Famous Texans

Famous People Born in Texas

See our top list of the most famous people from Texas. We’ve chosen people like athletes, actors, civil rights activists, scientists and people from other walks of life that have come from the “The Lone Star State”.

Red Adair fireman oil well fires, Houston
Alvin Ailey choreographer, Rogers
Mary Kay Ash cosmetics entrepreneur, Hot Wells
Steven Fuller Austin founding father of Texas, Austinville,VA
Gene Autry singer, actor, Tioga
Kathy Baker actress, Midland
Clyde Barrow outlaw, Telico
Carol Burnett comedienne, San Antonio
Cyd Charisse actress, dancer, Amarillo
Henry Cisneros politician, San Antonio
Denton A. Cooley heart surgeon, Houston
Joan Crawford actress, San Antonio
Robert Dennard inventor, Terrell
Dwight David Eisenhower U.S. president, general, Denison
A. J. Foyt auto racer, Houston
Larry Hagman actor, Fort Worth
Ben Hogan golfer, Dublin
Buddy Holly musician, Lubbock
Howard Hughes industrialist, film producer, Houston
Jack Johnson boxer, Galveston
Lyndon B. Johnson U.S. president, Stonewall
Michael Johnson olympic sports, Dallas
George Jones singer, Saratoga
Janis Joplin blues singer, Port Arthur
Tommy Lee Jones actor, San Saba
Trini Lopez singer, Dallas
Mary Martin singer, actress, Weatherford
Roger Miller singer, songwriter, Fort Worth
Spanky McFarland actor, Fort Worth
Audie Murphy actor, war hero, Kingston
Willie Nelson singer, Abbot
Chester Nimitz admiral, Fredricksburg
Sandra Day O’Connor jurist, El Paso
Roy Orbisonsinger, Vernon
Buck Owens singer, Sherman
Bonnie Parker outlaw, Rowena
H. Ross Perot philanthropist, Texarkana
Katherine Anne Porter author, Indian Creek
Wiley Post aviator, Grand Saline
Dan Rather TV newscaster, Wharton
Robert Rauschenberg painter, Port Arthur
Tex Ritter singer, Murval
Eugene Wesley Gene Roddenberry screenwriter, El Paso
Tabitha Soren TV journalist, San Antonio
Rip Torn actor, director, Temple
Ernest Tubb country music, Crisp
Tommy Tune dancer, choreographer, Wichita Falls
Kathy Whitworth golfer, Monahans
Dooley Wilson actor, musician, Tyler
Babe Didrikson Zaharias athlete, golfer, Port Arthur