Famous People From Delaware

Located in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States of America is the state of Delaware. With its capital city as Dover and the largest city being Wilmington, Delaware is divided into three counties. It is often referred to as ‘The First State’, as it was the first one to be ratified into the constitution. The state of Delaware is also popularly called various other names such as ‘The Small Wonder’, ‘The Diamond State’ and ‘Blue Hen State’. Many celebrated individuals were born and brought up in Delaware. One fine example would be the six time Grammy winner Stephen Marley, the son of the famous reggae icon Bob Marley. Artists such as George Thorogood and Chuck Wicks were also born in this state. Delaware has created several distinguished and famous actors such as the hilarious Aubrey Plaza, Teri Polo, Ryan Phillippe, Elisabeth Shue. Although the popular Joe Biden was born in Pennsylvania, he was raised in the state of Delaware, where he even represented in the Senate. Even athletes such as Paul Goldschmidt, Colin Burns, Devin Smith and Mark Eaton are from the state. Keep reading to know more people from Delaware & celebs born in Delaware.
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Aubrey Plaza
(Actress Best Known for Her Roles in the Series: 'Parks and Recreation' and 'Legion')
Aubrey Plaza
71
Birthdate: June 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer

Aubrey Plaza is an American actress, writer, producer, and comedian. She is best known for her portrayal of April Ludgate in the sitcom Parks and Recreation for which she earned a couple of nominations at the ALMA Award. Plaza is also known for playing Allison in the 2020 film Black Bear which earned her the Imagen Award for Best Actress.

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Beau Biden
(44th Attorney General of Delaware (2007 - 2015) and Son of US President Joe Biden)
Beau Biden
72
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: February 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: May 30, 2015

A politician and attorney, Beau Biden was the eldest child of politician Joe Biden. As a little boy, he was severely injured in a car accident in which his mother and sister perished. He overcame several challenges to become a successful attorney. However, fate was cruel to him and he died of brain cancer at the age of 46.

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Elisabeth Shue
(Best Known for Her Role in the Film 'Leaving Las Vegas' and TV Series ' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation')
Elisabeth Shue
63
Birthdate: October 6, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra

American actress, Elisabeth Shue, is best known for her roles in the films like The Karate Kid, Cocktail, Leaving Las Vegas, The Saint, Hollow Man, Deconstructing Harry, Hide and Seek and Greyhound and has shared screen space with some of the greatest actors of all time. She has also worked in television and has won several awards for her acting.

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Valerie Bertinelli
(Actress and Television Personality Known for Her TV Shows: ‘Valerie's Home Cooking’ and ‘Kids Baking Championship’)
Valerie Bertinelli
34
Birthdate: April 23, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus

Valerie Bertinelli, better known as Melanie Moretti from the sitcom Hot in Cleveland and Gloria from Touched by an Angel, has also appeared as a host on several culinary shows on Food Network. Her role as Barbara Cooper Royer in One Day at a Time earned her a Golden Globe.

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Ryan Phillippe
38
Birthdate: September 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo

Actor Ryan Phillippe has been active in the entertainment industry for almost three decades. Making his debut in the early 1990s with small roles in TV dramas, he gained international fame for playing a gay teenager in the show One Life to Live. He soon ventured into films and found success there as well.

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Elena Delle Donne
(Basketball player)
Elena Delle Donne
13
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 5, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
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Teri Polo
(Best Known for Role as ‘Pam Byrnes’ in the Film ‘Meet the Parents’ Trilogy)
Teri Polo
27
Birthdate: June 1, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini

Teri Polo is best known as Pam Byrnes-Focker from the Meet the Parents film franchise. Fans also loved her as Stef Foster in The Fosters and as Helen Santos in The West Wing. She has also guest-starred on TV shows such as The Practice, Frasier, and Law & Order: LA.

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Judge Reinhold
(Known for His Roles in the Films: ‘Ruthless People’, ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’, ‘Stripes’ and ‘Gremlins’)
Judge Reinhold
12
Birthdate: May 21, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
More than seventy-five film and television roles, over two decades of relationship with international audiences across all generations, Judge Reinhold is well-known for his multi-faceted personality. His career gained momentum when he appeared in Beverly Hill Cop. He earned a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for his performance in Seinfeld.
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Ashley Biden
(Social Worker, Fashion Designer and Daughter of U.S. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden)
Ashley Biden
83
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini

Ashley Biden, youngest daughter of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, has been the executive director of the Delaware Center for Justice. Ashley owns a clothing company, Livelihood, which donates its sales proceeds to various charities, partnering with online retailer Gilt Groupe. She has fought against animal testing and for dolphin conservation.

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Bryan Stevenson
(American Lawyer, Founder and Executive Director of the ‘Equal Justice Initiative’)
Bryan Stevenson
14
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: November 14, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Lawyer and social justice activist, Bryan Stevenson, is known for challenging bias against the poor and minorities in the criminal justice system. He advocates for the poor, fights for children’s rights, and condemns the death penalty. He is the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative. He was honored with the Benjamin Franklin Award from the American Philosophical Society.

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Annie Jump Cannon
(Astronomer)
Annie Jump Cannon
7
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 11, 1863
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: April 13, 1941

After studying physics and astronomy at Wellesley College, Annie Jump Cannon traveled across Europe and focused on photography for a decade, before venturing to study astronomy again. At the Harvard Observatory, she made a considerable contribution to the classification of stellar bodies. She was almost deaf due to scarlet fever.

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Raúl Esparza
(For his role as New York Assistant District Attorney (ADA) Rafael Barba in Law & Order)
Raúl Esparza
3
Birthdate: October 24, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Jimmie Allen
(Singer)
Jimmie Allen
9
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 18, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
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George Thorogood
(Musician)
George Thorogood
6
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 24, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Stephen Marley
(Jamaican-American Musician and Son of Singer Bob Marley)
Stephen Marley
19
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 20, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus

Stephen Marley is a Jamaican-American musician best known for his collaborations with his brothers Damian and Ziggy Marley. Stephen, the son of Bob Marley, is a multiple-time Grammy Award winner and a successful musician, both in the Jamaican and American music industry.

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Sara Dylan
(American Actress, Model and First Wife of Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan)
Sara Dylan
24
Birthdate: October 25, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Sara Dylan, the first wife of legendary singer Bob Dylan, is said to be the inspiration behind Bob’s songs such as Abandoned Love and Sara. She is a former model and has also been a Playboy Bunny. She appeared as Clara in the film Renaldo and Clara, directed by Dylan.
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Donte DiVincenzo
(Basketball Player)
Donte DiVincenzo
10
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 31, 1997
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Hunter Biden
(Lawyer, Son of Joe Biden)
Hunter Biden
87
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: February 4, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
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Cynthia Rothrock
(American Martial Artist and Actress)
Cynthia Rothrock
12
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 8, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces

Cynthia Rothrock was not just a mixed martial artist but has also acted in various martial arts films. The Black Belt Hall of Famer began training in martial arts at 13 and eventually ended up being one of the first women martial artists to be featured on the martial arts magazine covers.

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John Gallagher Jr.
(Actor and Musician Best Known for Originating the Role of ‘Moritz Stiefel’ in the Rock Musical ‘Spring Awakening’)
John Gallagher Jr.
10
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini

John Gallagher Jr. is an American musician and actor known for his contribution across all three major acting mediums. He is best known for playing Moritz Stiefel in a rock musical titled Spring Awakening, for which he was honored with a Tony Award. He has also played important roles in popular TV series, such as The Newsroom and Westworld.

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Henry Heimlich
(Physician, University teacher)
Henry Heimlich
5
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: February 3, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: December 17, 2016
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Doug Hutchison
(Actor)
Doug Hutchison
9
Birthdate: May 26, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Pierre S. du Pont
(Entrepreneur)
Pierre S. du Pont
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 15, 1870
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: April 4, 1954
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Mary Ann Shadd
(American-Canadian Activist, Journalist, Publisher and the First Black Woman Publisher in North America)
Mary Ann Shadd
8
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: October 9, 1823
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: June 5, 1893

The first North American Black woman to publish a newspaper, USA-born Mary Ann Shadd was the founder of the Canadian newspaper, The Provincial Freeman. Concurrently serving as its anonymous editor and contributor, she also became one of the first women to pursue journalism in Canada. She was also one of the first Black women to earn a degree in law.

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Delino DeShields
(Baseball player)
Delino DeShields
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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David Sills
(American Football Player)
David Sills
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 29, 1996
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Caesar Rodney
(Governor of Delaware (1778-81))
Caesar Rodney
8
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 7, 1728
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: June 26, 1784
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Susan Stroman
(Theatre Director)
Susan Stroman
4
Birthdate: October 17, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
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Daniel Pfeiffer
(Podcaster)
Daniel Pfeiffer
5
Birthdate: December 24, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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Dave Sheridan
(Actor)
Dave Sheridan
3
Birthdate: March 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Jim Thompson
(American Businessman Who Helped Revitalise the Thai Silk Industry in the 1950s and 1960s)
Jim Thompson
2
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: March 21, 1906
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: March 26, 1967
 32 
Clifford Brown
(Musician)
Clifford Brown
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: June 26, 1956
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Walt Hazzard
(Basketball player)
Walt Hazzard
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 15, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: November 18, 2011
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Madison Brengle
(American Professional Tennis Player)
Madison Brengle
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 3, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Brian Foster
(American Professional Bicycle Motocross Rider)
Brian Foster
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Darnell Savage
(American football player)
Darnell Savage
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 30, 1997
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Thomas Capano
(Lawyer)
Thomas Capano
3
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: October 11, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: September 19, 2011
 38 
Dallas Green
(Baseball player)
Dallas Green
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 4, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: March 22, 2017
 39 
Howard Pyle
(American illustrator)
Howard Pyle
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 5, 1853
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: November 9, 1911
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John P. Marquand
(Known for His Mr. Moto Spy Stories)
John P. Marquand
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 10, 1893
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: July 16, 1960
 41 
Duron Harmon
(American football player)
Duron Harmon
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 24, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
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Daniel Nathans
(American Microbiologist Who won Nobel Prize in Medicine for the Discovery of Restriction Enzymes)
Daniel Nathans
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 30, 1928
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: November 16, 1999

Daniel Nathans was an American microbiologist best remembered for winning the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1978 for the discovery of restriction endonuclease. Over the course of his career, Nathans worked for prestigious institutions, such as the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Daniel Nathans was also the recipient of several awards, including the National Medal of Science.

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Harry Coover
(Inventor)
Harry Coover
0
Birthdate: March 6, 1917
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: March 26, 2011
 44 
Angelo Blackson
(American football player)
Angelo Blackson
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 14, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Amir Mansour
(Boxer)
Amir Mansour
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 25, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 46 
Oliver Evans
(Inventor)
Oliver Evans
2
Birthdate: September 13, 1755
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: April 15, 1819
 47 
John M. Clayton
(Politician)
John M. Clayton
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: July 24, 1796
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: November 9, 1856
 48 
Alfred D. Chandler, Jr.
(Professor)
Alfred D. Chandler, Jr.
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 15, 1918
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: May 9, 2007
 49 
Thomas F. Bayard
(Statesman)
Thomas F. Bayard
2
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: October 29, 1828
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: September 28, 1898
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Thomas Macdonough
(Naval officer)
Thomas Macdonough
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 31, 1783
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: November 10, 1825