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Famous Film Actors From Chattanooga

Updated October 13, 2018 9.1k views42 items

List of famous movie actors & actresses who were born in Chattanooga, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Some of these celebrities weren't necessarily born in Chattanooga, as in some cases Chattanooga may only be their hometown and not necessarily their birthplace. If you're from Chattanooga then your city's claim to fame might be that the actors and actresses listed below are from there as well. There may be a lot of famous athletes, musicians and other famous people that were born in Chattanooga, but this list highlights only names of actors and actresses.

Items here include everything from Reggie White to Bessie Smith.

This list answers the questions, "Which actors are from Chattanooga?" and "Which famous actors were born in Chattanooga?"
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  • 1

    Ben Curtis

    Age: 39

    Films Acted InWe Are the Hartmans

    BirthplaceTennessee, Chattanooga, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Benjamin Bowmar Curtis (born November 2, 1980), also known as the Dell Dude, is an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 2

    Benjamin S. Carroll

    Age: 39

    Films Acted InProof

    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Benjamin S. Carroll is an actor.
  • 3
    Bessie Smith

    Bessie Smith

    Dec. at 43 (1894-1937)

    Films Acted InSt. Louis Blues

    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    ParentsWilliam Smith, Laura Smith

    Bessie Smith (April 15, 1894 – September 26, 1937) was an American blues singer. Nicknamed the... more on Wikipedia

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    #162 of 602 The Best Female Vocalists Ever#290 of 739 The Best Singers of All Time

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    Betty Lou Gerson

    Betty Lou Gerson

    Dec. at 85 (1914-1999)

    Films Acted InMary Poppins, Cinderella, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Fly, Cats Don't Dance

    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Betty Lou Gerson (April 20, 1914 – January 12, 1999) was an American actress, predominantly... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Bill McKinney

    Bill McKinney

    Dec. at 80 (1931-2011)

    Films Acted InThe Green Mile, First Blood, Back to the Future Part III, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Deliverance

    BirthplaceTennessee, Chattanooga, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    ChildrenClinton McKinney

    William Denison McKinney (September 12, 1931 – December 1, 2011) was an American character... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Brett Rice

    Brett Rice

    Age: 65

    Films Acted InForrest Gump, Remember the Titans, The Blind Side, Super 8, We Are Marshall

    BirthplaceTennessee, Chattanooga, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Brett Rice is an American actor.
  • 7

    Charles Purcell

    Dec. at 77 (1885-1962)

    Films Acted InThe Yanks Are Coming

    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Charles Purcell was an actor.
  • 8
    Clyde Stubblefield

    Films Acted InBen Sidran: Anthology

    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Clyde Austin Stubblefield (April 18, 1943 – February 18, 2017) was an American drummer best... more on Wikipedia

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    #216 of 530 The Best Drummers Of All Time#4 of 25 The 25 Most Popular & Influential Black Drummers

  • 9
    Coleman Barks

    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Coleman Barks (born April 23, 1937) is an American poet, and former literature faculty at the... more on Wikipedia
  • 10

    D. Scott Lumpkin

    D. Scott Lumpkin is a film producer.
  • 11

    Debi Moore

    Age: 61

    Films Acted InChillerama

    BirthplaceTennessee, Chattanooga, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Debi Moore is an actress.
  • 12
    Dennis Haskins

    Films Acted InMax Keeble's Big Move, Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style, Stacy's Mom, Ratko: The Dictator's Son, Dismembered

    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Dennis Haskins (born November 18, 1950) is an American actor known for his role as principal... more on Wikipedia
  • 13

    Grady Sutton

    Dec. at 89 (1906-1995)

    Films Acted InMy Man Godfrey, Rock 'n' Roll High School, Support Your Local Gunfighter, The Bank Dick, Stage Door

    BirthplaceTennessee, Chattanooga, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Grady Harwell Sutton (April 5, 1906 – September 17, 1995) was an American film and television... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Gwen Welles

    Gwen Welles

    Dec. at 42 (1951-1993)

    Films Acted InNashville, California Split, Sticky Fingers, Desert Hearts, Boys Life

    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    ParentsBarton Goldberg, Rebecca Welles

    Gwen Welles (March 4, 1951 – October 13, 1993) was an American actress.
  • 15

    Joey Ray

    Dec. at 54 (1904-1958)

    Films Acted InKansas City Confidential, April in Paris, Let's Do It Again, The Navy Comes Through, Blonde Comet

    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Joey Ray was an actor.
  • 16

    John Kirkman

    Age: 50

    Films Acted InGirl, Interrupted

    BirthplaceTennessee, Chattanooga, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    John Kirkman is an actor.
  • 17
    Lady Bunny

    Lady Bunny

    Age: 57

    Films Acted InAnother Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild!, Starrbooty, Peoria Babylon, RuPaul Is: Starbooty!, Dinner at 40

    BirthplaceTennessee, Chattanooga, USA

    Lady Bunny, originally known as "Bunny Hickory Dickory Dock," (born Jon Ingle, August 13,... more on Wikipedia
  • 18

    Leon Wagner

    Dec. at 70 (1934-2004)

    Films Acted InThe Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings

    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Leon Lamar Wagner (May 13, 1934 – January 3, 2004) was an American professional baseball left... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Leslie Jordan

    Leslie Jordan

    Age: 64

    Films Acted InThe Help, Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, Home on the Range, Sordid Lives, Moving

    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Leslie Allen Jordan (born April 29, 1955) is an American actor and playwright. He is best... more on Wikipedia

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  • 20

    Leslie Wells

    Leslie Wells is an actress.
  • 21
    Lewis Smith

    Films Acted InDjango Unchained, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, Wyatt Earp, Southern Comfort, The Heavenly Kid

    BirthplaceTennessee, Chattanooga, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Lewis Smith is the name of: Lewis Smith (actor) (born 1956), American actor Lewis Smith... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Lori Petty

    Lori Petty

    Age: 57

    Films Acted InA League of Their Own, Point Break, Free Willy, In the Army Now, Tank Girl

    BirthplaceTennessee, Chattanooga, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Lori Petty (born October 14, 1963) is an American actress and director. Her roles include... more on Wikipedia
  • 23

    Mary Alice Haney

    Mary Alice Haney is an actress.
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    Melville Shyer

    Melville Shyer

    Dec. at 73 (1895-1968)

    Films Acted InThe Murder in the Museum

    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    ChildrenCharles Shyer

    Melville Jacob Shyer (September 28, 1895 – September 14, 1968) was an American film director,... more on Wikipedia
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    Mike Monty

    Dec. at 70 (1936-2006)

    Films Acted InZombi 3, Emmanuele 3, Fireback, Emmanuelle Goes to Cannes, The Firing Line

    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Mike Monty (October 23, 1936 – August 4, 2006) was an American character actor, born in 1936... more on Wikipedia