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List of people from Seattle

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A person who lives in or comes from Seattle, Washington, is called a Seattleite This is a list of well known people who were born, lived, or grew up in the city of Seattle This includes the deceased

Contents

  • 1 Born in Seattle
    • 11 Living
    • 12 Deceased
  • 2 Moved to Seattle
    • 21 Living
    • 22 Deceased
  • 3 Native athletes
  • 4 Musical groups
  • 5 References

Born in Seattleedit

Livingedit

Paul Allen
  • Paul Allen – co-founder of Microsoft
  • Marc D Angel – rabbi emeritus of Congregation Shearith Israel, the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue of New York City
  • Jon Jon Augustavo – director
  • John Aylward – actor ER, Mad Men, House of Lies, Gangster Squad
  • Josh Barnett – MMA fighter, former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion
  • Craig Bartlett – Hey Arnold! creator
  • David Michael Barrett – screenwriter and film producer
  • Mario Batali – chef, writer, restaurateur and media personality
  • Bob Bingham – Jesus Christ Superstar actor
  • Josie Bissett – actress Melrose Place; ex-wife of Rob Estes
  • Tori Black – porn star
  • William Bolcom – composer
  • Karan Brar – actor
  • Ben Bridwell – musician, lead singer in rock band Band of Horses
  • Matt Briggs – writer
  • Carrie Brownstein – musician, member of Sleater-Kinney
  • Linda B Buck – scientist
  • Raegan Butcher – poet
  • Dove Cameron – actress, singer
  • Jerry Cantrell – musician, Alice in Chains
  • Brandi Carlile – musician
  • Carol Channing – actress, Hello, Dolly!, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Thoroughly Modern Millie
  • Art Chantry – graphic design
  • Erika Christensen – actress
  • Bobby Clark – actor
  • Judy Collins – folk singer
  • Greg Colson – artist
  • Jamal Crawford – professional basketball player, Los Angeles Clippers
  • Warrel Dane – musician, singer for Sanctuary, Nevermore
  • Gail Devers – athlete, Olympic track-and-field gold medalist
  • Jenny Durkan – US Attorney for the Western District of Washington
  • Wil Francis – lead singer of the band Aiden
  • Kenny G – musician
  • Bill Gates – co-founder of Microsoft
  • Isis Gee – American singer in Poland and Eurovision Song Contest entrant
  • Tom Gorai – film producer
  • Richard F Gordon, Jr – astronaut
  • Tom Gorman – tennis player
  • Stone Gossard – rhythm guitarist of Pearl Jam
  • Natalie Grant – Christian music singer/songwriter
  • David Guterson – author
  • Marcus Hahnemann – professional soccer goalkeeper
  • Brian Haley – actor/comedian
  • Brian Herbert – author
  • Steven Hill – actor, portrayed Adam Schiff in the TV series Law & Order
  • Jay Inslee – Governor of Washington
  • B J Johnson - swimmer
  • Jake One – hip-hop music producer
  • Bianca Kajlich – television actress noted for role of Jennifer on Rules of Engagement
  • Richard Karn – television actor, game show host
  • Amanda Knox – tried and convicted in Italy for Murder of Meredith Kercher but subsequently acquitted on appeal
  • Ed Lee – first Asian American mayor of San Francisco
  • Kimber Lee - professional wrestler currently signed to WWE under the NXT brand
  • Blake Lewis – singer, runner-up on American Idol season 6
  • Jerry Lewis – California politician
  • Gary Locke – US Ambassador to China, former US Secretary of Commerce, former Governor of Washington
  • Mike Luckovich – editorial cartoonist
  • Macklemore – hip-hop artist, born Ben Haggerty
  • Duff McKagan – bassist of Guns N' Roses
  • Gianna Michaels – porn star
  • Beau Mirchoff – actor known for television series Awkward
  • Brian Stokes Mitchell – Broadway actor and baritone singer
  • Sir Mix-a-Lot – rap musician
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan – actor, known for Grey's Anatomy, Watchmen, Magic City
  • Mark Morris – director, choreographer, dancer
  • Frank Murkowski – Polish-American politician, tenth Governor of Alaska
  • Gabe Newell – CEO and founder of Valve Corporation
  • Harley D Nygren – admiral and engineer, first Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps
  • Mark O'Connor – country violinist also performs in other musical genres
  • Apolo Ohno – world champion and Olympic gold-medalist short track speed skater
  • John Olerud – professional baseball player who played at Washington State University
  • Stephen O'Malley – member of doom metal band Sunn O
  • Stacie Orrico – pop singer
  • Stephen S Oswald – astronaut
  • Jay Park – B-boy, singer and rapper, former leader of 2PM
  • Robin Pecknold – musician, lead singer in the folk-rock band Fleet Foxes
  • Megyn Price – actress known for roles on Grounded for Life and Rules of Engagement
  • Ann Reinking – actress, dancer, choreographer, All That Jazz, Micki + Maude, Annie
  • John Requa – screenwriter, Cats & Dogs and Bad Santa
  • Nate Robinson – NBA player, known for winning three All-Star Dunk contests
  • Nick Robinson – actor known for portraying Ryder Scanlon on ABC Family sitcom Melissa & Joey
  • Scott Rockenfield – drummer with Queensrÿche
  • John Roderick – musician The Long Winters, writer, and podcaster
  • Joe Ruby – co-founder of the animation company Ruby-Spears
  • Leslie Rule – author, novelist, paranormal writer
  • Angela Rye – CNN political commentator
  • DJ Scene – producer, disc jockey
  • Tim Sedlacek – retired soccer forward who played professionally in the Major Indoor Soccer League, American Soccer League and American Indoor Soccer Association
  • Aaron Sele – professional baseball player, pitched for Seattle Mariners and other teams
  • Jim Sheppard – bassist with Nevermore
  • Jean Smart – actress, known for Designing Women, Kim Possible, Frasier, 24
  • Maurice Smith – mixed martial artist
  • Peter Steinbrueck – politician
  • Ryan Stiles – comedian, known for Whose Line Is It Anyway both US and UK versions, and playing Lewis Kiniski on The Drew Carey Show, and Herb Melnick on Two and a Half Men
  • Geoff Tate – singer with Queensryche
  • Jen Taylor – video game voice actress
  • Jason Terry – professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets
  • Kim Thayil – lead guitarist of the grunge band Soundgarden
  • Rachel Trachtenburg – drummer, member of The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players
  • Greg Valentine – professional wrestler; inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame 2004
  • Maiara Walsh – actress, Cory in the House, Desperate Housewives, Switched at Birth
  • Jennifer Warnes – singer and songwriter
  • Zoe Weizenbaum – actress, 12 and Holding, Memoirs of a Geisha
  • Jim Whittaker – first American to climb Mt Everest
  • Lou Whittaker – mountaineer, founded Mt Rainier guide service
  • Colleen Willoughby - Philanthropist
  • Rainn Wilson – actor, most notably on The Office
  • Lynn Woolsey – politician
  • Calvin Vail – internet star
  • DeAndre Yedlin – professional soccer player for Newcastle United FC and the United States men's national soccer team
  • Mary Youngblood – Native American flutist

Deceasededit

  • Paul Jacob Alexander – newspaper publisher and Seattle City Councilman
  • Richard Lee Armstrong – professor and geochemist
  • Bob Bartlett – politician
  • Lawrence James Beck - sculptor
  • Barbara Berjer – television actress
  • Max Brand – author pen name
  • Gerald Brashear — musician, played with Wyatt Ruther, Ray Charles, Della Reese, Cecil Young Quartet
  • Chester Carlson – physicist and inventor
  • Irma Schoennauer Cole – swimmer, civil servant
  • Chris Cornell – musician, Soundgarden, Audioslave
  • Don Coryell – NFL coach
  • Jennifer Dunn – politician
  • Frances Farmer – actress
  • Pete Fleming – missionary to Ecuador
  • Keith Godchaux – musician
  • Kathi Goertzen – longtime news anchor for KOMO 4
  • Ed Guthman – journalist
  • Ivar Haglund – folksinger and restaurateur
  • Jimi Hendrix – rock guitarist and singer
  • Eldon Hoke aka El Duce – drummer and singer of rock band The Mentors
  • Art Hupy – photographer
  • Fred Hutchinson – baseball player and manager
  • Ruth Jessen – golfer
  • Gary Kildall – scientist, inventor and founder of Digital Research
  • Gypsy Rose Lee – actress and burlesque star
  • Mary Livingstone – comedian and wife of Jack Benny
  • Paul B Lowney – author
  • Kevin McCarthy – actor
  • Mary McCarthy – author, critic and social activist
  • Alfred M Moen – inventor and founder of Moen, Inc
  • Margaret Murie – environmentalist
  • Walt Partymiller – cartoonist
  • Peg Phillips – actress; founded the Woodinville Repertory Theater in 1998
  • Tuulikki Pietilä – graphic artist and professor
  • Guy Bates Post – stage and film actor
  • Hal Riney – advertising executive
  • Layne Staley – musician Alice in Chains, Mad Season, Class of '99
  • Ron Santo – Hall of Fame baseball player
  • Bell M Shimada – Fisheries scientist who pioneered the study of the tuna fishery in the tropical Pacific Ocean
  • Robert Stroud – convicted felon, The Birdman of Alcatraz
  • Emmett Watson – journalist
  • Adam West – actor, known for title role in TV series Batman and voice role on Family Guy

Moved to Seattleedit

Livingedit

  • Zaid Abdul-Aziz – former Seattle SuperSonics power forward
  • Dustin Ackley – former Seattle Mariners outfielder
  • Sherman Alexie – author
  • Kimball Allen – writer, playwright, performer, gay activist, author of Secrets of a Gay Mormon Felon and Be Happy Be Mormon
  • Jeff Ament – bassist of Pearl Jam
  • Harry Anderson – actor
  • Brian Atwater – geologist
  • Fred Beckey – mountaineer
  • Anomie Belle – musician
  • BenDeLaCreme – stage name of Benjamin Putnam, actor, drag queen, 5th place and Miss Congeniality of Rupaul's Drag Race Season 6
  • Jeff Bezos – CEO and founder of Amazoncom
  • Christopher Boffoli – photographer
  • Jeff Borowiak – tennis player
  • David Brewster – publisher and journalist
  • Terry Brooks – author
  • Robert Brown – musician, lead singer of Abney Park
  • Ed Brubaker – comics writer and artist
  • Peter Buck – musician in REM
  • Charles Burns – cartoonist
  • Matt Cameron – drummer of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam
  • Dyan Cannon – actress
  • Roberto Carcelen – Olympian
  • Neko Case – musician
  • JR Celski – Olympic speed skater
  • Michael Chang – tennis player, French Open champion
  • Valentina Chepiga – IFBB professional bodybuilder
  • Dale Chihuly – glass blowing artist
  • Nick Collison – Oklahoma City Thunder forward1
  • Dan Corson – artist
  • Kathryn Cramer – science fiction editor lived in Seattle 1964–1985
  • Cameron Crowe – writer and director
  • Chris DeWolfe – founder of MySpace
  • Jim Donald – former CEO of Starbucks Coffee
  • Mark Driscoll – co-founder and preaching pastor of Mars Hill Church
  • Rob Estes – actor
  • Anna Faris – actress
  • Brendan Fraser – actor
  • Neile Graham – poet
  • Nicola Griffith – author
  • Dave Grohl – drummer of Nirvana; lead singer, guitarist of Foo Fighters
  • Caren Gussoff – author
  • Jorge Enrique González Pacheco - Cuban poet
  • Gary Hall Jr – 10-time Olympic medalist2
  • Leland H Hartwell – Nobel Prize winner
  • Matt Hasselbeck – quarterback, Seattle Seahawks player
  • Jenni Hogan – KIRO-TV traffic anchor
  • Jerry Holkins – co-creator of Penny Arcade
  • David Horsey – cartoonist
  • Tom Hulce – actor in National Lampoon's Animal House and Amadeus
  • Jane Jensen – game designer and author
  • Phoenix Jones – superhero, vigilante
  • Quincy Jones – musician
  • S T Joshi – literary critic and editor
  • Michael Kinsley – journalist
  • Sascha Konietzko – founder and frontman of KMFDM
  • Mike Krahulik – co-creator of Penny Arcade
  • Jon Krakauer – author
  • Jayne Ann Krentz – romance novelist
  • Gary Larson – comic strip artist The Far Side
  • Lusine, IDM musician, real name Jeff McIlwain
  • Jason Lutes – cartoonist
  • Kyle MacLachlan – actor
  • Dave Matthews – musician
  • Jim McDermott – Congressman
  • Rose McGowan – actress, Charmed, Jawbreaker
  • Joel McHale – actor, host of The Soup on E! and star of NBC television series Community
  • Mike McCready – lead guitarist of Pearl Jam considered local, went to grade school – college in Seattle
  • Patrick Monahan – lead singer of the band Train
  • Jinkx Monsoon – stage name of Jerick Hoffer, actor, drag queen, winner of Rupaul's Drag Race Season 5
  • Marni Nixon – musician
  • Krist Novoselic – bassist of Nirvana
  • Bill Nye – "Science Guy", actor, comedian
  • Yuji Okumoto – actor, The Karate Kid, Part II and Real Genius; owner of Kona Kitchen
  • Susan Powter – motivational speaker, dietitian, personal trainer and author
  • Karen Prell – puppeteer
  • Jeff Probst – host of TV show Survivor
  • Jonathan Raban – author
  • John Ratzenberger – actor, played Cliff Clavin on TV series Cheers
  • Ron Reagan – radio talk host, son of Ronald Reagan
  • Gary Ridgway – serial killer
  • Tom Robbins – author
  • Don Roff – writer and filmmaker
  • Ryan Rowland-Smith – Seattle Mariners pitcher3
  • Ann Rule – true crime author
  • Bill Russell – retired Hall of Fame basketball player and coach
  • Dan Savage – advice columnist
  • Howard Schultz – chairman of Starbucks
  • Ross Shafer – comedian and television host
  • Tom Skerritt – actor
  • Alex Steffen – award-winning author and editor
  • Neal Stephenson – science-fiction author
  • Adam Stern conductor – symphony conductor
  • Mack Strong – retired Seattle Seahawks fullback 1993–2007
  • Ichiro Suzuki – baseball player, Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees, and Miami Marlins
  • Robert Swift – former Seattle SuperSonics and Oklahoma City Thunder center
  • Geoff Tate – lead singer of Queensrÿche
  • Lauren Tewes – actress
  • Earnest James Ujaama – community activist and indicted associate of al-Qaeda
  • Eddie Vedder – lead singer of Pearl Jam
  • Guy Williams – basketball player, Washington Bullets and Golden State Warriors
  • Ann Wilson – lead singer and flute player of Heart
  • Mark Wirth – "fashion notable", local character
  • Al Young – dragster driver

Deceasededit

  • Frank Barsotti – professional photographer
  • Jack Bechdolt – journalist for Seattle Post Intelligencer, illustrator/artist, author of thousands of short stories
  • Bill Boeing – aviation pioneer, industrialist
  • Robert Bray – actor
  • Edwin Frederick Brotze – cartoonist for the Seattle Daily Times
  • Ted Bundy – serial killer
  • Octavia Butler – author
  • Frank Calvert – cartoonist for the Seattle Daily Times
  • James E Casey – United Parcel Service founder
  • Ray Charles – musician
  • Charlie Chong – political activist
  • Kurt Cobain – Nirvana frontman
  • Frantz Hunt Coe – educator
  • James S Ditty – photoengraver, Seattle Star
  • James Doohan – actor; Montgomery Scott on Star Trek
  • Ford Quint Elvidge – Governor of Guam
  • Frances Farmer – actress
  • Kate Fleming – audio book narrator voice-over actor and producer
  • Edgar Gott – aviation pioneer, first president of Boeing
  • Carl F Gould – architect, educator
  • George Hager – cartoonist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  • John "DOK" Hager – cartoonist for the Seattle Daily Times
  • Alex Haley – writer, author of Roots
  • Anna Roosevelt Halsted – journalist, daughter of Franklin D Roosevelt
  • Victor Hanzeli - linguist, former Chair of the Department of Romance Languages and Literature at UW
  • Mitch Hedberg – comedian
  • Frank Herbert – novelist, author of Dune
  • George H Hitchings – scientist
  • Alan Hovhaness – composer
  • Edward Sturgis Ingraham – first superintendent of the Seattle Public Schools; mountaineer
  • Ernest C Jenner – illustrator for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  • Russell Johnson – actor; Professor Roy Hinkley on Gilligan's Island
  • Jacob Lawrence – painter
  • Brandon Lee – actor
  • Bruce Lee – actor
  • Keye Luke – actor4
  • Betty MacDonald – author
  • Helene Madison – three gold medals at 1932 Summer Olympics
  • Benjamin Brown Martin – illustrator for the Seattle Daily Times
  • William Charles McNulty – illustrator for Seattle Star; teacher at Art Students League
  • Asa Shinn Mercer – the man behind the Mercer Girls, a model for the TV series Here Come the Brides
  • Robert Moran – shipbuilder
  • Alexander Pantages – theatrical entrepreneur
  • Robert W Patten – veteran, storyteller, inspiration for cartoon series
  • Lionel Pries – architect, educator
  • Alfred T Renfro – cartoonist, Seattle Star
  • Theodore Roethke – poet
  • Zola Helen Ross – author
  • James Willis Sayre – theatre critic, journalist, arts promoter, and historian
  • Jeff Smith – TV chef and author
  • Layne Staley – musician
  • Henry Suzzallo – president of the University of Washington 1915–1926
  • Sarah Truax – stage actor
  • August Wilson – playwright
  • Andrew Wood – singer of grunge band Mother Love Bone
  • Mia Zapata – musician

Native athletesedit

Fred Couples Tre Simmons Isaiah Stanback
  • Aaron Brooks – NBA PG Franklin High School
  • Bobby Brown – MLB infielder and executive, played in four World Series
  • Kevin Burleson – NBA PG O'Dea High School
  • Nate Burleson – NFL WR O'Dea High School
  • Jesse Chatman – NFL RB Franklin High School
  • Doug Christie – NBA SG Rainier Beach High School
  • Will Conroy – NBA PG Garfield Seattle
  • Fred Couples – PGA O'Dea High School
  • Jamal Crawford – NBA SG Rainier Beach High School
  • Michael Dickerson – NBA SF Federal Way High School
  • Corey Dillon – NFL RB Franklin High School
  • James Edwards – NBA PF Roosevelt High School
  • C J Giles – NBA PF Rainier Beach High School
  • Charlie Greene – USATF Olympian; Track & Field Hall of Fame, O'Dea High School5
  • Spencer Hawes – NBA C Seattle Prep
  • Phil Heath – second world ranked IFBB professional bodybuilder
  • Jeff Jaeger – NFL K University of Washington
  • Ruth Jessen – professional golfer, Seattle University
  • Earl Johnson – Major League Baseball P Ballard High School
  • Taylor Mays – NFL S O'Dea High School
  • Hugh Millen – NFL QB Roosevelt High School
  • Nate Robinson – NBA PG Rainier Beach High School
  • Brandon Roy – NBA SF Garfield Seattle
  • Chester Simmons – NBA PG Garfield Seattle
  • Peyton Siva – NBA PG Franklin High School Seattle
  • Isaiah Stanback – NFL WR Garfield Seattle
  • Rodney Stuckey – NBA SG Kentwood High School
  • Jason Terry – NBA PG Franklin High School
  • Martell Webster – NBA SG Seattle Prep
  • Marcus Williams – NBA SF Roosevelt High School
  • Terrence Williams – NBA SF Rainier Beach High School

Musical groupsedit

  • Abney Park – steampunk band, formerly goth
  • Aiden – rock band emo
  • Alice in Chains – rock band grunge/metal
  • Band of Horses – previously known as Horses, indie rock band
  • The Blood Brothers – post-hardcore band
  • Blue Scholars – hip hop
  • Brite Futures – indie pop
  • The Brothers Four – folksingers
  • Candlebox – alternative band
  • The Classic Crime – alternative band
  • Common Market – hip hop
  • Dave Matthews Band – originated in Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Death Cab for Cutie – alternative band
  • Demon Hunter – metal band
  • The Fall of Troy - post-hardcore band, originally from Mukilteo, Washington
  • Fleet Foxes – indie rock band
  • Foo Fighters – rock band
  • The Gits – rock band
  • Grand Archives – alternative rock band
  • Green River – rock band grunge
  • Harvey Danger – alternative band
  • He Is We – indie pop
  • The Head and the Heart – indie rock band
  • Heart – rock band
  • Jimi Hendrix – guitarist
  • Hey Marseilles – alternative band
  • Himsa – Metalcore band
  • I Declare War – deathcore band
  • Ivan & Alyosha – pop rock band
  • Jake One – hip hop producer
  • KMFDM – industrial band
  • Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – hip hop/rap duo
  • Metal Church – metal band
  • Minus the Bear – alternative rock band
  • Modest Mouse – indie rock band from nearby Issaquah, Washington
  • Mother Love Bone – rock band grunge
  • Mudhoney – rock band grunge
  • Murder City Devils – rock band garage rock
  • MxPx – rock band punk rock
  • Nevermore – metal band
  • Nirvana – rock band grunge
  • Odesza – electronic/experimental
  • Pearl Jam – rock band grunge
  • Pedro the Lion – indie rock band
  • Pickwick – indie rock band
  • The Postal Service – indietronica band
  • Presidents of the United States of America – rock band
  • Queensrÿche – metal band from nearby Bellevue
  • Quincy Jones – jazz musician
  • The Scene Aesthetic – acoustic/indie pop band
  • Shabazz Palaces – hip hop/rap duo
  • Sinai 48 – rock band that includes the former members of Buckingham Nicks
  • Smoosh – alternative pop band
  • Soundgarden – rock band grunge
  • Schoolyard Heroes - horror punk/post hardcore originally from Tacoma, Washington
  • Sunn O – doom metal band
  • THEESatisfaction – hip hop/rap duo
  • Kyle Townsend – record producer, musician
  • Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players – indie rock/pop band
  • Trial – political straightedge band
  • Ugly Casanova – indie rock band featuring main member Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse from nearby Issaquah, Washington
  • Vendetta Red – rock band
  • The Ventures – surf band
  • Earth – Drone/Doom band

Referencesedit

  1. ^ Washburn, Gary August 26, 2008 "Collison reflects on Sonics' relocation" Seattle Post-Intelligencer 
  2. ^ "Gary Hall Jr: Olympic medalist now a hero to diabetics" The Seattle Times December 27, 2010 
  3. ^ "Ryan Rowland-Smith" 
  4. ^ Flint, Peter B January 16, 1991 "Keye Luke, Actor, Is Dead at 86; 'No 1 Son' and 'Kung Fu' Master" The New York Times 
  5. ^ "Hall of Fame" USATF Retrieved 2010-06-09 

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