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1. Margaret Hamilton Margaret Hamilton Actress, The Wizard of Oz Margaret Hamilton was Born December 9, 1902 in Cleveland, Ohio to Jennie and Walter Hamilton. She later attended Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and practiced acting doing children's theater while a Junior League of Cleveland member. Margaret had already built her resume with several performances in film before she came to her most memorable and astronomically successful role...
2. Halle Berry Halle Berry Actress, Cloud Atlas Halle Berry was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Her father, Jerome Jesse Berry, was African-American, and worked as a hospital attendant. Her mother, Judith Ann (Hawkins), who is Caucasian, has English and German ancestry, and is a retired psychiatric nurse. Halle has an older sister named Heidi Berry...
3. Debra Winger Debra Winger Actress, Terms of Endearment Mary Debra Winger was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1955, to a Jewish family (originally from Austria-Hungary and the Russian Empire). Her maternal grandparents called her Mary, while her parents called her Debra (her father named her Debra after his favorite actress, Debra Paget). She is the daughter of Ruth (Felder)...
4. Carol Kane Carol Kane Actress, Annie Hall Carol Kane was born Carolyn Laurie Kane on June 18, 1952 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Elaine Joy (Fetterman), a jazz singer and pianist, and Michael Myron Kane, an architect. Her family is Ashkenazi Jewish (from Russia, Poland, and Austria). Due to her parents' divorce, Carol spent most of her childhood in boarding schools...
5. Monica Potter Monica Potter Actress, Patch Adams Monica Potter was born Monica Gregg Brokaw on June 30, 1971, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Nora Marie (Sexton), a secretary, and Paul Ely Brokaw, Jr., who invented the first flame-resistant car wax. Her maternal grandparents were Irish immigrants, while her father has German, English, and Scottish ancestry...
6. Paula Jai Parker Paula Jai Parker Actress, Phone Booth Paula Jai Parker is from Cleveland, Ohio. She moved to Washington, D.C. in 1987 to study at Howard University. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree, she moved to New York City and played a number of clubs. Her reputation as a comedian earned her a place on the FOX comedy program "The Apollo Comedy Hour," filmed live at the legendary Apollo Theater...
7. Hal Holbrook Hal Holbrook Actor, Into the Wild Hal Holbrook is an Emmy- and Tony-Award winning actor who is one of the great craftsman of stage and screen. He is best known for his performance as Mark Twain, for which he won a Tony and the first of his ten Emmy Award nominations. Aside from the stage, Holbrook made his reputation primarily on television...
8. Alan Ruck Alan Ruck Actor, Ferris Bueller's Day Off Alan Ruck was born on July 1, 1956 in Cleveland, Ohio, and has made over 100 appearances in films and television, and on stage. He is best known for his role as the friend of Matthew Broderick and hopeless hypochondriac Cameron Frye, in John Hughes's Ferris Bueller's Day Off. During the 1980s he appeared...
9. Burgess Meredith Burgess Meredith Actor, Rocky One of the truly great and gifted performers of the century who often suffered lesser roles, Burgess Meredith was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1907 and educated in Amherst College in Massachusetts before joining Eva Le Gallienne's stage company in New York City in 1933. He became a favorite of dramatist Maxwell Anderson...
10. Keir Dullea Keir Dullea Actor, 2001: A Space Odyssey Tall, slim, remote and boyishly handsome, one of Keir Dullea's most arresting features are his pale blue eyes and, at one time, they were featured all over the screen in a number of watershed films of the 1960s. A major, up-and-coming film star from the "Camelot" years straight through the turbulent era of the U.S.-Viet Nam War...
11. Miriam Flynn Miriam Flynn Actress, Babe
12. Wes Craven Wes Craven Writer, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Rising out of the mid-western suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, Wes Craven has become synonymous with genre bending and innovative horror, challenging audiences with his bold visions since the release of his first feature film, The Last House of the Left, which he wrote, directed, and edited in 1972. Craven reinvented the youth horror genre again in 1984 with the classic A Nightmare on Elm Street...
13. Bill Cobbs Bill Cobbs Actor, Night at the Museum Bill Cobbs was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, where his parents were hard-working people, who instilled in him a sense of self-reliance and humility. As an amateur actor in the city's Karamu House Theater, he starred in the Ossie Davis play "Purlie Victorious". Cobbs was an Air Force radar technician for eight years; he also worked in office products at IBM and sold cars in Cleveland...
14. Mary Carey Mary Carey Actress, Sapphire Girls Cleveland native Mary Carey was born into what could be charitably called a dysfunctional family. Both of her parents were mentally handicapped (her mother had been diagnosed as a schizophrenic) and she was taken away from her parents by her grandparents when she was three months old. After her parents divorced...
15. Imani Hakim Imani Hakim Actress, Reign Over Me Famed actress Imani Hakim was born on August 12th, in Cleveland, Ohio. Although most people decide what occupation path they want to take once out of high school, Imani Hakim already had developed a strong passion for acting by age seven. She began studying acting at Cleveland's historic Karamu House Theater and appeared in many of its stage productions...
16. Vanessa Bayer Vanessa Bayer Actress, Despicable Me 2 Vanessa Bayer was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, where she attended Orange High School. She is best known as a cast member of Saturday Night Live. In 2004, she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication. During her college career, she worked as an intern for Sesame Street and Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
17. Richard Brooks Richard Brooks Actor, The Crow: City of Angels Commanding actor Richard Brooks was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He is an actor, director and singer. Raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Brooks studied acting, dance, and voice work at Interlochen Academy of Arts in Michigan. Later, he moved to New York City and was a student of the Circle in the Square Professional...
18. Drew Carey Drew Carey Self, The Aristocrats
19. Joel Grey Joel Grey Actor, Dancer in the Dark
20. Arsenio Hall Arsenio Hall Actor, Coming to America
21. Yvette Nicole Brown Yvette Nicole Brown Actress, (500) Days of Summer
22. Ruby Dee Ruby Dee Actress, American Gangster
23. Jim Backus Jim Backus Actor, Rebel Without a Cause Jim Backus was born James Gilmore Backus on February 25, 1913 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was one of the few actors to do it all: radio, Broadway, movies, television and cartoons. After attending preparatory school in his hometown Cleveland, Backus enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Art, to ply his trade...
24. Brian Stepanek Brian Stepanek Actor, The Island
25. James Pickens Jr. James Pickens Jr. Actor, Another World James Pickens Jr. was born October 26, 1954 in Cleveland, Ohio. While attending college at Bowling Green State University, Pickens began pursuing an interest in acting. He graduated from BGSU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1976. Afterwards, Pickens began work on the stage at the Roundabout Theatre in New York City...
26. Josh Robert Thompson Josh Robert Thompson Actor, Yogi Bear Actor, comedian and impressionist, Josh is perhaps best recognized for his role as robot sidekick Geoff Peterson on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson." His uncanny celebrity impressions and character voices can also be heard on "Family Guy," "American Dad," "The Cleveland Show" and in popular video games like "Final Fantasy" and "Call of Duty." On radio...
27. Sean Kanan Sean Kanan Actor, General Hospital Sean Kanan was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but was raised in New Castle, Pennsylvania. His parents encouraged him to pursue a wide range of interests, such as acting and martial arts. One of his first roles was in the low-budget horror movie Hide and Go Shriek, but the young actor is also known for his theater work, especially with Sam Shepard's plays.
28. Martha Smith Martha Smith Actress, Animal House Out of her hundreds of TV appearances, Martha Smith is perhaps best known as "Francine Desmond", intelligence agent (and nemesis of star Kate Jackson) on the CBS series Scarecrow and Mrs. King. Raised in Farmington, MI, Martha--an honor student with a mention in "Who's Who of American Students"--enrolled in Michigan State University at 17 to study psychology...
29. Stephen Gyllenhaal Stephen Gyllenhaal Director, Homegrown
30. Dorothy Dandridge Dorothy Dandridge Actress, Carmen Jones Dorothy Jean Dandridge was born on November 9, 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Ruby Dandridge (née Ruby Jean Butler), an entertainer, and Cyril H. Dandridge, a cabinet maker and minister. Under the prodding of her mother, Dorothy and her sister Vivian Dandridge began performing publicly, usually in black Baptist churches throughout the country...
31. Max Perlich Max Perlich Actor, Blow
32. LaWanda Page LaWanda Page Actress, Friday Best known for her role as Aunt Esther Anderson on "Sanford And Son", she appeared in many films including "Don't Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood" (1996), "Friday" (1995), "The Legend of Dolemite" (1994), "West From North Goes South" (1993), "The Meteor Man" (1993)...
33. Jonathan Freeman Jonathan Freeman Actor, Aladdin
34. Vanessa Bell Calloway Vanessa Bell Calloway Actress, Coming to America
35. Quinton Flynn Quinton Flynn Actor, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
36. Machine Gun Kelly Machine Gun Kelly Self, MGK and Kat Graham Richard Colson Baker is better known by his stage name Machine Gun Kelly. His stage name was given for his rapid-fire lyrical flow and is a reference to notorious criminal George "Machine Gun Kelly" Barnes. MGK is from Cleveland, Ohio and is signed to Bad Boy and Interscope Records. He rose to fame after releasing his first four mixtapes...
37. Jack Weston Jack Weston Actor, Dirty Dancing Born in Cleveland, he was a Machine Gunner and USO performer in World War II before arriving in New York to start his theater career.
38. Bumper Robinson Bumper Robinson Actor, Enemy Mine
39. Cristina Ferrare Cristina Ferrare Self, Episode dated 25 February 2013 Cynthia Cristina Ferrare, the TV personality and former wife of auto executive John DeLorean, was born on February 8, 1950 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Italian-American Catholic parents, Renata Velia (Torinesi) and Tavio C. Ferrare, a butcher. Her family relocated to Los Angeles when she was 14 years old...
40. Phil Donahue Phil Donahue Self, Finding Vivian Maier
41. Mark L. Lester Mark L. Lester Director, Commando Director, writer and producer Mark L. Lester has created high-action films throughout his career, including some of the world's biggest box office draws. His directorial expertise has garnered praise for such films as Arnold Schwarzenegger's box-office mega-hit Commando, Stephen King's supernatural thriller Firestarter with Drew Barrymore and Martin Sheen...
42. Lee Unkrich Lee Unkrich Editorial Department, Finding Nemo Lee Unkrich attended Chagrin Falls High School in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. He was born in 1967 and graduated in 1985. He was a great French student and created a character in his movie, Toy Story 2 after his high school French teacher. He was featured in the local paper twice for Monsters, Inc. and for Finding Nemo.
43. Greg Morris Greg Morris Actor, Pilot Born in Cleveland, Morris came to Hollywood in the early 1960s. His acting experience at that time consisted of a few minor roles on the Seattle stage. He found work appearing on Television series such as The Dick Van Dyke Show and Twilight Zone before being cast in Mission: Impossible. Morris played quiet, efficient electronics expert Barney Collier from 1966-1973...
44. Denise Galik Denise Galik Actress, General Hospital
45. Jack Riley Jack Riley Actor, Boogie Nights Cleveland-born comedy actor Jack Riley switched his career interest from baseball to acting after obtaining a radio job, writing and performing skits while attending John Carroll University. He toured military bases throughout the world in comedy shows after being drafted in the Army in 1958. Following his discharge...
46. Amy Stock-Poynton Amy Stock-Poynton Actress, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
47. James Wilder James Wilder Actor, Closing the Deal
48. Diana Hyland Diana Hyland Actress, The Boy in the Plastic Bubble Diana Hyland, a striking, knowing beauty with a confident air about her, was born Diane Gentner on January 25, 1936, in Ohio and appeared on stage in summer stock, as a teen, before graduating from Cleveland Heights High School. Moving to New York in 1955 to test her acting mettle, the slim-faced,...
49. Sabrina Culver Sabrina Culver Actress, ReMoved Born in Cleveland, Ohio and then lived in Westfield, NJ and graduated from St. Lukes School in New Canaan, Ct. Studied classical piano from a very early age and always loved musical theatre appearing in community and school productions before attending Emerson College in Boston. Commercials and print...
50. Jazsmin Lewis Jazsmin Lewis Actress, Barbershop
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