
--- Frantic Pig in "Zootopia" (2016)
--- Ben Stone in "Manifest" (2018-2021)

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Johnny Depp

- Born: Owensboro (6/9/1963)
- Known for:
--- Sweeney Todd in "Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street" (2007)
--- Jack Sparrow in "Pirates of the Caribbean: the Curse of the Black Pearl" (2003)
--- Jack Sparrow in "Pirates of the Caribbean: at World's End" (2007)

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Matt Long

- Born: Winchester (5/18/1980)
- Known for:
--- Joey Baird in "Mad Men" (2010)
--- Jack McCallister in "Jack & Bobby" (2004-2005)
--- Dr. James Peterson in "Private Practice" (2012-2013)

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George Clooney

- Born: Lexington (5/6/1961)
- Known for:
--- Michael Clayton in "Michael Clayton" (2007)
--- Ryan Bingham in "Up in the Air" (2009)
--- Governor Mike Morris in "The Ides of March" (2011)

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Michael Shannon

- Born: Lexington (8/7/1974)
- Known for:
--- Curtis in "Take Shelter" (2011)
--- Richard Strickland in "The Shape of Water" (2017)
--- John Givings in "Revolutionary Road" (2008)

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Boyd Holbrook

- Born: Prestonsburg (9/1/1981)
- Known for:
--- Pierce in "Logan" (2017)
--- Quinn McKenna in "The Predator" (2018)
--- Kyle in "The Host" (2013)

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Ned Beatty

- Born: Louisville (7/6/1937)
- Died: 7/6/1937
- Known for:
--- Arthur Jensen in "Network" (1976)
--- Bobby in "Deliverance" (1972)
--- Senator Charles F. Meachum in "Shooter" (2007)

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Josh Hutcherson

- Born: Union (10/12/1992)
- Known for:
--- Peeta Mellark in "The Hunger Games" (2012)
--- Peeta Mellark in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" (2013)
--- Peeta Mellark in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" (2015)

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Warren Oates

- Born: Depoy (7/5/1928)
- Died: 7/5/1928
- Known for:
--- Lyle Gorch in "The Wild Bunch" (1969)
--- Sgt. Hulka in "Stripes" (1981)
--- Father in "Badlands" (1973)

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Harry Dean Stanton

- Born: West Irvine (7/14/1926)
- Died: 7/14/1926
- Known for:
--- Brett in "Alien" (1979)
--- Lucky in "Lucky" (2017)
--- Bud in "Repo Man" (1984)

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Jim Varney

- Born: Lexington (6/15/1949)
- Known for:
--- Ernest P. Worrell in " Ernest Goes to Camp" (1987)
--- Slinky Dog in " Toy Story" (1995)
--- Slinky Dog in " Toy Story 2" (1999)

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William Mapother

- Born: Louisville (4/17/1965)
- Known for:
--- Dr. Ethan Rom / Dr. Ethan Goodspeed in " Lost" (2004-2010)
--- Richard Strout in " In the Bedroom" (2001)
--- John Burroughs in " Another Earth" (2011)

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