Links to histories
and biographies of the famous people of Texas. Many famous people of Texas have made significant contributions to the history of our nation and the
state of Texas. These famous Americans, famous entertainers, famous players, famous scientist, famous singers, famous statesmen, famous women, heroes,
great explorers, and others Texas famous Americans have all made Texas their home. This list includes Texas historical figures, celebrities and those
individuals of Texas who have influenced the lives of others.
Famous People from Texas
Mary Kay Ash (1915 -2001) Cosmetics entrepreneur
and founder of Mary Kay cosmetics; born in Hot Wells.
Clyde Barrow (1909 - 1934) Born
in Teleco, Texas and half of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde duo, Clyde "Champion " Barrow assisted his partner, Bonnie Parker, in a nationwide
crime spree that lasted from 1932 until their deaths in 1934. The two met in West Dallas, Texas in January 1930, and after Clyde's parole from burglary
charges in 1932 they began a nationwide campaign of crime. Together the pair committed 13 murders, numerous kidnappings, and several burglaries and
robberies. The FBI and other law enforcement agencies engaged in one of the largest manhunts the United States had seen up to that time, capturing
national attention. With most of their accomplices already dead or captured, Bonnie and Clyde were ambushed and killed instantly by a posse of lawmen
on May 23, 1934.
Carol Burnett (1933
- ) Comedian and actress of "The Carol Burnett Show"; born in San Antonio.
George W. Bush (1946 - ) 43rd US President;
grew up in Midland and Houston.
Conrad Hilton (1887-1979) was born in
San Antonio. He founded the international chain of business hotels that bear his name and became one of the world's wealthiest men. Today, there are
more than 230 Hilton Hotels worldwide.
Buddy Holly (1936 - 1959) Considered one of the fathers of rock
'n roll; Buddy Holly was born Charles Hardin Holley in Lubbock, Texas. Holly was first noticed by Decca Records as part of an opening act for Bill
Haley and the Comets. Eventually, Holly formed his own band "The Crickets." His promising career was cut short when he was touring with
Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson ("The Big Bopper") and a small plane carrying the group crashed in Iowa, killing all aboard. This incident
is widely believed to be the event referred to as "The Day the Music Died" in Don McLean's song "American Pie."
Lyndon B. Johnson (1908 - 1973) The 36th
US President (1963-1969); born in Stonewall.
Willie Nelson (1933 - ) Country music singer and songwriter; born
Sandra Day O'ConnorU.S. Supreme Court justice;
born in El Paso, Texas. O'Connor, the first woman appointed to the US Supreme Court, grew up on 198,000 acre ranch in Texas. After practicing law,
O'Connor was elected to the state Senate in Arizona. She also served on the Arizona Court of Appeals. She was encouraged to run for governor, but
declined. President Ronald Reagan appointed her to the Supreme Court in 1981
Selena Perez (1971 - 1995) Famous Latin singer; born in
H. Ross Perot (1930 - ) Dallas computer billionaire, philanthropist,
and independent (Reform Party) candidate for US president in 1992 and 1996; born in Texarkana.
Dan Rather (1931 - ) TV newscaster and host of CBS Evening News;
born in Wharton.(born October 31, 1931) is an American journalist and the former news anchor for the CBS Evening News. He is now managing editor and
anchor of the television news magazine Dan Rather Reports on the cable channel AXS TV. Rather was anchor of the CBS Evening News for 24 years, from
March 9, 1981, to March 9, 2005. He also contributed to CBS's 60 Minutes. Rather became embroiled in controversy about a disputed news report involving
President George W. Bush's Vietnam-era service in the National Guard and subsequently left CBS Evening News in 2005, and he left the network altogether
after 43 years in 2006
Tubb(February 9, 1914 - September 6, 1984), nicknamed the Texas Troubadour, was an American singer and songwriter and one of the pioneers
of country music. Born on a cotton farm near the modern-day ghost town of Crisp, Texas, Tubb became an important country musician. His drawling vocals,
unaffected lyrics, and espousal of the electric guitar made him a major influence on honky tonk. His radio program, Midnight Jamboree, helped launch
such stars as Elvis Presley. Tubb once drunkenly fired a .357 Magnum at someone in Nashville. Luckily for the near-victim, who was not the man Tubb
had been looking for, he missed. Who was Tubb's intended target?
Nolan Ryan (1947 - ) Baseball pitcher who pitched seven
no-hitters; born in Refugio.
Find more more Texas famous people below. You may
not even realize many of these famous people were born in Texas or notable associated with Texas, including actors, actresses, explorers, historical
figures, inventors, musicians, novelists, professional athletes, important politicians, singers, sport stars and more.
Red Adair fireman oil well fires, Houston
Alvin Ailey choreographer, Rogers
Gene Autry singer, actor, Tioga
Kathy Baker actress, Midland
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
A. J. Foyt auto racer, Houston
Larry Hagman actor, Fort Worth
Ben Hogan golfer, Dublin
Howard Hughes industrialist, film producer, Houston
Jack Johnson boxer, Galveston
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
Chester Nimitz admiral, Fredricksburg
Buck Owens singer, Sherman
Bonnie Parker outlaw, Rowena
Katherine Anne Porter author, Indian Creek
Wiley Post aviator, Grand Saline
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
Tommy Tune dancer, choreographer, Wichita Falls
Kathy Whitworth golfer, Monahans
Dooley Wilson actor, musician, Tyler
Babe Didrikson Zaharias athlete, golfer, Port Arthur
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