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TV Actors from New Orleans

Updated October 13, 2018 13.3k views162 items

List RulesOnly 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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  • 1

    Louis Armstrong

    The Edsel Show

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 2

    Patricia Clarkson

    Wonderland, Murder One

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 major...  more

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  • 3

    Ellen DeGeneres

    Ellen, The Ellen Show

    BirthplaceMetairie, Louisiana, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 has...  more

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  • 4

    John Larroquette

    Boston Legal, Night Court

    BirthplaceUSA, New Orleans, Louisiana

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 5

    Reese Witherspoon

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    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 Award, she...  more

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  • 6

    Lil Wayne

    Freaknik: The Musical, Kaya

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 7

    Garrett Morris

    2 Broke Girls, Martin

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 8

    Eric Laneuville

    St. Elsewhere, Room 222

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 9
    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 and...  more

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  • 10
    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 $130...  more

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  • 11

    Wendell Pierce

    The Wire, Treme

    BirthplaceUSA, New Orleans, Louisiana

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 12

    Carl Weathers

    Tour of Duty, Spawn: The Animation

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 13

    Harry Connick, Jr.

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    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 14

    Ray Walston

    The Stand, Picket Fences

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 15

    Master P

    Romeo!

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 16

    Angélica María

    Rosalinda, The House Next Door

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America, Mexico

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  • 17

    Harold Sylvester

    Married... with Children, Mary

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 18

    Grace Zabriskie

    Twin Peaks, Big Love

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 19
    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, often...  more
  • 20

    Fats Domino

    The Big Beat

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 million records....  more

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  • 21

    Pauley Perrette

    NCIS, Time of Your Life

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 22

    Bryant Gumbel

    The Early Show, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 23

    Ed Nelson

    Peyton Place, Capitol

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 24

    Sam Trammell

    True Blood, Going to California

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 25
    Anne Rice (born Anne O'Brien, October 4, 1941) is an American author of gothic fiction, Christian literature, and erotic literature. She is perhaps best known for her series of novels, The Vampire...  more

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