Famous People From Western PA

by big-gun | created - 03 Aug 2016 | updated - 10 Jul 2018 | Public

1. Scott Glenn

Actor | The Hunt for Red October

Scott Glenn was born January 26, 1939, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Hope Elizabeth and Theodore Glenn, a salesman. As he grew up in Appalachia, his health was poor; he was bedridden for a year and doctors predicted he would limp for the rest of his life. During long periods of illness, Glenn was...

Pittsburgh, PA.

2. Tom Atkins

Actor | Halloween III: Season of the Witch

Handsome, rugged, versatile and charismatic character actor Tom Atkins was born on November 13, 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Atkins initially became an avid horror film fan in his childhood days; Howard Hawks' immortal classic The Thing from Another World (1951) made an especially strong ...

Pittsburgh, PA.

3. Sharon Stone

Actress | Basic Instinct

Sharon Stone was born and raised in Meadville, a small town in Pennsylvania. Her strict father was a factory worker, and her mother was a homemaker. She was the second of four children. At the age of 15, she studied in Saegertown High School, Pennsylvania, and at that same age, entered Edinboro ...

Meadville, PA.

4. Marty Allen

Actor | Night Gallery

Marty Allen was born on March 23, 1922 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as Morton David Alpern. He was an actor, known for Night Gallery (1969), The Naked Face (1984) and Allen and Rossi Meet Dracula and Frankenstein (1974). He was married to Karon Kate Blackwell and Lorraine 'Frenchy' Trydelle. He...

Pittsburgh, PA.

5. Lou Christie

Soundtrack | Before Sunrise

Lou Christie was a popular singer from the Pittsburgh area, a former choirboy with no formal musical training, who hit it big in the early 1960s as a teenager with two songs featuring his very high-pitched falsetto voice, "The Gypsy Cried" and "Two Faces Have I." Several years later he hit it big ...

Glen Willard, PA.

6. Barbara Feldon

Actress | Get Smart

Barbara Feldon was born on March 12, 1933 in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, USA as Barbara Anne Hall. She is an actress, known for Get Smart (1965), Fitzwilly (1967) and Smile (1975). She was previously married to Lucien Verdoux-Feldon.

Bethel Park, PA.

7. Bret Michaels

Soundtrack | A Letter from Death Row

Bret Michaels was born on March 15, 1963 in Butler, Pennsylvania, USA as Bret Michael Sychak.

Butler, PA.

8. William Eythe

Actor | The Ox-Bow Incident

He had the requisite charm and dark, thick-browed good-looks of a Tyrone Power that often spelled "film stardom" but it was not to be in the case of actor William Eythe. Spotted for Hollywood while performing on Broadway, he made nary a dent when he finally transferred his skills to film and is ...

Mars, PA.

9. Perry Como

Soundtrack | The Perry Como Show

In a singing (and sometimes acting) career that spanned over six decades, the name Perry Como has come to mean that warm, smooth, easy-listening, general-audience, slow-flame romance that characterized popular music in the 1940s, '50s and '60s. It has also come to represent an overall good feeling....

Canonsburg, PA.

10. Jeff Goldblum

Actor | Jurassic Park

Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum was born October 22, 1952 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, one of four children of Shirley (Temeles), a radio broadcaster who also ran an appliances firm, and Harold L. Goldblum, a doctor. His father was of Russian Jewish descent and his mother was of Austrian Jewish ancestry.

...

Pittsburgh, PA.

11. Gene Kelly

Soundtrack | Singin' in the Rain

Eugene Curran Kelly was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the third son of Harriet Catherine (Curran) and James Patrick Joseph Kelly, a phonograph salesman. His father was of Irish descent and his mother was of Irish and German ancestry.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was the largest and most powerful studio in...

Pittsburgh, PA.

12. F. Murray Abraham

Actor | The Grand Budapest Hotel

Academy Award-winning actor F. Murray Abraham was born on October 24, 1939 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in El Paso, Texas. His father, Frederick Abraham, was from an Assyrian Christian (Antiochian) family, from Syria. His mother, Josephine (Stello) Abraham, was the daughter of Italian ...

Pittsburgh, PA.

13. Frank Gorshin

Actor | Twelve Monkeys

Frank John Gorshin Jr. was born on April 5, 1933 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His father, Frank John Sr., was a railroad worker and his mother, Frances, was a seamstress. While in high school, Frank worked as an usher at the Sheridan Square Theatre and began doing impressions of some of his screen ...

Pittsburgh, PA.

14. Burt Mustin

Actor | The Lusty Men

Burt Mustin was a salesman most of his life, but got his first taste of show business as the host of a weekly radio variety show on KDKA Pittsburgh in 1921. He appeared onstage in "Detective Story" at Sombrero Playhouse in Phoenix Arizona, and played the janitor in the movie version, (Detective ...

Pittsburgh, PA.

15. Tom Savini

Actor | From Dusk Till Dawn

Actor/SFX wizard/stuntman/director Tom Savini was born in Pittsburgh. Inspired by the film Man of a Thousand Faces (1957), a young Savini became fascinated with the magic and illusion of film. He spent his youth in his room creating characters by tirelessly practicing make-up. Later, as a combat ...

Pittsburgh, PA.

16. Zelda Rubinstein

Actress | Poltergeist

A marvelously quirky and distinctive 4' 3" character actress, with a larger-than-life presence on film and TV, Zelda Rubinstein gave up a long and stable career in the medical field as a lab technician in order to strive for something more self-fulfilling as middle age settled in. At the age of 45,...

Pittsburgh, PA.

17. Kiel Martin

Actor | The Panic in Needle Park

Kiel Martin was born on July 26, 1944 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as Kiel Urban Mueller. He was an actor, known for The Panic in Needle Park (1971), Hill Street Blues (1981) and The Ray Bradbury Theatre (1985). He was married to Joanne Marie Lapomarda, Christina Montoya and Claudia Martin. He ...

Pittsburgh, PA.

18. Ted Cassidy

Actor | Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Ted Cassidy was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in Philippi, West Virginia. He was a well respected actor who portrayed many different characters during his film and television career. His most notable role was Lurch, the faithful butler on the television series The Addams Family (1964)....

Pittsburgh, PA.

19. Charles Grodin

Actor | Midnight Run

Charles Grodin was born on April 21, 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as Charles Grodinsky. He is an actor and writer, known for Midnight Run (1988), King Kong (1976) and Dave (1993). He has been married to Elissa Durwood since July 1983. They have one child. He was previously married to Julia...

Pittsburgh, PA.

20. Dennis Miller

Actor | Joe Dirt

Dennis Miller was born on November 3, 1953 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Joe Dirt (2001), The Net (1995) and Murder at 1600 (1997). He has been married to Ali Espley since April 10, 1988. They have two children.

Pittsburgh, PA.

21. John Davidson

Actor | Edward Scissorhands

They don't come any nicer than John Davidson. The dark-haired, Pittsburgh-born singer/TV personality, who was born in 1941 and the son of a Baptist minister, is highly-defined and sometimes cursed by his clean-cut, fresh-faced, apple-cheeked handsomeness. After graduating from high school in White ...

Pittsburgh, PA.

22. Adolphe Menjou

Actor | Paths of Glory

The words "suave" and "debonair" became synonymous with the name Adolphe Menjou in Hollywood, both on- and off-camera. The epitome of knavish, continental charm and sartorial opulence, Menjou, complete with trademark waxy black mustache, evolved into one of Hollywood's most distinguished of artists...

Pittsburgh, PA.

23. Judith O'Dea

Actress | Night of the Living Dead

Judith O'Dea is an American actress. She is best known for the 1968 George A. Romero film Night of the Living Dead.

In the 80's she put her acting career aside to founded her coaching company O'Dea Communications and raising her family.

She reappeared again as an actress on 2003 in the horror film ...

Pittsburgh, PA.

24. Patti Deutsch

Actress | The Emperor's New Groove

Patti Deutsch was born on December 16, 1943 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as Patricia Deutsch. She was an actress, known for The Emperor's New Groove (2000), Tarzan (1999) and Mr. Mom (1983). She was married to Donald Ross. She died on July 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Pittsburgh, PA.

25. Don Brockett

Actor | The Silence of the Lambs

Don Brockett was born on January 30, 1930 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as Richard Donald Brockett. He was an actor, known for The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Flashdance (1983) and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968). He was married to Leslie Brockett. He died on May 2, 1995 in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh, PA.

26. Fred Rogers

Actor | MisteRogers' Neighborhood

Fred Rogers was the host of the popular long-running public television children's show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. The show debuted in Pittsburgh in 1967 and was picked up by PBS the next year, becoming a staple of public TV stations around the United States. Rogers' mild manner, cardigan sweaters...

Latrobe, PA.

27. Michael Keaton

Actor | Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Quirky, inventive and handsome American actor Michael Keaton first achieved major fame with his door-busting performance as fast-talking ideas man Bill Blazejowski, alongside a nerdish morgue attendant (Henry Winkler), in Night Shift (1982). He played further comedic roles in Mr. Mom (1983), Johnny...

Coraopolis, PA.

28. Fred McCarren

Actor | The Goodbye Girl

Handsome, charming, and amiable everyman character actor Frederick West McCarren was born on April 12, 1951 in Butler, Pennsylvania. McCarren acted in numerous stage productions while a student at Butler Area Senior High School. Fred attended not only the University of Cincinatti and Point Park ...

Butler, PA.

29. Bill Cardille

Self | Night of the Living Dead

Bill Cardille is a native of Sharon Pennsylvania. "Chilly Billy" as he is affectionately known, started his broadcast career in 1952 in Erie, PA at WICV Channel 12. He later made Pittsburgh his home in 1957 signing on WIIC Channel 11 (now known as WPXI) and starred as the host for several ...

Farrell, PA.

30. Zachary Quinto

Actor | Star Trek

Zachary Quinto was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Margaret J. (McArdle), an Irish-American office worker, and Joseph John Quinto, an Italian-American barber. Zachary graduated from Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, with the class of 1995, where he won Pittsburgh's Gene Kelly Award ...

Pittsburgh, PA.

31. Bobby Vinton

Soundtrack | Flushed Away

Bobby Vinton was born on April 16, 1935 in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA as Stanley Robert Vintula Jr. He has been married to Dolly Dobbins since December 17, 1962. They have five children.

Canonsburg, PA.

32. Billy Gardell

Actor | Bad Santa

Billy Gardell was born on August 20, 1969 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as William R. Gardell. He is an actor and producer, known for Bad Santa (2003), Avenging Angelo (2002) and Dragon Wars: D-War (2007). He has been married to Patty Lynn Knight since 2001. They have one child.

Pittsburgh, PA.

33. Billy Barty

Actor | Masters of the Universe

Billy Barty was born William John Bertanzetti on October 25, 1924 in Millsboro, Pennsylvania. He began performing at age three and began making pictures in 1927. He played Mickey Rooney's little brother in the "Mickey McGuire" comedy shorts series. He was equally adept in both comedy and drama, and...

Millsboro, PA.

34. Eric Namesnik

Self | Barcelona 1992: Games of the XXV Olympiad

Eric Namesnik was born on August 7, 1970 in Butler, Pennsylvania, USA. He died on January 11, 2006 in Saline, Michigan, USA.

Butler, PA.

35. Grace Byers

Actress | Empire

Grace Byers (born Grace Lillis Gealey) was born in the Cayman Islands, and moved to America to attend the University of South Florida in Tampa, where she received a B.A. in Theater Arts. During her time at USF, acting afforded her the opportunity to communicate viscerally; a desire that came from ...

Butler, PA.

36. Terry Hanratty

Self | The NFL on CBS

Terry Hanratty was born on January 19, 1948 in Butler, Pennsylvania, USA as Terrence Hugh Hanratty.

Butler, PA.

37. Michele Pawk

Actress | Quantum Leap

Michele Pawk was born on November 16, 1961 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as Michele Lynn Pawk. She is an actress, known for Quantum Leap (1989), Anastasia (1997) and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999). She has been married to John Dossett since February 14, 2004. They have one child. ...

Butler, PA.

38. Ed Vargo

Self | 1965 World Series

Ed Vargo was born on April 25, 1930 in Butler, Pennsylvania, USA. He was married to Elizabeth Hunter. He died on February 2, 2008 in Butler.

Butler, PA.

39. Bob Babbitt

Music_department | Standing in the Shadows of Motown

Bob Babbitt was born on November 26, 1937 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as Robert Kreinar. He is known for his work on Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002) and Iron City Blues (2008). He was married to Ann Kreinar. He died on July 16, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

Pittsburgh, PA.

40. Darrell Zwerling

Actor | Grease

Darrell Zwerling was born on September 9, 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an actor, known for Grease (1978), Chinatown (1974) and And Justice for All (1979). He died on April 11, 2014 in Hollywood, California, USA.

Pittsburgh, PA.

41. Syreeta

Soundtrack | The Holiday

After growing up in Pittsburgh, Syreeta Wright moved to Detroit, where she joined Motown Records. Berry Gordy simplified her name, and as Rita Wright she released "I Can't Give Back the Love I Feel For You," written by Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson and Brian Holland. It did OK, and Gordy thought ...

Pittsburgh, PA.

42. Frank DiLeo

Actor | Goodfellas

Frank DiLeo was born on October 23, 1947 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as Frank Michael DiLeo. He was a producer and actor, known for Goodfellas (1990), Moonwalker (1988) and Wayne's World 2 (1993). He was married to Linda DiLeo. He died on August 24, 2011 in North Lima, Ohio, USA.

Pittsburgh, PA.

43. Kurt Angle

Actor | Warrior

Kurt Angle was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He won a Olympic Gold Medal in 1996 having notoriously won it with a broken neck. In 1998 he transitioned into professional wrestling where he sky rocked to success after joining the World Wrestling Federation. He later became the first ever ...

Pittsburgh, PA.

44. Karen Jarrett

Actress | GFW Amped

Karen Jarrett was born on October 12, 1972 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, USA as Karen Smedley. She is an actress and producer, known for One Night Only: GFW Amped Anthology (2017), TNA Wrestling: Knocked Out - Pro Wrestling's Best Women's Division (2008) and TNA iMPACT! Wrestling (2004). She has ...

Greensburg, PA.

45. Giovanna Angle

Unstoppable

Giovanna Angle was born on March 26, 1987 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as Giovanna Yannotti. She is known for her work on Unstoppable (2010), Death from Above (2012) and WWE Hall of Fame (2017). She has been married to Kurt Angle since July 20, 2012. They have three children.

Pittsburgh, PA.

46. Fred Biletnikoff

Actor | The Norseman

Fred Biletnikoff was born on February 23, 1943 in Erie, Pennsylvania, USA as Frederick Biletnikoff. He is an actor, known for The Norseman (1978), A Knife for the Ladies (1974) and Matt Houston (1982). He has been married to Angela Loder since May 31, 1991. They have one child. He was previously ...

Erie, PA.

47. Billy Blanks Jr.

Stunts | The Practice

Billy Blanks Jr. is an actor and director, known for The Practice (1997), Steak or Ramen (2017) and Sister, Sister (1994). He is married to Sharon Catherine Blanks.

Erie, PA.

48. Marilyn Burns

Actress | The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Marilyn Burns was born Mary Lynn Ann Burns on May 7, 1949 in Erie, Pennsylvania, and raised in Houston, Texas. She attended the University of Texas at Austin where she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Drama. Marilyn was one of the original scream queens, remembered primarily for her role in ...

Erie, PA.

49. Pat Monahan

Soundtrack | Abduction

Pat Monahan was born on February 28, 1969 in Erie, Pennsylvania, USA as Patrick Monahan. He has been married to Amber Peterson since July 20, 2007. They have two children. He was previously married to Ginean Rapp.

Erie, PA.

50. Chris Vrenna

Soundtrack | xXx

Grammy award-winning artist and former longtime Nine Inch Nails drummer/programmer Chris Vrenna is a multi-faceted musical genius - a rare talent whose artistic prowess easily ranges from onstage performance to studio wizardry. In addition to eight years with NIN and studio collaborations with ...

Erie, PA.

51. Jonathan Stark

Actor | Fright Night

Jonathan Stark was born on February 16, 1952 in Erie, Pennsylvania, USA as Gordon Johnston Stark. He is a producer and writer, known for Fright Night (1985), Ellen (1994) and House II: The Second Story (1987). He has been married to Linda since May 17, 1992. They have two children.

Erie, PA.

52. Dorothy Dietrich

Self | Exploring the Unknown

Dorothy Dietrich is a famous American stage magician and escapologist, and the first and only woman to have performed the bullet catch in her mouth. She is also the first woman to perform a straitjacket escape while suspended hundreds of feet in the air from a burning rope as shown on a Home Box ...

Erie, PA.

53. Bud Yorkin

Producer | Blade Runner 2049

Bud Yorkin was born on February 22, 1926 in Washington, Pennsylvania, USA as Alan David Yorkin. He was a producer and director, known for Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Blade Runner (1982) and An Evening with Fred Astaire (1958). He was married to Cynthia Sikes and Peg Yorkin. He died on August 18, 2015...

Washington, PA.

54. Josie Carey

Actress | The Children's Corner

Actress, composer, songwriter and author, educated at the University of Pennsylvania. She wrote for and appeared on television shows in the USA and Canada, including "Funsville" and "Storyland". She won awards for her broadcast work from Duquesne University and the Pittsburgh Junior Chamber of ...

Pittsburgh, PA.

55. Matt Clement

Dance Central 3

Matt Clement was born on August 12, 1974 in Butler, Pennsylvania, USA as Matthew Paul Clement. He is known for his work on Dance Central 3 (2012), NASCAR Busch Series 24/7 (2004) and Racing Incorporated (2006).

Butler, PA.

56. Papa John Creach

Actor | Les portes tournantes

Papa John Creach was born on May 28, 1917 in Beaver Hills, Pennsylvania, USA. He is known for his work on Les portes tournantes (1988), A Gathering of Old Men (1987) and Flip (1970). He died on February 22, 1994 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Beaver Falls, PA.

57. Tony Lip

Actor | Goodfellas

Tony Lip (born Frank Anthony Vallelonga) was raised in the Bronx, New York. He worked for twelve years at the world-famous Copacabana Nightclub in New York City. At the Copa, he played host to the most famous personalities of the era, including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Bobby Darin. Lip then ...

Beaver Falls, PA.

58. Joe Namath

Actor | C.C. & Company

The son of a steel worker from Beaver Falls, Pa., Joseph William Namath (Joe Willie) came from the rich football tradition that is in Pennsylvania. After starring for Paul 'Bear' Bryant's Alabama Crimson Tide teams in the 1960s, Namath was drafted by both the National Football League's (NFL) St. ...

Beaver Falls, PA.

59. Andy Warhol

Director | Blue Movie

Andrew Warhol's father, Ondrej, came from the Austria-Hungary Empire (now Slovakia) in 1912, and sent for his mother, Julia Zavackyová Warholová, in 1921. His father worked as a construction worker and later as a coal miner. Around some time, the family moved to Pittsburgh. During his teenage years...

Pittsburgh, PA.

60. Jane Hajduk

Actress | Zoom

Jane Hajduk was born on October 26, 1966 in the USA. She is an actress and producer, known for Zoom (2006), Ultimate Spider-Man (2005) and NCIS (2003). She has been married to Tim Allen since October 7, 2006. They have one child.

Oil City, PA.

61. Shane Black

Writer | Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Considered one of the pioneer screenwriters of the action genre, Black made his mark with his Lethal Weapon (1987) screenplay. He also collaborated on the story of the sequel, Lethal Weapon 2 (1989). Each successive script he turned in had a higher price attached it, from The Last Boy Scout (1991) ...

Pittsburgh, PA.

62. Dena Dietrich

Actress | History of the World: Part I

Dena Dietrich was born on December 4, 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. She is an actress, known for History of the World: Part I (1981), Karen (1975) and The Golden Girls (1985).

Pittsburgh, PA.

63. Big John Studd

Actor | WWWF Championship Wrestling

John Minton, or Big John Studd as he would eventually be known, was born on February 19th, 1948, in Butler, Pennsylvania. He started training to be a professional wrestler under 'Walter 'Killer' Kowalski' at the age of 18. He first worked for the WWF (then the WWWF) under the name Chuck O'Connor, ...

Butler, PA.

64. Marty Schottenheimer

Self | The NFL on CBS

Marty Schottenheimer was born on September 23, 1943 in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA as Martin Edward Schottenheimer. He has been married to Pat Schottenheimer since February 4, 1967. They have two children.

Canonsburg, PA.

Pittsburgh, PA.

66. Dan Cortese

Actor | Demolition Man

Dan Cortese was born on September 14, 1967 in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, USA as Daniel James Cortese. He is an actor, known for Demolition Man (1993), What I Like About You (2002) and Public Enemies (1996). He was previously married to Dee Dee Hemby.

Sewickley, PA.

67. Caitlin Clarke

Actress | Blown Away

Caitlin Clarke was born on May 3, 1952 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as Catherine Ann Clarke. She was an actress, known for Blown Away (1994), Dragonslayer (1981) and Crocodile Dundee (1986). She died on September 9, 2004 in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh, PA.

68. Chuck Knox

Actor | Paper Lion

Chuck Knox was born on April 27, 1932 in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, USA as Charles Robert Knox. He was an actor, known for Paper Lion (1968), The NFL on CBS (1956) and NFL Monday Night Football (1970). He was married to Shirley Rhine. He died on May 12, 2018 in the USA.

Sewickley, PA.

69. Bill Nunn

Actor | Regarding Henry

Commanding performer Bill Nunn made his feature debut in fellow Morehouse College graduate Spike Lee's School Daze (1988), but really etched himself into moviegoers' minds as a formidable screen presence in his second film with Lee, Do the Right Thing (1989), playing Radio Raheem, whose ...

Pittsburgh, PA.

70. Arnold Palmer

Actor | Return to Campus

Arnold Palmer was born on September 10, 1929 in Youngstown, Pennsylvania, USA as Arnold Daniel Palmer. He was an actor, known for Return to Campus (1975), Arnold Palmer: Practice Like a Pro (1989) and Coach of the Year (1980). He was married to Kathleen Gawthrop and Winifred Walzer. He died on ...

Latrobe, PA.

71. Aline MacMahon

Actress | Kind Lady

Aline MacMahon was born of Irish/Russian ancestry on May 3 1899, the daughter of William Marcus MacMahon and Jennie Simon MacMahon. Her father went on to become editor-in-chief of Munsey's Magazine, while her mother pursued a theatrical acting career from middle-age and lived to the ripe old age of...

McKeesport, PA.

72. Mark Cuban

Producer | The Jacket

Mark Cuban was born July 31, 1958 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Shirley (Feldman) and Norton Cuban, an automobile upholsterer. His family, of Eastern European Jewish descent, was originally named Chabenisky. Mark graduated from Indiana University in 1981 with a degree in Business. After college, ...

Pittsburgh, PA.

73. Vivian Reed

Actress | His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz

Vivian Reed was born on April 17, 1894 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. She was an actress, known for The New Wizard of Oz (1914), The Last Egyptian (1914) and The Bull's Eye (1917). She was married to Alfred E. Green. She died on July 19, 1989 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Pittsburgh, PA.

74. Dolores Costello

Actress | Old San Francisco

Dolores Costello was once known as the Goddess of the Silent Screen but is probably best remembered today as Drew Barrymore's grandmother. She was born in 1905 to actors Maurice Costello and Mae Costello. Her father began his film career in 1908. He would soon become the most popular matinée idol of...

Pittsburgh, PA.

75. Katherine MacDonald

Actress | The Beauty Market

Katherine MacDonald was born on December 14, 1891 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as Katherine Agnew MacDonald. She was an actress and producer, known for The Beauty Market (1919), Chastity (1923) and Refuge (1923). She was married to Christian Roy Holmes, Charles Schoen Johnson and Malcolm ...

Pittsburgh, PA.

76. Evelyn Nesbit

Actress | Redemption

Ms. Nesbit, artists' model and chorus girl, was at the heart of what at the time was known as the Crime of the Century. Her abusive husband, Pittsburgh million-heir Harry Thaw, murdered 52-year old architect and socialite Stanford White (of the firm McKim, Mead, and White), who had taken advantage ...

Tarentum, PA.

77. Mona Ray

Actress | Li'l Abner

Mona Ray was born on January 17, 1905 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. She was an actress, known for Li'l Abner (1940), Uncle Tom's Cabin (1927) and Pardon My Gun (1930). She was married to Hugh Cummings. She died on July 3, 1986 in Nevada, USA.

Pittsburgh, PA.

78. Olive Thomas

Actress | Beatrice Fairfax

Oliva R. Duffy was born on October 20, 1894, in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, the eldest of three children, with two younger brothers. Olive or Ollie, as she was known to family and friends, did not have much of a childhood. Life in industrial Pittsburgh was depressing and grim with its smoky factories ...

Charleroi, PA.

79. Johnny Arthur

Actor | The Monster

American actor who specialized in timid or whiny characters. He appeared on the stage in England and in the USA, and performed in musical comedy. He began his film work in silents and often worked in the films of Hal Roach.

Scottdale, PA.

80. Ralph Dunn

Actor | Too Many Winners

Prolific character actor Ralph Dunn was born in Titusville, PA, in 1902. He attended college for a while, but dropped out to join a traveling vaudeville troupe, and performed in minstrel shows and melodramas until 1935, when he headed to Hollywood, but not for the usual reasons vaudevillians made ...

Titusville, PA.

81. Frank Montgomery

Director | The Right Name, But the Wrong Man

Frank Montgomery was born on June 14, 1870 in Petrolia, Pennsylvania, USA as Frank Edward Akley. He was a director and actor, known for The Right Name, But the Wrong Man (1911), A Crucial Test (1912) and The Secret Wedding (1912). He was married to Mona Darkfeather, Bernice Jessica Therese Sheay ...

Petrolia, PA.

82. William Powell

Actor | The Thin Man

William Powell was on the New York stage by 1912, but it would be ten years before his film career would begin. In 1924 he went to Paramount Pictures, where he was employed for the next seven years. During that time, he played in a number of interesting films, but stardom was elusive. He did ...

Pittsburgh, PA.

83. Charles West

Actor | The Road to Yesterday

Charles West was born on November 30, 1885 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an actor, known for The Road to Yesterday (1925), A Day's Adventure (1915) and Slippery Slim Repents (1913). He died on October 10, 1943 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Pittsburgh, PA.

84. Billy Mays

Producer | Pitchman: A Tribute to Billy Mays

Billy Mays was born on July 20, 1958 in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, USA as William Darrell Mays Jr. He was a producer, known for Pitchman: A Tribute to Billy Mays (2009), Pitchmen (2009) and The Home Shopping Club (1985). He was married to Deborah Mays and Dolores DiDesiderio. He died on June 28, ...

McKees Rocks, PA.

85. Joe Montana

Actor | Asylum

Considered by many experts to be the greatest quarterback in the history of NFL football, Montana was recruited by the San Francisco 49ers from Notre Dame in 1979 after leading the "Fighting Irish" to a Cotton Bowl victory in 1978. "Joe Cool," as he was known for his ice cool disposition in the ...

New Eagle, PA.

86. Shirley Jones

Actress | The Music Man

Named after child star Shirley Temple, Shirley Jones started singing at the age of six. She started formal training at the age of 12 and would dream of singing with her idol, Gordon MacRae. Upon graduating from high school, Shirley went to New York to audition for the casting director of Rodgers & ...

Charleroi, PA.

87. James Stewart

Actor | Anatomy of a Murder

James Maitland Stewart was born on May 20, 1908 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, to Elizabeth Ruth (Johnson) and Alexander Maitland Stewart, who owned a hardware store. He was of Scottish, Ulster-Scots, and some English, descent. Stewart was educated at a local prep school, Mercersburg Academy, where he ...

Indiana, PA.

88. Earl 'Fatha' Hines

Soundtrack | The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

Pianist, composer ("Everything Depends on You"), conductor and author educated at Schenley High School and in private piano study. He accompanied singers and was pianist for several instrumental groups, eventually forming his own band in Chicago in 1928, which he conducted into 1948 when he joined ...

Duquesne, PA.

90. Dwier Brown

Actor | Field of Dreams

Dwier Brown was born on January 30, 1959 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Sharon Center, Ohio. He is an actor best known for playing Kevin Costner's father in Field of Dreams (1989). He recently wrote a critically-acclaimed book, called "If You Build It...", a book about Fathers, Fate ...

Pittsburgh, PA.

91. Mike Ditka

Actor | Kicking & Screaming

Mike Ditka is an American former football player, coach, and television commentator. A member of both the College Football (1986) and Pro Football Hall of Fame (1988), he was the 1961 UPI NFL Rookie of Year, a five-time Pro Bowl selection and five-time All-Pro tight end with the Chicago Bears, ...

Carnegie, PA.

92. Chuck Tanner

Self | Monday Night Baseball

Chuck Tanner was born on July 4, 1928 in New Castle, Pennsylvania, USA as Charles William Tanner. He was married to Barbara Weiss. He died on February 11, 2011 in New Castle.

New Castle, PA.

93. Trent Reznor

Soundtrack | The Social Network

Trent Reznor is an American songwriter/musician/producer and sole member of multi-platinum act Nine Inch Nails, and now an Academy Award winning film composer. He began creating music as a child in Western Pennsylvania, first on piano and then taking up other instruments. He eventually moved to ...

New Castle, PA.

94. Joan Chandler

Actress | Rope

Brunette, delicately featured leading lady who briefly made an impact through memorable back-to-back appearances in the films Humoresque (1946) and Rope (1948). Joan grew up in Butler, Pennsylvania, where her family had a car dealership. Her mother was a musician. Joan studied dancing at the ...

Butler, PA.

95. Patrik Baldauff

Actor | Patrik

Patrik Baldauff was born on February 18, 1938 in Butler, Pennsylvania, USA. He is an actor, known for Patrik (2019), Dress Gray (1986) and Shout (1991).

Butler, PA.

96. Jim Kelly

Actor | Adventure Scouts

Jim Kelly was born on February 14, 1960 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as James Edward Kelly. He is an actor and executive, known for Adventure Scouts (2010), General Hospital (1963) and Bull in the Ring. He has been married to Jill Kelly since May 18, 1996. They have three children.

Pittsburgh, PA.

97. Bill Cullen

Self | Three on a Match

Bill Cullen was born on February 18, 1920 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as William Lawrence Cullen. He was an actor, known for Three on a Match (1971), Blockbusters (1980) and It Happened to Jane (1959). He was married to Ann Cullen, Carol Ames and Ruth Elizabeth Harrington. He died on July 7, ...

Pittsburgh, PA.

98. Herschell Gordon Lewis

Director | This Stuff'll Kill Ya!

Only one film-maker can claim the title "Godfather of Gore." That peculiar but apt identification seems to be the exclusive property of Herschell Gordon Lewis. With an unusual background that included teaching English Literature to college students, producing and directing television commercials, ...

Pittsburgh, PA.

99. Jackie Evancho

Actress | The Company You Keep

Being a singing prodigy won Jackie Evancho her first major film role. In 2011, Robert Redford was casting his feature film, The Company You Keep (2012), when he saw Jackie for the first time, as she sang on television a piece from Pucinni.

Jacqueline Marie "Jackie" Evancho began singing just before ...

Pittsburgh, PA.

100. James Widdoes

Actor | National Lampoon's Animal House

Widdoes starred as senior student and Fraternity President "Robert Hoover", alongside John Belushi, in the 1978 film, National Lampoon's National Lampoon's Animal House (1978), as well as the 1979 TV series spin-off, Delta House (1979). He has guest-starred in many TV series episodes since then, ...

Pittsburgh, PA.



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