Famous people born in Houston

Famous People Born In Houston Texas

Houston is the biggest city in Texas by population and area. The city was named after the president of the Republic of Texas General Sam Houston. Houston is one of the most ethnically diverse metropolitan areas in the United States. Here is a list of some of the famous people born in Houston, Texas.

Patrick Swayze

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Patrick Swayze was an actor, dancer, singer, and songwriter. Swayze was born in Houston and raised in the Oak Forest neighborhood of Houston. Patrick starred in over 25 films and 14 television shows. He died in 2009

Houston Schools Attended
 St. Rose of Lima Catholic School
Oak Forest Elementary School
Black Middle School
Waltrip High School

Paul Wall

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Paul Wall is a Houston rapper and DJ. Wall was born in Houston, Texas. He has 18 studio albums and multiple mixtapes.

Houston Schools Attended
Jersey Village High School
 University of Houston 

Johnny Bush

Johnny Bush country music singer, songwriter, and musician. He was born in the Kashmere Gardens neighborhood of Houston, Texas. Bush recorded 24 studio albums. He died in 2020.

Alexis Bledel

Alexis Bledel is an actress and model known mostly for her role in the television series Gilmore Girls. Bledel was born and raised in Houston and has starred in 22 films and 8 television shows.

Houston Schools Attended
Catholic St. Agnes Academy 

Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson is a filmmaker known for films like The Royal TenenbaumsMoonrise Kingdom, and The Grand Budapest Hotel. Anderson was born in Houston, Texas and has directed over 11 films.

Houston Schools Attended
St. John’s School

Debbie Allen

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Actress, dancer, choreographer, singer-songwriter, director and producer, Debbie Allen, was born in Houston, Texas. She was dance teacher Lydia Grant in the 80’s music drama Fame.

Houston Schools Attended
Houston Ballet Academy

Jaclyn Smith

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Known for her role as Kelly Garrett in the television series Charlie’s Angels, Jaclyn Smith was born in Houston, Texas. She has starred in and directed many television shows and films. Smith is also a successful business woman.

Houston Schools Attended
Mirabeau B. Lamar High School

Loretta Devine


Actress and singer, Loretta Devine was born in Houston, Texas. Loretta has starred numerous films and Television shows. Notable movies include, Dreamgirls, Waiting to Exhale, Grey’s Anatomy and The Preachers Wife.

Houston Schools Attended
George Washington Carver High School
University of Houston

Anna Nicole Smith

Anna Nicole Smith was a model, actress, and television personality. She was born in Houston, Texas. Smith starred in 7 films and was in 9 television shows before her death in 2007.

Houston Schools Attended
Durkee Elementary School
Aldine High School

Kenny Rogers

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Singer, songwriter, musician, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur, Kenny Rogers was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Rogers is in the Country Music Hall of Fame and released approximately 36 albums. Rogers also starred

Houston Schools Attended
Wharton Elementary School
George Washington Junior High School
Northside High School
 University of Houston

Isaiah Washington

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Actor Isaiah Washington was born in Houston, Texas. Washington lived in the Houston Heights community and has starred in over 50 movies and over 20 television shows. Washington won multiple awards for his role in Grey’s Anatomy.

Houston Schools Attended
Willowridge High School 

Solange Knowles

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Singer, songwriter, and actress Solange Knowles was born in Houston, Texas. Solange was a backup dancer for the group Destiny’s Child and has 4 studio albums. She is singer Beyonce’s younger sister.

Billy Gibbons

Billy Gibbons is a rock musician best known as the guitarist and vocalist of the rock band ZZ Top. Gibbons was born in the Tanglewood neighborhood of Houston, Texas.

Phylicia Rashad

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Actress, singer and stage director, Phylicia Rashad was born in Houston, Texas. She is best known for her role as Clair Huxtable in the The Cosby Show. Rashad has starred in almost 50 television shows and 14 films.

DJ Premier

Record producer and DJ, DJ Premier was born in the Fifth Ward community of Houston, Texas and raised in Prairie View, Texas until his teen years when he moved to New York. DJ Premier is considered one of the greatest Hip Hop producers of all time.

Dennis Quaid


Actor Dennis Quaid was born in Houston, Texas. Quaid has been nominated and won many awards for his films. He has also contributed to over 19 television shows and as an actor and producer.

Houston Schools Attended
 Pershing Middle School
 Bellaire High School
University of Houston

Matt Stone

Matt Stone is a actor, voice actor, animator, writer, producer, and composer. He was born in Houston, Texas. He is the co-creator of the animated sitcom South Park.

Jim Parsons

Actor and producer Jim Parson best known as Sheldon Cooper in the sitcom The Big Bang Theory was born in Houston’s St. Joseph Medical Center. Parsons has starred in over 40 films and television shows.

Houston Schools Attended
University of Houston

Scarface (rapper)

Born Brad Terrence Jordan, rapper and record producer Scarface was born in Houston, Texas. Scarface was a member of the Hip Hop group Geto boys and has released 11 solo albums.

Houston Schools Attended
Woodson Middle School

Hilary Duff

Actress, singer, songwriter, producer, and writer Hillary Duff, was born in Houston, Texas. Duff grew up in Houston and San Antonio. She has starred in multiple films and television shows. Duff has also released 5 studio albums.


Singer and actress Beyoncé Knowles-Carter was born in Houston, Texas. She rose to fame as the lead singer of the group Destiny’s Child. Beyoncé has gone on to sell over 118 million records from six albums and starred in 10 films.

Houston Schools Attended
 Parker Elementary School
High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
 Alief Elsik High School

Jennifer Garner

Actress and producer Jennifer Garner grew up in Charleston, West Virginia but was born in Houston, Texas. Garner has starred in over 60 films and television shows.