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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

What Stars Originate from Ohio? Big Screen Icons from the Buckeye State

It is very apparent that we are known for our great college football team, and it's one thing that we are very proud of. As you wander into your closest movie theater, or select a DVD from your nearest Redbox, your thoughts naturally tend to drift towards California. Since many of these blockbusters are shot and produced there, we think about palm-lined streets and beaches, but many popular stars are from here!

It seemed like a good time of year to compile a quick list of stars that were from here, to let Ohio residents and visitors have a sense of pride about the icons who were born and raised in the state we love so much. Leaving anywhere destined for stardom does not come easy, and can be very daunting. Packing your bags, leaving your loved ones and the sense of familiarity behind for stardom takes courage, confidence, and luck: here are some of those that were selected to be in films and TV over the years that you have no doubt munched popcorn to, or curled up with your significant other on the couch to enjoy.

Beverly D'Angelo is best known for her role in the very hilarious 1983 comedy “National Lampoon's Vacation”, and has also been nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her role in “Coal Miner's Daughter”. She was also in a top-notch TV production of “A Streetcar Named Desire”, and played Sheila Franklin in the 1979 classic “Hair”. She was born and raised right here in Columbus.

Philip Michael Thomas played the very distinguished role of Ricardo Tubbs on the hit series “Miami Vice”, opposite Don Johnson. He was born and raised in Columbus as well, and served as the iconic spokesperson for cell phone entertainment company Nextones. Also the voice of Lance Vance on the video game “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories”, he is a very cool, calm, and collected individual who was discovered when he won a role in the San Francisco cast of “Hair”.

Tom Poston was born and raised in Columbus, and is said to have starred in “more sitcoms than any other actor”. His most recognizable role was handyman George Utley, the profound but sometimes-bumbling handyman in the inn on the long-running hit series “Newhart”. A brave pilot who dropped paratroopers for the Normandy Invasion during World War II, he began studying acting in New York City after his discharge.

Halle Barry Is a very distinguished actress, producer, and model that was born and raised in Cleveland. She holds the title of the only woman of color to win a Best Actress Academy Award, for her work in the 2001 film opposite Billy Bob Thornton in “Monster's Ball”. She has finished as the 1st runner-up in the Miss USA contest, and has played many other illustrious parts such as Bond Girl Jinx, Storm in the “X-men” series, and also won an Emmy Award for best actress in the television film “Introducing Dorthy Dandridge”. She was named after Halle's Department Store, a landmark in Cleveland.

Paul Newman is a big-screen legend who was born just outside of Cleveland in Shaker Heights. He starred in many iconic films such as “The Hustler”, “The Color of Money”, “Cool Hand Luke”, “Sting”, and “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”. Even though he was colorblind, he won several national race car championships in Open wheel IndyCar racing, and he created his own food company “Newman's Own”, that had many of the profits going to charity. A true individual with a passion for those in need, he founded the Serious Fun Children's Network, an entity of camps and programs for children that are facing serious illness in their lives.
Carmen Electra grew up near Cincinnati, and was the very desirable star of MTV's “Singled Out” program, along with being featured on the “Baywatch” series as a gorgeous lifeguard. This dazzling star of MTV's “Spring Break” studied dance right here in Ohio at Western Hills beginning at the age of nine, and later began her career as a dancer at King's Island Amusement Park, for the show “It's Magic”. She was even signed to Prince's Paisley Park Records for quite some time, and has been featured on video games such as ESPN NFL 2K5.

Katie Holmes hails from Toledo, where she began classes at a modeling school at age 14. One of her first big-screen appearances was as a supermarket clerk who loves to party all night in the film “Go”, and she is widely known for her appearance on the show that teens were wildly in love with for the better part of a decade: “Dawson's Creek”. She was named one of People's “50 most beautiful people” during 2003, and during the same year, Teen People declared her one of the “top 25 hottest stars under 25” that year.

Justin Chambers was born in South Charleston, Ohio, and later studied acting from the pros at New York's HB Studio. He was approached by a modeling scout in Paris, and went on to show himself on the runway for legendary brands such as Calvin Klein, Armani, and Dolce & Gabbana. He began his acting career with a role on soap opera Another World”, and his real breakthrough was when he landed the role of Dr. Alex Karev in the widely-followed medical drama “Grey's Anatomy”. This series earned nominations at the People's Choice Awards and Screen Actors' Guild as well. While growing up he aspired to be a dentist, but his good looks quickly landed him elsewhere.

Sarah Jessica Parker This well-known star of “Sex and the City” was born here in Nelsonville, and was one of eight children. As a very young girl, she was formally trained in ballet and singing, and landed a spot in the Broadway revival of “The Innocents”. Her family then moved to Cincinnati, and later New York, where she attended the School of American Ballet. Many don't realize that she was in the 1984 hit about small town dancing: “Footloose”, and in 1994, got the pleasure of playing opposite Jonny Depp in the very-acclaimed film “Ed Wood”. Her large fan base loved tuning in every week to watch her musings about love in the Big Apple, and she will forever be known to many as the quirky features writer with a penchant for hooking up.
Stephen Speilberg is one of the true masters of film creation: classics such as “Jaws” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” was born in Cincinnati, and is truly one of the most iconic masters of film production and creation. “E.T.” was nominated for 9 Academy Awards, and films of his like “The Goonies” are some of the most landmark movies for those coming of age that ever existed. He truly knows how to span different genres with a high level of skill, and showed the world that with “The Color Purple”, a 1985 film about stronger than average African-American women during the depression. He also had a very successful adaption of Michael Crichton's “Jurassic Park”, about a theme park that has menacing dinosaurs that have been genetically modified.

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