West Virginia is a small state, but it has its fair share of celebrities who are proud to say that they were born in the Mountain State. Some you may know; others may surprise you.
1. Don Knotts
Don Knotts, who will be best remembered for his role as Deputy Barney Fife on the Andy Griffith Show, was born in Morgantown. The actor and comedian was one of the most loved celebrities of his time.
2. Jerry West
Legendary basketball star Jerry west was born in Chelyan. After retiring from playing ball he went on to become the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers for three years.
3. Steve Harvey
Steve Harvey is a comedian, television host and author. He is the current host of the game show Family Feud.
4. Brad Paisley
Country singer Brad Paisley is one proud Mountaineer. Paisley often attends WVU games and puts on performances at half-time.
5. Randy Moss
Randy Moss is a retired NFL player. During his 14-year career he played for the Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots and the Tennessee Titans.
6. Heath Slater
Health Slater is a professional wrestler with the WWE. He is part of the group the Social Outcasts that also includes Adam Rose, Axel Hennig and Bo Dallas.
7. Conchata Ferrell
Conchata is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Berta the Housekeeper on Two and a Half Men. She won two Prime Time Emmy nominations.
8. Deron Williams
Deron Williams is a professional basketball player, who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks.
9. O.J. Mayo
O.J. Mayo is a professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks.
10. Joyce DeWitt
Actress Joyce DeWitt is best known for her role as Janet Wood in the 1970’s sitcom Three’s Company. The sitcom ran from 1977 to 1984.
11. Michael W. Smith
Michael W. Smith is a contemporary Christian singer. He has won three Grammys and an American Music Award.
12. Jamie Noble
Jamie Noble is a retired WWE wrestler. He will be best remembered as The Authority’s security team J&J Security. He is now a producer for the WWE.
13. John Corbett
John Corbett is a popular actor and singer. He is best known for playing Chris Stevens on Northern Exposure.
14. Kathy Mattea
Kathy Mattea is a country and bluegrass singer. Her biggest hit so far was “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses.” She is also a well known animal and environmental activist.
15. Nick Saban
Nick Saban is one of college football’s most famous coaches. He coached the Miami Dolphins for two seasons. He was born in Fairmont.
Did I leave out your favorite famous person from West Virginia? If so, share them with me in the comment section.