Clevelands Most Famous
Cleveland’s 20th-century heritage as a major manufacturing centre has given the city a legacy of world-class arts and cultural institutions. Among these are the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Botanical Garden.
Cleveland’s heritage is still evident in the city’s many ethnic neighbourhoods with its variety of churches, food stores, and restaurants. This mixture gives Cleveland a depth of cultures not experienced in such younger cities as Atlanta, Tampa, and even Columbus. It is no wonder that Cleveland has established itself as a home for talented entertainers and celebrities in all art forms for many years.
For a bit of fun Global Investments has complied ( In our personal view ) a list of who we feel are the top 10 famous people that were either born, grew up or had their careers heavily influenced in Cleveland Ohio.
10. Robert Patrick
TV, Film actor born in 1958, spent his childhood in Bay Village of the West side of Cleveland. Hits include Walk The Line, the Last Action Hero, The X Files and most memorably Terminator 2, the one man you do not want running after you 😉
9. Alan Ruck.
Actor that has appeared in many films such as Speed and Twister. was born on July 1, 1956 in Cleveland. He is part of the main cast of Fox’s “Exorcist” adaptation. By far my favourite, the classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. I do not think I will ever forgive him for what he did to that Ferrari 250GT California !
8. Bill Cobs.
Actor from Karamu House in the Fairfax neighbourhood on the east side of Cleveland ( the oldest African-American theatre in the United States ). His long list of films includes The Bodyguard, Demolition Man, The Colour of Money, Trading Places and New Jack City. A Legend
7. Tracy Chapman
Singer, songwriter. born March 30, 1964 in Cleveland. Known for her hits “Fast Car” and “Give Me One Reason”. She is a multi-platinum and four-time Grammy Award winning artist. studied guitar and clarinet at the Cleveland Music School. A true natural talent.
6. Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster
Siegel’s family moved to the Jewish neighbourhood of Glenville in 1928. He attended Glenville High School in Cleveland at the age of 16, while at Glenville, he befriended Joe Shuster. Jerry and Joe went on to create the most successful super hero of all time, Superman.
5. Halle Berry
Model, actress. Born Maria Halle Berry. Her name was legally changed to Halle Maria Berry at age five. Her parents selected her middle name from Halle’s Department Store which was then a local landmark in Cleveland. The only African American to win an Oscar for best actress.
4. Drew Carey
Comedian, actor. Born and raised in the Old Brooklyn neighbourhood of Cleveland. Drew was the star of “The Drew Carey Show” (1995-2004), which was set in Cleveland. The Drew Carey Show not only provided comedic relief but had the whole country chanting “Cleveland Rocks!
3. Tom Hanks
Actor, Producer, Writer, Director. Began acting career in Cleveland with (what was then) Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, he was cast as Soldier #27 in a stage production of Hamlet. Hanks has gone on to became one of only two actors who won the Academy Award for Best Actor in consecutive years.
2. Bob Hope
Actor, comedian. Born in London but grew up in Cleveland. One of the most popular comedians and actors of the 20th Century. In 1983, the Lorain-Carnegie bridge crossing the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland connecting downtown to the west side, was renamed in honour of Hope and his family.
1 Paul Newman
Actor, director, screen legend, race-car driver, humanitarian.
Paul Newman was born on January 26, 1925, in Cleveland. Graduating from Shaker Heights High School in 1943
At age 10, Newman performed at the Cleveland Play House in a production of Saint George and the Dragon, the rest is history.
Newman came to be known as one of the finest actors of his time. Nominated nine times for Academy Awards, winning for “The Color of Money” as well as two honorary Oscars. Had major roles in more than 50 motion pictures, including “Cool Hand Luke,” “Exodus,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “The Sting.”
Paul Newman tops Global Investments list of “ Most Famous “