Famous Nebraskans

Film and theater      |      Comedians and humorists      |      Television and radio      |      Music     

Film and theater

  • Wesley Addy (1913–1996), actor
  • Adele Astaire (1897–1981), dancer and entertainer
  • Fred Astaire (1899–1987), dancer and actor
  • Ray Baker (1948–), actor, Cybill
  • John Beasley (1943–), actor, Everwood
  • Michael Biehn (1956–), actor
  • Ward Bond (1903–1960), actor
  • Marlon Brando (1924–2004), Academy Award-winning actor
  • Justin Bruening (1979–), actor, All My Children, Knight Rider
  • Montgomery Clift (1920–1966), actor
  • Abbie Cobb, actress, Suburgatory
  • James Coburn (1928–2002), actor
  • James M. Connor (1960–), actor
  • Daniel Covin (1993-), actor All My Children
  • Sandy Dennis (1937–1992), actress
  • David Doyle (1929–1997), actor
  • Mary Doyle (1931–1995), actress
  • Christopher B. Duncan (1964–), actor, The Jamie Foxx Show, The District, Aliens in America
  • Leslie Easterbrook (born 1949), actress
  • Jim Fitzpatrick (born 1959), actor, All My Children
  • Henry Fonda (1905–1982), Academy Award-winning actor
  • John. P. Fulton (1902-1966), Special Effects and Cinematographer, 250 Hollywood films
  • Jorge Garcia, Omaha, (1973–), actor
  • Hoot Gibson (1892–1962), actor and rodeo cowboy
  • Coleen Gray (1922–), actress
  • Bryan Greenberg (born 1978), actor, musician, One Tree Hill, October Road, How to Make It in America
  • Leland Hayward (1902–1971), Hollywood and Broadway agent and producer
  • Marg Helgenberger (1958–), actress
  • Brad William Henke (1971–), actor, October Road, Nikki, Lost
  • Hallee Hirsh (1987–), actress, Flight 29 Down, JAG, ER
  • Virginia Huston (1925–1981), actress
  • David Janssen (1931–1980), actor
  • Jay Karnes (1963–), actor, Det. “Dutch” Wagenbach on The Shield
  • Jaime King (1979–), actress
  • Emily Kinney, Wayne, (1985–), actress
  • Swoosie Kurtz (1944–), actress
  • Harold Lloyd (1893–1971), actor and comedian
  • Pierce Lyden (1908–1998), actor
  • Gordon MacRae (1921–1986), actor and singer
  • Holt McCallany (1964–), actor, Lights Out, Freedom, CSI: Miami
  • Dorothy McGuire (1916–2001), actress
  • Fred Niblo (1874–1948), actor, director, and producer
  • Nick Nolte (1941–), actor and producer
  • Alexander Payne (1961–), director and screenwriter
  • Lenka Peterson (1925–), actress
  • Scott Porter (1979–), actor, Friday Night Lights, The Good Wife, Hart of Dixie
  • Anne Ramsey (1929–1988), actress
  • Andrew Rannels, Omaha, (1978–), actor
  • Thurl Ravenscroft (1914–2005), voice actor and singer
  • Rebecca Staab (1961–), actress, former beauty queen, Live Shot
  • Hilary Swank (1974–), two-time Academy Award-winning actress
  • Inga Swenson (1932–), actress
  • Robert Taylor (1911–1969), actor
  • Donald E. Thorin born 1934 in Omaha, cinematographer
  • Janine Turner (1962–), actress
  • John Trudell Born on February 15, 1946 in Omaha. Civil Rights Actor, Musician, performer, subject of film documentary.
  • Gabrielle Union (1973–), actress
  • Lucky Vanous (1961–), model, actor, Pacific Palisades
  • Charles Weidman (1901–1975), dancer and choreographer
  • Darryl F. Zanuck (1902–1979), producer, writer, actor and director

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Comedians and humorists

  • James Adomian (1980–), actor, stand-up comedian
  • Johnny Carson (1925–2005), comedian
  • Adam DeVine, actor, comedian, writer, Workaholics
  • Godfrey (1969–), comedian, actor
  • Larry the Cable Guy (1963–), comedian
  • Angela V. Shelton, actress, comedienne
  • Roger Welsch (1936–), author, humorist, and folklorist

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Television and radio

  • Dick Cavett (1936–), television talk show host
  • Floyd Kalber (1924–2004), television journalist and anchorman
  • Lindsey Shaw (1989–), child actor for Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide, born in Lincoln
  • Kim Winona (1930–1978), actress who portrayed Morning Star on CBS’s Brave Eagle (1955–1956)
  • Paula Zahn (1956–), news anchor for CNN

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Music

  • 311, rock band
  • Remedy Drive, rock band
  • VOTA (formerly Casting Pearls), rock band
  • Kianna Alarid (1978–), lead singer for band Tilly and the Wall
  • Roni Benise, flamenco guitarist
  • Ruth Etting (1896–1976), singer and actress
  • Todd Fink (1974–), member of the band The Faint
  • Chip Davis (1947–), singer-songwriter, founder of Mannheim Steamroller, and president and CEO of American Gramaphone
  • Amy Heidemann, member of the band Karmin, graduated from Seward High School in Seward, Nebraska
  • Howard Hanson (1896–1981), composer and conductor
  • Wynonie “Mr. Blues” Harris (1915–1969), rhythm and blues singer
  • Neal Hefti (1922–), jazz trumpeter and composer
  • Neely Jenkins (1974–), member of band Tilly and the Wall
  • Tim Kasher (1976–), singer
  • Matty Lewis (1975–), singer/guitarist
  • Conor Oberst (1980–), singer-songwriter with Bright Eyes
  • Bryan Olesen (1973–), singer/guitarist of VOTA, former member of Newsboys
  • Jamie Pressnall (1976–), member of band Tilly and the Wall
  • Paul Revere (January 7, 1938–) born in Harvard, Clay County. Musician, teen idol. Founder Paul Revere and the Raiders.
  • Ann Ronell (1906 or 1908–1993), jazz composer and lyricist
  • Josh Rouse (1972–), singer-songwriter
  • Elliott Smith (1969–2003), singer-songwriter
  • Ryland Steen (1980–) Reel Big Fish drummer
  • Matthew Sweet (1964–), rock musician
  • John Trudell Born on February 15, 1946 in Omaha. Poet, Performer, Musician. Leader AKA Graffiti Band.
  • James Valentine (1978–), Maroon 5 guitarist
  • Paul Williams (1940–), singer-songwriter
  • Roger Williams (1925–), pianist
  • Zager and Evans (Rick Evans and Denny Zager), rock band made famous by hit song In the Year 2525 in 1969.

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