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Some Famous People from the Beaumont Area!
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Doug Ault '68, Major League Baseball player, Toronto Blue Jays
Kelly Adam Asbury '78, born January 15, 1960, is an American film director, screenwriter, voice actor, published children's book author/illustrator, and non-fiction author. He is best known for being an artist in a variety of capacities on many animated films.
Pat Hardy, 1977 World Karate Championship (FHS)
Charlie Helpinstill, Musician/composer - performs in the Houston area under the stage name of Ezra Charles.
Founded the Helpinstill company, which manufactures portable grand pianos and piano pickups for stage performers.
Gus Holloman '64, was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 1968, Hollomon left the club for the New York Jets in 1970, where he played through 1972.
Louie Kelcher, Born, Louis James Kelcher, August 23, 1953, is a retired American football player who played most of his career with the San Diego Chargers. His primary position was defensive tackle, where his honors included being a four-time All-Pro and a three-time Pro Bowl selection. His outstanding performance made him one of the team's most popular players from 1975-83. Kelcher was inducted into the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame, and is a member of the franchise's 40th and 50th Anniversary Teams. He was a graduate of Southern Methodist University and French High School.
O.A. "Bum" Phillips, '41 Head coach Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saint
Gary Shannon '69, aka Gary Seaman - stage, film star, musician,
David Ault '77, starred in soap operas and has recorded some CDs.
Tommy Kendrick '68, actor
Mark Williams '76, PBA bowler
William Patrick Wynn, born September 10, 1961 served as mayor of Austin, Texas from 2003 to 2009
Charles C. Alexander - Accomplished writer and Professor of Baseball History at Ohio University - grew up in China TX.
Lucas Edwin Babin - born July 30, 1979, is an American film and television actor. He speaks Portuguese fluently and has a twin sister named Kirsten. Born in Beaumont, Texas, Lucas attended high school in Woodville TX, where his father, Brian Babin was the town mayor. He then moved to California to live with his brother Leif. After a couple of years he moved into an apartment in Hollywood with a friend Bryan Gay (also an actor from Woodville). He pursued an acting modeling career for several years before landing a role in "School of Rock" starring Jack Black. He then went on to act in several short and independent films before landing a role on the Brazilian T.V. show called "America". Babin met and married a Brazilian woman and they now have two children. His television work has included roles in Undressed and Sex and the City.
Jerry Ball Jr. - born December 15, 1964, is a former professional American football defensive lineman in the NFL who played primarily as a nose tackle. He played professionally for the Detroit Lions, the Cleveland Browns, the Los Angeles Raiders, the Oakland Raiders, and the Minnesota Vikings.- "Ice Box" - NFL DT, (West Brook Senior High School )
Benny Barnes - Singer and guitar player
Tex Beaumont - Singer-songwriter
Aidan Black - Actor - was born 1979 in Beaumont, Texas, as Eric Christopher Clayton. He is known for his work on Master and Commander
Katherine Boecher - born August 10, 1981 in Beaumont,is an American actress, who has performed in CSI: New York, Mad Men, Supernatural and The Spy Next Door.
Sandra Bookman - born October 8, 1959 in Beaumont, is an American television news reporter and weekend anchor. She is currently a reporter and anchor at WABC-TV in New York City. She co-anchors the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. weekend editions of Eyewitness News.
James "Bubba" Busceme - Olympic and Golden Glove boxer (SPHS)
Clay Buchholz - Pitcher for the Boston Red Sox
Jack Brooks - Born in Louisiana, Jack Brooks moved to Beaumont at the age of five and graduated from Beaumont High School.
Brooks was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1946, representing Jefferson County
James Brown - born May 17, 1975, is a former American football quarterback. He was the starting quarterback of the Texas Longhorns from 1994 to 1997. At the time, he was only the second black quarterback to guide Texas through an entire season (after Donnie Little in 1978), and is credited for "opening doors" for future black quarterbacks at Texas, such as Vince Young. American football QB.-- West Brook Senior High
Ben Broussard - First Baseman for the Seattle Mariners.
Tracy Lynn Byrd - born December 17, 1966, is an American country music artist. Signed to MCA Nashville Records in 1993, Byrd broke through on the country music scene that year with his single "Holdin' Heaven", which reached Number One on Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks. Although he did not land a second Number One until 2002's "Ten Rounds with Jose Cuervo", Byrd has charted more than thirty hit singles in his career, including eleven additional Top Ten hits. He has also released nine studio albums and two greatest-hits albums, with four gold certifications and one double-platinum certification from the RIAA.
Keith Carter - Photographer
Don Castle - he was born on September, 29, 1917, Beaumont. Died: 26 May, 1966, Hollywood, CA American film actor of the 1930s and 1940s. Castle was born in Beaumont, Texas. He started his acting career as a stage actor, then moved to films. The actor, who resembled Clark Gable, became close friends with The Guilty co-star Bonita Granville and her husband Jack Wrather who was a successful businessman and film producer. The relationship eventually led the actor to become a television producer for Wrather's Lassie television program. After a traffic accident in 1966, Don Castle died of a medication overdose, aged 48.
Mark Chesnutt - Born: Mark Nelson Chesnutt on September 6, 1963 in Beaumont. He is an American country music singer. He recorded and released his first album, Doing My Country Thing, in the late-1980s on private independent record label, Axbar Records, with the vinyl album version now a collector's item. His national debut came in 1990 with the single, Too Cold at Home, the debut single from his second album which was also titled Too Cold at Home. (SPHS)
Robert Laurel Crippen - Robert Laurel "Bob" Crippen born September 11, 1937, (Capt, USN, Ret.), is a retired American naval officer and aviator, test pilot, aerospace engineer, and former astronaut for the United States Department of Defense and for NASA. He was the Pilot of the first Space Shuttle flight and flew three more missions as Commander. Crippen received the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.
Ronnie Goodall "Ron" Cavenall - born April 30, 1959 in Beaumont, Texas, is a retired American basketball player. He played for Texas Southern University. He played for the New York Knicks (1984¨C85) and New Jersey Nets (1988¨C89) in the NBA for 58 games. He went to Charlton-Pollard High School in Beaumont, Texas. His playing height was often listed as 7¡¯1¡±. He played the center position.
He played for the Harlem Magicians, a basketball show team, before playing for the New York Knicks. He also played for the Washington Generals around this time who are the traditional opponents of the Harlem Globetrotters. . He resides in Houston, Texas.
Walter Francis "Walt" Davis - born January 5, 1931, in Beaumont, is an Olympic gold medalist in the high jump, and later basketball player, from the United States.
Earl Christopher Dotson -born December 17, 1970 is a former American football offensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL). He was selected in the third round (81st overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers after playing college football for Texas A&M–Kingsville. He played for the Packers for 10 seasons. He started in Super Bowl XXXI and XXXII.
Mark Damon Espinoza - Born: 24 June, 1960, Beaumont, Texas
Claim to Fame: "Jesse Vasquez" in the TV series Beverly Hills, 90210
Mary Donnelly - Haskell - Born in Beaumont, Former Miss Mississippi (1977)
Mel Farr Melvin Farr, born November 3, 1944, is a former American football player who played for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for UCLA Denver Broncos in 1964 & more (HHS)Died: August 3, 2015
J.D. Feigelson - Film Writer, Producer & Director (BHS)
Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza - Joseph Anthony Fiorenza, born January 25, 1931, is an American prelate of the Catholic Church. He was the seventh Bishop and the first Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, serving from 1985 to 2006. He previously served as Bishop of San Angelo from 1979 to 1984. - Archbishop Emeritus of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.
Gary Gibbs - born August 13, 1952 is an American football coach and former player. Gibbs served as the head football coach at the University of Oklahoma for six years following the resignation of Barry Switzer, from 1989 to 1994, compiling a record of 44–23–2.
Larry Graham Jr. - born August 14, 1946, is an American bass guitar player, both with the popular and influential psychedelic soul/funk band Sly and the Family Stone, and as the founder and frontman of Graham Central Station. He is credited with the invention of the slapping technique, which radically expanded the tonal palette of the bass, although he himself refers to the technique as "thumpin¡ä and pluckin¡ä".
Robert Glasper - Jazz musician signed to Blue Note Records.
Larry Graham - Was born 1946 in Beaumont. In 1968, he joined Sly & the Family Stone
Irma Pamela Hall - born June 3, 1935, is an American actress who has appeared in numerous films and television shows since the 1970s. She is best known for playing matriarchal figures in the films A Family Thing, Soul Food and The Ladykillers.
Estelle Harman - born September 11, 1922, was an acting coach in Los Angeles. She began as an acting instructor at UCLA in the 1950s, then was hired by Universal Studios as Head of Talent to groom their stable of film actors, which included Rock Hudson, Bill Bixby, Tony Curtis and Audie Murphy. Died April 15, 1995
Grady Hatton - MLB player
Dick Haynes - born January 9, 1911 in Beaumont, he was an American actor. He had minor roles in films and television that began with an uncredited appearance as a reporter in the 1954 MGM film, Tennessee Champ. His final role was Grandpa in the 1980 film Getting Wasted, which was shortly before his death from cancer. His most significant roles were three guest star appearances on television shows during the 1960s, starting with portraying Phillips in "Incident at Pawnee Gun," a 1962 episode of Frontier Circus; as Sheriff in "Four Alarm Wing Ding," a 1966 episode of The Rounders; and as Colonel Tim in "Howard, the Comedian," a 1967 episode from the 7th season of The Andy Griffith Show. He also was on the radio program Haynes at the Reins. died, November 20, 1980 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California
Mark Henry - Professional wrestler
Harry James - Musician
Buddy Johnson - ACM, CMA, Grammy Nominated Disk Jockey...KYKR, KLVI, KKRM,
Blind Willie Johnson - Gospel singer and bottleneck guitar player
George Jones - Singer
L. Q. Jones - born Justus Ellis McQueen, Jr. 19 August, 1927, Beaumont, Texas, USA is an American actor and director, best known for his work in the films of Sam Peckinpah. claim to fame was The Wild Bunch
Nicholas Valentino 'Nick' Lampson - born February 14, 1945, Beaumont, is an American politician from the state of Texas and was a Congressman representing the 22nd Congressional District and the 9th Congressional District of Texas.
Bruce Lietzke - PGA Tour golfer - born in Kansas City, he moved to Beaumont in 1960, graduated from Forest Park High School in '69.
Jerry LeVias - NFL Wide receiver, broke color barrier in Southwest Athletic Conference @ Southern Methodist University (Hebert High School)
Anthony Malbrough - born December 9, 1976 in Beaumont, is a former professional Canadian football defensive back. He was drafted in the fifth round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He played college football for the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Glenn Herbert McCarthy - Born December 25, 1907 in Beaumont, died, December 26, 1988, was an American oil tycoon. The media often referred to him as "Diamond Glenn" and "The King of the Wildcatters". McCarthy was an oil prospector and entrepreneur who owned many businesses in various sectors of the economy. McCarthy founded the Shamrock Hotel in Houston, which gained him national fame and inspired the fictional character Jett Rink in Edna Ferber's 1952 novel Giant along with its 1956 film adaptation, which starred James Dean in the role.
Bob Mcdill - Songwriter and guitarist
Frank Middleton Jr. - born October 25, 1974, Beaumont, is a former American college and professional football player who was an offensive guard for eight seasons in the NFL during the 1990s and early 2000s. Middleton played college football for the Fort Scott Community College in Kansas and the University of Arizona. He was drafted in the 3rd round (63rd pick overall) of the 1997 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders.
Kevin Millar - Baltimore Orioles first baseman
Barbara Lynn Ozen - Barbara Lynn, born Barbara Lynn Ozen, later Barbara Lynn Cumby, January 16, 1942, is an American rhythm and blues and electric blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. She is best known for her R&B chart-topping hit, "You'll Lose A Good Thing" (1962).Singer and songwriter
Bernard Parks - Los Angeles City Council member, former LAPD chief
Kendrick Perkins - NBA player for the Boston Celtics. 4A State Basketball Championship. (Ozen High School)
Mark Petkovsek - Major League Baseball Player
Robert Lee Pollard - Born December 30, 1948 in Beaumont, was an American football defensive lineman who played eleven seasons in the National Football League for the New Orleans Saints and the St. Louis Cardinals. He played college football at Weber State University.
Jiles Perry Richardson - The Big Bopper - Musician
Brandon Rideau - born October 18, 1982, is a former gridiron football wide receiver. He played college football at Kansas and was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cleveland Browns.Wide receiver for the Chicago Bears in the NFL. 4A Basketball State Championship.
Frank Robinson - Major League Baseball Player & Manager - Hall of Famer, first player to win MVP in both leagues, won AL Triple Crown & World Series MVP in 1966, and ended career with 586 home runs
Benny Sims Jr. - Professional Tennis Coach
Charles A. "Bubba" Smith - Charles Aaron "Bubba" Smith was born February 28, 1945. He was an American professional football player who became an actor after his retirement from the sport. He first came into prominence at Michigan State University, where he twice earned All-American honors as a defensive end on the Spartans football team. He had a major role in a 10¨C10 tie with Notre Dame in 1966 that was billed as a "The Game of the Century." He was one of only three players to have his jersey number retired by the program. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988.
Smith grew up in Beaumont, graduating from Charlton-Pollard HS . He died in: Los Angeles, California, 3 August, 2011.
Billie Jo Spears - Born in Beaumont, Texas in 1937 - Singer - struck gold in 1969, when her single "Mr. Walker It's All Over" died Vidor Texas - December 14, 2011
John Tower - Senator - (1925-1991) graduated from Beaumont High School
Billy Tubbs - Basketball Coach - born Beaumont. He graduated from Lamar University in 1958
Lawrence Vickers - Lawrence Blanchard Vickers, Jr. born May 8, 1983, is a former American football fullback. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football for the University of Colorado Buffaloes.
Helen Vinson - Born September 17, 1907 - Beaumont, was an American film actress, who appeared in 40 films between 1932 and 1945.
Died: October, 7, 1999, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Clay Walker -
Ernest Clayton "Clay" Walker, Jr. born August 19, 1969, is an American country music artist. He made his debut in 1993 with the single "What's It to You", which reached Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart, as did its follow-up, 1994's "Live Until I Die". Both singles were included on his self-titled debut album, released in 1993 via Giant Records. He stayed with the label until its 2001 closure, later recording for Warner Bros. Records and RCA Records before joining his current label, Asylum-Curb Records, in 2007. Texas Attended South Park but graduated from Vidor High School in 1987.
Herbert "Bert" Weaver - Professional Golfers' Association. First male from Beaumont to win PGA Tournament
Jerry Oliver Wilkerson - Born September 5, 1943 in Beaumont, was a St. Louis, Missouri artist known for his contemporary pointillistic style of painting, and as a supporter of local business and talent. After completing his BS at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, in 1966, Wilkerson obtained his MFA (1968) from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He settled in St. Louis following military service in the Army from 1968 - 1970. Wilkerson exhibited at galleries in St. Louis, Kansas City, New Orleans, New York City, and Carmel, California. His works are represented in several public collections including the St. Louis Art Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, the Tucson Museum of Art, and the Evansville Museum of Arts and Science in Evansville, Indiana. The major theme of his work is food — including lobsters, burgers, a Warholesque Campbell's Pork and Beans can, bananas, cherries, apples, pears, fortune cookies, and cups of coffee. Wilkerson died of cancer at age 63.June 2, 2007
Johnny Winter - John Dawson Winter III (February 23, 1944 ¨C July 16, 2014), known as Johnny Winter, was an American blues guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, singer, and producer. Best known for his high-energy blues-rock albums and live performances in the late 1960s and 1970s, Winter also produced three Grammy Award-winning albums for blues singer and guitarist Muddy Waters. After his time with Waters, Winter recorded several Grammy-nominated blues albums. In 1988, he was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and in 2003, he was ranked 63rd in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".
Edgar Winter - Musician
James Harold Young - "Big Sambo" Saxophonist and band leader
T.J. Wright - NFL Defensive Back, Cincinnati Bengals
Babe Didrickson Zaharias - Born in Port Arthur, attended school in Beaumont -she won two gold medals and a silver, breaking world records in the javelin toss, high jump, softball throw, and 80-meter hurdles later turning to golf.
Gus Zernial - MLB player
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