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Posted 11 July 2013 - 01:44 PM

Tell us about any famous people who lived in the same city or town that you CURRENTLY live in. If you don't know, you are free to use Wikipedia.

And we'll start with my city:

-Lucille Ball: an actress most well-known for her starring role on I Love Lucy who lived in my city during her childhood
-Richard Dean: an automotive designer and custom car builder
-Aaron Diaz: a science popularizer and the creator of the Dresden Codak comic
-Justin Hicks: a golfer playing on the Nationwide Tour
-Connie Kreski: the Playboy Playmate of the Year in 1969
-Bob Kuzava: a baseball pitcher
-Budd Lynch: a former public announcer for the Detroit Red Wings
-Lee Majors: an actor who was most notably The Six Million Dollar Man
-John Martin: another baseball pitcher
-Thomas McGuane: a novelist whose works include Ninety-Two in the Shade and the husband of actress Margot Kidder
-Fritz Shurmur: an American football coach
-Craig Titus: a former IFBB bodybuilding championship and a convicted murderer
-Louis A. Waldman: an Italian Renaissance art historian
-The Mud Puppets: a sketch comedy team who produce a local public access variety show

I apologize if a similar thread has already been made, but the search function was not working for me.

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 01:53 PM Edited by NateShaw92, 11 July 2013 - 01:55 PM.

Philip Astley 1742 - 1814
Founder of the ‘modern’ circus

Dr Henry Faulds 1843 - 1930
Pioneer of forensic fingerprinting

Sir Joseph Cook 1860 - 1947
Former Australian Prime minister

Arnold Bennett 1867 – 1931
Novelist, playwright, and essayist

Fanny Deakin 1883 - 1968
The first woman to be elected onto Wolstanton Council as a Labour member in 1923, later re-elected as a Communist. Fanny was an ardent campaigner of better nourishment for babies and young children and better maternity care for mothers.

Vera Brittain 1893 - 1970
Writer and mother of Liberal Democrat Shirley Williams

Reginald Mitchell 1895 - 1937
Creator of the Spitfire aeroplane

Sergeant Fred ‘Buck’ Kite 1921 - 1993
World War II Hero

John Wain 1925 - 1994
Novelist, dramatist, critic and biographer

Graham Shaw (footballer born 1967) (no relation)

Robbie Earle - former footballer and ITV football pundit

so... where am I

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 01:54 PM

Copy & Paste from Wikipeda:

-Birthplace of Thomas Osborne Davis (1814 – 1845), nationalist, politician, author, poet and patriot. Author of the famous Irish rebel song "A Nation Once Again".
-Birthplace of William O'Brien (1852 – 1928), nationalist, journalist, agrarian agitator, social revolutionary, politician, party leader, newspaper publisher and author.
-Birthplace of John Francis Moriarty (1855-1915) Attorney General for Ireland and judge of the Irish Court of Appeal.
-Birthplace of Seαn Sherlock (Labour Party TD) for Cork East Constituency, elected to Dαil Ιireann 2007 General Election.
-Donovan (singer)
-Stephen O'Flynn, League of Ireland footballer currently with St. Patrick's Athletic
-John Hogan (1805–1892) was a United States Representative from Missouri born in Mallow.
-Ancestral home of US Congressman Tip O'Neill
-Joe Lynch (Actor)
-Elaine Crowley, TV3
-Paul Kane (1810-1871) Canadian painter

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 02:49 PM

Not many famous people come from where I live but...

Roland Hemmo who did the German voiceover for the narrator in Dragonball Z & GT comes from my town.

His voice was used in over 1000 movies.

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 02:53 PM Edited by Waldie, 11 July 2013 - 03:28 PM.

David Byrne - singer, artist, composer, director, talking head...
Jackie Stewart - F1 racing driver


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Posted 11 July 2013 - 02:56 PM

Barack Obama - Went to school here when he was a kid

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 03:04 PM

Jeremy Clarkson.

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 04:58 PM

From Wikipedia
Joe Meek - record producer and songwriter who was born at 1, Market Square. He produced the 1962 Number 1 hit 'Telstar' by The Tornados.

Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin - Gold Medal Winners in the Team Dressage and Individual Dressage events at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London are based at Newent.

Stuart Fleetwood - Professional Footballer currently playing for Luton Town F.C. who attended Newent Community School and played for various Newent Youth Football teams. Fleetwood has previously played for Cardiff and represented Wales at U21 and U23 levels.

Alex Cuthbert - Wales rugby star went to Newent Community School. Cuthbert scored the decisive try in the 2012 Six Nations game as well as 2 tries in the 30-3 win over England in the 2013 title-deciding game. Cuthbert was English schooled and raised but was given his chance in international rugby by the Welsh Sevens team after initially being overlooked by the England setup.

Lauren Delaney - Contemporary Artist attended Newent Community School and Birmingham University.
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Posted 11 July 2013 - 05:04 PM

List is way too huge to post.

Here is just the music people since you may know some:
A Life Once Lost – metal band signed to Ferret Music
Andrew Adgate – musician, founder of music schools, and choir director[1]
Al Alberts (of The Four Aces) – singer
Marian Anderson – opera singer/contralto
Frankie Avalon – singer
Az Yet – R&B singers
Bill Kenny - singer
Bloodhound Gang – band
Bahamadia – rapper
Pearl Bailey – singer, dancer, actress
Charli Baltimore – hip-hop artist
Samuel Barber – composer
Len Barry (of The Dovells) – rock singer
Toni Basil – singer ("Mickey"), choreographer, actress
Frankie Beverly – R&B singer/musician, founder and lead singer of Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
Charlie Biddle – jazz bassist
Bilal – neo-soul singer/musician
Cindy Birdsong – founding member, Labelle; replacement member, Diana Ross & the Supremes
Blue Magic – R&B singers
Boyz II Men – R&B group
Solomon Burke – R&B singer
Uri Caine – composer, arranger, jazz pianist
Dr. Dog – Indie Rock and Roll Band
Cassidy – rapper
Sarah Chang – violinist
Chiddy Bang – rap group (consists of Chidera "Chiddy" Anamege and Noah "Xaphoon Jones" Beresin)
Chubby Checker (born Ernest Evans) – singer
Cinderella – lglam metal band
CKY – alternative metal band
Stanley Clarke – bassist
Alice Cohen – singer/songwriter
John Coltrane – jazz saxophonist
Cool C – rapper
Jim Croce – singer
The Cross Movement – Christian hip-hop artists
Dandelion – grunge band, 1989 to 1996
James Darren – singer, actor
Dead Milkmen – punk/alternative band
The Delfonics – Philadelphia soul group
James DePreist – orchestral conductor
Fred Diodati (of The Four Aces) – singer
Dieselboy – drum and bass DJ/producer
Disco Biscuits – jam-band artists
Bill Doggett – jazz and R&B organist and pianist
Charles Earland – organist
Eastern Conference Champions - alternative rock band
Sandrine Erdely-Sayo – classical pianist
Kevin Eubanks – jazz guitarist
Robin Eubanks – jazz trombonist and arranger
Eve – rapper, actress
Fabian (born Fabian Forte) – singer
Sheila Ferguson – singer with The Three Degrees, 1966 to 1986
Wilhelmenia Fernandez – opera singer/soprano
Rachelle Ferrell – jazz vocalist
Eddie Fisher – singer
Floetry – R&B/neo-soul/hip-hop duo
Sam Fogarino – drummer, Interpol
Freeway – rapper
G. Love and Special Sauce – jam band
Kenny Gamble – producer and co-founder, Philadelphia International Records
Stan Getz – jazz saxophonist
Benny Golson – jazz saxophonist
Charlie Gracie – rock singer
Gogi Grant (born Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg) – singer
Anthony Green – singer, ex Saosin, Circa Survive
Vivian Green – R&B singer
Daryl Hall – singer, one-half of the duo Hall & Oates
Rufus Harley – jazz saxophonist and bag pipe player
Albert Heath – jazz drummer
Jimmy Heath – jazz saxophonist
Percy Heath – jazz bassist
The Hooters – rock band
Leon Huff – producer and co-founder, Philadelphia International Records
Phyllis Hyman – R&B/jazz vocalist
The Intruders – Philadelphia soul group
Ms. Jade – hip-hop artist
DJ Jazzy Jeff (born Jeffrey Townes) – hip-hop DJ, neo-soul producer, one-half of the duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince
Jedi Mind Tricks – underground hip-hop duo
Joan Jett – rock musician
Philly Joe Jones – jazz drummer
Kitty Kallen (born Katie Kallen) – pop singer
Jason Karaban – Singer Songwriter
Tom Keifer (born Carl Thomas Keifer) – vocalist of the glam metal band Cinderella
Keith (born James Barry Keifer) – singer
Khia- rapper
King Britt – house DJ, producer
The Kinleys – twin country music singers
Kurupt – rapper
Labelle (a.k.a. Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles) – Soul & R&B singers
Patti LaBelle – R&B singer
Mario Lanza – operatic singer
Lynda Laurence – Stevie Wonder, The Supremes
Amos Lee – folk/blues singer
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes – member, TLC
Monie Love – rapper, radio personality
The Loved Ones – punk rock band
Leonard MacClain - theatre organ
Al Martino (born Alfred Cini) – singer
Pat Martino – jazz guitarist
Barbara Mason – R&B singer/composer
Christian McBride – jazz bassist
McFadden & Whitehead – singers, songwriters, producers
Meek Mill - Rapper
MewithoutYou – Christian Rock band signed to Tooth and Nail Records
MFSB – Philadelphia soul group, recorded Soul Train theme song
Lee Morgan – trumpet
Mountain Brothers – hip hop group
James Mtume – R&B/jazz musician; founder of Mtume
Marc Nelson – R&B singer; former member, Boyz II Men; current member, Az Yet
Lobo Nocho – African American ιmigrι jazz singer in France[7]
John Oates – singer, one-half of the duo Hall & Oates
The Orlons - R&B group
Hugh Panaro – singer; broadway/opera (tenor)
Paint It Black – punk band
Billy Paul – Philadelphia soul singer
Teddy Pendergrass – R&B singer; former lead singer, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
Vincent Persichetti – composer, music educator
Pieces of a Dream – R&B/jazz fusion artists
Pink – R&B/rock singer
Fayette Pinkney – singer with The Three Degrees, 1963 to 1976
Trudy Pitts – jazz keyboardist
Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson – Drummer/Producer/DJ/Writer/Journalist/Photographer
RJD2 – producer
Sun Ra – jazz pianist, bandleader
Danny Rapp, singer, Danny & the Juniors
Res – R&B singer
Joe Renzetti - played guitar on many hit records - Cameo Records. Arranged "Sunny," "Mandy," "98.6." Oscar Winner.
Paul Robeson – singer, activist, attorney, All-American college athlete
The Roots – hip hop band
Jack Rose – guitarist
Todd Rundgren – musician, singer-songwriter, producer
Bobby Rydell – singer
Santigold – dub punk singer
Schoolly D – rapper
Jill Scott – R&B/neo-soul singer
Shirley Scott – organ
Dee Dee Sharp – Singer/Actress
Gene Shay – "grandfather of Philadelphia folk music"
Beanie Sigel – rapper
Bunny Sigler – R&B singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, →producer
Silvertide members – rock band
Siris – international music duo
Oscar Shumsky – violinist
Musiq Soulchild (a.k.a. Musiq) – R&B/neo-soul singer
Soulquarians – neo-soul musical collective
Steady B – rapper
Swayzak (of The Goats) – rapper
The Stylistics – Philadelphia soul group
Princess Superstar – hip-hop performer
Tammi Terrell – Soul/R&B/Motown singer
The Three Degrees – Philadelphia soul/disco group
Three Times Dope – hip-hop group
The Trammps – disco band
Ira Tucker – Dixie Hummingbirds
The War on Drugs – Psychedelic folk band
Tuff Crew – hip-hop group

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 05:08 PM

Francis Scott Key - Composed the National Anthem

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 05:15 PM

Alex Souza - football player, former captain of the Brazilian national team and Fenerbahηe. Now playing for Coritiba (oh yeah!)
Adriano Correia - football player for Barcelona
Maurνcio "Shogun" Rua - MMA, currently fights for UFC
Wanderlei Silva - MMA, currently fights for UFC
Rolando Ferreira - retired professional basketball player who played for Blazers
Anderson Silva - MMA and former UFC Middleweight Champion

And a bunch of artists that you'll probably never know.

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 05:17 PM Edited by Valenta, 11 July 2013 - 05:21 PM.

I'll go for Glasgow:

- Billy Connolly, comedian
At the ripe age of 69, Billy Connolly, CBE will be, for many, the epitome of Scottish-ness. It's no surprise to learn that in Scotland itself, he is often affectionately known as 'the Big Yin' – the Big One.
Having grown up in Anderston on the northern banks of the River Clyde, Connolly initially worked as a welder in Glasgow's iconic shipyards before hanging up his tools in the late 60s and early 70s to pursue a career as a folk musician. Together with the acclaimed Gerry Rafferty of Baker Street fame, who recently died, he recorded two critically acclaimed albums.
His hilarious on-stage persona quickly saw his focus turn to comedy and, as a stand-up, he is one of the most influential of his generation.

- James McAvoy, actor
Having made his acting debut at the age of 16, James McAvoy had a relatively slow start to his career and even considered becoming a priest, before hitting superstardom with a string of successful Hollywood roles.
Growing up in Port Glasgow, McAvoy was the son of a builder and psychiatric nurse but, after his parents divorced, he went to live with his grandparents in the Drumchapel area of the city.
Starring in Disney's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe made him an international star. This was soon followed by a Bafta-winning turn in the Last King of Scotland, a role alongside Morgan Freeman in Wanted and the lead voice part in animation Gnomeo and Juliet.

- Franz Ferdinand, band
Glasgow band Franz Ferdinand burst onto the scene in 2002 and went on to win the Mercury Music Prize in 2004 and two Brit Awards in 2005.
One of the most popular bands to emerge from the city's music scene, they have gone on to sell three million albums worldwide and pick up a string of other awards from NME, including best album for their self-titled debut.
With just three albums under their belt, they have been far from prolific, but a fourth album is due for release this year on the Domino record label.

- Gerard Butler, actor
Gerard Butler was raised in a strict Roman Catholic household, in Renfrewshire, on the south-west border of Glasgow. This versatile actor has risen to global prominence, starring in film and on stage, but was once destined to become a lawyer before embarking on a drastic career switch.
Butler burst onto the Hollywood A-list with a leading role in comic book adaptation 300, playing Leonidas, king of the ancient Spartans, in this highly stylised epic tale of war with the Persians. He went on to star in a broad range of films, including PS I Love You, RocknRolla, Law Abiding Citizen and, most recently, Machine Gun Preacher.
Despite relocating to Los Angeles, he remains an avid follower of Scottish football, and Glasgow's Celtic FC in particular.

- Sir Alex Ferguson, football manager
Many famous football players and managers have emerged from Glasgow, but as the most successful manager in the modern game, Manchester United's manager Sir Alex Ferguson is the one to make our list.
A relatively successful playing career as a striker saw Ferguson score 170 goals in 317 appearances in the Scottish leagues, before he moved into management in 1974.
In his managerial career, Ferguson has picked up a total of 48 trophies, with the majority of those coming at United, and has won Manager of the Year more times than anyone else in the history of British football.

- Lulu, singer
The hugely successful music and television career of Lulu Kennedy-Cairns began in 1964 and by 1969 she had won the Eurovision Song Contest with her track Boom Bang-a-Bang, albeit in a tie with three other countries.
Having worked her entire career under the stage name Lulu, she was born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie and grew up in Lennoxtown to the north-west of Glsagow.
In an epic career in which she conquered the US and worked with the likes of Elton John and Take That, she has recorded more than 20 albums and dozens of singles, starred in a handful of films, appeared on television countless times and even recorded the title track for the Jame Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun. Lulu was awarded an OBE in 2000.
Most recently, Lulu starred in Strictly Come Dancing in 2011 but was voted off in only its sixth week. She also starred as herself in the Absolutely Fabulous 2012 New Year's Day special alongside Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley.

- Gordon Ramsay, chef
These days, it is impossible to turn on a television without seeing Gordon Ramsay's potty mouth berating some poor soul, but his time as a celebrated chef could have stopped before it even started had his football career not come to an abrupt end.
Trials as a goalkeeper with Glasgow Rangers may have come to fruition had he not suffered a serious knee injury, but his success as a chef has certainly made up for this.
At the age of 45, Ramsay holds 13 coveted Michelin stars across a range of restaurants and regularly stars in his own television shows.

- Lorraine Kelly, television presenter
An ever-present fixture on UK television screens for nearly 30 years, Lorraine Kelly, OBE began her career in 1983 as a reporter on TV-am's Good Morning Britain.
Scotland's answer to Oprah Winfrey, the popular 52-year-old had her own talk show LK Today, which was followed by the updated Lorraine, while she also helped establish GMTV in 1993 alongside Eamonn Holmes.
This year, Lorraine was awarded an OBE in the Queen's New Year Honours List, in recognition of her charity work. She lives in Dundee with her husband Steve and daughter Rosie.

- Duncan Bannatyne, entrepreneur
Brought up just outside of Glasgow in Clydebank, Duncan Bannatyne, OBE is a hugely successful entrepreneur worth an estimated £430 million.
Growing up in a poor family, Bannatyne has enjoyed a real rags-to-riches story, earning his first pennies as a paper boy so that he could buy his own bike.
Now, the Dragons' Den star owns a chain of health clubs, bars and hotels and donates significant amounts of money to charity.

- Sharleen Spiteri, singer
Best known as the frontwoman and lead singer of the Scottish band Texas, Sharleen Spiteri moved from north Lanarkshire to the Glaswegian suburbs near Balloch as a child.
With her seaman father a guitar player and her mother a singer, a career as a musician was always on the cards for Spiteri and she got her big break in 1989, when Texas scored their first top-ten single with I Don't Want a Lover.
Leaving her job as a hairdresser, she went on to record seven studio albums with the band before later releasing two solo records.

- Carol Ann Duffy, poet and playwright
Poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy will be forever remembered by a generation of British school children as the name at the top of many of the poems they studied for English literature GCSE, but beyond that, she is one of the most celebrated poets of her generation.
Awarded an OBE in 1995 and a CBE in 2002, she was the first Scot to be appointed poet laureate – an impressive achievement for someone who grew up in the Gorbals, a notoriously poor area of Glasgow.

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 05:18 PM

Rima Fakih - Miss Michigan USA 2010, Miss USA 2010,[32]
George Peppard - Actor: Breakfast at Tiffany's, The A-Team, Banacek


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Posted 11 July 2013 - 10:30 PM

QUOTE (Valenta @ Thursday, Jul 11 2013, 17:17)
I'll go for Glasgow:

- Billy Connolly, comedian
At the ripe age of 69, Billy Connolly, CBE will be, for many, the epitome of Scottish-ness. It's no surprise to learn that in Scotland itself, he is often affectionately known as 'the Big Yin' – the Big One.
Having grown up in Anderston on the northern banks of the River Clyde, Connolly initially worked as a welder in Glasgow's iconic shipyards before hanging up his tools in the late 60s and early 70s to pursue a career as a folk musician. Together with the acclaimed Gerry Rafferty of Baker Street fame, who recently died, he recorded two critically acclaimed albums.
His hilarious on-stage persona quickly saw his focus turn to comedy and, as a stand-up, he is one of the most influential of his generation.

- James McAvoy, actor
Having made his acting debut at the age of 16, James McAvoy had a relatively slow start to his career and even considered becoming a priest, before hitting superstardom with a string of successful Hollywood roles.
Growing up in Port Glasgow, McAvoy was the son of a builder and psychiatric nurse but, after his parents divorced, he went to live with his grandparents in the Drumchapel area of the city.
Starring in Disney's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe made him an international star. This was soon followed by a Bafta-winning turn in the Last King of Scotland, a role alongside Morgan Freeman in Wanted and the lead voice part in animation Gnomeo and Juliet.

- Franz Ferdinand, band
Glasgow band Franz Ferdinand burst onto the scene in 2002 and went on to win the Mercury Music Prize in 2004 and two Brit Awards in 2005.
One of the most popular bands to emerge from the city's music scene, they have gone on to sell three million albums worldwide and pick up a string of other awards from NME, including best album for their self-titled debut.
With just three albums under their belt, they have been far from prolific, but a fourth album is due for release this year on the Domino record label.

- Gerard Butler, actor
Gerard Butler was raised in a strict Roman Catholic household, in Renfrewshire, on the south-west border of Glasgow. This versatile actor has risen to global prominence, starring in film and on stage, but was once destined to become a lawyer before embarking on a drastic career switch.
Butler burst onto the Hollywood A-list with a leading role in comic book adaptation 300, playing Leonidas, king of the ancient Spartans, in this highly stylised epic tale of war with the Persians. He went on to star in a broad range of films, including PS I Love You, RocknRolla, Law Abiding Citizen and, most recently, Machine Gun Preacher.
Despite relocating to Los Angeles, he remains an avid follower of Scottish football, and Glasgow's Celtic FC in particular.

- Sir Alex Ferguson, football manager
Many famous football players and managers have emerged from Glasgow, but as the most successful manager in the modern game, Manchester United's manager Sir Alex Ferguson is the one to make our list.
A relatively successful playing career as a striker saw Ferguson score 170 goals in 317 appearances in the Scottish leagues, before he moved into management in 1974.
In his managerial career, Ferguson has picked up a total of 48 trophies, with the majority of those coming at United, and has won Manager of the Year more times than anyone else in the history of British football.

- Lulu, singer
The hugely successful music and television career of Lulu Kennedy-Cairns began in 1964 and by 1969 she had won the Eurovision Song Contest with her track Boom Bang-a-Bang, albeit in a tie with three other countries.
Having worked her entire career under the stage name Lulu, she was born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie and grew up in Lennoxtown to the north-west of Glsagow.
In an epic career in which she conquered the US and worked with the likes of Elton John and Take That, she has recorded more than 20 albums and dozens of singles, starred in a handful of films, appeared on television countless times and even recorded the title track for the Jame Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun. Lulu was awarded an OBE in 2000.
Most recently, Lulu starred in Strictly Come Dancing in 2011 but was voted off in only its sixth week. She also starred as herself in the Absolutely Fabulous 2012 New Year's Day special alongside Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley.

- Gordon Ramsay, chef
These days, it is impossible to turn on a television without seeing Gordon Ramsay's potty mouth berating some poor soul, but his time as a celebrated chef could have stopped before it even started had his football career not come to an abrupt end.
Trials as a goalkeeper with Glasgow Rangers may have come to fruition had he not suffered a serious knee injury, but his success as a chef has certainly made up for this.
At the age of 45, Ramsay holds 13 coveted Michelin stars across a range of restaurants and regularly stars in his own television shows.

- Lorraine Kelly, television presenter
An ever-present fixture on UK television screens for nearly 30 years, Lorraine Kelly, OBE began her career in 1983 as a reporter on TV-am's Good Morning Britain.
Scotland's answer to Oprah Winfrey, the popular 52-year-old had her own talk show LK Today, which was followed by the updated Lorraine, while she also helped establish GMTV in 1993 alongside Eamonn Holmes.
This year, Lorraine was awarded an OBE in the Queen's New Year Honours List, in recognition of her charity work. She lives in Dundee with her husband Steve and daughter Rosie.

- Duncan Bannatyne, entrepreneur
Brought up just outside of Glasgow in Clydebank, Duncan Bannatyne, OBE is a hugely successful entrepreneur worth an estimated £430 million.
Growing up in a poor family, Bannatyne has enjoyed a real rags-to-riches story, earning his first pennies as a paper boy so that he could buy his own bike.
Now, the Dragons' Den star owns a chain of health clubs, bars and hotels and donates significant amounts of money to charity.

- Sharleen Spiteri, singer
Best known as the frontwoman and lead singer of the Scottish band Texas, Sharleen Spiteri moved from north Lanarkshire to the Glaswegian suburbs near Balloch as a child.
With her seaman father a guitar player and her mother a singer, a career as a musician was always on the cards for Spiteri and she got her big break in 1989, when Texas scored their first top-ten single with I Don't Want a Lover.
Leaving her job as a hairdresser, she went on to record seven studio albums with the band before later releasing two solo records.

- Carol Ann Duffy, poet and playwright
Poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy will be forever remembered by a generation of British school children as the name at the top of many of the poems they studied for English literature GCSE, but beyond that, she is one of the most celebrated poets of her generation.
Awarded an OBE in 1995 and a CBE in 2002, she was the first Scot to be appointed poet laureate – an impressive achievement for someone who grew up in the Gorbals, a notoriously poor area of Glasgow.

John Barrowman - Actor & TV Presenter most notably in Doctor Who, Torchwood & Sat Night programming like Tonight's the Night on BBC which is also filmed in Glasgow at the BBC Pacific Quey Centre

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 10:35 PM

LaDainian Tomlinson grew up here.
RG3 went to college here.
Jennifer Love Hewitt was born here.
Willie Nelson went to college for here a year.
Ted Nugent lives here.

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 10:41 PM

Eva Avila, winner of the 2006 Canadian Idol, and some Quebec artists that no one knows out of here.

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 11:00 PM

Dwayne Johnson's Father and a Canadian Prime Minister (Charles Tupper).

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 11:03 PM

Everyone that was born/lived in Manchester UK. There's loads, can't be arsed typing them all out.

I will however mention Paul Scholes; former Manchester United player as he lives literally round the corner from me.

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 11:08 PM

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  • Dusty Ziegler
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  • Josh Mallard
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I'm sure there's more, that's off the top of my head. Savannah is home to a lot of writers as well and home to sets for quite a lot of movies.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 06:23 AM

only posting the 1s u may have heard of

Kirko Bangz
Booker T
Nolan Ryan
Z-Ro
Paul Wall
The Undertaker
Trae tha Truth
Anna Nicole Smith
DJ Screw
Kelly Rowland
LeToya Luckett
Dusty Hill
Billy Gibbons
Frank Beard
Chamillionaire
Hilary Duff
Haylie Duff
Johnny Dang

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 06:37 AM

I used to live a couple houses from Liam Hemsworth, who dated Miley Cyrus, and his brother Chris, who played Thor in Thor and The Avengers. They were pretty cool, great surfers.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 07:50 AM

Tiger Woods, Casey Anthony, Daniel Tosh, and Carrot Top. blush.gif Can't really say I feel any pride.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 08:03 AM

Hilltops Hoods, not many people out of Australia would of heard of them though, but they are famous. and have had quite a few number one singles here.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 08:52 AM

Monica Seles, a former World No. 1 female tennis player. She was born in 1973, in Novi Sad.

Albert Einstein, a theoretical physicist of profound genius, who is widely regarded as the greatest scientist of the 20th century. He lived in Novi Sad in 1905 through 1907 (in Kisačka Street 20) together with his wife, Mileva Marić.

^Try and top the Einstein part sly.gif .

Dunno much more famous people from my city though. confused.gif

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 08:13 PM

Jimmy page and Ronnie wood both grew up in my area.

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 08:15 PM

Mark Twain and Michael Ian Black

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 08:40 PM

I was born in the same town (Stevenage) as Lewis Hamilton and Albert and Ebenezer Fox.

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 02:38 AM

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 03:47 AM

I just spent like a half hour compiling a list of the most famous people from north Orange county (it's made up of multiple cities and has a population of probably one or two million), and it was epic. I accidentally closed the tab.

Here are the best ones off the top of my head:
Tiger Woods
James Cameron
Richard Nixon
Dick Dale
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Jason Lee
John Wayne

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 04:08 AM Edited by Lurch, 16 July 2013 - 06:50 AM.

The notables. c/p'd from Wiki.

Quentin Tarantino (b. 1963), film director
Johnny Knoxville (b. 1971), actor and daredevil
Christina Hendricks (b. 1975), actress
Kenny Chesney (b. 1968), country musician
Trevor Bayne (b. 1991), NASCAR driver and 2011 Daytona 500 winner
Glenn Jacobs (b. 1967), better known as "Kane," professional wrestler
Jeff Jarrett (b. 1967), professional wrestler
Harry Fujiwara (b. 1935), better known as "Mr. Fuji," professional wrestler

Peyton Manning played her in his college years.




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