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List Rules Only TV actors who were born or grew up in New Orleans.

List of famous television actors/actresses who were born in New Orleans, with photos when available. These renowned New Orleans actors and actresses are listed by popularity, so the names at the top of the list will be the most recognizable. A few of these actors may not have technically been born in New Orleans, but everyone on this list grew up in New Orleans and considers it to be their home. This list includes New Orleans TV actors from every type of show, including cartoons where they might have done voice over work. If you grew up in New Orleans then you should be proud of these television actors whose birthplace is New Orleans. Various bits of information are available for these New Orleans celebrities as well, such as what year they were born and what shows they are known for.

TV actors include everything from Reese Witherspoon to Lil Wayne.

This list answers the questions, "Which TV actors are from New Orleans?" and "Who are the most famous New Orleans actors?"
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Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list TV Actors from New Orleans
The Edsel Show
Louis Daniel Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo, Satch, and Pops, was an American trumpeter, composer, vocalist and occasional actor who was one of the most influential ...more

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Patricia Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list TV Actors from New Orleans
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Patricia Davies Clarkson (born December 29, 1959) is an American actress. She has starred in numerous leading and supporting roles in a variety of films, ranging from independent features to ...more

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Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list TV Actors from New Orleans
Ellen, The Ellen Show, Open House
Ellen Lee DeGeneres ( də-JEN-ər-əs; born January 26, 1958) is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. She starred in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998 and ...more

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John Larroquette is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list TV Actors from New Orleans
Boston Legal, Night Court, The Practice
John Bernard Larroquette (born November 25, 1947) is an American actor. His roles include attorney Dan Fielding on the 1984-1992 sitcom Night Court (winning an unprecedented four consecutive ...more

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Reese Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list TV Actors from New Orleans
Return to Lonesome Dove, Freedom: A History of Us
Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon (born March 22, 1976) is an American actress, producer, and entrepreneur. The recipient of several accolades, including an Academy Award and a Primetime Emmy ...more

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Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list TV Actors from New Orleans
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Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. (born September 27, 1982), known professionally as Lil Wayne, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record executive, entrepreneur, and actor. His career began in ...more

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Garrett Morris is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list TV Actors from New Orleans
2 Broke Girls, Martin, Hunter
Garrett Morris (born February 1, 1937) is an American comedian, actor, and singer. He was part of the original cast of the sketch comedy program Saturday Night Live, appearing from 1975 to 1980. ...more

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Eric Laneuville is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list TV Actors from New Orleans
St. Elsewhere, Room 222
Eric Gerard Laneuville (born July 14, 1952) is an American television director and actor. His first acting roles were in the science-fiction film The Omega Man (1971) with Charlton Heston, and ...more
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Randy Newman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list TV Actors from New Orleans
Randall Stuart Newman (born November 28, 1943) is an American singer-songwriter, arranger, composer and pianist who is known for his distinctive voice, mordant (and often satirical) pop songs ...more

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Tyler Perry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list TV Actors from New Orleans
Tyler Perry (born Emmitt Perry Jr.; September 13, 1969) is an American actor, playwright, filmmaker, and comedian. In 2011, Forbes listed him as the highest paid man in entertainment, earning ...more

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Wendell Pierce is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list TV Actors from New Orleans
The Wire, Treme, The Odd Couple
Wendell Edward Pierce (born December 8, 1963) is an American actor. He is known for his roles in Suits as high-powered attorney Robert Zane, in HBO dramas such as Detective Bunk Moreland in The ...more

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Carl Weathers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list TV Actors from New Orleans
Tour of Duty, Spawn: The Animation, Brothers
Carl Weathers (born January 14, 1948) is an American actor and former professional football player. He is best known for portraying Apollo Creed in the Rocky series of films, Al Dillon in ...more

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Harry Connick, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list TV Actors from New Orleans
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Joseph Harry Fowler Connick Jr. (born September 11, 1967) is a Grammy and Emmy-award winning American singer, composer, actor, and television host. He has sold over 28 million albums worldwide. ...more

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Ray Walston is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list TV Actors from New Orleans
The Stand, Picket Fences, My Favorite Martian
Herman Raymond Walston (November 2, 1914 – January 1, 2001) was an American actor and comedian, well known as the title character on My Favorite Martian. His major film, television, and stage ...more

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Master P is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list TV Actors from New Orleans
Romeo!
Percy Robert Miller (born April 29, 1970), also known by his stage name Master P, is an American rapper, actor, businessman, record producer, philanthropist, and former basketball player. He is ...more

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Angélica Mar&iacu... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list TV Actors from New Orleans
Rosalinda, The House Next Door, My heart Beats for Lola
Angélica María Hartman Ortiz (born September 27, 1944), known professionally as Angélica María, "La novia de Mexico" (Mexico's sweetheart) , is an ...more

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Harold Sylvester is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list TV Actors from New Orleans
Married... with Children, Mary, Shaky Ground
Harold Sylvester (born February 10, 1949) is an American film and television actor.
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Grace Zabriskie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list TV Actors from New Orleans
Twin Peaks, Big Love, Children of the Dust
Grace Zabriskie (born Grace Caplinger; May 17, 1941) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Sarah Palmer in Twin Peaks (1990–1991; 2017) and its film prequel Twin Peaks: Fire ...more
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Wynton Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list TV Actors from New Orleans
Wynton Learson Marsalis (born October 18, 1961) is an American virtuoso trumpeter, composer, teacher, and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. He has promoted classical and jazz music, ...more

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Fats Domino is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list TV Actors from New Orleans
The Big Beat
Antoine "Fats" Domino Jr. (February 26, 1928 – October 24, 2017) was an American pianist and singer-songwriter. One of the pioneers of rock and roll music, Domino sold more than 65 ...more

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Pauley Perrette is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list TV Actors from New Orleans
NCIS, Time of Your Life, That's Life
Pauley Perrette (born March 27, 1969) is an American actress. She is known for playing Abby Sciuto on the television series NCIS, from 2003 to 2018. She is also a published writer, singer, and ...more

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Bryant Gumbel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list TV Actors from New Orleans
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Ed Nelson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list TV Actors from New Orleans
Peyton Place, Capitol, Murder in Peyton Place
Edwin Stafford Nelson (December 21, 1928 – August 9, 2014) was an American actor, best known for his role as Dr. Michael Rossi in the ABC television series Peyton Place. Nelson appeared in ...more
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Sam Trammell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list TV Actors from New Orleans
True Blood, Going to California, Trinity (US)
Sam Trammell (born January 29, 1969) is an American actor, known for his role as Sam Merlotte on the HBO fantasy drama series True Blood. He was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured ...more
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Anne Rice is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list TV Actors from New Orleans
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