Classic Movie Stars Born in Nebraska

Happy National Nebraska Day!

In celebration of National Nebraska Day today, April 5th, I just thought I’d share some Classic Movie Nebraska birthdays with you! Many thanks to my friend and fellow film fan @Nebraskanellie who ‘educated’ me on all the iconic stars born in Nebraska! Can’t wait to visit their birthplaces one day… Oh, and by the way, the most surprising of all for me, was Marlon Brando!

Here we go:

Born in Omaha:

fred astaire
Fred Astaire, born Frederick Austerlitz in Omaha, May 10, 1899
brando streetcar
Marlon Brando, born Marlon Brando Jr. in Omaha, April 3, 1924
Montgomery Clift
Montgomery Clift, born Edward Montgomery Clift in Omaha, October 17, 1920
dorothy mcguire old yeller
Dorothy McGuire born Dorothy Hackett McGuire in Omaha, June 14, 1916


Born in Grand Island:

henry fonda 12 angry men
Henry Fonda, born Henry Jaynes Fonda in Omaha, May 16, 1905


Born in Filley:

Robert Taylor, born Spangler Arlington Brugh in Filley, August 5, 1911


Born in Burchard:

harold lloyd safety last
Harold Lloyd, born Harold Clayton Lloyd in Omaha, April 20, 1893


Born in Laurel:

james coburn charade
James Coburn, born James Harrison Coburn III in Laurel, August 31, 1928


Born in Hastings:

sandy dennis the out of towners
Sandy Dennis, born Sandra Dale Dennis in Hastings, April 27, 1937[1]


Born in Benkelman:

ward bond
Ward Bond, born Wardell Edwin Bond in Benkelman, April 9, 1903


And, a bunch more 🙂

  • Ruth Etting – David City
  • Dick Cavett – Gibbon
  • David Janssen – Naponee
  • Leland Hayward – Nebraska City
  • Thurl Ravenscroft – Norfolk
  • Swoosie Kurt – Omaha
  • Louis D. Lighton – Omaha
  • Nick Nolte – Omaha
  • Coleen Gray – Staplehurst
  • Hoot Gibson – Tekamah
  • Darryl F. Zanuck – Wahoo
  • Fred Niblo – York

Am I missing anyone?


–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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