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Celebrities Who Call Austin Home

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Updated: 21 December 2016
Austin is home to many things and people, like amazing live music, the original Whole Foods, The Alamo Draft House, and famous celebrities. From new residents to former UT grads, here’s a list of celebrities that call Austin home, or at least claim it as one of their homes.

Willie Nelson

Although Willie lives in Maui, he also owns a ranch near Austin and frequents the city. He initially moved to Austin in 1972 after retiring, but then Austin’s music scene inspired a phenomenal comeback. You can usually see him during SXSW hitting some of Austin’s most popular music venues.

Willie Nelson | © Bob Tilden/Flickr
Willie Nelson | © Bob Tilden/Flickr

Matthew McConaughey & Camila Alves

Matthew McConaughey lives in Austin with his wife, Brazilian-American model, Camila Alves. McConaughey has been a longtime resident of Austin, having attended and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin. His first credited speaking role was a television commercial for the Austin American-Statesman. He’ll also be co-teaching a film class at UT; although his interactions will mostly be via recorded video, he is scheduled to visit the campus at least once.

Matthew McConaughey | © David Torcivia/Flickr
Matthew McConaughey | © David Torcivia/Flickr

Robert Rodriguez

Born in San Antonio, TX, film director, screenwriter, and musician Robert Rodriguez, who also went to UT Austin, still resides in the city today. Austin is also home to his production studio, Trouble Makers. Some of his movies include Once Upon a Time in Mexico and Spy Kids. During Obama’s most recent visit to Austin, he made a stop at Rodriguez’s castle-like mansion in West Austin.

Andy Roddick & Brooklyn Decker

Roddick is a former American professional tennis player winning the title at the 2003 US Open. He currently lives in Austin with his wife, Brooklyn Decker, former Sports Illustrated model and actress. Roddick started a local non-profit called The Andy Roddick Foundation, which aims to enrich and improve a child’s free time outside of school.

Brooklyn Decker (cropped image) | © Eva Rinaldi/WikiCommons
Brooklyn Decker (cropped image) | © Eva Rinaldi/WikiCommons

Lance Armstrong

Armstrong is a cyclist who won the Tour de France seven consecutive times from 1999 to 2005 but was eventually stripped of the seven victories after being accused of consuming illegal performance-enhancing drugs. Despite the scandal, he’s still a renowned cyclist and individual who beat cancer. He owns a coffee shop and bike shop in Austin, and he started a non-profit that works to counsel children who have parents suffering from a life-threatening disease.

Lance Armstrong © Benutzer/wikicommons
Lance Armstrong | © Benutzer/wikicommons

Elijah Wood

Actor Elijah Wood, best known for his role in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, lives amongst Austin’s hippest. He recently purchased a magnificent Victorian-style home for just around one million dollars.