From the hills of West Virginia to the hill of Hollywood. Here are 15 Mountaineers who have made a name for themselves in Tinseltown.
1. Ted Cassidy
The actor was raised in Barbour County and played Lurch and Thing in The Addams Family.
2. John Corbett
The actor best known for his roles in Sex and the City, Northern Exposure and My Big Fat Greek Wedding, was born and raised in Wheeling.
3. Bob Denver
The actor of Gilligan’s Island fame wasn’t born here but he eventually retired to Mercer County.
4. Joyce DeWitt
The Three’s Company star was actually born in Wheeling.
5. Conchata Ferrell
She was born in Charleston and played several roles on television shows including LA Law and Two and a Half Men.
6. Jennifer Garner
The actress best known for her work in Alias was raised in Charleston.
7. Steve Harvey
Host of The Steve Harvey Show and Family Feud was born in Welch.
8. John Hendricks
The founder of Discovery Communications and Discovery Channel was born in Matewan.
9. Don Knotts
The multiple-Emmy winning actor well known for beloved roles in The Andy Griffith Show, Three’s Company and The Ghost and Mr. Chicken was born in Morgantown.
10. Peter Marshall
The original host of The Hollywood Squares was born and raised in Huntington.
11. Soupy Sales
The comedian/actor best known for cameo role on What’s My Line was also raised in Huntington.
12. David Selby
The actor of Falcon Crest and Dark Shadows fame was born and raised in Morgantown.
13. Morgan Spurlock
This Oscar-nominated director/producer of Super Size Me fame was born and raised in Parkersburg.
14. Brad Paisley
Mainly a musician but is also known for his role in the television show According to Jim. He was born and raised in Glen Dale.
15. Kathy Mattea
Another Grammy-winning musician also took a turn as an actor appearing in “Touched by an Angel.” She’s originally from South Charleston.