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Famous People From Pittsburgh

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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.
  • BirthplacePittsburgh, 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 to...  more

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  • BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

    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 Netflix...  more

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  • BirthplacePittsburgh, 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 career...  more

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  • BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

    Alternative NameBeth Ostrosky Stern, Beth Stern

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

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  • David O. Selznick

    Dec. at 63 (1902-1965)

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    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 (1940),...  more
  • BirthplaceWheeling, 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. ...  more
  • Dan Marino

    Age: 60

    BirthplacePittsburgh, 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). After a...  more

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  • Charles Grodin

    Dec. at 86 (1935-2021)

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

    Alternative NameCharles Grodin

    Charles Grodin (April 21, 1935 – May 18, 2021) was an American actor, comedian, author, and television talk show host. Grodin began his acting career in the 1960s appearing in TV serials including...  more

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  • Stephanie Kwolek

    Dec. at 90 (1923-2014)

    BirthplaceNew 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

    Dec. at 72 (1933-2005)

    BirthplacePittsburgh, 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 The...  more

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  • James Irwin

    Dec. at 61 (1930-1991)

    BirthplacePittsburgh, 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 Apollo Lunar...  more
  • Jim Kelly

    Age: 61

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    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 with...  more

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  • Richard Mellon Scaife

    Dec. at 82 (1932-2014)

    BirthplacePittsburgh, 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 Pittsburgh...  more
  • Gertrude Stein

    Dec. at 72 (1874-1946)

    BirthplaceAllegheny, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    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

    Dec. at 46 (1944-1990)

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

    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 television...  more
  • Terry Hart

    Age: 74

    BirthplacePittsburgh, 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 NASA astronaut....  more
  • BirthplacePittsburgh, 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. Romero...  more
  • William Alfred Fowler

    Dec. at 83 (1911-1995)

    BirthplacePittsburgh, 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 known...  more
  • Maurice Costello

    Dec. at 73 (1877-1950)

    BirthplacePittsburgh, USA, Pennsylvania

    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 films,...  more
  • Syreeta Wright

    Dec. at 57 (1946-2004)

    BirthplacePittsburgh, 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 through...  more
  • Girl Talk

    Age: 39

    BirthplacePittsburgh, 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 record...  more

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  • Kevin Peter Hall

    Dec. at 35 (1955-1991)

    BirthplacePittsburgh, USA, Pennsylvania

    Alternative NameKevin Peter Hall

    Kevin Peter Hall (May 9, 1955 – April 10, 1991) was an American actor best known for his roles as the title character in the first two films in the Predator franchise and the title character of Harry...  more

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  • Madalyn Murray O'Hair

    Dec. at 76 (1919-1995)

    BirthplaceBeechview, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Madalyn Murray O'Hair (née Mays; April 13, 1919 – September 29, 1995) was an American activist supporting atheism and separation of church and state. In 1963 she founded American Atheists and served...  more
  • BirthplacePittsburgh, USA, Pennsylvania

    Jerry Stahl (born September 28, 1953) is an American novelist and screenwriter. He is best known for his memoir of addiction Permanent Midnight. A 1998 film adaptation followed with Ben Stiller in...  more
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