Local Celebs

Kentucky breeds cool: George Clooney, Diane Sawyer, Tom Cruise,  Jennifer Lawrence … See what we mean? Below is a list of local celebrities that were born or spent their formative years right here in Louisville. Now it’s your turn! Join the commonwealth and you too can breed cool in Lou.

  • Tom Cruise – Grew up in Louisville and was known at Tom Mapother
  • Diane Sawyer – Newscaster
  • Bob Edwards – Newscaster
  • Victor Mature – Movie Star
  • Irene Dunne – Movie Star
  • Ned Beatty – Movie Star
  • Jennifer Lawrence – Movie Star
  • Muhammad Ali – Boxer
  • Hunter S. Thompson – American journalist and author, and the founder of the gonzo journalism movement
  • D.W. Griffith – Film Director
  • Tod Browning – Film Director (Dracula, Freaks)
  • Gus Van Sant – Film Director (Good Will Hunting, My Own Private Idaho)
  • Patty Loveless – Singer
  • Joan Osborne – Singer
  • Mary Travers – Singer (Peter, Paul & Mary)
  • Lionel Hampton – Jazz Vibraphonist
  • Tara Key – Rock Guitarist
  • Louis Brandeis – Supreme Court Justice
  • Edwin Hubble – Astronomer (Came up with the big-bang theory of the universe, although he did not coin the term)
  • Wesley Unseld – Basketball Star
  • Darrell Griffith – Basketball Star
  • Allan Houston – Basketball Star
  • Derek Anderson – Basketball Star
  • Johnny Unitas – Pro Football Star
  • Paul Hornung – Pro Football Star
  • Deion Branch – 2005 Super Bowl MVP
  • PeeWee Reese – Dodger Shortstop

And these Kick A$$ folks too 😉 Kentucky for Kentucky