Las Vegas is one of the biggest entertainment capitals of the world, boasting a thriving nightlife with endless options for fun and stress relief. The city is also the birthplace of several famous celebrities, both local and international.
Whether you enjoy online casino games, casino poker games or roulette casino games, chances are you’ve dreamed of a night out in Vegas. From athletes and actors to musicians and social-media stars, many famous celebrities call the city home. Take a look at some of the most well-known celebrities born in Las Vegas.
Andre Agassi is considered one of the best tennis players of all time. The former world No.1 player was born and raised in Las Vegas, and won his first tennis championship in 1982 at the age of 12. A year later, he moved to Florida to train at Nick Bollettieri’s Tennis Academy, deciding to drop out of high school to pursue a full-time career in the sport.
Agassi went on to win every major tournament during his 21-year career, including Wimbledon, the Olympics and the U.S., Australian and French Opens. Known by his nickname, “The Punisher,” Agassi was relentless on the court and rose to the top despite stiff competition. The Vegas celebrity eventually retired in 2006 and founded the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education, which has raised more than $60 million for children in southern Nevada, cementing his status as a true legend both on and off the court.
“Dancing With the Stars” ballroom dancer, Chelsie Hightower, was born in Vegas in 1989. She began dancing at the age of nine and started performing in musical theaters across the U.S. when she was 11. At 18, Hightower made her television debut on “So You Think You Can Dance,” beating far more experienced dancers to make it all the way to the top six.
Hightower is most fondly remembered for her Emmy-nominated performance on the show to the song, “Bleeding Love,” by Leona Lewis, which catapulted her to stardom as one of Vegas’ biggest stars. Not only did the famous Las Vegas celebrity return to the show later as both an All-Star and choreographer, but she also appeared regularly on “Dancing With the Stars” from season eight to 15 as a dance partner, choreographer and trainer.
Lead singer of the world-renowned pop-rock band, Imagine Dragons, Dan Reynolds is another example of Las Vegas celebrities who rose to fame through talent and determination. The songwriter and producer formed his band while at university and would go on to pursue a full-time career in music, despite his initial reluctance to become a professional musician.
Unlike people in Vegas who attempt questionable shortcuts to success, Reynolds put in the time and effort needed for his band to reach astronomical heights. He’s a fierce advocate for healthy living and hard work, proven by his impressive physique and all-natural diet.
While Imagine Dragons remained relatively unknown for the first few years, their debut studio album, “Night Visions,” charted in the top 10 albums in the U.S. in 2012, 2013 and 2014. The album’s second single, “Radioactive,” set an all-time record for the longest reign at the top of the Billboard Rock Songs chart with 23 consecutive weeks. It reached no. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, breaking another record for the longest run, with 87 weeks. Rolling Stone called it “the biggest rock hit of the year,” and it sold more than 7.5 million copies in the U.S.. Reynolds’ band has since released a further four studio albums, with the most recent, “Mercury — Acts 1 & 2,” released in 2022.
Professional stock-car racing driver Kyle Busch was born in Vegas, and got to know it from the ground up: He began driving around his neighborhood in a makeshift go-kart at the age of six, carrying on the Vegas tradition of pursuing the rise to stardom rather early in life. He embarked on his driving career merely seven years later, going on to become one of the most accomplished stock-car drivers in the world and a celebrity in his hometown.
At 17, the famous Las Vegas celebrity became NASCAR’s youngest-ever pole winner in a Cup Series race at California Speedway (now called Auto Club Speedway) in 2005. Nicknamed “Rowdy” and “Wild Thing” for his driving style, Busch has won a number of championships since his first victory, including the NASCAR Nationwide Series (now the NASCAR Xfinity Series) in 2009 and the Cup Series in 2015 and 2019. He now competes full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series and part-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Matthew Gray Gubler
Looking for multitalented Las Vegas celebrities? Look no further. The Emmy award-winning actor, director, producer, voice-over actor and painter, Matthew Gray Gubler, also hails from Vegas.
Grubler is best known for his 16-year stint as the beloved genius, Dr. Spencer Reid, on the popular crime drama, “Criminal Minds.” Other notable appearances include “500 Days of Summer,” “Life After Beth,” and “Suburban Gothic.” You may recognize his voice from “Alvin and the Chipmunks.” He even appears in a mockumentary about himself, entitled, “The Unauthorized Documentary.” The talented Las Vegas native won an Emmy for his participation in the mini-series, “The Beauty Inside,” and also scooped Screamfest’s Best Actor award in 2014 (for “Suburban Gothic,” in case you’re wondering.)
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