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Nebraskans in Film, Television,
Broadcasting, Theater & Music

This list and our pages about each Nebraskan are constantly being updated. If you have a name or information to add, please email us.

Famous Nebraskans listed by the town of their birth.

* = "Honorary Nebraskans" - These people were born elsewhere but lived in Nebraska or currently live in Nebraska.

Bess Streeter Aldrich * - author, Elmwood
Dana Altman * - director, Omaha
Fred Astaire - actor, dancer, Omaha
William Baird
- puppeteer
Leslie Brooks - actress
Ward Bond - actor, Benkelman
Marlon Brando - actor, two-time Oscar winner, Omaha
John Carroll * - Survivor TV contestant, Omaha
Crystal Carson - actress
Johnny Carson * - TV variety show host, Norfolk
Willa Cather - author on pioneer life
Dick Cavett - TV host, Gibbon, Lincoln
Montgomery Clift - actor, Omaha
James Coburn - actor, Laurel
Kenneth Darby - composer, music director
Chip Davis * - composer, Omaha (born in Ohio)
Sandy Dennis - actress, Hastings, Lincoln

David Doyle - actor, Lincoln
Mary Doyle - actress, Lincoln
Christopher Duncan - actor

Leslie Easterbrook - actress
George F. Erwin - musician, composer, bandleader
Ruth Etting - actress, singer, David City
Mignon Good Eberhart - mystery writer
Harold Edgerton - Nebraska pioneer in the field of high-speed flash photography and Oscar winner for MGM short, “Quicker n’ a Wink”
John P. Falter - artist, cover illustrator for Saturday Evening Post
Joe Feeney
- singer
Henry Fonda - actor, Oscar winner, Grand Island, Omaha
William Fries * - songwriter, singer, ad executive, aka "C.W. McCall", Omaha
Hoot Gibson - Tekamah
Chuck Glaser - musician, songwriter (The Glaser Brothers)
Jim Glaser - musician, songwriter (The Glaser Brothers)
Tompall Glaser - musician, songwriter (The Glaser Brothers)
Rodney Grant * - actor

Howard H. Hanson - composer, conductor
Leland Hayward
Neil Hefti - composer
Marg Helgenberger - actress, Emmy winner
Mike Hill - editor, Oscar winner, Omaha
Lew Hunter - screenwriter, Superior -  official site
David Janssen - actor, Naponee
John Dennis Johnston - actor
Leland Hayward - writer, Nebraska City
Richard Kelton - actor
Don Kirschner - music producer
Terry Kiser - actor, Omaha/Council Bluffs, Iowa
Chris Klein * - actor, Omaha
Harley Jane Kozak * - actress
Swoosie Kurtz - actress, Tony winner, Omaha
Warren Littlefield - network executive, Lincoln
Harold Lloyd - silent screen comedian, Burchard - visit our store for Harold Lloyd movie posters and photos
Preston Love, Sr. - jazz musician
Jo Ann Marlowe - child actress, "Mildred Pierce"
Holt McCallany * - actor, raised in Nebraska (son of actress Julie Wilson)
Randy Meisner - musician (The Eagles)
Dorothy McGuire - actress
Gordon MacRae * - actor
Buddy Miles - musician
Wright Morris - writer
Richard A Moores - Cartoonist, producer, writer
John G. Neihardt - poet, historian
Nick Nolte - actor, Omaha
Lucille Norman - actress, singer

Diane Ogden * - Survivor TV contestant, Lincoln

Harry R. Owens - Composer, author, conductor
Alexander Payne - writer/director, Omaha
Lori Petty - actress
Louise Pound - writer, literary scholar, champion athlete
Anne Ramsey - actress
Ann Ronell - composer, lyricist
Thurl Revenscroft - voice of Tony the Tiger
Paul Revere * -
musician, Harvard
Mari Sandoz
- novelist, historian, Indian friend
Joan Micklin Silver - director, writer, producer
Paul Girard Smith - writer, actor, director
Julie Sommars - actress, Fremont
Charles (Skip) Stephenson - comedian, TV show host, Omaha
Don Stewart - actor, Omaha
Orville Wayne Stoeber - actor, composer, Fremont
Hilary Swank - actor, Lincoln
Matthew Sweet - singer, songwriter, Lincoln
Inga Swenson - actress, singer
Robert Taylor - actor, Filley
Janine Turner - actress, Lincoln
Lucky Vanous - actor, Lincoln
Sandy Veneziano - production designer
Roger Welsch - poet/CBS television moderator
Paul Williams - songwriter, author, Bennington
Roger Williams - pianist, Omaha
Julie Wilson - actress

Irene Worth - actress, Fairbury
Paula Zahn - TV newscaster, Omaha
Darryl Zanuck - motion picture producer, studio head, Wahoo

 

 

Famous Nebraskans


Montgomery Clift

Montgomery Clift
Omaha


James Coburn

James Coburn
Laurel


Marg Helgenberger
Marg Helgenberger

Fremont, North Bend


Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
Omaha
 

Hilary Swank
Hilary Swank
Lincoln
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Johnny Carson  
Johnny Carson
Norfolk
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Nick Nolte
Nick Nolte
Omaha
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