Actors From Texas

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Texas has produced a number of Actors who have made it big. These include Ethan Hawke, Matthew McConaughey, Machine Gun Kelly, Jensen Ackles, Patrick Swayze and others.
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Matthew McConaughey
(One of the Most Versatile and Highest-Grossing Actors of Hollywood)
Matthew McConaughey
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Birthdate: November 4, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Born into a family of mixed ancestry in Texas, actor Matthew McConaughey had an interesting childhood. He played sports as a young boy and aspired to become a lawyer. However, he ultimately changed course to venture into acting, a field where he was able to make a mark with his brilliant performances. He is also a producer.

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Patrick Swayze
(Best Known For His Roles in the Films: 'Dirty Dancing' and 'Ghost')
Patrick Swayze
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Birthdate: August 18, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: September 14, 2009

Patrick Swayze, the American actor, dancer, singer and songwriter, was very popular during the 1980s. His movie the ‘Dirty Dancing’ catapulted him to stardom. Ghost was another of his hit films. Swayze died in September, 2009, at the age of 57 due to pancreatic cancer. His final role was that of a FBI Agent in the television series ‘The Beast’.

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Jamie Foxx
(Best Known for His Portrayal of Ray Charles in the Biopic 'Ray')
Jamie Foxx
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Birthdate: December 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Actor, singer-songwriter, and comedian, Jamie Foxx became internationally famous for his portrayal of Ray Charles in the biographical film Ray, a role that earned him an Academy Award. He is also known for hosting his own television sitcom, The Jamie Foxx Show. Besides acting, he is also a Grammy Award-winning musician who has released four albums.

 4 
Tommy Lee Jones
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Birthdate: September 15, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo

Veteran actor and filmmaker, Tommy Lee Jones, has had a career spanning over half a century.  he has played many notable roles onscreen and is especially known for portraying real-life characters like businessman Howard Hughes. He has won an Academy Award for his performance in the movie, The Fugitive. Tommy Lee Jones is an inductee to the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.

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Woody Harrelson
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Birthdate: July 23, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo

Actor Woody Harrelson has been active in the entertainment world for over 40 years now. The son of a convicted hit-man, he had a difficult childhood and grew up in poverty. However, he was determined to build a good life for himself and earned a BFA in theater before venturing into acting. He is a vegan and an environmental activist.

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Owen Wilson
(Famous for Starring in Comedies Like ‘The Royal Tenenbaums,’ ‘Wedding Crashers,’ and ‘Zoolander’)
Owen Wilson
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Birthdate: November 18, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Comic actor, screenwriter and producer, Owen Wilson has earned praise for acting in movies like Wedding Crashers, Midnight in Paris, Inherent Vice and The Royal Tenenbaums, the last of which he also co-wrote with his long-time friend, Wes Anderson. The charming actor has also lent his voice to animation movies like Fantastic Mr. Fox, Free Birds and Cars film series.

 7 
Bill Paxton
(Actor and Filmmaker Best Known for His TV Series 'Big Love')
Bill Paxton
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Birthdate: May 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: February 25, 2017

Versatile actor, Bill Paxton is recognised for his work in the movies, Apollo 13, Twister and Titanic, as well as the television series, Big Love. Before these, he began his career as a set-dresser, learnt acting under Stella Adler, did various minor roles and finally bagged films like The Terminator and Alien. His work as a director are Frailty and Fish Heads.

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Jim Parsons
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Birthdate: March 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries

In 2018, Jim Parsons was named by Forbes as the world's highest-paid TV actor. His role as Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory has played a major role in determining his success as a TV actor. Apart from making him rich, the series was also responsible for earning him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Ethan Hawke
(Famous For His Role in 'Before Trilogy')
Ethan Hawke
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Birthdate: November 6, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio

American actor, Ethan Hawke, is an acclaimed artist and has had a successful career. His breakthrough role was of a school student in the 1989 film Dead Poets Society. Training Day, First Reformed, Boyhood, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight are some of his critically appreciated movies. He has also directed several films and acted in many stage productions.

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Dennis Quaid
(American Actor Best Known for His Dramatic & Comedic Roles)
Dennis Quaid
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Birthdate: April 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Regarded as one of the best actors to have not received an Oscar nomination by The Guardian, Dennis Quaid is popular for portraying a wide variety of roles. He fought drug addiction early in his career to become a successful actor. He is also a musician and golfer; Golf Digest magazine mentioned him as the top golfer among Hollywood celebrities.
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Steve Martin
(Actor, Comedian, Writer and Musician)
Steve Martin
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Birthdate: August 14, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo

A man of many talents, Steve Martin is a successful comedian, actor, and musician. In 2004, he was ranked sixth in Comedy Central's 100 greatest stand-up comics list. Despite achieving great fame and success as a comedian and actor, Steve decided to pursue a career in music and began appearing seldom in films to record and tour with bluegrass acts.

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Jensen Ackles
(Best Known for His Role of 'Dean Winchester' in the TV Series 'Supernatural')
Jensen Ackles
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Birthdate: March 1, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces

Known for his Emmy-nominated performance as Eric Brady in Days of Our Lives, Jensen Ackles had initially wished to study sports medicine. He appeared in the series Supernatural, Dark Angel, and Smallville, and the film My Bloody Valentine 3D. He also voiced Jason Todd in Batman: Under the Red Hood.

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Kris Kristofferson
(Singer, Songwriter and Actor)
Kris Kristofferson
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Birthdate: June 22, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer

Kris Kristofferson is a popular singer-songwriter and actor. Over the years, Kris has played a major role in the success of many famous singers, having contributed to their musical albums as a songwriter. For his achievements in the field of music, Kris Kristofferson was made a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee in 2004.

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Meat Loaf
(Singer)
Meat Loaf
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Birthdate: September 27, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: January 20, 2022

Born Marvin Lee Aday, rock singer Meat Loaf was best known for his Bat Out of Hell trilogy. Famous for his wide-ranging voice and theatrical live shows, this Grammy-winning performer also appeared in over 50 movies and television shows. 

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Jared Padalecki
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Sam Winchester’ in the TV Series ‘Supernatural’)
Jared Padalecki
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Birthdate: June 19, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini

Jared Padalecki is an American actor who has been open about his struggle with depression. The Always Keep Fighting campaign, which was launched by him in 2015, raised funds for To Write Love On Her Arms, a nonprofit organization that supports people struggling with addiction and depression. He also owns a '90s-themed bar called Stereotype, in Austin, Texas.

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Forest Whitaker
(Best Known for His Role in 'The Last King of Scotland')
Forest Whitaker
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Birthdate: July 15, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Forest Whitaker is best known for his Academy Award-winning performance as real-life dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland. Fans also loved him in Rogue One and Ghost Dog. He is an advocate of the UN’s Global Goals and supports peace-building initiatives and programs that help war victims.
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Luke Wilson
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Birthdate: September 21, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
A quintessential charming Texan, Luke Wilson stepped into films just like his two older brothers, Andrew and Owen Wilson. He initially focused on comedies, such as Charlie's Angels and Legally Blonde, but later deviated to thrillers such as Bad Seed. He is best known as Richie from The Royal Tenenbaums.
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Alan Tudyk
(Actor)
Alan Tudyk
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Birthdate: March 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces

Alan Tudyk is best known as Hoban "Wash" Washburne from the film Serenity and the series Firefly. He has also appeared in the films DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, Knocked Up, and 3:10 to Yuma, has voiced characters in animated features such as Zootopia, the Ice Age movies, and Frozen.

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William Gary Busey
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Birthdate: June 29, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Gary Busey initially performed as a drummer for country stars and used the pseudonym “Teddy Jack Eddy.” He is best known for his Academy Award-nominated role in The Buddy Holly Story and his countless character and guest roles in both movies and series. He also appeared on Celebrity Rehab.
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Steve Howey
(Known for His Roles as ‘Van Montgomery’ in TV Series ‘Reba’)
Steve Howey
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Birthdate: July 12, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Steve Howey is best known as Van Montgomery from the comedy series Reba and as Kevin Ball from Shameless. He has also been part of movies such as Bride Wars and DOA: Dead or Alive. He also appeared in and produced the film Class, written and directed by his father.
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Randy Quaid
(American Actor Who is Known for His Roles in Both Serious Drama and Light Comedy)
Randy Quaid
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Birthdate: October 1, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra

Randy Quaid is an American actor who received critical acclaim for playing President Lyndon Johnson in the 1987 television movie LBJ: The Early Years. Controversy's favorite child, Randy Quaid could not work for almost a decade due to legal troubles; Quaid has been charged with burglary and defraud among other illegal activities.

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Chace Crawford
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Birthdate: July 18, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer

Chace Crawford's journey from working as a car valet to becoming an actor in the film and TV industry has been quite inspirational. He also serves as an inspiration to college dropouts and to those who suffer from attention deficit disorder as he established a successful career after being diagnosed with ADHD and dropping out of Pepperdine University.

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Rip Torn
(Actor)
Rip Torn
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Birthdate: February 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: July 9, 2019
Rip Torn is best remembered for his Emmy-winning role of Arthur in The Larry Sanders Show and his Academy Award-nominated role of Marsh Turner in Cross Creek. Fans also loved him as Zed in the Men in Black franchise. He lent his voice to many animated films and video games.
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Karamo Brown
(Known for His MTV Reality Series the 'Real World: Philadelphia', The First Openly Gay Black Man on a Reality Show)
Karamo Brown
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Birthdate: November 2, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio

A dynamic talk and lifestyle television host, Karamo Brown is also a reality television personality, actor, author, and an award-winning activist. Beginning his career with a small role in The Princess Diaries, he later switched to television, making his mark with the MTV reality series The Real World: Philadelphia.  Also a published author, he has three titles to his credit.

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Ben McKenzie
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Birthdate: September 12, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
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Taylor Sheridan
(Best Known for Writing the Screenplay for 'Sicario' and 'Hell or High Water')
Taylor Sheridan
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Birthdate: May 21, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Screenwriter/director Taylor Sheridan is best known for his Academy Award-nominated original screenplay in Hell or High Water. He also gained fame as an actor, playing David Hale in the Sons of Anarchy and Danny Boyd in Veronica Mars. He has also written Sicario and written and directed Wind River.
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Brigette Lundy-Paine
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Casey Gardner’ in the TV Series ‘Atypical’)
Brigette Lundy-Paine
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Birthdate: August 10, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo

Brigette Lundy-Paine is one of the few American actors who are genderqueer; they came out as non-binary in 2019, preferring to be addressed by they/them pronouns. Apart from being an actor, Brigette Lundy-Paine also co-founded an art publication called Waif Magazine and a vocal band called Subtle Pride.

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Henry Thomas
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Birthdate: September 9, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
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Nick Jonas
(Singer, One of the Jonas Brothers)
Nick Jonas
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Birthdate: September 16, 1992
Sun Sign: Virgo

American singer and actor, Nick Jonas is one of the three members of the popular American pop rock band Jonas Brothers which has released five studio albums and worked in two successful Disney’s television films. When the band disbanded for sometime, Nick released solo albums, founded a record label and furthered his acting career with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

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Troy Baker
(Actor, Singer, Television actor)
Troy Baker
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Birthdate: April 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
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Dan Blocker
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Birthdate: December 10, 1928
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: May 13, 1972
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Lucas Till
(Famous for His Roles in 'Hannah Montana:The Movie' ,'The Spy Next Door' and 'Monster Trucks')
Lucas Till
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Birthdate: August 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo

Lucas Till is an American actor best known for playing Havok in the X-Men movie series. He is also known for his portrayal of Angus MacGyver in the popular action-adventure television series MacGyver, for which he has received a couple of nominations at the Teen Choice Awards. Also a producer, Lucas Till has co-produced films like All Superheroes Must Die.

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Jimmy Dean
(Singer and Actor Best Known for His 1960s Hit ‘Big Bad John')
Jimmy Dean
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Birthdate: August 10, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: June 13, 2010
Jimmy Dean was an American television host, country music singer, businessman, and actor. He is credited with creating and popularizing a food company named Jimmy Dean Foods. He was posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, although he was still alive when he was nominated for the honor in 2010.
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Isaiah Washington
(Actor & TV Personality Known for His Role as ‘Dr. Preston Burke’ in the TV Series ‘Grey's Anatomy’)
Isaiah Washington
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Birthdate: August 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo

Isaiah Washington is an American actor who achieved popularity after playing Dr. Preston Burke in the popular medical drama television series Grey's Anatomy. After learning about his African roots with the help of a genealogical DNA test, Isaiah Washington traveled to Sierra Leone where he touched the lives of many by building a school and donating supplies to a hospital.

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Larry Hagman
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Birthdate: September 21, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: November 23, 2012
Larry Hagman, son of actor Mary Martin, is best remembered as astronaut Tony Nelson from the iconic series I Dream of Jeannie and as oil baron J.R. Ewing from the long-running soap Dallas. He had also delivered several guest performances and dabbled in direction and production, before dying of leukemia.
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Mark Salling
(Actor, Musician)
Mark Salling
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Birthdate: August 17, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: January 30, 2018

Beginning his career as a child actor, American actor, Mark Salling, gained fame with his portrayal of musically-inclined football star Noah ‘Puck’ Puckerman’ in television series Glee. The actor, who was also a singer and musician, was arrested for possessing images of child pornography. He pleaded guilty but before his court sentencing, he was found dead from asphyxia by hanging.

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Lyle Lovett
(Singer-songwriter)
Lyle Lovett
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Birthdate: November 1, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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Powers Boothe
(Best Known for His Role in the TV Miniseries 'Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones')
Powers Boothe
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Birthdate: June 1, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: May 14, 2017
Powers Boothe is best known for his Emmy-winning performance as real-life cult leader Jim Jones in Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones. He started as a Shakespearean actor and later played significant roles in Deadwood, Tombstone, 24, and Nashville. He has also voiced characters in video games.
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Jesse Plemons
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Birthdate: April 2, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
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Brent Spiner
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Birthdate: February 2, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
William Jackson Harper
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Birthdate: February 8, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
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James Roday
(Actor, Director and Screenwriter Best Known as 'Shawn Spencer' in TV series 'Psych')
James Roday
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Birthdate: April 4, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
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Ron White
(Stand-up Comedian)
Ron White
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Birthdate: December 18, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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Nicholas Gonzalez
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Alex Santiago’ in TV Series ‘Resurrection Blvd’)
Nicholas Gonzalez
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Birthdate: January 3, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nicholas Gonzalez is best known as Alex Santiago from Resurrection Blvd. and Dr. Neil Melendez from The Good Doctor. Fans also loved him in Pretty Little Liars and Mental. He has also appeared in films such as Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid and is an avid poker player. 
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Dabney Coleman
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Birthdate: January 3, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Dabney Coleman is best known for his roles in films such as The Towering Inferno and The Beverly Hillbillies. He also delivered an Emmy-nominated role in Buffalo Bill and award-winning roles in Sworn to Silence, The Slap Maxwell Story, and Boardwalk Empire. He is also a skilled tennis player.
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Ryan Guzman
(Actor Known for His Films: 'Step-Up', ‘Step-Up Revolution’ and Series '9-1-1')
Ryan Guzman
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Birthdate: September 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Ryan Guzman had to forego his love for baseball due to an injury. He later joined Wilhelmina Models and also learned mixed martial arts. His subsequent auditions bore fruit, and he never looked back after being cast as Sean Asa in the Step Up dance film franchise.
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Machine Gun Kelly
(Rapper - Noted For Contemporary & Alternative Hip-Hop With Rock)
Machine Gun Kelly
1
Birthdate: April 22, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
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Angus T. Jones
(American Actor Known for His Role as ‘Jake Harper’ in the TV Sitcom ‘Two and a Half Men’)
Angus T. Jones
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Birthdate: October 8, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Angus T. Jones is an American former actor. As a child actor, he gained international recognition for portraying Jake Harper in one of the most popular CBS sitcoms of all time, Two and a Half Men. Also known for his charity work, Jones has supported outfits, such as the First Star Organization, which helps neglected and abused children.
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Tye Sheridan
(Actor and Producer Best Known for His Role as ‘Cyclops’ in the ‘X-Men’ Film Series)
Tye Sheridan
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Birthdate: November 11, 1996
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Tye Sheridan is an American actor best known for portraying the younger version of Scott Summers in the reboot X-Men movie series. Apart from being an actor, Tye Sheridan is also an entrepreneur and is credited with co-founding Wonder Dynamics, an AI production tools company, along with Nikola Todorovic.

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Don Swayze
(Actor)
Don Swayze
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Birthdate: August 10, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo

Don Swayze is an American actor known for his work in popular films and TV series. Over the years, he has also appeared in several stage shows. Don Swayze is also an avid skydiver and cyclist. He races cross country mountain bikes during his free time. He is also credited with establishing Swayze Ranch, an animal therapy ranch in California.