Famous People from Texas

Can you name these famous Texans based on a short clue?
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Last updated: October 13, 2021
First submittedApril 23, 2012
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Clue
Hometown
Answer
President who came before Obama
Midland
George W. Bush
First President of Texas
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Sam Houston
Known as the "Father of Texas"
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Stephen F. Austin
Kennedy's successor
Stonewall
Lyndon Johnson
Governor from 2000–2015, the longest term in Texas history
Paint Creek
Rick Perry
Seven-time Tour de France winner *
Dallas
Lance Armstrong
Starred in "The Fugitive" and "Men in Black"
San Saba
Tommy Lee Jones
"Texas Flood" guitarist
Dallas
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Aviation billionaire who holed up in a Las Vegas hotel
Houston
Howard Hughes
"On the Road Again" singer
Abbott
Willie Nelson
3rd party Presidential candidate in 1992
Texarkana
H. Ross Perot
Playmate who married a billionaire
Houston
Anna Nicole Smith
CBS anchor - "the most trusted man in America"
Houston
Walter Cronkite
Country singer, namesake of a brand of sausage
Olton
Jimmy Dean
Pop singer who starred in Disney's "Wizards of Waverly Place"
Grand Prairie
Selena Gomez
Heavyweight boxer and grill salesman
Marshall
George Foreman
Dallas Mavericks owner
Dallas
Mark Cuban
Star of the movie "Ray"
Terrell
Jamie Foxx
Leader of the Crickets who died in a plane crash in 1959
Lubbock
Buddy Holly
Author of "Lonesome Dove"
Archer City
Larry McMurtry
Pitcher who struck out more batters than anyone in Major League history
Alvin
Nolan Ryan
Dallas Cowboys coach with a trademark fedora
Mission
Tom Landry
Bonnie Parker's partner in crime
Telico
Clyde Barrow
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Level 37
Apr 19, 2012
Good quiz, but Mark Cuban is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Level 88
Oct 1, 2014
Mark Cuban is about as Texan as Dirk Nowitzki. Just because you move there and live there now, that doesn't mean you're "from" there.
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Level 83
Mar 2, 2015
I disagree. I was born in Merrifield and spent the first seven years of my life in Manassas but if asked to pick a city where I was "from" I would probably say Centreville. Or Washington DC. Even though my family no longer lives there and I don't feel a particularly strong connection to the place. If I ever establish a truly permanent residence somewhere, I might start saying I am from that place. I move around so much that when someone asks me where I'm from I often ask them to clarify what they mean. I'll say, "originally?"
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Level 82
Jan 29, 2022
I had the bad luck to be born in a vile little farm town in southwest Missouri, smack dab in the middle of nowhere.

At 18, I came to New York City, laid down roots here, found a career here, and have raised my family here. I am a New Yorker through and through and I have every intention of dying here.

If anyone cares to claim that I'm not a New Yorker, just because of some stupid accident of birth, I will not take kindly to it.

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Level 67
Mar 2, 2022
The latitude and longitude of an individual's birth doesn't put some impermeable stamp on them as to who they might become as a person. Both Stephen F. Austin, the "Father of Texas," and Sam Houston, the first President of the Republic of Texas, were born in Virginia. They're on a long and illustrious list of individuals born elsewhere who came to make Texas their home and, in their own ways, make it better for the generations that followed.
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Level 38
Apr 20, 2012
It's Stevie Ray Vaughan, not Vaughn. Fun quiz - all 50 states please!
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Level ∞
Apr 23, 2012
Fixed. Thanks!
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Level 44
Dec 15, 2012
I'm not sure "famous people from Rhode Island" would yield many results. :)
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Level 87
Oct 13, 2021
Harold and Lloyd lived there in Dumb And Dumber. Frank 'N' Beans lived there in There's Something About Mary. Charlie, Shonté, Layla and the kids lived there in Me, Myself & Irene.

That's a pretty stellar start.

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Level 81
Jun 24, 2014
should read '0xTour de France winner'
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Level 90
Sep 23, 2014
And accept the names of all 26 million + currently living people that fit that description?
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Level 89
Oct 15, 2021
disqualified tour de france winner
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Level 70
Mar 2, 2015
Rick Perry is no longer the governor of Texas. Greg Abbott took office six weeks ago.
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Level ∞
Mar 2, 2015
Good to know. Updated.
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Level 73
Jul 5, 2015
6 weeks ago was still 2015.
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Level 63
Mar 2, 2015
Good quiz, but Rick Perry needs to be updated. Also, I'd love to see Bob Schieffer of CBS's "Face the Nation" and other news programs added in (hometown: Fort Worth).
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Level 83
Mar 2, 2015
Oh man, missed Steamy Ray Vaughn. And the sports questions, of course.
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Level 59
Mar 3, 2015
Why do people keep complaining about who was born where? This quiz is not about ONLY people who were born in Texas but about people who are associated with and live or lived in TX. We remember figures for where they CHOOSE to make their home as adults, which is why both Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama are considered to be from Illinois even though they were born in Kentucky and Hawaii, respectively. Ronald Reagan was actually born in IL, but he will always be closely linked to Califonia because that's where he lived the vast majority of his life.

Besides just the Bush presidents, Mark Cuban, and many others CHOSE to live in Texas and to be associated with the state. Is Emmitt Smith less of a legend in the state because he grew up in Florida? Get some perspective!

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Level 87
Nov 19, 2015
The column header is "hometown." There is no way, for example, that Lee Harvey Oswald's hometown could be anything but New Orleans.
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Level 87
Oct 13, 2021
Texans take way too much pride in the immigrants who rebelled against the legitimate national government of Mexico. Sam Houston, Jim Bowie, Stephen Austin, William Travis and any other "patriot founder" were all foreign politicians. They were U.S. politicians who who came into the Mexican state only to promote treason. They are the exact antithesis to the aims of leadership in the U.S. Constitution, which bars foreign born people from the presidency, bars members of government from foreign loyalties, etc.
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Level 73
Oct 14, 2021
Didn't Mexico rebel against the "legitimate national government" of Spain to begin with?
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Level 55
Oct 14, 2021
And Didn't Spain Rebel from France in the Napoleonic Wars even before?
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Level 87
Oct 14, 2021
The people born in Mexico rebelled against the foreign government of Spain, yes. The rebel "Texans" were all foreign interlopers from Kentucky, Texas, South Carolina, Tennessee, etc. The real comedy is how much Texans complain about immigrants, illegal or legal, while basing their entire culture on illegal immigrants from the U.S. engaging in treason in Tejas.
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Level 87
Oct 14, 2021
And yes, the people in Spain rebelled against the foreign occupiers of France. I really don't get how you are reversing roles here.

The "Texans" were the foreign invaders, not Mexico. Just like in your examples, Spain and France were foreign occupiers.

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Level 32
Mar 7, 2015
Where's Beyonce?
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Level 83
Mar 2, 2022
The quiz author didn't think we were ready for that jelly.
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Level 68
Feb 7, 2016
Tommy Lee Jones's character is not the antagonist in The Fugitive
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Level 83
Jun 30, 2017
Love the asterisk for Lance Armstrong. What a repulsive, vile human being.
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Level 87
Aug 10, 2018
Yeah, a real killer. Oh wait, then he'd be a hero.
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Level 69
Jan 9, 2020
Isn't Matthew McConaughey Texan? Why is he not here.
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Level 87
Oct 13, 2021
I typed him automatically only to stare in shock when his name didn't clear. Not all right, all right, all right.
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Level 87
Mar 2, 2022
He’d be great for a Part 2
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Level 76
Feb 20, 2021
Why is there an asterisk after the 7th clue?
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Level 82
Oct 13, 2021
7th clue? Unless they've change the quiz/question order, that's a quotation mark. However, the asterisk for the 6th clue refers to the seven titles being revoked due to Armstrong's use of performance enhancing drugs.
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Level 87
Oct 14, 2021
Could have just put "winner" in quotes.
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Level 73
Oct 14, 2021
Dang, I had no idea Jimmy Dean was a real person
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Level 70
Oct 14, 2021
That is a tough quiz for us non Americans. Seven of the answers

I have never heard of the person. I knew the ‘most trusted man in America’ but must have spelt his surname wrong. Interesting quiz though.

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Level 71
Mar 4, 2022
then maybe dont take a quiz about Americans who are associated with a US State
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Level 70
Oct 29, 2021
Suggestion: Gene Roddenberry - El Paso.

Allegedly more well known person than some obscure politician.

But I don't know for sure, he spent so much time and drugs in California to be known in Texas.

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Level 73
Mar 2, 2022
Which politician on this quiz do you consider obscure?
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Level 86
Nov 21, 2021
Accept SRV for the Texas Flood guitarist? Also, George Strait (the King of country music) would be a good addition.
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Level 82
Jan 29, 2022
Sad to see the brilliant novelist Larry McMurtry coming in last with such a low percentage. Maybe, with the recent passing of the great film director Peter Bogdanovich who directed the famous movie version of The Last Picture Show, McMurtry will get a bit more of the attention he so richly deserves.
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Level 66
Mar 2, 2022
I had quite happily forgotten that Rick Perry existed until I saw the answer
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Level 83
Mar 2, 2022
To quote a famous statesman, "oops"
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Level 28
Mar 2, 2022
Suggestion: Add Stone Cold Steve Austin, he's pretty famous and he's from Victoria, Texas
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Level 68
Mar 2, 2022
Anyone else get the fedora question because of Simpsons?
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Level 64
Mar 2, 2022
Anna Nicole Smith was from Mexia (pronounced Me-hay-uh)
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Level 28
Mar 3, 2022
Doyle Brunson, the godfather of poker, should without a doubt be on this quiz. Amarillo Slim should be as well
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Level 40
Mar 6, 2022
Ngl, as a UT alum, kinda disappointed that Matthew Mcconaughey, Owen Wilson, and Wes Anderson aren't on here
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Level 57
Mar 7, 2022
Only two women were born in Texas?