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Famous People From Fort Worth

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List of famous people from Fort Worth, 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 Fort Worth, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Fort Worth 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 Fort Worth, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

List people range from David H. Hickey to Joy Garrett.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Fort Worth?" or "Which celebrities were born in Fort Worth?" then this list is a great resource for you.
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  • BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas, USA

    GenderFemale

    Leighton Marissa Meester (born April 9, 1986) is an American actress, singer, songwriter, and model. She is best known for her starring role as the devious socialite Blair Waldorf on teen drama...  more

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  • Larry Hagman

    Dec. at 81 (1931-2012)

    BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas, USA

    GenderMale

    Larry Martin Hagman (September 21, 1931 – November 23, 2012) was an American film and television actor, director and producer best known for playing ruthless oil baron J.R. Ewing in the 1970s...  more

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  • BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas, USA

    GenderFemale

    Alternative NameHunter Tylo

    Hunter Tylo (born Deborah Jo Hunter, July 3, 1962) is an American actress, author and former model. She is best known for her role as Taylor Hayes (1990–2002, 2004, 2005–13, 2014, 2018–) on The Bold...  more
  • BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas, USA

    GenderMale

    Alternative Name"Wild" Bill Paxton, Bill Paxton, William Paxton

    William Paxton (May 17, 1955 – February 25, 2017) was an American actor and director. He appeared in films such as The Terminator (1984), Commando (1985), Weird Science (1985), Aliens (1986), Near...  more

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  • BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas

    GenderMale

    Mark David Chapman (born May 10, 1955) is an American criminal who murdered English musician John Lennon, formerly of the Beatles, on December 8, 1980 outside Lennon's residence at the Dakota...  more

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  • Patricia Highsmith

    Dec. at 74 (1921-1995)

    BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas

    GenderFemale

    Patricia Highsmith (January 19, 1921 – February 4, 1995) was an American novelist and short story writer best known for her psychological thrillers, including her series of five novels featuring the...  more

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  • Wayman Tisdale

    Dec. at 45 (1964-2009)

    BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas, United States of America

    GenderMale

    Wayman Lawrence Tisdale (June 9, 1964 – May 15, 2009) was an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and a smooth jazz bass guitarist. A three-time All...  more
  • BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas, USA

    GenderMale

    George Eads III (born March 1, 1967), is an American actor, known for his role as Nick Stokes on the CBS police drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. On November 25, 2014, it was announced that Eads...  more
  • Don Curry

    Age: 59

    BirthplaceForth Worth, Texas, USA

    GenderMale

    Alternative NameDon "D.C." Curry

    Don Curry (born September 7, 1957) is an American actor and stand-up comedian. He is best known for starring as Craig's sex-crazed Uncle Elroy Jones in Next Friday and Friday After Next and for his...  more
  • BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas, USA

    GenderFemale

    Carlson Elizabeth Young (born October 29, 1990) is an American actress. She is known for her roles on Disney Channel's As the Bell Rings, the film Premature, Comedy Central's Key & Peele, and for her...  more
  • Joe Barnes

    Age: 68

    BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas

    GenderMale

    Joe Barnes (born December 18, 1951) was an all-star quarterback in the Canadian Football League....  more
  • BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas

    GenderMale

    Jon-Marc McDonald (born September 20, 1976) is an American-born writer, playwright, and political activist. McDonald gained national attention when, at the age of 21, he simultaneously came out of...  more
  • Ray Brown

    Age: 71

    BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas

    GenderMale

    Raymond Madison Brown (born January 12, 1949 in Fort Worth, Texas) is a former American football safety in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the sixth round of...  more
  • Robert Swenson

    Dec. at 40 (1957-1997)

    BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas, United States of America

    GenderMale

    Robert Alexander Swenson Jr. (January 5, 1957 – August 18, 1997) was an American professional wrestler, stuntman and actor....  more
  • Adrienne Ames

    Dec. at 40 (1907-1947)

    BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas, United States of America

    GenderFemale

    Adrienne Ames (born Ruth Adrienne McClure; August 3, 1907 – May 31, 1947) was an American film actress. Early in her career she was known as Adrienne Truex....  more
  • BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas, United States of America

    GenderMale

    Keith Alcorn is a film and television director, film television producer, screenwriter, film score composer and voice actor....  more
  • Townes Van Zandt

    Dec. at 53 (1944-1997)

    BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas, United States of America

    GenderMale

    John Townes Van Zandt (March 7, 1944 – January 1, 1997), better known as Townes Van Zandt, was an American singer-songwriter. He wrote numerous songs, such as "Pancho and Lefty", "For the Sake of the...  more

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  • BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas, United States of America

    GenderFemale

    Esther Judith Graubart (born October 5, 1943 in Fort Worth, Texas) is an American actress and comedian. She is best remembered for being a regular cast member of The Electric Company, the...  more
  • Joe Don Looney

    Dec. at 46 (1942-1988)

    BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas

    GenderMale

    Joe Don Looney (October 10, 1942 – September 24, 1988) was an American football running back in the National Football League for the New York Giants, Baltimore Colts, Detroit Lions, Washington...  more

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  • Carol Berg

    Age: 72

    BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas

    GenderFemale

    Carol Berg is the author of several fantasy novels, including the books from the Rai-Kirah series, Song of the Beast, the books from The Bridge of D'Arnath series, and the Lighthouse novels. In...  more
  • BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas

    GenderFemale

    Martha Wells (born September 1, 1964) is an American writer of speculative fiction. She has published a number of fantasy novels, young adult novels, media tie-ins, short stories, and nonfiction...  more
  • M. E. Bradford

    Dec. at 59 (1934-1993)

    BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas

    GenderMale

    Melvin E. "Mel" Bradford was a conservative political commentator and professor of literature at the University of Dallas. Bradford is seen as a leading figure of the paleoconservative wing of the...  more
  • Giles McCrary

    Dec. at 92 (1919-2011)

    BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas, United States of America

    GenderMale

    Giles Connell McCrary, Sr. (November 5, 1919 – October 30, 2011), was a self-employed oil operator, investor, art collector, rancher, and the owner of the OS Museum in Post, the seat of Garza County,...  more
  • John Thomas Lenox

    Dec. at 50 (1946-1996)

    BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas

    GenderMale

    John Thomas Lenox was a film director and a film producer....
  • BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas

    GenderFemale

    Jeana Lee Yeager is an American aviator. She co-piloted, along with Dick Rutan, the first non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world in the Rutan Voyager aircraft from December 14 to 23, 1986....  more