Texas born movie stars

Texas is a state well-known for oil, cowboys and wide-open spaces, but also for creativity. Therefore, it is not surprising that Texas is a state that has given the world some of the greatest movie stars of our time. Actually, six Academy Award winners were born in Texas. There are quite a few actors and actresses who call Texas home, and here we present you some of the best.

Tommy Lee Jones

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Born in San Saba, Tommy Lee Jones has won a Golden Globe (Coal Miner’s Daughter), an Emmy (Executioner’s Song) and an Academy Award (The Fugitive). Fluent in Spanish, Jones maintains a ranch in Texas and often plays laconic cowboys like Woodrow Call in the 1989 television miniseries adaptation of the Larry McMurty novel, “Lonesome Dove.”

Jamie Foxx

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He was born as Eric Marlon Bishop in Terrell. Foxx has played some fantastic roles since bursting into the national spotlight in the Fox comedy series In Living Color. While his breakthrough role came in Oliver Stone’s 1999 film Any Given Sunday, his signature performance was delivered in 2004 when he portrayed singer/Songwriter Ray Charles in the film Ray. That role won him an Oscar for Best Actor. Foxx is also a platinum-selling recording artist.

Renee Zellweger

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Renee was born in Katy on April 25, 1969. She captured national attention as Tom Cruise’s love interest in 1996’s Jerry Maguire and became widely known to audiences in 2001 for her work in Bridget Jones’ Diary, a film for which she gained 20 lbs. In 2003, Zellweger won the Best Supporting Actress in a Supporting Role award for her work in the Civil War film Cold Mountain.

Sissy Spacek

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Born on December 25, 1949 in Quitman, Sissy won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1980 for her role as country singer Loretta Lynn. Lynn personally chose Spacek for the role and the actress performed all of Lynn’s songs in the film herself, with no dubbing. She was also nominated for two Oscars; in 1976(Carrie) and in 1982 (Missing).

Forest Whitaker 

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Forest Steven Whitaker was born in Longview, Texas July 15, 1961. His family moved to South Central Los Angeles in 1965. Whitaker took home the Oscar in 2006 for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland. Whitaker has also won a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA.

Woody Harrelson

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Academy Award-nominee Woody Harrelson was born on July 23, 1961 in Midland, Texas. He grew up in Lebanon, Ohio, and, after receiving degrees in theater arts and English from Hannover College, had a brief stint in New York theater. His movie roles include parts in: White Men Can’t Jump, Money Train, No Country For Old Men, Kingpin, and The People Vs. Larry Flynt.

Jennifer Garner

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Jennifer Garner, who has catapulted into stardom with her lead role on the television series Alias, has come a long way from her birthplace of Houston, Texas. For her work, Garner has received four consecutive Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She has also received four Golden Globe nominations and won once, as well as received two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, and won once.

Matthew McConaughey

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Matthew McConaughey was born in Uvalde but grew up in Longview where he graduated from the local High School in 1988. He began his acting career in 1991, appearing in student films and commercials in Texas and directed short films. His breakout role was considered to be in fellow Texan Richard Linlletter’s movie Dazed and Confused.

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