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TV Actors from Kentucky

Updated June 14, 2019 30.3k 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 Clooney

    George Clooney

    ER, The Facts of Life

    BirthplaceLexington, Kentucky, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    Johnny Depp

    Johnny Depp

    21 Jump Street

    BirthplaceOwensboro, Kentucky, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 3
    Jennifer Lawrence

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Diane Sawyer
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  • 5
    Kelly Rutherford

    Kelly Rutherford

    Gossip Girl, Melrose Place

    BirthplaceElizabethtown, Kentucky, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    Jennifer Carpenter

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 7
    William Conrad

    William Conrad

    The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, The Return of the King

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 8
    Rob Riggle

    Rob Riggle

    Saturday Night Live, Ugly Americans

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 9
    Leigh-Allyn Baker

    Leigh-Allyn Baker

    Good Luck Charlie, Back at the Barnyard

    BirthplaceMurray, Kentucky, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 10
    Rebecca Gayheart

    Rebecca Gayheart

    Dead Like Me, Earth 2

    BirthplaceHazard, Kentucky, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 11
    Sean Young

    Sean Young

    Gone Country, American Playhouse

    BirthplaceUSA, Kentucky, Louisville

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    D. W. Griffith

    D. W. Griffith

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  • 13
    Ned Beatty

    Ned Beatty

    Homicide: Life on the Street, The Boys

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 14
    William Mapother
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  • 15
    Jim Varney

    Jim Varney

    Operation Petticoat, Fernwood 2 Night

    BirthplaceLexington, Kentucky, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 16
    Sarah Wright

    Sarah Wright

    Marry Me, Mad Love

    BirthplaceUSA, Kentucky, Louisville

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 17
    Charles Napier

    Charles Napier

    The A-Team, The Critic

    BirthplaceUSA, Kentucky

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 18
    Nick Lachey

    BirthplaceHarlan, Kentucky, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    Harry Dean Stanton

    Harry Dean Stanton

    Big Love, Alice

    BirthplaceIrvine, Kentucky, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 20
    Molly Sims

    Molly Sims

    Las Vegas, Project Accessory

    BirthplaceMurray, Kentucky, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 21
    James Best

    James Best

    The Dukes of Hazzard, The Dukes

    BirthplacePowderly, Kentucky, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 22
    Tommy Kirk

    Tommy Kirk

    The Mickey Mouse Club, The Hardy Boys (1956)

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 23
    Maggie Lawson

    Maggie Lawson

    Psych, Inside Schwartz

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 24
    Josh Hutcherson

    Josh Hutcherson

    Justice League, Moving On

    BirthplaceUnion, Kentucky, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 25
    Rosemary Clooney

    Rosemary Clooney

    The Edsel Show, The Lux Show with Rosemary Clooney

    BirthplaceMaysville, Kentucky, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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