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Famous People From Seattle

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

Holly Brooks and James Edwards are included on this list along with many more.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Seattle?" or "Which celebrities were born in Seattle?" then this list is a great resource for you. When you're done, head over and check out the best places to live in Washington.

  • Carol Channing

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington, United States of America

    Carol Elaine Channing (January 31, 1921 – January 15, 2019) was an American actress, singer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington, United States of America

    Jeffrey Dean Morgan (born April 22, 1966) is an American actor of film and television. He is... more on Wikipedia

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  • Bianca Kajlich

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington, USA

    Bianca Maria Kajlich ( KY-lik; born March 26, 1977) is an American actress. Kajlich has had... more on Wikipedia
  • Chris Cornell

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington, USA

    Christopher John Cornell (né Boyle; July 20, 1964 – May 18, 2017) was an American musician,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Greg Valentine
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  • Ron Santo

    Ron Santo

    Dec. at 70 (1940-2010)

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

    Ronald Edward Santo (February 25, 1940 – December 3, 2010) was an American Major League... more on Wikipedia

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    #144 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History#143 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time

  • Princess Salwa Aga Khan

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

    Princess Salwa Aga Khan (born Kendra Spears August 5, 1988) is an American fashion model and... more on Wikipedia
  • Mario Batali

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington, USA

    Mario Francesco Batali (born September 19, 1960) is an American chef, writer, restaurateur,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Gregory C. Johnson

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

    Gregory Carl "Ray J" Johnson (born July 30, 1954), (Capt, USNR, Ret.), is a former American... more on Wikipedia
  • John Burnside

    John Burnside

    Dec. at 92 (1916-2008)

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

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  • Larry Tee

    Larry Tee

    Age: 60

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington, United States of America

    Larry Tee (born October 12, 1959) is a Berlin-based DJ, club promoter, and music producer who... more on Wikipedia
  • Kerwin Mathews

    Kerwin Mathews

    Dec. at 81 (1926-2007)

    BirthplaceUSA, Washington, Seattle

    Kerwin Mathews (January 8, 1926 – July 5, 2007) was an American actor best known for playing... more on Wikipedia
  • Will Roscoe

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

    Will Roscoe (February 8, 1955) is an American activist, scholar, and author based in San... more on Wikipedia
  • Sanjaya Malakar

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington, USA

    Sanjaya Joseph Malakar (born September 10, 1989) is an American singer, who was a finalist on... more on Wikipedia
  • Jean Spangler

    Jean Spangler

    Dec. at 26 (1923-1949)

    BirthplaceUSA, Washington, Seattle

    Jean Elizabeth Spangler (September 2, 1923 – disappeared October 7, 1949) was an American... more on Wikipedia
  • Duff McKagan

    Duff McKagan

    Age: 56

    BirthplaceUSA, Washington, Seattle

    Michael Andrew "Duff" McKagan (born February 5, 1964), sometimes credited as Duff "Rose"... more on Wikipedia


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  • Sam B. Williams

    Sam B. Williams

    Dec. at 88 (1921-2009)

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

    Sam Barlow Williams (7 May 1921 in Seattle, Washington – 22 June 2009 in Indian Wells,... more on Wikipedia
  • Michael Bertiaux

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

    Michael Paul Bertiaux (born January 18, 1935) is an American occultist and Old Catholic... more on Wikipedia
  • Kenny G

    Kenny G

    Age: 64

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington, USA

    Kenneth Bruce Gorelick (born June 5, 1956), better known by his stage name Kenny G, is an... more on Wikipedia

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  • Phillip D. Cagan

    Dec. at 85 (1927-2012)

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

    Phillip David Cagan (April 30, 1927 – June 15, 2012) was an American scholar and author. He... more on Wikipedia
  • Hiro Yamamoto

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

    Hiro Yamamoto (山本 紘, Yamamoto Hiro, born April 13, 1961) is an American bassist who was a... more on Wikipedia
  • Thomas F. Hamilton

    Thomas F. Hamilton

    Dec. at 75 (1894-1969)

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

    Thomas Foster Hamilton (July 28, 1894 – August 12, 1969) was a pioneering aviator and the... more on Wikipedia
  • Karen Narasaki

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

    Karen K. Narasaki (born April 4, 1958) is an American civil rights leader and human rights... more on Wikipedia
  • John Maeda

    John Maeda

    Age: 54

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

    John Maeda (born 1966) is an American executive, designer, technologist. His work explores the... more on Wikipedia
  • Eugene Dennis

    Eugene Dennis

    Dec. at 56 (1905-1961)

    BirthplaceWashington, Area code 206, Western United States, Northwestern United States, United States of America

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