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TV Actors from Kentucky

Updated June 14, 2019 32.7k views207 items

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 Clooney1

    George Clooney

    ER, The Facts of Life

    BirthplaceLexington, Kentucky, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    George Timothy Clooney (born May 6, 1961) is an American actor and filmmaker. He is the...  more

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  • Johnny Depp2

    Johnny Depp

    21 Jump Street

    BirthplaceOwensboro, Kentucky, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    John Christopher Depp II (born June 9, 1963) is an American actor, producer, and musician. He...  more

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  • Jennifer Lawrence3

    Jennifer Lawrence

    The Bill Engvall Show

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Jennifer Shrader Lawrence (born August 15, 1990) is an American actress. Her films have...  more

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  • Diane Sawyer4
    Lila Diane Sawyer (born December 22, 1945) is an American television journalist. Sawyer has...  more

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  • Kelly Rutherford5

    Kelly Rutherford

    Gossip Girl, Melrose Place

    BirthplaceElizabethtown, Kentucky, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Kelly Rutherford (November 6, 1968) is an American actress. She is known for her television...  more
  • Jennifer Carpenter6

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Jennifer Leann Carpenter (born December 7, 1979) is an American actress. She is known for...  more

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  • William Conrad7

    William Conrad

    The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, The Return of the King

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    William Conrad (September 27, 1920 – February 11, 1994) was an American World War II fighter...  more
  • Rob Riggle8

    Rob Riggle

    Saturday Night Live, Ugly Americans

    BirthplaceUSA, Kentucky, Louisville

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Robert Allen Riggle Jr. (born April 21, 1970) is an American actor, comedian, and retired...  more

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  • Leigh-Allyn Baker9

    Leigh-Allyn Baker

    Good Luck Charlie, Back at the Barnyard

    BirthplaceMurray, Kentucky, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Leigh-Allyn Baker (born March 13, 1972) is an American actress and voice artist. She had...  more
  • Rebecca Gayheart10

    Rebecca Gayheart

    Dead Like Me, Earth 2

    BirthplaceHazard, Kentucky, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Rebecca Gayheart (born August 12, 1971) is an American fashion model and actress. Gayheart...  more

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  • Sean Young11

    Sean Young

    Gone Country, American Playhouse

    BirthplaceUSA, Kentucky, Louisville

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Mary Sean Young (born November 20, 1959) is an American actress. She is best known for her...  more

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    D. W. Griffith

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  • Ned Beatty13

    Ned Beatty

    Homicide: Life on the Street, The Boys

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Ned Thomas Beatty (born July 6, 1937) is an American retired actor. He has appeared in more...  more

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  • William Mapother14
    William Reibert Mapother Jr. (; born April 17, 1965) is an American actor, known for his role...  more
  • Jim Varney15

    Jim Varney

    Operation Petticoat, Fernwood 2 Night

    BirthplaceLexington, Kentucky, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    James Albert Varney Jr. (June 15, 1949 – February 10, 2000) was an American actor, comedian,...  more
  • Sarah Wright16

    Sarah Wright

    Marry Me, Mad Love

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Sarah Fay Wright Olsen (born September 28, 1983) is an American actress and former fashion...  more
  • Charles Napier17

    Charles Napier

    The A-Team, The Critic

    BirthplaceUSA, Kentucky

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Charles Lewis Napier (April 12, 1936 – October 5, 2011) was an American character actor in...  more
  • Nick Lachey18

    BirthplaceHarlan, Kentucky, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Nicholas Scott Lachey ( lə-SHAY; born November 9, 1973) is an American actor, singer, and...  more

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  • Harry Dean Stanton19

    Harry Dean Stanton

    Big Love, Alice

    BirthplaceIrvine, Kentucky, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Harry Dean Stanton (July 14, 1926 – September 15, 2017) was an American actor, musician, and...  more

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  • Molly Sims20

    Molly Sims

    Las Vegas, Project Accessory

    BirthplaceMurray, Kentucky, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Molly Sims (born May 25, 1973) is an American model and actress. She has appeared in the...  more

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  • James Best21

    James Best

    The Dukes of Hazzard, The Dukes

    BirthplaceUSA, Kentucky, Powderly

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Jewel Franklin Guy (July 26, 1926 – April 6, 2015), known professionally as James Best, was an...  more
  • Tommy Kirk22

    Tommy Kirk

    The Mickey Mouse Club, The Hardy Boys (1956)

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • Maggie Lawson23

    Maggie Lawson

    Psych, Inside Schwartz

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Margaret Cassidy "Maggie" Lawson (born August 12, 1980) is an American actress who is best...  more

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    Josh Hutcherson

    Justice League, Moving On

    BirthplaceUnion, Kentucky, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Joshua Ryan Hutcherson (born October 12, 1992) is an American actor and producer. Hutcherson...  more

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  • Rosemary Clooney25

    Rosemary Clooney

    The Edsel Show, The Lux Show with Rosemary Clooney

    BirthplaceMaysville, Kentucky, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Rosemary Clooney (May 23, 1928 – June 29, 2002) was an American singer and actress. She came...  more

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