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List of famous people from Pittsburgh, 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 Pittsburgh, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Pittsburgh 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 Pittsburgh, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

List ranges from George Benson to Matt Lundy and more.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Pittsburgh?" or "Which celebrities were born in Pittsburgh?" then this list is a great resource for you.
Dennis Miller is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Pittsburgh
Age: 66

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dennis Michael Miller (born November 3, 1953) is an American talk show host, political commentator, sports commentator, actor, and comedian. He was a cast member of Saturday Night Live from 1985 ...more

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Gillian Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Pittsburgh
Age: 36

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Gillian MacLaren Jacobs (; born October 19, 1982) is an American actress. She is known for portraying Britta Perry on the NBC/Yahoo! Screen comedy series Community and Mickey Dobbs on the ...more

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Joe Manganiello is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Pittsburgh
Age: 42

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Joseph Michael Manganiello ( MANG-gə-NEL-oh; Italian: [maŋɡaˈnjɛllo], Neapolitan: [maŋɡaˈnjellə]; born December 28, 1976) is an American actor, director, and producer. His professional film ...more

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Beth Ostrosky Stern is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Pittsburgh
Age: 46

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Beth Ostrosky Stern (born July 15, 1972) is an American actress, author, model, and animal rights activist.

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David O. Selznick is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Pittsburgh
Dec. at 63 (1902-1965)

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

David O. Selznick (May 10, 1902 – June 22, 1965) was an American film producer, screenwriter and film studio executive. He is best known for producing Gone with the Wind (1939) and Rebecca ...more
Jodi Applegate is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Pittsburgh
Age: 54

Birthplace: Wheeling, West Virginia, United States of America

Jodi Applegate (born May 2, 1964) is an American broadcast journalist. She served as an anchorwoman at local stations as well as nationally for MSNBC and NBC News.
Dan Marino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Pittsburgh
Age: 54

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Daniel Constantine Marino Jr. (born September 15, 1961) is an American former football quarterback who played seventeen seasons for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). ...more

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Charles Grodin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Pittsburgh
Age: 83

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Charles Grodin (born April 21, 1935) is an American actor, comedian, author, and former television talk show host. Grodin began his acting career in the 1960s appearing in TV serials including ...more

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Stephanie Kwolek is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Pittsburgh
Stephanie Kwolek Dec. at 91 (1923-2014)

Birthplace: New Kensington, Pennsylvania

Stephanie Louise Kwolek (July 31, 1923 – June 18, 2014) was an American chemist who is known for inventing Kevlar. She was of Polish heritage and her career at the DuPont company spanned over 40 ...more
Frank Gorshin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Pittsburgh
Dec. at 72 (1933-2005)

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, USA, Pennsylvania

Frank John Gorshin Jr. (April 5, 1933 – May 17, 2005) was an American character actor, impressionist, and comedian. He was perhaps best known as an impressionist, with many guest appearances on ...more

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James Irwin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Pittsburgh
Dec. at 61 (1930-1991)

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

James Benson "Jim" Irwin (March 17, 1930 – August 8, 1991) (Col, USAF) was an American astronaut, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and a United States Air Force pilot. He served as ...more
Jim Kelly is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Pittsburgh
Age: 55

Birthplace: USA, Pennsylvania, East Brady

James Edward Kelly (born February 14, 1960) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons and spent the entirety of his NFL career ...more

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Richard Mellon Scaife is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Pittsburgh
Dec. at 82 (1932-2014)

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Richard Mellon Scaife (; July 3, 1932 – July 4, 2014) was an American billionaire, a principal heir to the Mellon banking, oil, and aluminum fortune, and the owner and publisher of the ...more
Gertrude Stein is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Pittsburgh
Dec. at 72 (1874-1946)

Birthplace: Pennsylvania, Contiguous United States, United States of America, Allegheny, United States, + more

Gertrude Stein (February 3, 1874 – July 27, 1946) was an American novelist, poet, playwright, and art collector. Born in the Allegheny West neighborhood of Pittsburgh and raised in Oakland, ...more

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Kiel Martin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Pittsburgh
Dec. at 46 (1944-1990)

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, USA, Pennsylvania

Kiel Urban Mueller (July 26, 1944 – December 28, 1990), known professionally as Kiel Martin, was an American actor best known for his role as Detective John "J.D." La Rue on the 1980s ...more
Terry Hart is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Pittsburgh
Age: 72

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Terry Jonathan "T.J." Hart (Pittsburgh, October 27, 1946 ) is an American mechanical and electrical engineer, a retired United States Air Force lieutenant colonel and pilot, and former
Gregory Nicotero is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Pittsburgh
Age: 55

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, USA, Pennsylvania

Gregory Nicotero (born March 15, 1963) is an American special make-up effects creator, television producer, and director. His first major job in special effects makeup was on the George A. ...more
William Alfred Fowler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Pittsburgh
Dec. at 84 (1911-1995)

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

William Alfred Fowler (August 9, 1911 – March 14, 1995) was an American nuclear physicist, later astrophysicist, who, with Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar won the 1983 Nobel Prize in Physics. He is ...more
Maurice Costello is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Pittsburgh
Dec. at 73 (1877-1950)

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Maurice George Costello (February 22, 1877 – October 29, 1950) was a prominent American vaudeville actor of the late 1890s and early 1900s, who later played a principal role in early American ...more
Syreeta Wright is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Pittsburgh
Dec. at 58 (1946-2004)

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Syreeta Wright (August 3, 1946 – July 6, 2004), who recorded professionally under the single name Syreeta, was an American singer-songwriter, best known for her music during the early 1970s ...more
Girl Talk is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Pittsburgh
Age: 37

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Gregg Michael Gillis (born October 26, 1981), known by the stage name Girl Talk, is an American disc jockey who specializes in mashups and digital sampling. Gillis has released five LPs on the ...more

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Kevin Peter Hall is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Pittsburgh
Dec. at 36 (1955-1991)

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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Madalyn Murray O'Hair is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Pittsburgh
Dec. at 76 (1919-1995)

Birthplace: Beechview, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Jerry Stahl is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Pittsburgh
Age: 64

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, USA, Pennsylvania

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Scott Amedure is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Pittsburgh

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

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