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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

Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

George Timothy Clooney (born May 6, 1961) is an American actor and filmmaker. He is the recipient of three Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards, one for acting in Syriana (2006) and the ...more

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Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
21 Jump Street

Birthplace: Owensboro, Kentucky, USA

Nationality: United States of America

John Christopher Depp II (born June 9, 1963) is an American actor, producer, and musician. He has been nominated for 10 Golden Globe Awards, winning one for Best Actor for his performance of the ...more

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Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
The Bill Engvall Show

Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Jennifer Shrader Lawrence (born August 15, 1990) is an American actress. Her films have grossed over $6 billion worldwide, and she was the highest-paid actress in the world in 2015 and 2016. ...more

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Diane Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky

Birthplace: Glasgow, Kentucky, USA

Nationality: United States of America

Lila Diane Sawyer (born December 22, 1945) is an American television journalist. Sawyer has been the anchor of ABC News's nightly flagship program ABC World News, a co-anchor of ABC News's ...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

Birthplace: USA, Elizabethtown, Kentucky

Nationality: United States of America

Kelly Rutherford (November 6, 1968) is an American actress. She is known for her television roles as Stephanie "Sam" Whitmore on the NBC daytime soap opera Generations (1989–1991), as ...more

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Jennifer Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
Dexter

Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Jennifer Leann Carpenter (born December 7, 1979) is an American actress. She is known for playing Debra Morgan, the adoptive sister of the title character of the Showtime series Dexter, for ...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

Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

William Conrad (September 27, 1920 – February 11, 1994) was an American World War II fighter pilot, actor, producer, and director whose career spanned five decades in radio, film, and ...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

Birthplace: USA, Kentucky, Louisville

Nationality: United States of America

Robert Allen Riggle Jr. (born April 21, 1970) is an American actor, comedian, and retired United States Marine Corps Reserve officer. He worked as a correspondent on Comedy Central's The Daily ...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

Birthplace: USA, Murray, Kentucky

Nationality: United States of America

Leigh-Allyn Baker (born March 13, 1972) is an American actress and voice artist. She had recurring roles on Charmed and 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

Birthplace: Hazard, Kentucky, USA

Nationality: United States of America

Rebecca Gayheart (born August 12, 1971) is an American fashion model and actress. Gayheart began her career as a teen model in the 1980s, and subsequently appeared in a student short film by ...more

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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

Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Nationality: United States of America

Mary Sean Young (born November 20, 1959) is an American actress. She is best known for her performances in the films Stripes (1981), Blade Runner (1982), Dune (1984), No Way Out (1987), Wall ...more

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D. W. Griffith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
D. W. Griffith

Birthplace: USA, Kentucky, La Grange

Nationality: United States of America

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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

Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Ned Thomas Beatty (born July 6, 1937) is an American retired actor. He has appeared in more than 160 films and has been nominated for an Academy Award, two Emmy Awards, an MTV Movie Award for ...more

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William Mapother is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky

Birthplace: USA, Kentucky, Louisville

Nationality: United States of America

William Reibert Mapother Jr. (; born April 17, 1965) is an American actor, known for his role as Ethan Rom on the television series Lost and starring in the film In the Bedroom. He is also known ...more
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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

Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

James Albert Varney Jr. (June 15, 1949 – February 10, 2000) was an American actor, comedian, and writer. He is best known for his role as Ernest P. Worrell, who was used in numerous television ...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

Birthplace: USA, Kentucky, Louisville

Nationality: United States of America

Sarah Fay Wright Olsen (born September 28, 1983) is an American actress and former fashion model who has appeared in several films and TV series. She played Millicent Gergich in a recurring role ...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

Birthplace: USA, Kentucky

Nationality: United States of America

Charles Lewis Napier (April 12, 1936 – October 5, 2011) was an American character actor in film and television, known for his prolific career playing memorable supporting and leading roles in ...more
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Nick Lachey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
Charmed

Birthplace: Harlan, Kentucky, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Nicholas Scott Lachey ( lə-SHAY; born November 9, 1973) is an American actor, singer, and television personality. He rose to fame as the lead singer of the multi-platinum-selling boyband 98 ...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

Birthplace: USA, Irvine, Kentucky

Nationality: United States of America

Harry Dean Stanton (July 14, 1926 – September 15, 2017) was an American actor, musician, and singer.In a career that spanned more than six decades, Stanton played supporting roles in the films ...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

Birthplace: USA, Murray, Kentucky

Nationality: United States of America

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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

Birthplace: Powderly, Kentucky, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Jewel Franklin Guy (July 26, 1926 – April 6, 2015), known professionally as James Best, was an American television, film, stage, and voice actor, as well as a writer, director, acting coach, ...more
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Tommy Kirk is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
Tommy Kirk
The Mickey Mouse Club, The Hardy Boys (1956)

Birthplace: USA, Kentucky, Louisville

Nationality: United States of America

Thomas Lee Kirk (born December 10, 1941) is an American former actor and later a businessman. He was best known for his performances in a number of highly popular films made by Walt Disney ...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

Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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Josh Hutcherson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list TV Actors from Kentucky
Justice League, Moving On, House Blend

Birthplace: Union, Kentucky, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Joshua Ryan Hutcherson (born October 12, 1992) is an American actor and producer. Hutcherson began his acting career in the early 2000s and appeared in several commercials and minor film 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

Birthplace: Maysville, Kentucky, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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