Vegas natives are a rare breed of people. Here are the 10 celebrities you probably didn’t know were born and raised in the city of lights:
1. Panic! at the Disco
America’s favorite rock band back in the day with hits like “Nine in the Afternoon” and “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” was formed in 2004 by Vegas natives Ryan Ross, Brendon Urie, Spencer Smith, and Brent Wilson. The four grew up as childhood friends here in Vegas attending Bishop Gorman and Palo Verde High School. Urie is the sole remaining member since their initial split citing creative differences following the release of “Pretty. Odd.” in 2008.
2. Jimmy Kimmel
We all love Jimmy Kimmel and though he wasn’t born in Las Vegas, he attended UNLV and ever since has produced “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, his late night talk show, acted in countless movies and TV shows, hosted award shows, and won our hearts over with his comedic nature.
3. The Killers
The reason behind our second national anthem, Mr. Brightside, the Killers started in Las Vegas, Nevada back in ’01. From producing hit after hit, to headlining festivals, we are lucky to say these legends are from our hometown.
R&B’s icon, Ne-Yo, grew up in Las Vegas and went to Las Vegas Academy for high school where he began his career. With hits like “Because of You”, “So Sick”, and “Miss Independent”, he quickly jumpstarted his career and went on to become one of the most popular R&B artists in our day and age.
5. Matthew Gray Gubler
Best known for Criminal Minds, Gubler is an American actor (and heartthrob), who was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. Aside from filming and acting, he’s also had a history of being a fashion model—Gubler’s truly a Vegas star.
6. Bryce Harper
Bryce Harper, outfielder for the Washington Nationals and soon-to-be highest paid player in the league, was born and raised in Las Vegas as well. He attended Las Vegas High School followed by CSN until he got drafted in the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft.
7. Demarco Murray
Murray, known for his impressive NFL career, wasn’t only an Oklahoma star. Before attending his alma mater, he went to Bishop Gorman High School and set up an amazing future for himself including seven seasons in the NFL for the Cowboys, Eagles, and Titans.
8. Kris Bryant
The Chicago Cubs third baseman, Kris Bryant attended Bonanza High School before playing college level at USD where he was named an All-American. He went on to win the National League’s Rookie of the Year Award, was named an MLB All-Star twice, and won a World Series in 2016 where he was also named the National League’s most valuable player…and it all started in Vegas.
9. Gage Quinney
Quinney who is now a Vegas Golden Knights hockey player, grew up alongside his father Ken Quinney, who played for the Quebec Nordiques. Gage Quinney played for the Las Vegas Storm where he started his career and is now back to his hometown as the only Vegas native to sign with the Golden Knights.
10. Jillian Bell
And last but not least, Jillian Bell. You may have seen her on 22 Jump Street or Workaholics, but is known as a comedian, screenwriter, and actress. Obviously Las Vegas breeds superstars, what can we say?
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