Here’s a list of 7 celebrities that you may not have known are originally from Las Vegas.
Celebrities and performers may call the city of Las Vegas home for a period of time, but only a handful can say that they’re truly from the entertainment capital of the world. These seven celebrities who have achieved national and worldwide fame are proud to be Vegas born and raised.
1. Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons
The frontman of Imagine Dragons, Dan Reynolds was born in Las Vegas. While the rest of the band members were not born here, the band was formed locally in 2009. They gained fame in 2012 with their album Night Visions and hit song “It’s Time.”
The band has since returned to their home several times to perform. They’ve also paid tribute to their Vegas roots by shooting several music videos around town. The video for one of their latest singles, “Sharks,” features casinos, Allegiant Stadium, Cirque du Soleil, Shark Reef, and the Bellagio fountains.
2. Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco
Brendon Urie, better known as the leading man of Panic! at the Disco, was raised in Vegas and is proud to call it his hometown. His original band was formed here and later signed by Pete Wentz. They released their first album in 2005, achieving great success. Over the years the original members of the band have dropped off and Urie now is the only one left.
Urie also regularly returns to Las Vegas to perform, has shot several music videos here, and has a song titled “Vegas Lights.” He even received the Key to the City back in 2019!
3. Brandon Flowers of The Killers
Another famous lead singer from Las Vegas is The Killers’ Brandon Flowers. Flowers and lead guitarist Dave Keuning formed the band together in their hometown in 2001. Drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr., who later joined the band, is also Vegas-born.
This highly successful rock band hasn’t forgotten its roots either. They were the first act to play at T-Mobile Arena, acting as its grand opening debut back in 2016. They have also paid tribute with their album titles. Both Battle Born, which Nevada is referred to as the “Battle Born State,” and Sam’s Town, which is a local casino in Henderson.
4. Matthew Gray Gubler
Criminal Minds fans will recognize Matthew Gray Gubler as criminal profiler Dr. Spencer Reid. Gubler was a series regular on the show for 15 years, from 2005 until its final season in 2020. The actor was born and raised in Las Vegas before moving on to star in the hit long-running CBS crime series. He continues to act and direct.
5. Bryce Harper
Phillies Rightfielder Bryce Harper is Vegas-born too. Formerly with the Washington Nationals, he has been a standout player from the time he attended and played for Las Vegas High School.
He has shown his hometown pride since moving on to bigger things. Harper and his wife donated a significant amount of money to local charities Direct Relief and Three Square back in 2020 in support of COVID-19 relief efforts.
6. Kris Bryant
Another MLB player from Las Vegas is Kris Bryant. Now third baseman for the Colorado Rockies, he used to play for the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants. Before he became a pro, he went to Bonanza High School.
Over the summer Bryant was in town playing at the Las Vegas Ballpark with the Albuquerque Isotopes minor league team as part of his rehab recovery.
7. Andre Agassi
Former professional American tennis player Andre Agassi is a Las Vegas native. Agassi turned pro when he was only 16 years old in 1986. He continued playing through the 1990s and early 2000s, winning the Australian Open, US Open, Wimbledon, Roland Garros championships, and an Olympic gold medal.
Now, he focuses on the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education, which is a non-profit organization that raises money for children’s education.
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