When researching for famous individuals born in the state of Nebraska a pattern quickly emerges. One will note that the city of Omaha has seemingly produced the most famous names. You’ll have to read on, however, to find out what notable names may have hailed from wombs in other cities within the state which has the slogan “Nebraska, possibilities…endless.”
Malcolm X: A prolific activist for African-American rights, he has been revered by many in the same company as Martin Luther King Jr.. However, he was also accused of being more radical and potentially racist in his preaching. Malcolm X was born in Omaha, Nebraska as Malcolm Little and went on to be known by several different names after joining the Nation Of Islam. He eventually left the Nation Of Islam and less than a year later was assassinated. Actor Denzel Washington portrays Malcolm X in a movie by director Spike Lee.
Nick Nolte: Before he was known for his wild hair in a police mugshot, the Omaha, Nebraska born Nick Nolte was known mainly for acting. He has accomplished a great deal in his film career, from roles in action flicks such as 48 Hrs and Another 48 Hrs., to brutal dramas like Affliction, to kid’s films such as The Spiderwick Chronicles.
Jaime King: On paper when you see the name James King you may think it is a male name, however, this James King is far from manly looking. Born in Omaha, Jaime King started out in modeling and then became an actress, often going by the nickname James King. She can be seen in movies such as My Bloody Valentine 3D, Pearl Harbor, and Sin City.
L. Ron Hubbard: A famous science fiction book author, his visions took on new meaning when he formed the religious movement that is the Church Of Scientology. He was born in Tilden, Nebraska and died in California at the age of 74. Scientology lives on, having been made popular by high profile celebrities such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta.
Dick Cheney: Once considered a successful politician after serving as vice president to George W. Bush for two terms, he began to be labeled as “evil.” This perhaps evil, but for sure successful politician was born in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Larry The Cable Guy: Daniel Lawrence Whitney is the birth name of this comedian turned actor. He is best known for his redneck style of comedy and films such as Witless Protection and Delta Farce. Larry The Cable Guy was born in Pawnee City, Nebraska.
Marlon Brando: Born in Omaha, Nebraska this actor won two Oscars during his career. Perhaps his most mimicked role would be as Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather. His final movie was The Score, a heist movie starring Robert De Niro and Edward Norton.
Terry Goodkind: Born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1948, this author is best known for fantasy writing. His Sword of Truth series has been a massive success starting with the book Wizard’s First Rule. Interjecting some personal reading experience into this, I have read Wizard’s First Rule and it is indeed a good read.
Gerald Ford: After being born in Omaha, Gerald Ford lived 93 years. Of course in that time he became the 40th President after Richard Nixon resigned due to the Watergate scandal.
Fred Astaire: A famous singer and actor, he was born in Omaha, Nebraska. His film career started in 1933.
James Coburn: Born in Laurel, Nebraska in 1928, James Coburn went on to become an Oscar winning actor. The Oscar came for his supporting role in the movie Affliction, which also starred fellow Nebraska born actor Nick Nolte. He died in November of 2002.
Henry Fonda: This famous actor father some famous children as well, actor Peter Fonda and actress Jane Fonda. Actress Bridget Fonda, daughter to Peter Fonda, has also kept the Fonda acting legacy alive. Henry Fonda was born in Grand Island, Nebraska in 1905. His last film role, not made for television, was On Golden Pond.
Gabrielle Union: Born in Omaha, Nebraska this young actress has gone from small television roles to noticeable movie roles. She can be seen in Cadillac Records, Bad Boys 2, Meet Dave, and Deliver Us From Eva.
Paula Zahn: Paula Zahn made a name for herself in the news industry, becoming a familiar face to television viewers. She has been featured on the networks ABC, CBS, Fox, and CNN. She was born in Omaha, Nebraska.
Conor Oberst: This singer and songwriter was born in Omaha in 1980. He is known for being in the band Bright Eyes.
Kool-Aid: Okay, this is a drink, not a celebrity or famous person. However it is fun to note that this drink is credited with having been invented in Hastings, Nebraska in 1927. Edwin Perkins stakes claim to having been the inventor.