Actors From Kentucky

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Kentucky has produced a number of Actors who have made it big. These include Johnny Depp, George Clooney, Boyd Holbrook, Michael Shannon, Josh Hutcherson and others.
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Johnny Depp
(Actor and Producer Best Known for His Role in the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' Film Series)
Johnny Depp
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Birthdate: June 9, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini

Johnny Depp is one of the most versatile and successful actors in Hollywood today. He wanted to become a musician and became actor by chance.  The star of Pirates of the Caribbean film series is known for selecting challenging roles that have the potential to amaze both audience and critics.

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George Clooney
(Actor Best Known for His TV Series 'ER' and Films: 'Syriana' and 'Ocean's Eleven' Trilogy)
George Clooney
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Birthdate: May 6, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Multiple award winning actor, producer, writer and director, George Clooney rose to fame with a medical drama ER and has since then established himself as a bigtime star with movies like Syriana, Good Night, and Good Luck and Ocean's Eleven trilogy. The living legend is also known for his humanitarian work and support to numerous social and political causes.
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Josh Hutcherson
(Actor and Producer)
Josh Hutcherson
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Birthdate: October 12, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra

Josh Hutcherson is best known as Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games series of films, a role that earned him multiple Teen Choice Awards and MTV Movie Awards. Two of his other notable films are Bridge to Terabithia and Zathura: A Space Adventure. He is a prominent LGBT ally.

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Michael Shannon
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Birthdate: August 7, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo

American actor Michael Shannon was born into a family of academicians and then decided not to follow in the footsteps of his parents due to his passion for acting. Also a musician, Michael Shannon is credited with forming an indie rock band called Corporal.

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Rob Riggle
(Actor)
Rob Riggle
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Birthdate: April 21, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
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Harry Dean Stanton
(Actor, Musician and Singer Known for His Films: ‘Cool Hand Luke’, ‘Kelly's Heroes’ and ‘Dillinger’)
Harry Dean Stanton
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Birthdate: July 14, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: September 15, 2017

Harry Dean Stanton was an American musician, singer, and actor. A self-made man, Stanton established himself as an actor by playing supporting roles in popular films, such as The Godfather Part II and Alien. A lovable person, Harry Dean Stanton was celebrated by singer Deborah Harry and the music band Pop Will Eat Itself.

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Boyd Holbrook
(Actor and Fashion Model Known for His Netflix Series ‘Narcos’ and TV Series ‘The Sandman’)
Boyd Holbrook
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Birthdate: September 1, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Boyd Holbrook is best known as Steve Murphy from the Netflix series Narcos and as "Cap" Hatfield from Hatfields & McCoys. He has also appeared in movies such as Milk and Gone Girl. A skilled photographer and sculptor, he has exhibited his art work at New York’s Rare Gallery.
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Chris Hardwick
(Actor and Comedian Known for His TV Series ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Fear the Walking Dead’)
Chris Hardwick
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Birthdate: November 23, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Chris Hardwick is best known for hosting shows such as Talking Dead, Talking Bad, and Talking with Chris Hardwick. He appeared as Stacee Jaxx in the musical Rock of Ages and also gained fame with his Emmy-winning game show @midnight with Chris Hardwick. He later launched The Nerdist Podcast.
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Jim Varney
(Actor and Comedian Best Known for His Broadly Comedic Role as ‘Ernest P. Worrell’)
Jim Varney
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Birthdate: June 15, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: February 10, 2000
Jim Varney is best known for playing the iconic character Ernest Worrell in countless commercials, and later in a movie franchise, and a series named Hey, Vern, It's Ernest!, which earned him an Emmy. He also appeared in The Beverly Hillbillies and voiced Slinky Dog in the Toy Story films.
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Josh Dallas
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Birthdate: December 18, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Josh Dallas is an American actor known for playing important roles in popular TV series, such as Once Upon a Time and Manifest. Despite being a virtually unknown actor back in 2011, Josh Dallas landed the important role of Fandral in the superhero film Thor and has not looked back since.

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Ned Beatty
(Actor)
Ned Beatty
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Birthdate: July 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: June 13, 2021

Ned Beatty was an American actor who appeared in over 160 films during an illustrious career that spanned 50 years. Over the course of his career, Ned Beatty was nominated for several prestigious awards such as the Academy Award, Emmy Award, and Golden Globe Award.

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Miles Heizer
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Birthdate: May 16, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
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Nick Lachey
(Lead Singer of the Boyband '98 Degrees')
Nick Lachey
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Birthdate: November 9, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nick Lachey, member of the popular boyband 98 Degrees, also had a successful solo career. He was part of the reality show Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica with his former wife Jessica Simpson and later co-hosted Love is Blind with his current wife, Vanessa. He also starred in the series Charmed.
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William Mapother
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Ethan Rom’ on the TV Series ‘Lost’)
William Mapother
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Birthdate: April 17, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
William Mapother gained recognition with the role of Ethan Rom in the series Lost. He also appeared in the films In the Bedroom and Another Earth. He is one of the co-founders of the film finance platform Slated and has also served on the board of the Screen Actors Guild.
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Steve Kazee
(Actor and Singer Best Known for His Role as Guy in the Musical ‘Once’)
Steve Kazee
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Birthdate: October 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Steve Kazee is an American singer and actor. Best known for his work in theatre, Steve Kazee received a Tony Award in 2012 under the Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical category for his performance in the musical, Once. For his work in Once, Steve Kazee also won the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

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Chuck Woolery
(Game show host)
Chuck Woolery
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Birthdate: March 16, 1941
Sun Sign: Pisces
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James Best
(Actor, Artist, Acting Coach and Singer-Songwriter)
James Best
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Birthdate: July 26, 1926
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: April 6, 2015
James Best is remembered for his portrayal of Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in the series The Dukes of Hazzard and its subsequent TV movie versions. He also served the U.S. army in World War II. He had also been a university professor, an acting coach, and a singer.
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Victor Mature
(First male film star to be labeled a hunk, he appeared in Samson and Delilah in 1949 and The Robe in 1953)
Victor Mature
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Birthdate: January 29, 1913
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: August 4, 1999
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William Conrad
(Actor, Producer, and Director Who Worked in Radio, Film, and Television for Over Fifty Years)
William Conrad
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Birthdate: September 27, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: February 11, 1994

William Conrad was an American actor and filmmaker whose entertainment career in radio, television, and film spanned five decades. He achieved popularity after starring as Frank Cannon in the popular detective television series, Cannon. In 1997, William Conrad was posthumously inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame and the National Radio Hall of Fame.

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Warren Oates
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Birthdate: July 5, 1928
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: April 3, 1982
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Jim Kelly
(Martial Artist and Actor Known for His Action Films ‘Enter the Dragon’ and ‘Black Belt Jones’)
Jim Kelly
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Birthdate: May 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: June 29, 2013

Athlete and martial artist Jim Kelly won hearts with his Afro hairstyle and his roles in action film such as Enter the Dragon and Black Belt Jones. Apart from films, he also excelled in karate, winning contests such as the International Middle Weight Karate Championship. He has also played professional tennis.

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Will Chase
(Actor)
Will Chase
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Birthdate: September 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
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Josh Hopkins
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Birthdate: September 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
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Tommy Kirk
(Actor)
Tommy Kirk
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Birthdate: December 10, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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W. Earl Brown
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Birthdate: September 7, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
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Foster Brooks
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Birthdate: May 11, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: December 20, 2001
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Matt Long
(Actor)
Matt Long
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Birthdate: May 18, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
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Richard Hell
(Singer)
Richard Hell
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Birthdate: October 2, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
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Michael Rainey Jr
(American Actor Best Known for His Role in the TV Series ‘Power’ and ‘Power Book II: Ghost’)
Michael Rainey Jr
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Birthdate: September 22, 2000
Sun Sign: Virgo

Having debuted to his acting career as a child artist, Michael Rainey Jr. went on to play the lead role of Tariq St Patrick in the television series Power Book II: Ghost which was premiered in 2020. The son of a Jamaican mother, the millennial American actor appeared in the film, Amateur, which revolves around an aspiring basketball player.

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John Hensley
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Birthdate: August 29, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
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Will Oldham
(Singer)
Will Oldham
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Birthdate: December 24, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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Tod Browning
(American Film Director, Actor and Screenwriter)
Tod Browning
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Birthdate: July 12, 1880
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: October 6, 1962

Tod Browning was an American actor, director, screenwriter, and vaudeville performer. Browning is best remembered for directing films like Dracula and Freaks. He had an illustrious career that spanned from 1913 to 1939. Although he was famous during his lifetime, Browning's work received greater critical appreciation after his death. He is sometimes referred to as the Edgar Allan Poe of cinema.

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Travis Ford
(Basketball coach, Actor)
Travis Ford
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Birthdate: December 29, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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Kurt McKinney
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Birthdate: February 15, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
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Lee Reherman
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Birthdate: July 4, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: March 1, 2016
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Jerry Trimble
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Birthdate: May 12, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
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Dick Curtis
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Birthdate: May 11, 1902
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: January 3, 1952
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Todd Duncan
(Actor and Baritone Opera Singer)
Todd Duncan
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Birthdate: February 12, 1903
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: February 28, 1998

Todd Duncan was an American actor and baritone opera singer. He is best remembered for playing Porgy in the premier production of the popular English-language opera, Porgy and Bess. In 1945, Todd Duncan performed at the New York City Opera, becoming the first African American to perform with a major opera company.   

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Connor Hutcherson
(Josh Hutcherson's Brother)
Connor Hutcherson
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Birthdate: May 2, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus