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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
Craig T. Nelson age 71 - Craig The Nelson is an American actor. He is best known for his Emmy-winning role as Hayden Fox on the TV series Coach, Deputy Ward Wilson in the 1980 film Stir Crazy, Steven Freeling in the ...more

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Michael Winslow is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Michael Winslow age 58 - Michael Winslow is an American actor, beatboxer and comedian billed as the "Man of 10,000 Sound Effects" for his ability to make realistic sounds using only his voice. He is best known ...more

Julia Sweeney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Julia Sweeney age 57 - Julia Anne Sweeney is an American actress, comedian and author. She is known for her role as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and for her autobiographical solo shows. She played Mrs. Keeper ...more

Sandy Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Spokane

Susan Peters is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Susan Peters Died at 31 (1921-1952) - Susan Peters was an American stage, film and television actress.

Tom Foley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Tom Foley Died at 84 (1929-2013) - Thomas Stephen "Tom" Foley was an American lawyer and politician from the state of Washington. He was the 57th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1989 ...more

Sol Lesser is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Sol Lesser Died at 90 (1890-1980) - Sol Lesser was an American film producer and presenter.

Bob Crosby is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Bob Crosby Died at 80 (1913-1993) - George Robert "Bob" Crosby was an American swing music singer and Dixieland bandleader and vocalist best known for his group the Bob-Cats.

Ryne Sandberg is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Ryne Sandberg age 56 - Ryne Dee Sandberg, nicknamed "Ryno", is an American professional baseball player, coach, and manager. He played in Major League Baseball as a second baseman for the Philadelphia ...more

George Nakashima is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Spokane
George Nakashima Died at 85 (1905-1990) - George Katsutoshi Nakashima was an American woodworker, architect, and furniture maker who was one of the leading innovators of 20th century furniture design and a father of the American craft ...more

Dennis Washington is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Dennis Washington age 81 - Dennis R. Washington is a Montana-based industrialist and philanthropist who owns, or co-owns controlling interest in, a large consortium of privately held companies collectively known as the ...more

Jimmy Rowles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Jimmy Rowles Died at 78 (1918-1996) - Jimmy Rowles was an American jazz pianist, vocalist, and composer. As a bandleader and accompanist, he explored various styles including swing and cool jazz.

David Eddings is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Spokane
David Eddings Died at 78 (1931-2009) - David Eddings was an American fantasy writer. With his wife Leigh, he authored several best-selling epic fantasy novel series, including The Belgariad, The Malloreon, The Elenium, The Tamuli and ...more

Howard Rothmann Bowen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Howard Rothmann Bowen Died at 81 (1908-1989) - 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) 15 on the list Famous People From Spokane
David N. Donihue age 42 - David N. Donihue is an American writer, director and actor.

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Arthur C. Brooks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Arthur C. Brooks age 52 - Arthur C. Brooks is an American social scientist and musician. He is the president of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank. Brooks is best known for his work on the ...more

Michael P. Farris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Michael P. Farris age 64 - Michael "Mike" P. Farris is a United States constitutional lawyer. He is a founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association and Patrick Henry College, both in Purcellville in ...more

Seena Owen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Seena Owen Died at 72 (1894-1966) - Seena Owen was a Danish-American silent film actress.

Lester Asheim is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Lester Asheim Died at 83 (1914-1997) - Lester Eugene Asheim was a librarian and scholar of library science. He was included among the "100 most important leaders we had in the 20th century" by the American Library

John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Spokane
John Stockton age 53 - John Houston Stockton is an American retired professional basketball player. He spent his entire professional playing career as a point guard for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball ...more

Debra Magpie Earling is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Debra Magpie Earling age 59 - Debra Cecille Magpie Earling is a Native American novelist, and short story writer. She is the author of Perma Red and The Lost Journals of Sacajewea, which was on display at the Missoula Museum ...more

Michael Clarke is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Michael Clarke Died at 47 (1946-1993) - Mike Clarke appeared in the 1970 film Gimme Shelter.

Jay Pickett is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Jay Pickett age 54 - Jay Pickett is an American actor.

Compton I. White, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Compton I. White, Jr. Died at 78 (1920-1998) - Compton Ignatius White, Jr. was a two-term congressman from northern Idaho. A Democrat, he was elected to the open seat in the first district in 1962 and re-elected in 1964. White is the last ...more

Kitty Kelley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Kitty Kelley age 75 - Kitty Kelley is an American journalist and author of several best-selling unauthorized biographies of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Reagan, the ...more

Trevor St. John is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Trevor St. John age 45 - Trevor Marshall St. John 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 shows and films. He is ...more

Dan Monson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Dan Monson age 54 - Daniel Lloyd "Dan" Monson is an American college basketball coach, the head coach at Long Beach State since April 2007. Previously he was head coach at Minnesota for over seven ...more

Margaret McNamara is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Margaret McNamara Died at 66 (1915-1981) - Margaret Craig McNamara was the founder of the nonprofit children's literacy organization Reading is Fundamental and the wife of the United States Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara.

Nicholas Webster is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Nicholas Webster Died at 94 (1912-2006) - Nicholas Webster was an American film and television director. Chiefly remembered for his CBS program The Violent World of Sam Huff; the ABC Close Up documentary Walk in My Shoes, nominated for ...more

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Pat Murphy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Pat Murphy age 60 - Patrice Ann 'Pat' Murphy is an award-winning American science writer and author of science fiction and fantasy novels.

Karl Tunberg is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Karl Tunberg Died at 85 (1907-1992) - Karl Tunberg was an American screenwriter and occasional film producer.

John Roskelley is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Spokane
John Roskelley age 67 - John Roskelley is a noted mountain climber and author from Spokane, Washington, and is known for his first ascents and notable ascents of 7000 and 8000 meter peaks in Nepal, India, and

Julia Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Julia Cunningham Died at 92 (1916-2008) - Julia Cunningham was an author.

Lee Hansen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Lee Hansen age 71 - Leland Hansen, is an American radio personality and voice actor best known for creating the popular Alien Worlds radio drama in the late 1970s.

Margaret Dayton is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Margaret Dayton age 66 - Margaret Dayton is an American politician from Utah. A Republican, she is a member of the Utah State Senate, representing the state's 15th senate district in Provo and Orem since 2007. Dayton ...more

George Lynch is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Spokane
George Lynch age 62 - George Lynch is an American hard rock guitarist and songwriter. Lynch is best known for his work with heavy metal band Dokken and his band Lynch Mob. Lynch is considered to be one of the most ...more

Mark Tucker is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Mark Tucker age 47 - Mark Tucker is an American football lineman.

Danny O'Keefe is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Danny O'Keefe age 74 - Danny O'Keefe is a U.S. based singer-songwriter, born in Spokane, Washington, in 1943. O'Keefe's musical career has spanned four decades from his early days playing in the Minnesota coffee ...more

Tom Sneva is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Tom Sneva age 67 - Thomas E. "Tom" Sneva is a retired American race car driver, the winner of the Indianapolis 500 in 1983. He primarily raced in Indy cars, and was named to the Motorsports Hall of Fame ...more

Gerry Lindgren is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Gerry Lindgren age 69 - Gerald Paul Lindgren is an American track and field runner who set many long-standing high school and national records in the United States. In 1965, Lindgren and Billy Mills both broke the ...more

Adam Robert Sahlberg is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Adam Robert Sahlberg age 33 - Adam Robert Sahlberg, U.S. Army soldier, is the 2010 Medical Command NCO of the Year, 2010 Western Region Medical Command NCO of the Year, a member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, and a Grand ...more

Ted Robert Gurr is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Ted Robert Gurr age 79 - Ted Robert Gurr is an authority on political conflict and instability. His book Why Men Rebel emphasized the importance of social psychological factors and ideology as root sources of political ...more

Jon Steele is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Jon Steele age 67 - Jon Steele is an American expat author living in Europe.

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Wesley Englehorn is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Wesley Englehorn Died at 103 (1890-1993) - Wesley Theodore "Moose" Englehorn was an American football player and coach. Born in Helena, Montana, Englehorn first gained fame as a football player for Spokane High School. While he ...more

Ron Sims is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Ron Sims age 67 - Ronald Cordell "Ron" Sims, is the former Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, having served in the position from May 8, 2009 to July 2011. ...more

Malcolm Renfrew is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Malcolm Renfrew Died at 103 (1910-2013) - Malcolm MacKenzie Renfrew was an American polymer chemist, inventor, and professor emeritus at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. Renfrew Hall, the university's chemistry building, was ...more

Bud Sheely is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Bud Sheely Died at 65 (1920-1985) - Hollis Kimball "Bud" Sheely was an American Major League Baseball catcher. Sheely attended Saint Mary's College of California. He was signed by the Boston Red Sox as an amateur free ...more

Lindsay Bird is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Lindsay Bird age 30 - Lindsay Bird is an actor.

Marilyn Clark is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Marilyn Clark age 86 - Marilyn Clark is an actress.

Darren Meekin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Spokane
Darren Meekin age 36 - Darren Meekin is an actor.