30 Famous People From Alabama Part One

The large US state of Alabama has been the birthplace of many famous people from fields including acting, music, sport and politics. In this series we look at just 30 of these celebrities and their contributions to society.

(This article was originally published at Socyberty.com on 29 December 2010.)

Michael Biehn

Michael Biehn by Bree Bailey

Michael Biehn by Bree Bailey

Michael Biehn was born in Anniston, Alabama on 31 July 1956. His acting career has seen him star in films such as Aliens, The Abyss and The Terminator as well as television series including Hill Street Blues and The Magnificent Seven. Biehn’s directorial debut, The Victim will be released in 2011.

Brett Butler

Brett Butler by Alan Light

Brett Butler by Alan Light

Brett Butler is an actress best known for her starring role in the television series Grace Under Fire. She was born Brett Anderson on 30 January 1958 in Montgomery, Alabama and found early success in stand-up comedy. Her addiction to prescription painkillers during her time on Grace Under Fire led to her dismissal and the show’s cancellation.

Nat ‘King’ Cole

Nat 'King' Cole

Nat 'King' Cole

Nat King Cole was born Nathaniel Adams Coles in Montgomery, Alabama on 17 March 1919. He was a jazz singer and pianist and became the first black American to host his own television show, The Nat King Cole Show, in 1956. The show ran for a year before lack of sponsorship led to its cancellation. Cole died in Santa Monica, California on 15 February 1965 from lung cancer resulting from his heavy smoking. He was the father of singer Natalie Cole.

Courteney Cox

Courteney Cox by Felicia C Sullivan

Courteney Cox by Felicia C Sullivan

Courteney Cox is an actress best known for her role in the television series Friends and the Scream film series. She was born in Birmingham, Alabama on 15 June 1964 and studied architecture before concentrating on acting and modelling. Her first appearance of note was in Bruce Springsteen’s music video for Dancing in the Dark in 1984. Cox is currently starring in the television series Cougar Town and will appear in Scream 4 in 2011. She is married to actor David Arquette.

Ashley Crow

Ashley Crow was born in Birmingham, Alabama on 25 August 1960. She is a film and television actress and first appeared in the soap opera Guiding Light. Her acting credits have included roles in the films Little Big League and Minority Report as well as many television shows, but she is best known as Sandra Bennet in the science fiction series Heroes.

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