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Famous Film Actors From Memphis

Updated October 13, 2018 8.7k views184 items

List of famous movie actors & actresses who were born in Memphis, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Some of these celebrities weren't necessarily born in Memphis, as in some cases Memphis may only be their hometown and not necessarily their birthplace. If you're from Memphis 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 Memphis, but this list highlights only names of actors and actresses.

Examples include Justin Timberlake and Morgan Freeman.

This list answers the questions, "Which actors are from Memphis?" and "Which famous actors were born in Memphis?"
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  • 1

    Films Acted InGameheads

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Aaron Standridge is an actor and a stunt performer.
  • 2
    Adriane Lenox

    Films Acted InThe Blind Side, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Black Snake Moan, The Butler, Red Lights

    BirthplaceTennessee, USA, Memphis

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Adriane Lenox (born September 11, 1956) is an American actress, best known for her... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Adrienne Wilkinson

    Films Acted InInterceptor Force 2, Raze, Star Trek: Renegades

    BirthplaceUSA, Memphis, Missouri

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Adrienne Marie Wilkinson (born September 1, 1977) is an American actress. She is known for... more on Wikipedia
  • 4

    Ainslie Pryor

    Dec. at 37 (1921-1958)

    Films Acted InWalk the Proud Land, Four Girls in Town, Kathy O'

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Ainslie Pryor was an actor.
  • 5
    Alberta Hunter

    Alberta Hunter

    Dec. at 89 (1895-1984)

    BirthplaceTennessee, USA, Memphis

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Alberta Hunter (April 1, 1895 – October 17, 1984) was an American jazz singer and songwriter... more on Wikipedia
  • 6

    Alex Nahon

    Age: 27

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

  • 7
    Allen Nabors is an actor.
  • 8
    Andrew Stevens

    Films Acted InShampoo, The Fury, Massacre at Central High, The Boys in Company C, 10 to Midnight

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    ParentsNoble Herman Stephens, Stella Stevens

    ChildrenSam Stevens

    Herman Andrew Stevens (born June 10, 1955) is an American executive, film producer, director... more on Wikipedia
  • 9

    Anna Alicia Brock

    Age: 33

    Films Acted InDoll Graveyard

    BirthplaceTennessee, USA, Memphis

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Anna Alicia Brock is an actress.
  • 10
    Anne Haney

    Anne Haney

    Dec. at 67 (1934-2001)

    Films Acted InMrs. Doubtfire, Liar Liar, The American President, Psycho, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

    BirthplaceTennessee, USA, Memphis

    NationalityUnited States of America

    ChildrenMelissa Haney

    Anne Ryan Haney, née Thomas, (March 4, 1934 – May 26, 2001) was an American actress of stage... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Aretha Franklin

    Films Acted InThe Blues Brothers, Blues Brothers 2000, The Scrambled States of America

    BirthplaceTennessee, USA, Memphis

    NationalityUnited States of America

    ParentsC. L. Franklin, Barbara Siggers Franklin

    ChildrenClarence Franklin, Edward Franklin, Ted White Jr., Kecalf Cunningham

    Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter,... more on Wikipedia

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    The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time#55 of 162 1970s Christian Pop Artists

  • 12
    Arthur Lee

    Arthur Lee

    Dec. at 61 (1945-2006)

    Films Acted InLove Story, Love: The Forever Changes Concert

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Arthur Taylor Lee (born Arthur Porter Taylor; March 7, 1945 – August 3, 2006) was an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Ashley Jones

    Films Acted InOld School, Devil's Prey, The Rockford Files, A Teacher's Crime, The Fire Next Time

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Ashley Aubra Jones (born September 3, 1976) is an American actress. She is known for her roles... more on Wikipedia
  • 14

    Films Acted InThe Perks of Being a Wallflower, Honor Deferred, Pain Within

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Atticus Cain is an actor and a writer.
  • 15
    Barbara Cason

    Barbara Cason

    Dec. at 62 (1928-1990)

    Films Acted InExorcist II: The Heretic, She's Dressed to Kill

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Barbara Cason (November 15, 1928 – June 18, 1990) was an American character actress.
  • 16
    Ben Browder

    Films Acted InMemphis Belle, Stargate: Continuum, Stargate: The Ark of Truth, A Kiss Before Dying, Bad Kids Go to Hell

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Robert Benedict Browder (born December 11, 1962) is an American actor, writer and film... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Billy Burnette

    Films Acted InSaturday Night Special, Carnosaur 3: Primal Species

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    ParentsDorsey Burnette

    Dorsey William Burnette III (born May 8, 1953 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American guitarist,... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Booker T. Jones

    Films Acted InBe Kind Rewind

    BirthplaceTennessee, USA, Memphis

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Booker Taliaferro Jones Jr. (born November 12, 1944) is an American multi-instrumentalist,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19

    Films Acted InDance Flick, How to Make Love to a Woman, The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll

    BirthplaceTennessee, USA, Memphis

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Brooke Bickford is an actress.
  • 20

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, USA

    Bryant Terry is an African American vegan eco-chef, food justice activist, and author. His... more on Wikipedia
  • 21

    C.J. Johnson

    Age: 36

    Films Acted InCreepers

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    ParentsBeverly Johnson, Clarence Johnson

    C.J. Johnson is an actor, a screenwriter, a film and television producer, and a film editor.
  • 22
    Carla Thomas

    Films Acted InOnly the Strong Survive, Back to Stax: Memphis Soul, Soul Comes Home: A Celebration of Stax Records and Memphis Soul Music, American Soul: Vol. 1

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    ParentsRufus Thomas, Lorene Thomas

    Carla Venita Thomas (born December 21, 1942) is an American singer, who is often referred to... more on Wikipedia

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    #82 of 151 The Best Soul Singers/Groups of All Time#9 of 19 The Best Southern Soul Bands/Artists

  • 23
    Carly Nahon

    Films Acted In21 Grams

    BirthplaceTennessee, USA, Memphis

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Carly Nahon is an actress.
  • 24

    Caroline Richter

    Age: 88

    Films Acted InThe Ladies Man, The Errand Boy

    BirthplaceTennessee, USA, Memphis

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Caroline Richter is an actress.
  • 25
    Carolyn Franklin

    Carolyn Franklin

    Dec. at 44 (1944-1988)

    Films Acted InThe Blues Brothers

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    ParentsC. L. Franklin, Barbara Siggers Franklin

    Carolyn Ann Franklin (May 13, 1944 – April 25, 1988) was an American singer–songwriter.... more on Wikipedia