Show-Me Hollywood — Missourians in Hollywood on Missouri Day

Happy Missouri Day! I was not born in Missouri but I count myself fortunate to have grown up there, moving to the Show-Me State from Kentucky when I was four and staying until I was sixteen. Of course, I ended up moving west (St. Louis is the Gateway to the West after all) to the great state of California, following in the footsteps of many before me. For this blog entry, I’d like to honor Missouri natives who worked in Hollywood film.

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's Map of Missouri
Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography’s Map of Missouri

Also, there’s some sporting event involving a cricket Los Angeles and St. Louis — arguably the greatest cities in their respective states (well, arguably in St. Louis’s case). So forgo your animal-style friesCool Ranch tacosFrench Dipskogi tacos, and Mission burritos for one day and prepare a feast of BBQ, Cherry Mashesgooey butter cakeOzark PuddingSt. Louis-style pizzaSt. Paul sandwiches, and toasted ravioli as we honor the Missouri-Hollywood connection.


Akon Alice Joyce Arch Hall, Sr. Barbara O'Neil
 Akon, Alice Joyce, Arch Hall Sr., and Barbara O’Neil)

Basil Poledouris Bert Convy Betty Garrett Betty Grable
(l-r: Basil Poledouris, Bert Convy, Betty Garrett, and Betty Grable)


Brenda Joyce Burt Bacharach Cecil Cunningham Cedric the Entertainer
(l-r: Brenda Joyce, Burt Bacharach, Cecil Cunningham, and Cedric the Entertainer)


Charles   Chris Cooper Cliff Edwards
(l-r: Charles “Slim” Whitaker, Chingy, Chris Cooper, and Cliff Edwards)

Craig Stevens Cy Kendall Dan O'Bannon David Sharpe

(l-r: Craig Stevens, Cy Kendall, Dan O’Bannon, and David Sharpe)

Dee Wallace Stone Dennis Weaver Diane Brewster Dianne Wiest

(l-r: Dee Wallace Stone, Dennis Weaver, Diane Brewster, and Dianne Wiest)

Dick Gregory Dick van Dyke Dolores Michaels Don C. Harvey

(l-r: Dick Gregory, Dick Van Dyke, Dolores Michaels, and Don C. Harvey)

Don Cheadle Don Johnson Doris Roberts Dorothea Kent
(l-r: Don Cheadle, Don Johnson, Doris Roberts, and Dorothea Kent)

Eddie Griffin Edward Pawley Edwin August Ellen Drew
(l-r: Eddie Griffin, Edward Pawley, Edwin August, and Ellen Drew)

Ellen Foley Eulalie Jensen Fannie Ward Frances Guihan
(-r: Ellen Foley, Eulalie Jensen, Fannie Ward, and Frances Guihan)

Frank Faylen Fred Berry Fred Kohler Freddie Blassie

(l-r: Frank Faylen, Fred Berry, Fred Kohler, and “Classy” Freddie Blassie)

Gene Gauntier George Hearn Georgia Hale Geraldine Page
(l-r: Gene Gauntier, George Hearn, Georgia Hale, and Geraldine Page)

Ginger Rogers Goodman Ace Grace La Rue Hall Bartlett
 Ginger Rogers, Goodman Ace, Grace La Rue, and Hall Bartlett)

Harry Goz Harry Babbitt Helen Martin Isadore Freleng

(l-r: Harry Goz, Harry Babbitt, Helen Martin, and Isadore “Friz” Freleng)

James Gunn Jane Novak Jane Wyman Janet Jones
(l-r: James Gunn, Jane Novak, Jane Wyman, and Janet Jones)


Jason Wiles Jean Harlow Jenifer Lewis Jim Bannon
(l-r: Jason Wiles, Jean Harlow, Jenifer Lewis, and Jim Bannon)

Joe Besser Joe S. Camp Jr. Joel Huggins John Ashley
 (l-r: Joe Besser, Joe S. Camp, Jr., Joel Huggins, and John Ashley)


John Beal John Goodman John Hamm John Huston
 (l-r: John Beal, John Goodman, John Hamm, and John Huston)


John Kander John Milius John Pankow Johnny Haymer
(l-r: John Kander, John Milius, John Pankow, and Johnny Haymer)
Johnny Johnston Josephine Baker Joy Harmon Joyce Holden
(l-r: Johnny Johnston, Josephine Baker, Joy Harmon, and Joyce Holden)

Kathleen Turner Kathleen Turner Kathleen Turner Kathleen Turner

(l-r: Julia Montgomery, June Clyde, Kasi Lemmons, and Kathleen Turner)

Kathryn Adams Kay Thompson Ken Page Kevin Kline
(l-r: Kathryn Adams, Kay Thompson, Ken Page, and Kevin Kline)
King Baggot Krista Tesreau Lance Robertson Larry McCormick
(l-r: King Baggot, Krista Tesreau, Lance “Lance Rock” Robertson, and Larry McCormick)
Laura La Plante Lee Falk Leslie Charleson Lige Conley
(l-r: Laura La Plante, Lee Falk, Leslie Charleson, and Lige Conley)

Lincoln Kilpatrick Linda Blair Linden Chiles Lori Saunders
(l-r: Lincoln Kilpatrick, Linda Blair, Linden Chiles, and Lori Saunders)
Lottie Briscoe Lucas Grabeel Luther Henderson Margaret Campbell
(l-r: Lottie Briscoe, Lucas Grabeel, Luther Henderson, and Margaret Campbell)

Marguerite Churchill Marian Ainslee Marian Shockley Marjorie Beebe
(l-r: Marguerite Churchill, Marian Ainslee, Marian Shockley, and Marjorie Beebe)

Mark Linn-Bake Marsha Mason Marvin Miller Mary Frann
(l-r: Mark Linn-Baker, Marsha Mason, Marvin Miller)

Mary TreenMary Wickes Matthew Betz Maya Angelou
(l-r: Mary Treen, Mary Wickes, Matthew Betz, and Maya Angelou)
Melanie Fullerton Mike Nader Mildred June Monique Gabrielle(l-r: Melanie Fullerton, Mike Nader,  Mildred June, and Monique Gabrielle)

Morris Carnovksy Moses Gunn Mykelti Williamson Nathaniel Taylor

(l-r: Morris Carnovsky, Moses Gunn, Mykelti Williamson, and Nathaniel Taylor)

NicholasWorth Noah Beery Olive Young Patricia Farr

(l-r: Nicholas Worth, Noah Beery, Olive Young, and Patricia Farr)


Patsy Ruth Miller Phyllis Fraser Phyllis Smith Pooja Kumar

(l-r: Patsy Ruth Miller, Phyllis Fraser, Phyllis Smith, and  Pooja Kumar)

Ray Young Redd Foxx Robert Altman Robert Cummings

(l-r: Ray Young, Redd FoxxRobert Altman, and Robert Cummings)

Ronald Stein Robert Lowery Roberta Sherwood Ronald Stein

(l-r:  Robert Guillaume, Robert Lowery, Roberta Sherwood, and Ronald Stein)


Rosemary Theby Ruth Warrick Sally Long Sandahl Bergman

(l-r: Rosemary Theby, Ruth Warrick, Sally Long, and Sandahl Bergman)

Sara Shane Scott Bakula Sean Gunn Stan Brakhage

(l-r: Sara Shane, Scott Bakula, Sean Gunn, and Stan Brakhage)

Stephanie E. Williams T-Bone Burnett Taylor Momsen Teddy Infuhr

(l-r: Stephanie E. Williams, T-Bone Burnett, Taylor Momsen, and Teddy Infuhr)

Todd Newton Todd Susman Tommy Rall Ub Iwerks

(l-r: Todd Newton, Todd Susman, Tommy Rall, and  Ub Iwerks)


Vincent Price Virginia Gibson Virginia Mayo Walker Edmiston

(l-r: Vincent PriceVirginia Gibson, Virginia Mayo, and Walker Edmiston)

Wallce Beery Wallace Reid William Christy Cabanne William S. Burroughs

(l-r:  Wallace Beery, Wallace Reid, William Christy Cabanne, and William S. Burroughs)

Wilton Graff Winston Miller Yvette Vickers

(l-r: Wilton Graff, Winston Miller, and Yvette Vickers)

David Rasche Marshall Bruce Eminem Mathers III Dan Gilvezan David Koechner
(l-r: Marshall Bruce “Eminem” Mathers IIIDan Gilvezan, David Koechner)

Edie McClurg Debbie Lum William Smith, 1970s. (Photo by Film Favorites/Getty Images)
Edie McClurg, Debbie Lum, and William Smith

No picture yet: Al Hirschfeld, Alan J. Levi, Allan Melvin, Andreas Katsulas, Anita Barone,Anthony Cistaro, Arthur Morrison, Ben Baker, Betty Lynne, Bobb’e J. Thompson, Brian Vincent, Carlton S. King, Chip McAllister, David Burton Morris, David Rollins, Del Andrews, Edythe Sterling, Elizabeth Kerr, Elsa Benham, Eric Kilpatrick, F. Richard Jones, Frank Converse, Fred S. Fox, Harry Depp, Harry Harris, Irving Baker, Jack Danon, Jan Duggan, Jim Finn, John Hancock, John Stix, Jules Buck, Lawrence H. Woolner, Leroy J. Prinz, Lew Kelly, Mark Patton, Martine Bartlett, Nicholas Corea, Norbert F. Brodin, Otto H. Fries, Paul Yawitz, Philip Roth, Porter Strong, Richard Shepherd, Robert Vaughn, Rochelle Firestone, Shelby Storck, Sr., Victor “Denver Dixon” Adamson, Violet LaPlante, William Fairbanks, William Gibberson, and William Lowery.

Honorary Missourians not actually born in Missouri: Brad Pitt, Cornell Iral “Nelly” Haynes, Jr., Jenna Fischer, Steve McQueen, Tina Turner, and Walt Disney,

Eric Brightwell is an adventurer, writer, rambler, explorer, cartographer, and guerrilla gardener who is always seeking writing, speaking, traveling, and art opportunities — or salaried work. He is not interested in writing advertorials, clickbait, listicles, or other 21st century variations of spam. Brightwell’s written work has appeared in AmoeblogdiaCRITICS, and KCET Departures. His work has been featured by the American Institute of Architects, the Architecture & Design Museum, the Craft & Folk Art MuseumForm Follows FunctionLos Angeles County StoreSkid Row Housing Trust, and 1650 Gallery. Brightwell has been featured in the Los Angeles TimesHuffington PostLos Angeles MagazineLAistEastsider LABoing BoingLos Angeles, I’m Yours, and on Notebook on Cities and Culture. He has been a guest speaker on KCRW‘s Which Way, LA? and at Emerson College. Art prints of his maps are available from 1650 Gallery and on other products from Cal31. He is currently writing a book about Los Angeles and you can follow him on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

Click here to offer financial support and thank you!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s