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Famous People From San Jose

Updated September 27, 2018 12k views417 items

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

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If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from San Jose?" or "Which celebrities were born in San Jose?" then this list is a great resource for you.
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  • Dustin Diamond

    Dec. at 44 (1977-2021)

    BirthplaceSan Jose, California, USA

    Dustin Neil Diamond (January 7, 1977 – February 1, 2021) was an American actor, musician, director, and stand-up comedian widely known for his role as Samuel "Screech" Powers in the television shows...  more

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  • BirthplaceSan Jose, California, United States of America

    Melissa Rose Haro (September 5, 1987) is an American model who appeared in the 2008 and 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Her 2008 photo shoot was set in the Cayman Islands during the Pirate...  more
  • BirthplaceSan Jose, California, USA

    Josh Lee Holloway (born July 20, 1969) is an American actor, model and producer, best known for his roles as James "Sawyer" Ford on the American television show Lost and as Will Bowman on the science...  more

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  • BirthplaceSan Jose, California

    Richard Duane Warren (born January 28, 1954) is an American evangelical Christian pastor and author. He is the founder and senior pastor of Saddleback Church, an evangelical megachurch affiliated...  more

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  • Amadeo Giannini

    Dec. at 79 (1870-1949)

    BirthplaceSan Jose, California

    Amadeo Pietro Giannini (Italian pronunciation: [amaˈdɛːo ˈpjɛːtro dʒanˈniːni]), also known as Amadeo Peter Giannini or A.P. Giannini (May 6, 1870 – June 3, 1949) was an Italian-American banker who...  more
  • William A. Spinks

    Dec. at 67 (1865-1933)

    BirthplaceSan Jose, California

    William Alexander Spinks Jr. (1865–1933) was an American professional player of carom billiards in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was often referred to as W. A. Spinks, and occasionally...  more
  • Jerry Coleman

    Dec. at 89 (1924-2014)

    BirthplaceSan Jose, California

    Gerald Francis Coleman (September 14, 1924 – January 5, 2014) was a Major League Baseball (MLB) second baseman for the New York Yankees and manager of the San Diego Padres for one year. Coleman was...  more
  • Edmund Lowe

    Dec. at 81 (1890-1971)

    BirthplaceSan Jose, California, USA

    Alternative NameEddie Lowe

    Edmund Dantes Lowe (March 3, 1890 – April 21, 1971) was an American actor. His formative experience began in vaudeville and silent film....  more
  • BirthplaceSan Jose, California, United States of America

    Jasmine Marie Villegas (born December 7, 1993) is an American pop and R&B singer. She was signed to Sony Music at the age of 16....  more
  • John Doyle

    Age: 55

    BirthplaceSan Jose, California

    John Joseph Doyle (born March 16, 1966) is a retired American soccer player who played professionally in both Europe and the United States including the Western Soccer League, American Professional...  more
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    Frankie Banali (born November 14, 1951) is an American rock drummer, best known for his work with multi-platinum heavy metal band Quiet Riot and is the only member remaining from the band's classic...  more
  • Ron Reis

    Age: 51

    BirthplaceSan Jose, California, United States of America

    Ronald Allen Reis is an American professional wrestler. He is best known for his appearances with World Championship Wrestling between 1995 and 1998 under the ring names The Yeti and Reese....  more
  • Tom Gianas

    Age: 56

    BirthplaceSan Jose, California

    Tom Gianas (born October 29, 1973) is an American comedy writer, director and producer. Gianas is best known for producing Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic and writing/directing on the MTV sketch...  more
  • BirthplaceSan Jose, California, United States of America

    Jeannie Camtu Mai (born January 4, 1979) is an American television personality, stylist, and talk show host. She is best known for How Do I Look?, USA's Character Fantasy, and the syndicated talk...  more

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  • Jake McGee

    Age: 35

    BirthplaceSan Jose, California

    Jacob Daniel McGee (born August 6, 1986) is an American professional baseball relief pitcher for the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball (MLB). He played in MLB for the Tampa Bay Rays from 2010...  more
  • Jim Wahler

    Age: 55

    BirthplaceSan Jose, California

    James Joseph Wahler (born July 29, 1966) is a former American football defensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL) for the Phoenix Cardinals and the Washington Redskins. He played...  more
  • Bayard Forrest

    Age: 67

    BirthplaceSan Jose, California

    Bayard Forrest (born July 8, 1954) is a retired American professional basketball player. He was a 6'10" 235 lb center who played at Grand Canyon University before being drafted by the Seattle...  more
  • BirthplaceSan Jose, California, United States of America

    Jhonen C. Vasquez (/'d͡ʒoʊ.nɛn 'væs.kɛz/) (born September 1, 1974) is an American comic book writer, cartoonist, and music video director. He is best known for creating the comic book Johnny the...  more
  • Joe Murray

    Age: 60

    BirthplaceSan Jose, California, USA

    Joseph David Murray (born May 3, 1961) is an American animator, writer, illustrator, producer, director, and voice actor, best known as the creator of Nickelodeon's Rocko's Modern Life and Cartoon...  more
  • Michael Gough

    Dec. at 54 (1956-2011)

    BirthplaceSan Jose, California, USA

    Alternative NameMichael Gough

    Michael J. Gough (born December 3, 1956 in San Jose, California) is an American voice actor, singer and musician known for providing the voices of Deckard Cain in the Diablo series of video games,...  more
  • Vernon Dent

    Dec. at 68 (1895-1963)

    BirthplaceSan Jose, California, United States of America

    Vernon Bruce Dent (February 16, 1895 – November 5, 1963) was an American comic actor who appeared in over 400 films in his career. He co-starred in many short films for Columbia Pictures, frequently...  more
  • Charles Henderson

    Dec. at 81 (1873-1954)

    BirthplaceSan Jose, California, United States of America

    Charles Belknap Henderson (June 8, 1873 – November 8, 1954) was an American attorney, businessman, and politician who served as United States Senator from Nevada....  more
  • BirthplaceSan Jose, California

    Jimmy K. Omura (born September 8, 1940 in San Jose, California) is an electrical engineer and information theorist. Omura received his B.S. and M.S. from MIT, and his Ph.D. from Stanford University....  more
  • Dave Meltzer

    Age: 61

    BirthplaceSan Jose, California

    David Allen Meltzer (born October 24, 1959) is an American journalist and historian known for covering professional wrestling and mixed martial arts. Since 1983, he has been the publisher and editor...  more
  • BirthplaceSan Jose, California, United States of America

    Ernie Reyes Jr. (born January 15, 1972) is an American actor and martial artist, known for his acting work in films such as The Last Dragon, Red Sonja (1985), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990),...  more

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