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Last modified: 11/26/08

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California Vacation Fun Facts

Famous Californians

These are just a few of the famous people who were either born in California or spent some important time in California.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, basketball player

Ansel Adams, photographer

Scott Adams, cartoonist

Jessica Alba, actress

Marcus Allen, football player

Sasha Alexander, actress

Walter Alston, baseball manager

Lance Alworth, football player

Lyle Alzado, football player

David Anders, actor

Paul Anderson, director

Judd Apatow, writer, director, and producer

Gene Autry, cowboy actor/singer and baseball owner

Lauren Bacall, actress

Scott Baio, actor

Daniel Baldwin, actor

Tyra Banks, model and TV talk show host

Kevan Barlow, football player

Sylura Barron, Black activist, first African-American woman delegate to a presidential convention

Mischa Barton, actress

Noah Baumbach, screenwriter and director

Fred Beasley, football player

David Beckham, soccer player

Kate Beckinsale, actress

Irene Bedard, actress and singer

Buckland Beery, actor

Noah Beery, actor

Noah Beery Jr., actor

Wallace Beery, actor

Kristen Bell, actress

Tobin Bell, actor

Belle Jennings Benchley, first woman in the world to direct a major zoo

Elmer Bernstein, composer

Joey Bishop, actor and comedian

Cara Black, novelist

Shirley Temple Black, actress

George Blanda, football player

Humphrey Bogart, actor

Barry Bonds, baseball player

Jerry Bono, costume designer

Sonny Bono, singer, songwriter, and U.S. representative

Roelof Botha, partner, Sequoia Capital

Barbara Boxer, U.S. senator

Benjamin Bratt, actor

Drew Brees, football player

Walter Brennan, actor

Beau Bridges, actor

Jeff Bridges, actor

Lloyd Bridges, actor

Sergey Brin, Google founder

Georgia “Tiny” Broadwick, pioneer woman parachuter and first person to make an intentional freefall jump

Adam Brody, actor

Foster Brooks, comedian

Joe Brooks, actor

Pierce Brosnan, actor

Jerry Brown, California governor

Tim Brown, football player

Willie Brown, state representative and San Francisco mayor

Kobe Bryant, basketball player

Geoffrey Burbidge, astronomer

Margaret Burbidge, astronomer

Darren Burrows, actor

Leo Buscaglia, psychologist and author

Reggie Bush, football player

Joey Buttafuoco, bozo

Paul Byrd, baseball player

Orlando Cabrera, baseball player

Nicholas Cage, actor

Sammy Cahn, lyricist

James Callahan, actor

Cam Cameron, football coach

Jack Canfield, speaker and book author

Frank Capra, director

Margaret Anne Cargill, philanthropist

Ron Carpool, author

Jim Carrey, actor and comedian

Pete Carroll, football coach

Bud Carson, football coach

Johnny Carson, comedian and talk show host

Andre Carter, football player

Kristin Cavallari, actress

Jim Caviezel, actor

Wilt Chamberlain, basketball player

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Kyle Chandler, actor

Wes Chandler, football player

Lon Chaney Jr., actor

Chevy Chase, actor and comedian

Thomas Haden Church, actor

Harry “Flash” Clarke, football player

James Coburn, actor

Bram Cohen, BitTorrent creator

Sacha Baron Cohen, actor

Nat King Cole, singer

Bartolo Colon, baseball player

Kerry Collins, football player

Kevin Connolly, actor

Jackie Coogan, actor

Gary Cooper, actor

Don Coryell, football coach

Kevin Costner, actor

Marisa Coughlan, actress

Courtney Cox, actress

Bing Crosby, singer and actor

David Crosby, singer and musician

Floyd Crosby, cinematographer

Mark Cuban, Internet billionaire and Dallas Mavericks basketball team owner

Billy Ray Cyrus, country singer and actor

Miley Cyrus, actress and singer

Claire Danes, actress

Stan Daniels, writer and producer

Ted Danson, actor

Marion Davies, actress

Al Davis, football team owner

Bette Davis, actress

Gray Davis, California governor

Sid Davis, educational filmmaker

Doris Day, actress

Eddie DeBartolo, football team owner

Vincent DeDomenico, founder of Rice-A-Roni

Julie Delpy, actress

Patrick Dempsey, actor

John Denver, singer and songwriter

Cote de Pablo, actress

Bella DePaulo, author

Cameron Diaz, actress

Leonardo DiCaprio, actor

Eric Dickerson, football player

Joan Didion, novelist

Keir  Dillon, snowboarder

Kevin Dillon, actor

Maynard Dixon, painter

John Dobson, sidewalk astronomer

John Doucette, actor

Joanne Dru, actress

Don Drysdale, baseball player

Hilary Duff, singer and actress

Dominique Dunne, actress

Rhea Durham, model

Lenny Dykstra, baseball player

Wyatt Earp, gunman

Clint Eastwood, actor, director, and producer

Megalyn Echikunwoke, actress

Zac Efron, actor

Carmen Electra, actress

Erika Eleniak, actress

Sidney Ellis, screenwriter

Larry Ellison, Oracle co-founder and billionaire

Ari Emanuel, talent agency head

Robert Enders, director and producer

Dennis Erickson, football coach

Melissa Etheridge, singer and songwriter

Michael Evans, actor

Robert Evans, producer

Fabio, model

Philo Farnsworth, inventor of television

Richard Farnsworth, actor

Evan Farrell, bassist, Rogue Wave

Nicolai Fechin, artist

Diane Feinstein, U.S. senator

Freddie Fields, agent

David Filo, co-founder of Yahoo.com

Jenna Fischer, actress

Danielle Fishel, actress

Eddie Fisher, singer

Eric Fleming, actor

Doug Flutie, football player

Darlene Flynn, world record-breaking shoe-related items collector

Errol Flynn, actor

Larry Flynt, publisher, Hustler magazine

Clara Shortridge Foltz, first woman to run for governor in California

Betty Ford, first lady, founder of the Betty Ford Clinic

Gerald Ford, U.S. president

Harrison Ford, actor

Tom Ford, fashion designer

Willa Ford, singer

Courtney Fort, actress

Dan Fouts, football player

Matthew Fox, actor

Vivica A. Fox, actress

Jeff Foxworthy, comedian

William Friedkin, director

Peter Gabel, president of New College of California and author of The Bank Teller

Clark Gable, actor

Roman Gabriel, football player

Rich Gannon, football player

Greta Garbo, actress

Nomar Garcviaparra, baseball player

Erle Stanley Gardner, detective novelist

Judy Garland, singer and actress

Brad Garrett, actor

Mike Garrett, football player

Antonio Gates, football player

David Geffen, music mogul

Frank Gehry, architect

Balthazar Getty, actor

Mel Gibson, actor

Allen Ginsberg, poet

Dan Glickman, head of the Motion Picture Association of America

Greg Godek, speaker and book author

Samuel Goldwyn, producer

Kristin Gore, novelist and comedy writer

Kelsey Grammer, actor

Coleen Gray, actress

Jake Green, actor

Dabbs Greer, actor

Wayne Gretzky, hockey player

Adrian Grenier, actor

Merv Griffin, talk show host, game show creator, and hotelier

Matt Groening, cartoonist and creator of The Simpsons TV show

Lance Gross, actor

Mahesh Grossman, author

Peter Guber, movie producer

James Gunn, director and screenwriter

Ray Guy, football player

Tony Gwynn, baseball player

Gene Hackman, actor

Pat Haden, football player

Merle Haggard, country singer and songwriter

Mia Hamm, soccer player

Bong Soo Han, martial arts grand master, introduced hapkido to the West

Stanley Myron Handelman, comedian

Tom Hanks, actor

Mark Victor Hanson, speaker and book author

Kelly Harmon, actress and model

Mark Harmon, actor

Tom Harmon, football player

Nikki Haskell, fitness guru

David Hasselhoff, actor and singer

Salma Hayek, actress

Helga Hayse, author, Financial Intimacy

William Randolph Hearst, publisher

Anne Heche, actress

Hugh Hefner, playboy and publisher

Katharine Hepburn, actress

Ted Hendricks, football player

Don Herbert, host of Mr. Wizard TV show

Faith Hill, country singer

Paris Hilton, celebutante

Eric Hoffer, longshoreman, philosopher, and author

Reid Hoffman, founder LinkedIn

Bob Hope, comedian and actor

Dennis Hopper, actor

Khaled Hosseini, novelist

Kenny Howery, managing partner, the Founders Fund

Edwin Hubble, astronomer

Vanessa Hudgens, actress and singer

Torii Hunter, baseball player

Ice-T, rapper and actor

Phil Jackson, basketball coach

Reggie Jackson, baseball player

Sebastian Janikowski, football player

Wes Jackson, plant geneticist

Ron Jaworski, football player

John Jefferson, football player

Bruce Jenner, Olympic decathlete

Roy Jenson, actor and football player

Jewel, singer and songwriter

Steve Jobs, Apple Computer founder

Chad Johnson, football player

Charles Johnson, financier

Magic Johnson, basketball player

Rian Johnson, producer

Rupert Johnson, financier

Charlie Joiner, football player

Wesley Jonathan, actor

Marcia Mae Jones, actress

Lamont Jordan, football player

Louis Jordan, songwriter

Milla Jovovich, actress

Nate Kaeding, football player

Kris Kardashian, model

Jawed Karim, co-founder, YouTube

Catherine Keener, actress

Harvey Keitel, actor

David Kelley, director and producer

Marjorie Kellogg, novelist and playwright

Adam Kennedy, baseball player

Michael Kidd, choreographer

Q'orianka Kilcher, actress

Flora Kimball, first woman master of a Grange in the U.S.

Jimmy Kimmel, comedian and talk show host

Yolanda King, social activist and actress

Heidi Klum, supermodel

Don Knotts, actor and comedian

Elyse Knox, actress

Mike Koenigs, Internet marketing expert

Sandy Koufax, baseball player

Amanda Kroetsch, author

Otto Kruger, actor

Nick Lachey, singer

John Lackey, baseball player

Frankie Laine, singer

Lorenzo Lamas, actor

Robert Langridge, geneticist

Sherry Lansing, movie executive

Sharon Leal, actress

Gus Lee, novelist, China Boy

Jason Lee, actor

Jennifer Jason Leigh, actress

Matt Leinart, football player

Jay Leno, comedian and talk show host

Sugar Ray Leonard, boxer

Max Levchin, CEO, Slide

Michael Levine, publicist and book author

Rush Limbaugh, radio talk show host and author

Art Linkletter, TV show host

Jack Linkletter, TV show host

Ray Liotta, actor

Heather Locklear, actress

Lindsay Lohan, actress

Alison Lohman, actress

Howie Long, football player

Ronnie Lott, football player

Mike Love, singer of the Beach Boys

Sid Luft, director

David Lynch, director and producer

Marshawn Lynch, football player

Michael Lynton, movie executive

Shirley MacLaine, actress

John Madden, football coach

Tobey Maguire, actor

Delbert Mann, director

Kevin Mann, producer

Leslie Mann, actress

Martin Manulis, producer

Juan Marichel, baseball player

Steve Mariucci, football coach

Ron Martino Jr., filmmaker

Tommy Mason, football player

Willy Mays, baseball player

Judith Mazel, Beverly Hills diet author

Keenan McCardell, football player

Jenny McCarthy, actress

Willie McCovey, baseball player

Daniel McFadden, Nobel Prize-winning economist

Tim McGraw, country singer

Julian McMahon, actor

Mike Medavoy, radio host

Eva Mendez, actress

Ursula Mentjes, author

Jack Mercer, cartoon voice, Popeye the Sailorman and Felix the Cat

Shawne Merriman, football player

AJ Michalka, singer

Aly Michalka, singer

Albert Michelson, scientist and the first American Nobel Prize winner

Michael Milken, former junk bond king

Dawn Miller, producer and movie executive

Jill Jackson Miller, actress and composer of The Peace Song

Siena Miller, actress

Bill Miner, outlaw

Thomas Mitchell, actor

Cuttino Mobley, basketball player

Marilyn Monroe, actress

Joe Montana, football player

Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel and philanthropist

Pat Morita, actor

Randy Moss, football player

Tahj Mowry, actor

Tamara Mowry, actress

Tia Mowry, actress

John Muir, naturalist and founder of the Sierra Club

Dermot Mulroney, actor

Chuck Muncie, football player

Eddie Murphy, actor and comedian

Erin Murphy, actress

Elon Musk, founder of X.com and chairman of Tesla Motors

Lorenzo Neal, football player

Gunnar Nelson, singer

Harriet Nelson, actress

Matthew Nelson, singer

Ozzie Nelson, actor

Ricky Nelson, singer and actor

Kristen Harmon Nelson, actress

Tracy Nelson, actress

Jeremy Newberry, football player

Janis Cooke Newman, author, The Russian Word for Snow

Gavin Newsom, San Francisco mayor

Jack Nicolson, actor

Richard M. Nixon, U.S. president

Mike Nolan, football coach

Nick Nolte, actor

Luke Nosek, managing partner, the Founders Fund

Robert Noyce, inventor of the microchip

Bob Oates, sportswriter

Jerry O'Connell, actor

Chris O'Donnell, actor

Tim Olyphant, actor

Pam Omidyar, Ebay billionaire and philanthropist

Pierre Omidyar, Ebay billionaire and philanthropist

Shaquille O'Neal, basketball player

Ozzy Osbourne, rock star

Sharon Osbourne, talk show host

Donald Osterbrock, astrophysicist

Buck Owens, country singer

Larry Page, Google founder

Brad Paisley, country singer

Jack Palance, actor

Carson Palmer, football player

Hayden Panettiere, actress

Tony Parrish, football player

T. R. Pearson, novelist

Anthony Pellicano, celebrity sleuth

Robin Wright Penn, actress

Sean Penn, actor

Pauley Perrette, actress, poet, singer

Matthew Perry, actor

Arnold Peter, entertainment attorney

Julian Peterson, football player

Michelle Pfeiffer, actress

Wade Phillips, football coach

Bobby Pickett, singer and songwriter, Monster Mash

Brad Pitt, actor

Jeremy Piven, actor

Suzanne Pleshette, actress

Ahmed Plummer, football player

Sidney Poitier, football player

Willis Polk, architect

Jerry Porter, football player

Tom Poston, actor

Dan Poynter, self-publishing expert

Jaime Pressly, actress

Victoria Principal, actress

Wolfgang Puck, chef and restaurant entrepreneur

Bonnie Raitt, singer

John Raitt, singer

Al Rantel, radio talk show host

Gary Raskin, entertainment attorney

Brett Ratner, director

Tim Rattay, football player

John Ratzenberger, actor

Kim Raver, actress

Nancy Davis Reagan, actress and first lady

Ronald Reagan, actor, California governor, and U.S. president

Robert Redford, actor and director

Sumner Redstone, Viacom chairman and billionaire

Ralph Reed, actor

Keanu Reeves, actor

Paul Reiser, actor

Debbie Reynolds, singer and actress

Jerry Rice, football player

Don Rickles, comedian

Denise Richards, actress

Nicole Ritchie, actress

Richard Riordan, Los Angeles mayor

Tom Ritchey, mountain bike inventor

John Ritter, actor

Tex Ritter, actor and country singer

John Robinson, football coach

Dale Rogers, cowgirl singer/actress

Roy Rogers, cowboy singer/actor

Rebecca Romijn, actress

Mickey Rooney, actor

Frank Rosenfelt, movie executive

Brandon Routh, actor

Barbara Rubin, entertainment attorney

Corey Rudl, Internet marketer

Mark Ruffalo, actor

Mary Ellen Ruffalo, actress

Myrton Running Wolf, film editor and actor

David Sacks, CEO, Geni and Room 9 Entertainment

Jonas Salk, developer of polio vaccine

Sealhenry Samuel, aka Seal, singer

Merle Sande, infectious diseases expert

Deion Sanders, football player

Carlos Santana, guitarist

Ervin Santana, baseball player

Warren Sapp, football player

Anneila Sargent, astronomer

Vidal Sassoon, hair care designer

Ben Savage, actor

George Schlatter, producer

Arnold Schwarzenegger, actor and California governor

Mike Scioscia, baseball coach

Martin Scorsese, director

Charles Schwab, stockbroker, Charles Schwab & Co.

Ryan Seacrest, TV host

Kate O. Sessions, nursery owner and city park developer

Premal Shah, president, Kiva

Melville Shavelson, director and screenwriter

Charlie Sheen, actor

Sheetal Sheth, actress

William Shockley, co-inventor of transistor

Sylvia Short, actress

Silvia Siegel, consumer activist

Sarah Silverman, comedienne

Russel Simmons, co-founder, Yelp.com

Jodi Simon, entertainment attorney

O. J. Simpson, football player and actor

Frank Sinatra, singer and actor

Matt Singerman, head, TV Guide channel

Tom Sizemore, actor

Alex Smith, football player

George Washington Smith, architect

Jada Punkett Smith, actress

Steve Smith, football player

Will Smith, actor

Stacey Snider, chairperson, Universal Pictures

Suzanne Somers, actress

Talisa Soto, actress

Joe Spano, actor

Phil Spector, music producer

John Spencer, actor

Aaron Spelling, producer

Tori Spelling, actress

Posh Beckham Spice, singer

Stephen Spielberg, director and producer

Ken Stabler, football player

Donté Stallworth, football player

Ted Stanhope, actor

Jason Statham, actor

Gwen Stefani, singer

Sly Stone, musician

Jeremy Stoppleman, CEO, Yelp.com

Levi Strauss, inventor, blue jeans

Rider Strong, actor

Kiefer Sutherland, actor

Jack Tatum, football player

Zola Taylor, singer, Platters

Charlize Theron, actress

Peter Thiel, CEO, Clarium Capital

Lady Tigra, singer

Justin Timberlake, singer

Ladainian Tomlinson, football player

John Travolta, actor

Norv Turner, football coach

William Tuttle, makeup artist

Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), novelist and humorist

Aisha Tyler, actress

Donald Eugene Ulrich, aka Don Rich, country music guitarist

Jess Unruh, speaker of the California assembly

Steve Valentine, actor

Norm Van Brocklin, football player and coach

Lee Van Cleef, actor

Jimmy Van Heusen, songwriter

Robert Vaughn, actor

Milo Ventimiglia, actor

Michael Viner, publisher

Mark Wahlberg, actor

Bill Walsh, football coach

Dylan Walsh, actor

Bill Walton, basketball player

Jack Warner, studio head

Ty Warner, Beanie Babies manufacturer

Jarrod Washburn, baseball player

Denzel Washington, actor

Ted Washington, football player

Paul Wasserman, music producer

James Watson, discover of DNA

Naomi Watts, actress

John Wayne, actor

Michael Weatherly Jr., actor

Bud Westmore, makeup artist

Monty Westmore, makeup artist

Wally Westmore, makeup artist

Forest Whitaker, actor

Charles White, football player

Vanna White, letter turner

Olivia Wilde, actress

Robert Wilke, actor

Kimberly Williams, actress

Serena Williams, tennis player

Venus Williams, tennis player

Maurice Wills, baseball player

Brian Wilson, singer and songwriter of the Beach Boys

Dennis Wilson, singer of the Beach Boys

Dick Wilson, actor (Mr. Whipple)

Owen Wilson, actor

Oprah Winfrey, TV talk show host, actress, producer, book author, billionaire

Kellen Winslow, football player

Shelley Winters, actress

Len Wiseman, director

Reese Witherspoon, actress

Beatrice Wood, potter

Tiger Woods, golfer

Charles Woodson, football player

Hank Worden, actor

Steve Wozniak, Apple Computer founder

Jane Wyman, actress

Jerry Yang, co-founder of Yahoo.com

Anton Yelchin, actor

John York, football team owner

Bryant Young, football player

Neil Young, singer and songwriter

Sean Young, actress

Steve Young, football player

Chief Yowlachie, actor

Saul Zaentz, producer

Daryl Zanuck, producer

Kevin Zegers, actor

Peter Zinner, movie editor

Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook.com

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