You may already be familiar with quite a few famous people, but some of you may not realize that many of them were born right here in Nevada. Many actors, actresses, professional athletes, political figures, etc. refer to Nevada as their home state. Here are 13 famous people from Nevada.
1. Jena Malone - Actress
Jena Malone, born in Sparks, Nevada, has starred in many popular films such as Stepmom, Donnie Darko, and The Hunger Games film series. Jena is also an experimental musician.
2. Kyle Busch - Professional Race Car Driver
Born in Las Vegas, Nevada, Kyle Busch drives the No. 18 Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He also drives the No. 54 Toyota Camry in the Xfinity Series for Joe Gibbs Racing.
3. Dawn Wells - Actress
Dawn Wells, born in Reno, Nevada, will always be most known for her role as Mary Ann Summers on the CBS sitcom, Gilligan's Island.
4. Rutina Wesley - Actress
Rutina Wesley, best known for her role as Tara Thornton in the television series True Blood, was born in Las Vegas, Nevada.
5. Barry Zito - Professional Baseball Pitcher
Barry Zito was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and currently pitches for the Nashville Sounds.
6. Charisma Carpenter - Actress
Charisma Carpenter was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and is best known for her role as Cordelia Chase in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the spin-off series, Angel.
7. Andre Agassi - Professional Tennis Player
Andre Agassi, born in Las Vegas, Nevada, is a retired professional tennis player who won the U.S. Open twice.
8. Matthew Gray Gubler - Actor
Born in Las Vegas, Nevada, Matthew Gray Gubler is best known for his role as Dr. Spencer Reid on the hit television show Criminal Minds.
9. Abby Dalton - Actress
Abby Dalton was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and is best known for her role on Falcon Crest.
10. Thomas Ian Nicholas - Actor
Born in Las Vegas, Nevada, Thomas Ian Nicholas is best known for his roles in Rookie of the Year and the American Pie films.
11. Patricia Ryan Nixon - Former First Lady of the United States
Patricia Ryan Nixon, born in Ely, Nevada, was the wife of President Richard Nixon, making her the former First Lady of the United States during the years 1969-1974.
12. Amy Purdy - Professional Snowboarder
Amy Purdy was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and is a professional snowboarder and 2014 Paralympic bronze medalist. She was also a contestant on Season 18 of Dancing with the Stars and danced her way into 2nd place!
13. Kurt Busch - Professional Race Car Driver
Born in Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada, Kurt Busch currently drives the No. 41 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing.
This is definitely not meant to be an all-inclusive list, and it only includes famous people who were actually BORN in Nevada. As you probably noticed, Las Vegas is a very popular birthplace in Nevada considering 10 of the 13 famous people I listed were born there.
What other famous people from Nevada should be on this list? Let us know in the comments below!