Bay Area Native Celebrities

Jeannie Mai
Jeannie Mai
BORN: San Jose, California - Jeannie Mai is an American makeup artist, fashion expert, actress, and TV personality. She is most known for her work as the host of 'How Do I Look?' on the Style Network and 'Character Fantasy' on the USA Network. As a fashion expert, she is frequently featured on numerous television programs such as The Today Show, NBC's Extra TV, and E!'s The Daily 10. (Photo by Getty Images)
Teri Hatcher
Teri Hatcher
BORN: Palo Alto, California - Actress, known for her character 'Susan Mayer - Delfino' in 'Desperate Housewives' and as 'Lois Lane' in the series 'Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman'.
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Alicia Silverstone
Alicia Silverstone
BORN: San Francisco, California - Actress turned animal rights and environmental activist is best known for her roles in the films like 'Clueless', Batman & Robin' and 'Blast From The Past'. Silverstone is also known for her apearances in Aerosmith music videos with friend Liv Tyler. (Photo by Getty Images)
Aisha Tyler
Aisha Tyler
BORN: San Francisco, California - Most notably, Aisha Tyler is known as the host for E!'s 'Talk Soup' and for her roles on 'Friends' as Ross' girlfriend 'Charlie Wheeler' and in the CBS supernatural series 'Ghost Whisperer'. However, Tyler is mainly a spoken about her stand up comedy. Currently Aisha can be seen weekdays on "The Talk" on CBS 5. (Photo by Getty Images)
Sheila E.
Sheila E.
BORN: Oakland, California - Daughter of famed percussionist, Pete Escovedo, and top female drummer in her own right, Sheila E. is most known for her hit songs 'Glamorous Life' and 'Love Bizarre', one of many collaborations with super-producer and musician, Prince.
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Keely Shaye Smith
Keely Shaye Smith
BORN: Vallejo, California - Also known as Keely Shaye Brosnan, is an American journalist, author, and television host/correspondent. She is married to Pierce Brosnan. (Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Josh Holloway
Josh Holloway
BORN: San Jose, California - Although born in California, his family moved to Georgia when he was a baby, and he still considers himself a 'Blue Ridge Mountain boy.' After going out of his way to lessen his Southern accent to get a wider variety of work, he had to pick it back up to play the shady 'confidence man' Sawyer on the hit show 'Lost'. You can see Holloway in "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" with Tom Cruise, available on DVD/Blu-Ray.

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Will Forte
Will Forte
BORN: Alameda County, California - Comedian, most notable for his character 'Macgruber' on Saturday Night Live. (Photo by Getty Images)
Len Wiseman
Len Wiseman
BORN: Fremont, California - Wiseman directed the first two films of the 'Underworld' series and 'Live Free & Die Hard'. He is married to actress, Kate Beckinsale who starred in the 'Underworld' films. (Photo by Getty Images)
Kevin Pereira
Kevin Pereira
BORN: San Leandro, California - He started on (the network now called) G4's Arena as a co-host and then quickly moved to another of the network's shows, The Screen Savers, in 2004. Pereira is a co-host of G4's Attack of the Show! and is the only original AOTS member still remaining. He currently co-hosts the show with Candace Bailey. (Photo by Getty Images)
Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck
BORN: Berkeley, California - He can pull off a great Boston accent, he's still a Bay Area native. Affleck was born in Berkeley, California but raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His first acting gig was on a Burger King commercial which then lead to his role in the '84 PBS series 'Voyage of the Mimi'. Ben's break came in 1993 in 'Dazed & Confused'. For a while he's been a major staple in several Kevin Smith films like 'Mallrats' and 'Chasing Amy'. It was in 1997, when Affleck and long-time friend, Matt Damon won the Oscar for their collaborated script and film 'Good Will Hunting'. From there, Ben's career skyrocketed into movies like 'Armageddon', 'Pearl Harbor' and 'Daredevil' where he worked again with his wife Jennifer Garner. They have two children together. Recently, Affleck can be seen in the movie 'The Town' to which he also co-wrote the screenplay. (Photo by Getty Images)
Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon
BORN: Vallejo, California - Jeff Gordon was born in Vallejo, California (just miles away from the Speedway in Sonoma, California) in 1971. He started racing with Go-Carts and Sprint Cars and worked his way up to the NASCAR's Busch Series and then landed a few races in 1992. Gordon's first NASCAR race came when NASCAR Legend Richard Petty was going through his last. Jeff Gordon learned quickly and won his first NASCAR Championship in 1995, barely beating out Dale Earnhardt in the Points Standings. Since his Debut in 1992, Gordon has won 3 NASCAR Championships and 55 Races, clearly shooting past Lee Petty and Rusty Wallace in the All-Time Wins Category. Jeff Gordon is seen as one of NASCAR's best and brightest young stars. (Photo by Getty Images)
Mariel Hemingway
Mariel Hemingway
BORN: Mill Valley, California - Mariel is the granddaughter of famed author, Ernest Hemingway and sister to Margaux Hemingway. Mariel is most known for her roles in 'Manhattan' and 'Star 80'.
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Christy Turlington
Christy Turlington
BORN: Walnut Creek, California - An American model best known for representing Calvin Klein from 1987 to 2007. Turlington has worked on dozens of modeling contracts with companies including Maybelline Cosmetics and Versace. Turlington starred in her fashion documentary Catwalk and Isaac Mizrahi's Unzipped. She was added on as the fourth model investor, after Elle Macpherson, Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer of the now defunct Fashion Cafes. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)
Lt. Governor of California, Gavin Newsom
Lt. Governor of California, Gavin Newsom
BORN: San Francisco, California - Gavin Newsom is an American politician who is the 49th and current Lieutenant Governor of California. Previously, he was the 42nd Mayor of San Francisco, and was elected in 2003 to succeed Willie Brown, becoming San Francisco's youngest mayor in 100 years. Newsom was re-elected in 2007 with 72 percent of the vote. (Photo by Getty Images)
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
BORN: Hayward, California - He is an actor, philantropist and proffesional wrestler for the WWE. 'The Rock' coined the phrase 'If ya' smell what The Rock is cookin'!'. Has acted in films such as 'The Mummy Returns', 'The Scorpion King', 'The Other Guys' and most recently 'Faster'. Currently 'The Rock' has returned to the WWF and in the 5th installment of the 'Fast And The Furious' movies. The Rock will portray "Roadblock" in the second installment of G.I. Joe films. (Photo by Getty Images)
Jamie Chung
Jamie Chung
BORN: San Francisco, California - Was working at 'Tremors', a sports bar in Riverside, California, as a waitress. When MTV held auditions there, they saw her and asked her to audition..... she got it. She then went on to land several roles in shows like 'ER', 'Veronica Mars' and 'Day of Our Lives'. Jamie got her lead role in 2008's 'Samurai Girl'. Recently, she appeared as Ed Helm's fiancee, Lauren in "The Hangover II" and replaced Emma Stone in Sucker Punch (2011) when Emma dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.

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Lyndsy Fonseca
Lyndsy Fonseca
BORN: Oakland, California - Fonseca appeared on the hit series 'Nikita' on The CW where she plays Division Double/Agent 'Alex'. Fonseca is also known as 'the daughter' in the beginning montages on CBS' 'How I Met Your Mother' and played 'Katie Deauxma' in the 2010 film, 'Kick Ass'. (Photo by Getty Images)
Nicole Richie
Nicole Richie
BORN: Berkeley, California - Born Nicole Camille Escovedo, is best known as Paris Hilton BFF in their reality series 'The Simple Life', Richie is the adopted daughter of famed singer/songwriter, Lionel Richie. Her biological father is believed to be Peter Michael Escovedo and a reunion was staged on "The Wayne Brady Show." But Nicole has stated in interviews that Escovedo is not her birth father.
Nicole Richie has two children and is married to Joel Madden of the band 'Good Charlotte'.
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Simon Rex
Simon Rex
BORN: San Francisco, California - One time MTV VJ and mostly know as an actor from hit shows such as 'Felicity' and 'Scary Movie 3'. (Photo by Getty Images)
Aubrey O'Day
Aubrey O'Day
BORN: San Francisco, California - Singer & Actress, Aubrey O'Day was a former member of the girl group 'Danity Kane' that Sean 'Diddy' Combs discovered on the hit MTV reality show 'Making The Band'. After the bands break up, O'Day has gone solo and can be seen on The Celebrity Apprentice. (Photo by Getty Images)
Kristi Yamaguchi
Kristi Yamaguchi
BORN: Hayward, California - Kristi attended Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, California. She was the Gold Medalist in figure skating at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. She was World Champion twice, in 1991 and 1992, and U.S. National Champion in 1992. Kristi was also U.S. National Pairs Champion twice, in 1989 and 1990, before deciding to focus on singles. In 1988, she won the World Juniors Championships in both singles and pairs. Most recently, Kristi competed and won season six of ABC's 'Dancing With The Stars'. (Photo by Getty Images)
Suzanne Somers
Suzanne Somers
BORN: San Bruno, California - Entertainer/Actress, most known for her role as 'Chrissy Snow' in the 70's hit sitcom, 'Three's Company' with John Ritter and Joyce Dewitt. (Photo by Getty Images)
Thia Megia
Thia Megia
BORN: Redwood City, California - Singer from Mountain House, California who placed within the Top 12 of season 10 of American Idol. Previously competed in the 4th season of America's Got Talent, making it to the quarterfinals. (Photo by Getty Images)
Kate Walsh
Kate Walsh
BORN: San Jose, California - Her first major television appearance came on 'The Drew Carey Show' (1995) where she portrayed Niki Fifer, Drew's girlfriend and a woman struggling with her weight. She went on to portray Carol Nelson in HBO's 'The Mind of the Married Man' (2001) television series, and played Norm MacDonald's romantic interest in the sitcom 'Norm' (1999). She continued to appear on television programs in supporting or bit parts. Currently, Walsh plays 'Dr. Addison Montgomery' in ABC's 'Grey's Anatomy' and the spin-off show 'Private Practice'. (Photo by Getty Images)
Darren Criss
Darren Criss
BORN: San Francisco, California - Criss is a television actor, singer-songwriter, musician, composer, internet personality, and one of the founding members of Team StarKid, a theater production company. He can be currently seen in Fox's 'Glee'. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for the Pantages Theatre)
Rebecca De Mornay
Rebecca De Mornay
BORN: Santa Rosa, California - Rebecca De Mornay is most known for her break out role as the nightmarish nanny in the 1992 thriller 'The Hand That Rocks the Cradle'. Recently, De Mornay has been seen in the hit comedy 'Wedding Crashers' with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn.
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Aaron Eckhart
Aaron Eckhart
BORN: Cupertino, California - Actor best known for movies like 'Erin Brockovich', 'No Reservations', and as district attorney Harvey Dent in 'The Dark Knight'. (Photo by Getty Images)
James Durbin
James Durbin
BORN: Santa Cruz, California - Singer James Durin competed on Fox's 'American Idol'. Hailing from Santa Cruz, the unemployed singer/musician was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome and Asperger syndrome shortly after his father died. James and his fiance' Heidi both have a son together, 'Hunter'. (Photo by Getty Images)
Cheryl Burke
Cheryl Burke
BORN: San Francisco, California - The professional dancer is best known for her moves on the hit celebrity competition show, 'Dancing With The Stars' on ABC. She is a two-time champion on the show, first with Drew Lachey in season 2 and the second was with Emmitt Smith on season 3. She currently owns a dance studio in San Francisco and Mountain View. (Photo by Getty Images)
Larisa Oleynik
Larisa Oleynik
BORN: Santa Clara County, California - Larisa grew up in San Francisco. Her big break came when she was eight. She had gotten the part of young Cosette in a production of 'Les Miserables'. Her costar was Rider Strong, playing Gavroche. The two would be reunited when Larisa guested on Rider's serial, Boy Meets World. Larisa's most well known roles are Bianca in 10 Things I Hate About You. She can be seen in CBS' 'Hawaii Five-0' as CIA Agent 'Jenna Kaye'.
James Franco
James Franco
BORN: Palo Alto, California - Best known for his breakthrough starring role on 'Freaks and Geeks' and as 'Harry Osborne' in the Spider Man films. Next for Franco was Deuces Wild (2002) and City by the Sea (2002), in which Robert De Niro personally had him cast, after viewing his performance in James Dean (2001) (TV). He was recently seen in David Gordon Green's Pineapple Express (2008) opposite Seth Rogen, in George C. Wolfe's Nights in Rodanthe (2008), starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane and in Paul Haggis' In the Valley of Elah (2007), starring Tommy Lee Jones. Also starring opposite Sean Penn in Gus Van Sant's Milk (2008/I) in which his performance earned him an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor. Definitely growing out of his shyness, James Franco is turning into a legend of his own.

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Rebecca Romijn
Rebecca Romijn
BORN: Berkeley, California - Model turned actress, Romijn was once married to John Stamos of 'Full House' fame and branched out on her own when she landed the role as 'Mystique' in the 2000 film 'X-Men'. Currently married to Jerry O'Connell with 2 children. (Photo by Getty Images)
Vanessa Hudgens
Vanessa Hudgens
BORN: Salinas, California - Actress, seen in Disney's 'High School Musical' series of movies and recently in 'Beastly,' 'Sucker Punch' and 'Journey 2: The Mysterious Island' with Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
April Bowlby
April Bowlby
BORN: Vallejo, California - April Michelle Bowlby was born on 30 July 1980 in Vallejo, California, USA. She and her family moved to Manteca, California, when she was a small child. April studied ballet, French and marine biology at Moorpark College, before deciding to pursue an acting career. She studied drama with Ivana Chubbuck before landing her first role in a major television series ("Kandi" in "Two and a Half Men" (2003)) within weeks of her first Hollywood audition. April currently resides in Los Angeles. She is single and has no children.

She is best-known for her recurring role as Alan's ditsy girlfriend, "Kandi", on the sitcom, "Two and a Half Men" and as Meg on "How I Met Your Mother."
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Daphne Zuniga
Daphne Zuniga
BORN: Berkeley, California - Best known for her role on the 90's drama "Melrose Place," Zuniga played "Jo Reynolds." Earlier, Zuniga was also known as "Princess Vespa" in the Mel Brooks comedy "Spaceballs." Recently, she played Victoria Davis on The CW's drama, "One Tree Hill." (Source: IMDB)
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Lisa Bonet
Lisa Bonet
BORN: San Francisco, California - Bonet is most known for her role as 'Denise Huxtable' on the 80's series 'The Cosby Show'. Lisa was once married to singer/musician Lenny Kravitz where they have one daughter together. She recently has been seen in the ABC series 'Life On Mars' and is currently dating Jason Momoa of the show 'Stargate: Atlantis' and the next 'Conan The Barbarian'. They both have two children together. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
Cindy Herron
Cindy Herron
BORN: San Francisco, California - Herron is a founding member of the talented girl group, En Vogue who's first single 'Hold On' reached number #1 in the Billboard charts. In 1986, Herron also was crowned 'Miss San Francisco' and placed 2nd-Runner Up in the 1986 Miss California Pageant. She has acted in films such as 'Juice', 'Batman Forever' and 'Lexie'. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Brande Roderick
Brande Roderick
BORN: Novato, California - Beautiful and talented Brande Roderick joined the internationally renowned hit series "Baywatch" in the starring role as lifeguard Leigh Dyer. Brande has been also seen in movies like "Starsky & Hutch' with Ben Stiller & Owen Wilson and 'The Nanny Diaries' with Scarlett Johansson. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
Carré Otis
Carré Otis
BORN: San Francisco, California - Otis began modeling at age 16. Discovered in San Francisco, she was initially signed to Elite Model Management by John Casablancas. In 1990, Otis made her acting debut in the film 'Wild Orchid' with Mickey Rourke whom she later married. Her current hisband, Matthew Sutton is a environmental scientist whom she met while hiking in 2005. They both have a daughter together. (Photo by Patrick Riviere/Getty Images)
Goapele Mohlabane
Goapele Mohlabane
BORN: Oakland, California - (pronounced gwa-puh-LAY) Goapele is an American soul and R&B singer-songwriter. Her name means to move forward in Setswana, a Southern African language. She is best known for her song 'Closer'. Her music can be heard in hit films as 'Honey', 'Barbershop' and 'Hitch'. (Photo by MJ Kim/Getty Images)
Shemar Moore
Shemar Moore
BORN: Oakland, California - Actor, currently on the hit CBS drama, 'Criminal Minds'. Moore is also known for his work in 'The Young & The Restless' and ' Diary of A Mad Black Woman'.
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Courtney Thorne-Smith
Courtney Thorne-Smith
BORN: San Francisco, California - Courtney is best known for her roles in hit shows such as 'Melrose Place', 'Ally McBeal' and 'According To Jim. Recently, Courtney played 'Lyndsey Makelroy', girlfriend to Jon Cryer's character in CBS' 'Two and Half Men'. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
Linda Cardellini
Linda Cardellini
BORN: Redwood City, California - Her break-out role was in the Judd Apatow show 'Freaks and Geeks' with fellow Bay Area native, James Franco, Cardellini went on to roles in the live action 'Scooby Doo' movie and in the hit series 'ER'. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images)
Benjamin Bratt
Benjamin Bratt
BORN: San Francisco, California - He is most famous for his role as Rey Curtis on the TV series 'Law & Order'; and his appearances in the movies 'Blood in Blood Out', 'Miss Congeniality', 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs', 'Traffic', and 'Piñero'. He also starred on the A&E Network drama 'The Cleaner'. Bratt currently stars on ABC's Private Practice. (Photo by Getty Images)
Eric Dane
Eric Dane
BORN: San Francisco, California - Eric Dane is an American actor best known for his role as Dr. Mark Sloan in 'Grey's Anatomy' and as a co-star in 'Marley & Me', 'Burlesque' and 'Valentine's Day.' (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Keyshia Cole
Keyshia Cole
BORN: Oakland, California - Grammy nominated singer, Cole once sang back-up to M.C. Hammer when she just 12-years old. Cole has worked with many artists like Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Timbaland and Faith Evans. 'Calling All Hearts' is her current album release under the Geffen label. (Photo by Getty Images)
Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
BORN: San Francisco, California - Perhaps the icon of macho movie stars, and a living legend, Clint Eastwood has become a standard in international cinema. Eastwood's most notable films as an actor or director are 'A Fistful of Dollars', 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly', 'Dirty Harry', 'The Outlaw Josey Wales', 'Any Which Way You Can', 'Unforgiven', 'Million Dollar Baby'. (Photo by Getty Images)
Tom Brady
Tom Brady
BORN: San Mateo, California - Quarterback for the New England Patroits. Also played a 'computer geek' in the movie 'Stuck On You' with Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear. (Photo by Getty Images)
Leslie Mann
Leslie Mann
BORN: San Francisco, California - Most known for her roles in 'Knocked Up', 'The 40-Year-Ol Virgin' and as the voice of 'Linda' in the animated film, 'Rio'. Mann is also married to comedic writer and producer, Judd Apatow where they have two daughters, Maude & Iris. (Photo by Florian Seefried/Getty Images)
Kimberly Guilfoyle
Kimberly Guilfoyle
BORN: San Francisco, California - Ex-wife of former San Francisco Mayor and now Lieutinant Governor, Gavin Newsom, Kimberly is extremely visible in San Francisco society, as a member of many charitable organizations, and maintains close ties with the Getty family. In 2004, she moved to New York to become a legal consultant for MSNBC, CNN and CourtTV. In January 2006, Kimberly joined Fox News Channel where she is host of 'The Lineup' (2005). She is also a legal analyst for the Fox News Channel. (Photo by Gabriela Maj/Getty Images)
Josie Maran
Josie Maran
BORN: Menlo Park, California - Actress Josie Maran Born and raised in northern California, Josie Maran aspired to become a model at a young age. After an appearance in a Backstreet Boys music video, the growing attention focused on her skyrocketed. Her most prestigious professional contract to date is with Maybelline International as their spokesmodel, where she has appeared in numerous ads and commercials. Recently, Josie began her transition from modeling to acting by starring in the lead role of an independent film titled, The Mallory Effect. Most notable, she is known for her role in "Van Helsing" with Hugh Jackman. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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