Entertainers That Give Back

this is a working list of all the entertainers that give back to their community in some way. if you know of anyone that should be added or find any information that is wrong please let me know.
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1.
Robin Williams
Robin McLaurin Williams was born on Saturday, July 21st, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, a great-great-grandson of Mississippi Governor and Senator, Anselm J. McLaurin. His mother, Laurie McLaurin (née Janin), was a former model from Mississippi, and his father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams, was a Ford Motor Company executive from Indiana...
“ Williams took part in the America: A Tribute to Heroes charity telethon for victims of 9/11.

many others ” - americanheros
 
2.
Angelina Jolie
Actress, Maleficent
Angelina Jolie is an Academy Award-winning actress who became popular after playing the title role in the "Lara Croft" blockbuster movies, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Wanted, Salt and Maleficent. Off-screen, Jolie has become prominently involved in international charity projects...
“ 1. USA for UNHCR
2. Jolie has stated that she now plans to spend most of her time in humanitarian efforts, to be financed by her actress salary. She devotes one third of her income to savings, one third to living expenses and one third to charity. In 2002, Angelina adopted a Cambodian refugee boy named Maddox and in 2005 adopted an Ethiopian refugee girl named Zahara

Doctors Without Borders
Global Action for Children ” - americanheros
 
3.
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, is an American songwriter, singer, actress, philanthropist, dancer and fashion designer. Gaga was born on March 28, 1986 in Manhattan, New York City, to Cynthia Louise (Bissett) and Joseph Anthony Germanotta, Jr., an internet entrepreneur. Her father is of Italian descent...
“ Gaga partnered with Virgin Mobile on her Monster Ball national tour offering premium VIP tickets to fans who volunteer their time to homeless youth organizations, which raised more than $80,000 in proceeds to support homeless youth, and generated 30,000 hours of community service for hundreds of charities across the country. ” - americanheros
 
4.
Eva Longoria
Eva Longoria was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, to Ella Eva (Mireles) and Enrique Longoria, Jr. The youngest of four sisters who grew up on a ranch near Corpus Christi, Longoria attended Texas A&M University-Kingsville, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. After graduating from college...
“ Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Kids Wish Network
Make-A-Wish Foundation
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children ” - americanheros
 
5.
Brad Pitt
An actor and producer known as much for his versatility as he is for his handsome face, Golden Globe-winner Brad Pitt's most widely recognized role may be Tyler Durden in Fight Club. However, his portrayals of Billy Beane in Moneyball, and Rusty Ryan in the remake of Ocean's Eleven and its sequels, also loom large in his filmography...
“ African Children's Choir
Care to Learn
Jolie-Pitt Foundation
Right To Play ” - americanheros
 
6.
Miley Cyrus
Actress, Bolt
Miley Cyrus was born in Franklin, Tennessee, the daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus and his wife, Letitia Jean "Tish" (Finley). She has five siblings - two half-brothers, a half-sister, and a younger brother and sister. Her birth name is Destiny Hope Cyrus, because her parents hoped she would achieve greatness...
“ Habitat For Humanity
Make-A-Wish Foundation
Red Cross

many others ” - americanheros
 
7.
Rocky Stone
Rocky began in the early 1980s as a stage actor/comedian. On October 15th of 1994, one week before his 23rd birthday, he became an Independent Talent Agent. After the first few months, he wasn't really sure if this was what he really wanted to do, as he had no previous experience at that point as an Agent...
“ From 2002 to 2011, he collected a total of 13,057 toys, which were given to less fortunate kids as part of the Toy Mountain Campaign. The Toy Mountain Campaign is hosted each year by CFTR-AM, CFTO-TV and the Salvation Army. ” - americanheros
 
8.
Ben Savage
Bennett "Ben" Joseph Savage was born on September 13th, 1980, in Chicago, Illinois. Ben got his start in acting when he appeared in his first commercial at the tender age of 5. From there, his first major speaking role was in the comedy series, Dear John, opposite Judd Hirsch and fellow Chicago-native...
“ Volunteers for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

He donated many items to Rocky Stone to be given to less-fortunate kids as part of the Toy Mountain Campaign. ” - americanheros
 
9.
Seth Green
Seth Green has starred in numerous films and television series including the Austin Powers trilogy, The Italian Job, Party Monster, Without a Paddle, Can't Hardly Wait, Old Dogs and dozens more, including starring roles in 2013's Sexy Evil Genius, The Story of Luke and 2014's Yellowbird. He's portraying Christopher Guest in Netflix's upcoming National Lampoon origin film...
“ Seth Green has supported the following charities:
Amnesty International
Doctors Without Borders
Habitat For Humanity ” - americanheros
 
10.
Kim Kardashian West
TV star, entrepreneur, fashion designer, and author (New York Times best-seller - "Kardashian Konfidential"), Kim Kardashian was born in Los Angeles, California, to Kris Jenner (née Kristen Mary Houghton) and attorney Robert Kardashian. Her father was of Armenian descent and her mother is of mostly English ancestry...
“ Kim Kardashian has supported the following charities:

American Foundation for AIDS Research
Dream Foundation ” - americanheros
 
11.
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Jennifer Love Hewitt was born in Waco, Texas, to Patricia Mae (Shipp), a speech-language pathologist, and Herbert Daniel Hewitt, a medical technician. She has English, Scottish, and German ancestry. She got her first name from her older brother Todd Daniel Hewitt (b. November 8, 1970), who picked the name after a little blonde girl he then had a crush on...
“ Jennifer Love Hewitt has supported the following charities:
Children Affected by AIDS Foundation
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital ” - americanheros
 
12.
Jennifer Lopez
Actress, Out of Sight
Jennifer Lynn Lopez was born in the Castle Hill section of The Bronx on July 24, 1969. She is the middle of three musically-inclined sisters, Leslie Lopez, a homemaker, and Lynda Lopez, a DJ on New York's WKTU, a VH1 VJ, and a morning news show correspondent on New York's Channel 11. Jennifer always dreamed of being a multi-tasking superstar...
“ Jennifer Lopez has supported the following charities:
Children's Health Fund
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
City of Hope ” - americanheros
 
13.
Cameron Diaz
A tall, strikingly attractive blue-eyed natural blonde, Cameron Diaz was born in 1972 in San Diego, the daughter of a Cuban-American father and an Anglo-German mother. Self described as "adventurous, independent and a tough kid," Cameron left home at 16 and for the next 5 years lived in such varied locales as Japan...
“ 4REAL Foundation
Children's Defense Fund
Racing for Kids
Red Cross ” - americanheros
 
14.
Pamela Anderson
Actress, Scary Movie 3
Pamela Denise Anderson was born on July 1, 1967 in Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada at 4:08 PST, to young newlywed parents who are still married. During her childhood, she moved to the city of Vancouver with her parents, Barry Anderson and Carol Anderson. She has a younger brother Gerry, born 1971...
“ Feed the Children
Last Chance for Animals ” - americanheros
 
15.
Snoop Dogg
Actor, Turbo
Snoop Dogg was born in Long Beach, California, to Beverly (Tate) and Vernell Varnado, who was a mail carrier and singer. His parents were both originally from Mississippi. He got his name from his mother, who jokingly remarked that he looked like the Peanuts character Snoopy. Snoop is known primarily for his achievements in the music industry...
“ Habitat For Humanity
Save The Music Foundation
Snoop Youth Football League ” - americanheros
 
16.
Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis (born March 16, 1926) was an American comedian, actor, singer, film producer, screenwriter and film director. He is known for his slapstick humor in film, television, stage and radio. He was originally paired up with Dean Martin in 1946, forming the famed comedy team of Martin and Lewis...
“ March Of Dimes
Muscular Dystrophy Association ” - americanheros
 
17.
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey was born Orpah Gail Winfrey in Kosciusko, Mississippi, to Vernita Lee, a former maid, and Vernon Winfrey, a coal miner, barber, and city councilman. While Winfrey has been cited as the richest African American of the 20th century, she does not come from a rich, or even middle class, family...
“ Free The Children
Oprah's Angel Network
Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa
Red Cross
Worldwide Orphans Foundation ” - americanheros
 
18.
Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox was born Michael Andrew Fox on June 9, 1961 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, to Phyllis Fox (née Piper), a payroll clerk, and William Fox. His parents moved their ten-year-old son, his three sisters, Kelli Fox, Karen, and Jacki, and his brother, Steven, to Vancouver, British Columbia...
“ Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research ” - americanheros
 
19.
“ American Cancer Society
Kids Wish Network
Locks Of Love ” - americanheros
 
20.
Rosie O'Donnell
Self, The View
Rosie O'Donnell was born into an Irish-American family in Commack, Long Island. She is the middle of 5 children, and is the daughter of Roseann Teresa (Murtha) and Edward Joseph O'Donnell, an electrical engineer for the defense industry. Her mother died when she was ten. She said that she watched TV nearly 24 hours a day...
“ Autism Speaks
Rosie's Broadway Kids
Rosie's For All Kids Foundation ” - americanheros
 
21.
Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber was born on March 1, 1994 at St. Joseph's Hospital in London, Ontario, Canada and was raised in Stratford, Ontario, Canada. He is the son of Pattie Mallette and Jeremy Bieber. He is of French-Canadian (mother) and German, Irish, Scottish, and English (father) descent. He has two younger half-siblings via his father, Jazmyn (born 2009) and Jaxon (born 2010)...
“ Pencils of Promise
Red Cross
Usher's New Look Foundation ” - americanheros
 
22.
Jim Belushi
James Adam Belushi was born June 15, 1954, in Chicago, to Agnes Demetri (Samaras) and Adam Anastos Belushi, a restaurant owner. His father was an Albanian immigrant, from Qytezë, and his mother was also of Albanian descent. The third of four children - his brother was John Belushi - he grew up in Wheaton...
“ Safety Harbor Kids
Soles4Souls ” - americanheros
 
23.
Corbin Bleu
Cobin Bleu was born Corbin Bleu Reivers on February 21, 1989 in Brooklyn, New York City, to Martha (Callari) and David Reivers, an actor. His mother is of Italian descent and his father is Jamaican. Corbin began appearing in television commercials at the age two, for products such as Life cereal...
“ Make-A-Wish Foundation
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital ” - americanheros
 
24.
“ Make-A-Wish Foundation ” - americanheros
 
25.
Courteney Cox
Actress, Friends
Courteney Cox was born on June 15th, 1964 in Birmingham, Alabama, into an affluent Southern family. She is the daughter of Courteney (Bass) and Richard Lewis Cox (1930-2001), a businessman. She was the baby of the family with two older sisters (Virginia and Dottie) and an older brother, Richard, Jr...
“ founded OmniPeace ” - americanheros
 
26.
“ Feeding America
Operation Once in a Lifetime ” - americanheros
 
27.
Richard Meehan
Richard Meehan lives in the oldest town on Cape Cod with his parents and younger brother Joshua. He is an "old soul", someone whose sensitivity and emotion is well beyond his years. Richard leaves a lasting impression on everyone he meets both young and old. Richard was introduced to acting during the summer of 2009 when he was an extra in "Grown Ups"...
“ He has won the Presidential Volunteer Service Award (Gold) since the age of 11. He has worked with projects like: jeans for teens, one warm coat, and toys for tots program. His father is in the military, this has lead him to work on projects that support the troops. ” - americanheros
 
28.
Selena Gomez
Selena Marie Gomez was born on July 22, 1992 in Grand Prairie, Texas. She is the daughter of Mandy Teefey and Ricardo Gomez. Her mother is of part Italian ancestry, and her father is of Mexican descent. She was named after Tejano singer Selena, who died in 1995. Her first acting role was as "Gianna" in the popular 90's children's television show Barney & Friends...
“ Ryan Seacrest Foundation
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital ” - americanheros
 
29.
“ Supports the USO, American Cancer Society, and the AIDS Research Foundation. ” - americanheros
 
30.
Mila Kunis
Actress, Black Swan
Mila Kunis was born Milena Markovna Kunis to a Jewish family in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, USSR (now independent Ukraine). Her mother, Elvira, is a physics teacher, her father, Mark Kunis, is a mechanical engineer, and she has an older brother named Michael. Her family moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1991...
“ Chrysalis ” - americanheros
 
31.
Jay Leno
Jay Leno began his career in night clubs, where he worked 300 nights a year before hitting it big in 1992 with his own late-night talk show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. By that time he had appeared on television, acted in a few films (American Hot Wax) but hit paydirt with his late-night television appearances (he made a record number of visits to Late Night with David Letterman); for several years...
“ LIVESTRONG
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital ” - americanheros
 
32.
“ founded the The Lopez Foundation ” - americanheros
 
33.
“ She is the national spokesperson for Lupus, since her sister died of the disease at age 19. ” - americanheros
 
34.
“ Received the Michael Landon Award for Charitable Work ” - americanheros
 
35.
Reba McEntire
Actress, Tremors
Reba Nell McEntire was born on Monday, March 28th, 1955, in McAlester, Oklahoma. The reigning queen of country music has pursued a musical career since she was 5. In Junior High school, she performed with her musical siblings, aka the Singing McEntires. A fine athlete, Reba McEntire followed in the footsteps of her rodeo champion father in competitive barrel racing...
“ Operation Once in a Lifetime
Wish Upon A Hero Foundation ” - americanheros
 
36.
Mitchel Musso
Born in Rockwall, a suburb of Dallas, Texas, Musso began his professional acting career at the age of eight, following in the footsteps of many family members who are actors and musicians. He resides in Los Angeles. In his spare time he loves to hang out with his friends, go to the beach, write songs with his brothers Mason Musso and Marc Musso...
“ Autism Speaks ” - americanheros
 
37.
Dolly Parton
Dolly Rebecca Parton was born on January 19, 1946, one of 12 children of Robert Lee Parton, a tobacco farmer, and Avie Lee Parton (née Owens). Dolly grew up on a run-down farm in Locust Ridge, Tennessee. At 12, she was appearing on Knoxville TV and, at 13, she was already recording on a small label and appearing at the Grand Ole Opry...
“ United Way Worldwide

She established the Imagination Library in 1995, which sends one book per month to children from the time of their birth until they enter kindergarten. ” - americanheros
 
38.
Tracey Birdsall
Tracey Birdsall was born in Van Nuys, California, the youngest of three daughters born to Ronald Birdsall and Carol Birdsall (born Carol Stone). She was raised in Southern California and is primarily of British and European descent. Bert Lewis, the famous Walt Disney composer, was her great-grandfather...
“ In 2010, Tracey and her husband flew together on a relief mission to the less accessible airports in Haiti following the earthquake. ” - americanheros
 
39.
Mackenzie Rosman
Actress, 7th Heaven
Mackenzie Rosman was born on December 28, 1989 in Charleston, South Carolina. She is currently best known for her role in the WB'S 7th Heaven as "Ruthie Camden", the angst-ridden teenage daughter of Eric and Annie. At 16, Mackenzie has 10 solid years of acting experience under her belt, more than many actors two or three times her age...
“ 1. Contributes her free time to animal charities
2. actively involved in raising funds and awareness for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. ” - americanheros
 
40.
“ Jason is a supporter of the 'Make-A-Wish' foundation. He is also an animal lover and supports animal rescue charities as well ” - americanheros
 
41.
Fred Savage
Fred Savage was born July 9, 1976. he began acting at age 9 with Jay Underwood in The Boy Who Could Fly. At the age of twelve, he was cast the lead role of the series The Wonder Years. It became a good show, and on the pilot, he got his first kiss. He was later in the movie Vice Versa with Judge Reinhold and then in Little Monsters...
“ Children's Hospital Los Angeles ” - americanheros
 
42.
Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen was born Carlos Irwin Estévez on September 3, 1965, in New York City. His father, actor Martin Sheen (born Ramon Antonio Gerard Estevez), was at the time just breaking into the business, with performances on Broadway. His mother, Janet Sheen (née Templeton), was a former New York art student who had met Charlie's father right after he had moved to Manhattan...
“ Aid For AIDS
Organization for Bipolar Affective Disorder ” - americanheros
 
43.
Michelle Stafford
Two-time Emmy (R) Award-winning actress Michelle Stafford stars in the #1-rated The Young and the Restless, viewed by more than 20 million people every day in some 20 countries worldwide. Michelle joined the cast of "The Young and the Restless" in 1994 and has since developed her role of "Phyllis" into one of the most popular and vivacious characters on daytime to date...
“ ALS Association
H.E.L.P. ” - americanheros
 
44.
John Stamos
Actor, Full House
John Phillip Stamos was born in Cypress, California, to Loretta (Phillips), a model, and William Stamos, a restaurateur. His father was of Greek descent, with the family surname originally being "Stamotopoulos". John has two younger sisters, Janeen and Alaina, both school teachers. His first professional role was as Blackie Parrish on the daytime soap General Hospital from 1982-1984...
“ mothers2mothers
Project Cuddle
Vanguard Cancer Foundation ” - americanheros
 
45.
Emma Stone
Actress, The Help
Emily Jean "Emma" Stone was born in Scottsdale, Arizona, to Krista (Yeager), a homemaker, and Jeffrey Charles Stone, a contracting company founder and CEO. She is of Swedish (from her paternal grandfather), English, German, Scottish, and Irish descent. Stone began acting as a child as a member of the Valley Youth Theatre in Phoenix...
“ Stand Up To Cancer ” - americanheros
 
46.
Jennifer Stone
Born in a suburb in Texas, Jennifer started doing theatre at the age of six. Her favorite place to be was on the stage doing musicals and serious stage productions, even at a young age. This quickly transitioned to work in local Texas commercials, TV, and film work. Her most notable work in Texas was a film starring Michael Caine and Robert Duvall...
“ Jumpstart ” - americanheros
 
47.
Alyson Stoner
Alyson Stoner got her start as a triple threat on the Disney Channel, co-hosting "Mike's Super Short Show". By age seven, she won the hearts of an older generation as the "Little Pigtailed Dancer" in Missy Elliott's music video, Missy Elliott: Work It. Since her early reign, Alyson has become a powerhouse heavy-weight with blockbuster movies like Cheaper by the Dozen and the "Step Up" franchise...
“ She is a StarPower Ambassador for the Starlight Children's Foundation. ” - americanheros
 
48.
Henry Winkler
Henry Franklin Winkler was born on October 30, 1945, in Manhattan, New York. His parents, Ilse Anna Maria (Hadra) and Harry Irving Winkler, were Jewish immigrants who avoided the German Holocaust, moving to the US in 1939. His father was the president of an international lumber company while his mother worked alongside his father...
“ Believe in Dreams
Jumpstart
Love Our Children USA ” - americanheros
 
49.
'Weird Al' Yankovic
Actor, UHF
Alfred Matthew Yankovic was born on October 23, 1959, in the Los Angeles suburb of Lynwood, to Mary Elizabeth (Vivalda) and Nick Louis Yankovic. He is of Yugoslavian, Italian, and English descent. He first took up the accordion when a salesman came around to solicit business for a music school. His parents decided on the accordion because of polka king Frankie Yankovic (no relation)...
“ Human Rights Campaign ” - americanheros
 
50.
Nelson Mandela
Self, Mandela
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (July 18, 1918 - December 5, 2013) was the former leader of the African National Congress (ANC). He was known for his lifelong struggle against apartheid (enforced racial separation), which was instituted in South Africa in 1948. The ANC was soon declared a terrorist organization and banned by the South African government...
“ Africare ” - americanheros
 
51.
Marlo Thomas
Many well-known and highly identifiable actresses have tried and failed to make the arduous crossover from fizzy TV sitcom star to mature, dramatic artist. Usually, it was their hardcore fans who refused to accept them in any other light. Sally Field and Elizabeth Montgomery come to mind first as two actresses who somehow managed to make the none-too-easy adjustment...
“ ALSAC - St. Jude Children's Research Hospital ” - americanheros
 
52.
“ American Academy in Berlin ” - americanheros
 
53.
Elizabeth Taylor
Actress, Giant
Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was considered one of the last, if not the last, major star to have come out of the old Hollywood studio system. She was known internationally for her beauty, especially for her violet eyes, with which she captured audiences early on in her youth and kept the world hooked on with since...
“ AmfAR ” - americanheros
 
54.
Harry Belafonte
Harold George Belafonte was born on March 1, 1927 in New York City. He was educated at the New York Dramatic Workshop. He grew up in Jamaica, British West Indies, and did folk-singing in nightclubs and theaters, and on television and records. His debut was at the Village Vanguard in New York. Also, he appeared in the Broadway revues "John Murray Anderson's Almanac" and "Three for Tonight"...
“ AmfAR ” - americanheros
 
55.
Sharon Stone
Actress, Casino
Sharon Yvonne Stone was born and raised in Meadville, a small town in Pennsylvania, to Dorothy Marie (Lawson), an accountant and homemaker, and Joseph William Stone II, a factory worker. Her father was strict. She was the second of four children, and has English, German, Scottish, and Irish ancestry...
“ AmfAR ” - americanheros
 
56.
Boomer Esiason
Attended the University of Maryland in the early-mid 1980s, where he was starting quarterback for the football team. Played Quarterback in the NFL for the Cincinnati Bengals and Phoenix Cardinals.
“ The Boomer Esiason Foundation ” - americanheros
 
57.
Don Cheadle
Actor, Crash
Donald Frank Cheadle was born in Kansas City, Missouri on November 29, 1964. His childhood found him moving from city to city with his family: mother Bettye (North), a teacher, father Donald Frank Cheadle, Sr., a clinical psychologist, sister Dawn, and brother Colin. After graduating high school in Denver...
“ College Summit ” - americanheros
 
58.
Sigourney Weaver
Actress, Aliens
Sigourney Weaver was born Susan Alexandra Weaver in Leroy Hospital in Manhattan, New York City. Her father, TV producer Sylvester L. Weaver Jr., originally wanted to name her Flavia, because of his passion for Roman history (he had already named her elder brother Trajan). Her mother, Elizabeth Inglis (née Desiree Mary Lucy Hawkins)...
“ Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International ” - americanheros
 
59.
Gloria Reuben
Actress, ER
Gloria Elizabeth Reuben is a Canadian born actress and singer who has amassed impressive credentials in television, film, theater, and music. Reuben was born in Toronto, Ontario and started classical piano lessons at the age of five. It was the beginning of a lifelong love of music. Gloria's career includes many memorable acting roles...
“ Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation ” - americanheros
 
60.
Neal McDonough
Neal McDonough was born on February 13, 1966 in Dorchester, Massachusetts, to Catherine (Bushe) and Frank McDonough, motel owners who were born in Ireland. He grew up in Barnstable, Massachusetts, graduated from Barnstable High School, and attended Syracuse University. He was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts in 1988...
“ Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation ” - americanheros
 
61.
“ Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation ” - americanheros
 
62.
Elton John
Soundtrack, American Hustle
Sir Elton John is one of pop music's great survivors. Born 25 March, 1947, as Reginald Kenneth Dwight, he started to play the piano at the early age of four. At the age of 11, he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. His first band was called Bluesology. He later auditioned (unsuccessfully) as lead singer for the progressive rock bands King Crimson and Gentle Giant...
“ Elton John AIDS Foundation ” - americanheros
 
63.
Jane Fonda
Actress, Nine to Five
Born in New York City to legendary screen star Henry Fonda and New York socialite Frances Seymour Brokaw, Jane Seymour Fonda was destined early to an uncommon and influential life in the limelight. Although she initially showed little inclination to follow her father's trade, she was prompted by...
“ Elton John AIDS Foundation ” - americanheros
 
64.
Whoopi Goldberg
Self, The View
Whoopi Goldberg was born Caryn Elaine Johnson in the Chelsea section of Manhattan on November 13, 1955. Her mother, Emma (Harris), was a teacher and a nurse, and her father, Robert James Johnson, Jr., was a clergyman. Whoopi's recent ancestors were from Georgia, Florida, and Virginia. She worked in a funeral parlor and as a bricklayer while taking small parts on Broadway...
“ Elton John AIDS Foundation ” - americanheros
 
65.
Denzel Washington
Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. was born on December 28, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York. He is the middle of three children of a beautician mother, Lennis, from Georgia, and a Pentecostal minister father, Denzel Washington, Sr., from Virginia. After graduating from high school, Denzel enrolled at Fordham University...
“ Fisher House Foundation ” - americanheros
 
66.
“ Free the Slaves ” - americanheros
 
67.
Ethan Zohn
Self, Survivor
Ethan Zohn lived in Zimbabwe for a year where he played for the Highlanders football team. He is still incredibly passionate about Zimbabwe and goes back frequently. In November 2005 he met with Zimbabwean film maker Chloe Traicos to suggest ways to help people over there. He is a celebrity who uses his fame to help people less fortunate than himself.
“ Grassroot Soccer ” - americanheros
 
68.
“ Green Dot Public Schools ” - americanheros
 
69.
Alicia Keys
Soundtrack, The Great Gatsby
Alicia Keys was born in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan, to Teresa (Augello), a paralegal who was also an occasional actress, and Craig Cook, a flight attendant. Her father is African-American, and her mother, who is caucasian, is of Italian and English/Irish/Scottish ancestry. Alicia began taking piano lessons at age seven at her mother's insistence...
“ Keep a Child Alive ” - americanheros
 
70.
“ Lance Armstrong Foundation ” - americanheros
 
71.
Michael Bloomberg
Michael R. Bloomberg is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who served three terms as Mayor of the City of New York. Born in Boston and raised in a middle class home in Medford, Massachusetts, Michael Bloomberg attended Johns Hopkins University, where he paid his tuition by taking out loans and working as a parking lot attendant...
“ Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts ” - americanheros
 
72.
“ Magic Johnson Foundation ” - americanheros
 
73.
Amy Grant
Amy Grant was born on November 25, 1960, in Augusta, Georgia, U.S.A., the youngest of four daughters to Dr. Burton Paine Grant and his wife Gloria. She recorded her first album, a Christian album called, "Amy Grant" in 1977. It initially sold 250,000 copies, eventually selling over a million copies...
“ National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. ” - americanheros
 
74.
Jon Bon Jovi
Soundtrack, Armageddon
Jon Bon Jovi, was born John Francis Bongiovi, Jr. On March 2, 1962, in Perth Amboy, New Jersey to parents John Francis Bongiovi, Sr. and Carol Sharkey. Family Sharkey was a former model and one of the first Playboy Bunnies. She met Bon Jovi's father after she enlisted in the United States Marines. John was already in the Marines when they met...
“ National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. ” - americanheros
 
75.
Donny Osmond
Producer, Donny and Marie
Donald Clark "Donny" Osmond was born December 9, 1957 in Ogden, Utah, to Olive Osmond (née Davis) and George Osmond on . He was the seventh of eight brothers and has one sister. When Donny was young, his family went to see Lawrence Welk in California. They were unable to meet with him so they decided to take a vacation to Disneyland...
“ National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. ” - americanheros
 
76.
“ National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. ” - americanheros
 
77.
Reba McEntire
Actress, Tremors
Reba Nell McEntire was born on Monday, March 28th, 1955, in McAlester, Oklahoma. The reigning queen of country music has pursued a musical career since she was 5. In Junior High school, she performed with her musical siblings, aka the Singing McEntires. A fine athlete, Reba McEntire followed in the footsteps of her rodeo champion father in competitive barrel racing...
“ National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. ” - americanheros
 
78.
“ National Center for Missing & Exploited Children ” - americanheros
 
79.
Tina Fey
Elizabeth Stamatina Fey was born in 1970 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, just west of Philadelphia, to Xenobia "Jeanne" (Xenakes), a brokerage employee, and Donald Henry Fey, who wrote grant proposals for universities. Her mother is Greek, born in Piraeus, while her father had German, Northern Irish, and English ancestry...
“ National Kidney Foundation ” - americanheros
 
80.
Leonardo DiCaprio
Actor, Inception
Few actors in the world have had a career quite as diverse as Leonardo DiCaprio's. DiCaprio has gone from relatively humble beginnings, as a supporting cast member of the sitcom Growing Pains and low budget horror movies, such as Critters 3, to a major teenage heartthrob in the 1990s, as the hunky lead actor in movies such as Romeo + Juliet and Titanic...
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Robert Redford
Actor, The Sting
Charles Robert Redford, Jr. was born on August 18, 1936, in Santa Monica, California, to Martha (Hart), from Texas, and Charles Robert Redford, an accountant for Standard Oil, who was originally from Connecticut. He is of English, Scottish, Cornish, and Irish ancestry. Robert's mother died in 1955, the year after he graduated from high school...
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Bette Midler
Multi Grammy Award-winning singer/comedienne/author Bette Midler has also proven herself to be a very capable actress in a string of both dramatic and comedic roles. Midler was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on December 1, 1945. She is the daughter of Ruth (Schindel), a seamstress, and Fred Midler, a painter...
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Kelsey Grammer
Actor, Cheers
A six-time Emmy Award winner, Kelsey Grammer was born in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, to Sally (Cranmer), a singer, and Frank Allen Grammer, Jr., a musician and restaurateur. He was raised in New Jersey and Florida. Grammer was drawn to the works of William Shakespeare and spent two years at the prestigious Juilliard School...
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Pierce Brosnan
Actor, GoldenEye
Pierce Brendan Brosnan was born in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland, to May (Smith), a nurse, and Thomas Brosnan, a carpenter. He lived in Navan, County Meath, until he moved to England, UK, at an early age (thus explaining his ability to play men from both backgrounds convincingly). His father left the household when Pierce was a child and although reunited later in life...
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Ted Danson
Actor, Cheers
Ted Danson is well known for his role as Sam Malone in the television series Cheers. During the show's 11-year run, he was nominated nine times for an Emmy Award as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and won twice, in 1990 and 1993. The role also earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series in 1989 and 1990...
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Ben Stiller
Producer, Zoolander
Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller was born on November 30, 1965, in New York City, New York, to legendary comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. His father is of Austrian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent, and his mother was of Irish ancestry (she converted to Judaism). It's not surprising that...
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Julianna Margulies
Actress, The Good Wife
Julianna Margulies was born on June 8, 1966 in Spring Valley (near New York City), as the youngest of three daughters of Francesca (Goldberg), a teacher and dancer in American Ballet, and Paul Margulies, an advertising writer and philosopher. She is of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage (from Romania, Austria...
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Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to Margaret and Robert Joseph Kline, who owned several stores. His father was of German Jewish descent and his mother was of Irish ancestry. After attending Indiana University in Bloomington, Kline studied at the Juilliard School in New York. In 1972, Kline joined the Acting Company in New York which was run by John Houseman...
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Liev Schreiber
Liev (pronounced Lee-ev) Schreiber was born in San Francisco. His mother, Heather (Milgram), is a painter, and his father, Tell Schreiber (Tell Carroll Schreiber III), is a theatrical actor who had a small role in The Keeper. His mother is from a working-class Jewish family from Poland and Russia...
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Morgan Freeman
With an authoritative voice and calm demeanor, this ever popular American actor has grown into one of the most respected figures in modern US cinema. Morgan was born on June 1, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Mayme Edna (Revere), a teacher, and Morgan Porterfield Freeman, a barber. The young Freeman...
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Nora Ephron
Nora Ephron was educated at Wellesley College, Massachusetts. She was an acclaimed essayist (Crazy Salad 1975), novelist (Heartburn 1983), and had written screenplays for several popular films, all featuring strong female characters, such as anti-nuclear activist Karen Silkwood (Silkwood, co-written...
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Trudie Styler
Producer, Snatch
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Sting
Sting was born Gordon Matthew Sumner on 2 October, 1951 in Wallsend, North Tyneside, Tyne and Wear, England, the eldest of four children of Audrey (Cowell), a hairdresser, and Ernest Matthew Sumner, an engineer and milkman. He received his name from a striped sweater he wore which looked like a bee...
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Matt Dillon
Matt Dillon's successful film career has spanned over three decades and has showcased his wide range of dramatic and comedic talents. Dillon displayed his versatility with an arresting performance co-starring as a racist cop in the critically acclaimed Paul Haggis film Crash. This role earned him nominations for an Academy award...
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Queen Noor
Lisa Najeeb Halaby was born in 1951 to Najeeb and Doris Halaby in California. Growing up she spent a lot of time with her paternal grandmother. Her family moved to Washington in the early 1960s because her father had been created the director of the FAA under President Kennedy. Later Najeeb became the second director of PAN-AM and the family spent a lot of time traveling places because it was free...
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Al Roker
Self, Today
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Hayden Panettiere
Hayden Leslie Panettiere was born on August 21, 1989 in Palisades, New York, to actress Lesley Vogel and fire department captain Skip Panettiere. Her younger brother is actor Jansen Panettiere. Her parents are both of half Italian descent, along with German and English. Her mother got her started in the business by doing commercials when she was just 11 months old...
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