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As Seen on TV: Famous television actors born right here in the Tri-State

The Tri-State has produced some big names in the Hollywood and television world.

Check out this list of celebrities from Evansville, Owensboro and other places in the Tri-State.

Actors from Evansville

Avery Brooks

– Born in Evansville, IN –

Before acting as commander of a fictional space station on the Star Trek spinoff ‘Deep Space Nine’ from 1993-1999, Avery Brooks commanded respect as a street-smart enforcer on the 1980’s crime drama series ‘Spenser for Hire’.

 

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Michael Michele

– Born in Evansville, IN –

After tearing up the basketball courts at Benjamin Bosse High School in the early eighties, Michael Michele went on to find fame on both the silver screen and television. Most notably playing Dr. Cleo Finch on the hit medical drama ‘ER’ and as Detective Rene Sheppard on the popular police procedural ‘Homicide: Life on the Street’.

Actors from Evansville

Red Skelton

– Born in Vincennes, IN –

From traveling medicine shows to radio to vaudeville and beyond, American comedy entertainer Red Skelton tackled it all. After finding success on the silver screen, Skelton found his true home on television with ‘The Red Skelton Show’ on NBC in 1951.

Dylan Minnette

– Born in Evansville, IN –

Dylan Minnette landed several reoccurring roles on hit shows such as Prison Break and Scandal before securing his most poignant and recognizable role in the 2017 Netflix series ’13 Reasons Why’ based on the Jay Asher novel by the same name.

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Jama Williamson

– Born in Evansville, IN –

Your kids may recognize her as Principle Mullins on Nickelodeon’s ‘School of Rock’. Young adults may know her as Nora Tate from the family drama ‘Hollywood Heights’. You can currently catch her playing Val, the torture-obsessed secretary on the hit NBC show ‘The Good Place’.

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Casey Stegall

– Born in Evansville, IN –

Before becoming a correspondent for the ‘Fox News Dallas Bureau’, Casey Stegall was born, raised and cut his journalism teeth right here in the Tri-State.

Actors from Evansville

Ron Glass

– Born in Evansville, IN –

Ron Glass has had an active acting career spanning nearly fifty years. After landing bit parts on now classic shows, such as ‘Sanford and Son’ and ‘All in the Family’, Glass secured the role of Detective Ron Harris on the sitcom ‘Barney Miller’ from 1975-1982. Joss Whedon’s sci-fi space western ‘Firefly’ reintroduced Glass to a whole new audience in 2002 as Darrial Book, a Shepherd that became the show’s spiritual voice.

Actors from Evansville

Johnny Depp

 – Born in Owensboro, KY –

Before he was a famous swashbuckling pirate, Johnny Depp was Tom Hanson; a baby-faced police officer working undercover as a high school student on the eighties police procedural ’21 Jump Street’.

Actors from Evansville

Florence Henderson

– Born in Dale, IN –

Affectionally referred to as America’s Favorite Mom, Florence Henderson won the hearts of television viewers everywhere as Carol Brady, the matriarch of a blended family known as ‘The Brady Bunch’. The show aired for five seasons from 1969-74 but continued to gain audiences for decades as the show lived on through syndication.