What do Billy Bob Thornton, Johnny Cash, John Grisham, and Mary Steenburgen all have in common? They have all called Arkansas home! Learn about these stars and over 80 other famous sons an daughters of Arkansas with a visit to the Arkansas Entertainers Hall Of Fame, in Pine Bluff, AR.
You might be surprised to learn just how many famous actors, singers, writers, and others in the entertainment world have lived in Arkansas. The Arkansas Entertainers Hall Of Fame has already inducted 88 famous Arkansans – and they wont be done any time soon!
The Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame came together for the purpose of honoring those Arkansans who have made outstanding contributions to the entertainment industry. The museum honors not just performers but non-performing contributors as well, such as writers, directors, and pioneers in the entertainment industry.
The museum highlights these talented people with exhibits featuring photographs, costumes, instruments, published works, and other physical memorobilia. One of the first things you’ll notice is the life-size, animatronic Johnny Cash who sings some of the most popular songs of his career with the push of a button.
You’ll also see the homemade guitar that Jimmy Driftwood played most of his life, Levon Helms’ autographed drumsticks, Jerry Van Dyke’s “Coach” scripts, and Jim Brown’s white Thunderbird. Despite the flash and sparkle of all the memorabilia, much of the real value here is in the individual stories of the inductees. Visitors should take the time to read as many as they can, even if they don’t recognize the celebrity’s name.
Below are just a few of the famous Arkansans honored with induction into the Hall of Fame and the town(s) they are associated with.
Glen Campbell – Billstown/Delight, AR
Johnny Cash – Kingsland, AR
Jimmy Driftwood – Timbo, AR
Al Green – Forrest City, AR
Tracy Lawrence – Foreman, AR
Charlie Rich – Colt, AR
Mary Steenburgen – Newport, AR
Billy Bob Thornton – Hot Springs, AR
Levon Helm – Turkey Scratch, AR
Floyd Cramer – Huttig, AR
Jerry Van Dyke – Benton, AR
Conway Twitty – Helena, AR
K. T. Oslin – Crossett, AR
Pharoah Sanders – Little Rock, AR
John Grisham – Jonesboro, AR
Lefty Frizzell – El Dorado, AR
You can visit the Hall of Fame online for full list of inductees.
Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame
1 Convention Center Plaza, Pine Bluff, AR 71601
Mon-Fri: 9am to 5pm, Sat-Sun: Seasonal – call 870.536.7600 for hours, closed all major holidays.
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