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TV Actors from Kentucky

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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