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Famous People from Midland County Texas

See anyone you know? Midland County's most famous people were born here, raised here, or lived here. Their deeds and sometimes misdeeds have garnered the attention of historians, genealogists and the media worldwide.

Brett Anderson

Brett Franklin Anderson was born in Midland, Texas in 1988. Today, he is a professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. . . more about Brett Anderson

Harold Arceneaux

Arceneaux transferred to Midland Junior College (in Midland, Texas) for the 1997-98 season. Having completed two years of junior college basketball, Arceneaux transferred to Weber State in Ogden, Utah  .   .  Read more

Michael Arden

Michael Arden was born October 6, 1982 in Midland, Texas as Michael Jerrod Moore. He is an actor best known for Source Code, Bridal Wars and The Odd Life of Timothy Green and TV appearances in Gray's Anatomy and Numb3rs . . more Arden

Kathy Baker

Baker was born in Midland, Texas to geologist and educator, John Seawand Baker and his French-born wife, Helene. Kathy is a film and television actress. . . read more

Cedric Benson

Born in Midland, Texas in 1982. Benson attended Robert E Lee High School in Midland. He is a former University of Texas and NFL running back.  . . more about Cedric Benson

Raymond Benson

Benson was born in Midland Texas September 6, 1955. He graduated from Permian High School in Odessa in 1973. He is known for being the official author of the James Bond novels from 1997 to 2003 . .  more about Raymond Benson

Tom Brahaney

Tom Brahaney was born in Midland, Texas in 1951. He played football for Midland High School and college football for the University of Oklahoma . . . more about Tom Brahaney

Barbara Bush

After George Bush graduated from Yale University, he and Barbara moved their the young family to Odessa, before settling in Midland, Texas, in 1950 . . . read more

George H.W. Bush

George Herbert Walker lived in both Odessa and Midland Texas with his family in the early 1950's. According to eldest son George W. Bush, then age two, the family lived in one of the few duplexes in Odessa with an indoor bathroom . . . more about Bush's time in Midland.

Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush was born in Midland, Texas on February 11, 1953 and spent the first six years of his life there until his family moved to a location near Houston. . . read more

George W. Bush

Bush attended public schools in Midland, Texas, until the family moved to Houston. After he married Laura Welch the couple settled in Midland . . . . more about Bush and Midland

Laura Bush

Laura Welch Bush was born and raised in Midland, Texas. She attended James Bowie Elementary School, San Jacinto Junior High School, and Robert E. Lee High School in Midland and graduated from Lee HS in 1964. . . read more about Laura Bush and Midland.

Kirk Covington

Covington was born in Midland, Texas and attended the University of North Texas College of Music at Denton. . .  more about Kirk Covington

Patrick Dearen

Born in Sterling City, in 1951, this Award-Winning author currently resides in Midland, Texas. He won nine national and state awards as a reporter for two daily newspapers, including the San Angelo Standard-Times and the Midland Reporter-Telegram . . . more about Dearen

David Dunn

David Timothy Dunn was born and raised in Midland, Texas. A contemporary Christian singer-songwriter, he appeared on season two of NBC's The Voice. He is currently signed to BEC Recordings . . . more about David Dunn

John R Erickson

Born in Midland, Texas, Erickson is a cowboy and best selling author, best known for his Hank the Cowdog series of children's novels . . . continued

Andy Fickman

Fickman was born in Midland Texas and graduated from Texas Tech in Lubbock. He is a film director, film producer, screenwriter, television director, television producer, and . . . continued

Tommy Franks

Tommy Franks is the adopted son of Ray and Lorene "Pete" Parker Franks. He attended Midland High School and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Midland, Texas . . . more on Tommy Franks

Antwan Goodley

Born and raised in Midland, Texas, Goodley attended Midland High School, As a senior, he was named first-team All-District 2-5A and first-team All-Permian Basin  . .  read more

Susan Graham

Raised in Midland, Texas, Graham is a graduate of Texas Tech University and the Manhattan School of Music. She is one of the world's foremost opera stars . . .

Steven Dale Green

Born in 1985, Steven Dale Green moved with his family to Midland, Texas in 1999. He attended high school through the 10th grade when he dropped out of high school and moved to Denver City. What happened next is one of the most tragic stories of the Iraq War.

J. Evetts Haley

Born in Belton, Texas in 1901, James Evetts Haley moved to Midland with his family in 1906.  He graduated from Midland High School and competed in rodeo's. He was a Texas political activist, historian and author . . . more J. Evetts Haley

Jim Hall

Jim Hall and Hap Sharp started a small racing team in Midland, Texas. ln 1962. Throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s and the 1980s Hall and his team at Chaparral Cars designed, built and raced legendary race cars that were considered the most innovative cars of their time . . . more about Hall and Chaparral cars.

Woody Harrelson

Born in Midland, Texas, in 1961, Woodrow Tracy Harrelson is better known as Woody Harrelson the actor and playwright. He is the son of Diane and Charles Voyde Harrelson, a murderous assassin  . . . more on Harrelson.

Bobby Hillin, Jr.

Born in Midland, Texas in 1963, Hillin began his career in racing by watching his father's IndyCar team, Longhorn Racing, compete in United States Auto Club-sanctioned sprint car racing and IndyCar events . . . more about Bobby Hillin, Jr.

E J Holub aka The Beast

 Born January 5, 1938, E.J. Holub grew up in Lubbock, Texas, He spent the last years of his life in Midland . . .  more about Holub

Terry Jastrow

Born in 1948 and raised in Midland, Texas, Terry Jastrow has been the Producer and / or Director of some of the world's greatest events for more than 30 years. . . continued

Tommy Lee Jones

Jones was born in 1946 in San Saba, Texas and raised in Rotan and Midland, Texas. He attended Robert E. Lee High School. His mother, Lucille Marie (née Scott), was a police officer, school teacher, and beauty shop owner, and his father, Clyde C. Jones, was an oil field worker . . .  see more

Bessie Love

Bessie Love was born September 10, 1898 in Midland. She appeared in 77 silent movies between 1916 and 1928 and successfully transitioned to talkies. . . . read more

Carolyn McCormick

Carolyn McCormick was born September 19, 1959 in Midland, Texas. She spent her childhood in Midland where her father owned an oil drilling company in the 1970s . . . read more

Wahoo McDaniel

Born Edward McDaniel in 1938. His father, nicknamed "Big Wahoo", worked in oil the fields and moved to several towns before settling down in Midland, Texas. While he was in middle school, in Midland, one of his baseball coaches was George H. W. Bush. . . . read more

Tony Peyton

Peyton lived the last six years of his life in Midland, Texas. near his sons, Tyler and Terrance Peyton. Until his death in 2007, Tony was the last surviving member of the original Harlem Globetrotters. 

Larry PineLarry Pine

Born March 3, 1945, Larry Pine grew up in Midland Texas. His most recent appearance is in the TV series "Succession" but he's most famous for prior performances in The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom, House of Cards . . . continued

Jim Price

Jim Price was born in 1945. He is a Midland, Texas native who emerged to stardom at the start of the 1970s. . . Price talks about his childhood in Midland.

Judy Rankin

Born in 1945, Rankin was known as Judy Torluemke until her marriage to Walter "Yippy" Rankin in 1967. They lived in Midland, Texas. . . more on Rankin

Jackson Rathbone

Rathbone attended Trinity School of Midland Texas, a college preparatory school, and started out in local theater in Midland with the youth actors program "The Pickwick Players", initially doing musical theatre . . . more

Mike Stanton

Born in 1967, Stanton graduated from Midland High School in Midland, Texas, where he played baseball, basketball and football. . . more about Stanton

Mike Timlin

Born in Midland, Texas in 1966, Timlin graduated from Midland High School. He set records in Major League Baseball. . . more

Randy Velarde

Velarde was born in Midland, Texas on November 24, 1962. He attended college at Lubbock Christian University, where he played four seasons of baseball . . . read more

Spud Webb

Webb played for Midlland College in Midland, Texas. It was his first opportunity to play on a college basketball team. He led the Chaparrals to the junior college national title in 1982 . . . what happened next?

Ted Wells in The Phantom Cowboy (1935)Ted Wells

Ted Wells was born in Midland Texas July 11, 1899. He was a western actor for Universal in 1920s silent films and acted as a double for William Boyd in the Hopalong Cassidy films. Wells used his own name as well as "Pawnee Bill, Jr.".

Eric Winston

Born in Midland, Texas in 1983, Eric Winston played high school football at Robert E. Lee High School. Today, he is an offensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL . . more about Winston

James Zachery

Born and raised in Midland, Texas, James Zachery was a professional football player, musician, actor and song writer until his murder by a criminal gang. . . read about his career and murder

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