Famous People Born In Portland

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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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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.  

 3 
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.
 4 
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.

 5 
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.
 6 
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)
 7 
Sally Struthers
(Actress Known for Her Role of 'Gloria Stivic' in the Series 'All in the Family')
Sally Struthers
16
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.

 8 
Margaux Hemingway
(American Fashion Model and Actress)
Margaux Hemingway
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Birthdate: February 16, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: July 1, 1996

Margaux Hemingway was an American actress and fashion model. During the mid-1970s, Hemingway became known as a supermodel and graced the covers of popular magazines, such as Time, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Harper's Bazaar, and Elle. Margaux Hemingway struggled with drug addiction, alcoholism, and depression, which culminated in her suicide by drug overdose at the age of 42.

 9 
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)
 10 
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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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)
 12 
Scotty Pippen Jr.
(Basketball player)
Scotty Pippen Jr.
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 10, 2000
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 13 
Ahmad Rashād
(Sportscaster)
Ahmad Rashād
5
Birthdate: November 19, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 14 
Kathleen Hanna
(Singer)
Kathleen Hanna
5
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 15 
Matt Lattanzi
(Actor)
Matt Lattanzi
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Birthdate: February 1, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 16 
Ryan Potter
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Birthdate: September 12, 1995
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 17 
Ashton Eaton
(Retired American Decathlete and Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist)
Ashton Eaton
3
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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Jane Powell
(Singer)
Jane Powell
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Birthdate: April 1, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
 19 
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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Zach King
(American Actor, Artist, and Social Media Celebrity)
Zach King
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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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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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Douglas Engelbart
(Engineer)
Douglas Engelbart
2
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: January 25, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: July 2, 2013
 23 
Isaiah Mustafa
(Actor)
Isaiah Mustafa
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Birthdate: February 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 24 
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
 25 
Cole Anthony
(Basketball player)
Cole Anthony
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 15, 2000
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 6'3" (190 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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Max Handelman
(Sportswriter)
Max Handelman
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 3, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Esperanza Spalding
(Music educator, Jazz musician, Singer)
Esperanza Spalding
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 18, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Jerami Grant
(Basketball player)
Jerami Grant
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 12, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 6'8" (203 cm)
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Joel David Moore
(Actor)
Joel David Moore
1
Birthdate: September 25, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Ken Patera
(American Professional Wrestler)
Ken Patera
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 6, 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Barbara Niven
(Actress)
Barbara Niven
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Birthdate: February 26, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 33 
Tommy Thayer
(Lead Guitarist for Glam Metal Band 'Kiss' and the Heavy Metal Band 'Black ‘n Blue')
Tommy Thayer
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 7, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Tommy Thayer is a songwriter cum musician best known for being the lead guitarist for the hard rock band Kiss. He performs the role of The Spaceman in the band. Born into a musical family, he decided early on to pursue music as a profession. He was part of several other bands before joining Kiss

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Kim Rhodes
(Actress)
Kim Rhodes
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Birthdate: June 7, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Brent Musburger
(Sportscaster)
Brent Musburger
3
Birthdate: May 26, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 36 
George Dantzig
(Mathematician, Computer scientist, Statistician)
George Dantzig
3
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 8, 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: May 13, 2005

Mathematician George Dantzig, known for his research on linear programming, was the first to develop the simplex method. The National Medal of Science winner was the son of mathematician and linguist Tobias Dantzig. He was associated with RAND Corporation and also taught computer science and operations research at Stanford.

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Mitch Pileggi
(Actor)
Mitch Pileggi
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Birthdate: April 5, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Ryan Crouser
(American Shot Putter and Discus Thrower)
Ryan Crouser
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 18, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
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Damon Stoudamire
(Basketball player)
Damon Stoudamire
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 3, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Andy Ngo
(Journalist)
Andy Ngo
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Birthdate: 1986 AD
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A. C. Green
(Basketball player)
A. C. Green
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 4, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 6'9" (206 cm)
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Terrence Ross
(Basketball player)
Terrence Ross
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 5, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
 43 
Dale Murphy
(Baseball player)
Dale Murphy
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 12, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 44 
Dan O'Brien
(Former Decathlete and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Dan O'Brien
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 18, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Holiday Reinhorn
(Fiction Writer)
Holiday Reinhorn
4
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces

Holiday Reinhorn is the author the bestselling book Big Cats. She has written for various literary magazines such as Zoetrope: All-Story and Gulf Coast. She and her husband, actor Rainn Wilson, both follow the Baháʼí faith. Reinhorn has also co-established a non-profit for Haitian women interested in writing, named Lide.

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Chris Botti
(Jazz trumpeter who won the Grammy Award in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category, for the album Impressions)
Chris Botti
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 12, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 47 
Galen Rupp
(American Long-Distance Runner)
Galen Rupp
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 8, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus

While he had been a promising soccer player in school, Galen Rupp later discovered track and field and became one of the best long-distance runners of the U.S. He is a three-time Olympian and has two Olympic medals, a silver and a bronze, in his kitty.

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Imogen Cunningham
(Photographer)
Imogen Cunningham
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Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: April 12, 1883
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: June 23, 1976
 49 
Chris Leben
(American Former Mixed Martial Artist and Referee)
Chris Leben
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer

Chris Leben is an American retired mixed martial artist, bare-knuckle boxer, and referee. From 2002 to 2013, Leben was a popular MMA competitor, competing in popular promotions like the UFC where he won four Knockout of the Night awards. Renowned for his powerful left hand and toughness, Chris Leben is also a former WEC Middleweight Champion.

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Derek Anderson
(American football player)
Derek Anderson
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 15, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)