These Katyites have made a name for themselves on the silver screen, music scene, and everything in between.
KATY MAGAZINE | JANUARY 2019
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. Clint, along with Don Henley, and Lyle Lovett held a benefit concert last November to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. Recently, Black made the decision to donate the entire $328,322.00 amount to Katy Christian Ministries.
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.
Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Cold Mountain (2004)
Renee Zellweger recites at Katy Junior High cheer on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
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. Read our exclusive feature on Andy here!
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.
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. Meet Sage and learn about his UFC career here!
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.
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.
DEFENSIVE END, MINNESOTA VIKINGS
Danielle Hunter (pronounced Dun-eel) 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. In December of 2018, this hometown hero donated $54,000 to the Morton Ranch Football team (his former school) to pay for their new uniforms.
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 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.
More Celebrities with Katy ties
Kevin Black Texas country music singer.
Jeane Garofalo Graduate from Taylor High School in 82', best known as cast member on Saturday Night Live.
Julie Henderson Katy High School Graduate, appeared in Sports Illustrated calendar and America's Next Top Model.
Wayne Kerr Christian musician and worship pastor at Grace Fellowship United Methodist Church in Katy.
Roger Creager A Texas country singer made a name for himself on the Texas Country music scene.
Jay P. Richardson Son of the legendary " Big Bopper Jr." who was killed in the infamous 1959 plane crash that also killed Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens. Jay P. Richardson kept his father's rock 'n' roll legacy alive until his passing in 2013.
Renee O’Connor Actress, producer, and director, best known for the role of Gabrielle on the television series Xena: Warrior Princess. Renee is a Taylor High School Graduate.
Janeane Garofalo Also a graduate of Taylor high school, Janeane grew up in Katy and New Jersey. She is an actress, stand-up comedian, and writer. She began her career as a stand-up comedian and has been on Saturday Night Live, and the voice over actress in Pixar's Ratatouille.
Eric Heitmann Former center for San Francisco 49ers, retired as of July 29, 2011. Eric attended Katy High school and went on to Stanford University, and continued on to a successful NFL career.
Erika Erica Is an actress that graduated from Cinco Ranch in 2005, she has had appearances on Better Call Saul, and American Crime.
Gavin Warren Born in Katy, Gavin is an up and coming child actor playing the role of young Rick Armstrong, (Neil Armstrong’s son) in the film First Man starring Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy.
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