Famous People From Oregon

The state of Oregon, formed in 1848, is said to be the ninth largest state in the entire continent. Journalist Ann Curry, actress and singer Courtney Love, model Holly Madison as well as actress Lisa Rinna belong to the state of Oregon. Holly Madison hogged the limelight after becoming a ‘Playboy’ playmate and the girlfriend of the billionaire Hugh Hefner. Courtney Love has acted in several acclaimed flicks like ‘The People vs Larry Flynt’, ‘Man On The Moon’ and ‘Trapped’. Matt Groening’s ability to sketch caricatures of famous cartoon characters and celebrities within no time has earned him appreciation not just from Americans, but in other parts of the world too. Although all these celebrities weren’t born in Oregon, they share a special bond with the state they grew up. We have listed the names of other distinguished personalities from Oregon.
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Matt Groening
(Cartoonist, Writer and Producer Known for His TV Series ‘The Simpsons’, ‘Futurama’ and ‘Disenchantment’)
Matt Groening
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 15, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Matt Groening is best known as the creator of the iconic animated sitcom The Simpsons, which is the longest-running American primetime TV series and has won Groening 11 Emmys. He had initially gained fame for the comic strip Life in Hell and also created Futurama and the Netflix series Disenchantment.
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Chael Sonnen
(Retired Mixed Martial Artist and One of the Biggest Trash Talkers in MMA History)
Chael Sonnen
11
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries

Chael Sonnen is a retired mixed martial artist. He is also a submission grappling promoter and mixed martial arts (MMA) analyst. He began his mixed martial arts career in 1997 and soon became a top contender in both the light heavyweight and middleweight divisions of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He has also made a few film appearances. 

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River Phoenix
(Actor, Musician and Eldest Brother of the Phoenix Siblings Who Accidentally Died by Combined Drug Intoxication)
River Phoenix
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Birthdate: August 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: October 31, 1993

Actor, musician, and activist, River Phoenix. was the older brother of Academy Award-winning actor, Joaquin Phoenix. The child of “hippyish” parents, he had an unconventional upbringing. He began acting as a young boy and enjoyed a successful career. The promising young man died of a drug overdose when he was just 23.

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Linus Pauling
(One of the Greatest Scientists of All Time & Winner of Two Nobel Prizes)
Linus Pauling
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 28, 1901
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: August 19, 1994

Only person to win two unshared Nobel Prizes, Linus Carl Pauling was an American theoretical physical chemist, who received the 1954 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on nature of chemical bond and 1962 Nobel Prize for Peace for his efforts to stop nuclear weapon testing. Also a prolific writer and educator, he has published 1,200 books and papers.  

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Katee Sackhoff
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Birthdate: April 8, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries

Katee Sackhoff would have pursued a career in professional swimming if not for a knee injury which she suffered early in her life. Apart from leading her to become an actress, the injury also made her practice yoga and transcendental meditation, which she continues to practice. Also known for her humanitarian work, she co-founded a motorcycle-riding charity called Acting Outlaws.

 6 
Kaitlin Olson
(Actress)
Kaitlin Olson
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Birthdate: August 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo

Kaitlin Olson is an actress and comedian. She started her career with the improvisational group The Groundlings and went on to become one of the most popular members of the group. She then established herself in the American TV industry, landing critical roles in series like Flipped. After marrying Rob McElhenney, Olson bought Skinner's Bar, which was renamed Mac's Tavern.

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Lisa Brennan-Jobs
(Daughter of ‘Apple’ Co-Founder Steve Jobs)
Lisa Brennan-Jobs
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 17, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Lisa Brennan-Jobs, daughter of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and painter Chrisann Brennan, is a journalist who has written for Vogue and The Southwest Review. Jobs initially denied having fathered her, but a DNA test and a legal case proved the paternity. The Apple Lisa computer was named after her.
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Phil Knight
(Co-founder of Nike, Inc.)
Phil Knight
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 24, 1938
Sun Sign: Pisces
Business tycoon Phil Knight co-founded Nike, Inc. and also served as its chairman and CEO. Forbes named him the world’s 26th-richest person in 2020. He is a qualified accountant and once owned a running team. He has launched a non-profit and owns a stop-motion production company, too.
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Ty Burrell
(Actor)
Ty Burrell
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Birthdate: August 22, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Terri Irwin
(Naturalist Who is The Owner of Australia Zoo in 'Beerwah, Queensland')
Terri Irwin
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer

American–Australian naturalist Terri Irwin is best known as the co-host of The Crocodile Hunter, along with her husband, the late animal expert Steve Irwin. She has also been part of shows such as Croc Files and Crikey! It's the Irwins, and helped in the development of Australia Zoo.

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Eric Christian Olsen
(Actor)
Eric Christian Olsen
10
Birthdate: May 31, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Paige VanZant
(Mixed Martial Artist, Bare Knuckle Boxer and Professional Wrestler)
Paige VanZant
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 26, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries

Paige VanZant is an American mixed martial artist, model, and author. Although she spent over 13 years exploring dance forms like hip hop, ballet, and jazz in a dance studio owned by her parents, VanZant took up martial arts during her teenage years and went on to compete in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). A multi-talented personality, VanZant also loves hunting.

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Bridgette Wilson
(Actress, Model, Singer)
Bridgette Wilson
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Birthdate: September 25, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Actor Bridgette Wilson, a former Miss Teen USA winner, is known for her roles in films such as Mortal Kombat, Billy Madison, and I Know What You Did Last Summer. Fans also loved her as Lisa Fenimore from the soap Santa Barbara. She is married to tennis legend Pete Sampras.
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Justin Herbert
(American football player)
Justin Herbert
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 10, 1998
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
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Ime Udoka
(Former Professional Basketball Player and Head Coach of the 'Boston Celtics')
Ime Udoka
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 9, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Nigerian-American NBA player Ime Udoka is known for his 7-year stint as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs. His association with experts such as coach Gregg Popovich has enriched his career and raised hopes that he will soon be hired as a head coach by a major team.
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Rebecca Schaeffer
(Actress & Model)
Rebecca Schaeffer
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Birthdate: November 6, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: July 18, 1989

Rebecca Schaeffer started her career as a model and is best remembered for her role as Patricia "Patti" Russell in the comedy My Sister Sam. She was shot to death at 21, by an obsessed fan named Robert John Bardo, who had been stalking her for a while.

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Domantas Sabonis
(Basketball player)
Domantas Sabonis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 3, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 6'11" (211 cm)
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Ndamukong Suh
(American football player)
Ndamukong Suh
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 6, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Holly Madison
(American Television Personality Known for Her Appearance in the Reality Show ‘The Girls Next Door’)
Holly Madison
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Birthdate: December 23, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Holly Madison is American model and television personality who made her presence felt on the small screen with roles in the TV shows,The Girls Next Door and Holly's World. A former girlfriend of Hugh Hefner, Holly Madison has the credit of leading the then-largest bikini parade with the Las Vegas mayor in 2009. Her memoir, Down the Rabbit Hole, briefly topped the bestseller list.

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Sally Struthers
(Actress Known for Her Role of 'Gloria Stivic' in the Series 'All in the Family')
Sally Struthers
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: July 28, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo

Sally Struthers is an American actress best known for playing Gloria Stivic in the popular sitcom television series All in the Family, for which she received a couple of Emmy Awards. Also a well-known activist, Struthers has been working towards improving the lives of impoverished children as part of her work as a spokesperson for the child development organization, ChildFund.

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Steve Prefontaine
(American Long-Distance Runner)
Steve Prefontaine
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 25, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: May 30, 1975

Long-distance runner Steve Prefontaine had competed in only one Olympic, finishing fourth in the 5000m race in Munich. However, he had begun breaking records since high school and excelled in cross-country running. His tragic death in a car accident after attending a party ended his life and his sports dreams.

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Sara Jean Underwood
(Playboy's Playmate of The Year 2007 and Former Host of ‘Attack of the Show!’)
Sara Jean Underwood
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: March 6, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Scotty Pippen Jr.
(Basketball player)
Scotty Pippen Jr.
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 10, 2000
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Bridget Marquardt
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Birthdate: September 25, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Kathleen Hanna
(Singer)
Kathleen Hanna
5
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Bill Bowerman
(Co-founder of Nike, Inc.)
Bill Bowerman
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 19, 1911
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: December 24, 1999
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Ashton Eaton
(Retired American Decathlete and Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist)
Ashton Eaton
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 21, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Two-time Olympic decathlon champion Ashton Eaton began his international career in 2008, winning his first international medal, a silver, at the 2011 World Championships. In the following year, he won two gold medals, one in Heptathlon at the World Indoor Championships and the other in Decathlon in London Olympic Games, defending his Olympic title four years later in Rio de Janeiro.

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Ahmad Rashād
(Sportscaster)
Ahmad Rashād
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Birthdate: November 19, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Beverly Cleary
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 12, 1916
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: March 25, 2021
 30 
Bill Hudson
(Former Vocalist of the Band 'The Hudson Brothers')
Bill Hudson
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 17, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Ryan Potter
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Birthdate: September 12, 1995
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Taya Kyle
(Activist, Author)
Taya Kyle
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 4, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo

Taya Kyle is an American political commentator and author. Since the death of her husband US Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, Taya Kyle has been working towards the welfare of military veterans' family. In 2014, she established the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation as part of her work. In the 2014 movie American Sniper, Taya Kyle was played by Sienna Miller.

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Zach King
(American Actor, Artist, and Social Media Celebrity)
Zach King
13
Birthdate: February 4, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Zach King is an American actor, artist, and social media celebrity. He achieved international fame when he started posting videos on platforms like YouTube and Vine. Over the course of his career, Zach King has won several awards, including a Critics' Choice Award and Vidcon Golden Poop Award.

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Jane Powell
(Singer)
Jane Powell
6
Birthdate: April 1, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
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Matt Lattanzi
(Actor)
Matt Lattanzi
1
Birthdate: February 1, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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John Reed
(Journalist, Poet)
John Reed
5
Birthdate: October 22, 1887
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: October 17, 1920
 37 
Aminé
(Singer-Rapper Known for Debut Single 'Caroline')
Aminé
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 18, 1996
Sun Sign: Aries

Aminé is an American rapper, songwriter, and singer. He is best known for his hit single Caroline, which took the US Billboard Hot 100 by storm by peaking at number 11 on the chart. In 2017, Aminé was nominated at the BET Hip Hop Awards under the Best New Hip Hop Artist category.

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Brenda Strong
(Actress Known for her Roles in 'Desperate Housewives' and 'Dallas')
Brenda Strong
5
Birthdate: March 25, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Danny Ainge
(Professional Basketball Player)
Danny Ainge
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 17, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
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Isaiah Mustafa
(Actor)
Isaiah Mustafa
5
Birthdate: February 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Douglas Engelbart
(Engineer)
Douglas Engelbart
2
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: January 25, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: July 2, 2013
 42 
Grayson Boucher
(Basketball player, Actor)
Grayson Boucher
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 10, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Dick Fosbury
(American Retired High Jumper and One of the Most Influential Athletes in the History of Track and Field)
Dick Fosbury
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 6, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces

Dick Fosbury is an American former track and field athlete who specialized in the high jump. Widely regarded as one of the most influential athletes in track and field history, Fosbury revolutionized the high jump with a new technique which came to be known as the Fosbury Flop. Dick Fosbury also won the gold medal at the 1968 Olympics.

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Hannah Stocking
(American Instagram Star and Model)
Hannah Stocking
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Listed In: Instagram Stars
Birthdate: 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius

American Instagram sensation and model Hannah Stocking started her online career with Vine and later also gained fame for her comedy skits on TikTok. She has also hosted the YouTube Music talk show Mindie and has also appeared in the web series Amigos and in Blink-182's track She's Out of Her Mind.

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Scott Hatteberg
(American Former Professional First Baseman and Catcher)
Scott Hatteberg
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Scott Hatteberg is an American former baseball player who played as a first baseman and catcher. In an illustrious Major League Baseball (MLB) career that spanned 13 years, Scott Hatteberg played for popular teams like the Cincinnati Reds, Oakland Athletics, and Boston Red Sox. He also represented the US national baseball team at the 1990 Baseball World Cup.

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James Beard
(American Chef, Cookbook Author and Television Personality)
James Beard
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 5, 1903
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: January 23, 1985
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Raymond Carver
(Short story writer)
Raymond Carver
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 25, 1938
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: August 2, 1988
 48 
Tonya Harding
(American Former Figure Skater)
Tonya Harding
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio

American figure skater, Tonya Harding, was the 1991 and 1994 US champion but her 1994 title was taken away after a controversy erupted regarding her ex-husband. He was charged with planning an attack on a rival American skater, Nancy Kerrigan. Tonya Harding was banned for life by the US Figure Skating Association after she pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obstruct justice.

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Max Handelman
(Sportswriter)
Max Handelman
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 3, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Cole Anthony
(Basketball player)
Cole Anthony
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 15, 2000
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)