Citizens of Arkansas know all about their hometown heroes, but even they may be surprised by some of the celebrities on this list who hail from “The Natural State.”
How could the Rhinestone Cowboy be born anywhere else than a town called Delight?
Before he was the Man in Black and images of him flipping the bird were on every hipster’s too-tight t-shirt, Johnny Cash was born in Kingsland and raised in Dyess. (Most of the biopic “Walk the Line” was also shot in Arkansas.)
Even John Grisham couldn’t have written it better. A boy is born to a single mother in a town aptly called Hope, Arkansas. He works hard and makes it all the way to the White House. It’s the American dream on steroids.
The smooth sounds of Al Green’s pleas to keep him company all started in Forrest City.
Speak of the devil. He specializes in books about lawyers from the South. Fitting, since he’s a lawyer born in Jonesboro.
He wasn’t always spending most of his time in the spray tan booth. He was raised in Blytheville and has been quoted saying he will be buried there.
Remember when he was so darling in “Sweet Home Alabama”? His southern came naturally since he’s a native of Little Rock.
He’s the baby-faced nice guy you recognize from so many shows and movies and he kind of reminds you of your neighbor. And he would have been so if you lived in Little Rock when he was growing up.
We know what you’re thinking, because that’s what we’re thinking. An Arkansas list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Joe Nichols being from Rogers.
Known for her lilting Southern accent and subtle comedic timing, Mary was born in Newport.
Billy Bob Thornton
This actor, filmmaker, and singer-songwriter is a native of Hot Springs and also spent time in Alpine and Malvern.
Joey Lauren Adams
Her distinct voice has been a blessing and burden for this Arkansas native born in Little Rock and raised in Sherwood.
He may be an “American Idol,” but he was born in Jacksonville and raised in Conway.
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