Where Stars Are Born, Not Made

Some were born here. Some were born in other places but grew up here. Either way, there’s no denying that Nevada has nurtured a good number of celebrities and notables, in fields ranging from sports to entertainment to business—and many of those famous folks hail from Southern Nevada. Must be something in the tap water.

Here’s a by-no-means-complete accounting of the stars in our heavens, compiled by the Vegas Seven staff. You may have one or two Facebook friends in here. If you don’t see the name of your favorite Nevada celebrity—either born or raised here, preferably both—be sure to let us know in the comments section.


Robert Bigelow (founder and CEO of Bigelow Aerospace)
Laura Dahl (fashion designer)
Frank Fertitta III (founder and CEO of Station Casinos)
Lorenzo Fertitta (owner of the UFC and casino executive)


Toni Basil (musician, choreographer)
Charisma Carpenter (actress, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Arianny Celeste (model and UFC Octagon Girl)
Glen and Les Charles (creators/producers, Cheers)
Thomas Dekker (actor, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles)
Michele Greene (actress, L.A. Law)
Matthew Gray Gubler (actor, Criminal Minds)
Corey Harrison (Pawn Stars)
Corinna Harney (actress, Playboy Playmate of the Year 1992)
Veronica Hart (one of the original porn stars of the 70s)
Jenna Jameson (adult-film star)
Jimmy Kimmel (comedian and television host)
Missy Monroe (adult-film star)
Thomas Ian Nicholas (actor, American Pie)
Austin “Chumlee” Russell (Pawn Stars)
Cerina Vincent (actress, Cabin Fever)
Rutina Wesley (actress, True Blood)


Mike Conley (M.I.A.)
Cleto Escobedo III (leads house band on Jimmy Kimmel Live!)
Brandon Flowers (the Killers)
Ken D. Jordan (The Crystal Method)
Scott Kirkland (The Crystal Method)
Jenny Lewis
Ben McKee (Imagine Dragons)
Chris Moon (M.I.A.)
Louis Prima Jr.
Ryan Ross (Panic! at the Disco)
Dan Reynolds (Imagine Dragons)
Paul Schwartz (M.I.A.)
Mark Slaughter (Slaughter)
Spencer Smith (Panic at the Disco)
Mark Stoermer (the Killers)
Brendon Urie (Panic! at the Disco)
Ronnie Vannucci (the Killers)


Andre Agassi (world-champion tennis player, retired)
Greg Anthony (former NBA player and television personality)
Kurt Busch (NASCAR driver)
Kyle Busch (NASCAR driver)
Chris Carter (Major League Baseball player)
Spencer Clark (NASCAR driver)
Rico Constantino (WWE wrestler)
Ricky Davis (NBA player)
Vernon Fox (former NFL player)
Bryce Harper (Major League Baseball player)
Frank Hawkins (former Oakland Raider fullback)
Carey Hart (motocross freestyler and racer)
David Humm (former Oakland Raiders quarterback)
Steven Jackson (St. Louis Rams running back)
Karina Jett (professional poker player)
T.J. Lavin (BMX rider and television personality)
Greg Maddux (former Major League Baseball pitcher)
Mike Maddux (former Major League Baseball pitcher)
Jesse Magdaleno (professional boxer)
Frank Mir (UFC fighter)
Doug Mirabelli (former Major League Baseball pitcher)
DeMarco Murray (Dallas Cowboys running back)
Roy Nelson (UFC fighter)
Mike Pritchard (NFL player, retired)
Marc Ratner (vice president of UFC)
Ryan Reeves (WWE wrestler as “Ryback”)
Steve Rodriguez (retired Major League Baseball player, head coach of Pepperdine Universitybaseball Team)
Adam Seward (NFL player)
Stevenson Sylvester (NFL player)
Dana White (president of UFC)
Mike Zaher (USL pro soccer player)
Barry Zito (Major League Baseball pitcher)

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