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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

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    Johnny Depp

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    Jennifer Lawrence

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  • 4
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    Kelly Rutherford

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    Kelly Rutherford (November 6, 1968) is an American actress. She is known for her television...  more
  • 6
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    William Conrad

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  • 8

    Rob Riggle

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    Leigh-Allyn Baker

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  • 10

    Rebecca Gayheart

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    Sean Young

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    Ned Beatty

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  • 14
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    Jim Varney

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    Sarah Wright

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  • 17

    Charles Napier

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  • 18
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    Harry Dean Stanton

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    Molly Sims

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  • 21

    James Best

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    Jewel Franklin Guy (July 26, 1926 – April 6, 2015), known professionally as James Best, was an...  more
  • 22

    Tommy Kirk

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  • 23

    Maggie Lawson

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    Josh Hutcherson

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    Rosemary Clooney

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