This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

(STACKER) – Admiring and envying the world’s biggest stars is easy to do on Instagram. From A-list movie stars and major musicians to pro ball players and comedians who landed their own sitcoms, there’s no shortage of evidence of just how good the good life is. They post pictures of themselves with other big shots on rooftop bars, at exclusive clubs, at backstage parties, and at restaurants where regular people can’t get a reservation.

But the vast majority of these celebrities were born and raised outside of Hollywood, finding their way to the bright lights and big money of superstardom from obscure beginnings in regular small towns or cities across the country.

Stacker compiled a list of actors that were born in Kentucky from IMDb’s most popular list. For each actor, we included a movie poster image from a film he is known for (all movie poster images from OMDb). Keep reading to see which favorite actors are from your home state.

Tristan Fewings // Getty Images

Johnny Depp

– Born: Owensboro, Kentucky (6/9/1963)
– Known for:
— Sweeney Todd in “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” (2007)
— Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” (2003)
— Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” (2007)

Ernesto Ruscio // Getty Images

George Clooney

– Born: Lexington, Kentucky (5/6/1961)
– Known for:
— Michael Clayton in “Michael Clayton” (2007)
— Ryan Bingham in “Up in the Air” (2009)
— Governor Mike Morris in “The Ides of March” (2011)

OMDb

Michael Shannon

– Born: Lexington, Kentucky (8/7/1974)
– Known for:
— Curtis in “Take Shelter” (2011)
— Richard Strickland in “The Shape of Water” (2017)
— Rick Carver in “99 Homes” (2014)

Larry Busacca/VF15 // Getty Images

Josh Hutcherson

– Born: Union, Kentucky (10/12/1992)
– Known for:
— Peeta Mellark in “The Hunger Games” (2012)
— Peeta Mellark in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (2013)
— Peeta Mellark in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” (2015)

OMDb

Terrence Mann

– Born: Kentucky (7/1/1951)
– Known for:
— Johnny Steele in “Critters” (1986)
— Counselor Tetra in “Critters 4” (1992)
— Whispers in “Sense8” (2015-2018)

OMDb

Boyd Holbrook

– Born: Prestonsburg, Kentucky (9/1/1981)
– Known for:
— Pierce in “Logan” (2017)
— Quinn McKenna in “The Predator” (2018)
— Kyle in “The Host” (2013)

OMDb

Jim Varney

– Born: Lexington, Kentucky (6/15/1949)
– Died: 2/10/2000
– Known for:
— Ernest P. Worrell in “Ernest Goes to Camp” (1987)
— Slinky Dog in “Toy Story” (1995)
— Slinky Dog in “Toy Story 2” (1999)

Silver Screen Collection // Getty Images

Harry Dean Stanton

– Born: West Irvine, Kentucky (7/14/1926)
– Died: 9/15/2017
– Known for:
— Brett in “Alien” (1979)
— Lucky in “Lucky” (2017)
— Toot-Toot in “The Green Mile” (1999)

OMDb

Will Chase

– Born: Frankfort, Kentucky (9/12/1970)
– Known for:
— Bob Nash in “Sharp Objects” (2018)
— Neil Hargrove in “Stranger Things” (2017-2019)
— Michael Friedman in “Dopesick” (2021)

OMDb

Dwight Yoakam

– Born: Pikeville, Kentucky (10/23/1956)
– Known for:
— Doyle Hargraves in “Sling Blade” (1996)
— Doc Miles in “Crank” (2006)
— Mr. Kroeger in “Wedding Crashers” (2005)

OMDb

Josh Dallas

– Born: Louisville, Kentucky (12/18/1978)
– Known for:
— Fandral in “Thor” (2011)
— Frantic Pig in “Zootopia” (2016)
— Ben Stone in “Manifest” (2018-2022)

OMDb

Warren Oates

– Born: Depoy, Kentucky (7/5/1928)
– Died: 4/3/1982
– Known for:
— Lyle Gorch in “The Wild Bunch” (1969)
— Sgt. Hulka in “Stripes” (1981)
— Father in “Badlands” (1973)

OMDb

Rob Riggle

– Born: Louisville, Kentucky (4/21/1970)
– Known for:
— Self – Correspondent in “The Daily Show” (2006-2015)
— Officer Franklin in “The Hangover” (2009)
— Mr. Walters in “21 Jump Street” (2012)

OMDb

Ned Beatty

– Born: Louisville, Kentucky (7/6/1937)
– Died: 6/13/2021
– Known for:
— Arthur Jensen in “Network” (1976)
— Bobby in “Deliverance” (1972)
— Senator Charles F. Meachum in “Shooter” (2007)

OMDb

Matt Long

– Born: Winchester, Kentucky (5/18/1980)
– Known for:
— Joey Baird in “Mad Men” (2010)
— Jack McCallister in “Jack & Bobby” (2004-2005)
— Dr. James Peterson in “Private Practice” (2012-2013)

OMDb

W. Earl Brown

– Born: Murray, Kentucky (9/7/1963)
– Known for:
— Dan Dority in “Deadwood” (2004-2006)
— Warren in “There’s Something About Mary” (1998)
— Hugo Root in “Preacher” (2016-2017)

OMDb

Tommy Kirk

– Born: Louisville, Kentucky (12/10/1941)
– Died: 9/28/2021
– Known for:
— Go Go in “Pajama Party” (1964)
— Ernst Robinson in “Swiss Family Robinson” (1960)
— Grumio in “Babes in Toyland” (1961)

OMDb

James Best

– Born: Powderly, Kentucky (7/26/1926)
– Died: 4/6/2015
– Known for:
— Sheriff Rosco Coltrane in “The Dukes of Hazzard” (1979-1985)
— Thorne Sherman in “The Killer Shrews” (1959)
— Crater in “Winchester ’73” (1950)

OMDb

William Mapother

– Born: Louisville, Kentucky (4/17/1965)
– Known for:
— Dr. Ethan Rom in “Lost” (2004-2010)
— Richard Strout in “In the Bedroom” (2001)
— John Burroughs in “Another Earth” (2011)

OMDb

Steve Kazee

– Born: Ashland, Kentucky (10/30/1975)
– Known for:
— Gus Pfender in “Shameless” (2015-2016)
— Frank in “The Walking Dead” (2019)
— Riff Bell in “Nashville” (2016)

OMDb

John Hensley

– Born: Louisville, Kentucky (8/29/1977)
– Known for:
— Brad in “Teeth” (2007)
— Matt McNamara in “Nip/Tuck” (2003-2010)
— Adam in “Shutter” (2008)

OMDb

Josh Hopkins

– Born: Lexington, Kentucky (9/12/1970)
– Known for:
— Capt. Darryl Ennis in “The Perfect Storm” (2000)
— Flea in “G.I. Jane” (1997)
— California Hot Shot Supervisor in “Only the Brave” (2017)

OMDb

Chris Coy

– Born: Louisville, Kentucky (5/1/1986)
– Known for:
— Paul Hendrickson in “The Deuce” (2017-2019)
— Kevin Sweeney in “The Front Runner” (2018)
— Detective Thomas in “Detroit” (2017)

OMDb

Charles Napier

– Born: Mt. Union, Kentucky (4/12/1936)
– Died: 10/5/2011
– Known for:
— Lt. Boyle in “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991)
— Murdock in “Rambo: First Blood Part II” (1985)
— Tucker McElroy in “The Blues Brothers” (1980)

OMDb

Sean O’Bryan

– Born: Louisville, Kentucky (9/10/1963)
– Known for:
— Ray Monroe in “Olympus Has Fallen” (2013)
— Party Goer in “Mission: Impossible III” (2006)
— Cavic in “Vantage Point” (2008)

OMDb

William Conrad

– Born: Louisville, Kentucky (9/27/1920)
– Died: 2/11/1994
– Known for:
— Frank Cannon in “Cannon” (1971-1976)
— Max in “The Killers” (1946)
— Narrator in “Hudson Hawk” (1991)

OMDb

Miles Heizer

– Born: Greenville, Kentucky (5/16/1994)
– Known for:
— Tommy in “Nerve” (2016)
— Davey Danner in “Rails & Ties” (2007)
— Cal in “Love, Simon” (2018)

OMDb

Victor Mature

– Born: Louisville, Kentucky (1/29/1913)
– Died: 8/4/1999
– Known for:
— Nick Bianco in “Kiss of Death” (1947)
— Paul Dresser in “My Gal Sal” (1942)
— Samson in “Samson and Delilah” (1949)

OMDb

Jonah Scott

– Born: Villa Hills, Kentucky (9/8/1993)
– Known for:
— Legoshi in “Beastars” (2019-2021)
— Sound Department in “Love Alarm” (2019)
— Courier in “Akudama Drive” (2020)

OMDb

Colton Ryan

– Born: Lexington, Kentucky (6/10/1995)
– Known for:
— Bruce in “Uncle Frank” (2020)
— Andrew Drake in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2017)
— J.J. Elkins in “Homeland” (2018)

OMDb

Wes Ramsey

– Born: Louisville, Kentucky (10/6/1977)
– Known for:
— Christian Markelli in “Latter Days” (2003)
— Wyatt Halliwell in “Charmed” (2003-2006)
— Sam Spencer in “Guiding Light” (2001-2008)

OMDb

Jim Kelly

– Born: Paris, Kentucky (5/5/1946)
– Died: 6/29/2013
– Known for:
— Williams in “Enter the Dragon” (1973)
— Black Belt Jones in “Black Belt Jones” (1974)
— Jones in “Hot Potato” (1976)

Jason Kempin // Getty Images

Billy Ray Cyrus

– Born: Flatwoods, Kentucky (8/25/1961)
– Known for:
— Robby Ray in “Hannah Montana: The Movie” (2009)
— Gene in “Mulholland Drive” (2001)
— Colton James in “The Spy Next Door” (2010)

OMDb

Keith D. Robinson

– Born: Kentucky (1/17/1976)
– Known for:
— C.C. White in “Dreamgirls” (2006)
— Captain Stone in “Dear John” (2010)
— Soundtrack in “Blade: Trinity” (2004)

OMDb

Lawrence Pressman

– Born: Cynthiana, Kentucky (7/10/1939)
– Known for:
— Dick in “9 to 5” (1980)
— Coach Marshall in “American Pie” (1999)
— Tom Hannon in “Shaft” (1971)

OMDb

Rick Hill

– Born: Harlan, Kentucky (1/26/1953)
– Known for:
— Tibor Svetkovic in “Cheers” (1983)
— Jail Guard in “Liar Liar” (1997)
— Lee Chambers in “Magnum, P.I.” (1982)

OMDb

Foster Brooks

– Born: Louisville, Kentucky (5/11/1912)
– Died: 12/20/2001
– Known for:
— Bank Clerk in “The Villain” (1979)
— Miles Sternhagen in “Mork & Mindy” (1981)
— Hardy Bassett in “Oddballs” (1984)

OMDb

Edward Faulkner

– Born: Lexington, Kentucky (2/29/1932)
– Known for:
— Capt. MacDaniel in “The Green Berets” (1968)
— Young Ben Sage in “McLintock!” (1963)
— Anderson in “The Undefeated” (1969)

OMDb

Joey Kern

– Born: Kentucky (9/5/1976)
– Known for:
— Jeff in “Cabin Fever” (2002)
— College Boy 2 in “Super Troopers” (2001)
— Joe in “Big Bear” (2017)

OMDb

David Schramm

– Born: Louisville, Kentucky (8/14/1946)
– Died: 3/28/2020
– Known for:
— Roy Biggins in “Wings” (1990-1997)
— Vic Dumask in “Johnny Handsome” (1989)
— Robert McNamara in “Kennedy” (1983)

OMDb

James Horan

– Born: Louisville, Kentucky (12/14/1954)
– Known for:
— Skull Face in “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” (2015)
— Henchman #3 in “Batman: Arkham Asylum” (2009)
— Skull Face in “Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes” (2014)