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30 Celebrities That Were Born in San Antonio 

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Whether they stayed around and grew up in the 2-1-0 or moved on outside of the Alamo City, these celebrities were all born right here in San Antonio.
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Steve Howey
Shameless and Reba actor Steve Howey was born in San Antonio in 1977, but his family didn’t stick around for long. Believe it or not, but Howey actually spent most of his childhood on a boat his parents sailed up and down the Pacific Coast. Howey’s family settled down in Colorado when he was a teenager, but at least we can still claim him.
Photo via Netflix / Shameless
Henry Thomas
Before his breakout role as Elliott in E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, actor Henry Thomas was born in SA in 1971. Still, he kept some sense of normalcy and graduated from East Central HS and later Blinn College. Thomas eventually returned to acting, recently appearing in The Haunting of Hill House.
Photo via Netflix / The Haunting of Hill House
Michelle Rodriguez
Badass Michelle Rodriguez made her debut in San Antonio in 1978 and has been kicking ass since. She lived in Texas until she was eight years old, eventually moving to the Dominican Republic and later Puerto Rico, where he was originally from. She’s known for The Fast & the Furious and Machete franchises, as well as TV roles like Lost.
Photo via Netflix / Blue Crush
Jared Padalecki
Known and adored for his roles on Gilmore Girls and Supernatural, Jared Padalecki is a proud Texas boy. He was born in the Alamo City in 1982, but left after graduating from Madison HS to pursue his career. Today, he lives in Austin.
Photo via Netflix / Supernatural
Ally Brooke
Fifth Harmony singer Ally Brooke was born Allyson Brooke Hernandez in San Antonio back in 1993. She attended Cornerstone Christian Elementary School and eventually got her diploma while being home-schooled.
Photo via Instagram / allybrooke
Jonathan Joss
Jonathan Joss is pretty damn San Anto, born here in 1965 as Jonathan Gonzales. Of Spanish, Comanche and White Mountain Apache descent, Joss attended McCollum High School and attended Texas State before leaving the university and finishing his studies at Our Lady of the Lake. And how is he famous? He voiced John Redcorn on King of the Hill and portrayed Chief Ken Hotate on Parks and Recreation.
Photo via Netflix / Parks and Recreation
Ricardo Chavira
Born in San Antonio in 1971, Ricardo Antonio Chavira graduated from LEE High School back when it was Robert E. Lee and later attended the University of the Incarnate Word. He eventually left the 2-1-0 and is best known as Carlos Solis on Desperate Housewives. More recently, he’s appeared in Jane the Virgin and Scandal.
Photo via Netflix / Scandal
Bruce McGill
Yep, this guy is from San Antonio. Actor Bruce McGill was born here back in 1950 and even graduated from MacArthur HS, later attending the University of Texas at Austin. And you undoubtedly recognize him from Animal House, Rizzoli & Isles, MacGyver and so much more.
Photo via Amazon Prime / Suits
James Roday
Born James Rodriguez in 1976, the San Antonio native ditched his Latino surname but is still forever tied to the Alamo City (and his former high school – Taft). The actor is best known for his lead role on Psych.
Photo via Amazon Prime / Psych
Jesse Borrego
This Harlandale HS graduate was born in 1962, and still lives in San Antonio today. He got his break when for his role on Fame, but is also known for appearing in Blood In, Blood Out, Dexter, American Crime, and Fear the Walking Dead.
Photo via Netflix / Dexter
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Emilio Rivera
Back in 1961, actor Emilio Rivera was born in San Anto. He later moved to the outskirts of Los Angeles, where he grew up. Still, it’s pretty cool that an actor known for roles in Sons of Anarchy and Hand of God.
Photo via Netflix / Sons of Anarchy
Elizabeth Chambers
Actress and wife of Armie Hammer may be tied to the glamour of Hollywood, but she still holds onto her ties to SA. Born here in 1982, Chambers moved away as a toddler but still holds onto her ties to SA as she owns Bird Bakery.
Photo via Instagram / elizabethchambers
Carol Burnett
Born in San Antonio in 1933, Carol Burnett lived on the West Side and attended Crockett Elementary until she was seven years old. She moved to Los Angeles with her grandmother, and gained fame for her very own The Carol Burnett Show, Mama’s Family and Annie.
Photo via Netflix / A Little Help with Carol Burnett
Summer Glau
Actress Summer Glau has been repping SA since being born here in 1981. Due to her scholarship to a ballet academy, she was homeschooled to accommodate her training. She eventually had an injury that ended her dance career and inspired her to follow acting. She’s known for Arrow, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and more.
Photo via Netflix / Arrow
Gil Birmingham
As one of those actors you recognize but never bothered to learn more about, hopefully you think it’s cool that actor Gil Birmingham was born in San Antonio. He portrayed Billy Black in Twilight and Virgil White in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and is actually of legit Comanche ancestry. Unfortunately, his father’s career in the military led to Birmingham not being in SA for long.
Photo via Netflix / Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Joan Crawford
The (scarily) iconic Joan Crawford was born Lucille Fay LeSueur in SA in 1905, though she later moved to Oklahoma and later Missouri after her father left the family. She went on to adopt her stage name, build a decade-spanning career, feud with Bette Davis, and disinherit her two eldest children. Yep, Mommie Dearest is about one of San Antonio’s own.
Photo via Amazon Prime / Johnny Guitar
Nicholas Gonzalez
Actor Nicholas Gonzalez made his first debut in SA in 1976. He attended Central Catholic HS, where he won two state championships as a cross-country and track runner. Gonzalez later earned his degree at Stanford, majoring in English, but was encouraged by a professor to pursue acting after appearing in a one-man theatre performance. He has a number of acting credits under his belt, but most recently The Good Doctor and Pretty Little Liars.
Courtesy of ABC
Pendleton Ward
Animator, writer and voice actor Pendleton Ward, best known for Adventure Time, was born in the Alamo City in 1982. Though he now resides in Los Angeles, the cartoon wiz is a graduate of the now-LEE High School.
Photo via Instagram / weeb.on.crack
Austin Mahone
Pop star Austin Mahone still reps San Antonio, being born here in 1996, even though he spends most of his time in Los Angeles. The hit singer attended Johnson HS for his freshman year and was homeschooled for the rest of his high school career.
Photo via Instagram / austinmahone
Robert Rodriguez
Though he loves to rep Austin, director Robert Rodriguez was actually born and raised in the Alamo City. Born in 1968, Rodriguez attended St. Anthony HS and later the University of Texas at Austin. He’s since directed films such as Sin City, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Machete, Spy Kids, From Dusk Till Dawn, El Mariachi, and plenty more.
Photo via Instagram / rodriguez
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Christopher Cross
Yes, Christopher Cross is still alive. And yes, he was born in SA in 1951. Hit debut album in 1979 was a hit, though the singer-songwriter hasn’t been as active in recent years. He considers himself an army brat, so he moved around quite a bit. His first gig was actually playing in a tribute band here in SA in the ‘70s – not too long after graduating from Alamo Heights HS.
Photo via Instagram / itsmrcross
John Quiñones
Though he now lives in New York City, Juan Manuel “John” Quiñones was born in the 2-1-0 in 1952. He graduated from Brackenridge High School and, with the help of Upward Bound, attended St. Mary’s University. Today, he’s best known for hosting What Would You Do?
Photo via YouTube / What Would You Do?
Kevin Alejandro
Hunky actor Kevin Alejandro was born in San Antonio in 1976 and lived here until he was eight years old. You might recognize him from True Blood, Ugly Betty (the American version), Arrow, Weeds, Lucifer and Southland.
Photo via Netflix / Arrow
Noël Wells
Actress Noël Wells made her debut in SA in 1986, though she moved around Texas in her youth. After graduating from a high school in Victoria, Wells attended the University of Texas at Austin. She had one-season stints on Saturday Night Live and Master of None, and even tried her hand at directing with her first film Mr. Roosevelt debuting at SXSW in 2017.
Photo via Netflix / Master of None
Katie Leclerc
Though she grew up in Colorado, actress Katie Leclerc was born in SA back in 1986. You might recognize Leclerc if you have any teenagers that watched Switched at Birth, though she’s also has a guest role in plenty of other shows.
Photo via Netflix / Switched at Birth
Chris Perez
Selena may have repped Corpus Christi, but her hubby is totally a San Antonio guy. He was born in SA in 1969 and went to Jefferson High School. He was working at a library when he was 17 when he decided to seriously pursue music.
Photo via Instagram / chrispereznow
Patricia Vonne
Did you know that Patricia Vonne is Robert Rodriguez’s sister? Well, now you know. She was born in SA in 1969 and lived here (she went to St. Anthony HS) until moving to NYC to pursue her “artistic career.” She eventually returned to Texas but settled down in Austin. Today, she’s a singer and actress, starring in some of her brother’s films.
Photo via Instagram / patriciavonne
Madison Davenport
Born in SA in 1996, actress Madison Davenport has had some nice credits to her name. She’s appeared in Sisters alongside Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as well as Shameless (she played Ethel) and the From Dusk til Dawn series.
Photo via Netflix / Shameless
John Allen Nelson
Though he didn’t stick around for long, actor John Allen Nelson was born in SA in 1959. An Air Force baby, the actor’s father was stationed in Germany after his stint in the Alamo City. Nelson has appeared in the original Baywatch, 24 and many other titles.
Photo via Netflix / Grey’s Anatomy
Marcia Nasatir
Born in San Antonio in 1926, Marcia Nasatir is a pioneer for women in Hollywood – particularly women working as producers. In 1974, Nasatir became the first female vice president of a major Hollywood studio (United Artists). She legit grew up in SA too – she’s opened up about attending Jefferson HS and going to movies at the Majestic and Aztec as a kid.
Courtesy of Marcia Nasatir
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Steve Howey
Shameless and Reba actor Steve Howey was born in San Antonio in 1977, but his family didn’t stick around for long. Believe it or not, but Howey actually spent most of his childhood on a boat his parents sailed up and down the Pacific Coast. Howey’s family settled down in Colorado when he was a teenager, but at least we can still claim him.
Photo via Netflix / Shameless

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