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Famous People from California

Troy Aikman (1966 - ) Number one overall draft pick in 1989. Football player who led the Dallas Cowboys to 3 Super Bowl titles (1992,93,95). Played quarterback for 12 seasons. Works as a television sportscaster. Born in West Covina, CA (480)

Marcus Allen (1960 - ) Former American Football running back. Heisman Trophy winner. A six-time Pro Bowler, Allen was also the MVP of Super Bowl XVIII. Considered one of the greatest goal line and short-yard runners in NFL history. Born in San Diego,, CA (49)

Gracie Allen (1906 - 1964) U.S.Actress who was the scatterbrained half of Hollywood's beloved husband-and-wife comedy team. Her husband, George Burns, was her straight man. The pair performed in vaudeville, on radio, in movies and on television. Their television show, The Burns and Allen Show, ran from 1950 to 1958. Born in San Francisco, CA (757)

Shirley Temple Black (1928 - 2014) Child actress who starred in 43 feature films and many short films and storybook movies. Her career spanned 30 years. Later in life she became a U.S. representative to the United Nations. Born in Santa Monica, CA (42)

Robert W Bower (1936 - ) Worked in many different professions: engineer, scientist, inventor, department head at a university and president and CEO of a company. He published over 80 journals and articles and patented over 38 inventions. Born in Santa Monica, CA (50)

Ben Nighthorse Campbell (1933 - ) U.S. Senator from Colorado from 1993- 2005. First Native American to serve in the Senate in more than 60 years. He serves as one of 44 members of the Council of Chiefs of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Tribe. Born in Auburn, CA (56)

Joe DiMaggio (1914 - 1999) Born Giuseppe Paolo DiMaggio. He was an American Major League Baseball center fielder who played for the New York Yankees for his 13-year career. Best known for his 56-game hitting streak in 1941. Born in Martinez, CA (43)

James H. Doolittle (1896 - 1993) An American aviation pioneer. One of the most famous pilots during the inter-war period. He earned the Medal of Honor for his valor and leadership as commander of the Doolittle Raid against Japan in 1942. Born in Alameda, CA (51)

Samuel Pack Elliott (1944 - ) An American actor. He began his career as a character actor. His appearance and voice made him well-suited to Westerns. Other movie characters he has played are General Ross in Hulk and the caretaker in Ghost Rider. He has also made many television appearances. Born in Sacramento, CA (896)

Nanette Fabray (1920 - ) American actress, dancer and singer. She began her career in vaudeville as a child and then moved to musical theatre. She appeared on many variety shows and series on television such as The Carol Burnett Show, The Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote and One Day at a Time. Born in San Diego, CA (758)

Bill Fagerbakke (1957 - ) An American actor and voice actor. Best known for his roles as Patirck Star in the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants and as Michael Dybinski on the sitcom Coach. Born in Fontana, CA (135)

Robert Frost (1874 - 1963) One of America's leading 20th-century poets and a four-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Born in SanFrancisco, CA (44)

Charles P. Ginsburg (1920 - 1992) An engineer and the leader of a research team which developed one of the first practical videotape recorders. Born in San Francisco, CA (866)

Val Kilmer (1959 - ) Originally a stage actor but he became popular in the mid-1980s as a film actor. Some of his films include Top Gun, Top Secret!, Willow, Batman Forever and Tombstone. Born in Los Angeles, CA (391)

Bruce Lee (1940 - 1973) He was a Hong Kong American martial artist, Hong Kong action film actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher, film director, film producer, screenwriter, and founder of the Jeet Kune Do martial arts movement. He is considered one of the most influential martial artists of the 20th century, and a cultural icon. Born in San Franciso, CA (1648)

Greg LeMond (1961 - ) Former American professional road racing cyclist. He won the World Championship twice and the Tour de France three times. He was the first non-European professional cyclist to win the Tour de France. Born in Lakewood, CA (357)

Jack London (1876 - 1916) Born John Griffith Chaney. An American author, journalist and social activist. One of the first fiction writers to obtain worldwide celebrity. One of his most famous works was The Call of the Wild. Born in San Francisco, CA (45)

George Lucas (1944 - ) An American film director, screenwriter, producer and entrepreneur. Best known for creating the Star Wars and Indiana Jones series. Born in Modesto, CA (52)

James Gordon MacArthur (1937 - 2010) An American actor best known for the role of Danny "Danno" Williams, the reliable second-in-command in Hawaii Five-O. He appeared in many movies including Disney's Kidnapped and Swiss Family Robinson and on many television shows. Born in Los Angeles, CA (1434)

Philip Alfred Mickelson (1970 - ) Professional golfer. As of 2014, he had won 3 Masters titles, a PGA Championship and an Open Championship. Born in San Diego, CA (23)

Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) Born Norma Jeane Mortenson. An American actress, model and singer and considered one of the most famous women of the 20th Century. Born in Los Angeles, CA (46)

Richard M. Nixon (1913 - 1994) 37th President of the U.S. serving from 1969 to 1974. He resigned as president as a result of the Watergate scandal. Also served as a U.S. representative and senator from California. Born in Yorba Linda, CA (47)

Robert Redford (1936 - ) Born Charles Robert Redford, Jr. Actor, film director, producer, businessman, environmentalist, philanthropist and founder of the Sundance Film Festival. He has guest starred on many television programs, in movies and on Broadway. Born in Santa Monica, CA (577)

Sally Kristen Ride (1951 - 2012) American physicist and astronaut. She was the first American woman in space and as of 2014, the youngest American astronaut to travel to space. She flew twice on the space shuttle Challenger. Born in Los Angeles, CA (48)

Clifford Parker Robertson, III (1923 - 2011) Known as Cliff Robertson, he was an American actor with a film and television career that spanned half of a century. He played Uncle Ben in the Spider-Man film trilogy. Born in La Jolla, CA (1686)

David Derek Stacton (1923 - 1968) Born Arthur Lionel Kingsley Evans. An American novelist, historian and poet. He wrote poems, short stories and novels. Born in San Francisco, CA (948)

John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr (1902 - 1968) American author of 27 books. The Pulitzer Prize-winning The Grapes of Wrath is considered his masterpiece. Other famous works include Tortilla Flat and Of Mice and Men. Born in Salinas, CA (53)

Lindsay Jean Wagner (1949 - ) An American actress best known for her portrayal of Jaime Sommers in the 1970s television series The Bionic Woman. She appeared in many other television shows and several films. Born in Los Angeles, CA (899)

Kathleen Erin "Kate" Walsh (1967 - ) An American film and television actress. Best known for her role as Dr. Addison Montgomery on the ABC dramas Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice. Born in San Jose, CA (1297)

Gabrielle D. "Gabby" West (1985 - ) An American actress. She won a role in Saw 3D in a competition on the reality show Scream Queens. Born in Los Angeles, CA (1576)

Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981) Born Natalia Nikolaevna Zacharenko. An American film and television actress best known for her roles in Miracle on 34th Street, Splendor in the Grass, Rebel Without a Cause, and West Side Story. Her first role was at the age of 4 and she appeared in over 20 films as a child. Born in San Francisco, CA (759)

Eldrick Tont "Tiger" Woods (1975 - ) An American professional golfer who is among the most successful golfers of all time. One of the highest paid athletes in the world. Born in Cypress, CA (54)

Skip Young (1930 - 1993) Born Ronald Bix Plumstead, was an American actor best known for his decade-long role as Wally Plumstead in the ABC sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. Born in San Francisco, CA (1198)