Celebrities That Live in Austin

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In recent years, there has been an influx of people moving to Austin, celebrities included. Luckily, it’s proven to be a terrific place to live.

Thus, it’s highly likely that you’ll come across a range of celebrities that live in Austin. From actors and musicians to professional wrestlers and journalists, it seems everyone can’t get enough of that Austonite vibe.

Who Are the Celebrities That Live in Austin?

With its balance between abundant wildlife and a bustling modern hub, Austin seems to be the perfect place to call home. That’s why it shouldn’t be surprising that so many famous people have claimed this remarkable Texan town.

We rounded up ten celebrities that live in Austin. Scroll down to find out who made our list.

Dan Rather: Journalist and TV Presenter

Dan Rather was born in Texas and called himself a ‘proud Texan.’ He began his career in Texas in the 1960s, working for CBS News. Since then, he’s traveled worldwide as a White House and foreign correspondent.

Even though his career in journalism and TV has won him many awards and accolades, he always returns to his home in Austin.

George Clooney with Dan Rather and Grant Heslov in the press room at the 2006 Writers Guild Awards. Hollywood Palladium Hollywood CA. 02 04 06 - Texas View

Matthew McConaughey: Actor/Tenure College Professor

Matthew McConaughey is a beloved actor and producer. His acting debut was in the movie Dazed and Confused in 1993. Since then, he’s been wowing audiences with his Texan charm and friendly demeanor.

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McConaughey attended the University of Texas, located in Austin. Now, he teaches a ‘Script to Screen’ class as a tenured professor.

Matthew McConaughey at the Matthew McConaughey Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Hololywood CA 11 17 14 - Texas View

Sandra Bullock: Actor/Producer

Sandra Bullock is one of the most beloved names in Hollywood. She started her acting career in 1987 with her motion-picture debut, Hangmen. Since then, her acting career has been soaring.

Even though she owns a home in California, Bullock couldn’t resist the Austinite charm. She fell in love with the city while filming Hope Floats and decided to stay.

Sandra Bullock at the Sandra Bullock Hand And Footprint Ceremony Chinese Theater Hollywood CA 09 25 13 - Texas View

Mark Calaway: Professional Wrestler

Mark Calaway, aka ‘The Undertaker,’ started his wrestling career back in 1987 and worked with the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) company until he retired in 2020.

Calaway got his nickname because of his fascination with the dead. Now, with his focus geared more towards the living, he’s proudly set up roots in Austin, along with his wife, Michelle, and their four children.

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SANTA CLARA – MARCH 29: WWE Wrestler the Undertaker tombstone piledrivers Bray Wyatt middle of ring during match at Wrestlemania 31 at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California on March 29, 2015.

Elijah Wood: Actor/Producer

Elijah Wood started his career in 1989 when he appeared in a small part in Back to the Future II. Since then, he has starred in numerous movies and TV shows, but his iconic role is playing Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Wood owns a home in Bouldin Creek in Austin. He prefers to stay out of the public eye mostly. Still, he’s been occasionally spotted at some of Austin’s DJ events and restaurants.

Dorian Brown Jason Gann Fiona Gubelmann Elijah Wood at the 2011 FOX Winter All Star Party Villa Sorriso Pasadena CA. 01 11 11 - Texas View

Bobby Epstein

 Robert ‘Bobby’ Epstein started his career as a fixed income analyst in the 1980s. A decade later, he founded his company ‘Arbour Financial Corporation.’ He’s also a founding partner at ‘Circuit of The Americas,’ a popular destination for world-class motorsports racing located just outside Austin.

Epstein enjoys his lavish Austinite home that overlooks the Colorado River. Not only is it massive, but it’s also conveniently located near the racing track facilities.

Kyle Chandler: Actor

Kyle Chandler was born in Buffalo, New York. He’s an Emmy-award winner best known for his lead role as high school football coach Eric Taylor on the drama series Friday Night Lights.

He currently resides on his Austin ranch with his wife, Kathryn, and their two daughters. They own several dogs and miniature donkeys and raise an assortment of cute animals.

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Kyle Chandler and wife Katherine at the Premiere of King Kong. Loews E Walk and AMC Empire Cinemas New York City NY. 12 05 05 - Texas View

Gary Lee Clark, Jr.: Musician

Gary L. Clark, Jr. has been making headway as a musician since he signed a contract with Warner Bros. Records in 2011. His music combines soul, rock, and blues for a truly unique and distinctive sound.

Born and bred in Texas, Clark decided to set up roots in Austin. He currently lives there with his wife, Nicole Trunfio, and their two children. It’s also where he co-owns the club Antone’s.

Joe Rogan: Podcaster

Joseph James Rogan is a comedian and television presenter turned Ultimate Fighting Championship color commentator. Yet, it’s being a podcaster that he enjoys doing the most.

It could be why he and his wife, Jessia Ditzel, decided to set up shop in Austin. He designed a custom-built recording studio in his Austin mansion, where he records and streams his podcasts.

Joe Rogan at the VH1 Big in 2002 Awards Press Room Grand Olympic Auditorium Los Angeles CA 12 04 02 - Texas View

James Van Der Beek: Actor

James Van Der Beek is best known for his role in Dawson’s Creek drama. He also went to appear on television shows, like CSI: Cyber and the 1997 film Varsity Blues, along with a slew of supporting roles and voice-overs.

A couple of years ago, he and his wife, Kimberly, decided to trade in the glitz and glam of Hollywood for the lush landscape and evergreen forests of Austin, Texas.

5 Things To Do When You’re in Austin

Many people don’t know that Austin is known as the ‘City of the Violet Crown.’ It gets this descriptive nickname because of its vibrant glow covering the hilltops at sunset.

So, besides bumping into celebrities and watching the breathtaking colors change at sunset, here are 10 top things you can do on your next visit to the Texan capital.

  1. Visit the Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail
  2. Tour the LBJ Presidential LIbrary
  3. Go Bat Watching at the Congress Avenue Bridge
  4. Visit the immersive art show ‘Wonderspaces’
  5. Rent a travel-yacht at Devil’s Cove
  6. Cool off at Waterloo Adventures
  7. Enjoy some magic at Magic’s Theater
  8. Zip over Austin at Lake Travis Zipline Adventures
  9. Enjoy the bustling nightlife at Rainey Street District
  10. Take a boat ride with the Austin Duck Adventures tour

Living in Austin: FAQs

What is Austin best known for?

Austin is known for a lot of things. Yet, it’s most famous for being the world’s live music capital, with The Continental Club being the hub of live musical shows, competitions, and theatrical performances.

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Are there lakes in Austin?

Austin has a wide range of man-made lakes, like Lady Bird Lake. There are also plenty of lakes that run off the Colorado River, including Lake Travis. They’re perfect for year-round fishing and plenty of water sports.


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