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Famous People From Oregon

Updated June 14, 2019 20.5k views990 items

List of famous people from Oregon, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Oregon, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Oregon you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Oregon, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

List is made up of people like Reid Shelton and Michael Hennagin.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Oregon?" or "Which celebrities were born in Oregon?" then this list is a great resource for you.
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  • BirthplacePortland, Oregon, United States of America

    Sara Jean Underwood (born March 26, 1984) is an American model, television host, and actress who was chosen as the Playmate of the Month for the July 2006 issue of Playboy magazine and later became...  more

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  • BirthplaceAstoria, Oregon, USA

    Holly Madison (born December 23, 1979) is a model, showgirl, television personality and New York Times best-selling author. Madison is known for her role in the E! reality television show The Girls...  more

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  • Lisa Rinna

    Age: 58

    BirthplaceOregon, USA, Medford

    Lisa Deanna Rinna (born July 11, 1963) is an American actress and television personality. She is best known for her roles as Billie Reed on the NBC daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives and Taylor...  more

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  • Kate Nauta

    Age: 39

    BirthplaceSalem, Oregon, United States of America

    Kate Lynn Nauta (born April 29, 1982) is an American fashion model, actress and singer. One of her major roles in feature films was Lola in Transporter 2. She previously also used the name Katie...  more
  • BirthplacePortland, Oregon, United States of America

    Alternative NameTonya Harding

    Tonya Maxene Price née Harding (born November 12, 1970) is an American former figure skater, retired boxer, and reality television personality. A native of Portland, Oregon, Harding was raised...  more

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  • Ty Burrell

    Age: 53

    BirthplaceGrants Pass, Oregon, United States of America

    Tyler Gerald Burrell (born August 22, 1967) is an American actor and comedian. He originally rose to prominence in several roles on Broadway including Macbeth, and the off-Broadway plays Corners, The...  more

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  • Jerry Smith

    Dec. at 43 (1943-1986)

    BirthplaceEugene, Oregon

    Gerald Thomas Smith (July 19, 1943 – October 15, 1986) was a professional American football tight end for the National Football League's Washington Redskins from 1965 to 1977. By the time he retired...  more

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  • Ray Dolby

    Dec. at 80 (1933-2013)

    BirthplacePortland, Oregon

    Ray Milton Dolby (; January 18, 1933 – September 12, 2013) was an American engineer and inventor of the noise reduction system known as Dolby NR. He helped develop the video tape recorder while at...  more
  • BirthplaceReedsport, Oregon, USA

    Delilah Rene (born February 15, 1960 in North Bend, Oregon) is an American radio personality, author, and songwriter, best known as the host of a nationally syndicated nightly U.S. radio song request...  more
  • Rebecca Schaeffer

    Dec. at 21 (1967-1989)

    BirthplaceEugene, Oregon, United States of America

    Rebecca Lucile Schaeffer (November 6, 1967 – July 18, 1989) was an American model and actress. She began her career as a teen model before moving on to acting. In 1986, she landed the role of...  more
  • BirthplacePortland, Oregon, United States of America

    Jane Powell (born Suzanne Lorraine Burce; April 1, 1929) is an American singer, dancer and actress who rose to fame in the mid-1940s with roles in various Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musicals. Powell was...  more

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  • Johnnie Ray

    Dec. at 63 (1927-1990)

    BirthplaceHopewell, Oregon, USA

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  • BirthplacePortland, Oregon

    Dale Bryan Murphy (born March 12, 1956), is an American former professional baseball player. During an 18-year career in Major League Baseball (MLB) (1976–1993), he played as an outfielder, catcher,...  more
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  • Brad Wilk

    Age: 52

    BirthplacePortland, Oregon, United States of America

    Bradley J. Wilk (born September 5, 1968) is an American musician, actor, and activist. He is best known as the drummer of the rock bands Rage Against the Machine (1991–2000; 2007–2011), Audioslave...  more

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  • BirthplaceEugene, Oregon, United States of America

    Alternative NameEric Olsen

    Eric Christian Olsen (born May 31, 1977) is an American actor. He is known for his portrayals of Detective Marty Deeks on the CBS television series NCIS: Los Angeles, and of Austin in the film Not...  more
  • Alfred Carlton Gilbert

    Dec. at 76 (1884-1961)

    BirthplaceSalem, Oregon

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  • Ed Gardner

    Dec. at 62 (1901-1963)

    BirthplaceAstoria, Oregon, United States of America

    Ed Gardner (June 29, 1901 – August 17, 1963) was an American comic actor, writer and director, best remembered as the creator and star of the radio's popular Duffy's Tavern comedy series....  more
  • BirthplaceLebanon, Oregon, United States of America

    Alternative NameDon Sturdy, Howard Hesseman

    Howard Hesseman (born February 27, 1940) is an American actor best known for playing DJ Dr. Johnny Fever on WKRP in Cincinnati, Captain Pete Lassard in Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment, Sam...  more

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  • BirthplaceGresham, Oregon, United States of America

    Shannon Rae Bex (born March 22, 1980) is an American singer, reality show personality, professional dancer, and a member of the girl group Danity Kane. The group was founded by P. Diddy through the...  more
  • Martin Wong

    Dec. at 53 (1946-1999)

    BirthplacePortland, Oregon

    Martin Wong (July 11, 1946 – August 12, 1999) was a Chinese-American painter of the late twentieth century. His work has been described as a meticulous blend of social realism and visionary art...  more
  • BirthplacePortland, Oregon

    John Joseph Harrington Jr. (born October 21, 1978) is a former American football quarterback. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions third overall in the 2002 NFL Draft, where he played for most of his...  more

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  • Hugh Nibley

    Dec. at 94 (1910-2005)

    BirthplacePortland, Oregon

    Hugh Winder Nibley (March 27, 1910 – February 24, 2005) was an American scholar and Mormon apologist who was a professor at Brigham Young University (BYU) for nearly 50 years. He was a prolific...  more
  • BirthplacePortland, Oregon, United States of America

    Bill Plympton (born April 30, 1946) is an American animator, graphic designer, cartoonist, and filmmaker best known for his 1987 Academy Awards-nominated animated short Your Face and his series of...  more
  • Imogen Cunningham

    Dec. at 93 (1883-1976)

    BirthplacePortland, Oregon, United States of America

    Imogen Cunningham (; April 12, 1883 – June 23, 1976) was an American photographer known for her botanical photography, nudes, and industrial landscapes. Cunningham was a member of the...  more