From the city on the lake to Tinseltown. Here are 15 Buffalonians who have made it big in the entertainment industry.

1. Chad Michael Murray

Chad Michael Murray in 2007 (Wikipedia/MasterGracey CC 3.0)

Chad Michael Murray in 2007 (Wikipedia/MasterGracey CC 3.0)

This star of the iconic teen drama “One Tree Hill” was born here and graduated from high school in Clarence.

2. Kyle Chandler


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This Emmy-award winning actor from “Friday Night Lights” moved around a lot as a kid, but was born in Buffalo.

3. Christine Baranski


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This beloved actress of stage and screen was born here and graduated Villa Maria Academy in Cheektowaga.

4. David Boreanaz

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Wikipedia/Genevieve (CC 2.0)

Before this actor took on some supernatural roles in both “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and “Angel,” he lived in Buffalo until he was seven.

5. Wendie Malick

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Wikipedia/MingleMediaTVNetwork (CC 2.0)

This “Frasier,” “Just Shoot Me,” and “Hot in Cleveland” alum is from Buffalo; she graduated from Williamsville South High School.

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6. Jeffrey Jones

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Universal Pictures

You might remember him as the principal from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. (Jones was later arrested on child pornography charges.)

7. William Sadler

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U.S. Marine Corps (Public Domain)

This well known actor was born in Buffalo and graduated from Orchard Park High School.

8. Nick Bakay

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Wikipedia (CC 2.5)

You may not know his face, but you probably know his voice. This Buffalo native is best known as Salem the cat from “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” and as  Norbert Beaver from “The Angry Beavers.”

9. Don Messick


You may not know this guy either, but he was the voice of Scooby Doo, Bamm-Bamm Rubble, and Papa Smurf. He passed in 1997 at the age of 71.

10. Nancy Marchand



Marchand is best known for her roles on “Lou Grant” and “The Sopranos.”

11. Rick James


Before moving to L.A. to become the king of funk punk, Rick James was just another kid from Buffalo.

12. Sorrell Booke


Yup, Boss Hogg from the Dukes of Hazard wasn’t from Old Dixie. He’s from Buffalo.

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