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Homegrown Celebrities

by Angela Orr | Feb 17, 2015

Kansas City has been home to a number of celebrity artists, designers, performers and athletes. Below is a brief list of KC’s most notable celebrities. 

  • Kate Spade | Founder and designer of designer brand Kate Spade
  • Tom Watson | Professional Golfer; Six time PGA Tour player of the year; Designed National Golf Club of KC Golf Course
  • Melissa Etheridge | Grammy-Award Winning Singer
  • Don Cheadle | Actor - Crash (2004), Ironman 2 (2010), Ironman (2013), Miles Ahead (2015), Avengers (2015)
  • Chris Cooper | Actor – The Bourne Identity (2002), Syriana (2005), The Muppets (2011), The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
  • Paul Rudd | Actor – 40-year-old Virgin (2006), Anchorman (2005), I Love you Man, Role Models (2009), Dinner for Schmucks (2010), Wanderlust (2012), This is 40 (2012), AntMan (2015)
  • Robert B. Altman | Actor and Producer
  • Eminem | Musician and Actor - 8 Mile (2002)
  • Craig Kilborn | Actor - Old School (2003); Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (1999-2004)
  • Erich “Mancow” Muller | Actor - Alien vs. Predator (1999); Radio Personality
  • Dianne Wiest | Actress - Edward Scissorhands (1990); Parenthood (1989); Robots (2005); The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012)
  • Jean Harlow | Actress – Saratoga (1937)
  • Charlie Parker | Legendary Jazz Saxophonist
  • Walt Disney | Creator of Mickey Mouse; Attended Kansas City Art Institute 
  • Harry S. Truman | 33rd President of the United States
  • Count Basie | Bandleader and Pianist, circa 1927, Played in Silent-Film Theaters
  • Ernest Hemingway | American writer “For Whom the Bell Tolls”; Reporter for the Kansas City Star
  • Jackie Robinson | First African American Major League Baseball Player; Played for the Kansas City Monarchs
  • George Brett | Hall of Fame Baseball Player; Played for the Kansas City Royals
  • Pat Metheny | Jazz Guitarist
  • Joan Crawford | Actress - Possessed (1947)
  • Eric Stonestreet | Actor - Modern Family (2009-Present), Identity Thief (2013)
  • Jason Sudeikis | Actor - Saturday Night Live (2005-Present), Horrible Bosses (2011), We're The Millers (2013)
  • David Cook | Singer - American Idol Season 7 Winner
  • Trai Byers | Actor - Empire (2015-Present), Selma (2014)

Is there someone else you believe belongs on this list? 

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