Famous people from Arkansas
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Born January 9, 1968 in North Little Rock, Arkansas
Actress & Director, best known for her role in Chasing Amy.
She has appeared in over 30 films.
Years active: 1991-present
Born Mary Nell Steenburgen
February 8, 1953 in Newport, Arkansas
Actress, she won the Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for the 1980 film Melvin and Howard, her third film.
Years active: 1978–present
She also starred in Time After Time (1979) alongside Malcolm McDowell.
Some of her other movies include Back to the Future III (1990), Powder (1995), Step Brothers (2008), The Proposal (2009), and The Help (2010).
Born Joshua Lucas Easy Dent Maurer
June 20, 1971 in Little Rock, Arkansas
Actor, best known for his roles in Glory Road, A Beautiful Mind, and Stealth. He also starred in The Firm, a 2012 TV series on NBC.
Years active: 1990-present
Born August 4, 1955 in Hot Springs, Arkansas
Actor, screenwriter, director, and musician, best known for his roles in Sling Blade, Armageddon, A Simple Mind, and Friday Night Lights.
Years active: 1986-present
Born Gilbert C. "Gil" Gerard
January 23, 1943 in Little Rock, Arkansas
Actor, best known for playing the lead role in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, a 1979-1981 tv series on NBC.
Years active: 1970-present
Born William Jefferson Blythe III
August 19, 1946 in Hope, Arkansas
50th Attorney General of Arkansas (1977-1979)
40th and 42nd Governor of Arkansas (1979-1981, 1983-1992)
42nd President of the United States (1993-2001)
Author of My Life, his autobiography, published in 2004
Born Michael Dale Huckabee
August 24, 1955 in Hope, Arkansas
Baptist preacher (1980-1992)
Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas (1993-1996)
44th Governor of Arkansas (1996-2007)
2008 Presidential Candidate
Author of several books
Musician, bass player for rock band Capitol Offense
Host of The Mike Huckabee Show
Born January 9, 1959 in Batesville, Arkansas
Stock car driver, He currently drives #55 Aaron's Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on a part-time basis.
Years active: 1977-1981 (Pre-NASCAR),
Born Laurell Kaye Hamilton
February 19, 1963 in Heber Springs, Arkansas
Author, best known for her New York Times–bestselling Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series.
Years active: 1993–present
Born John Ray Grisham, Jr.
February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas
Lawyer and author, best known for his legal thrillers like A Time to Kill and The Firm.
Years active: 1989–present
Born Glen Travis Campbell
April 22, 1936 in Delight, Arkansas
Musician, songwriter, actor
Years active: 1958-present
He has released over 70 albums in his 50 year career in show business, selling over 45 million records.
In 1969, he was hand picked by John Wayne to play the role of La Boeuf, in True Grit, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Most Promising Newcomer. He also sang the title song which was nominated for an Academy Award.
He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.
The Man in Black
Born John R. "Johnny" Cash
February 26, 1932 in Kingsland, Arkansas
Died September 12, 2003 in Nashville, Tennessee
Singer-songwriter, Musician, Actor, and Author
Years active: 1955–2003
He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (1977), the Country Music Hall of Fame (1980), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1992), and Gospel Music Hall of Fame (2010).
Born Kristopher Neil Allen
June 21,1985 in Jacksonville, Arkansas
American Idol season 8 winner, musician, singer-songwriter
Years active: 2007-present
Born Albert Green
April 13, 1946 in Forrest City, Arkansas
Reverend, vocalist, producer, songwriter
Years active: 1967–present
Sold more then 20 million records
He was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1995), The Songwriters Hall of Fame (2004), and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame (2004).
Born Shaffer Chimere Smith
October 18, 1979 in Camden, Arkansas
Singer–songwriter, record producer, dancer, actor
Years active: 1997–present
Born Priest Anthony Holmes
October 7, 1973 in Fort Smith, Arkansas
Professional football player (NFL), running back
Years active: 1997-2007
Baltimore Ravens (1997–2000)
Kansas City Chiefs (2001–2007)
Career NFL statistics as of 2007
Rushing yards 8,172
Rushing average 4.6
(Bryant with trademark houndstooth hat)
Born Paul William "Bear" Bryant
September 11, 1913 Fordyce, Arkansas
Died January 26, 1983 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Football player and coach, best know for his 25 year tenure as the head coach for the University of Alabama's football team. During this time, he won 6 national championships (1961, 1964, 1965, 1973, 1978, and 1979) and 13 SEC championships.
Throughout his 38 years as a head coach, 37 were winning seasons. His all-time record as a coach was 323-85-17.
Years active: 1936-1982
Born January 26, 1880 in Little Rock, Arkansas
Died April 5, 1964 in Washington, D.C.
General of the U.S. Army
Years of service: 1903-1964
Born Harry Z. Thomason
1940 (could not find an exact date)
Film and tv producer, writer, director, best known for the television series Designing Women, Hearts Afire, and Evening Shade. His wife, Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, was also a writer and producer of these shows.
Years active: 1983-present
Actors, Authors, Athletes, etc. from Arkansas (my homestate)
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