27 years ago, I wrote an article for the Index Journal about actors from the upstate. It began:
The fertile grounds of upstate South Carolina are yielding more than produce. Actors also are an abundant crop. Such names as Richard (W.K.R.P. in Cincinnati) Sanders, Bo (Dynasty) Hopkins and Carl Anthony (The Cosby Show) Payne are planting a little of the Piedmont in living rooms across America.
Now there’s a new crop of actors, whose roots are planted in Greenwood.
The following is a partial list (in no particular order) of actors from Greenwood, SC. The information for this post was generated from IMDB.com.
Gilland is the oldest of four daughters of William Townes Jones IV and Rosann Wilson Jones. She began acting in the Greenwood, South Carolina Community Theater production of The Sound of Music at the age of four. She now lives in Los Angeles with her family and is pursuing acting full time. She has appeared in episodes of The Suite Life on Deck and has a recurring role as Jenny Majorheely in The Wizards of Waverly Place. Gilland is related to the actor Bo Hopkins, also from South Carolina.
Paige Rowland was born on May 27, 1967 in Greenwood, South Carolina, USA. She is an actress, known for Days of Our Lives (1965), Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny (1997) and The Glimmer Man (1996). She has been married to Michael Dietz since April 6, 2002. They have one child.
Jesse Clint Jennings was born in greenwood south Carolina December 8th 1983 and gotdiscovered during a festival in a local southern town He has been acting on and off for years traveling out of the country for theatre. He now resides in Atlanta Georgia where his family currently resides. He continues to pursue acting and hope to work on more projects.
Grainger Hines made his New York stage debut in “Valentine Day”, written and directed by one of America’s great writers, Horton Foote, also “Mannerhouse”, directed by Herbert Berghof. Other productions in New York includes”Fool For Love”, “One Last Ride” and “Dance With Me”. On the stage in Los Angeles, Grainger starred with Lynn Redgrave in “Thursday’s Girls”. He also starred in “A Rainbow in the Night” at the Matrix and the world premiere of “One Last Ride” at the Melrose Theatre. At the Lee Strasberg Institute, Grainger starred in “Fool for Love” and at the Odyssey Theatre, “Hedda Gabler.” Grainger wrote, produced and starred in the western drama, The Outsider (1994). In 2008, Grainger directed the feature film _The Mill (2008)_ In 2012 -2013 Grainger completed a recurring role of Doc Whitehead on AMC’s “Hell on Wheels.” Grainger has appeared in over thirty films, most recently, Steven Spielberg‘s, Lincoln (2012) as Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles. Other films completed in 2013 are “Hot Bath an a Stiff Drink,” “Jobs Daughter,” “North Blvd.,” “Kensho at the Bedfellow,” and “Hollywood.” In 2014 Grainger will be appearing in a regular role in Steven Soderbergh’s Cinemax series, “The Knick” as Captain August Robertson.
Bo Hopkins was born William Hopkins and was raised in Greenwood, SC by his mother and grandmother after his father passed on when Bo was only nine years old. He joined the US Army at the age of 16. After serving his hitch he decided on acting as a career and gained experience in summer stock productions and guest spots in several TV episodes. The energetic Bo broke into feature films as the ill-fated “Crazy Lee” in the Sam Peckinpah landmark western The Wild Bunch (1969), and was subsequently hired by Peckinpah for another none-too-bright role as a bank robber in The Getaway (1972) and then as a hired killer pairing up with CIA agent James Caan in The Killer Elite (1975). Hopkins was very busy during the 1980s and 1990s, guest-starring in such TV shows as The Rockford Files (1974), Charlie’s Angels (1976), The A-Team (1983), Hotel (1983) and Matt Houston (1982), and was a regular on the prime-time soap opera Dynasty (1981). In addition, he has starred in dozens of feature films, such as Midnight Express (1978), American Graffiti (1973), The Bounty Hunter (1990), U Turn (1997) and Shade (2003).