People who have ties to Kansas

by I-Authored-Mitch | created - 28 Jun 2013 | updated - 27 May 2015 | Public

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.

Here is a link to part of my story http://www.divinecaroline.com/life-etc/culture-causes/my-so-called-life-so-far-part-1

1. Don Johnson

Actor | Miami Vice

Best known for his starring role as Det. Sonny Crockett on the hugely successful TV series Miami Vice (1984), 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...

2. Jon Ecklund

Director | Disposophobia

Jon Ecklund has a BFA from the University of Texas and an MFA from Yale. Jon is a volunteer at Manhattan Theatre Source, a non profit arts service and producing organization in New York's West Village. He is also a founding member of Yale Cabaret Hollywood, an organization devoted to promoting ...

3. Pamela Horton

Super Troopers 2

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 ...

4. 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 ...

5. 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 ...

6. Wyatt Earp

The Half-Breed

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...

7. Carson Elrod

Actor | Wedding Crashers

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 ...

8. 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 ...

9. Nicholas Barton

Director | Hyde Park

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 ...

10. Ben Hensley

Actor | DriverX

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...

11. Charles Moss

Actor | Mob City

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 ...

12. Joe Michalski

Sound_department | Bubble Boy

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. ...

13. 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", ...

14. 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 London area, 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 ...

15. Jeri Ryan

Actress | Star Trek: Voyager

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,...

16. Annette Bening

Actress | American Beauty

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 ...

17. Scott Bakula

Actor | Quantum Leap

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...

18. Jeremy Davies

Actor | Saving Private Ryan

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 ...

19. Rob Riggle

Actor | The Daily Show

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 notable television credits and has also earned roles in many ...

20. 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 ...

21. Cassandra Peterson

Actress | Elvira: Mistress of the Dark

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 ...

22. Vera Miles

Actress | The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

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 ...

23. William Shockley

Actor | Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman

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...

24. Rebecca Staab

Actress | Somewhere Between

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 in the top five finalists in the Miss USA pageant as Miss Nebraska.

Rebecca's most recent work includes the film "Breakthrough" alongside ...

25. 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 ...

26. Betsy Randle

Actress | Boy Meets World

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.

27. Billy Drago

Actor | The Untouchables

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...

28. Everett McGill

Actor | Twin Peaks

Everett McGill was the leader of a popular Kansas City dance band prior to becoming an accomplished stage actor with more than 1300 performances on Broadway to his credit. He first acquired wide attention in film with his starring role in Jean-Jacques Annaud's Oscar-winning saga of primitive man, ...

29. Taryn Southern

Actress | Private High Musical

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 Tubefilter.tv, Taryn's online videos and series have been seen by more than 100 million people and featured in People, Cosmopolitan, USA ...

30. Willie Aames

Actor | Eight Is Enough

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 acting and film making, splitting his time ...

31. Christina Chang

Actress | Live Free or Die Hard

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 ...

32. Terry Kiser

Actor | Weekend at Bernie's

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...

33. Neil LaBute

Writer | In the Company of Men

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 ...

34. Milburn Stone

Actor | Gunsmoke

Character actor Milburn Stone, the beloved "Doc Adams" on TV's long-running western classic Gunsmoke (1955), 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 ...

35. Gordon Jump

Actor | WKRP in Cincinnati

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 (1978). This is ironic, since in the first part of his working life he was found either behind a microphone or camera in stints with ...

36. 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, ...

37. David Dastmalchian

Actor | The Dark Knight

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 ...

38. Sean Lowe

Actor | Bomb City

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...

39. Nana Gbewonyo

Actor | Coach Carter

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...

40. 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 ...

41. Wilt Chamberlain

Actor | Conan the Destroyer

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 ...

42. Castulo Guerra

Actor | The Usual Suspects

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 ...

43. Natalie Makenna

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...

44. Kip Niven

Actor | Magnum Force

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 ...

45. Paige Peterson

Actress | Meet the Spartans

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...

46. Frank Wilcox

Actor | The Ten Commandments

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 ...

47. Fred Meyers

Actor | The Even Stevens Movie

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 (2000). He also played a bad boy in Suspended Animation (2001).

48. 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 ...

49. 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...

50. Spencer Hill

Actor | A Perfect Getaway

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 ...

51. Laurel Goodwin

Actress | Star Trek

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 ...

52. 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 (2014). Critics wrote: Henry Dean is "played with stunning sensitivity and insight" (...

53. Patrice Wymore

Actress | Ocean's Eleven

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 ...

54. Richard Partlow

Actor | Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

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, ...

55. Larry Parks

Actor | The Jolson Story

When amiable Columbia Pictures actor Larry Parks was entrusted the role of entertainer Al Jolson in the biopic The Jolson Story (1946), 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 ...

56. Mickey Spillane

Writer | The Girl Hunters

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, ...

57. Ben Zook

Writer | Jack and Jill

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 Afterelton.com.

He's also the original ...

58. Laura Ingalls Wilder

Writer | Little House on the Prairie

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 ...

59. Vivian Schilling

Actress | Na pude aneb Kdo má dneska narozeniny?

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...

60. 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 ...

61. Karyn O'Bryan

Actress | The Moment After

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...

62. 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 ...

63. Laura Kirk

Actress | American Honey

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 ...

64. Stephen Bridgewater

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, ...

65. Keith Loneker

Actor | Out of Sight

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 ...

66. Darin Cooper

Actor | Keeping Up with the Joneses

Darin Cooper was born in Oakley KS, the son of a plumber and a beautician, and attended Fort Hays State University before he transferred as a senior and graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He subsequently moved to Los Angeles and began a career in graphic ...

67. 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, ...

68. Jennifer Besser

Actress | Chase

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...

69. 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 ...

70. Michael Lee Kimel

Actor | Lodge 49

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 ...

71. Andrew Patrick Ralston

Actor | Lethal Weapon

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...

72. Betsy McIntyre

Be Cool

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 ...

73. 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 ...

74. Brent Barrett

Actor | The Producers

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 ...

75. Kimberly Fox

Actress | The Orville

Born in Tarrytown, New York and raised in Overland Park, Kansas, Kimberly Fox began her performance career at the age of 3, when she began studying acting and dance. She attended a performing arts high school, and performed in numerous plays as well as becoming a member of the sketch and improv ...

76. Herk Harvey

Director | Carnival of Souls

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 ...

77. James Smith

Actor | Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

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...

78. Duane Johnson

Producer | Duane's World Shorts

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 ...

79. Frankie Burke

Actor | Angels with Dirty Faces

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 ...

80. Kelsey Pribilski

Actress | Last Girl Standing

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. ...

81. Pamela Clay

Actress | Citizens United

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 ...

82. 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,...

83. Langston Hughes

Writer | Way Down South

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 ...

84. Julia Melim

The Incredible Hulk

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 ...

85. 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...

86. Christina Birdsall

Producer | Candy

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 ...

87. Bevin Hamilton

Actress | Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk

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 ...

88. Ryan Casanova

Actor | The Couch

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...

89. Giana Alexis Cambria

Actress | Mister White

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 ...

90. Whit Spurgeon

Actor | Victor Crowley

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 ...

91. Jim Houck

Writer | The Writer

Jim Houck is known for "The Writer" which he wrote and directed, "Karma" and "Pinstripes on the Prairie". He is a former professional bullrider and outlaw biker, having written for motorcycle industry mags like "Easyriders" for over ten years. Jim divides his time with his family between his ...

92. Jon Jost

Director | They Had It Coming

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, ...

93. Eric Parkinson

Producer | Daisy Winters

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 ...

94. 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 ...

95. 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.

96. Arriane Alexander

Actress | American Crime Story

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 ...

97. 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 ...

98. John Riggins

Actor | The Wedding Ringer

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...

99. 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 ...

100. Susie Owens

Actress | They Bite

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 ...



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