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TV Actors from Kansas City

Updated October 13, 2018 12.6k views103 items

List RulesOnly TV actors who were born or grew up in Kansas City.

List of famous television actors/actresses who were born in Kansas City, with photos when available. These renowned Kansas City actors and actresses are listed by popularity, so the names at the top of the list will be the most recognizable. A few of these actors may not have technically been born in Kansas City, but everyone on this list grew up in Kansas City and considers it to be their home. This list includes Kansas City TV actors from every type of show, including cartoons where they might have done voice over work. If you grew up in Kansas City then you should be proud of these television actors whose birthplace is Kansas City. Various bits of information are available for these Kansas City celebrities as well, such as what year they were born and what shows they are known for.

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This list answers the questions, "Which TV actors are from Kansas City?" and "Who are the most famous Kansas City actors?"
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    Ed Asner

    The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Gargoyles

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 2

    Friz Freleng

    Iggy Arbuckle

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Isadore "Friz" Freleng (August 21, 1906 – May 26, 1995), often credited as I. Freleng, was an American animator, cartoonist, director, producer, and composer known for his work at Warner Bros....  more
  • 3

    Don Cheadle

    House of Lies, Picket Fences

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Donald Frank Cheadle Jr. (; born November 29, 1964) is an American actor, author, director, producer and writer. Following early roles in Hamburger Hill (1987), and as the gangster "Rocket" in the...  more

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  • 4

    Allan Melvin

    The Flintstones, The Brady Bunch

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Allan John Melvin (February 18, 1923 – January 17, 2008) was an American character actor, voice actor and impressionist, who appeared in several television shows including numerous recurring roles as...  more
  • 5

    Eric Stonestreet

    Modern Family, Scare Tactics

    BirthplaceKansas City, Kansas, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Eric Allen Stonestreet (born September 9, 1971) is an American actor and comedian. He is best known for portraying Cameron Tucker in the ABC mockumentary sitcom Modern Family, for which he received...  more

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  • 6

    Edie McClurg

    Portlandia, Snorks

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Edie McClurg (born July 23, 1945) is an American stand-up comedian, actress, singer and voice actress. She has performed in nearly 90 films and 55 television episodes, often portraying characters...  more

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  • 7

    Johnny Yong Bosch

    Trigun, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Johnny Yong Bosch (born January 6, 1976) is an American actor, voice actor, martial artist and musician. His first major role was the portrayal of Adam Park, the second Black Power Ranger and later,...  more
  • 8
    Harry Harris (September 8, 1922 – March 19, 2009) was an American television and film director.Harris moved to Los Angeles in 1937 and got a mailroom job at Columbia Studios. After attending UCLA, he...  more
  • 9
    Robert Bernard Altman (; February 20, 1925 – November 20, 2006) was an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. A five-time nominee of the Academy Award for Best Director and an enduring...  more

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  • 10

    Dianne Wiest

    Law & Order, In Treatment

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 11

    Scott Foley

    True Blood, Felicity

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Scott Kellerman Foley (born July 15, 1972) is an American actor, director, and screenwriter. Foley is known for roles in television shows such as The Unit, Scrubs, Felicity, and Scandal, and in...  more
  • 12

    Chris Cooper

    Lonesome Dove, Return to Lonesome Dove

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Christopher Walton Cooper (born July 9, 1951) is an American film actor. He has appeared in supporting performances in several major Hollywood films, including the drama American Beauty (1999), the...  more

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  • 13

    Denis O'Hare

    True Blood, American Horror Story

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 14

    Dee Wallace

    The Eden Formula, Together We Stand

    BirthplaceKansas City, Kansas, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Deanna "Dee" Wallace (née Bowers; born December 14, 1948), also known as Dee Wallace Stone, is an American actress. She is perhaps best known for her role as Mary, the mother, in the 1982 blockbuster...  more
  • 15

    Noah Beery, Jr.

    The Rockford Files, Circus Boy

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Noah Lindsey Beery (August 10, 1913 – November 1, 1994), known professionally as Noah Beery Jr. or just Noah Beery, was an American actor specializing in warm, friendly character roles similar to the...  more
  • 16
    Burt Freeman Bacharach (born May 12, 1928) is an American composer, songwriter, record producer, pianist, and singer who has composed hundreds of pop songs from the late 1950s through the 1980s, many...  more

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  • 17

    Elaine Joyce

    Match Game, The Dating Game

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 18

    Eddie Griffin

    Malcolm & Eddie, Eddie Griffin: Going For Broke

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Edward Griffin (born July 15, 1968) is an American comedian and actor. He is best known for portraying Eddie Sherman on the sitcom Malcolm & Eddie, the title character in the 2002 comedy film...  more

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    Wallace Fitzgerald Beery (April 1, 1885 – April 15, 1949) was an American film and stage actor. He is best known for his portrayal of Bill in Min and Bill (1930) opposite Marie Dressler, as Long John...  more
  • 20

    Ellie Kemper

    The Office, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 21

    Columbus Short

    Scandal, Judging Amy

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Columbus Keith Short, Jr. (born September 19, 1982) is an American choreographer, actor, and singer. He choreographed Britney Spears's Onyx Hotel Tour and worked with Brian Friedman (of So You Think...  more
  • 22

    Michael Massee

    Rizzoli & Isles, Revelations

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Michael Groo Massee (September 1, 1952 – October 20, 2016) was an American actor. He starred as Funboy in 1994 film The Crow, Ira Gaines in 24, and The Gentleman in the 2012 film The Amazing...  more
  • 23

    Jonathan Coachman

    Saturday Night's Main Event, WWE Jakked/Metal

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 24

    Wendy Moniz

    Partners, Nash Bridges

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Wendy Moniz Grillo (born January 19, 1969) is an American television actress, best known for her roles as Dinah Marler in the CBS soap opera Guiding Light, as Rachel McCabe in Nash Bridges, and as...  more
  • 25

    Ernest Truex

    The Ann Sothern Show, Jamie

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

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