Famous Oklahoma Actors & Actresses

Those You May Not Know Are From Oklahoma

There have been a great number of famous entertainers from Oklahoma over the years, and most people are quite familiar with the big names. But what about that supporting player or emerging star? You might be surprised at which actors and actresses are from Oklahoma.

Here's a list of some famous Oklahoma actors and actresses that you may not know are from our state.

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    Gary Busey
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    Oklahoma Ties: Raised in Tulsa, Graduated from Nathan Hale High School, Attended Oklahoma State University
    How You Know Him: The eccentric Gary Busey is a veteran of more than 60 films since entering the business in 1971. Among his more notable performances: "The Buddy Holly Story," "Lethal Weapon," "Point Break," "Under Siege," "The Firm" and "Rookie of the Year."
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    Kristin Chenoweth
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    Oklahoma Ties: Born and raised in Broken Arrow, Graduated from Oklahoma City University, 1st runner-up for Miss Oklahoma 1991
    How You Know Her: Chenoweth made her name on Broadway in such hits as "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" and "Wicked." She then made a successful transition to television on NBC's "The West Wing" and ABC's "Pushing Daisies."
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    Candy Clark
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    Oklahoma Ties: Born in Norman
    How You Know Her: Candy Clark had a brief part in the 2009 Matt Damon film "The Informant," but most Oklahomans probably know her for her Academy Award-nominated performance in the 1973 film "American Graffiti."
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    Danny Cooksey
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    Oklahoma Ties: Born in Moore
    How You Know Him: If you saw the 1992 blockbuster "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," you know Danny Cooksey as the red-haired friend of young Jon Connor, and in the 80's, he portrayed Sam McKinney on the show "Diff'rent Strokes." But you might be surprised at how often you've heard his voice as well. Cooksey has voiced a number of animated characters in such shows as "Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil," "Xiaolin Showdown" and the Disney Channel's "Dave the Barbarian."
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    Milena Govich
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    Oklahoma Ties: Born in Norman, Graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma
    How You Know Her: Perhaps Govich's most visible role thus far was as Detective Nina Cassady on the long-running NBC series "Law & Order." She also appeared regularly in the Denis Leary drama "Rescue Me" on the FX network and "Finding Carter" on MTV.

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    Bill Hader
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    Oklahoma Ties: Born and raised in Tulsa, Attended Cascia Hall Preparatory School
    How You Know Him: Hader is best known as a star of NBC's "Saturday Night Live." The Emmy Award-winning comedian was one of the show's feature players and did notable impressions of Al Pacino, Vincent Price and Dateline NBC's Keith Morrison. In addition, he has been seen in movies such as "Adventureland" and "Superbad." The kids will recognize him as the voice of Fear in Pixar's "Inside Out."

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    Ed Harris
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    Oklahoma Ties: Attended the University of Oklahoma
    How You Know Him: The Academy Award-winning actor Ed Harris only spent a brief time in Oklahoma, but we'll claim him nonetheless. You've undoubtedly seen Harris in hit movies such as "A Beautiful Mind," "The Truman Show," "The Rock" or "Apollo 13."
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    Rex Linn
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    Oklahoma Ties: Graduated from Oklahoma State University, Worked as a bank VP in western Oklahoma
    How You Know Him: Rex Linn is very familiar to fans of the hit CBS series "CSI: Miami" as Detective Frank Tripp. He has also had high-profile roles in a number of films such as "Cliffhanger" with Sylvester Stallone, "Tin Cup" with Kevin Costner and "Appaloosa" with Ed Harris.

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    James Marsden
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    Oklahoma Ties: Born in Stillwater
    How You Know Him: Marsden is best known for his role as Cyclops in the hit movie "X-Men," but since, he has appeared in other high profile parts in films such as "Enchanted" and "Anchorman 2" and the popular HBO series "Westworld."

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    Thad Luckinbill
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    Oklahoma Ties: Born and raised in Enid, Attended the University of Oklahoma
    How You Know Him: Soap opera fans know Luckinbill well as J.T. Hellstrom on "The Young and the Restless," but also you may have seen him in films "Just Married" with Ashton Kutcher or the Granite Mountain Hotshots film "Only the Brave." With his twin brother Trent, Luckinbill has now moved into producing films as well, with "Sicario" their breakout hit.

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    Ryan Merriman
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    Oklahoma Ties: Born in Choctaw
    How You Know Him: Merriman gained notice in the late 1990's as young Jarod in the NBC series "The Pretender" before appearing in Disney's "A Ring of Endless Light." He later starred in several horror movies including "Halloween: Resurrection" and "Final Destination 3."

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    Megan Mullaly
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    Oklahoma Ties: Raised in Oklahoma City, Graduated from the Casady School
    How You Know Her: Megan Mullally was a two-time Emmy Award-winner and seven-time nominee for her role as Karen on the NBC sitcom "Will & Grace." She later had a short-lived talk show on NBC and starred in the comedy series "Party Down" on the Starz Channel and "Childrens Hospital" on Adult Swim.

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    Tim Blake Nelson
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    Oklahoma Ties: Born and raised in Tulsa, Graduate of Holland Hall School
    How You Know Him: Nelson is best known for his starring role in the film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" He played Delmar alongside George Clooney and John Turturro. He also appeared as Samuel Sterns in "The Incredible Hulk."
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    Lee Pace
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    Oklahoma Ties: Born in Chickasha
    How You Know Him: Pace played the starring role in the quirky ABC series "Pushing Daisies" and has appeared with Sarah Michelle Gellar in the movie "Possession." He played the role of Phil Winslow in the 2010 film version of "Marmaduke" and is well-known as Thranduil in "The Hobbit."

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    Mary Kay Place
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    Oklahoma Ties: Born in Tulsa, Graduated from the University of Tulsa
    How You Know Her: In a career that dates to the early 1970's Mary Kay Place is best known for playing Loretta Haggers on the television series "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman." She played Meg in "The Big Chill" and starred opposite Martin Short and Kurt Russell in the comedy "Captain Ron." More recently, she portrayed Adaleen Grant in the television series "Big Love."
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    Wes Studi
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    Oklahoma Ties: Born in Nofire Hollow, Attended Tulsa Junior College
    How You Know Him: Studi can be seen in the highest-grossing film of all time, "Avatar," as Eytukan. He has also appeared in "Dances with Wolves," as Magua in "The Last of the Mohicans" and in the lead role in "Geronimo: An American Legend."
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    Regina Taylor
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    Oklahoma Ties: Attended school in Muskogee
    How You Know Her: A Golden Globe winner for television's "I'll Fly Away," Regina Taylor first gained widespread attention in the late 1980's film "Lean on Me." She has also appeared in a number of other films including "Courage Under Fire," "A Family Thing" and as Karen Roman in "The Negotiator" with Samuel L. Jackson before starring in the now-canceled series "The Unit."
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    Jeanne Tripplehorn
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    Oklahoma Ties: Born in Tulsa, Was a DJ at Tulsa radio station KMOD-FM
    How You Know Her: One of the more well-known faces on this list, Jeanne Tripplehorn has starred opposite Michael Douglas in "Basic Instinct," Kevin Costner in "Waterworld" and Tom Cruise in "The Firm." She appeared in a leading role as Barbara Henrickson in the HBO drama "Big Love" with Bill Paxton and Chloë Sevigny.

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    Amber Valletta
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    Oklahoma Ties: Raised in Tulsa, Attended Booker T. Washington High School
    How You Know Her: Also a model, Amber Valletta is familiar to Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford fans as Madison Frank in the thriller "What Lies Beneath." Later, she had large roles in "Hitch," "Transporter 2" and "Gamer" with Gerard Butler.
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    Randy Wayne
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    Oklahoma Ties: Born and raised in Moore
    How You Know Him: Wayne is just starting out in the acting business but has already gained some notoriety as Luke Duke in "The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning." He can also be seen as Michael in the suspense film "The Haunting of Molly Hartley."