Top 5 Famous Macon Actors
1. Melvyn Douglas
Two-time Oscar-winner Melvyn Douglass was not only one of America’s finest actors, but also a native born in Macon, GA in 1901. In addition to his two Oscars for Hud (1963) and Being There (1979), he also won both a Tony and Emmy award. His career took off in the 1930s as a suave leading man, and Douglass was received cinematic immortality for being the man who made Greta Garbo laugh in the classic comedy Ninotchka (1939).
2. Carrie Preston
Born and raised in Macon, GA, Carrie Preston discovered her true calling as a performer at a young age. Her breakout role as “Miranda” in the Broadway production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, catapulted her career onto the big screen with roles in “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” “Duplicity,’ “Transamerica,” “Stepford Wives,” and “The Legend of Bagger Vance.” On TV, she has appeared in “Desperate Housewives,” “Royal Pains,” “Law and Order,” “Numbers,” “Sex and the City,” and currently on “The Good Wife.” Carrie Preston is probably best known for the role of Arlene Fowler Bellefleur on the HBO original series True Blood. Making her debut on the episode "Strange Love" in the series first season, Carrie was part of the initial starring cast and remained a starring cast member through the series' second,third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh seasons. She was last seen on the series' finale episode, "Thank You", in the series' seventh, and final, season.
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3. Luke Askew
Born on March 26, 1932 in Macon, GA, Luke Askew would grow up to be an actor who made lasting impressions playing a substantial volume of mean and fearsome villains in both movies and television shows over a career that spanned over 40 years. Best known as the stranger on the highway in the cult classic movie “Easy Rider,” Askew’s other memorable roles include the redoubtable Boss Paul in ‘Cool Hand Luke,” peaceful hippie commune leader Jonathan Tremaine in “Angel UnChained,” brutal low-life thug Automatic Slim in the thriller ‘Rolling Thunder,” sleazy coroner Dexter Ward in ‘The Beast Within,’ and no-nonsense crime lord Boss Jack Costello in “Traveller.” Among the many TV series Askew appeared in throughout the years are “The Six Million Dollar Man,” “Fantasy Island,” “T.J. Hooker,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “Walker Texas Ranger,” and “Cold Case.” Luke Askew died at age 80 on March 29, 2012.
4. Blake Clark
This Macon born actor and comedian has been entertaining us all for the past 20 years. Perhaps best known as “Farmer Fran” in the 1998 movie The Waterboy, Clark has been in over 50 feature motion pictures and hundreds of episodic TV shows. His first of many recurring roles on TV was as ‘Fred the Chauffeur” on Remington Steele (1982). Since then, he has been “Harry” on Home Improvement (1991), “Jules Lambermont” on The Drew Carey Show, “Chet Hunter” on Boy Meets World (1993), and “Bob Nelson” on The Jamie Foxx Show. He received critical acclaim as “Marlin Whitmore” in the 2004 movie 50 First Dates. Jim Varney ("Ernest") performed the voice of "Slinky Dog" in Toy Story 1 & 2. Varney passed away before the next movie was produced, and his good friend Blake Clark stepped in to provide the voice in Toy Story 3.
5. Jack McBrayer
Best known for his role as NBC page Kenneth Parcell on the comedy 30 Rock, Jack McBrayer was born in Macon, GA in 1973. McBrayer frequently appeared in sketches on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and also performed in small roles on Arrested Development (2003) and as a recurring voice on Phineas and Ferb (2007). He has also worked in numerous movies over the past decade, including “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” “ Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “The Campaign,” and voiced the character Fix-It Felix in “Wreck-It Ralph” in 2012.