List of people associated with San Francisco facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts

The people listed below were all born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with San Francisco, California.

People by field

Artists

  • Ansel Adams (1902–1984), photographer
  • Arthur Adams (b. 1963), comic book artist known for his work on Longshot and Monkeyman and O'Brien.
  • Ruth Asawa (1926-2013), sculptor
  • Warren Eugene Brandon (1916–1977), painter
  • Beniamino Benvenuto Bufano (1890–1970), sculptor
  • Lenore Chinn (b. 1949), painter
  • Larry Gonick (b. 1946), cartoonist
  • Jo Hanson (1918-2007), environmental artist and activist
  • Ester Hernandez (b. 1944), Chicana artist
  • Charles Dorman Robinson (1847–1933), painter
  • Richard Serra (b. 1939), minimalist sculptor and video artist
  • William Ware Theiss (1930–1992), costume designer
  • Beatrice Wood (1893–1998), ceramicist

Entertainers

Dance
Directors/filmmakers
  • David Butler (1894–1979), film director, actor, writer and producer
  • Francis Coppola, film director, writer, producer, winery owner, San Francisco restaurateur
  • Sofia Coppola (b. 1971), director
  • Delmer Daves (1904-1977), director
  • Clint Eastwood (b. 1930), director, actor, producer
  • David Fincher (b. 1962), director
  • Mervyn LeRoy (1900–1987), director, producer, actor
  • George Lucas (b. 1944), director and producer
  • Andy Luckey (b. 1965), TV writer, producer, director
  • Walter Shenson (1919-2000), film producer
  • Jay Ward (1920–1989), creator and producer of animated TV series
Actors
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Isis Taylor
Musicians
  • Tony Bennett (b. 1926), singer, signature song "I Left My Heart in San Francisco"
  • Mike Bordin (b. 1962), drummer for Faith No More and Ozzy Osbourne
  • Paul Bostaph (b. 1964), heavy metal drummer
  • Cliff Burton (1962-1986), bass guitarist for thrash metal band Metallica
  • Craig Chaquico (b. 1954), rock, jazz and new age guitarist
  • Todd Tamanend Clark (b. 1952), poet and composer
  • Greg Errico (b. 1946), drummer for many bands, most notably Sly & the Family Stone
  • Maude Fay (1878–1964), operatic dramatic soprano
  • Lars Frederiksen, member of band Rancid
  • Jerry Garcia (1942–1995), psychedelic and folk-rock guitarist and singer
  • Vince Guaraldi (1928–1976), jazz musician and pianist
  • Kirk Hammett (b. 1962), lead guitarist for thrash metal band Metallica
  • Cindy Herron (b. 1961), R&B singer
  • Gary Holt (b. 1964), thrash metal guitarist for Exodus
  • Tiffany Hwang (b. 1989), member of pop group Girls' Generation
  • Chris Isaak (b. 1956), singer and musician
  • Jessica Jung (b. 1989), former member of pop group Girls' Generation
  • Krystal Jung (b. 1994), member of pop group f(x)
  • Paul Kantner (b. 1941), rock musician and co-founder of the band Jefferson Airplane
  • Huey Lewis (b. 1950), rock singer, raised in Marin County.
  • Courtney Love (b. 1964), singer and actress
  • Dmitri Matheny (b. 1965), jazz flugelhornist
  • Johnny Mathis (b. 1935), pop singer
  • Chante Moore (b. 1967), R&B and jazz singer
  • Kristina Olsen (b. 1957), folk singer-songwriter
  • Tim Pagnotta (b. 1977), guitarist
  • Rappin' 4-Tay (Anthony Forte) (b. 1968), rapper
  • Carlos Santana (b. 1947), rock, blues, and salsa guitarist and singer
  • Tupac Shakur (1971-1996), rapping legend, lived in Bay Area
  • Deke Sharon (b. 1967), a cappella singer The House Jacks
  • Ross Valory (b. 1949), bass player for many bands, most notably Journey
  • Martha Wash (b. 1953), R&B, Soul, and pop singer
  • Kevin Woo (b. 1991), member of Korean boygroup U-Kiss
Writers
  • David Belasco (1853–1931), playwright
  • Greg Downs (b. 1971), short-story writer
  • Lawrence Ferlinghetti (b, 1919), poet, co-founder of City Lights Bookstore
  • Robert Frost (1874–1963), iconic poet
  • Adam Gidwitz (born 1982), children's book author
  • Clay Meredith Greene (1850-1933), playwright, director, actor
  • Dashiell Hammett (1894–1961), author of hard-boiled detective novels
  • Daniel Handler (b. 1970), better known as Lemony Snicket
  • Shirley Jackson (1916–1965)
  • Alan Kaufman (b. 1952), author, poet, editor
  • Gus Lee (b. 1946), Asian-American author
  • Fritz Reuter Leiber, Jr. (1910–1992), author of science fiction novels
  • Daniel Levitin (b. 1957), writer, scientist, musician
  • Jack London (1876–1916), writer
  • Armistead Maupin (b. 1944), writer
  • Carol Anne O'Marie (1933–2009), Roman Catholic nun, mystery writer
  • Peter Plate, author
  • Gary Snyder (b. 1930), poet
  • Joseph Staten, writer (Halo: Contact Harvest)
  • Michelle Tea, author, poet, editor
  • Walter Tevis (1928–1994), author, The Hustler
  • Robert Alfred Theobald (1884–1957), US Navy Rear Admiral, author of The Final Secret of Pearl Harbor
  • Naomi Wolf (b. 1962), writer
  • Laurence Yep (b. 1948), Asian-American writer
  • Helen Zia (b. 1952), writer, journalist, and activist
See also: List of San Francisco Bay Area writers

Athletes

Baseball

The following Major League Baseball players were born in San Francisco:

  • Jim Baxes (1928-1996), third baseman
  • Ping Bodie (1887–1961), outfielder
  • Fred Breining (b. 1955), pitcher for San Francisco Giants (1980–1984)
  • Dolph Camilli (1907–1997), first baseman
  • Ike Caveney (1894–1949), shortstop
  • Gino Cimoli (b. 1929), outfielder
  • Joe Corbett (1875–1945), pitcher
  • Joe Cronin (1906–1984), infielder, Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Frankie Crosetti (1910–2002), shortstop and coach
  • Tim Cullen (b. 1942), infielder
  • Babe Dahlgren (1912–1996), first baseman
  • Joe DeMaestri (b. 1928), shortstop
  • Dom DiMaggio (b. 1917), outfielder
  • Bob Elliott (1916–1966), player and manager
  • Jim Fregosi (1942–2014), player and manager
  • Jonny Gomes (b. 1980), outfielder for Boston Red Sox
  • Herb Gorman (1924–1953), player in one MLB game
  • Harry Heilmann (1894–1951), outfielder, Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Keith Hernandez (b. 1953), first baseman
  • Jackie Jensen (1927–1982), also in the College Football Hall of Fame
  • Eddie Joost (b. 1916), player and manager
  • Willie Kamm (1900–1988), third baseman
  • George Kelly (1895–1984), first baseman, Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Mark Koenig (1904-1993), infielder for 1927 New York Yankees
  • Tony Lazzeri (1903–1946), infielder, Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Nyjer Morgan (b. 1980), outfielder for Milwaukee Brewers
  • Charlie Sweeney (1863–1902), pitcher
  • Mike Vail (b. 1951), outfielder
  • Tyler Walker (b. 1976), relief pitcher for Washington Nationals
See San Francisco Giants#Baseball Hall of Famers for San Francisco Giants players in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Basketball

  • Jason Kidd (b. 1973)
  • Tom Meschery (b. 1938)
  • Pete Newell (1915-2008), Olympic and USF coach
  • Bill Russell (b. 1934), led USF to two NCAA championships
  • Phil Smith (1952–2002)
  • Phil Woolpert (1915-1987), San Francisco high school and college coach

Boxing

  • Abe Attell (b. 1884), world featherweight champion
  • James J. Corbett
  • Andre Ward (b. 1984), 2004 Olympics light heavyweight gold medal winner

Football

  • Ed Berry (b. 1963), NFL defensive back for Green Bay Packers and San Diego Chargers
  • Tom Brady (b. 1977), NFL quarterback for New England Patriots and two-time NFL most valuable player
  • Tedy Bruschi (b. 1973), NFL linebacker for New England Patriots
  • Al Cowlings (b. 1947), USC and NFL defensive lineman
  • Chris Darkins (b. 1974), NFL running back for Green Bay Packers
  • Eddie Forrest (1921–2001), NFL offensive lineman for San Francisco 49ers
  • Jason Hill (b. 1985), NFL wide receiver for Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Mike Holmgren (b. 1948), NFL head coach for Green Bay Packers and president of Cleveland Browns
  • James Hundon (b. 1971), NFL player
  • Joe Montana (b. 1956), NFL quarterback for San Francisco 49ers, inductee into Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • John Nisby (b. 1936), NFL guard with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins; one of the first African American players to play for the Washington Redskins
  • Igor Olshansky (b. 1982), NFL defensive end for Dallas Cowboys
  • Jerry Rice (b. 1962), NFL wide receiver for San Francisco 49ers, inductee into Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • O. J. Simpson (b. 1947), NFL running back with Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers (1985); inductee into Pro Football Hall of Fame; previously, City College of San Francisco and USC running back
  • Donald Strickland (b. 1980), current NFL cornerback for the New York Jets
  • Eric Wright (b. 1985), NFL cornerback for Detroit Lions
  • Steve Young (b. 1961), NFL quarterback for San Francisco 49ers, inductee into Pro Football Hall of Fame

Golf

  • Johnny Miller (b. 1947), professional golfer, TV commentator
  • Ken Venturi (1931–2013), professional golfer, TV commentator

Other sports

  • Vicki Draves (1924-2010), two-time Olympic gold medalist
  • Laird Hamilton (b. 1964), surfer
  • Jeremy McGrath (b. 1971), MX rider
  • Jonny Moseley (b. 1975), freestyle skiing
  • Brooks Orpik (b. 1980), NHL player for the Washington Capitals
  • Bill Schaadt (1924-1995), fly fisherman
  • Emerson Spencer (1906-1985), Olympic track and field gold medalist
  • Al Young (b. 1946), drag racing world champion

Business people

  • Albert Abrams (1863?–1924), inventor of medical equipment in the field of Electricity therapy
  • Melvin Belli (1907-1996), lawyer known as "The King of Torts", died in San Francisco
  • Donald Fisher (b. 1928), co-founder of the Gap clothing company
  • Gordon Getty (b. 1934), oil philanthropist and composer
  • Jess Jackson (1930–2011), wine entrepreneur and founder of Kendall-Jackson wine company
  • Pete McDonough (1872—1947), Bail Bonds Broker, called "the Fountainhead of Corruption" in 1937 police graft investigation
  • Morris Meyerfeld Jr. (1855–1935), German-born entrepreneur and theater owner (Orpheum Vaudeville Circuit)
  • Gordon E. Moore (b. 1929), co-founder of Intel Corporation, author of Moore's law
  • Michael Moritz (b. 1954), venture capitalist at Sequoia Capital
  • Craig Newmark (b. 1951), founder of Craigslist
  • Charles R. Schwab (b. 1937), businessman, founder of Schwab investment firm
  • Richard M. Tobin, (1866-1952), president of Hibernia Bank and Minister to the Netherlands

News/commentary

  • Ambrose Bierce (1842–1913), journalist
  • Ben Blank (c.1921–2009), television graphics innovator
  • Herb Caen (1916-1997), newspaper columnist
  • Tucker Carlson (b. 1969), television political commentator
  • C.H. Garrigues, jazz reviewer
  • William Randolph Hearst (1863–1951), newspaper magnate and publisher
  • Lewis Lapham, editor of Harper's
  • Kent Ninomiya, journalist
  • Lincoln Steffens (1866–1936), journalist

Political figures

See also List of mayors of San Francisco, California

Other

  • James Millikin Bevans (1899–1977), US Air Force Major General
  • Melrose Bickerstaff, runner-up of America's Next Top Model, Cycle 7
  • Robert L. Fair (1923–1983), US Army Lieutenant General, Silver Star winner
  • Abigail Folger (1943–1969), Folgers coffee heiress
  • Richard Gage, architect, 9/11 activist
  • Clifford Geertz (1926–2006), anthropologist
  • Stephen Herrero, biologist, bear expert
  • William Harrington Leahy (1904–1986), US Navy Rear Admiral
  • Jim Jones (1931–1978), cult leader
  • Julia Morgan (1872–1957), architect
  • G. S. Patrick, U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, Navy Cross winner
  • Tye Leung Schulze, interpreter and first Chinese-American woman to vote in a US primary election
  • William T. Shorey (1859–1919), first black San Francisco sea captain
  • Jacob Weisman (b. 1965), publisher of Tachyon Publications
  • John W. Young (b. 1930), astronaut
  • John C. Young (1912-1987), US Army Colonel, Chinatown leader
  • Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr. (1920–2000), US Navy Admiral

Non-native residents

  • Maya Angelou, poet
  • William Bayer, crime fiction writer
  • Ambrose Bierce, journalist and author
  • Clark Blaise, Canadian author
  • Marian and Vivian Brown (b. 1927), socialites
  • Willie Brown, former San Francisco mayor
  • Victor Burgin, artist
  • Herb Caen, newspaper columnist
  • Vanessa Carlton, singer
  • Carol Channing, actress and comedian
  • Cheerleader Melissa, pro wrestler
  • Chris Columbus, film director
  • Francis Ford Coppola, film director
  • Eleanor Dumont (Madame Moustache), professional card dealer and gambler
  • Andrew Smith Hallidie, promoter of the first cable car line
  • George Hearst, politician
  • Phoebe Hearst, first woman Regent of the University of California
  • James Hetfield (b. 1963), singer and rhythm guitarist for thrash metal band Metallica
  • Sargent Johnson, African-American sculptor
  • Philip Kaufman, film director
  • Jason Kidd, NBA player
  • Dorothea Lange, photographer
  • CoCo Lee, CantoPop singer and actress
  • James Lick, real estate investor
  • Charlotte Mailliard Shultz, CVO (b. 1933), philanthropist, socialite
  • Cheech Marin, actor
  • Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, activists, first same-sex couple to get a marriage license in San Francisco
  • Kirke Mechem, composer
  • Harvey Milk, former city supervisor of San Francisco
  • The Mitchell brothers, Jim and Artie, adult industry pioneers
  • Matt Nathanson, singer/musician
  • Emperor Norton, Gold Rush entrepreneur, eccentric, egalitarian and original visionary of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge
  • Gary Payton, NBA player
  • Linda Perry, lead singer of 4 Non Blondes
  • William Chapman Ralston, founder of the Bank of California
  • The Residents, Avant-Garde music and visual arts group
  • Anne Rice, author
  • Tina Root, ex-vocalist of the now defunct darkwave band Switchblade Symphony
  • Kevin Rose, founder of digg.com
  • Michael Savage, conservative radio personality
  • Tabe Slioor, socialite, reporter, photographer
  • Danielle Steel, author
  • Dale J. Stephens, author
  • Robert Louis Stevenson (from 1879–1880)
  • Sharon Stone, actress
  • Amy Tan (b. 1952), author
  • Mark Twain, author
  • Lars Ulrich, (b. 1963), drummer for thrash metal band Metallica
  • Wayne Wang, film director
  • Robert Wartenberg, neurologist
  • Oscar Wilde, author and playwright, spent 1882 there
  • Cecil Williams, pastor
  • Robin Williams, actor
  • David Woodard, businessman
  • Martin Yan, television chef
  • Arthur Wolcott Yates, U.S. Army general

Alphabetical index

  • Abrams, Albert (1863?–1924), inventor
  • Allen, Gracie (1895–1964), comedian
  • Argüello, Luis Antonio (1784–1830)
  • Attell, Abe (1884–1970), boxer
  • Belasco, David (1853–1931), playwright
  • Bixby, Bill (1934–1993), actor
  • Blanc, Mel (1908–1989), voiceover actor
  • Bodie, Ping
  • Bonds, Barry (b. 1964), baseball player
  • Bonds, Bobby (1946–2003), baseball player
  • Bonet, Lisa (b. 1967), actress
  • Bratt, Benjamin (b. 1963), actor
  • Breyer, Stephen (b. 1938), jurist
  • Brown, Jerry (b. 1938), politician
  • Brown, Pat (1905–1996), politician
  • Camilli, Dolph
  • Carlson, Tucker (b. 1969), political commentator
  • Chaquico, Craig (b. 1954)
  • Cho, Margaret (b. 1968)
  • Cimoli, Gino (b. 1929)
  • Corbett, Joe
  • Criss, Darren (b. 1987)
  • Cronin, Joe
  • Crosetti, Frankie (1910–2002)
  • Cullen, Tim (b. 1942)
  • Dahlgren, Babe (1912–1996)
  • DeMaestri, Joe
  • DiMaggio, Dom
  • Downs, Greg (b. 1971), writer
  • Dumont, Eleanor (1834–1879), also known as Madame Moustache, professional card dealer and gambler
  • Duncan, Isadora (1877–1927), dancer
  • Elliott, Bob
  • Fee, Ben, activist
  • Folger, Abigail (1943–1969), heiress
  • Forté, Anthony (b. 1988)
  • Fregosi, Jim
  • Garcia, Jerry (1942–1995), musician
  • Getty, Gordon (b. 1934), philanthropist and composer
  • Guaraldi, Vince (1928–1976)
  • Heilmann, Harry
  • Hernandez, Keith
  • Herron, Cindy (b. 1961)
  • Holt, Gary
  • Jensen, Jackie
  • Joost, Eddie
  • Kamm, Willie
  • Kantner, Paul (b. 1941)
  • Kelly, George
  • LaVey, Anton Szandor (b. 1930), founder of the Church of Satan
  • Lee, Gus (b. 1946)
  • Levitin, Daniel (b. 1957)
  • Lewis, Huey (b. 1950)
  • Mann, Leslie (b. 1972)
  • Prior, Mark (b. 1975)
  • Mathis, Johnny (b. 1935)
  • Ng, Melissa (b. 1972)
  • Perry, Linda (b. 1965)
  • Santana, Carlos (b. 1947)
  • Shakur, Tupac (b. 1971)
  • Sparks, Theresa
  • Sweeney, Charlie
  • Tan, Amy (b. 1952)
  • Toklas, Alice B. (1877-1967)
  • Williams, Robin (1951–2014)

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