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Famous Film Actors From Knoxville

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List of famous movie actors & actresses who were born in Knoxville, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Some of these celebrities weren't necessarily born in Knoxville, as in some cases Knoxville may only be their hometown and not necessarily their birthplace. If you're from Knoxville then your city's claim to fame might be that the actors and actresses listed below are from there as well. There may be a lot of famous athletes, musicians and other famous people that were born in Knoxville, but this list highlights only names of actors and actresses.

List contains items like Christina Hendricks and Randy Orton.

This list answers the questions, "Which actors are from Knoxville?" and "Which famous actors were born in Knoxville?"
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    Adora Dupree

    Dec. at 55 (1949-2004)

    Films Acted InErnest Scared Stupid

    BirthplaceTennessee, USA, Knoxville

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Adora Dupree was an actress.
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    Brad Renfro

    Brad Renfro

    Dec. at 26 (1982-2008)

    Films Acted InSleepers, Ghost World, The Jacket, Bully, The Client

    BirthplaceKnoxville, Tennessee, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Height5'8"

    Brad Barron Renfro (July 25, 1982 – January 15, 2008) was an American actor. He made his film... more on Wikipedia

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    Brownie McGhee

    Brownie McGhee

    Dec. at 81 (1915-1996)

    Films Acted InThe Jerk, Angel Heart, A Face in the Crowd, Legends of Traditional Fingerstyle Guitar

    BirthplaceTennessee, Knoxville, Great Smoky Mountains, United States of America, United States

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Walter Brown "Brownie" McGhee (November 30, 1915 – February 16, 1996) was an African-American... more on Wikipedia

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    Carl Low

    Dec. at 72 (1916-1988)

    Films Acted InHud

    BirthplaceTennessee, USA, Knoxville

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Carl Low is an actor.
  • 5

    Charles Meredith

    Dec. at 70 (1894-1964)

    Films Acted InGiant, Samson and Delilah, Ocean's 11, The Incredible Mr. Limpet, They Live by Night

    BirthplaceUSA, Knoxville, Pennsylvania

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Charles Meredith (August 27, 1894 – November 28, 1964) was an American film and television... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Christina Hendricks

    Films Acted InDrive, Life as We Know It, Detachment, All-Star Superman, Struck by Lightning

    BirthplaceKnoxville, Tennessee, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America, United Kingdom

    Height5'7"

    Christina Rene Hendricks (born May 3, 1975) is an American actress and former model. Her... more on Wikipedia

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    Christopher Douglas

    Films Acted InPlaying Mona Lisa

    BirthplaceTennessee, USA, Knoxville

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Height1.83

    Chris or Christopher Douglas may refer to: Chris Douglas (born 1974), musician from San... more on Wikipedia
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    Films Acted InRome & Jewel, The Slugger's Wife, Moscow on the Hudson, Carnival of Souls, Cindy

    BirthplaceTennessee, USA, Knoxville

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Cleavant Derricks Jr. (born May 15, 1953) is an American actor and Tony Award winning... more on Wikipedia
  • 9

    Films Acted InHostel 3, The Sky Is Gray, When Hell Freezes Over, I'll Skate

    BirthplaceKnoxville, Tennessee, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Clinton Derricks-Carroll (born May 15, 1953 in Knoxville, Tennessee) is an American actor and... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Cylk Cozart

    Films Acted InIn the Line of Fire, White Men Can't Jump, Conspiracy Theory, Blue Chips, Eraser

    BirthplaceKnoxville, Tennessee, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Height5'11"

    Calvin Cylk Cozart (born February 1, 1957) is an American actor who has appeared in over 30... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Dale Dickey

    Films Acted InIron Man 3, Super 8, Winter’s Bone, Changeling, The Pledge

    BirthplaceTennessee, USA, Knoxville

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Diana Dale Dickey (born September 29, 1961), known professionally as Dale Dickey, is an... more on Wikipedia

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    David Keith

    Films Acted InDaredevil, An Officer and a Gentleman, U-571, Behind Enemy Lines, Men of Honor

    BirthplaceTennessee, USA, Knoxville

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Height1.83

    David Lemuel Keith (born May 8, 1954) is an American actor and director. His breakthrough role... more on Wikipedia
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    Jim Garrison

    Jim Garrison

    Dec. at 71 (1921-1992)

    Films Acted InJFK, The Big Easy

    BirthplaceDenison, Iowa, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    James Carothers Garrison (born Earling Carothers Garrison; November 20, 1921 – October 21,... more on Wikipedia
  • 14

    Ellia Thompson

    Age: 49

    Films Acted InMetropolitan, Men Lie, Little Insects

    BirthplaceTennessee, USA, Knoxville

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Ellia Thompson is an actress.
  • 15

    Films Acted InA Thousand Words, The D Word, Out at the Wedding, Big Dreams in Little Hope

    BirthplaceKnoxville, Tennessee, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Emily A. Burton is an actress.
  • 16
    Gina Marie May

    Films Acted InDirect Contact

    BirthplaceKnoxville, Tennessee, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Height5'7"

    Gina Marie May is an actress and a former model.
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    Henry Cho

    Henry Cho

    Age: 58

    Films Acted InMcHale's Navy, Say It Isn't So, Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation, Bill Engvall's New All-Stars of Country Comedy: Vol. 1, Henry Cho: What's that Clickin' Noise

    BirthplaceKnoxville, Tennessee, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Henry Cho (born December 30, 1962) is an American stand-up comedian. His work can be heard... more on Wikipedia

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    J. Don Ferguson

    Dec. at 75 (1933-2008)

    Films Acted InRemember the Titans, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Tank, The Return of Swamp Thing, Juwanna Mann

    BirthplaceTennessee, USA, Knoxville

    NationalityUnited States of America

    J. Don Ferguson (1933 – October 1, 2008), sometimes credited as "Don Ferguson", was an... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Jack Hanna

    Jack Hanna

    Age: 72

    BirthplaceKnoxville, Tennessee, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    John Bushnell "Jack" Hanna (born January 2, 1947) is an American zookeeper who is the director... more on Wikipedia

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    Jack Kyle

    Age: 51

    Films Acted InOutbreak, Kiss the Girls, Junior, Intolerable Cruelty, The Donner Party

    BirthplaceTennessee, USA, Knoxville

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Jack Kyle is an actor.
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    Jack Landry

    Films Acted InThe Bay, Contraband, A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, Arthur Newman

    BirthplaceTennessee, USA, Knoxville

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Jack Landry is an actor.
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    Jake Thomas

    Films Acted InA.I. Artificial Intelligence, The Lizzie McGuire Movie, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2, Soccer Dog: European Cup, Dinocroc

    BirthplaceKnoxville, Tennessee, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Height5'8"

    Jake Thomas (born January 30, 1990) is an American actor voice actor and photographer perhaps... more on Wikipedia

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    Jamie Marchi

    Films Acted InHeaven's Lost Property the Movie: The Angeloid of Clockwork

    BirthplaceTennessee, USA, Knoxville

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Jamie Lynn Marchi (; born October 8, 1977) is an American voice actress, ADR director and... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Jasper Redd

    Films Acted InFrankenhood

    BirthplaceTennessee, USA, Knoxville

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Jasper Redd (born June 9, 1979) is an American comedian from Knoxville, Tennessee. Jasper's... more on Wikipedia
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    Jeff Joslin is an actor, film producer, film director, screenwriter, film editor, model and...