KATY MAGAZINE, Katy, Texas
Katy Life Residents’ Guide 2020
By Jennifer Miko
Meet the celebrities who have called Katy, Texas home. From the silver screen to Monday Night Football, these talented people make Katyites proud!
Country Music Artist
Clint Black's family moved from Houston into Katy's Westlake subdivision when he was still in school. The youngest of four brothers, Black enjoyed performing at backyard family barbecues with his brother Kevin.
When Katy was devastated by Hurricane Harvey, Black helped raise over $300,000 for residents impacted by the flood. The funds were donated to Katy Christian Ministries.
His debut album, Killin' Time went triple platinum and produced five consecutive number one singles, including "A Better Man." During his career, Black has earned more than a dozen gold and platinum awards in the U.S. and Canada, won a Grammy Award, countless Country Music Association, American Music Awards and Academy of Country Music Awards, as well as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Black just released his 22nd album, Still Killin' Time, 30 years after his debut album introduced him to country music fans around the world. Read Katy Magazine’s most recent story on Clint here.
Former Katy girl Renee Zellweger recently received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her title role in "Judy," the film about Judy Garland's life. Winners will be announced at the 92nd Academy Awards, in Hollywood, on Sunday, February 9.
Zellweger was born in Katy and is a 1987 graduate of Katy High School, where she was a member of the cheerleading squad. In May 2016, Zellweger made a surprise appearance at Katy High School, reuniting with some of her favorite teachers and coaches.
Over the years, Zellweger gained critical acclaim for the title role in Nurse Betty (2000), where she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her leading role as Roxie Hart in the musical Chicago (2002). The film adaptation of Cold Mountain (2003) won Zellweger an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
The talented actress has a star on Hollywood Boulevard, and was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame in Austin, Texas.
Quarterback, Cincinnati Bengals
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 starting quarterback at Texas Christian University for four years, 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.
Kearran Giovanni, a former head cheerleader at Taylor High School, is known for her roles as Dr. Vivian Wright on One Life to Live (2009-2012), and Detective Amy Sykes on the TNT series, Major Crimes (2012-2018). She has also appeared on Bull and several episodes of Black Lighting. The multi-talented Giovanni has also performed on Broadway in numerous musicals such as The Lion King, Anything Goes, Catch Me If You Can, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Tarzan.
Giovanni has two children and is married to Philip Ambrosino. She is heavily involved with the Sunshine Kids organization, as well as the Lupus Foundation, in memory of her mother.
Fullback, Houston Texans
Taylor High School graduate (2014), Cullen Gillaspia, made history becoming the first Texas A&M 12th Man to be drafted into the NFL. Then, Gillaspia’s dreams came true when the Katy native was drafted by the Houston Texans with their final pick in the 7th round (220th overall). Read Katy Magazine's story on Gillaspia here.
Born in Katy, Gavin Warren is an up-and-coming child actor. Recently, he played the role of "Young Rick Armstrong," (Neil Armstrong’s son) in the film First Man (2018) starring Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy.
Watch for Warren as "Young Rusty" in the film 12 Mighty Orphans, starring Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen and Luke Wilson.