St Louis Most Famous
For a bit of fun Global Investments recently compiled 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 & then more recently Baltimore.
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So lets see what St Louis has contributed to the world when it comes to unique individuals that were either born, grew up or had their careers heavily influenced in the city.
10. Marilyn Vos Savant
A strange start as you have probably never heard of Marilyn Von Savant. Born August 11, 1946, in St. Louis, Marilyn was deemed the person with the highest IQ in history and would hold the Guinness World Record until the category was discontinued in 1990. At just 10 years old she had the mental capabilities of a 23-year-old. According to the Stanford-Binet, her IQ was a whopping 228. Despite her unprecedented IQ, Marilyn had as normal an education as anyone. She went to her local high school and worked at her father’s general store after school. She started her undergrad career at the Meramec Community College, then moved on to study philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis. Though she is undoubtedly one of, if not the, smartest human on the planet, Marilyn vos Savant has managed to stay almost completely out of the spotlight. So today you have learned of a new famous person from St Louis that ironically is not famous 🙂
9. Scott Bakula
Scott Stewart Bakula is an American actor, singer and director. Born in St. Louis, Missouri on October 9, 1954, His primary lead roles were in two cience-fiction television series as Sam Beckett on Quantum Leap, and as Captain Jonathan Archer on Star Trek: Enterprise. For Quantum Leap he received four Emmy Award nominations and a Golden Globe Award. Scott attended the local Keysor Elementary School, the music teacher asked him to audition to sing with the St. Louis Symphony choir, that led Scott to sing with the First Presbyterian Church in Kirkwood, St Louis. Those experiences started Scott on the road to musical-theatre work, which eventually led him to a very successful career.
8. Kate Capshaw
Kathleen Capshaw Spielberg born November 3, 1953 is an American retired actress, best known for her portrayal of Willie Scott, an American nightclub singer and performer in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), directed by eventual husband Steven Spielberg. Since then, she starred in Dreamscape (1984), Power (1986), Black Rain (1989), Love Affair (1994), Just Cause (1995) and The Love Letter (1999). Kathleen moved to St. Louis, Missouri, at the age of five, and graduated from Hazelwood Senior High, now called Hazelwood Central High School, in 1972. Capshaw earned a degree in education from the University of Missouri.
Cornell Iral Haynes Jr. born November 2, 1974, known professionally as Nelly, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, investor, and occasional actor from St. Louis, Missouri. RIAA ranks Nelly as the fourth best-selling rap artist in American music history, with 21 million albums sold in the United States. On December 11, 2009, Billboard ranked Nelly the number three Top Artist of the Decade. in 2011, Nelly partnered with St. Louis-based Vatterott College to open a music production school in downtown St. Louis called Ex’treme Institute.
Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam, born April 16, 1973 is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and actor. Akon was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He rose to prominence in 2004 following the release of “Locked Up”, the first single from his debut album, Trouble. He has since founded two successful record labels, Konvict Muzik and KonLive Distribution. The labels served as a stepping stone for many soon-to-be successful acts, such as Lady Gaga. Akin also produced records mainly for artists on his respective labels, as well as for other artists such as Michael Jackson, Snoop Dogg, Lionel Richie, Leona Lewis, Sean Paul and Whitney Houston.
5. Jimmy Connors
James Scott Connors, born September 2, 1952 is a retired American world No. 1 tennis player who held the top ATP ranking for a then-record 160 consecutive weeks from 1974 to 1977 and a career total of 268 weeks. Connors grew up in East St. Louis, Illinois, across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. Connors won eight Grand Slam singles championships, five US Opens, two Wimbledon’s, and one Australian Open. Jimmy Connors reflecting on his tennis career, saying he owns much of his success to his mother, Gloria, when the Connors family lived in East St. Louis.
4. Vincent Price
Vincent Leonard Price Jr was an American actor best known for his performances in horror films. Price was born on May 27, 1911, in St. Louis, Missouri. He appeared on stage, television, and radio, and in more than 100 films. He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for motion pictures and one for television. Many people who visit St Louis still tour his boyhood landmarks such as The National Candy Company Building (4230 Gravois Avenue) built in 1928 by Vincent’s dad Vincent Leonard Price who was the president of the National Candy Company, Vincent Price’s Boyhood Home (6320 Forsyth Boulevard), His High School (101 N Warson Road), The Muny Opera (1 Theatre Drive)
The Muny is the largest outdoor theatre in the US. Located in Forest Park, and within walking distance of Vincent’s boyhood home. It is also where Price performed as Martin Gunther in the St Louis premiere of The American Way in June, 1940. And of course Vincent Price’s Star on the St Louis Walk of Fame (6509 Delmar), Embedded in the sidewalk along Delmar Boulevward in the Loop area of University City.
3. Kevin Kline
Kevin Delaney Kline, born October 24, 1947 is an American actor and singer. He has won an Academy Award and three Tony Awards and is a 2003 American Theatre Hall of Fame inductee. Kline was born in St. Louis, Missouri. His father was a classical music lover and an amateur opera singer who owned and operated The Record Bar, a record store in St. Louis that opened in the early 1940s, He has been nominated for 2 Emmy Awards, two BAFTA Awards and five Golden Globe Awards. Kevin grew up in the St. Louis suburb of Clayton. He attended Priory High School, where he showed amazing aptitudes in extracurricular activities including music, athletics, and foreign languages. His skill at mastering dialects and languages impressed his teachers so much that they pushed toward a career in foreign services. But his love was for performance, so he headed off to study for a career on the stage. During the 2002 St. Louis International Film Festival, the Saint Louis Priory School bused students to the Hi-Pointe Theatre to watch The Emperor’s Club, in which Kline portrays a passionate classics teacher at an all-boys academy. “He’s called his performance an homage to the education he received at Priory,”
Thomas Stearns Eliot OM (26 September 1888 – 4 January 1965), “one of the twentieth century’s major poets”, was also an essayist, publisher, playwright, and literary and social critic. Born in St. Louis, Missouri to a prominent Boston Brahmin family, he moved to England in 1914 at the age of 25. Eliot attracted widespread attention for his poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” (1915), which was seen as a masterpiece of the Modernist movement. It was followed by some of the best-known poems in the English language, including The Waste Land (1922), “The Hollow Men” (1925), “Ash Wednesday” (1930), and Four Quartets (1943). He was also known for his seven plays, particularly Murder in the Cathedral (1935) and The Cocktail Party (1949). He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948, “for his outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry”. Many people still visit T.S. Elliots home in St Louis, 4446 Westminster Place was built in 1904 Architect/Builder Henry W. Eliot. The house was built by his father Henry. Henry Eliot was president of a local brick company which accounts for the high-quality brick and flawless course work. T.S. Eliot was sixteen when his family moved into the house.
The T.S. Eliot House became a City Landmark in 1976.
1 Chuck Berry
Charles Edward Anderson Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017) was an American singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, He grew up in the north St. Louis neighbourhood known as the Ville, an area where many middle-class people lived. Chuck Berry’s sidewalk star is in front of Blueberry Hill. Blueberry Hill is famous because Chuck Berry played its Duck Room, named in honour of Berry’s dance step, once a month. No visitor to St. Louis failed to check out a Berry show if he or she happened to be in town when Berry was known to be playing. The Chuck Berry house ( 3137 Whittier Street ) is a small red brick house in St. Louis, This is the house where Chuck Berry lived from 1950 to 1958. A faint “B” for “Berry” can still be seen on the awning over the front porch. The city refers to this house as “essentially… the birthplace of modern rock ‘n’ roll as we know it,” because of what the musician accomplished while living there. It is here that Berry wrote such classics as “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Johnny B. Goode,” and “Rock and Roll Music.” Today the house is owned by the city and will soon be a museum.
Chuck Berry is an absolute legend and Global Investments Number 1 most famous person from St Louis.