5 Celebrities You Probably Didn’t Know Went to FSU

By Amy Marcos

(Photo: Jackson Meyers)

Tallahassee may be a small city, but a number of big-time stars attended Florida State University here in town before their rise to fame. Check out this list of 5 celebrities that were Seminoles.

Jake Owen — This country music star, popular for his hit songs, “Beachin’” and “I Was Jack (You Were Diane),” launched his music career performing at Potbelly’s while studying at Florida State University. Originally from Vero Beach, FL, Owen joined the FSU golf team as a walk-on in the early 2000’s only to suffer an injury that, ultimately, pointed him in the direction of pursuing music instead.

Burt Reynolds — The late actor, producer, and director, attended Florida State University in the mid-1950s as a football superstar. Reynolds suffered an injury that sidelined him from football and quickly became a acting sensation in the late 1950s. He often publicly praised FSU, hanging Seminole banners and pennants on the sets of his TV shows and movies.

Faye Dunaway — An Academy Award, three-time Golden Globe, BAFTA, and an Emmy award-winner, this actress actually lived in Tallahassee during her childhood and graduated from Leon High School. Dunaway attended briefly Florida State University in 1959 before transferring to the University of Florida, eventually earning her degree in theater from Boston University.

Brian Kelley — Brian Kelley, ½ of the country music duo Florida Georgia Line (FGL), was actually a Seminole baseball player before he pursued a music career. Originally from Ormond Beach, FL, Kelley did not get much playing time on the team when he played in 2004, but used the extra time to partake in the worship band at First Baptist Church here in town. Kelley eventually moved back home to attend school there, but publicly recalls the great experiences he had in Tallahassee.


Cheryl Hines — This actress, comedian, and director, most popular for her role on the TV show, Suburgatory, grew up in Tallahassee where she was an avid member of the Young Actors Theater. Hines attended Lively Technical Center and Tallahassee Community College here in town. She went on to attend both Florida State University in the mid-1980’s and West Virginia University before ultimately graduating from the University of Central Florida.

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