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Famous People From Spokane

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

These people, like Michaela Morgan and Wayne Shannon include images when available.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Spokane?" or "Which celebrities were born in Spokane?" then this list is a great resource for you.
Craig T. Nelson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Age: 74

Birthplace: Spokane, Washington, United States of America

Craig Theodore Nelson (born April 4, 1944) is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Hayden Fox in the television series Coach (for which he won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding ...more

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Michael Winslow is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Age: 60

Birthplace: Spokane, USA, Washington

Michael Leslie Winslow (born September 6, 1958) is an American actor, comedian and beatboxer billed as The Man of 10,000 Sound Effects for his ability to make realistic sounds using only his ...more
Julia Sweeney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Age: 59

Birthplace: Spokane, Washington, United States of America

Julia Anne Sweeney (born October 10, 1958) is an American actress, comedian and author. She was a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1990 to 1994. She played Mrs. Keeper in the film Stuart ...more

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Susan Peters is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Dec. at 31 (1921-1952)

Birthplace: Spokane, Washington, United States of America

Susan Peters (born Suzanne Carnahan; July 3, 1921 – October 23, 1952) was an American film, stage, and television actress who appeared in over twenty films over the course of her decade-long ...more
Tom Foley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Dec. at 84 (1929-2013)

Birthplace: Spokane, Washington, United States of America

Thomas Stephen Foley (March 6, 1929 – October 18, 2013) was an American lawyer and politician who served as the 49th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1989 to 1995. A ...more
Sol Lesser is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Dec. at 90 (1890-1980)

Birthplace: Spokane, Washington

Sol Lesser (February 17, 1890 – September 19, 1980) was an American film producer. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960 and was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award ...more
Bob Crosby is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Dec. at 80 (1913-1993)

Birthplace: Spokane, Washington, United States of America

George Robert Crosby (August 23, 1913 – March 9, 1993) was an American jazz singer and bandleader, best known for his group the Bob-Cats, which formed around 1935. The Bob-Cats was a New Orleans ...more
Ryne Sandberg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Age: 59

Birthplace: Spokane, Washington, United States of America

Ryne Dee Sandberg (born September 18, 1959), nicknamed "Ryno", is an American former professional baseball player, coach, and manager. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a ...more

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George Nakashima is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Dec. at 85 (1905-1990)

Birthplace: Spokane, Washington

George Katsutoshi Nakashima (Japanese: 中島勝寿 Nakashima Katsutoshi, May 24, 1905 – June 15, 1990) was an American woodworker, architect, and furniture maker who was one of the leading innovators ...more
Dennis Washington is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Age: 85

Birthplace: Spokane, Washington

Dennis R. Washington (born 1934) is an American, Montana-based industrialist who owns, or co-owns controlling interest in, a large consortium of privately held companies collectively known as ...more
Jimmy Rowles is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Dec. at 78 (1918-1996)

Birthplace: Spokane, Washington, United States of America

James George Hunter (August 19, 1918 – May 28, 1996), known professionally as Jimmy Rowles, was an American jazz pianist, vocalist, and composer. As a bandleader and accompanist, he explored ...more
David Eddings is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Dec. at 78 (1931-2009)

Birthplace: Spokane, Washington

David Carroll Eddings (July 7, 1931 – June 2, 2009) was an American fantasy writer. With his wife Leigh, he authored several best-selling epic fantasy novel series, including The Belgariad ...more
Howard Rothmann Bowen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Dec. at 81 (1908-1989)

Birthplace: Spokane, Washington

Howard Rothmann Bowen was an American economist and college president, serving as the president of Grinnell College from 1955 to 1964 and as the fourteenth President of the University of Iowa ...more
David N. Donihue is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Age: 44

Birthplace: Spokane, Washington, United States of America

David N. Donihue (David Nelson Donihue, b. April 25, 1974) is an American writer, director and actor. His writing has been mentioned by IndieWire Variety and as a director he is frequently ...more
Arthur C. Brooks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Age: 54

Birthplace: Spokane, Washington

Arthur C. Brooks (born May 21, 1964) is an American social scientist, musician, and contributing opinion writer for The Washington Post. He was the president of the American Enterprise ...more
Michael P. Farris is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Age: 67

Birthplace: Spokane, Washington

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Seena Owen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Dec. at 72 (1894-1966)

Birthplace: Spokane, USA, Washington

Seena Owen (born Signe Auen; November 14, 1894 – August 15, 1966) was an American silent film actress and screenwriter.
Lester Asheim is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Dec. at 83 (1914-1997)

Birthplace: Spokane, Washington

Lester Eugene Asheim (January 22, 1914 – July 1, 1997) was a librarian and scholar of library science. He was on the faculty of the University of Chicago and the University of North Carolina and ...more
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Age: 56

Birthplace: Spokane, Washington

John Houston Stockton (born March 26, 1962) is an American retired professional basketball player. He spent his entire NBA career (1984–2003) as a point guard for the Utah Jazz, and the team ...more

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Debra Magpie Earling is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Age: 61

Birthplace: Spokane, Washington

Debra Cecille Magpie Earling (born August 3, 1957 Spokane, Washington) is a Native American novelist, and short story writer. She is a member of the Bitterroot Salish (tribe). She is the author ...more
Michael Clarke is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Dec. at 47 (1946-1993)

Birthplace: Spokane, Washington

Michael Clarke (born Michael James Dick; June 3, 1946 – December 19, 1993) was an American musician, best known as the drummer for the 1960s rock group the Byrds from 1964 to 1967. He died in ...more

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Jay Pickett is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Age: 58

Birthplace: Spokane, Washington, United States of America

Jay Pickett (born February 10, 1961) is an American actor.
Compton I. White, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Dec. at 78 (1920-1998)

Birthplace: Spokane, Washington, United States of America

Compton Ignatius White Jr. (December 19, 1920 – October 19, 1998) was a two-term congressman from northern Idaho. A Democrat, he was elected to the open seat in the first district in 1962 and ...more
Kitty Kelley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Age: 76

Birthplace: Spokane, Washington

Catherine "Kitty" Kelley (born April 4, 1942) is an American journalist and author of several best-selling unauthorized biographies of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Rock Hudson, ...more
Trevor St. John is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Age: 47

Birthplace: Spokane, USA, Washington

Trevor Marshall St. John (born September 3, 1971) is an American actor. He portrayed Todd Manning/Victor Lord Jr. on the ABC daytime drama One Life to Live, and has starred in various primetime ...more