Search Texas Best

Chapter Index

Texans and Music
Texans and Media
Texans and Law
Texans and Sports

Texas Places
Texas Nightlife
Local Restaurants
Texas Hotels
Texas Festivals
Annual Events

Lakes and Parks
Museums and Art
Texas Collecting
Texas Shopping
Texas Animals
Texas Beverages
Texas Foods
Texas Plants

Texas Business
Texas Business
Texas Computer

Cowboy Culture
Cowboy Culture

Nominate a Listing
Other Texas Links
Order Book
Contact Us

To be a Texan, you must have been born in Texas, no exceptions. Many honorary Texans ( live in Texas by choice ) are held in higher esteem than native Texans.


Texas Best Actor, Hall of Fame

  • Patrick Swayze
    Houston, Texas
    Born 8-18-1954
    Actor dancer. Starred in Dirty Dancing(1984), Road House (1989) and Ghost.(1989)
    Mail: 151 El Camino, Beverly Hills, Ca. 90212
  • Larry Hagman
    Weatherford, Texas
    Born 9-21-1931 Actor and son of actress Marry Martin. Best known for the TV series I Dream of Jeannie and Dallas.
    Mail: 8484 Wilshire Blvd.#500, Beverly Hills, Ca. 90211
  • Tommy Lee Jones
    San Saba, Texas
    Born 9-15-1946
    Recent movies includes JFK in (1991) and Under Siege (1992). Won an Acadeny Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1993.

Texas Best Actor, 1996

  • Mathew McConaughey
    Born in Uvalde, Texas, 1969.
    Starring roll in A Time To Kill and Lone Star.
  • Bill Paxton
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Born 5-17-1955
    Actor and Tornado chasing weatherman in Twister. He was also at the control center in Apollo 13.
    Mail: Banner Entertainment 3301, 9201 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, Ca. 90210

Texas Best Actress, Hall of Fame

  • Debbie Reynolds
    El Paso, Texas
    Born 4-1-1932
    Made dozens of movies in the 50's and 60's including the Unsinkable Molly Brown and Goodby Charlie.
    Mail: Debbie Reynolds Studios, 6514 Lankershim Blvd., N. Hollywood, Ca. 91606
  • Joan Crawford
    San Antonio, Texas
    Born 1903
    Actress in movies starting in 1926 including such classics as Grand Hotel.
  • Farrah Fawcett
    Corpus Christi, Texas
    Born 2-2-1947
    Actress and model best known for the TV series Charlies Angels (1976).
  • Crystal Bernard
    Garland, Texas
    Stars in the TV series Wings, in its 8th season. She has a new CD out called The Girl Next Door.

Texas Best Actress, 1996

  • Sheree Wilson
    TV actress as the D.A. in Walker, Texas Ranger.
  • Perl Geplin
    TV actress as Roz on Frasier. Perl was kicked out of the U.T. Drama School.

Texas Best Comedian, Hall of Fame

  • Steve Martin
    Waco, Texas
    Born 1945
    Comedian Actor starring in many movies including Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) and Parenthood (1989)
  • Carol Burnett
    San Antonio, Texas
    Comedian actress best known for the TV series The Carol Burnett Show (1966-1977)
    Mail: 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, Ca. 90211

Texas Best Adult Movie Star

  • Linda Lovelace
    Bryan, Texas, 1949
    Starred in one of the first widely distributed adult movies, Deep Throat.

Texas Best Child Actor, Hall of Fame

  • Spanky McFarland Born 1928 in Dallas, Texas.
    Child actor in Spanky and Our Gang

Texas Best Director, Hall of Fame

  • Kevin Reynold
    Waco, Texas
    Writer/Director. His work includes Red Dawn, Robin Hood, and Water World.

Texas Best Director, 1996

  • Steve Rash
    Director of Eddie, starring Whoopi Goldberg. Steve is a U.T. graduate and made his directorial debut with The Buddy Holley Story (1978)

Texas Best Screenwriter, Hall of Fame

  • Bill Wittliff
    Screenplays include Legends of the Fall, Lonesome Dove, The Cowboy Way, and The Black Stallion.

Texas Best Dancer, Male, Hall of Fame

  • Tommy Tune
    Wichita Falls, Texas
    Born 2-28-1939
    Broadway dancer and producer including the movie The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, (1978)

Texas Best Fashion Model, Hall of Fame

  • Jerri Hall
    Mesquite, Texas
    Model and ex-wife of rock star and Rolling Stone, Mick Jagger.

Texas Best Fashion Model, 1996

  • Bridget Hall
    Springdale, Arkansas, Raised in: Dallas, Texas
    Began modeling at the age of 10 in Dallas and joined the Ford Agency in March 1992. Bridget has been on over 60 international covers including Vogue, Elle, Allure, W and Cosmopolitan.

Texas Best Cowgirl, Hall of Fame

  • Dale Evans
    Born 10-31-1912, in Uvalde, Texas.
    Born Frances Smith, she changed her name when she entered showbusiness. She is also known as Mrs. Roy Rogers.

Texas Best Miss America

  • Jo-Carol Dennison
    Tyler, Texas, 1942
  • Phylis Ann George
    Denton, Texas, 1971
  • Shirley Cothran
    Ft Worth, Texas, 1975

Texas Most Eligible Bachelor, 1996

  • There are 2,448,473 single men in Texas. We are trying to narrow this list down to three. We need your help. If you are female and wish to help locate this guy, let us know. If you're a single male and would like to be this guy, let us know.

Texas Most Eligible Bachelorette, 1996

  • Most guys are already looking for this lady. If you have found her and are not ready to get hitched, let us know who she is.

Texas Sexiest Man, 1996

Texas Most Beautiful Woman, 1996

  • Chelsi Smith
    Deer Park, Texas. Miss Smith was crowned Miss Universe in 1995.

Texas Most Beautiful Woman, Hall of Fame

  • Farrah Fawcett
    Corpus Christi, Texas
    Born 2-2-1947 -- I can't believe she is 50 this year.
    Actress and model best known for the TV series Charlies Angels (1976).
  • Morgan Fairchild
    Born in 1950. Real Name, Patsy Ann McClenny
    Dallas, Texas

Texas Best Consumer Advocate

  • Bud Hibbs
    Ft Worth, Texas
    If you have problems with credit agencies, collection agencies or even the IRS get Bud Hibbs book or get Bud Hibbs himself.

Texas Best Teachers

Texas Teacher of the Year is the highest honor that the State of Texas can bestow upon a teacher. Conducted by the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Teacher of the Year Program annually recognizes and rewards teachers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in teaching.

  •  2006

Karen Shepherd
2006 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year
Plano Senior High School
Plano Independent School District

Cynthia M. Lewis
2006 Texas Elementary Teacher of the year
Whittier Elementary School
Amarillo Independent School District

  •  2005

Sheryl Lindemann
2005 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year
Hirchi High School
Wichita Falls ISD

Gloria Voutos
2005 Texas Elementary Teacher of the year
Spring valley Elementaty School
Richardson ISD

  • 2004

Ellen Herbert
Longview High School
Longview ISD
Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year

 Kyann McMillie
Canutillo Elementary School
Canutillo ISD
Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year

  • 2003

Denise Tanner
Hightower High School
Fort Bend ISD
Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year

Brenda McCuin
Castle Hills Elementary School
Lewisville ISD
Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year

  • 2002

Marta E. Galindo
Ruben Chavira Elementary School
San Felipe Del Rio CISD
Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year

Barbara Dorff
Franklin School
Dallas ISD
Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year

  •  2001

Linda DeMino
Howard Early Childhood Center
Alamo Heights ISD
Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year

Lorraine Maneen
Northbrook High School
Spring Branch ISD
Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year

  • 2000

Jack Cody
Graham High School
Graham ISD
Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year

Mary Beth Castillo Tierce
Kostoryz Elementary School
Corpus Christi ISD
Texas Elemenatry Teacher of the Year

Texas Best Kids' Advocate

Texas Best Boss, 1996

  • Bill Barnes
    Principal, Spring Garden Elementary School, Hurst-Euless-Bedford I.S.D.
    Mr. Barnes was featured on CBS This Morning in October as the nation's Best Boss. This was the fourth annual competition sponsored by Jim Miller, author of Best Boss/Worst Boss, Summit Publishing Group.

Texas Best Conservation Advocate, 1996

  • Richard C. Bartlet
    (Honarary Texan, Born 1935, L.A., Ca.)
    Chairman of the TNC, The Nature Conservancy of Texas. This group raises one hundred million dollars nationwide for land aquisition programs. This group doesn't picket or boycott. They preserve nature the old fashioned way. They find ecologically important land, buy it and take care of it. This includes fifty projects and two hundred sixty thousand acres in Texas.

Texas Best Governor, All Time Best

  • John Connally
    Floresville, Texas
    Born 2-22-1917 Died 1993
    38th Texas Governor from 1962 to 1968. John Connally was loved by Democrats and Republicans alike. He survived gun shots during the John Kennedy assasination in Dallas.

Texas Best President

  • Sam Houston ( Honorary Texan )
    The first president of the Republic of Texas and hero of the Texas revolution. Visit the Sam Houston Memorial Museum, 1804 Sam Houston Ave., Huntsville, Texas 77341. 409-295-7824

Texas Best US President

  • Dwight Eisenhower
    Denison, Texas
    Born 10-14-1890
    Elected president 1953
  • Lyndon Johnson
    Stonewall, Texas
    Born 8-27-1908 died 1973
    Johnson completed John Kennedy's term after his assasination and was re elected to one additional term. Johnson was president from 1963 to 1969.

Texas Best US Vice President

  • Cactus Jack Garner
    Red River County, Texas
    Born 11-22-1868
    (John Nance Garner), Served under Roosevelt from 1933 to 1941
  • Lyndon Johnson Stonewall, Texas
    Born 8-27-1908 died 1973
    Vice President under John Kennedy from 1961 to 1963.

Texas Best Medical Doctor

  • Dr. Red Duke
    James H. Red Duke Jr. is professor of clinical sciences at U.T. Health and Science Center and professor of surgery at U.T. Houston Medical School. Red is host of televisions Dr. Red Dukes Health Reports.

Texas Best Surgeon

  • Michael DeBakey
    (Honorary Texan, born Lake Charles, La.
    Baylor School of Medicine, One of the best known surgeons in the world. Pioneer in heart surgery.
  • Denton Cooley
    Houston, Texas
    Born 8-22-1920
    Founded the Texas Heart Institute. Implanted the first artificial heart.
    Texas Heart Institute, PO Box 20345, Houston, Texas 77225

Texas Best Firefighter, Hall of Fame

  • Red Adair
    Houston, Texas
    Born 1915 Famous oilfield firefighter. John Wayne starred in a movie based on Red Adair.
    Adair Enterprises, PO Box 747, Bellville, Texas 77418

Texas Most Eccentric Millionaire, Hall of Fame

  • Howard Hughes
    Houston, Texas
    Born 12-24-1905
    Motion picture producer, aviator and manufacturer. Howard Hughs set several aviation records and built the worlds largest plane.

Texas Best Indian Captive

  • Cynthia Ann Parker
    Abducted at 9 years of age in Limestone County from Parker's Fort. Cynthia married the fierce Comanche Chief Peta Nocona and gave birth to two sons, Pecos and Quanah. Quanah grew up to become the famous war chief of the Comanche known as Quanah Parker. Cynthia Ann was retaken at age 34 and held against her will until her death.
    Annual Cynthia Ann Parker Days Celebration is held in May in Crowell, Texas. 817-655-3330.

Texas Best War Hero

  • Audie Murphy
    Farmersville, Texas
    Born June 20, 1924
    Most decorated soldier in US history. Actor in westerns of the 1950's.

Texas Best Skyscraper Contractor

  • Real Name Unknown
    Wichita Falls, Texas, 7th and Ohio St.
    This promoter built a 10 foot by 16 foot building 40 feet tall. He took pictures against the Wichita Falls downtown background making the building look twelve times larger than it actually is. The dimensions on the plans were reported to be in inches, not feet. The east coast investors thought they had found a dumb Texas developer to take advantage of. The building still stands in a downtown alley.
  • Texas Commerce Tower
    Houston, Texas 1982
    #15 in the nation, 1000 feet, 75 stories.
  • First Interstate Bank Plaza
    Houston, Texas. 1983
    #18 in the nation, 972 feet, 71 stories.
  • Nations Bank Plaza
    Dallas, Texas
    #26 in the nation, 921 feet, 72 stories.

Texas Best Garden Expert

  • Neil Sperry Author and radio personality on more than 50 markets in Texas. Neil has 2 degrees in horticulture.
  • Howard Garrett
    Known as the doctor of dirt for organic gardening , author and radio personality.

Texas Best Ghosts

The National Directory of Haunted Places
Dennis Hauck, 1994

  • Alice
    Hwy 281 at FM Road 141 underpass.
    The ghost of the lady in black (Leonora Rodriguez, 1700).
  • Marfa Lights
    One to three lights can be seen unpredictably stationary or moving year round in all kinds of weather and atmospheric conditions. The lights have been photographed and confirmed by scientists and the news media. Early travelers thought the lights were Apache campfires. The Apaches believed them to be spirits. No logical explanation for the lights has been offered. A special viewing spot has been set up just off Texas Hwy 90 nine miles east of Marfa.
  • Austin
    The north bedroom in the governor's mansion is haunted by a 19 year old who committed suicide there in 1864.
  • Dallas
    The Lady of White Rock Lake will hitch a ride and leave your back seat wet. She apparently drowned in the lake.
  • Waxahatchie
    Catfish Plantation Restaurant
    A sign out front asks you to report ghost sightings to the management. There are 3 ghosts in this 1895 house. Sightings and touchings are common, even by the media. Also listed in Texas Best local restaurants.