Lexington is more than just a town known for being the horse breeding and racing capital of the world – it also happens to be known for being the home of the Kentucky Wildcats, the first team in college basketball history to ever lay claim to 2, 000 game wins – and it’s known for being home to some pretty famous people.
Here are some famous people who were born in Lexington, Kentucky that you might just run into on the street – don’t get too starstruck if you run into any people on this list visiting home!
George Clooney is, well, George Clooney.
A lot of men want to be him, and a lot of women want to ditch their husbands for him – but what most people don’t know about George Clooney is the fact that he was born in Lexington back in 1961. Oh, and that his middle name is Timothy.
He’s a long-time leading man, and he’s starred in more movies and TV shows than most people can count. Everyone who is a fan of Clooney has a movie they’d watch a million times over – for some, that’s him as Danny Ocean in the Oceans-series of heist movies and for others, it could be any number of roles from Tomorrowland to Up in the Air.
If you grew up in the 80s and 90s, you’ll have made it through the boy band era – and you might even still be listening to many of these bands today. Many bands have gone through a revival in the last five years – and one of these bands is the Backstreet Boys.
Brian Littrell is best known as one of the Backstreet Boys members, but he also happens to hold his own weight as a solo artist, and he’s been inducted into the Kentucky Hall of Fame along with Kevin Richardson – that’s the other guy from the Backstreet Boys, just in case you didn’t know.
He was born in Lexington in 1975, and went on to become part of one of the biggest bands everyone has ever seen – whether or not you’re a fan.
Sarah Rice is best known as a theatre actress – and she was born right in Lexington!
She’s performed in some of the largest productions to hit the stage, including The Phantom of the Opera, and you can still see her on stage today on some of the biggest productions around.
While she spends most of her time in New York these days, you might still spot her on a visit or during one of their productions at home in Lexington!
Robert Schneider is a bass musician originally born in Cape Town, South Africa – but he also happens to have a soft spot for Lexington, and spends most of his time there working on new music or producing some of it for other bands.
His band Ulysses was formed right in Lexington, Kentucky in 2004 – and in 2006 he lent his best bass-playing talents to yet another band formed in Lexintgon, this time called Three American Revolution.
This isn’t the only thing he does, and he’s even made cameo appearances in movies like The Love Guru. Oh, and he performs children’s music in his spare time under the name “Robbert Bobbert” if you’re looking for something weird that your kids can listen to – and that you might end up actually liking yourself.
Lexington, Kentucky is a rich cultural melting pot – and this has given rise to some of the greatest artists of our time.
Just one of these people is Michael Shannon, an actor born in Lexington in 1974. He’s best known for his roles as the villain General Zod in Man of Steel (2013), starring in the films like the Iceman (2012), The Shape of Water (2017) and many others.
Oh, and he was even in Groundhog Day – a movie people have seen over and over and over and, well, over in the true spirit of the whole point of the movie.
Laura Bell Bundy
Laura Bell Bundy was born in 1981 – and she’s a native to Kentucky that’s been in a huge range of movies and TV shows like Anger Management, Angie Tribeca, Documentary Now, Fuller House, The Christmas Calendar and Veronica Mars. She even played herself in Kathy Griffin’s My Life on the D-List.
There’s just something about Lexington that seems to inspire people. Maybe it’s something in the air – and the huge list of celebrities that you can run into is far more than the ones just in this article.
It’s a great place to visit, and you can even place a few bets on horse races while you’re at it – just don’t get too starstruck if you turn around and happen to see George Clooney behind you wanting to know his way to the betting counter.