Birth Place Matching "Des Moines, Iowa, USA" (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
Actor | Superman Returns
Brandon James Routh (pronounced like "south") was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and grew up in nearby Norwalk. He is the son of Catherine LaVonne (Lear), a teacher, and Ronald Wayne Routh, a carpenter. Routh has English, Scottish, and German ancestry. He attended the University of Iowa and starred in ...
Actress | The Last Picture Show
The legendary actress set a record when at age 82, she appeared on Dancing with the Stars (2005). Cloris Leachman was born on April 30, 1926 in Des Moines, Iowa to Berkeley Claiborne "Buck" Leachman and the former Cloris Wallace. Her father's family owned a lumber company, Leachman Lumber Co. She ...
Actor | 7th Heaven
Stephen Collins was born on October 1, 1947 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA as Stephen Weaver Collins. He is an actor, known for 7th Heaven (1996), Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) and The First Wives Club (1996). He was previously married to Faye Grant and Marjorie Weinman.
Actor | Spartacus
Stony-faced, grizzled-looking tough guy Charles McGraw (real name Charles Butters) notched up dozens of TV and film credits, usually portraying law enforcement figures or military officers, plus the odd shifty gangster. While at high school he worked as a theatre usher and was nicknamed "Chick" by ...
6. Bill Daily
Actor | The Bob Newhart Show
Congenial, unassuming and always ingratiating comic actor Bill Daily came to fame as the bumbling, jittery playboy astronaut Roger Healy, best buddy and sidekick to Larry Hagman's accident-prone Tony Nelson in the perennial sitcom favourite I Dream of Jeannie (1965). Though his role had initially ...
Actor | Malcolm in the Middle
David Anthony Higgins was born on December 9, 1961 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Malcolm in the Middle (2000), Mike & Molly (2010) and The Wrong Guy (1997). He has been married to Julia since 2000. They have two children.
9. Frank Jenks
Actor | His Girl Friday
Wavy-haired American character actor and musician Frank Jenks was the son of advertising man Frank Jenks and pianist Lillian Sadler. After his family settled in Los Angeles, he attended the University of Southern California. He learned to play trumpet, trombone and clarinet, but eventually dropped ...
10. Harriet Nelson
Actress | The Falcon Strikes Back
Harriet Nelson will always have a secure place alongside Barbara Billingsley and Jane Wyatt in the "TV's Golden Age Mom Hall of Fame." For fourteen years, she, husband Ozzie Nelson, and their two boys, David Nelson and Ricky Nelson, were the quintessential role models of the '50s ideal nuclear ...
13. Claire Dodd
Actress | Roberta
She was born Dorothy Anne Dodd on December 29, 1908, in Des Moines, Iowa while her mother was on a trip. This did not appeal to her Southern pride so she said she was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she was actually raised. Her father was a doctor who abandoned her and her mother before she ...
15. Shawn Johnson
Actress | The Secret Life of the American Teenager
Shawn Johnson was born on January 19, 1992 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA as Shawn Machel Johnson. She is an actress, known for The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2008), Dancing with the Stars (2005) and Adventure Capitalists (2016). She has been married to Andrew East since April 16, 2016.
16. Ruth Kobart
Ruth Kobart was born on April 24, 1924 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA as Ruth Maxine Kohn. She was an actress, known for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967), Dirty Harry (1971) and Sister Act (1992). She died on December 14, 2002 in San Francisco, California, USA.
17. Nicholas Downs
Actor | Pearl Harbor
Nicholas Downs grew up in the small Midwest town of Bondurant, Iowa as the second youngest of ten brothers and sisters. By high school, Nicholas found acting as a way to create a voice of his own. His English teacher, Mrs. Sandoval, helped him by guiding him into the fine arts. With guidance from ...
18. Gordon Gebert
Actor | Holiday Affair
Gordon Alan Gebert II was the only child of Gordon Alan Gebert Sr. and Violette Gebert. His father was a salesman for a trailer company and later managed sales of truck and bus fleets for the Ford Motor Co. in Iowa. In 1946, a boy was needed for a role in a play for Drake University. Gordon was ...
19. Shawn Crahan
Soundtrack | Resident Evil
Shawn Crahan has a wife named Chantel and 4 children: Alex, Gage, Gabrielle, and Simon. He has a side project called To My Surprise. His daughter Alex is currently working on an album. He founded the band Slipknot and has been leading it in the right direction ever since. The band has been ...
20. Kourtney Hansen
Actress | Nashville
Born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, Kourtney made her way to Nashville in 2008 by way of a job in radio and her love of the South. After graduating from Drake University with a degree in theater, Hansen has appeared on stage in professional theater productions and served as a sidekick to Hatfield ...
21. Sada Thompson
Actress | Family
Renowned and highly respected actress Sada Thompson has earned critical acclaim both on stage and TV for her noble, strong-minded matrons, but her more challenging and compelling work has come when her characters have displayed darker, more neurotic tones.
Born in Des Moines, Iowa, she was the ...
Producer | ATL
Tionne Tenese Watkins was born on April 26, 1970 in Des Moines, Iowa. She is also known as "T-Boz" in the R&B/Hip-Hop group, TLC. Born to parents of both African American and Native American descent. As a child she was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia (1 in 12 people of African American descent ...
23. Vivienne Osborne
Actress | Dragonwyck
Vivienne Osborne was born on December 10, 1896 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA as Vera Vivienne Spragg. She was an actress, known for Dragonwyck (1946), Two Seconds (1932) and Tomorrow at Seven (1933). She was married to Francis Worthington Hine. She died on June 10, 1961 in Malibu, California, USA.
25. Frances Cagney
Frances Cagney was born on June 19, 1899 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA as Frances Willard Vernon. She was married to James Cagney. She died on October 10, 1994 in Sharon, Connecticut, USA.
26. Phyllis Love
Actress | Play of the Week
Phyllis Anne Love was born in Des Moines, Iowa on December 21, 1925. She attended Roosevelt High School in Des Moines along with her close friend, Cloris Leachman. After performing in various local and regional drama productions, Love enrolled in the Actors Studio in New York in 1948. Her movie ...
Costume Department | God Told Me To
Born Roy Frowick Halston on April 23, 1932 in Des Moines, Iowa, Halston was a product of America's heartland. He led a classic Iowa childhood playing in soap box derby races, fishing, visiting farms, and the like. Halston took an interest in sewing from his mother, and from an early age he showed a...
29. Joy Hodges
Actress | Laughing at Danger
Frances Eloise Hodges, who died in California on 19 January 2003 following a stroke, was not only a successful singer and actor, but will also be remembered for her part in launching Ronald Reagan's film career by getting him to 'ditch the glasses.' This he did, and the rest is history.
She was born...
31. Martin Spellman
Actor | Beau Geste
Martin Spellman was born in 1925 in Des Moines, Iowa. His family moved to California and at the age of 9 he first entered the MGM Studios as a newsboy. He became such a familiar figure at the Studios that for Christmas 1937, they decided to give him a very special Christmas present. He was invited ...
34. Babe London
Actress | Ain't Love Funny?
Babe was originally a stock player with Vitagraph then joined the Christie Company as a featured player and leading comedienne Later she played leads in Jack White's Educational Comedies and with Charlie Chaplin in 'A Day's Pleasure. Later she appeared in live and filmed television shows such as ...
35. Bill Bryson
Writer | A Walk in the Woods
Bill Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1951. He settled in England in 1977 and lived in North Yorkshire for almost two decades. He now lives in Hanover, New Hampshire. His travel books are "The Lost Continent", "Neither Here Nor There", "Notes From a Small Island", "A Walk in the Woods", "I'm ...
38. Jeff Wiens
Actor | Get Hit
Jeff received his education at the University of Southern California's School of Theatre BFA acting program where he received the Jack Nicholson Award, the school's highest award for achievement.
As part of comedy duo, Franco and Billy, Jeff Wiens wrote, directed and starred in the critically ...
41. Juanita Hansen
Actress | Broadway Love
Juanita Hansen's career goes back to at least 1915, and she worked for D.W. Griffith before becoming one of Mack Sennett's "Bathing Beauties." Sennett was so struck by her beauty that he often featured her over the other girls, which caused some friction among them. That could well be the reason ...
43. Tatum Shank
Actor | Lethal Weapon
Born in Des Moines, Iowa the son of a carpenter Tatum first experienced the "art of filmmaking" in high school. With the help of his best friend they took it upon themselves to create a remake of the classic film Hoosiers by cutting footage the old fashioned way - from VCR to VCR. After going off ...
Actress | The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Valerie Leigh Bixler was born on February 17, 1956 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. She is an actress, known for The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982). She has been married to SFC. Todd (T.W.) Youngs USA RET. since September 25, 1997. She was previously married to Patrick St. Esprit.
50. Darrell Mapson
Producer | Will Work 4 Heaven
Mapson was raised in Minneapolis until the age of 13 and has been in California since. He went to Bullard High in Fresno and Bethany College in Scotts Valley. His film debut was in More American Grafitti as a draft protestor and has 30 years of acting since as a cop, sheriff, guard, detective, ...