Famous People from Texas

A Comprehensive List of Some of the Most Famous People from Texas

Texas is the second largest state in the United States and home of some of the most famous people in the world! It's only natural for a big state to produce some big names.
Historyplex Staff
Last Updated: Jun 18, 2018
Texas is the second largest state in the United States (largest in the mainland). It is located in the south-central part of the country. More than geographic, it is a cultural area, home to the cowboys and 'dude-ranches' which it remains synonymous with to this day.
But then again, it shows great diversity. Texas is home to the blues, country and jazz styles of music, two baseball and NFL teams, three NBA teams, and the Johnson space center. It is also the second most populated state in the US, behind California.
The Biggest Names in Texas
Don Henley
Best known as the drummer and vocalist for the country band Eagles, Don Henley was born in Linden in 1947.
Beyonce Knowles
Bootylicious solo singer Beyonce, who started her career with the band, Destiny's Child, was born in Houston in 1981.
Janis Joplin
One of the few female rock singers at the time, Janis Joplin who enjoyed roaring success in the 1960s was born in Port Arthur.
Usher
R&B singer Usher (Usher Raymond IV) was born in 1978 in Dallas.
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Rock guitarist, songwriter and singer Stevie Ray Vaughan hails from Dallas.
Owen Wilson
Marley & Me and Wedding Crashers star Owen Wilson is another Texan. Born in Dallas in 1968.
Luke Wilson
The younger sibling of actor Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson was born in Dallas and is known for his roles in Legally Blond and Charlie's Angels.
Renee Zellweger
A diverse actress with several big hits to her name like Chicago and Bridget Jones' Diary, Renee Zellweger was born in Houston in 1969.
Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey, star of films like Sahara and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, another Texan born in Uvalde.
Stone Cold' Steve Austin
Born Steven James Anderson in Austin, Texas, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin is a former WWE wrestler.
Lance Armstrong
Seven time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong was born in Plano.
George Foreman
Former heavyweight boxer and currently a businessman, George Foreman was born in Marshall in 1949.
Tom Landry
Legendary former coach of the Dallas Cowboys Tom Landry was born in Mission, Texas in 1924.
Michael Dell
Founder and CEO of Dell Computers, Michael Dell was born in Houston.
Dwight Eisenhower
The former President of the United States (34th) was born in 1890 in Denison, Texas.
Lyndon B. Johnson
Better known as the President who stepped in following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson was born in Stonewall in 1908.
'Bonnie and Clyde'
Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were two outlaws in the 1930s. Clyde was born in Ellis County and Bonnie was from Rowena.
So these were the famous entertainers, sports persons, criminals, and presidents from Texas. The list of is quite long and I'm sure the state will continue to create more stars for the future!