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Famous WV Connections



West Virginia is proud of its connections to numerous people who have achieved great success in the film and television industries. The partial list below includes well-known individuals who work or have worked in the film and television industries and who have some type of connection to West Virginia (e.g., being a native, growing up in the state, attending college in the state, currently residing in the state, etc.). The listings do not identify those who are deceased.

Karen Austin, born in Welch, McDowell County (actress), "Jagged Edge," "Summer Rental," and extensive episodic television credits

Bernie Casey, born in Wyco, Wyoming County (actor), "Gargoyles," "Dr. Black and Mr. Hyde," "Never Say Never Again," "Cleopatra Jones," "Another 48 Hrs.," "Under Siege," "Brian’s Song," "Revenge of the Nerds," "I’m Gonna Git You Sucka"

Ted Cassidy, born in Pittsburgh PA; raised in Philippi, Barbour County (actor), "The Addams Family" (Lurch, Thing)

John Corbett, born and raised in Wheeling, Ohio County (Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actor), "Northern Exposure," HBO’s "Sex and the City," "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," "Raising Helen"

Dagmar (aka Virginia Ruth Egnor), born in Yawkey, Lincoln County; raised in Huntington, Cabell County (actress), "Broadway Open House"

Bob Denver, born in New Rochelle NY; retired to Princeton, Mercer County (actor), "Gilligan’s Island," "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis"

Joyce DeWitt, born in Wheeling, Ohio County (actress), "Three’s Company"

Paul Dooley, born and raised in Parkersburg, Wood County (Emmy-nominated actor), "Breaking Away," "Popeye," "Sixteen Candles," "Waiting for Guffman," "Happy, Texas," "Runaway Bride," "Insomnia," "A Mighty Wind," "Hairspray"

Brad Dourif, born and raised in Huntington, Cabell County (Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actor), "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest," "Blue Velvet," "Mississippi Burning," "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," "Dune," "Deadwood"

Conchata Ferrell, born in Charleston, Kanawha County (Emmy-nominated actress), "Mystic Pizza," "Goodbye, Miss 4th of July," "L.A. Law," "Erin Brockovich," "K-PAX," "Mr. Deeds," "Two and a Half Men"

John Fiedler, born in New Jersey; graduate of Marshall University, Huntington, Cabell County (producer), "Mortal Thoughts," "Serial Mom," "Copycat," "Simply Irresistible," "Cecil B. Demented"

Jennifer Garner, born in Houston TX; raised in Charleston, Kanawha County (Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated actress), "Dude, Where’s My Car?," "Pearl Harbor," "Alias," "Catch Me If You Can," "Daredevil," "Elektra," "13 Going on 30," "Catch and Release," "The Kingdom," "Juno"

Steve Harvey, born in Welch, McDowell County (comedian and actor), "The Steve Harvey Show," "The Fighting Temptations," "You Got Served," "Johnson Family Vacation"

John Hendricks, born in Matewan, Mingo County, founder of Discovery Communications and Discovery Channel

Lawrence Kasdan, born in Miami FL; raised in Morgantown, Monongalia County (multiple Oscar- and Golden Globe-nominated director, producer, writer), Producer and/or Director: "Body Heat," "The Big Chill," "Accidental Tourist," "Grand Canyon," "The Bodyguard," "Mumford"; Writer: "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back," " Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi"

Lesli Kay, born and raised in Charleston, Kanawha County (Emmy-winning actress), "The Bold and the Beautiful," "The Young and the Restless," "General Hospital," "As the World Turns"

Don Knotts, born and raised in Morgantown, Monongalia County (multiple Emmy-winning actor), "The Incredible Mr. Limpet," "The Reluctant Astronaut," "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken," "The Shakiest Gun in the West," "The Andy Griffith Show," "The Apple Dumpling Gang," "No Deposit, No Return," "Three’s Company," "Pleasantville"

Pare Lorentz, born and raised in Clarksburg, Harrison County (director and writer), "The Plow That Broke the Plains," "The River," "The City," "The Fight for Life," "Nuremberg"

Ann Magnuson, born and raised in Charleston, Kanawha County (actress), "Making Mr. Right," "Tequila Sunrise," "Clear and Present Danger," "Small Soldiers," "Panic Room," "The United States of Leland," "Cabin Boy," "The Hunger"

Patrick Markey, born in West Virginia; raised in Ohio (producer, writer, director), "The Horse Whisperer," "A River Runs Through It," "The Associate," "The Joy Luck Club," "The Quick and the Dead"

Peter Marshall, born and raised in Huntington, Cabell County (Emmy-nominated television personality), "The Hollywood Squares"

Kathy Mattea, born in South Charleston and raised in Cross Lanes, Kanawha County (Grammy-winning musician and actress), "Maverick," "Touched By An Angel," "Rachel and Andrew Jackson: A Love Story," "The Griffin and the Minor Canon"

Russ McCubbin, born in Charleston, Kanawha County (actor), "Gunsmoke," "Daniel Boone," "High Plains Drifter," "Sudden Impact," "Matt Houston," "Another 48 Hours," "Correct Change"

Frances McDormand, born in Chicago IL; graduate of Bethany College, Bethany, Brooke County (actress), "Fargo," "Burn After Reading," "Something's Gotta Give," "Almost Famous"

Lou Myers, born and raised in Charleston, Kanawha County (actor), "A Different World," "Tin Cup," "Bulworth," "How Stella Got Her Groove Back," "The Wedding Planner," "The Fighting Temptations," "Lackawanna Blues"

Devon Odessa, born in Parkersburg, Wood County (actress), "My So-Called Life," "The Others," "The Omega Code," "Broken Angel"

Johnny Olson, born Windom MN; owned vacation farm in Lewisburg, Greenbrier County (television game show announcer), "The Price Is Right," "What's My Line," "Match Game," "The Jackie Gleason Show"

Brad Paisley, born and raised in Glen Dale, Marshall County (Grammy-winning musician and actor), "According to Jim," "King of the Hill," "Home Blitz," "American Dreams," "The Wonder Pets," "Numero Dos"

Ed Rabel, born in Nitro and raised in St. Albans, Kanawha County (Emmy-winning broadcast journalist), NBC News, CBS Evening News, CBS Reports, CBS Sunday Morning

Soupy Sales, born in Franklinton NC; raised in Huntington, Cabell County (comedian and actor), "The Soupy Sales Show," "What’s My Line," "…And God Spoke"

Chris Sarandon, born and raised in Beckley, Raleigh County (Oscar- and Golden Globe-nominated actor), "Dog Day Afternoon," "Fright Night," "Lipstick," "The Osterman Weekend," "Protocol," "Goodbye, Miss 4th of July," "Just Cause," "The Princess Bride"

David Selby, born and raised in Morgantown, Monongalia County (actor), "Dark Shadows," "Flamingo Road," "Falcon Crest," "Dying Young," "Intersection," "D3: The Mighty Ducks," HBO’s "Tell Me You Love Me"

Morgan Spurlock, born in Parkersburg, Wood County; raised in Beckley, Raleigh County (Oscar-nominated director and producer), "Super Size Me," FX Network’s "30 Days," "Class Act," "Chalk," "What Would Jesus Buy?," "Where in the World is Osama bin Laden?"

Robert Tinnell, born and raised in Fairmont, Marion County (director, producer, writer), "Surf Nazis Must Die," "South of Reno," "Kids of the Round Table," "Frankenstein and Me," "Airspeed," "Believe," "The Feast of the Seven Fishes"

Sam Trammell, born in New Orleans LA; raised in Charleston, Kanawha County (actor), "True Blood," "Aliens vs Predator: Requiem," "Judging Amy," "Going to California," "Autumn in New York"

Clyde Ware, born and raised in West Union, Doddridge County (director and screenwriter), "Gunsmoke," "No Drums, No Bugles," "When the Line Goes Through," "The Hatfields and the McCoys," "Bad Jim"

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