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25 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Are From Oklahoma

We are all praying for Oklahoma today. The state was badly hit from the worst tornado storm in our country’s history. The loss of lives, homes, and entire blocks of neighborhoods is heartbreaking. And while many of us live hundreds and thousands of miles away, and may not have any personal ties to Oklahoma, there are plenty who do. And many of those just happen to be celebrities. We took at a look a the huge list of luminaries who were born in the “sooner state” from Brad Pitt, to Dr. Phil to Ron Howard. Check out 25 of Oklahoma’s most famous sons and daughters right here:

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  • Jeanne Tripplehorn 2 of 26
    6th Annual March of Dimes Celebration of Babies Luncheon - Arrivals

    Actress Jeanne Tripplehorn was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma to parents Suzanne (née Ferguson) and Tom Tripplehorn, (who was once a guitarist with Gary Lewis & the Playboys.) She graduated from Edison High School in Tulsa back in 1981 and then did one semester studying at the University of Tulsa. She then left Oklahoma to go to Juilliard School's Drama Division.

  • Brad Pitt 3 of 26
    2012 Orange British Academy Film Awards - Arrivals

    William Bradley "Brad" Pitt was born in in 1963 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. His family then left Oklahoma and they moved to Springfield, Missouri. Brad went to the University of Missouri in but left two weeks before earning his degree and went to LA to become a movie star. 

  • Megan Mullally 4 of 26
    63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals

    Actress Megan Mullally was actually born in Los Angeles, California. Her dad Carter Mullally, Jr., was an actor and was a contract player with Paramount Pictures. The family then moved to her dad's hometown, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, when Megan was six.

  • Olivia Munn 5 of 26
    The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and InStyle Miss Golden Globe 2013 Party - Arrivals

    Back in 1980, comedian and actress Lisa Olivia Munn was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

  • James Marsden 6 of 26
    66th Annual Tony Awards - Arrivals

    James Marsden was born in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He stayed in Oklahoma for all his formative years and went to Oklahoma State University, where he studied broadcast journalism. But after a year and a half later moved to LA and became an actor. 

  • Ron Howard 7 of 26
    55th Annual Times BFI London Film Festival - "The Ides Of March" Premiere - Arrivals

    Director and actor Ron Howard was born in Duncan, Oklahoma, but he didn't stay long. His family moved to Hollywood in 1958 when he was just four years old.

  • James Garner 8 of 26
    11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Arrivals

    James Garner, known for his role on the Rockford Files, was born in Norman, Oklahoma. He moved to Los Angeles when he was 17 and enrolled in Hollywood High School. 

  • Blake Edwards 9 of 26
    Blake Edwards honoured by the Academy

    Director Blake Edwards (who was also married to Julie Andrews), was born William Blake Crump in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His family then moved to Los Angeles where he grew up.

  • Bill Hader 10 of 26
    1st Annual Comedy Awards - Arrivals

    The Saturday Night Live star Bill Hader was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma and moved when he went to go to attending The Art Institute of Phoenix and Scottsdale Community College.

  • Kristin Chenoweth 11 of 26
    85th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

    Kristen Chenoweth was born in Oklahoma and was adopted by parents in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, a suburb of Tulsa. She stayed in Oklahoma for quite a while, going to Oklahoma City University. She was even the second runner up in the Miss Oklahoma pageant back in 1991.

  • Alfre Woodard 12 of 26
    19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Arrivals

    Alfre Woodard was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She went to Bishop Kelley High School, a private Catholic school in Tulsa. She then went on to study drama at Boston University.

  • Ree Drummond aka The Pioneer Woman 13 of 26
    Los Angeles Times Celebration of Food and Wine at Paramount Pictures Studio in Hollywood on September 5, 2010

    Ree Drummond aka The Pioneer Woman is an Oklahoma native who grew up in the corporate town of Bartlesville, Oklahoma. She left and went to college in California but ended up back in Oklahoma. She who lives on a working ranch outside of Pawhuska, Oklahoma.

  • Chuck Norris 14 of 26
    "To Protect and Serve" an Evening of Entertainment and Inspiration - Arrivals

    Martial arts movie star Chuck Norris was born in Ryan, Oklahoma. When he was 16, after his parents divorced, he moved to Kansas and then went out to Califorrnia.

  • Garth Brook 15 of 26
    Professional Bull Riders and Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation Press Conference at Madison Square Garden on January 8, 2010

    Garth Brooks was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he grew up. He received a track scholarship to Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. He then got into music and his start was in the clubs of Oklahoma. 

  • Reba McEntire 16 of 26
    2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony - Arrivals

    Reba Nell McEntire was born in McAlester, Oklahoma. She went on to attend Southeastern Oklahoma State University. While going to school, she would sing around town. She got her big break when she performed the national anthem at the National Rodeo in Oklahoma City when country star Red Steagall was impressed by her singing and helped her get her start in Nashville.

  • Blake Shelton 17 of 26
    47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards - Press Room

    Blake Shelton was born in Ada, Oklahoma.  At the age 17, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in pursuit of a singing career. When the news broke of the storm in Oklahoma, he was on the set filming The Voice and was visibly upset by the news of his home state.

     

  • Carrie Underwood 18 of 26
    C2C: Country to Country Festival 2013 - Day 2 - Photocall

    Carrie Underwood was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She was raised on her parents' farm in the rural town of Checotah, Oklahoma. She went on to win American Idol, far from her rural background in Oklahoma.

     

  • Bill Moyers 19 of 26
    2010 American for the Arts National Arts Awards Gala - Arrivals

    Bill Moyers, one of the most respected newsmen around,  was born in Hugo, Oklahoma. The family left and Moyers grew up in Texas.

  • Toby Keith 20 of 26
    2012 CMT Music Awards - Arrivals

    Country star Toby Keith was born in Clinton, Oklahoma. His family  then moved to Moore, Oklahoma, where he went on to work in the oil fields.

  • Dr. Phil 21 of 26
    2002 Merv Griffin and Beverly Hills Country Club Charity Celebrity Tennis Classic Benefitting ChildHelp USA - Arrivals

    Phil McGraw aka Dr. Phil was born in Vinita, Oklahoma but grew up in Texas and Kansas.

  • Rue McClanahan 22 of 26
    "Sordid Lives: The Series" World Premiere - Arrivals

    Golden Girl Rue McClanahan was born Eddi-Rue McClanahan in Healdton, Oklahoma, She grew up in Ardmore, Oklahoma where she graduated from Ardmore High School. She then went and attended college at the University of Tulsa.

  • Hanson 23 of 26
    "The Hangover Part III" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

    The brothers who form Hanson are from Tulsa, Oklahoma.  They got their start in their home state with their first performance taking place at the Mayfest Arts Festival in Tulsa.

  • Tony Randall 24 of 26
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    Tony Randall of Odd Couple fame was born Arthur Leonard Rosenberg in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He went to Tulsa Central High School.

  • Woody Guthrie 25 of 26
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    Folk legend Woody Guthrie was born in Okemah, a small town in Okfuskee County, Oklahoma. He then moved to Pampa Texas when he was 18 to be with his father.

  • Joan Crawford 26 of 26
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    Film legend Joan Crawford  was born in Texas but she grew up in Oklahoma. The family lived in Lawton, Oklahoma, where her stepdad Henry Cassin ran a movie theater.

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