Famous Californians

Famous People Born in California

See our top list of the most famous people from California. We’ve chosen people like athletes, actors, civil rights activists, scientists and people from other walks of life that have come from the “The Golden State”.

Marcus Allen football player San Diego
Luis Walter Alvarez inventor, San Francisco
Gertrude Atherton author, San Francisco
David Belasco playwright and producer, San Francisco
Shirley Temple Black actress, ambassador, Santa Monica
Robert Bower inventor, Santa Monica
Dave Brubeck musician, Concord
Julia Child chef, television, Pasadena
Coolio rap artist, Los Angeles
Frederick G. Cottrell inventor, Oakland
Leonardo DiCaprio actor Hollywood
Joe DiMaggio baseball player, Martinez
James H. Doolittle air force general, Alameda
Isadora Duncan dancer, San Francisco
John Fr�mont explorer, San Francisco
Robert Frost poet, San Fancisco
Jerry Garcia guitarist, singer, San Francisco
Charles P. Ginsburg inventor, San Francisco
Richard Pancho Gonzales tennis player, Los Angeles
Jeff Gordon car racer, Vallejo
William Randolph Hearst publisher, San Francisco
Mariel Hemingway actress, Mill Valley
Sidney Howard playwright, Oakland
Anthony M. Kennedy jurist, Sacramento
Jack London author, San Francisco
George Lucas filmmaker, Modesto
Theodore Harold Maiman inventor, Los Angeles
Mark McGwire baseball player, Pomona
Aimee Semple McPherson evangelist, Ontario
Dominique Moreanir gymnast, Hollywood
Emma Nevada opera singer, Alpha
Richard M. Nixon U.S. president, Yorba Linda
Isamu Noguchi sculptor, Los Angeles
George S. Patton, Jr. general, San Gabriel
Robert Redford actor, Santa Monica
Sally K. Ride astronaut, Encino
William Saroyan author, Fresno
Lincoln Steffens journalist, author, San Francisco
John Steinbeck author, Salinas
Adlai Stevenson statesman, Los Angeles
Michael Tilson Thomas conductor, Hollywood
Earl Warren jurist, Los Angeles
Serena & Venus Williams tennis players, Lynwood
Myra Wilson actress, Burbank
Eldrick “Tiger” Woods golfer, Cypress