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Actors, Actresses, Singers and Professional Performers

These people who are or were famous in the performing arts, are from Arizona, or have lived in Arizona at some point during their lives.

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Scott McIntyre on American Idol
Read a profile of Scott McIntyre of Scottsdale, Arizona. Scott McIntyre is the blind and is competing on American Idol Season 8 in 2009.

American Idol Season 7
American Idol contestants Brooke White and David Hernandez.

Brooke White on American Idol
Get quick facts about Brooke White on American Idol. Brooke White is a native of Mesa, Arizona.

David Hernandez on Amercan Idol
Get quick facts about David Hernandez, a contestant on American Idol. David Hernandez is from Phoenix, Arizona.

Alexa Havins
Alexa Havins plays Arabella “Babe” Carey Chandler on the daytime soap, All My Children. In 2005 she was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actress. She grew up in Chandler, Arizona.

Alice Cooper Trivia Quiz
How much do you really know about Alice Cooper? Take this quiz and find out.

Alice Cooper
Local celebrity Alice Cooper may be a bad boy on stage, but he's a good guy around here. From your Phoenix Guide.

Al Casey
Al Casey is most known as a guitarist who made records with Lee Hazlewood, and other musicians like Duane Eddy and Sanford Clark. He lived in Phoenix most of his life. He died in 2006.

Amanda Blake
Amanda Blake was best known for her role as Miss Kitty on Gunsmoke. She was credited with starting the Arizona Animal Welfare League, which is now the oldest and largest "no-kill" animal shelter in Arizona. She lived in the Arcadia section of Phoenix with some of her beloved cats. She passed away in 1989.

Andy Devine
Andy Devine was born in Kingman, Arizona. He was known for his westerns, in which he often played a comic sidekick.

Ann Miller
She has a vacation home in Sedona, Arizona. Ann Miller starred in forty motion pictures and Broadway shows, national tours and television appearances. She started dancing as a young child.

Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame
The Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame honors the contributions of musicians, entertainers, and individuals who have had a significant impact on the development of the musical and entertainment culture in Arizona.

Barbara Eden
Barbara Eden became famous after her starring role on I Dream of Jeannie. She was born in Tucson, Arizona.

Ben Johnson
Retired to Mesa, Arizona where he died in 1996. Ben Johnson was a champion rodeo rider turned actor. He won an Oscar for his role in The Last Picture Show.

Bill Zorn
Bill Zorn studied music at ASU and is an Arizona resident. He is a member of The Limelighters, and has been involved with both The New Christy Minstrels and The Kingston Trio.

Billy Preston
Billy Preston moved to Scottsdale in 2003 and lived there until his death in June 2006. As a solo articst, he is best known for his #1 hit singles "Will It Go Round In Circles," and "Nothing From Nothing." Billy is widely acknowledged as the "Fifth Beatle" working with them on several songs and appearing in films with them.

Bob Shane (The Kingston Trio)
One of the original Kingston Trio members. If you know the song Scotch & Soda or Tom Dooley, you know Bob Shane. He lives in Phoenix.

Brandy Norwood
Brandy Rayana Norwood, known to her fans as simply Brandy, is a popular R & B singer and actress. She is engaged to Quebtin Richardson of the Phoenix Suns.

Buck Owens
Buck and his family migrated west from Texas during the depression and ended up in Mesa, Arizona. In 1967 he purchased country music radio station KNIX that he would own until 1999. Buck Owens is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville and a member of the Arizona Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Charles Boyer
Charles Boyer started his career in silent movies, and then went on to star opposite actresses like Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich and Ingrid Bergman. He lived in Paradise Valley, and committed suicide two days after his wife's death.

Chelsea Kane
Read a profile of Chelsea Kane, Disney star and celebrity contestant on Dancing with the Stars.

Courtney Robertson
Courtney Robertson from Scottsdale got a wedding proposal from Ben Flajnik on Season 16 of The Bachelor on ABC.

Craig T. Nelson
Craig T. Nelson is best known for his role as Hayden Fox on the hit series Coach, although he has been in many movies and TV shows. He attended the University of Arizona.

Danny Bonaduce
We loved him in the Partridge Family. He turned to a radio career, which landed him a job in Phoenix for a while, but he was fired from the radio station for getting in trouble with the law.

David Spade
A popular comedian, David Spade spent his youth in Scottsdale, Arizona. Saturday Night Live and the TV sitcom Just Shoot Me are some of biggest claims to fame.

Debbie Reynolds
Star of movies, Broadway and television. Debbie Reynolds has a home in Sedona, Arizona.

Dennis Farina
A very recognizable face, Dennis Farina has done many movies and TV shows. He owns a home in Phoenix.

Dick Van Dyke
This famous TV and movie actor lived in Carefree, Arizona during the filming of the "The New Dick Van Dyke Show" in the early 1970s.

Dierks Bentley
This country music star is from Phoenix.

Dolan Ellis
"The Official State Balladeer. This multitalented guitarist, singer and songwriter has...produced hundreds of ballads that tell fascinating stories of the State's history with drama and humor."

Don Ameche
Don Amche starred in several popular movies, including Trading Places and Cocoon. He retired to Scottsdale where he died in 1993.

Don Knotts
Don Knotts will always be best known for his role on The Andy Griffith Show, and won several Emmy Awards for that portrayal. He attended the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Donald O'Connor
Tis dancing actor may be best known for his role in Singin' in the Rain opposite Gene Kelly. He lived in Sedona, Arizona.

Duane Eddy
Moved to Phoenix with his family when he was a teenager. Duane Eddy is best known for his twangy guitar and had a number of instrumental hits in the late 50's and early 60's. He was accepted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

Earl Hindman
Earl Hindman played Wilson on the hit TV series Home Improvement. His character was the neighbor whose entire face was never seen. He was born in Bisbee, Arizona, and attended the University of Arizona.

Esteban
"Original compositions or arrangements of songs from the past...classical or flamenco, world, ethnic fusion or jazz, folk songs or bossa nova...Esteban is the virtuoso for the new global awareness."

Flip Orley
Flip Orley, the hypnotist and comedian who is nationally known for his stage shows, is originally from Arizona. Here are some comments about attending a Flip Orley show in Phoenix.

Gin Blossoms
The Gin Blossoms are one of the most famous bands to come out of the Phoenix area. They had their start in Tempe.

Glen Campbell
Everything you could want to know about the country singing sensation who now makes his home in the Phoenix area.

Greg Kinnear
Greg Kinnear attended the University of Arizona in Tucson, where he graduated in 1985 with a degree in broadcast journalism. You'll recognize him for his roles in As Good As It Gets, You've Got Mail, and Nurse Betty.

Hugh Downs
Best known for his work on the TV show 20/20, the game show Concentration, and The Today Show. He is a lecturer at the Arizona State University Hugh Downs School of Human Communication.

Ice Cube
This colorful performer, actor, rapper and hip hopper got a degree from the Phoenix Institute of Technology.

ICE T
Known for his gangsta hip-hop, most recognized for his song "Cop Killer." He is also an actor in movies and on TV. He purchased a home in Chandler, AZ in 2007.

Jack Elam
Best known for his westerns and his role in Support Your Local Sheriff, you'll recognize him when you see that wandering eye! He was born in Miami, Arizona and went to high school in Phoenix.

Jane Russell
This actress' film career began in the 1940s. Today she lives in Sedona and is still actively involved with the charity she co-founded for placement of homeless children.

Jenna Jameson
Jenna Jameson, possiblyt the most famous porn star ever, lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. Learn more about Jenna Jameson.

Jerry Bruckheimer
One of the most successful film producers, you'll recognize these titles: Flashdance, Beverly Hills Cop, Top Gun, The Rock, Con Air, Armageddon, Dangerous Minds, Black Hawk Down. He attended the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Jimmy Eat World
Jimmy Eat World is an Arizona band from Mesa that made it big. They got their start in the late 1990s.

John Denver
John Denver's musical career began in Tucson, Arizona where he lived with his family. It was there that his grandmother gave him his first guitar. He achieved many gold albums, and is known best for his songs like “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “Rocky Mountain High,” “Sunshine On My Shoulders,” and “Thank God I’m A Country Boy.”

John Hughes
Attended Arizona State University but dropped out his junior year. John Hughes is a writer, producer and director whose films are very recognizable: Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Home Alone, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, and Beethoven.

John Wayne
John Wayne saddled up for more than 200 films during his career. Ho owned a ranch in the White Mountains of Arizona. He died in 1979.

Jordin Sparks
Meet Jordin Sparks from Glendale, Arizona. Jordin appeared on the sixth season of American Idol -- and won!

Lee Marvin
Lee Marvin moved to Tucson in 1975 and died there in 1987. This tough guy actor had a relationship with Michelle Triola, which led to a highly publicized lawsuit in which Triola asked for a substantial portion of Marvin's assets even though they were not married. The case set a legal precedent for the rights of unmarried cohabitors, the so-called "palimony" law.

Leslie Nielsen
Leslie Nielsen has starred in over fifty movies and many more TV films. He has a home in Scottsdale.

Linda Carter
Known mostly for her TV role as Wonder Woman. She was born in Phoenix and went to Arcadia High School.

Linda McCartney
Linda McCartney majored in Fine Arts at The University of Arizona. Married to Paul McCartney, she was a professional photographer, animal lover and environmentalist. She died in 1998 from breast cancer at the McCartney Ranch in Tucson, that they had purchased in 1979.

Linda Ronstadt
This famous singer is the pride of Tucson, Arizona where the Ronstadt family has a long history. This site is not her official one, but it certainly covers the topic.

Mare Winningham
Born in Phoenix, AZ this original brat-packer has starred in many popular movies.

Marty Robbins
Marty Robbins was born in Glendale, Arizona, just west of Phoenix.

Michelle Branch
Born in Phoenix and attended high school in Sedona. Michelle Branch is known for writing and playing her own songs, and performing barefoot. Her album "The Spirit Room" went platinum.

Nick Nolte
This popular movie actor attended Arizona State University, Eastern Arizona College, and Phoenix College.

Nicolas Cage
Nicholas Cage built a mansion in Sedona, Arizona, near the Chapel of Holy Cross.

Nils Lofgren
Recording start and guitar player. Nils Lofgren began his career with Neil Young's band, and later joined Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. He is still performing and touring, and lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Phoenix Bands of the 1960s
A local writer brings back the nostalgic area of the 1960s and the teen bands that were the rage.

PhotoFlashbacks
Performance images of the Rock and Roll music scene in the Phoenix, Arizona area during the late 1960's. Features the photographic work of the late Doug Hartley, born and raised in Scottsdale.

Randi Coy
Randi Coy of Scottsdale landed a starring role on a TV reality program on Fox: My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé.

Rex Allen
Rex Allen was born in Willcox, Arizona in 1920. He was the last of the "Singing Cowboys." He made over a hundred "B" Westerns up until about 1954. He also had a successful career as a country artist and narrated hundreds of Walt Disney films. Rex Allen passed away in Tucson in 1999.

Robert Mitchum
Robert Mitchum had a home near Scottsdale and was a frequent Tucson visitor. He was a popluar leading man in many films in the 40s, 50s and 60s, and continued to work in movies and television until the 90s. He died in 1997.

Robert Shields
Painter, sculptor and mime Robert Shields is probably recognized by more people as being one-half of the famed mime team, Shields & Yarnell. He owns art studios in Sedona where he has lived since the 1980s.

Sam Moore
Sam Moore, of the duo Sam & Dave, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Rall of Fame in 1992. You might know them best for the song "I'm a Soul Man" that was later also performed by the Blues Brothers. Sam lives in the Phoenix area.

Sean Young
Sean Young became famous for her role in the movie Blade Runner, and later Fatal Instinct. She has starred in more than 40 films so far. She lived in Sedona.

Stephen Baldwin
Stephen Baldwin is an actor who happens to have famous actors for brothers, too. The Usual Suspects and A Simple Twist of Fate might be movies of his with which you might be familiar. Stephen lives in Tucson.

Steve Allen
Steve Allen spent a year here as a radio disc jockey before his career as a comedian took off. He also was "a composer, singer, producer, conductor, a songwriter of more than 4,000 songs, and the author of over 38 books." This link covers his career well until the mid-90's. Mr. Allen passed away in 2000.

Steven Spielberg
His family moved to Scottsdale when he was a young boy. This is not an official site, but it has all you need to know about this incredibly popular film maker.

Stevie Nicks
A singer with Fleetwood Mac and then achieving fame as a single performer, Stevie Nicks is a Phoenix resident.

Tanya Tucker
Early in her life country music star Tanya Tucker lived in Willcox, Arizona and then in Phoenix.

Ted Danson
Best known for his role as bar owner Sam Malone in the television series Cheers. He grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Waylon Jennings
Waylon Jennings spent an early part of his career playing in Phoenix clubs.

Wayne Newton
Wayne Newton grew up in Phoenix and attended high school here. Wayne Newton has recorded 157 albums, and is known to day as "Mr. Las Vegas."

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