Houston may be home to NASA, but it also serves as the first home to many Hollywood stars. First, we talked about the movies filmed in Houston, and today we will talk about the Houston Celebrities you may or may not have known who hail from our great city. Besides yourself, here are 30 Houston celebrities born on the Houston scene.
Most Famous People From Houston
Beyoncé Knowles is one of the most famous and well-known Houston celebrities born in Houston! Beyoncé pursued her singing career as a child, entering countless singing competitions (and winning). In addition, she attended St. Mary’s Montessori School, where her dance instructor first recognized her talent.
She later attended Parker Elementary School and then the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and Alief Elsik High School. Beyonce still speaks fondly of Houston, and according to her interview with the website Visit Houston Texas, Houston is “a great place to raise a family” and will always be home to her.
Queen Bey’s favorite places to eat in Houston include Frenchy’s Chicken, This Is It, and Pappadeaux. We love you too, Beyoncé!
In her Lemonade music video. While most take away the theme of infidelity, there’s still a chance that ‘Lemonade’ is a shout-out to Beyoncé’s roots about Houston’s Lemonade Day that sparks children’s interest in business, right?
2. Travis Scott
In the GenZ world, who doesn’t know Travis Scott? At only 30 years old, he is a renowned American Rapper, Songwriter, Musician, Singer and Record Producer.
In 2015, he released his first solo album, in which about 20 stars made an appearance in his music videos. The album was a huge hit, and it brought him what seemed like an overnight success, and he has been prospering since!
Also, we can’t forget to mention part of his popularity came from dating American model Kylie Jenner.
3. Megan Thee Stallion
Megan Jovon Ruth Pete, her real name, is an American rapper, songwriter and singer originally from Houston. She was first recognized in 2013 for her freestyling videos in cyphers.
Meghan Thee Stallion built her fan base by releasing her music on the platform Soundcloud.
However, she became a worldwide sensation during the pandemic thanks to the song “Savage,” which featured Beyonce in the remix. The two artists received two Grammy awards for the song. Meghan has also been featured in Cardi B’s song “WAP.”
4. Hilary Duff
Hilary isn’t just one of our Houston celebrities, and she is a sixth-generation Texan. She was born and raised in Houston.
Hilary went to Memorial Drive Elementary before moving to Hollywood to pursue her career at age 9.
Hilary is famous for her singing and acting roles on Disney Channel, especially in the Lizzy McGuire movie.
But, unfortunately, it looks like Houston wasn’t what Duff’s dreams were made of. and became an inspiration to subsequent Disney teen stars like Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus.
She has become a successful actress and singer and has sold approximately 15 million records since she debuted in 2002.
5. Jennifer Garner
Jennifer Garner was born and raised in Houston—until she was four years old and moved to West Virginia. Well, at least Houston knew her then, right?
The Houston-born actress has a broad profile when it comes to working. She has featured in everything from TV shows, Rom coms, serious dramas and even the high-powered roles.
She gained recognition for her role as a CIA officer in the spy-action thriller movie Alias.
6. Jim Parsons
While Jim Parsons plays theoretical physicist Sheldon Cooper, born in Galveston, in The Big Bang Theory, Parsons is a Houstonian man. He graduated from Klein Oak High and then the University of Houston.
While at Klein Oak, he was voted the “Friendliest Guy.” (It must be that Texan hospitality, right?) While in Houston and pursuing acting, he performed at Houston’s Infernal Bridegroom Productions.
To this day, he says the Menil is his favorite museum (take that, New York!!!!). He also considers Rudyard’s to be his favorite hangout spot.
Despite living in LA, Parsons is a devoted Houston sports fan and even created a heartfelt video to persuade Dwight Howard to stay on the Houston Rockets team. Oh, Jim, you’re the real MVP.
7. Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler, an NBA shooting guard and small forward, had his break with Chicago Bulls during the 2014-2015 season. During this period, he earned the NBA’s Most Improved Player award and was included in the NBA All-Star teams for four consecutive years.
In addition, Butler got a gold medal in Rio de Janeiro at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
In 2019, he started playing for Miami Heat, where he helped lead the team to the 2020 NBA finals.
The American professional basketball player is currently associated with the NBA team Minnesota Timberwolves.
8. Blake Gray
As a social media sensation, he has garnered over 10 million Tik Tok followers and has over 5 million followers on Instagram. Most of his TikToks are short dance routines where he includes many of his friends.
Blake Gray first became famous at 14 on his YouNow account, followed by Instagram and Tiktok fame. His fun personality and good looks became an advantage and made him extremely famous among his peers and fans.
Blake Gray was a part of Impact MeetandGreet.Me touring group, a member of the Magcon 2016 tour and made an appearance on DigiTour Slaybells 2015.
In 2018, he was a supporting act on Jacob Sartorius’s Sartorian Summer Send-Off tour and later became a member of the Sway House.
9. Joel Osteen
The megachurch pastor is direct about his love for Texas and still lives in Houston. He is popular for his religious publications, such as the book “Your Best Life Now” and also his massive residential home.
Not only is he a Tv presenter, but he is also a lawyer, writer, radio artist, broadcaster, author, film actor and director.
The man with many stage names! The Master of Pain, Mean Mark Callous, and The Punisher, among others. He is among the most popular wrestlers in the world.
The professional wrestler made his debut in 1984 at the World Class Championship Wrestling, where he took the name Texas Red.
Mark William Calaway, his real name, then joined the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1990, where he adopted the name Kane the Undertaker later that year.
Undertaker quickly became a household name, and his persona is part of what shaped the wrestling culture. As a result, most people consider him among the best, if not the best, WWE entertainer of all time.
11. Lindesy Morgan
Born and raised in Houston, the American actress is popularly known for her role in “The 100.”
Lindsey Morgan’s first major career breakthrough in the drama ‘General Hospital.’ Also, her career followed with a major boost from the role of a mechanic in “The 100” as ‘Raven Reyes.’
Although it was initially a supporting role, it was converted to a fully-fledged role, and everyone appreciated her performance. In addition, her performance in “The 100” earned Morgan a lot of industry contacts.
12. Don Toliver
The Houston rapper is famous for his songs like “Backend” or “2 Lil Shorty,” where his songs are often used in Tiktok videos. As a result, Toliver was one of the most viewed artists on Tiktok in 2020.
In 2019, Don Toliver became a member of the rap collective Jack Boys as part of Travis Scott’s Cactus Jack Records.
13. Wes Anderson
Born and raised in Houston, acclaimed filmmaker Wes Anderson’s personality is not one to leave out of the list. He is famous for his quirky characters and bizarre plotlines.
Wes attended and graduated from St. John’s School in 1987. Twelve years later, he would use St. John’s like the film location and inspiration for Rushmore School in his film Rushmore.
While at St. John’s, Wes helped edit the yearbook, and according to a past teacher of his (and to the disappointment of many twee Anderson fans), Anderson was “normal” and “not eccentric.”
14. Slim Thug
Slim Thug began his career on Houston’s city’s Northside. He became famous thanks to his contribution to the Mike Mike Jones’ 2004 single Still Trippin’.
His stage name, “Slim Thug,” originated from his body as a teenager and the fact that he was always confused for a thug because of this hairstyle.
Not only does he own his record label, but he also worked with Beyonce, another Houston native, in 2009. He also shares two sons with the popular musician Letoya Luckett.
15. Michael Strahan
He was born in Houston but relocated to Germany. While overseas, he played football in Germany but moved back to Houston to be with his uncle (who played defensive end for the Oilers!).
For Strahan’s fall semester of senior year, he played football for Westbury High School and for one semester at Texas Southern University, where they gave him a scholarship.
Then, leaving TSU in the spring, he returned to Germany to finish his education and returned to the states to play football for the NFL Giants. Kelly Ripa and Houstonians everywhere are unsure how to cope with his absence.
16. Matt Bomer
Did you know that Matt Bomer is one of our Houston celebrities? This White Collar actor grew up in Spring, Texas (a Houston suburb) and attended Klein High School. He and Lee Pace worked and performed with the Alley Theatre.
Matt Bomer is popular for his lead role as Neal on the television series White Collar, but he landed another lead role in 2019 as Matthew Zuk in the Doom Patrol series.
His role in the 2014 TV movie The Normal Heart as Felix Turner earned him the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or TV Feature.
17. Haylie Duff
The older sister of Hilary Duff was born in Houston and is a sixth-generation Texan. She would later go on to perform on Broadway in Hairspray- Houston’s reputation for big hair nevertheless gave her firsthand insight into this topic!
18. Randy Quaid
Randy Quaid is Dennis Quaid’s older brother and also attended Paul W. Horn Elementary School, Pershing Middle School, Bellaire High School, and the University of Houston.
However, Randy dropped out after being cast in The Last Picture Show. This is when one expects a “Stay in school, kids,” but Quaid became an Oscar nominee.
Randy Quaid is popular for light comedy and serious drama roles, where he has received nominations and awards for some.
If there is a rapper from Houston that you will probably know, it’s Chamillionaire! He is the only rapper from Houston to win a Grammy and an original The Color Changin’ Click member.
Chamillionaire is also the CEO of Chamillitary Entertainment and is famous for his Mixtape Messiah series. He was discovered after he freestyle on a local radio station.
20. Billy Gibson
Billy Gibbons, also known as The Reverend Billy F. Gibbons, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor and record producer. Billy has also acted on television shows like Notably Bones and has made appearances with other artists.
He is famous as a guitarist and as the lead singer of the American rock band ZZ Top. The band’s leads were known for their lengthy beards, round hats and dark sunglasses, which gave the band an iconic look to match their iconic music.
The rock band has released over 50 million albums in its 50-year-long career. In addition, Gibbons appeared in the 2011 Rolling Stone list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time list as number 32.
21. Alexis Bledel
This Gilmore Girl is a Houston girl. Bledel attended St. Agnes Academy and was scouted by a Page Parkes employee while shopping. She got into acting after her mother encouraged her to try out in a play to overcome her shyness.
Before she struck big with her role as Rory Gilmore, Alexis acted as an extra in fellow Houston-born Wes Anderson’s movie Rushmore-filmed in Houston.
22. Kenny Rogers
You cannot talk of country music and fail to mention the legendary Kenny Rogers. The country singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame hailed from Houston.
He won the Grammy thanks to the hit song Gambler, which carved him a place in the music industry. Kenny Rogers sold over 120 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
23. Dennis Quaid
Dennis Quaid hailed from Houston and attended Paul W. Horn Elementary School, Pershing Middle School, Bellaire High School, and the University of Houston.
While at Bellaire, he pursued Mandarin and dance. After dropping out of U of H, Quaid would appear in Day After Tomorrow, The Rookie, The Parent Trap, and more. He is popularly known for this wide variety of comedic and dramatic roles.
24. Chandra Wilson
Chandra was born in Houston and knew she wanted to act from the start. At five years old, she began training with Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) and then went to the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
The American actor, director and philanthropist are famous for her role in ‘Dr. Miranda Bailey’ in the medical series Grey Anatomy. Her performance in the Grey’s Anatomy TV series earned her praises, nominations and awards.
In an interview with Visithoustontexas.com, she cites The Spaghetti Warehouse, House of Pies, and Ninfa’s as some of her favorite places to eat.
25. Mireille Enos
Mireille is one of those Houston celebrities who moved here when she was five years old. She pursued her love for theatre at The High School of the Performing and Visual Arts, where her older siblings attended the theater, visual arts, and dancing.
You can catch Enos on ABC’s The Catch, where she has the starring role as Alice.
26. Renée Zellweger
Before playing Bridget Jones, Renée Zellweger was born and raised in Katy, where she attended Katy High School and participated in cheerleading, gymnastics, and drama club.
And then she went on to join the Texas Chainsaw Massacre club. No biggie.
27. Patrick Swayze
Oh, Swayze. He was born in Houston to Patsy Yvonne Helen and Jesse Wayne Swayze. Unsurprisingly, dancing is second nature in the Swayze family, as his mother was a choreographer and dance teacher to countless successes-Randy Quaid and Tommy Tune.
She also choreographed the dance scenes in Urban Cowboy, Liar’s Moon, Hope Floats, and One Last Dance. Patrick Swayze attended St. Rose of Lima Catholic School, Oak Forest Elementary, Black Middle School, and Waltrip High School.
While he lived in Houston, he resided in the Oak Forest area. Unfortunately, he received a football scholarship but suffered knee damage. Thankfully football didn’t kick-off, but his pursuit of dance did. Without that injury, Dirty Dancing (1980) would have been without Swayze!
28. Barbara Mandrell
Before Taylor Swift joined the industry, Barbara Mandrell had maintained being the only performer who won the Country Music Association`s “Entertainer of the Year.” She has also won the Grammy Award twice.
She was popular as one of the most successful country musicians in the 1970s and 1980s and rose to fame thanks to her award-winning songs. Barbara has been considered one of the most decorated artists in American country music history.
Barbara Mandrell ventured into music in her early years as a daughter of musicians. Not only did Barbara sing, but she was an occasional actress who delivered remarkable performances in TV films and shows.
29. Shelley Duvall
Before she was being chased by Jack Nicholson and his ax in The Shining, Duvall was born and raised in Houston!
She attended South Texas Junior College but stopped when Robert Altman persuaded her to act. Thank goodness for that!
She is very popular for her unique talent for portraying odd characters, and her well-known role is in The Shining. Shelley has been popular ever since, and Houstonians love her character in movies.
30. Josh Brener
Another Houston celebrity, Josh Brener, won the first Tommy Tune (fellow Houstonian) award for Best Actor in 2003. Brenner attended High School. He had a good start in Houston because he would graduate from Harvard.
In a Reddit AMA, Brener loves Houston-owned deli Kenny and Ziggy’s. Make sure to watch Brener on HBO Bellaire’s Silicon Valley.
Houston is still a hub for many talented individuals who got famous in the US, but the above celebrities cannot just be ignored. This shouldn’t be a surprise because Houston is a major city known for producing talents from actors to sports stars and other entertainers.
This article has listed the top celebrities born and raised in Houston based on their social media followers, mainly on Instagram. However, some celebrities are not on Instagram but Twitter, and we have used that.