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List of People From Houston
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list of people who were born, were raised, or have lived in Houston, Texas.
Entertainment and media personalities
Melissa Benoist, actress
Whitney Able, actress and model
Mark Aguhar, multidisciplinary fine artist 
Debbie Allen, choreographer, actress
Wes Anderson, film director
Archie Bell and the Drells, Soul/R&B music group
Mark Ballas, ballroom dancer and choreographer from , actor, singer-songwriter and musician (member of duo Alexander Jean) Dancing with the Stars
Kirko Bangz, rapper
Donald Barthelme, journalist
Skye McCole Bartusiak, actress
Baby Bash, rapper
Texas Battle, actor
Frank Beard, percussionist for ZZ Top
Jeff Bennett, voice actor
Michael Berry, from Orange, lawyer and radio talk show host
Clint Black, musician
B L A C K I E (born Michael LaCour), rapper
Alexis Bledel, actress
Maggie Blye, actress
Matt Bomer, from Spring, actor
Booker T (born Booker Huffman Jr.), wrestler
Bowling for Soup, band from Wichita Falls, TX
Danielle Bradbery, from Cypress, Texas, season 4 winner of The Voice
Jonathan Breck, actor, best known as The Creeper in Jeepers Creepers
Berkeley Breathed, born in California, cartoonist
Jean Brooks, actress
Karamo Brown, television personality and activist
William Broyles Jr., screenwriter
Ingrid Burley, rapper and songwriter
Burnie Burns, filmmaker
William Butler, born in California; raised in The Woodlands; musician
Win Butler, born in California; raised in The Woodlands
Peter Cambor, actor
Chandler Canterbury, actor
Jonathan Caouette, filmmaker
Chamillionaire (born Hakeem Seriki), rapper
Lois Chiles, actress 
Lynn Collins, actress
Dan Cook, sportswriter
Peter James Cooper, screenwriter, film producer and businessman
Nichole Cordova, singer for girl group Girlicious
Walter Cronkite, television journalist
Rodney Crowell, musician
Peter Brett Cullen, actor
Alexandria DeBerry, actress
Loretta Devine, actress
DhoomBros, YouTube personalities, actors, dancers, entertainers, and DJs 
Ryan Donowho, actor and musician
Allen Drury, author
Haylie Duff, actress
Hilary Duff, actress and singer
Shelley Duvall, actress
Ike Eisenmann, sound effects
Dorian Electra, singer
Shannon Elizabeth, actress
Terry Ellis, singer for R&B girl group En Vogue
Kelly Emberg, model
Sean Faris, actor
Ashley Fink, actress of Glee
Sean Patrick Flanery, actor; from Sugar Land
Mark Flood, artist
Tom Ford, designer
Ragan Fox, Big Brother contestant
A. J. Foyt, auto racer
Jennifer Garner, born in Houston; raised in Charleston, West Virginia; actress
Greg Germann, actor
Geto Boys members
Billy Gibbons, guitarist and singer for ZZ Top
Robert Glasper, musician
Olivia Gonzales, dancer Neal Hamil - Talent Agent
R.W. Hampton, singer
Lisa Hartman, actress
Bill Hicks, comedian
Dusty Hill, bassist and singer for ZZ Top
Jay Hooks, blues musician 
Larry Hovis, actor
Molly Ivins, journalist
Mickey Jones, musician
Mike Jones, rapper
Nicky Jones, voice actor
Bradley Jordan, rapper
Robert Earl Keen, singer
Ruth Kelley, one of the first women to fly to Antarctica
Candice King, actress and singer
Beyonce Knowles, singer
Solange Knowles, singer
Liza Koshy, actress and YouTube personality
Richard Linklater, film director
Lyle Lovett, from Klein, musician and actor
Todd Lowe, actor
Mark Lowry, comedian
LeToya Luckett, singer
Debra Maffett, Miss America 1983
Barbara Mandrell, singer
Maxine Mesinger, columnist
Angelbert Metoyer, American artist
Farrah Moan, American drag queen and entertainer
Cole Mohr, model
Lecrae Moore, Christian rapper, co-founder of Reach Records
Johnny Nash, singer
Edwin Neal, actor
Michael Nesmith, musician, singer for The Monkees
Renee O'Connor, actress
Mary-Jean O'Doherty, opera singer
Tony Oller, actor
Annette O'Toole, actress
Jim Parsons, actor
David Phelps, Christian singer
DJ Premier (born Christopher Edward Martin)
P. J. Proby, singer
Dennis Quaid, actor
Randy Quaid, actor
Leven Rambin, actress
Cierra Ramirez, actress
Phylicia Rashad, actress
Dan Rather, from Wharton, television journalist
Prudencesa Renfro, singer
Chelsea Ricketts, actress
Riff Raff (born Horst Christian Simco), rapper
Charlie Robison, singer
Charlie Robinson, actor
Kenny Rogers, singer
Kelly Rowland, singer
Travis Scott, rapper
DJ Screw (born Robert Earl Davis, Jr.)
Joan Severance, actress
Molly Louise Shepard, born in Houston; raised in Lake Jackson and Huntsville; writer
Anna Nicole Smith, born in Houston; raised in Mexia, model and actress
Jaclyn Smith, actress
South Park Mexican (born Carlos Coy)
Brent Spiner, actor
Dayna Steele, radio personality
Matt Stone, co-creator of South Park
Patrick Swayze, actor
Susan Swift, actress
Amir Taghi, fashion designer
B. J. Thomas, singer
Allison Tolman, actress
Rigo Tovar, emigrated from Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico
Trae (born Frazier Othel Thompson), rapper
Tommy Tune, dancer and choreographer
Steve Tyrell, singer and music producer
The Undertaker (born Mark William Calaway), wrestler
Brooke Valentine, singer
Jaci Velasquez, singer
Paul Wall, rapper
Isaiah Washington, actor
William Ward Watkin, architect
Alicia Webb, wrestling personality
Wesley Weston, Jr., rapper
Al White, actor
JoBeth Williams, actress
Chandra Wilson, actress
Harris Wittels, actor, writer, comedian, musician
Z-Ro (born Joseph Wayne McVey)
Renée Zellweger, from Katy, actress Waterparks, band
Business, government, law, and military
Elsa Alcala, judge since 2011 of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Monroe Dunaway Anderson banker; cotton trader; co-founder of Anderson, Clayton and Company; philanthropist; namesake of University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Mary Kay Ash, cosmetics mogul 
James Baker, White House chief of staff, Secretary of State 
Nandita Berry, Houston lawyer and 109th Secretary of State of Texas 
Paul Bettencourt, member of the Texas State Senate from District 7 
Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com 
Bill Blythe, Houston realtor and former state representative 
George H.W. Bush, 43rd Vice President and 41st President of the United States; father of George W. Bush
George W. Bush, former Governor of Texas (1995-2000) and 43rd President of the United States; son of George H.W. Bush
Jeb Bush, former Governor of Florida (1999-2007), and former 2016 presidential candidate; brother of George W. Bush
Briscoe Cain, incoming Republican member of the Texas House, effective January 2017
William L. Clayton, cotton trader; cofounder of Anderson Clayton Co., government official
Ted Cruz, U.S. senator from Texas; former 2016 Republican presidential candidate
Russell B. Cummings, politician 
Michael Dell, founder and CEO of Dell Inc. 
Richard W. Dowling, Civil War officer 
Anna Johnson Dupree (1891-1977), business owner and philanthropist
Les Eaves, Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for White County; former Houston resident 
Robert Eckels, railroad executive 
Gary Elkins, politician 
Ed Emmett, judge 
Tilman J. Fertitta, businessman and reality TV personality
Allen Fletcher, departing state representative 
Nobia A. Franklin (1892-1934), African American beauty mogul
Jay F. Honeycutt, former director of the Kennedy Space Center; began career in Houston in 1966 as engineer at Johnson Space Center 
Joan Huffman, politician 
Howard Hughes, billionaire aviator, film producer 
Thad Hutcheson, politician 
Jason Isaac, politician 
Jesse H. Jones, politician 
Barbara Jordan, U.S. Representative 
Susan King, politician 
Mickey Leland, politician 
James E. Lyon, banker 
Walter Mengden, politician 
Steve Munisteri, politician 
George Nattin, mayor of Bossier City, Louisiana, 1961-1973; vice president of ABM Securities in Houston after his term as mayor 
David Newell, judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 9 
Joe Nixon, politician 
Tom Oliverson, anesthesiologist and incoming state representative for District 130 
Dan Patrick, Lieutenant Governor of Texas, outgoing member of the Texas State Senate
Dennis Paul, state representative from District 129 in Harris County 
Gilbert Pena, incoming 2015 Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from Pasadena, lived in Houston prior to 1992 
Gary M. Polland, attorney and former chairman of the Harris County Republican Party 
Mike Schofield, state representative, former gubernatorial advisor 
Leighton Schubert, state representative from Caldwell, Texas; former Houston resident 
Jim Sharp, state court judge, 2009-2014
George William Strake, Jr., politician 
Kathryn J. Whitmire, first female Mayor of Houston; served five terms
Jared Woodfill, Houston attorney and former chairman of the Harris County Republican Party  Kevin Patrick Yeary, judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, based in San Antonio; former assistant district attorney for Harris County 
Dr. Ellen Ochoa, Director of NASA Johnson Space Center, veteran astronaut
Guillermina (Gigi) Lozano, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Genetics, Division of SVP Chief Academic Officer, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Dr. Pamela Denkins, NASA Johnson Space Center engineer; honored in 2017 as Outstanding Women in Science, by the Association for Women in Science Gulf Coast Houston for her contributions at NASA and for her continued leadership in education and outreach. 
Bonnie J. Dunbar, Astronaut, Professor, Director of Aerospace Engineering and Director of STEM Center at the University of Houston
Mary K. Estes, Ph.D., professor in molecular virology and microbiology and in medicine-gastroenterology at Baylor College of Medicine, founding director of the Texas Medical Center Digestive Diseases Center
Lydia Kavraki, Ph.D., computer scientist
Red Adair, oil-well firefighter
Denton Cooley, heart surgeon
Michael DeBakey, heart surgeon
James "Red" Duke, trauma surgeon
William V. Houston, physicist and president of Rice University
Richard Smalley, chemist, physicist and astronomer; recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1996) Robert Woodrow Wilson, astronomer; born in Houston and graduated from Rice University (1957); recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics (1976)
Simon Chueng, skateboarder
Sam Adams, football player 
Lance Alworth, football player 
Heather Armbrust, IFBB professional bodybuilder 
H. B. Bailey, auto racer 
Harold Bailey, football player 
Keith Baldwin, football player
Joey Banes, football player 
Pat Batteaux, football player
Simone Biles, gymnast
Michael Bishop, football player 
Booker T (born Booker Tio Huffman, Jr.), professional wrestler 
Jason Bourgeois, baseball player 
Michael Bourn, baseball player 
Joe Bowman, marksman of the American West 
Ken Bradshaw, big wave surfer
Jimmy Butler, NBA basketball player
Mark Calaway, professtional wrestler
Tina Chandler, IFBB professional bodybuilder 
Roger Clemens, baseball player 
Brad Coleman, auto racer 
Carl Crawford, baseball player 
Sedrick Curry, football player 
Andy Dalton, football player, from Katy, Texas 
Jimmy Demaret, golfer 
Gerald Dockery, football player 
Karl Douglas, football player 
Clyde Drexler, basketball player
Donald Driver, retired football player
Adam Dunn, baseball player 
Aaron Durley, basketball player 
George Foreman, boxer 
Eddie Foster, NFL player 
A. J. Foyt, auto racer 
Andrew Friedman, major league baseball general manager
Zina Garrison, tennis player, born in Houston; resident of Missouri City, Texas 
Donovan Greer, football player 
Brittney Griner, basketball player
Ben Guez, baseball player
Charlie Haas, retired professional wrestler
Brede Hangeland, soccer player
Lindsey Harding, basketball player 
D. J. Hayden, professional football player currently on the Oakland Raiders
Warrick Holdman, football player 
Jonathan Horton, gymnast 
Craig James, football player 
Brandon Jordan, football player 
DeAndre Jordan, basketball player
Kaitlyn, wrestler 
Joshua Kalu, football player 
Scott Kazmir, baseball player 
Greg Kindle, football player 
Gary Kubiak, football coach
Iris Kyle, ten-time overall Ms. Olympia professional bodybuilder 
Rashard Lewis, basketball player 
Tara Lipinski, figure skater, Olympic gold medalist, from Sugar Land 
Denzel Livingston (born 1993), basketball player for Hapoel Kfar Saba of the Israeli Liga Leumit 
James Loney, baseball player 
Andrew Luck, football player 
Marie Mahoney, outfielder, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player 
Guy Mezger, mixed martial artist
Tyler Myers, ice hockey player
George Nattin, Jr., LSU Tigers basketball player, 1959-1962; born in Houston, reared in Bossier City, Louisiana 
Chiney Ogwumike, basketball player
Emeka Okafor, basketball player 
Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia, IFBB professional bodybuilder
Josh Pastner, college basketball coach
Andy Pettitte, baseball player from Deer Park, Texas 
Gene Phillips, basketball player 
Mel Renfro, football player 
Mary Lou Retton, gymnast, 1984 Olympic gold medalist
Cody Risien, football player 
Michael Russell, tennis player 
Kevin Schwantz, motorcycle racer 
Bob Smith, football player 
David Starr, auto racer 
Michael Strahan, American-German retired football player, actor, and television personality; currently hosts and Good Morning America ; born and raised in Houston before moving to NFL on FOX Mannheim, ( West) Germany 
Mike Swick, UFC fighter 
Thurman Thomas, football player from Missouri City, Texas 
Tyler Thornburg, baseball player
Justin Tucker, football player (kicker)
Billy Wade, auto racer 
Bones Weatherly, football player 
Kaitlyn Weaver, Olympic ice dancer
Kip Wells, baseball player 
Billy Welu, professional bowler
Reggie White, football player 
Alfred Williams, football player 
Willie Williams, football player 
Woody Williams, baseball player 
George Wright, football player 
James Young, football player 
Joe Young, basketball player Vince Young, football player 
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