Famous People From Vermont

Vermont, a land locked state situated in the northeastern region of the United States, is one of the least populous states in the whole of USA. Its capital Montpelier holds the record for being the least populated state capital in the entire continent (just a little more than nine thousand). There are several interesting facts associated with this American state, but most people are fascinated by the kind of celebrities Vermont has produced. American political icon Bernie Sanders, musician Dan Tyminski, singer Grace Potter and author Joseph A Citro are a few famous celebrities from this American state. Bernie Sanders was one of the contenders in the race for the seat of the U.S President, but unfortunately he was overshadowed by the popularity of his political rivals Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Here are the names of some other celebrities you didn’t know hail from Vermont. The bond these distinguished personalities share with the state of Vermont will leave you speechless.
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Calvin Coolidge
(30th President of the United States (1923–1929))
Calvin Coolidge
30
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 4, 1872
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: January 5, 1933

The 30th president of the United States, Calvin Coolidge started his career as a lawyer before becoming an influential American politician. A man of few words with a dry sense of humor, Calvin Coolidge represented the middle class, which worked in his favor. Despite being a reclusive politician, Coolidge gave 520 press conferences, making himself available to reporters quite often.

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John Dewey
(Philosopher)
John Dewey
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Birthdate: October 20, 1859
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: June 1, 1952

A staunch advocate of progressive education and liberalism, the American philosopher and psychologist was the founder of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. John Dewey’s famous writings included The Reflex Arc Concept in Psychology and Human Nature and Conduct. According to him, passion for knowledge and intellectual curiosity were central to a teacher. He called himself a democratic socialist.

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JoJo
(Youngest Solo Artist in History to Have Her Single on the Billboard Hot 100)
JoJo
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 20, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

JoJo is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. A child prodigy, JoJo released her self-titled debut studio album at the age of 13. Subsequently, the album peaked at number four on Billboard 200 and has sold more than four million copies to date. She has also been headlining several tours, apart from releasing albums.

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Chester A. Arthur
(The 21st president of the United States)
Chester A. Arthur
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: October 5, 1829
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: November 18, 1886
Chester A. Arthur became the 21st president of the U.S. in 1881, after the assassination of President James A. Garfield, and served till 1885. Arthur represented Elizabeth Jennings Graham in the 1854 case against segregation in streetcars. He signed the Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act and rebuilt the U.S. Navy.
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Damon Wayans Jr.
(Actor and Comedian Known for Playing as ‘Brad Williams’ in the ABC Sitcom ‘Happy Endings’)
Damon Wayans Jr.
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Birthdate: November 18, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio

The son of popular actor and comedian Damon Wayans, Damon Wayans Jr. followed in his father's footsteps to become a famous actor and comedian in his own right. He played a major role in helping the ABC comedy series Happy Endings become a critically acclaimed series and a cult classic.

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Carlton Fisk
(Baseball player)
Carlton Fisk
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 26, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Orson Bean
(Actor, Comedian, and Host of Game Shows and Talk Shows)
Orson Bean
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Birthdate: July 22, 1928
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: February 7, 2020

Veteran actor, Orson Bean, was once considered a mainstay of Los Angeles’ small theater scene. Born in the late 1920s, he served in the army for a few years before beginning his career in entertainment. He appeared in numerous TV shows, plays, and films, making a name for himself as one of the finest actors of his generation.

 8 
Bing Russell
(Actor and Owner of the ‘Portland Mavericks’)
Bing Russell
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Birthdate: May 5, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: April 8, 2003

Bing Russell was an American actor whose career spanned nearly 40 years. Perhaps Bing Russell's biggest contribution to the American entertainment industry is his son Kurt Russell. Also a baseball enthusiast, Russell owned the Portland Mavericks, a professional baseball team, which was featured in a 2014 documentary titled The Battered Bastards of Baseball.

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Zosia Mamet
(Actress)
Zosia Mamet
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Birthdate: February 2, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Aaron Lewis
(Known as the Lead Vocalist, Rhythm Guitarist and Founding Member of the Rock Band ‘Staind’)
Aaron Lewis
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 13, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries

Aaron Lewis is an American singer, musician, and songwriter. He is credited with founding the rock band Staind where he also serves as the rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist. Also known for his philanthropic efforts, Aaron Lewis works closely with a non-profit organization called It Takes a Community.

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Elisha Otis
(Inventor, Businessperson)
Elisha Otis
1
Birthdate: August 3, 1811
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: April 8, 1861
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William Griffith Wilson
(Co-Founder of 'Alcoholics Anonymous')
William Griffith Wilson
5
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: November 26, 1895
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: January 24, 1971

William Griffith Wilson was an American social worker who co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). An international fellowship that requires no membership fees, Alcoholics Anonymous aims at helping alcoholics through its Twelve Steps program. In 1999, William Griffith Wilson was named in Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century list. His life and career inspired the 2012 documentary Bill W.

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Grace Potter
(Singer-songwriter)
Grace Potter
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Shirley Muldowney
(American Racing Automobile Driver and the ‘First Lady of Drag Racing')
Shirley Muldowney
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 19, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini

The first woman to get an NHRA license to drive a Top Fuel dragster, Shirley Muldowney is known as The First Lady of Drag Racing. She was also the first woman to win three NHRA Top Fuel championships. She also owns a children’s charity and has had a biopic made on her life.

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Joseph Smith Jr.
(Religious Leader and Founder of 'Mormonism' and the Latter Day Saint Movement)
Joseph Smith Jr.
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Birthdate: December 23, 1805
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: May 27, 1844

Religious leader Joseph Smith Jr. is known as the founder of the Mormonism and the Latter Day Saint movement. He also published the Book of Mormon. He established his communities in Ohio and Missouri and eventually founded the city Nauvoo in Illinois, which became the center of his spiritual activities.

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Sam Lloyd
(Actor)
Sam Lloyd
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Birthdate: November 12, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Hannah Teter
(Olympic Gold & Silver Medalist in Snowboarding)
Hannah Teter
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Nettie Stevens
(American Geneticist Known for Her Discovery of 'X and Y Sex Determining Chromosomes')
Nettie Stevens
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 7, 1861
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: May 4, 1912

Nettie Stevens was an American geneticist. She is credited with discovering sex chromosomes which later came to be known as the X and Y chromosomes. In 1994, Nettie Stevens was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.

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Michael Dante DiMartino
(Animation director)
Michael Dante DiMartino
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Birthdate: July 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
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Tana French
(American-Irish Writer Best Known for Her Novels: ‘In the Woods’, ‘The Likeness’ and ‘Faithful Place’)
Tana French
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 1, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus

Tana French is an American-Irish theatrical actress and writer. She is best known for her first novel, In the Woods, which received several prestigious awards, such as the Edgar Allan Poe Award, Macavity Award, Anthony Award, and Barry Award. Over the years, Tana French has become an important name among fiction readers across the world.

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Miranda July
(Actress)
Miranda July
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Birthdate: February 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
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John Deere
(Founder of 'Deere & Company')
John Deere
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: February 7, 1804
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: May 17, 1886
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Patrick Leahy
(United States Senator from Vermont)
Patrick Leahy
11
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 31, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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George Dewey
(Military Leader)
George Dewey
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 26, 1837
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: January 16, 1917
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Chris Hedges
(Journalist)
Chris Hedges
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Birthdate: September 18, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
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Levi P. Morton
(Vice President of the United States (1889-93))
Levi P. Morton
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 16, 1824
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: May 16, 1920
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Dan Tyminski
(Composer)
Dan Tyminski
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 20, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
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Suzy Chaffee
(American Former Alpine Ski Racer)
Suzy Chaffee
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 29, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Matt Salinger
(Actor)
Matt Salinger
2
Birthdate: February 13, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Henry Wells
(Businessman)
Henry Wells
2
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: December 12, 1805
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: December 10, 1878
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Keegan Bradley
(Professional Golfer Who Competes on the PGA Tour)
Keegan Bradley
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 7, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini

Keegan Bradley is a golfer who has won four PGA Tour events. Bradley made his major championship debut in the 2011 PGA Championship. He went on to win the event, joining an elite list of golfers. Bradley has also won two European Tour events. He has also represented the U.S. national team, helping his team win the 2013 Presidents Cup.

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Judith Jones
(Former writer, editor, best known for having rescued The Diary of Anne Frank from the reject pile)
Judith Jones
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 10, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: August 2, 2017
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Jim Jeffords
(Politician, Military personnel)
Jim Jeffords
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 11, 1934
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: August 18, 2014
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Susan Bennett
(American Voice Actress and a Former Backup Singer for 'Roy Orbison' and 'Burt Bacharach')
Susan Bennett
2
Birthdate: July 31, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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James Fisk
(Stockbroker)
James Fisk
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: April 1, 1835
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: January 7, 1872
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Richard Morris Hunt
(Architect)
Richard Morris Hunt
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Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: October 31, 1827
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: July 31, 1895

Architect Richard Morris Hunt is largely credited with bringing in the French Beaux-Arts style to the U.S. He was also a major force behind the formation of the American Institute of Architects. His creations include the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s façade and the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal.

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Rudy Vallee
(Pop Singer, Actor and One of the First Modern Teen Pop Idols)
Rudy Vallee
5
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 28, 1901
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: July 3, 1986
Rudy Vallée was an American musician, singer, radio host, and actor. Having gained popularity at a young age, Vallée was widely regarded as one of the first pop stars to achieve the status of a teen idol. His contribution to radio was honored in 2011 when he was made an inductee of the Vermont Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
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Jody Williams
(Political & Peace Activist)
Jody Williams
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: October 9, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra

Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist Jody Williams is known for his contribution to the formation of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. She has received 15 honorary degrees and was also named the Glamour magazine’s Woman of the Year. She has also penned books such as After the Guns Fall Silent.

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Wilson Bentley
(First Known Person to Take Detailed Photographs of Snowflakes)
Wilson Bentley
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Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: February 9, 1865
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: December 23, 1931

Popularly known as Snowflake Bentley, US meteorologist and photographer Wilson Bentley had taken the world’s first detailed photographs of snowflakes and had thus pioneered snowflake photomicrography. He thus laid the foundation of the study of atmospheric ice crystal formation. Hailing from a farming family, he spent his entire life on his farm.

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Henry M. Leland
(American Machinist, Inventor, Automotive Entrepreneur and Founder of Automotive Brands ‘Cadillac’ and ‘Lincoln')
Henry M. Leland
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: February 16, 1843
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: March 26, 1932

While initially working in the machine plants and firearms industries, Henry M. Leland gradually mastered the art of toolmaking and manufacturing. He later revolutionized the auto industry and was the man behind the car brands Cadillac and Lincoln. He introduced inventions such as the electric starter and the V-8 engine.

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Billy Kidd
(First American Men To Win Olympic Medals in Alpine Skiing)
Billy Kidd
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 13, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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John Humphrey Noyes
(American Preacher, Radical Religious Philosopher, and Utopian Socialist)
John Humphrey Noyes
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 3, 1811
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: April 13, 1886

John Humphrey Noyes was an American preacher, religious philosopher, and utopian socialist. He was the founder of the Putney, Oneida, and Wallingford Communities. He decided to devote his life to religion at a young age and studied at the Yale Theological Seminary. He was also involved in political activism and helped organize an anti-slavery society in the United States. 

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Horace Wells
(Dentist)
Horace Wells
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: January 21, 1815
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: January 24, 1848
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Ross Powers
(American World Champion Halfpipe Snowboarder and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Ross Powers
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 10, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Hiram Bingham I
(Leader of the First Group of American Protestant Missionaries to Introduce Christianity to the Hawaiian Islands)
Hiram Bingham I
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 30, 1789
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: November 11, 1869

Hiram Bingham I was an American missionary who led the first group of American missionaries in an attempt to spread Christianity in the Hawaiian islands. An important figure in the history of Hawaii, Bingham continues to be revered in the US state. Punahou School, which is located in Honolulu, has a math building named in his honor.

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Orestes Brownson
(American Preacher and Philosopher)
Orestes Brownson
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 16, 1803
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: April 17, 1876

American theological and philosophical writer Orestes Brownson had been through massive religious confusion in his early days, when he switched from Presbyterianism, to Universalism, to Unitarianism, before finally converting to Catholicism. His writings include The Convert and The American Republic. He also wrote extensively on Transcendentalism.

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Justin Smith Morrill
(Politician)
Justin Smith Morrill
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 14, 1810
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: December 28, 1898
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George Perkins Marsh
(Environmentalist)
George Perkins Marsh
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 15, 1801
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: July 23, 1882
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Donald J. Cram
(One of the Founders of 'Host-Guest Chemistry')
Donald J. Cram
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: April 22, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: June 17, 2001

Donald J. Cram was an American chemist who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1987. He shared the award with Charles J. Pedersen and Jean-Marie Lehn and the trio was also responsible for founding the field of host–guest chemistry. Donald J. Cram was also honored with other prestigious awards including the National Medal of Science.

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Atle Lie McGrath
(Norwegian Alpine Skier)
Atle Lie McGrath
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 21, 2000
Sun Sign: Taurus

The son of American alpine ski racer Felix McGrath and Norwegian cross-country ski racer Selma Lie, Atle Lie McGrath was bound to take up skiing. The Norwegian alpine ski racer was initially equally good at cross-country skiing and football. He has a Junior World Championship silver and 2 World Cup wins.