List of people from San Diego, California facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts

This is a list of famous people who were born, spent a majority of their life, or currently live in San Diego, California, USA.

Contents

A

  • Marcus Allen, professional football player, CBS Sports analyst
  • Concetta Antico, artist

B

  • David Bailey, professional motocross racer
  • Dr. Charlotte Johnson Baker, San Diego's first practicing woman physician
  • Dr. Fred Baker, physician, founder of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Khalif Barnes, professional football player
  • Arlene Baxter, model and actress
  • Billy Beane, general manager of Oakland Athletics, portrayed by Brad Pitt in Moneyball
  • The Bella Twins, WWE Divas and former Divas champions
  • Belle Benchley, director of San Diego Zoo
  • Annette Bening, actress
  • Kurt Benirschke, pathologist and geneticist
  • Rolf Benirschke, professional football player
  • Doug Benson, professional comedian
  • Noah "Wuv" Bernardo, drummer for P.O.D.
  • Mayim Bialik, actress
  • Tony Bill, actor, director, and Academy Award-winning producer
  • Stephen Bishop, musician
  • Ron Blair, musician, original bassist of band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • Hank Blalock, professional baseball player
  • Jolene Blalock, actress, Star Trek
  • blink-182, rock band
  • Kim Bokamper, professional football player
  • Bob Boone, MLB catcher
  • Tim Bradstreet, artist and illustrator
  • Debbie Bramwell-Washington, IFBB professional bodybuilder
  • Charles Brandes, investment manager, billionaire
  • Madge Bradley, attorney and judge; first woman appointed to San Diego County bench
  • Allison Bradshaw, professional tennis player
  • Lucille Bremer, actress
  • Drew Brees, professional football player, San Diego Chargers and New Orleans Saints
  • Adam Brody, actor, The O.C.
  • Bill Brown, music composer
  • Victor Buono, actor
  • Charles F. Buddy, first bishop of Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego, University of San Diego founder
  • Chase Budinger, professional basketball player
  • Ron Burgundy, anchorman (fictional character)
  • Bob Burnquist, professional skateboarder
  • Eileen Rose Busby, author, antiques expert
  • Reggie Bush, professional football player
  • Chad Butler, drummer for band Switchfoot
  • Darryl Byrd, professional football player

C

  • Matt Cameron, drummer of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam
  • John Castellanos, stage, film and television actor, film producer
  • Donna Campbell, physician and member of the Texas Senate, born in San Diego in 1954
  • Charlie Cannon, singer, theater performer and co-founder of Starlight Opera
  • Nick Cannon, actor, rapper, occasional TV host
  • Francesca Capaldi, actress
  • Billy Casper, golfer, Masters and U.S. Open champion
  • Mark Cerney, founder of Next of Kin Registry (NOKR)
  • Eric Chavez, professional baseball player
  • Steve Cherundolo, professional soccer player
  • Judy Clarke, criminal defense attorney
  • Eric Close, actor
  • D. C. Collier, real estate developer, director of the 1915–16 Panama California Exposition
  • Aukai Collins, Chechen mujahideen, spent his childhood in Ocean Beach, and part of his early adulthood in City Heights
  • Marshall Colt, psychologist and former actor
  • Holly Marie Combs, actress
  • Dennis Conner, America's Cup yachtsman
  • Maureen Connolly, professional tennis player, 1953 tennis Grand Slam champion
  • Derrike Cope, NASCAR driver
  • Salvatore J. Cordileone, Roman Catholic archbishop
  • Jorge Cordova, professional football player
  • Alana Cordy-Collins, anthropologist
  • William P. Cronan, naval officer and 19th Naval Governor of Guam
  • Robbin Crosby, musician
  • Rob Crow, musician
  • Cameron Crowe, screenwriter, director, and producer

D

  • Austin da Luz, professional soccer player
  • John D'Acquisto, professional baseball player
  • Ted Danson, Emmy Award-winning actor
  • Mike Davis, professional baseball player
  • Terrell Davis, professional football player
  • William Heath Davis, early San Diego developer
  • Tom Delonge, singer and musician
  • Warren DeMartini, musician
  • Amir Derakh, musician
  • Cameron Diaz, actress
  • Johnny Downs, vaudevillian, dancer, actor, TV personality
  • Gerry Driscol, yacht racer and businessperson
  • Dinesh D'Souza, author
  • Jared Dudley, professional basketball player
  • Momčilo Đujić, WW2 Chetnik guerilla commander
  • Robert Duvall, Oscar-winning actor

E

  • Jason Earles, actor
  • Donnie Edwards, professional football player
  • Lindsay Ellingson, model
  • Joan Embery, animal and environmental advocate
  • Hayden Epstein, professional football player
  • Gary Erwin, TV personality

F

  • Marshall Faulk, professional football player, Hall of Famer
  • Raymond E. Feist, author
  • Amy Finley, cook, author
  • John William Finn, Medal of Honor recipient
  • Reuben H. Fleet, aviation pioneer, industrialist, army officer
  • Jon Foreman, lead vocalist and guitarist for band Switchfoot
  • Tim Foreman, bassist and backing vocalist for band Switchfoot
  • Arian Foster, professional football player
  • Julie Foudy, professional soccer player
  • Dan Fouts, professional football player, TV commentator
  • Frankie J, singer
  • Ace Frehley, lead guitarist for band KISS
  • Mike Fuentes, musician, drummer for band Pierce the Veil
  • Vic Fuentes, musician, vocalist and rhythm guitarist for band Pierce the Veil

G

  • Diamanda Galás, composer, vocalist, and keyboard artist
  • Major Garrett, reporter
  • Steve Garvey, professional baseball player, businessman
  • Theodor Geisel, children's author (Dr. Seuss)
  • Brian Giles, professional baseball player
  • Marcus Giles, professional baseball player
  • Jared S. Gilmore, child actor
  • Francoise Gilot, painter, author
  • Broc Glover, motocross national champion
  • La'Roi Glover, professional football player
  • Susan Golding, businesswoman, politician
  • Adrian Gonzalez, professional baseball player
  • Megan Goode, actress
  • Edgar Gott, aviation industry executive
  • Robert Klark Graham, businessman and eugenicist
  • Cecil H. Green, geophysicist, philanthropist
  • Harold Greene, television journalist
  • Oscar Gutierrez, aka Rey Mysterio, Jr., former WWE wrestler
  • Tony Gwynn, professional baseball player, Hall of Famer, coach
  • Tony Gwynn Jr., professional baseball player, son of Tony Gwynn

H

  • Leon Hall, professional football player
  • Cole Hamels, professional baseball player
  • Rosie Hamlin, singer
  • Aaron Harang, professional baseball player, attended San Diego State
  • Charles Mallory Hatfield, rainmaker
  • Riley Hawk, professional skateboarder, son of Tony Hawk
  • Tony Hawk, professional skateboarder
  • Le Ly Hayslip, memoirist and humanitarian
  • Roger Hedgecock, mayor and radio personality
  • Arthur Hobbs, defensive back for CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats
  • James Eagan Holmes, convicted gunman of 2012 Aurora shooting
  • Dennis Hopper, actor and director
  • Mark Hoppus, singer and musician
  • Alonzo Horton, early San Diego developer, created "New Town San Diego", later Downtown
  • James Oliver Huberty, perpetrator of San Ysidro McDonald's Massacre
  • Kimberly Hunt, news anchor
  • Joe Hutshing, film editor

I

  • Gabriel Iglesias, stand-up comedian
  • Christofer Drew Ingle, musician
  • Doug Ingle, founder of band Iron Butterfly, primary creator of In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, first platinum record
  • JANO,Prince of death
  • JabbaWockeeZ, dance crew
  • Prince Michael ″Blanket″ Jackson, youngest son of Michael Jackson
  • Father Luís Jayme, California's first Christian martyr
  • Jayo Felony, rapper
  • Kris Jenner, television personality
  • Johnny Jeter, professional wrestler
  • Deron Johnson, professional baseball player
  • Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR driver, six-time champion
  • Katrina Johnson, actress
  • Adam Jones, professional baseball player
  • Dhani Jones, professional football player
  • Jacque Jones, professional baseball player
  • Lonnie Jordan, musician, War

K

  • Kendrick Bangs Kellogg (born 1934), architect
  • Sean Kelly, the auctioneer on Tru TV's Storage Hunters
  • Dan Kemp, actor
  • Kerri Kendall, model
  • David Kennedy, musician
  • Jewel Kilcher, singer
  • Tawny Kitaen, model and actress
  • Laurence Monroe Klauber, herpetologist
  • Ken Kocher, professional football player
  • Raph Koster, author and game designer
  • Joan Kroc, philanthropist
  • Ray Kroc, founder of the McDonald's corporation, owned San Diego Padres
  • Alice K. Kurashige, first Japanese-American woman to be commissioned in US Marine Corps

L

  • Frankie Laine, singer and actor
  • Adam Lambert, runner-up on American Idol
  • Tim Lambesis, vocalist for the band As I Lay Dying
  • Fabio Lanzoni, model
  • Bob Larsen, track and field coach, Olympic coach
  • Don Larsen, professional baseball player
  • Bucky Lasek, professional skateboarder
  • Tammy Lauren, actress
  • Bessie Learn, silent film actress
  • Bobby Lee, MadTV actor and comedian
  • David Leisure, "Joe Isuzu," character actor and comedian
  • Jeanne Lenhart, senior Olympian, senior pageant winner, performing arts teacher
  • Lil Rob, Chicano rapper
  • Art Linkletter, television personality
  • Cleavon Little, actor, Blazing Saddles
  • Gene Littler, professional golfer in World Golf Hall of Fame
  • Harold Lloyd, silent film actor
  • Mario López, actor and television personality
  • Greg Louganis, Olympic gold-medalist diver
  • Moses A. Luce, lawyer and businessman, Medal of Honor recipient
  • Faizon Love, actor

M

  • John Macaulay, NFL player
  • Rob Machado, professional surfer
  • Doug Manchester, real estate developer, owner of the San Diego Union Tribune
  • Gloria Marks, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player
  • Ross Martin, actor, The Wild Wild West
  • Michael Martinez, drummer of Allstar Weekend
  • Clay Marzo, professional surfer
  • James Maslow, actor, singer from boy band Big Time Rush
  • Victor Mature, actor, Kiss of Death
  • Bill McColl, NFL player and surgeon
  • William C. McCool, astronaut
  • Tug McGraw, professional baseball player, father of country singer Tim McGraw
  • Danica McKellar, "Winnie Cooper" actress
  • Michael Medved, radio host, polital commentator, film critic
  • Dan Melville, American football player
  • Bob Mendoza, professional baseball player, coach, San Diego Hall of Champions inductee
  • Cordelia Mendoza, antiques expert, businesswoman, author
  • Shep Meyers, musician
  • Phil Mickelson, professional golfer, Masters and British Open champion
  • Martin Milner, actor, Adam-12
  • Kevin Mitchell, professional baseball player
  • Silas Weir Mitchell, actor
  • Matthew Modine, actor, Full Metal Jacket, The Dark Knight Rises
  • John J. Montgomery, pioneer aviator
  • Archie Moore, professional boxer
  • Alex Morgan, professional soccer player, US Women's National Team
  • Jason Mraz, singer
  • Chad Muska, professional skateboarder

N

  • Dally Laamt, health professional
  • Kathy Najimy, actress
  • Stephen Neal, professional football player
  • Andrew Newmark, activist, musician
  • Walter R. Nickel, M.D., dermatologist and dermatopathologist
  • Kent Ninomiya, journalist
  • Craig Noel, theatre producer
  • Matt Nokes, professional baseball player

O

  • Ellen Ochoa, NASA astronaut
  • Raymond Ochoa, actor
  • Ryan Ochoa, actor
  • Jeff Olson, tried and acquitted on 13 counts of vandalism
  • Ronan O'Gara, professional rugby player
  • Heather O'Rourke, actress, Poltergeist

P

  • Carson Palmer, professional football player, Heisman Trophy winner
  • Chuck Palumbo, professional wrestler
  • Adam Pearce, professional wrestler
  • Stephen Pearcy, musician
  • Justin Pearson, musician
  • Everett Peck, cartoonist, illustrator, animator and creator of Duckman and Squirrel Boy
  • Gregory Peck, Oscar-winning actor
  • Clarence M. Pendleton, Jr., chairman of the United States Commission on Civil Rights from 1981 until his death in 1988; Model Cities Program director in San Diego, 1972 to 1975; director of the San Diego chapter of the National Urban League, 1975 to 1981; resident of San Diego at the time of his death
  • Bob Penuelas, cartoonist
  • Tony Perry, lead guitarist for band Pierce the Veil
  • Dat Phan, comedian
  • Regis Philbin, television personality
  • Steve Poltz, singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • Zach Porter, singer of Allstar Weekend
  • Jaime Preciado, bass player and vocalist for band Pierce the Veil
  • Jenna Presley, actress
  • Ben Press, tennis professional and coach
  • Gary Puckett, musician and singer
  • Sarah Purcell, television personality

R

  • Sara Ramirez, actress and singer
  • Scott Raynor, musician
  • Autumn Reeser, actress
  • Steve Reeves, actor, body builder, author
  • Richard Requa, architect
  • Roger Revelle, oceanographer, founder of UCSD
  • Sally Ride, astronaut
  • Dave Roberts, professional baseball player
  • Cliff Robertson, Oscar-winning actor
  • Alfred D. Robinson and Marion James Robinson, builders of Rosecroft
  • Aaron Rodgers, professional football player
  • Tony Romo, professional football player
  • Louis Rose, developer
  • Seraphim Rose, hieromonk
  • Marion Ross, actress, Happy Days
  • Neil Ross, voice actor
  • Patrick Rowe, NFL player
  • Ilan Rubin, musician
  • Ralph Rubio, businessman and restaurant chain owner
  • RuPaul, performer, television personality
  • Betsy Russell, actress, Saw
  • Jason Russell, film director

S

  • Rashaan Salaam, professional football player, Heisman Trophy winner
  • Jonas Salk, physician and researcher
  • Jessica Sanchez, American Idol contestant
  • Sonny Sandoval, musician
  • Cathy Scott, journalist and true-crime author
  • J. Michael Scott, senior scientist, environmentalist and author
  • Junior Seau, professional football player
  • Kate Sessions, horticulturalist, "the mother of Balboa Park"
  • Stephanie Seymour, model
  • Alana Shipp, American/Israeli IFBB professional bodybuilder
  • Mary Sinclair, actress
  • Andy Skib, musician
  • Mitchy Slick, musician
  • Alex Smith, professional football player
  • Marty Smith, motocross national champion
  • Carly Smithson, singer
  • Suzy Spafford, artist
  • John D. Spreckels, businessman and industrialist
  • Michael Stamm, Olympic swimmer, national champion
  • Scott Stantis, editorial cartoonist
  • Jeremy Stenberg, professional motorcross rider
  • Kenny Stills jr., NFL Football player
  • J. J. Stokes, professional football player
  • Milburn Stone, actor, Gunsmoke
  • Frederick W. Sturckow, astronaut
  • Savannah Sturges, Top 10 finalist on MasterChef Season 4
  • Karen Hantze Susman, tennis player

T

  • Brian Teacher, tennis player, Australian Open singles champion
  • Jonathan Temple (1796–1866), landowner, rancher and politician
  • Jamie Thomas, professional skateboarder
  • Joanna Thomas, IFBB professional bodybuilder
  • Susanna Thompson, actress
  • Katherine Tingley, creator of Theosophical Society compound at Lomaland
  • Robert Titzer, writer known for Your baby can read! infant learning book
  • Ted Tollner, professional football coach
  • Jerry Trainor, actor
  • Alan Trammell, professional baseball player and manager
  • Marty Tripes, winner of first Super Bowl of motocross
  • Bitsie Tulloch, actress
  • Jeremy Tyler, professional basketball player

V

  • Peter Valdes, technopreneur, Tivoli software co-founder
  • W.S. Van Dyke, film director
  • Tiffany van Soest, kickboxer
  • Eddie Vedder, singer in rock band Pearl Jam
  • Juli Veee, soccer player
  • Craig Venter, biologist, entrepreneur
  • Victor Villaseñor, author
  • Erik von Detten, actor

W

  • Tom Waits, singer-songwriter, composer and actor
  • Bill Walton, professional basketball player, TV commentator
  • Luke Walton, professional basketball player
  • Kelly Ward, actor
  • Danny Way, professional skateboarder
  • Harry M. Wegeforth, physician, founder of the San Diego Zoo
  • Raquel Welch, Golden Globe Award-winning actress
  • David Wells, professional baseball player
  • Julie White, Tony Award-winning actress
  • Shaun White, professional skateboader and snowboarder, Olympic gold medalist
  • Kendra Wilkinson, model and television personality
  • Carol Williams, concert organist, composer
  • Michelle Williams, actress
  • Nathan Williams, musician
  • Ricky Williams, professional football player, Heisman Trophy winner
  • Ted Williams, professional baseball player, Hall of Famer
  • Ann Wilson, musician
  • Jim Wilson, professional baseball pitcher and general manager
  • Pete Wilson, mayor of San Diego, governor of California and U.S. Senator
  • Scott Wilson, professional bodybuilder
  • Kellen Winslow, professional football player
  • Kellen Winslow II, professional football player
  • Cassidy Wolf, Miss Teen USA
  • Mickey Wright, LPGA golfer, World Golf Hall of Famer
  • Robin Wright, Golden Globe Award-winning actress
  • Marvell Wynne II, professional soccer player

Z

  • Frank Zappa, musician
  • Valerie Ziegenfuss, professional tennis player
  • Sal Zizzo, professional soccer player

Footnotes


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