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This list of TV actors from Kentucky is ordered by popularity so the names at the top will be the most recognizable. A few of the celebrities from Kentucky may not have technically been born in Kentucky, but grew up in Kentucky and at one time considered it their home. The list includes Kentucky TV actors from every type of show, including cartoons (voice-over work). So, which TV actors are from Kentucky? 

Among famous actors from Kentucky, Johnny Depp was born in Owensboro, KY, but moved often as a child. George Clooney is originally from Lexington, KY. Like Depp, Clooney does double duty as one of the biggest movie stars from Kentucky, but many people forget they both got their start on television. 

Notable actresses from Kentucky include Jennifer Lawrence, who was born in Indian Hills, KY. Though she's also one of the biggest movie stars from Kentucky, she got her big break on the small screen in The Bill Engvall Show. Kentucy-born actress Kelly Rutherford hails from Elizabethtown, KY., and has made a career out of daytime and nighttime soap opera-style shows like Melrose Place and Gossip Girl. Veteran TV news journalist and ABC World News anchor Diane Sawyer moved to Louisville, KY as a young child, and is one of the most famous people from Kentucky

If you grew up in Kentucky then you should be proud of these television actors whose birthplace is Kentucky. Various bits of information are available for these famous Kentucky actors as well, such as what year they were born and what shows they are known for.

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George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
ER, The Facts of Life, Sisters George Timothy Clooney is an American actor, writer, producer, director, and activist. He has received three Golden Globe Awards for his work as an actor and two Academy Awards, one for acting ...more

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Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
21 Jump Street John Christopher Depp II is an American actor, producer, and musician. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards and has won the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards for Best Actor. ...more

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Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
The Bill Engvall Show Jennifer Shrader Lawrence is an American actress. Her first major role was as a lead cast member on the TBS sitcom The Bill Engvall Show. She appeared in the independent dramas The Burning Plain ...more

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Diane Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
Lila Diane Sawyer is an American television journalist. Previously, Sawyer had been the former anchor of ABC News's nightly flagship program ABC World News, a co-anchor of ABC News's morning ...more

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Kelly Rutherford is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
Gossip Girl, Melrose Place, The Adventures of Brisco County Kelly Rutherford Deane is an American actress. She is known for her television roles as Stephanie "Sam" Whitmore on the NBC daytime soap opera Generations, as Megan Lewis on the Fox ...more

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Jennifer Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
Dexter Jennifer Leann Carpenter is an American actress best known for playing Debra Morgan on the Showtime drama series Dexter, for which she won a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on ...more

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William Conrad is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, The Return of the King, The Fugitive William Conrad was an American actor, producer and director whose career spanned five decades in radio, film and television. A radio writer and actor, he moved to Hollywood, California, after ...more

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Rob Riggle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
Saturday Night Live, Ugly Americans, Upright Citizens Brigade Robert Allen "Rob" Riggle, Jr. is an American actor, comedian and retired United States Marine Corps Reserve officer. He is best known for his work as a correspondent on Comedy ...more

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Leigh-Allyn Baker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
Good Luck Charlie, Back at the Barnyard, Fired Up Leigh-Allyn Baker is an American actress, director and voice artist. She had recurring roles as Hannah Webster on Charmed, as Ellen on Will & Grace, and a starring role as the matriarch Amy ...more

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Rebecca Gayheart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
Dead Like Me, Earth 2, Loving Rebecca Gayheart is an American television and film actress.

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Sean Young is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
Gone Country, American Playhouse, Tender is the Night Sean Young is an American actress. She is best known for her performances in films from the 1980s such as Blade Runner, Dune, No Way Out, Wall Street and Cousins.

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D. W. Griffith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
David Llewelyn Wark "D. W." Griffith was an American film director, mostly remembered as the director of the 1915 film The Birth of a Nation and the subsequent film Intolerance. He is ...more

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Ned Beatty is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
Homicide: Life on the Street, The Boys, Gulliver's Travels Ned Thomas Beatty is an American actor who has appeared in more than 100 films and has been nominated for an Academy Award, two Emmy Awards, an MTV Movie Award for Best Villain and a Golden ...more

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William Mapother is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
William Reibert Mapother, Jr. is an American actor known for his role as Ethan Rom on the television series Lost.

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Jim Varney is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
Operation Petticoat, Fernwood 2 Night, America 2-Night James Albert "Jim" Varney, Jr. was an American actor, voice actor, comedian, and writer best known for his role as Ernest P. Worrell, who was used in numerous television commercial ...more

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Sarah Wright is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
Marry Me, Mad Love, The Loop Sarah Fay Wright is an American actress and former fashion model who has appeared in several films and TV series. Wright currently appears in the NBC sitcom Marry Me. She is married to the actor ...more

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Charles Napier is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
The A-Team, The Critic, Men in Black: The Series Charles Lewis Napier was a prolific American actor, who after his film debut mainly worked in supporting roles. Napier's strong voice, steely gaze and distinctive broad jutting chin made him ...more

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Nick Lachey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
Charmed Nicholas Scott "Nick" Lachey is an American singer-songwriter, actor, producer, and television personality. Lachey rose to fame as the lead singer of the multi-platinum selling boy ...more

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Harry Dean Stanton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
Big Love, Alice, Mongo Wrestling Alliance Harry Dean Stanton is an American actor, musician, and singer. Stanton's career has spanned over sixty years, during which he appeared in such films as Cool Hand Luke; Kelly's Heroes; Dillinger; ...more

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Molly Sims is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
Las Vegas, Project Accessory, The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Molly Sims is an American model and actress. She rose to prominence for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues and her role as Delinda Deline in the NBC drama Las Vegas.

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James Best is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
The Dukes of Hazzard, The Dukes, Temple Houston James Best was an American actor, who in six decades of television is best known for his starring role as bumbling Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in the CBS television series The Dukes of Hazzard. He ...more

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Tommy Kirk is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
The Mickey Mouse Club, The Hardy Boys (1956) Thomas Lee "Tommy" Kirk is an American former actor and later a businessman. He is best known for his performances in a number of highly popular movies made by Walt Disney Studios such ...more

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Maggie Lawson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
Psych, Inside Schwartz, Back in the Game Margaret Cassidy "Maggie" Lawson is an American actress who is best known for her role as Detective Juliet "Jules" O'Hara in the TV show Psych. She also has starred in the ...more

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Josh Hutcherson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
Justice League, Moving On, House Blend Joshua Ryan "Josh" Hutcherson is an American actor and producer. A native of Kentucky, Hutcherson began his acting career in the early 2000s and appeared in several commercials and ...more

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Rosemary Clooney is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
The Edsel Show, The Lux Show with Rosemary Clooney Rosemary Clooney was an American cabaret singer and actress. She came to prominence in the early 1950s with the novelty hit "Come On-a My House", which was followed by other pop ...more

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Telma Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
Family Matters, Bosom Buddies, Gimme a Break! Telma Louise Hopkins is an American singer and actress. A member of the 1970s pop group Tony Orlando and Dawn, she later starred in several television sitcoms, including Bosom Buddies, Getting ...more

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Keith Robinson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
American Dreams, Over There, Comanche Moon Keith Robinson is an American actor and R&B singer.

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Michael Shannon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
Boardwalk Empire, Rock Follies, Anything More Would Be Greedy Michael Corbett Shannon is an American actor and musician. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Revolutionary Road. He was a regular on the HBO ...more

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Loretta Lynn is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
That Gold Old Nashville Music Loretta Lynn, is a multiple gold album American country music singer-songwriter whose work spans more than 50 years. She has received numerous awards and other accolades for her groundbreaking ...more

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Chris Hardwick is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
Back at the Barnyard, The X's, Attack of the Show! Christopher Ryan "Chris" Hardwick is an American television host, stand-up comedian, actor, writer, producer, podcaster, musician, and voice artist. Hardwick is the chief executive ...more

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Lawrence Pressman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
Doogie Howser, M.D., The Edge of Night David M. Pressman is an American actor, probably best known for roles on Doogie Howser, M.D., Ladies Man, a recurring role on Profiler, the titular character on Mulligan's Stew and as a ...more

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Gus Van Sant is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
Portlandia Gus Green Van Sant, Jr. is an American film director, screenwriter, painter, photographer, musician and author. He is a two-time nominee of the Academy Award for Best Director—for the drama Good ...more

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Dwight Yoakam is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
Dwight David Yoakam is an American singer-songwriter, actor and film director, most famous for his pioneering country music. Popular since the early 1980s, he has recorded more than 21 albums ...more

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James Horan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
Another World, Loving, Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles James Horan is an American character actor.

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Dick Curtis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
The Jonathan Winters Show, Cattanooga Cats, Motormouse and Autocat Dick Curtis was an American actor who made over 230 film and television appearances during his career.

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Tom London is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
Tom London was an American veteran actor who played frequently in B-Westerns. According to The Guinness Book of Movie Records, London is credited with appearing in the most films in the history ...more

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Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
Muhammad Ali is an American former professional boxer, generally considered among the greatest heavyweights in the sport's history. A controversial and polarizing figure during his early career, ...more

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Josh Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
Ally McBeal, Cougar Town, Swingtown William Joshua "Josh" Hopkins is an American actor and amateur musician. Hopkins was born in Lexington, KY. He has participated in many TV series and films. He is the writer and ...more

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Irene Dunne is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Irene Dunne was an American film actress and singer of the 1930s, 1940s and early 1950s. Dunne was nominated five times for the Academy Award for Best Actress, for her performances in Cimarron, ...more

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Leo Burmester is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
Flo, Alex Haley's Queen, True Blue Leo Burmester was an American actor. Burmester worked for director John Sayles several times, including in Passion Fish and Lone Star, and also for directors such as John Schlesinger and Sidney ...more

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Matt Long is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
The Deep End, Love Bites, Lucky 7 Matthew Clayton "Matt" Long is an American actor. He played the teenaged Jack McCallister on Jack & Bobby, the younger Johnny Blaze in Ghost Rider, and Tyler Prince in Sydney

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William Earl Brown is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
Deadwood, American Crime, 1% William Earl Brown is an American character actor who has appeared in many mainstream film and television projects, more recently in the series American Crime. He is perhaps best known as Dan ...more

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Foster Brooks is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
The Jetsons, Challenge of the GoBots, The New Bill Cosby Show Foster Brooks was an American actor and comedian most famous for his portrayal of a lovable drunken man in nightclub performances and television programs.

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Billy Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
Andy's Gang Billy Gilbert, born William Gilbert Barron, was an American comedian and actor known for his comic sneeze routines. He appeared in over 200 feature films, short subjects and television shows ...more

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Doug Basham is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
Impact Wrestling, Saturday Night's Main Event Lyle Douglas "Doug" Basham Jr. is an American professional wrestler, He is best known for his appearances with World Wrestling Entertainment between 2002 and 2007, and Total Nonstop ...more

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Tod Browning is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
Tod Browning was an American motion picture actor, director and screenwriter. Browning's career spanned the silent and talkie eras. Best known as the director of Dracula, the cult classic ...more

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Phil Simms is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
Miss Universe Pageant Phillip Martin "Phil" Simms is a retired American football quarterback who spent his entire 14-year career playing for the New York Giants of the NFL. He is currently a television ...more

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Don Galloway is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
Ironside, The Secret Storm, Arrest and Trial Donald "Don" Galloway was an American actor of stage, film and television, a political libertarian and journalist, perhaps best known for his role as Raymond Burr's ...more

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Jim Cornette is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
Impact Wrestling, WCW WorldWide, USA Championship Wrestling James Mark "Jim" Cornette is a American professional wrestling manager, commentator, promoter, and booker. As a manager and creative writer, he has worked for Jim Crockett Promotions, ...more

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Roger Davis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
Dark Shadows, Alias Smith and Jones, The Gallant Men Jon Roger Davis is an American actor and entrepreneur. The sandy-haired Davis is best known for his boyish good looks, and lilting, Henry Fonda-like voice. He came to fame in such television ...more