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List of famous people from Houston, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Houston, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Houston you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Houston, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

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Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Houston
Beyoncé Knowles age 35 - Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child, and ...more

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Hilary Duff is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Houston
Hilary Duff age 29 - Hilary Erhard Duff is an American singer, songwriter, actress, model and fashion designer. Duff began her acting career at a young age, and quickly became labeled a teen idol as the starring ...more

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Jennifer Garner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Houston
Jennifer Garner age 44 - Jennifer Anne Garner (born April 17, 1972) is an Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe- and SAG Award-winning American actress. She is best known for her role as CIA agent Sydney Bristow on TV's ...more

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Anna Nicole Smith is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Houston
Anna Nicole Smith Died at 40 (1967-2007) - Anna Nicole Smith was an American model, actress, and television personality. Smith first gained popularity in Playboy, winning the 1993 Playmate of the Year. She modeled for fashion companies ...more

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Jaclyn Smith is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Houston
Jaclyn Smith age 71 - Jacquelyn Ellen "Jaclyn" Smith is an American actress and businesswoman. She is best known as Kelly Garrett in the television series Charlie's Angels, and was the only original female ...more

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Dennis Quaid is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Houston
Dennis Quaid age 63 - Dennis William Quaid is an American actor known for his comedic and dramatic roles. First gaining widespread attention in the 1980s, his career rebounded in the 1990s after he overcame an ...more

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Julie Henderson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Houston
Julie Henderson age 31 - Julie Patrice Henderson is an American model known for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She has also done advertisements for such notable clients as Benetton and Gant.

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Solange Knowles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Houston
Solange Knowles age 30 - Solange Piaget Knowles is an American singer, songwriter, model, and actress. Knowles was born in Houston, Texas to Mathew and Tina Knowles, both of whom left their careers to support her older ...more

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Kenny Rogers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Houston
Kenny Rogers age 78 - Kenneth Donald "Kenny" Rogers is an American singer-songwriter, photographer, record producer, actor, entrepreneur and author, and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Though he ...more

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Randy Quaid is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Houston
Randy Quaid age 66 - Randall Rudy "Randy" Quaid is an American actor nominated for a Golden Globe Award, BAFTA Award and an Academy Award for his role in The Last Detail. Quaid also won a Golden Globe ...more

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Melora Hardin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Houston
Melora Hardin age 49 - Melora Diane Hardin is an American actress and singer, known for her roles as Jan Levinson on NBC's The Office and Trudy Monk on USA's Monk. More recently, Hardin appeared in recurring role on ...more

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Meggan Mallone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Houston
Meggan Mallone age 30 - Meggan Mallone is an American pornographic actress.

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Phylicia Rashād is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Houston
Phylicia Rashād age 68 - Phylicia Rashād is an American Tony Award-winning actress, singer and stage director, best known for her role as Clair Huxtable on the long-running NBC sitcom The Cosby Show. She was nominated ...more

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Burton Roberts is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Houston
Burton Roberts age 44 - Burton Roberts is a former contestant on the reality television show Survivor: Pearl Islands.

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Debbie Allen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Houston
Debbie Allen age 67 - Debbie Allen is an author.

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Wes Anderson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Houston
Wes Anderson age 47 - Wesley Wales "Wes" Anderson is an American film director and screenwriter. His films are known for their distinctive visual and narrative style. He was nominated for the Academy Award ...more

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Marian Stafford is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Houston
Marian Stafford Died at 73 (1933-2006) - Marian Stafford was an American actress and model born in Houston, Texas. She was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for the March 1956 issue. Her centerfold was photographed by Ruth ...more

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Annette O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Houston
Annette O'Toole age 63 - Annette O'Toole is an American actress, dancer, and singer-songwriter. She is most recently known for portraying Martha Kent, the mother of Clark Kent on the television series Smallville.

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Lois Chiles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Houston
Lois Chiles age 70 - Lois Cleveland Chiles is an American actress and former fashion model known for her roles as Dr. Holly Goodhead in the 1979 James Bond film Moonraker, and as a hit and run driver in 1987's ...more

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Jim Parsons is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Houston
Jim Parsons age 44 - James Joseph "Jim" Parsons is an American actor. He is best known for playing Sheldon Cooper in the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, with his performance often cited as a significant ...more

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Isaiah Washington is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Houston
Isaiah Washington age 53 - Isaiah Washington IV is an American-Sierra Leonean actor. A veteran of several Spike Lee films, Washington is best known for his role as Dr. Preston Burke on the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy ...more

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Billy Gibbons is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Houston
Billy Gibbons age 67 - William Frederick "Billy" Gibbons is an American musician, producer and actor, best known as the guitarist of the American rock band ZZ Top. He began his career in the Moving ...more

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Ryan O'Meara is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Houston
Ryan O'Meara age 33 - Ryan O'Meara is an American ice dancer. With partner Jamie Silverstein, he is a 2006 Olympian. Following his retirement from competitive skating, he began working full-time as a coach and an ...more

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Vince Young is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Houston
Vince Young age 32 - Vincent Paul Young, Jr. is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for six seasons. Young was drafted by the Tennessee Titans with the third overall ...more

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Shannon Walker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Houston
Shannon Walker age 51 - Shannon Walker is an American scientist and a NASA astronaut, whose first space mission was Expedition 24 on the International Space Station with take-off on 15 June 2010. She is married to a ...more

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David Koresh is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Houston
David Koresh Died at 34 (1959-1993) - David Koresh was the American leader of the Branch Davidians religious sect, believing himself to be its final prophet. Coming from a dysfunctional family background, Koresh became a born-again ...more

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Richard Linklater is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Houston
Richard Linklater age 55 - Richard Stuart Linklater is an American film director and screenwriter. He is known for the coming of age comedy Dazed and Confused, the romantic drama film trilogy Before Sunrise, Before Sunset ...more

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Christopher Rice is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Houston
Christopher Rice age 39 - Christopher Travis Rice is an American author. Rice has written six best-selling novels: A Density of Souls, The Snow Garden, Light Before Day, Blind Fall, The Moonlit Earth, The Heavens Rise, ...more

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Thomas Schlamme is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Houston
Thomas Schlamme age 65 - Thomas David Schlamme is an American television director, known particularly for his collaboration with Aaron Sorkin. He has also been a producer.

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Billy Preston is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Houston
Billy Preston Died at 60 (1946-2006) - William Everett "Billy" Preston was an American musician whose work included R&B, rock, soul, funk and gospel. A virtuoso keyboardist, particularly on Hammond organ, Preston was ...more

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Lynn Collins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Houston
Lynn Collins age 39 - Viola Lynn Collins is an American actress. She made television appearances in True Blood and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and is recognized for her roles in films such as X-Men ...more

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A. J. Foyt is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Houston
A. J. Foyt age 82 - Anthony Joseph "A. J." Foyt, Jr. is an American retired automobile racing driver. He raced in numerous genres of motorsports. His open wheel racing includes United States Automobile ...more

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Natalie Bolton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Houston
Natalie Bolton age 41 - Natalie Bolton is a former contestant on the reality television show Survivor: Micronesia.

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Jaci Velasquez is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Houston
Jaci Velasquez age 37 - Jacquelyn "Jaci" Davette Velasquez is an American actress and Contemporary Christian and Latin pop singer, performing in both English and Spanish. Velasquez has sold almost five ...more

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JoBeth Williams is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Houston
JoBeth Williams age 68 - Margaret JoBeth Williams is an American film, television and stage actress. She is the current president of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. Williams rose to prominence appearing in such ...more

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Brent Spiner is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Houston
Brent Spiner age 68 - Brent Jay Spiner is an American actor, best known for his portrayal of the android Lieutenant Commander Data in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and four subsequent films. ...more

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Michael Nesmith is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Houston
Michael Nesmith age 73 - Robert Michael Nesmith is an American musician, songwriter, actor, producer, novelist, businessman, and philanthropist, best known as a member of the pop rock band the Monkees and co-star of the ...more

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Robert Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Houston
Robert Woodrow Wilson age 81 - Robert Woodrow Wilson is an American astronomer, 1978 Nobel laureate in physics, who with Arno Allan Penzias discovered in 1964 the cosmic microwave background radiation. The award purse was ...more

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Robert Foxworth is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Houston
Robert Foxworth age 75 - Robert Heath Foxworth is an American film, stage, and television actor.

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Shelley Duvall is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Houston
Shelley Duvall age 66 - Shelley Alexis Duvall is an American actress, producer, writer, singer, and voice artist. She began her career in various Robert Altman films in the 1970s, including Brewster McCloud, Thieves ...more

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Mark L. Taylor is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Houston
Mark L. Taylor age 65 - Mark L. Taylor is an American actor. He was born in Houston, Texas. Taylor has appeared in various shows such as Seinfeld, Beverly Hills, 90210, House Calls Melrose Place, Chicago Hope, Ally ...more

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Steven Drozd is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Houston
Steven Drozd age 47 - Steven Gregory Drozd is an American musician. He is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter for the Flaming Lips.

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George R. Roberts is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Houston
George R. Roberts age 71 - George R. Roberts is an American financier and was one of the three original partners of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, which he co-founded alongside Jerome Kohlberg and first cousin Henry Kravis in

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James Robison is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Houston
James Robison age 72 - James Robison is an American televangelist and the founder and President of the Christian relief organization Life Outreach International.

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Red Adair is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Houston
Red Adair Died at 89 (1915-2004) - Paul Neal "Red" Adair was an American oil well firefighter. He became notable as an innovator in the highly specialized and extremely hazardous profession of extinguishing and capping ...more

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Tracie Laymon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Houston
Tracie Laymon Tracie Laymon is a screenwriter, producer and film director. Laymon was raised in Houston, Texas, and studied film at the University of Texas at Austin. She began her film career with work in ...more

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Meredith MacRae is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Houston
Meredith MacRae Died at 56 (1944-2000) - Meredith Lynn MacRae was an American actress and singer known for her roles as Sally Ann on My Three Sons and as Billie Jo on Petticoat Junction.

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Daniel Smith is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Houston
Daniel Smith age 33

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Jennifer Berry is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Houston
Jennifer Berry age 32 - Jennifer Berry-Gooden is an American beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss America on January 21, 2006. A resident of Tulsa, Oklahoma, she was the fifth Miss America from Oklahoma to ...more

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Skip Young is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Houston
Skip Young Died at 59 (1951-2010) - Galton W. Young, better known as Skip Young and Sweet Brown Sugar was an American professional wrestler who competed on the Southeastern regional promotions during the late 1970s and throughout ...more