Celebrities from KC and Facts

Meet The Talented List of TV and Film Celebrities Who Have Called KC Home

From an actress who made her name dancing backwards in heels to the voice of Yoda, Kansas City is home household names, blockbuster stars and talented voice actors.

Robert Altman, Oscar-winning director and KC native whose films included M*A*S*H, Kansas City and many others

Ed Asner, Emmy-winning actor and KC native most known for his roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Roots

Trai Byers, actor born in KC and known for his roles in Empire and Selma

Don Cheadle, Oscar-nominated star of Hotel Rwanda and Crash who was born in KC

David Cook, KC native and winner of season seven of American Idol

Chris Cooper, Oscar-winning actor and KC native whose films include Adaptation, American Beauty and The Bourne Identity

Walt Disney, beloved animator and director who opened Laugh-O-Gram Studios, his first, in Kansas City. Disney fed a friendly rodent in the building, which was said to have inspired the character Mickey Mouse

Gillian Flynn, author/screenwriter and KC native whose works include Gone Girl, Sharp Objects and Dark Places

Jean Harlow, film actress and KC native famously known as the “Original Blonde Bombshell”

Tom Kane, voiceover artist from Overland Park, KS. known for his roles in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and The Wild Thornberrys. The voice of Yoda.

Ellie Kemper, film and TV actress born in KC and best known for her leading role in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and other roles in The Office and Bridesmaids

Michael McMillian, writer and actor born in Olathe, KS. and known for his roles in Dorian Blues and True Blood

Rob Riggle, comedian and actor who grew up in Overland Park, KS. and is famous for his roles in The Hangover and 21 Jump Street

Ginger Rogers, Broadway performer and Oscar-winning actress who was born in Independence, MO

Paul Rudd, comedic actor in Role Models and I Love You, Man who was raised in Overland Park, KS.

Eric Stonestreet, Emmy award-winning actor and KC native best known for his portrayal of Cameron Tucker on the ABC show Modern Family

Jason Sudeikis, actor who grew up in Overland Park, KS. and is famous for his roles in We’re the Millers and Horrible Bosses

Dee Wallace, actress and KC native known for her roles in films including E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and The Hills Have Eyes

Tuc Watkins, KC native and actor known for his roles in One Life to Live, The Mummy and Desperate Housewives.

Dianne Wiest, Oscar-winning actress and KC native, known for her roles in Edward Scissorhands and I Am Sam

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