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Take 5: The Sooners, the better

Country music legend Merle Haggard is the subject of Wednesday's PBS "American Masters" profile. Throughout his long career, Haggard may be best known for his 1969 song "Okie From Muskogee," which became an anthem for the Nixon-era Silent Majority. Most people may have assumed that Haggard was from Oklahoma, but they would be wrong; he hails from California (although his parents had migrated to Oildale, near Bakersfield, from Oklahoma during the Great Depression). However . . . these five TV stars were all born in the Sooner State.

Carrie Underwood - The "American Idol" Season 4 winner was from the small town of Checotah (and she actually was born in Muskogee).

Dr. Phil McGraw - The self-help guru was born in Vinita.

Ron Howard - Opie Cunningham was born in the Mayberry-like town of Duncan (his family moved to Burbank, Calif., when he was 4).

Tony Randall - Felix Unger hails from Tulsa, the oil capital of Oklahoma (where he was born Arthur Leonard Rosenberg).

James Garner - Bret Maverick / Jim Rockford was born James Scott Bumgarner in Norman, home of the University of Oklahoma.

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