Famous People Born In Seattle

Seattle is a city located in the west coast of the United States of America in the state of Washington. It is often referred to as ‘The Emerald City’ or the ‘Rain City’. Being one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, Seattle is the largest city in its state. Seattle is renowned for its rich musical heritage and for being the founding city of companies such as Microsoft and Amazon. Various iconic celebrities were born in Seattle such as the Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Musically inclined individuals such as Jimi Hendrix, Kenny G, Macklemore, Judy Collins and Chris Cornell hail from the city of Seattle. Actors such as Rainn Wilson, Jeffery Dean Morgan, Steven Hill and Adam West are also from the city. Keep reading this list to know more notable personalities who are from Seattle.
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 1 
Bill Gates
(Co-Founder of Microssoft)
Bill Gates
239
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: October 28, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Leading American technologist, business leader and philanthropist, Bill Gates is the co-founder of the world’s largest software company, Microsoft. His passion for computers made him one of the richest in the world and through his charity foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, he and his ex-wife, Melinda, use this money generously to help people world over live a better life.

 2 
Jimi Hendrix
(One of the Most Influential Electric Guitarists & the Greatest Instrumentalist in the History of Rock Music)
Jimi Hendrix
65
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 27, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: September 18, 1970

One of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century, Jimi Hendrix began playing guitar at the age of 15. As his career progressed, he became the first musician to use stereophonic phasing effects in recordings. Rolling Stone ranked him as the greatest guitarist and the sixth greatest artist of all time. He died under mysterious circumstances at the age of 27.

 3 
Chris Cornell
(Lead vocalist of the Rock Bands 'Soundgarden' & 'Audioslave')
Chris Cornell
41
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: May 18, 2017

Singer, songwriter, and musician Chris Cornell rose to fame as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave. One of the key figures of the 1990s grunge movement, he also had a successful solo career. Unfortunately, he suffered from depression and died of suicide at the peak of his career.

 4 
Paul Allen
(Co-founder of Microsoft, Philanthropist)
Paul Allen
32
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 21, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: October 15, 2018

Paul Allen was an American investor, business magnate, and philanthropist. He is credited with co-founding one of the most popular multinational technology companies in the world, Microsoft Corporation. Along with his philanthropic activities and ownership of several other companies and sporting clubs, Paul Allen had a major impact on sports, wildlife, education, arts, healthcare, community services, environmental conservation, and more.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan
57
Birthdate: April 22, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus

Jeffrey Morgan is an American actor who shot to fame with television series Supernatural and Grey’s Anatomy. But it was his role in movie, Watchmen, and the still running zombie horror series, The Walking Dead, that really made him a star. Jeffrey wanted o be a basketball player but an injury ended his sports dream and turned him towards acting.

 6 
Ryan Stiles
(Best Known for his TV Show 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?')
Ryan Stiles
14
Birthdate: April 22, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus

Ryan Stiles is an American-Canadian comedian and actor. Stiles, whose forte is improvisational comedy, is known for his work in the TV series Whose Line Is It Anyway? Also known for his charity work, Stiles has been working hard to raise fund for children with burn injuries. Since 2009, he has raised over $500,000 for a foundation called the Burned Children Recovery Center.

 7 
Rainn Wilson
(Best Known for His Role as 'Dwight Schrute' on the NBC sitcom 'The Office')
Rainn Wilson
41
Birthdate: January 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Rainn Wilson is an actor and writer who used his popularity to make his YouTube channel, SoulPancake, a success. Also a climate change advocate, Wilson made a documentary titled The Idiot’s Guide to Climate Change, based on his trip to Greenland. He is known for his charitable works and has adopted a vegan diet since adopting Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs.

 8 
Duff McKagan
(Musician, Songwriter)
Duff McKagan
13
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 5, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 9 
Jean Smart
(Actress)
Jean Smart
37
Birthdate: September 13, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo

Active in the field of entertainment for over 40 years, actress Jean Smart began her career in regional theater. After finding much fame as a stage actress, she started taking up TV and film roles as well. She has given many critically acclaimed performances and is the winner of three Primetime Emmy Awards.

 10 
Nate Robinson
(American Former Professional Basketball Player)
Nate Robinson
19
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 31, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini

Nate Robinson is a former professional basketball player who has played in the NBA for the New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Boston Celtics,  Golden State Warriors, and Chicago Bulls. He went professional in 2005 and became the NBA's first three-time slam dunk champion in 2010. He retired in 2018. He now runs a restaurant in Rainier Beach.

 11 
Nick Robinson
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Simon Spier’ in the Film ‘Love, Simon’)
Nick Robinson
74
Birthdate: March 22, 1995
Sun Sign: Aries

Nick Robinson is an American actor known for his contribution across all three major acting mediums. He started his career as a child artist before going on to establish himself in the film, TV, and theater industry; in 2018, he was mentioned in Forbes magazine's 30 Under 30 list. 

 12 
Kenny G
(Smooth Jazz Saxophonist and One of the Best-Selling Musicians of All Time)
Kenny G
12
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 5, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini

Kenneth Bruce Gorelick, better known as Kenny G, is a best-selling jazz saxophonist who has sold over 75 million records and even owns a line of saxophones. He is also a certified pilot and a skilled golfer who has participated in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am seven times.

 13 
Gabe Newell
(Entrepreneur)
Gabe Newell
18
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Businessman Gabe Newell is the co-founder and president of the video game developer and digital distribution company, Valve. As a young man, he worked for Microsoft for several years before he quit to found his own venture. He was inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame in 2013.

 14 
Erika Christensen
(Actress and Singer)
Erika Christensen
13
Birthdate: August 19, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo

Erika Christensen, who began her career starring in McDonald's ads, is best known for her award-winning role in the film Traffic. She has also been part of the series Six Degrees and Parenthood. She was raised by staunch Scientologist parents and also grew up to be one.

 15 
Mario Batali
(American Celebrity Chef and Restaurateur)
Mario Batali
6
Listed In: Food Experts
Birthdate: September 19, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo

Mario Batali is an American chef, restaurateur, writer, and media personality. He started hogging the limelight after appearing on some of Food Network's shows, such as Iron Chef America and Molto Mario. Also a well-known philanthropist and social activist, Batali established the Mario Batali Foundation in 2008, which funds pediatric disease research and various children's educational programs.

 16 
Katelyn Ohashi
(American Former Artistic Gymnast)
Katelyn Ohashi
22
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 12, 1997
Sun Sign: Aries
Artistic gymnast Katelyn Ohashi is a six-time All-American and a four-time USA Gymnastics' Junior National Team member. She won the 2011 Junior National Championship and the 2013 American Cup. A video of her perfect 10-winning routine at the 2019 Collegiate Challenge went viral on the internet, gaining her international fame.
 17 
Amanda Knox
(Wrongful conviction of the murder of Meredith Kercher)
Amanda Knox
36
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer

Amanda Knox is an American woman who made headlines when she was convicted for the murder of Meredith Kercher in Italy. After spending almost four years in prison, Amanda was definitively acquitted after a new trial that found her not guilty. Her story inspired books and documentaries; Knox's memoir Waiting to Be Heard became popular.

 18 
Carol Channing
(Actress)
Carol Channing
7
Birthdate: January 31, 1921
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: January 15, 2019
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 19 
Fred Couples
(Professional Golfer and Former World No. 1)
Fred Couples
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 3, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra

Fred Couples is a professional golfer who is a former World No.1. He has competed on the PGA Tour and the PGA Tour Champions and has won 64 professional tournaments. He is known for his long and accurate driving ability off the tee. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2013. 

 20 
Jamal Crawford
(Basketball player)
Jamal Crawford
10
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 20, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 21 
Ari Melber
(American Attorney, Chief Legal Correspondent for 'MSNBC' and Host of the News Show 'The Beat with Ari Melber')
Ari Melber
22
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: March 31, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Attorney Ari Melber has gained fame as a journalist on NBC News. MSNBC's Emmy-nominated show The Beat with Ari Melber has garnered an immense viewership on YouTube, too, and is now the most-watched liberal show online. Melber also won an Emmy for his coverage of the Supreme Court on MSNBC.
 22 
Megyn Price
(Actress)
Megyn Price
9
Birthdate: March 24, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 23 
Charissa Thompson
(Television Host)
Charissa Thompson
4
Birthdate: May 4, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
 24 
Richard Karn
(Actor and Game Show Host Known for His Role ‘Al Borland’ in the TV Series ‘Home Improvement’)
Richard Karn
4
Birthdate: February 17, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Richard Karn is an American actor and former game show host. He is known for hosting the popular game show, Family Feud, and for playing Al Borland in the television series Home Improvement. Karn used the popularity, which he achieved through Home Improvement, to author a couple of books on home renovation, such as House Broken and Handy at Home.

 25 
Frances Farmer
(American Actress and Television Hostess)
Frances Farmer
9
Birthdate: September 19, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: August 1, 1970
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 26 
Gypsy Rose Lee
(One of the First Burlesque Artists to Imbue a Striptease With Grace and Style)
Gypsy Rose Lee
8
Birthdate: January 8, 1911
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: April 26, 1970

Gypsy Rose Lee was an American vedette and burlesque entertainer best remembered for her striptease act. She was also an actress, playwright, and author whose memoir inspired the 1959 stage musical, Gypsy. Lee's life inspired several works of art, including a song titled Gypsy Rose Lee by The Distillers. She also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 27 
Judy Collins
(Singer-songwriter)
Judy Collins
9
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 28 
Phil Heath
(American IFBB Professional Bodybuilder)
Phil Heath
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 18, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 29 
Constance Zimmer
(Actress Best Known for Playing ‘Dana Gordon’ in the Television Series ‘Entourage’)
Constance Zimmer
7
Birthdate: October 11, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra

Constance Zimmer is best known as Dana from Entourage and as Claire from Boston Legal. She has delivered an Emmy-nominated performance in the series Unreal, and lent her voice to the series Transformers: Robots in Disguise and the film Wonder Woman: Bloodlines. She supports charities such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

 30 
Kevin Porter Jr.
(Basketball player)
Kevin Porter Jr.
11
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 4, 2000
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
 31 
Brandon Roy
(Basketball player - Shooting guard, Basketball coach)
Brandon Roy
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 23, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
 32 
Justin Kan
(Co-founder of Twitch)
Justin Kan
3
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: July 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 33 
Bianca Kajlich
6
Birthdate: March 26, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 34 
Carrie Brownstein
(American Musician, Actress, Writer, Director and Comedian)
Carrie Brownstein
10
Birthdate: September 27, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 35 
Dejounte Murray
(Basketball player)
Dejounte Murray
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 19, 1996
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 36 
Gail Devers
(One of the Greatest and Most Decorated Female Sprinters of All Time)
Gail Devers
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 23, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
 37 
Rosanna Pansino
(American YouTuber, Author, Actress, and Singer)
Rosanna Pansino
22
Listed In: YouTubers
Birthdate: June 8, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini

Rosanna Pansino is an American social media personality, YouTuber, author, actress, and singer. One of the highest-paid YouTubers in the world, Pansino was mentioned in Forbes magazine's Top Influencers list in 2017. The recipient of a Shorty Award, Rosanna Pansino also has five Streamy Award nominations under her belt. A classically trained singer, she released her debut single in 2015.

 38 
Josh Barnett
(Heavyweight MMA: the Youngest Ever UFC Heavyweight Champion)
Josh Barnett
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 10, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Josh Barnett is a mixed martial artist, submission grappler, and professional wrestler. He is currently signed to Bellator MMA. In the past, he was associated with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he is a former UFC Heavyweight Champion. As a wrestler, he made his in-ring debut in 2003. He calls himself a catch wrestler. 

 39 
Gary Payton II
(Basketball player)
Gary Payton II
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 1, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 40 
Jason Terry
(Basketball Player)
Jason Terry
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 15, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 41 
Paolo Banchero
(Basketball player)
Paolo Banchero
22
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 12, 2002
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 6'11" (211 cm)
 42 
Caroline McWilliams
(Actress)
Caroline McWilliams
4
Birthdate: April 4, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: February 11, 2010
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 43 
Tati Westbrook
(American YouTuber and Makeup Artist)
Tati Westbrook
22
Listed In: YouTubers
Birthdate: February 14, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Hollywood make-up artist, stylist, former image consultant, and YouTuber Tati Westbrook is best known for her YouTube channel Tati, previously known as GlamLifeGuru. She has gained a huge fan base for her beauty tutorials and reviews. She owns the company Halo Beauty and the cosmetic line Tati Beauty.

 44 
Steven Hill
(Actor)
Steven Hill
6
Birthdate: February 24, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: August 23, 2016
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 45 
Josie Bissett
(Actress)
Josie Bissett
6
Birthdate: October 5, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 46 
Sig Hansen
(Actor)
Sig Hansen
2
Birthdate: April 28, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
 47 
Mary Maxwell Gates
(Businesswoman)
Mary Maxwell Gates
13
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: July 5, 1929
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: June 10, 1994
 48 
Gregg Rolie
(Co-Founder and Lead Singer of The Bands 'Santana' and 'Journey')
Gregg Rolie
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 17, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini

Gregg Rolie is a singer and keyboardist. He gained international popularity as the frontman of the bands Santana and Journey. He was a co-founder of both as well. He currently performs with his Gregg Rolie Band and also collaborates with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. Rolie has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. 

 49 
Alison Sudol
(Actress)
Alison Sudol
8
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 23, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 50 
Brian Stokes Mitchell
(Actor)
Brian Stokes Mitchell
1
Birthdate: October 31, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)