People who have ties to Kansas

Even as backwards as Kansas seems to be, something good can hail from there. Here is a list of people who are part of popular culture who were born, spent some of their childhood there, attended college, or currently reside there.

Most notably, the 1918 flu pandemic began in Kansas. The first known cases were in soldiers at Fort Riley. The Spanish Flu (January 1918 – December 1920) was an unusually deadly influenza pandemic, the first of the two pandemics involving H1N1 influenza virus. It infected 500 million people across the world, including remote Pacific islands and the Arctic, and killed 50 to 100 million of them—three to five percent of the world's population —making it one of the deadliest natural disasters in human history. Most influenza outbreaks disproportionately kill juvenile, elderly, or already weakened patients; in contrast the 1918 pandemic predominantly killed previously healthy young adults. [Wikipedia]

After the plane crash that killed Knute Rockne near Bazaar KS, national outcry over the air disaster that killed Rockne (and the 7 others) triggered sweeping changes to airliner design, manufacturing, operation, inspection, maintenance, regulation and crash-investigation—igniting a safety revolution that ultimately transformed airline travel worldwide, from the most dangerous form of travel to the safest form of travel.[Wikipedia] Amazing that Tornados (via "The Wizard of Oz") are not the only way Kansas affected the world.

I also have ties to Kansas, Mostly in Gove County. If you open a Quinter KS phone book half of those people are related to me. I also lived in several Kansas towns. I finally moved because KS Social Services abuses men and fathers.

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Don Johnson
Actor, Miami Vice
Best known for his starring role as Det. Sonny Crockett on the hugely successful TV series Miami Vice, Don Johnson is one of the stars who really defined the 1980s. As James "Sonny" Crockett he went toe-to-toe with drug dealers, pimps, prostitutes, assassins, illegal arms-dealers and crooked cops on a weekly basis from 1984 to 1989...
Jon Ecklund
Jon Ecklund hails from Cherryvale, Kansas where he earned his Eagle Scout badge and was a disco roller champion at age 11. After ignoring parental advice to become an accountant, Jon heeded the call to become an actor, performing everywhere from the Ballet Austin to Williamstown; from New York at the Jean Cocteau Rep to L.A...
Pamela Horton
Pamela Horton was born in Whittier, CA and moved to the Wichita, KS area at the age of 9. She attended Wichita State University with a major in Psychology after graduating from Clearwater High School in 2006. Pamela modeled professionally from 2006 to 2015 where she was featured in a broad range of...
Dakota Miller
Director, Specs
Dakota Miller graduated from Coffeyville Community College in Coffeyville, Kansas in 2008. He attended Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri for one several months. Dakota has been making films since 2004 and has made about dozens of short films. His first film to be accepted into a film festival was "Next in Line"...
Abby Underwood
Actress, Deadline
Abby Underwood was born in Wichita,KS to Keith and Rhonda Underwood. Through various job transfers with her parents she then moved to Charelston,SC , Texas, Washington D.C and then Tennessee. At the age of 3 she was quoting Seinfeld by saying "no soup for you." Abby's first production was in kindergarten when she played the little lamb in The Little Drummer Boy...
Wyatt Earp
Wyatt Earp was a lawman, gambler, businessman, saloon owner and gunfighter of great repute in the American West. He had been a police officer in Wichita, KS, and later in Dodge City, KS, during the mid-1870s, after which he became a shotgun rider with Wells Fargo. In Tombstone, AZ, in the wake of a stagecoach robbery...
Carson Elrod
Born in Topeka, KS, Carson has degrees in History and Theatre from the University of Kansas. He holds an MFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program. He has also studied improvisation and performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade, IOWest, and The Peoples Improv Theatre. His career as an actor spans every aspect of stage and screen...
Nate McGee
Self, Rush'd
Nate McGee is the youngest of three children. He is the son of Virginia Lovell and Nat McGee. He has an older brother named Charles "Chuck" Simms and a sister named Monica Lovell. Nate was born on January 30, 1986 in Hinsdale, Illinois. He later moved to Bolingbrook IL, and Topeka KS, before finally settling in Newton Ks...
Nicholas Barton
Director, Wichita
Nicholas gained notoriety as the national runner up in Dramatic Interpretation while attending Kansas State University. He began his film and video career in 2008 as a producer for CMT and A&E. He also has worked for ESPN, HBOsports, NatGeo, TLC, and Discovery. In 2013, he wrote and directed his first feature film "Wichita" which has since been picked up for national distribution for January 2015...
Ben Hensley
Originally from Salina, KS, Ben attended Kansas-State University in Manhattan, KS, the "Little Apple." Ben has been working in film, television, commercials and theatre for many years. He is an eager beaver, enjoys reading, his dog Maggie, his 3 year old niece and the GREAT outdoors. Ben finds that...
Charles Moss
Charles Moss has land spots in various independent film projects, and has appeared on several television shows. Charles David Moss III was born in Kansas City, KS. He began expressing his creative talents in writing at a young age having his first short story published in the local newspaper while only in the 2nd grade...
Joe Michalski
Sound Department, Shameless
Grew up in Westheight, Kansas City, Kansas, Wyandotte County. Parents Robert E. and Anna L. Michalski still reside in Kansas City, KS. Kansas City Punk/Hardcore Scene 1985-1992. Worked for Kansas City Comets Indoor Soccer Team of the MISL 1984-1986. Rockhurst High School Graduate Class of 1987. Kansas University Alum 1992...
LB McGill
Producer, Dead Serious
LB McGill has been a musician, designer, singer, performer, writer, director, and most importantly, an artist for the last 30 years. Loralie "LB" McGill began her theater career in 1979 as a singer/songwriter/performer. One of her first performances was a lead roll in original play "Carla", performed for the American College Theatre Festival in Kansas City...
Paul Rudd
Actor, Ant-Man
Paul Stephen Rudd was born in Passaic, New Jersey. His parents, Michael and Gloria, both from Jewish families, were born in the U.K. He has one sister, who is three years younger than he is. Paul traveled with his family during his early years, because of his father's airline job at TWA. His family eventually settled in Overland Park...
Jeri Ryan
Jeri Ryan was born Jeri Lynn Zimmerman on February 22, 1968 in Munich, West Germany, to Gerhard Florian Zimmerman, a Master Sergeant in the United States Army, and his wife Sharon, a social worker. She and her older brother Mark grew up on several military bases, including Kansas, Maryland, Hawaii, Georgia and Texas...
Annette Bening
Annette Carol Bening was born on May 29, 1958 in Topeka, Kansas, the youngest of four children of Shirley (Ashley), a soloist and church singer, and Arnett Grant Bening, an insurance salesman. She is of German and British Isles ancestry. Her family moved to California when she was young, and she grew up there...
Scott Bakula
Scott Stewart Bakula was born on October 9, 1954 in St. Louis, Missouri, to Sally (Zumwinkel) and J. Stewart Bakula, a lawyer. He is of German, as well as Czech, Austrian, Scottish, and English ancestry. He comes from a musical family. In the fourth grade, he started a rock band and wrote songs for them...
Jeremy Davies
Jeremy Davies attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, California. He made his film debut starring in David O. Russell's acclaimed first film, the Indy classic, "Spanking the Monkey", which became a surprise Sundance Film Festival winner, earning Jeremy an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Debut Performance...
Rob Riggle
Comedian, actor and United States Marine Corps Reserve Lieutenant Colonel Robert Allen Riggle, Jr. was born April 21, 1970 in Louisville, Kentucky, to Sandra (Shrout) and Robert Allen Riggle, who worked in insurance. Riggle has amassed many notable television credits and has also earned roles in several feature films...
Jamie Anne Allman
Actress, The Notebook
Jamie Anne Brown was born in Parsons, Kansas and is the oldest of five. At a very early age, Brown dreamed of being an actress. Pursuing her childhood dream, Brown moved to Los Angeles. One of her very first roles was a recurring part on the hit FOX series "The Shield." Soon after, she made her feature...
Cassandra Peterson
Cassandra Peterson was born in Manhattan, Kansas, and grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She began her career at age 17 as the youngest showgirl in Las Vegas history in the show "Vive Les Girls" at the Dunes Hotel. After receiving advice from "The King" himself, Elvis Presley, she traveled to Europe where she pursued a career as a singer and actor...
Vera Miles
Actress, Psycho
Born in Boise City, Oklahoma, Vera Miles attended school in Pratt, Kansas and Wichita, Kansas. The patrician beauty of Miss Miles won her the title of "Miss Kansas" in 1948, leading soon to small roles in Hollywood films and television series. Fame came to the forthright, spirited Miles when she attracted the attention of two master directors...
William Shockley
William Shockley has fashioned a storied career, portraying complex characters as an actor, adding diverse experience as a director, producer and screenwriter. In 2017, Shockley will appear in five feature films. He plays a Texas drug-runner in Last Rampage with Robert Patrick and Heather Graham. He portrays a construction worker in You Can't Say No with Marguerite Moreau...
Rebecca Staab
Rebecca Staab was born in Hays, Kansas and grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. Excelling in academics, Rebecca had a 4.0 GPA in both high school and college, and placed as the top sixth finalist in the Miss USA pageant as Miss Nebraska. Rebecca is currently shooting the new ABC thriller series "Somewhere Between" as Colleen Dekizer, scheduled to start airing in June of 2017...
Jay Karnes
Actor, The Shield
Jay Karnes was born in Omaha, NE and attended the University of Kansas, where he studied theatre, history, and political science. He has performed extensively in the regional theater, including in The Tempest, Two Noble Kinsman, Richard II, Macbeth, Coriolanus, Love's Labor's Lost, and Tom Stoppard's Arcadia...
Betsy Randle
Betsy Randle was born in Chicago, Illnois, she grew up in the suburb of Glenview. She graduated from New Trier High School and the University of Kansas. Betsy is the mother of two children, Jessica and Aaron.
Billy Drago
Drago is well-known for his villainous parts (leading or supporting), and he is renowned for his rugged yet scary looks and evil smile. He was born William Eugene Burrows in Hugoton, Kansas. He became interested in acting and took his mother's maiden name 'Drago' as a stage name. At first he worked as a stuntman in Kansas...
Everett McGill
Actor, Twin Peaks
Everett McGill was born Charles Everett McGill III on October 21, 1945 in Miami Beach, Florida. He graduated from Rosedale High School in Kansas City, Kansas in 1963. He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. McGill first gained attention from his memorable portrayal of Naoh, the leader of the Caveman tribe in Quest for Fire...
Taryn Southern
Taryn Southern is a writer, producer, actress, and TV host primarily known for her work in the online world. Referred in 2009 as 'a webutante extraordinaire' by, Taryn's online videos and series have been seen by more than 100 million people and featured in People, Cosmopolitan, USA Today, Redbook, Maxim, CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, ABC, and more...
Willie Aames
After becoming an award-winning, platinum-selling writer, producer/director Willie Aames took a 5-year hiatus and became a 6-star cruise director spending his time circling the globe and visiting over 127 countries. Recently Aames returned to his roots in the acting and film-making splitting his time between Los Angeles and Vancouver...
Christina Chang
Christina Chang was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, by her Chinese-Filipino father and American mother. At 17 she moved to the United States to study Theatre & Film in her mother's home state of Kansas and later studied acting in Seattle, USA. Chang went on to gain a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Washington in Seattle...
Terry Kiser
Excellent, prolific and dependable character actor Terry Kiser was born in Omaha, Nebraska. Terry attended the University of Kansas on both football and dramatic scholarships. He graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering and worked for three years in this profession in his hometown of Omaha...
Neil LaBute
Acclaimed and highly discussed filmmaker Neil LaBute has made himself a force to be reckoned with and a name to watch. With his true-to-life cynical and self-absorbed characters and all-too-true social themes, he has firmly established himself as an unforgiving judge of the ugliest side of human nature...
Milburn Stone
Actor, Gunsmoke
Character actor Milburn Stone, the beloved "Doc Adams" on TV's long-running western classic Gunsmoke, was born in Kansas on July 5, 1904. Acting must have been in his blood as the nephew of Broadway comedian Fred Stone for Milburn left home as a teenager to find work with touring repertory troupes...
Gordon Jump
The burly character actor Gordon Jump will probably be best remembered for the role of the radio station manager Arthur Carlson in the TV sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati. This is ironic, since in the first part of his working life he was found either behind a microphone or camera in stints with radio and TV stations in the Midwest, including producing jobs at stations in Kansas and Ohio...
Steve Reevis
Actor, Fargo
Steve was born and raised on the Blackfeet Reservation in Browning, Montana. Son of Curley and Lila Reevis, he is the 4th of 6 siblings. He graduated from Flandreau High School and attended Haskell Indian Junior College in Lawrence, Kansas where he received a degree in arts. After junior college, he left the reservation in Montana to try to begin an acting career in Los Angeles...
David Dastmalchian
David Dastmalchian is originally from Kansas. He moved to Chicago, IL, to study acting at The Theatre School, DePaul University. After college, David worked as a professional fisherman in Alaska, a circus performer, movie theatre usher and playwright. He is an ensemble member of Shattered Globe Theatre Company and Caffeine Theatre in Chicago.
Sean Lowe
Sean Lowe (born in Arlington, Texas on November 16, 1983) is an insurance salesman from Dallas, Texas. Sean grew up in Irving, TX with his parents and older sister. In high school, Sean played football and was a linebacker for the Irving High Tigers. He transferred to Lamar High School in Arlington and played football for them as well...
Nana Gbewonyo
A native of Sylmar, California, Gbewonyo played high school basketball at Kennedy High. He began his college career at College of the Canyons (Calif.), where he earned All-Western State Conference honors and was named the team's Most Valuable Player as a sophomore in the 2000-01 season. He averaged 21 points and eight rebounds that season...
Lorin McCraley
Actor, Traffik
Lorin McCraley was born in Kingman, Arizona. As a child, he grew up in a myriad of locations across the American Southwest, before landing in Cottonwood, Arizona. While there, he was an All-Conference football and baseball player at Mingus Union High School. A football scholarship took him to Scottsdale Community College...
Wilt Chamberlain
Writer, Wilt
Wilton Norman Chamberlain was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Olivia Ruth (Johnson), a domestic worker, and William Chamberlain, a welder, custodian, and handyman. Wilt didn't come from a race of giants as many thought. Both his parents were no bigger than 5-9, but as a young boy he began a growth spurt which would eventually stop when he reached 7-1...
Castulo Guerra
An actor with an international flair and a distinguished voice, Cástulo Guerra was born in Córdoba, Argentina, August 24, 1945, to Cástulo Guerra and María Sola, and was nicknamed Pericles by medical students at the pension where they lived. He grew up in pre-Andean Salta in northern Argentina. In 1961...
Natalie Makenna
Actress, Manglehorn
Natalie Makenna is an actress, TV host, and opera singer known for her role in Manglehorn starring Al Pacino. She was raised in Lawrence, Kansas. At the age of four, she began her training as a classical violinist. By the age of nine she was studying piano, then by eleven the guitar. She went on to...
Kip Niven
Kip Niven was raised in Prairie Village, Kansas (a suburb of Kansas City in affluent Johnson County), and graduated in 1963 from Shawnee Mission East High School. After spending a year at Baylor University, he changed his mind and entered the theater program at The University of Kansas, where he performed in dozens of plays...
Paige Peterson
Actress, The Hot Chick
Paige Ellen Peterson was born May 2nd, 1980, in Lawrence, Kansas. At an early age she developed a love for the spotlight. First performing in dance competitions and later in community theater productions. By her mid teen years Paige convinced her mother to allow her to leave Kansas and head for the hills of Hollywood...
Frank Wilcox
American character actor in scores of films after substantial stage experience. He was born in DeSoto, Missouri, but raised in Atchison, Kansas. The son of a railroad worker and law clerk (some publicity material states the father was a physician, but family and census records show otherwise), he wavered between various careers including oil exploration...
Fred Meyers
Fred Meyers was born in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Currently lives in Burbank, California. Fred made his breakthrough in the popular Disney Channel television series Even Stevens. He also played a bad boy in Suspended Animation.
Bill Allen
Actor, Rad
Bill Allen was born in Wichita, Kansas, November 7, 1962. He moved to Dallas, Texas at the age of four. Having made his acting debut in a junior high school production of Ray Bradbury's "Dandelion Wine", he attended various acting workshops at Richardson High School. After graduation, he began to seriously pursue his chosen career under the tutelage of Bryan O'Byrne...
Robert T. Bogue
Actor, Oz
Born in Minden, Nebraska, the youngest of three sons. Grew up in Hays, Kansas and Richmond, Kentucky. Graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Colorado College in International Political Economics. Played basketball in college, setting the single season scoring record his senior year. Started his professional career in the theater in New York City...
Spencer Hill
Spencer Hill is the son of Don Hill, a Representative in the Kansas state legislature and pharmacist, and Robbie Hill. He has an older sister, Holly Stone, who has two children, Rylie and Jackson. Spencer graduated from Emporia High School and Kansas State University and played football at both Kansas State University and Emporia State University while in college...
Laurel Goodwin
Born in 1942 in Wichita, Kansas, Laurel Goodwin, was a child model. Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962) was Ms. Goodwin's first movie. She only made 3 more movies, but appeared in many TV series; and she was in the "pilot" [Star Trek: The Cage (1965- which has an actual copyright date of 1964)] for Star Trek (1966) TV series [this was part of a two-hour show...
Richard E. Wilson
Actor, Noble Fir
Nominated for the Stellae Award for Best Actor at the 2014 Pan Pacific Film Festival, Richard E. Wilson received critical acclaim for his performance in the lead role of Henry Dean in the feature film, Noble Fir. Critics wrote: Henry Dean is "played with stunning sensitivity and insight" (The Independent Critic)...
Patrice Wymore
Actress, The Big Trees
When Kansas-born Patrice Wymore was only six years of age, she began touring with her family in tent shows and in vaudeville, her mother being a pianist and singer on the circuit. In contrast, her father was a trucking line exec. Trained in voice, the lovely, fair-haired teenager gambled on a try in New York and it paid off...
Richard Partlow
Richard (Rick) Partlow was born in Kansas City, Kansas in 1948, the youngest of two boys, to Mr and Mrs. James E. Partlow. His Mother, Norma Jane VanDervort, born in 1921, a graduate of Ohio University, was an artist, singer, poet, lyricist, author (under Norma Kalina) and reporter. His Father, James Edwin Partlow...
Larry Parks
When amiable Columbia Pictures actor Larry Parks was entrusted the role of entertainer Al Jolson in the biopic The Jolson Story, his career finally hit the big time. Within a few years, however, his bright new world crumbled courtesy of the House Un-American Activities Committee after the actor admitted under pressure that he was once affiliated with the Communist Party...
Mickey Spillane
Writer, Mike Hammer
Mickey Spillane, the king of the pulp novelists in the post-WW II period, sold an estimated 200 million copies globally. He was born Frank Morrison Spillane in Brooklyn, New York. Young Frank's mother was a Protestant who bestowed on him his middle name "Morrison", but his Irish Catholic father, barkeep John Joseph Spillane...
Ben Zook
Ben is currently one of the creators, producers and stars of the hit gay web series, "Where the Bears Are!" The award-winning comedy mystery is a worldwide success with over 14 MILLION VIEWS online and was named "Best Gay Web Series" of 2012 by Queerty and He's also the original writer of the Sony PIctures movie...
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Born Laura Elizabeth Ingalls in Wisconsin in 1867, she spent her childhood as a "pioneer girl, " settling in Wisconsin (twice), Missouri, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota by the time she was twelve years old. Her family stayed in South Dakota, or Dakota Territory as it was known, and in 1885...
Vivian Schilling
Vivian Schilling is an accomplished novelist, screenwriter, actor and filmmaker. Born and raised in Kansas, she attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in Los Angeles and also studied under the legendary Stella Adler before embarking upon a multifaceted career. Working both in front and behind the camera, she began writing and starring in her own films at the age of 23...
Cooper Rowe
Actor, Glee
Cooper hails from Wichita, Kansas, and grew up there, attending Wichita Collegiate School, a private college preparatory school from pre-school all the way through 12th grade where he graduated with honors. Cooper was heavily involved in the fine arts in Wichita, primarily in Music Theatre. He performed in 18 musicals...
Karyn O'Bryan
Karyn Lucy O'Bryan was born and raised in Overland Park, Kansas. She came to Hollywood in pursuit of a career in politics but fell into acting when she went on her first audition for Private Resort with Johnny Depp. She then pursued an acting career landing roles on The A team, Family Ties, & Josie & the Pussycats...
Randy Stuart
Actress, All About Eve
The daughter of husband-and-wife vaudevillians, Randy Stuart was born in southeastern Iola, Kansas and traveled throughout the South and Midwest with her itinerant parents before making her own stage debut with them at the ripe old age of three. The family eventually settled in California where Randy attended college...
Laura Kirk
Laura Kirk grew up in rural Kansas where she attended high school and got her degree in theater and film from the University of Kansas. In New York, she studied with Wynn Handman, Suzanne Esper, and improv with Alan Arkin. Her debut was as co-writer and star in the critically acclaimed film Lisa Picard Is Famous...
Stephen Bridgewater
Miscellaneous Crew, Traffic
Stephen Bridgewater was born in Hutchinson, Kansas and attended high school in Buhler, Kansas; a Mennonite community. He attended college at Hutchinson Community College and studied film at UCLA. Mr. Bridgewater began a professional career in radio broadcasting at age 14. From age 14 until age 32, Mr...
Keith Loneker
Actor, Superbad
Despite growing up in a small town in New Jersey, Keith Loneker knew early in life that he had bigger things in store for him. You'd never know by his hulking body that this giant is an underdog. Loneker has overcome many personal obstacles to defy the odds his entire life. In high school he endured a painful hip injury...
Darin Cooper
Darin Cooper, the son of a plumber and a beautician, graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Kansas State University in 1989. He subsequently moved to Los Angeles and began a career in graphic design working as a freelance artist for numerous design firms and advertising agencies. He quickly...
Patrick Rea
Director, Nailbiter
Patrick Rea is a prolific, award-winning independent filmmaker recognized for his innovative storytelling and creative directing style in horror and suspense. His feature film, "Nailbiter", won Best Director and/or Best Feature Film awards in several film festivals in 2012, including Shriekfest, Chicago Fear Fest...
Jennifer Besser
Jennifer Besser was born in California and later moved to Kansas after her parents separated. It was there that she found acting at Buhler High School. She was picked out of 5000 to be one of 50 to go to New York. Unfortunately she was unable to go when her mother got very sick and later died 2 1/2 years later...
Solomon Trimble
Actor, Twilight
Solomon Trimble (Mescalero Apache, Lakota) was born in Wichita Kansas. Solomon has been a traditional Native American Grass Dancer since the age of 3. Between the ages of 3-13, Solomon was also a member of a Northwest Native American champion youth drum group "The Young Spirit Singers". After the group disbanded...
Michael Lee Kimel
Michael was born the youngest of four to Michael Lee Kimel Sr. and Hwa Sun Kimel in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. Once his father retired from the military, his family decided to settle down in North Carolina where he excelled in martial arts and became an Eagle Scout. He went on to attend school at Appalachian State University majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing...
Andrew Patrick Ralston
Raised in Scottsdale, Arizona and Overland Park, Kansas. Moved more than 22 times. 12 of those happening before graduating high school. Andrew's first experience performing was as Pacman singing "Pacman Fever" at a second grade talent show. His best friend at the time (who was the Blue Ghost) and he...
Betsy McIntyre
Born in Kansas and raised on the Shoreline in Connecticut. Highly competitive gymnast from the age of seven. First big acting gig was being pulled on stage at a U2 concert at age 16. Tried to repeat this many times. Double major in Psychology and Performing Arts from Trinity College. Received her Master's Degree in Clinical Neuropsychology...
Suzee Slater
Actress, Chopping Mall
Buxom, shapely, and attractive blonde bombshell Suzee Slater was born on June 13 in Goodland, Kansas. Slater was raised in Omaha, Nebraska. Suzee was a cheerleader in high school and attended the University of Nebraska. Slater worked as a flight attendant for MGM Grand airlines prior to embarking on an acting career in the mid-1980's...
Brent Barrett
Blessed with a magnetic voice, the talented Barrett developed an early interest in performing when he use to frequent his aunt's local movie house. Born in Quinter, Kansas in 1957, he won the lead in his high school's production of "Calamity Jane" and was sold after that. He studied at Carnegie-Mellon and then eventually made his move to the New York scene...
Kimberly Fox
Actress, The Orville
Born in Tarrytown, New York, Kimberly moved to Kansas City, Kansas at the age of 9. She attended college at the University of Kansas and graduated with distinction and honors with a B.A. in Communication, Philosophy and the Arts. Kimberly is an accomplished martial artist with over 15 years of Tae Kwon Do and Shotokan training...
Herk Harvey
Colorado-born Herk Harvey majored in theater at Kansas University, directing and acting in stage productions and later returning to the school in a teaching capacity. He broke into the film business as an actor in some of the movies being made by Centron Corporation of Lawrence, Kansas, an educational and industrial film production company for which he subsequently went to work as a director...
James Smith
James is a graduate of Kansas State University, with an MFA from West Virginia University. As a former member of Moving Arts Theatre Company in Los Angeles, James had the opportunity to work with many talented people on exclusive world premiere plays, such as Lee Wochner's "Size of Pike" and "Happy Fun Family" (for which he won a Dramalogue Award)...
Duane Johnson
Duane Johnson was born in Junction City, Kansas on October 11, 1968 and has lived in Kansas, Missouri, Louisiana, and Texas. Mr. Johnson has an MFA in Studio Art from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana with a concentration in printmaking. Mr. Johnson acted in theatre productions while...
Frankie Burke
Francis Vaselle Aiello was born June 6, 1915, in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York. He worked many odd jobs after graduating High School, including working with his father, Carmine, who owned a tailoring shop. He earned the nickname "The earl of Warwick" because of his persistence trying to obtain a job at the most luxurious hotel in town...
Kelsey Pribilski
Actress, Day 5
The youngest of three children, Kelsey Pribilski was born into a military family in Augusta, Georgia. Her family relocated several times, to Arizona, Virginia, and Kansas and back home to Texas in the late 1990's where Kelsey has spent most of her life. She has always had a love of performing. Beginning with dance lessons at the age of four...
Pamela Clay
Studied under the late, great Sanford Meisner who told her "You may very well be a true character actress and can hold your own with anyone". Other Acting teachers include: Gene Bua, Silvana Gallardo, Sam Christensen (in LA), Floyd King at Folger Theatre (Shakespeare Theatre) in DC Lived in Europe eight years...
Kimleigh Smith
Actress, The Discovery
Kimleigh Smith is an actress and director, known for Bad Words (2013), Lincoln Heights (2007-2008), Safe Harbour (2007) and Princess Diaries (2001). Kimleigh spent the first 10 years of her life in Japan, which still holds a special place in her heart. After Japan it was off to Leavenworth, Kansas, where she spent the remainder of her school years cheering and taking the world by storm...
Langston Hughes
The son of teacher Carrie Langston and James Nathaniel Hughes, James Mercer "Langston" Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri. His father abandoned the family and left for Cuba, then Mexico, due to enduring racism in the United States. Young Langston was left to be raised by his grandmother in Lawrence...
Julia Melim
Actress, Malhação
Julia was born in Florianopolis but grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 2001, she was in the theater production "Journey to the Center of the Earth" produced by Marcelo Serrado, which won the Shell Award (Premio Shell), comparable to the Tony Award in the U.S. She also worked as an actress and assistant director for acclaimed director Augusto Boal at CTO-Rio...
Julie Daniels
Actress, 13 Hours
The youngest of four children, Julie has moved 17 times - and not just around the corner. Born in Germany to American parents, Julie's done a lot of packing. She's lived in Italy, Nebraska, Kansas, Maryland, Virginia, Alabama, Florida, and now, California. Daniels' family moved to Cordignano, Italy when she was age 8...
Christina Birdsall
Producer, Gypsy Woman
Christina was born in Texas to her mom, Janice and father, Don, a Frito Lay Mechanic. Her family moved to Nebraska and later Kansas, where she lived, until moving to California to attend college. Christina was an editor at the student run paper, The State Hornet, and held multiple offices in her sorority...
Bevin Hamilton
Bevin Hamilton is a native of Kansas. Known for her roles in Tim Timebomb's RockNRoll Theatre, Private Practice, and Confessions of A Teenage Jesus Jerk. She grew up in a family without any showbiz connections, yet always knew she wanted to perform. Her first love was ballet, but by age 7 she had landed her first theatrical role in "Singing In The Rain"...
Ryan Casanova
Ryan was born at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas. He was raised in the small suburb nearby of Derby. It was here where Ryan first set foot on the stage. He has played everything from Chino in "West Side Story" to Algernon in "The Importance of Being Earnest". His love for the theater brought him out to the West coast to pursue his acting dream on the big screen.
Giana Alexis Cambria
Born in Kansas, Giana has lived her entire life as an "Army Brat" moving to a new place virtually every year. Youngest of three and the only girl, Giana grew up playing sports but also had a strong interest in the visual arts, mainly drawing and painting. It wasn't until high-school, however, that she discovered her passion for acting and film...
Whit Spurgeon
Whit Spurgeon was born in Wichita, Kansas, and grew up in Muncie, Indiana. He received his degree in Acting from Syracuse University in 1987, including a semester in London where he worked with LAMDA. Whit spent 20 years in Chicago working in commercials and appearing in many Jeff Award-winning plays with theaters as varied as Prop Thtr...
Jim Houck
Writer, The Writer
Mr. Houck grew up in Kansas on the family's 4th-generation cattle ranch. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Kansas State University. He has written for numerous motorcycle magazines and has penned two novels. Mr. Houck and his family reside in Miami with his wife, Sona Houck, and their two daughters.
Jon Jost
Born in Chicago in 1943, of a military family, Jost grew up in Georgia, Kansas, Japan, Italy, Germany, and, Virginia. Expelled from college in 1963, He began making 16mm films. He is self-taught. He has made some 20 shorts and 16 feature films, all of which he has conceived, written, photographed, directed...
Eric Parkinson
Producer, Soultaker
Parkinson is known within the industry primarily for his film marketing and distribution skills, especially with respect to the U.S. Home Video Market. As a film distributor, he has handled the release of over 750 titles, including major hits such as "The Terminator", "Little Nemo" and "Highlander 2"...
Aubree Bowen
Actress, Rigged
Aubree Bowen was born and raised in Kansas, where she graduated with a degree in Theatre and Film from the University of Kansas. While in the Kansas City area, she was represented by Exposure, Inc., where she booked gigs ranging from commercials and industrials to feature films. She lives in Los Angeles, working as a freelance writer in addition to acting...
Kristopher Kling
Actor, The Deuce
Kristopher grew up in a small town in Kansas and went to University in the Midwest, studying theatre. He trained further as an actor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. As a drummer he played and recording with the band Transforming Apollo. He currently lives in New York.
Arriane Alexander
Actress, Justified
Accomplished and inspiring, Arriane combines her irresistible star quality with a dynamic energy that people can't get enough of. With over a decade of experience hosting, singing, acting and always making people laugh, Arriane didn't set out to be an actor in Hollywood. Originally a Cowgirl from Wichita...
Shawn Lecrone
Actor, Southwest
Shawn Lecrone was born May 2, 1979 in Wichita, Kansas, United States of America. Shawn grew up in a divorce torn family and moved around the country well into his teenage years. Always the new kid in school, Shawn Lecrone dropped out of High School and took his GED, which he graduated in the upper 10% in the state...
John Riggins
As one of football's most colorful personalities, John Riggins is best known for his days as a running back for the Washington Redskins. His bruising, punishing style of play wore down opponents and brought new meaning to the concept of the power running game. He is equally remembered as a renegade for sporting a Mohawk early in his career and for telling U.S...
Peter Zhmutski
Actor, Dare
Peter Zhmutski was born in the former Soviet Union, in what is today the country of Kazakhstan. Growing up in the capital city of Almaty with a population over 2 million people, Zhmutski's life has always included diverse forms of art. His extensive educational background includes graduating from six different schools...
Susie Owens
Tall (5'8"), slim, and busty blonde bombshell Susie Diane Owens was born on May 28, 1956 in Arkansas City, Kansas. Owens worked for a while as a trained nurse; she did everything from delivery room duty to cardiology and oncology. Susie eventually quit nursing and started her own fitness business called FemLine...