6 Celebrities You PROBABLY Didn’t Know Were Born In East Tennessee

Quentin Tarantino


BORN: March 27, 1963

Knoxville, TN

His style of film-making has garnered critical acclaim and commercial success, making him one of the most influential directors and writers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Having delivered 9 films to date, Tarantino claims to be looking at retirement after directing his 10th. Here’s hoping we’ll have more from this world-class talent!


Megan Fox


BORN: May 16, 1986

Rockwood, TN

From horror to comedy to battling side by side with pro-wrestler-sized CGI turtles, Megan Fox has had a varied and extensive career! And she shows no sign of slowing down! Her beauty, comedic timing, and quirky sense about scripts, she has gone from film to television and back again! She even had a 5-episode arc on New Girl, along with multiple episodes of the darkly comedic stop motion show Robot Chicken!


Jack Hanna


BORN: January 2, 1947

Knoxville, TN

“Jungle Jack” Hanna: Zookeeper, Television personality, and keeper of ducks… in his college dorm room. A friend to animals from an early age, Jack Hanna grew up on his father’s farm outside Knoxville, where he learned to care for and treat animals of all shapes and sizes. His advocacy for those who can’t speak for themselves has helped change laws and rules governing the treatment of animals both in captivity and in the wild.


Lori Petty


BORN: October 14, 1963

Chattanooga, TN

Having worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, this daughter of a Pentecostal minister worked as a graphic designer before finding her way to the big screen with her first big role in Point Break. With a career spanning 30 years, she’s appeared in numero    us television shows, films, and even lent her voice to a few animated features.

Her most memorable roles? Gena Davis’ younger sister Kit in A League of Their Own, and the titular character Tank Girl in the film adaptation of the cult comic book series! Be sure to check her out in her most recent role, a Harley Quinn/Joker hybrid on Gotham!


Christina Hendricks


BORN: May 3, 1975

Knoxville, TN

Named Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive in 2010, her breakthrough role came as Joan Holloway in the AMC series Mad Men. While praise and recognition for her figure certainly didn’t hinder her career, her cosacting ability and embodiment of a role that represented the change in dynamics between men and women in the professional world garnered her critical praise, award nominations, and wins.

“Joan’s this wonderful combination that people have responded to,” Hendricks says. “I think that in this world of men, in this boys’ club, she gives a sense of levity to the workplace, and sexuality, and she’s a little brassy. She’s just so much fun to play. I love her.”


Mary Costa


BORN: April 5, 1930

Knoxville, TN

A professionally trained Opera singer, Mary Costa is most well known for providing the singing voice for one of Disney’s most famous princesses: Princess Aurora (Briar Rose) from the animated film adaptation of Sleeping Beauty.

She has performed all over the world in more than 40 professional shows, from La Traviata to La Boheme, opposite some of the most famous singers in the industry.

She currently resides in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she recently celebrated her 86th birthday!


Source: Biography.com