Famous Clevelanders

A List of Notables

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Among the many past and present Cleveland and Northeast Ohio residents are the following famous and infamous persons (in alphabetical order):

  • Halle Berry – Oscar-winning actress, who has starred and appeared in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, Their Eyes Were Seeing God, and Monster’s Ball.
  • Hector Boiardi, Chef, restauranteur and creator of Chef Boy-ar-dee food products
  • Jim Brown – Actor and legendary running back from the Cleveland Browns
  • Drew Carey – Creater and producer of the Drew Carey Show and Whose Line is it Anyway?
  • Eric Carmen - Popular singer and songwriter, formerly with the Raspberries
  • Traci Chapman – Singer and songwriter
  • Tim Conway – Actor and comedian, known for his work on the Carol Burnett Show.
  • Wes Craven – Film director, known for his horror films
  • Ben Curtis – 2003 PGA British Open Champion and Kent State graduate
  • Dorothy Dandridge - Oscar nominated actress, best known for starring in Carmen Jones
  • Ruby Dee - Actress
  • Ian Frazier - Contemporary Author
  • Alan Freed – Popular 1950s DJ, who coined the phrase Rock and Roll
  • James A Garfield – 20th President of the United States
  • Lillian Gish – Silent film star
  • Joel Grey – Tony-award and Oscar-winning stage and screen actor
  • Arsenio Hall – Late night talk show host and comedian
  • Margaret Hamilton – Mid-20th century actress, best known for portraying the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz.
  • Patricia Heaton – Actress, best known for her work in Everyone Loves Raymond.
  • Anne Heche - The actress and star of Men in Trees and several films was born in Aurora Ohio.
  • Bob Hope – Legendary 20th century actor and comedian
  • Terrence Howard - Actor, known for his work in Hustle and Flow and Crash.
  • Langston Hughes – Poet
  • Don King - Boxing promoter
  • LeBron James - Basketball Phenom
  • d a levy - "Beat" poet
  • Robert Lockwood Jr. - Grammy-award winning Blues guitarist
  • Henry Mancini - Composer of "Pink Panther," "Moon River," among other classics. Winner of four Oscars and twenty Grammy awards.
  • Garrett Morgan - Inventor of the traffic signal and the gas mask
  • Greg Morris - Actor
  • Toni Morrison – Nobel prize-winning author of Beloved, and The Bluest Eye was born in Lorain
  • Eliot Ness - Famous T-man and head of the "Untouchables"; also Cleveland's Safety Director
  • Paul Newman – Oscar-winning actor, director, chef, and race car driver
  • Jesse Owens – Olympic gold medallist in track and field
  • Laura Paglin - Cleveland Hts. filmmaker
  • Les Roberts - Cleveland Hts-based mystery writer
  • Don Shula - Former head coach of the Miami Dolphins
  • Viktor Schreckengost - Famous artist, teacher, and industrial designer
  • Jerry Siegel – created Superman comic book character, with Joe Shuster
  • George Stephanopolous - Former White House aide and current Washington reporter and commentator
  • Jeptha Wade – Founder of Western Union and major patron to the Cleveland Arts
  • Joe Walsh – Singer, songwriter, and member of The Eagles band
  • Tom Wilson - Artist and creator of "Ziggy"
  • Debra Winger - Actress, known for her work in "An Officer and a Gentleman," among other films.
  • Cy Young - Famous baseball pitcher

(last updated 3-18-15)

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