These Katy natives have made a name for themselves on the silver screen, music scene, and everything in between.
KATY MAGAZINE | August 2018
Renee Zellweger |Actress
Renee Zellweger was born in Katy and is a 1987 graduate of Katy High School, where she was a member of the cheerleading squad. She's best known for her roles in Jerry Maguire, Bridget Jones's Diary, and Chicago.
- Academy Award: Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Cold Mountain (2004)
- Golden Globe Award:
Best Actress , Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, Chicago (2003) & Nurse Betty (2001)
Best Supporting Actress, Motion Picture - Cold Mountain (2004) & Chicago (2002)
- Screen Actors Guild Award: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Chicago (2003)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, Chicago (2003)
Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role, Cold Mountain (2003)
- Critics' Choice Award:
Breakthrough Artist, Jerry Maguire (1996)
Best Acting Ensemble, Chicago (2002)
Best Supporting Actress, Cold Mountain (2003)
Renee Zellweger recites at Katy Junior High cheer on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Clint Black | Country Music Artist
Clint Black's family moved from Houston into Katy's Westlake subdivision when he was still in school. Since his first hit song, "A Better Man", Black has recorded more than 13 country music albums, two of which went Triple Platinum on Billboard, with 11 No. 1 hits.
Andy Dalton | Professional Football Player, QB for Cincinnati Bengals
A former Katy High School football player, Andy Dalton has been the starting quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals since 2011. Before going pro, he was the four-year starting quarterback at Texas Christian University, where he lead the Horned Frogs to a Rose Bowl championship. He and his wife, Jordan, created the Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation that helps provide financial aid to families of children with life-threatening illnesses. In 2015 he donated televisions, game consoles, and games to the cancer center at Texas Children's Hospital - West Campus in Katy.
Kearran Giovanni | Actress
A former head cheerleader at Taylor High School, Kearran Giovanni is known for her former roles as Dr Vivian Wright on One Life to Live, and as Detective Amy Sykes on the TNT series, Major Crimes. In 2018, she landed the lead role of psychotherapist Lucy Fletcher in the NBC drama pilot, Suspicion. She has two children and is married to Philip Ambrosino. She is heavily involved in the Sunshine Kids organization, as well as the Lupus Foundation in memory of her mother.
Sage Northcutt | Professional UFC Fighter
Katy High School alumni Sage Northcutt is making a name for himself as a UFC fighter. In 2014 he emerged as the youngest fighter on the UFC roster and aims to become a world champion.
Andrea Kay "Missy" Pyle | Actress and Musician
Raised in Katy, Missy Pyle has appeared in films including Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, 50 First Dates, Dodgeball, Gone Girl, and Bringing Down the House as well as many TV series.
Brandon Makovy | Actor
A former Taylor High School teacher and baseball coach moved to L.A. to pursue his acting career. He's had roles on Dr. Ken, Criminal Minds, and Days of Our Lives.
Danielle Hunter | Professional Football Player
Danielle Hunter graduated from Morton Ranch High School in 2012 and played football for Louisiana State University as a defensive end. In 2015, he was drafted to the Minnesota Vikings as the 88th draft pick over all and his performance earned him recognition as the break out star of 2018 and a 5-year, $72 million dollar contract extension.
James McCoy Taylor | Musician and TV Personality
James McCoy Taylor graduated from Katy High School in 2003, and has been a singer-songwriter since then. In 2016, Taylor was selected as one of the contestants on the hit ABC series The Bachelorette, vying to win the affection of JoJo Fletcher. Taylor was eliminated week six when the final rose came down to him and Chase.
Evan Vourazeris | Actor
Evan Vourazeris is an actor from Katy who is best known for his supporting role as Tuck in the critically-acclaimed Netflix original series Ozark along side A-list celebrity cast mates Laura Linney and Jason Bateman.