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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

Born and raised in Midland, Texas. Arden was a student at Trinity School, a college preparatory school in Midland and was active in the Pickwick Players, Midland Community Theatre's youth performing company . . 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 in 1955 and 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, Dearen 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 and raised in Midland Texas and went to Lee High School. 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 . . . 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.

 
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 Midland, Texas where 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 Juanita Horton in Midland, Texas in 1898. She attended school in Midland until she was in the eighth grade, when her chiropractor father moved his family to Arizona, New Mexico, and then to Hollywood . . . read more

 
Carolyn McCormick

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

 
Wahoo McDaniel

Born Edward McDaniel in 1938. His father, nicknamed "Big Wahoo", worked in oil the oil 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

 
Douglas McGrath

Born in 1958, McGrath is an alumnus of Trinity School of Midland, Texas. He is the son of Beatrice and R. Searle McGrath, an independent oil producer from Midland. . . more about McGrath

 
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. 

 
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?

 
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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