Famous Men from Knoxville

Famous Men from Knoxville

You’ve probably heard of their names many times before, but did you know that these familiar household faces and names are from Knoxville, Tennessee?

1. Johnny Knoxville

Born as Philip John “PJ” Clapp, Johnny Knoxville jumped to stardom through the MTV show “Jackass” in 2000. He has his own production company called Dickhouse Productions and has starred in different movies, such as Life Without Dick (2002), The Dukes of Hazzard (2005), and Daltry Calhoun (2005).

2. Dave Thomas

His name might not sound familiar, but Dave Thomas was the founder of Wendy’s, a fast-food restaurant chain known for its delicious hamburgers. Before he passed away in 2002, he appeared in more than 800 commercials dating back from 1989. Thomas was born in New Jersey, and got his first job at the age of 12 at The Regas, a restaurant in Knoxville.

3. Ryan Murphy

Ryan Murphy is a successful television screenwriter, director, and producer, best known for his work on Nip/Tuck, Glee, and American Horror Story. Born in Indianapolis, Murphy moved to Knoxville when he was starting out as a journalist and worked for the Knoxville News Sentinel.

4. Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning, from NFL’s Denver Broncos, is considered one of the best quarterbacks in football history. He played college football at the University of Tennessee and became the state’s all-time leading passer and broke the Southeastern Conference record for career wins.

5. Trevor Bayne

Born and raised in Knoxville, Trevor Bayne is a NASCAR race car driver and has been racing go-karts since he was five. He is best known for winning the 2011 Daytona 500 and is the youngest driver to win the race at the age of 20 years and 1 day.

These celebrities, as well as other famous people not included in the list, give Knoxville that special place on the US map. Visit the charming city of Knoxville and stay at a Knoxville bed and breakfast for that southern comfort. And maybe you’ll have a celebrity sighting during your vacation!