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Famous Pittsburghers

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Famous Pittsburghers

Published Nov 14, 2013
Updated Feb 24, 2017

Media, Movies & Music

Nellie Bly
Reporter for the Pittsburgh Dispatch. Her reporting revolutionized journalism for women.

George Benson
Influential Jazz guitarist and ten time Grammy Award winner. His album Breezin’, in 1976, was the first jazz album to earn platinum status.

Charles Bronson
Best known for his series of Death Wish thrillers he also starred in the Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven and Once Upon A Time In The West.

Ted Cassidy
Played “Lurch” on the original Addams family series. He also played roles on the popular Star Trek and I Dream of Jeannie series.

Perry Como
“Mr. C” recorded for RCA Records and was a popular and award winning film, television and radio personality from the 1940’s up until the late 1990’s.

Billy Eckstine
A swing era bandleader, his smooth vocals thrilled audiences during the 1940’s.

Jeff Goldblum
The star of The Fly and Jurassic Park. His film debut was in Charles Bronson’s Death Wish in 1974.

Joe Grushecky
A member of the Iron City Houserockers, Joe has also had success with his latest band The Houserockers and often accompanies Bruce Springsteen on various outings.

Holly Hunter
Studied at Carnegie Mellon University and performed on many area stages before becoming famous for her roles in movies such as The Piano, Broadcast News, The Firm and Thirteen.

Donnie Iris
Well known for his work with the Jaggerz (who had a big hit with The Rapper, in 1969) and Wild Cherry in the 70’s. He later penned the popular hit Ah Leah! in 1980.

Shirley Jones
Shirley won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the movie Elmer Gentry in 1960 before becoming well known as Shirley Partridge, head of the Partridge family.

Gene Kelly
A dominant Hollywood force beginning in the 1940’s he is best known for his roles in Singin’ In The Rain and An American In Paris.

Dean Martin
The “King of Cool” was born in nearby Steubenville, OH to Italian immigrants. He was later a member of the “Rat Pack” along with Joey Bishop, Peter Lawford, Sammy Davis Jr and Frank Sinatra.

Bret Michaels
Originally the vocalist for 90’s hair band Poison, Bret has had a successful solo career and won Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice in 2010.

Dennis Miller
Miller rose to fame as a cast member and host of Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live beginning in 1985

Fred Rogers
He created and hosted Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood from 1968-2001 and has been inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.

Gertrude Stein
A writer, poet, and art collector. Her book Q.E.D., was one of the first “coming out” stories. She and her brother Leo’s joint art collection is one of the finest and most well known in history.

Billy Strayhorn
Best known for his collaborations with Duke Ellington. He is the composer of the hits Take the “A” Train and Lush Life.

Sharon Stone
She was born and raised in Meadville, very near Pittsburgh. After winning the Miss Pennsylvania beauty contest, she went on to become one of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

Andy Warhol
Leading figure in the Pop Art movement. He also founded Interview magazine and coined the popular phrase “15 minutes of fame.” The Andy Warhol Museum, in Pittsburgh is the largest museum dedicated to the work of a single artist.


Mike Ditka
Coached and played for Chicago Bears. As a tight end for the Bears, he won Super Bowls and garnered three Pro Bowl invitations. He also won a Super Bowl as the Bears coach.

Pete Maravich
He is still the leading NCAA Division 1 scorer and is considered one of the best ball handlers of all time. He played for three NBA teams during his career: Atlanta Hawks, New Orleans Jazz and Boston Celtics.

Bill Mazeroski
Nicknamed “Maz” he is the only player to decide a World Series victory with a home run in the seventh game. He played with the Pirates his entire 16 year career and was one of the greatest defensive second basemen of all time.

Stan Musial
Played 22 seasons with the St Louis Cardinals, he is considered one of the greatest hitters of all time and compiled 3,630 hits.

Honus Wagner
Many baseball historians consider him the best shortstop ever. He played for the Pirates from 1897-1917. Nick- named “The Flying Dutchman” for his speed and agile base running.


William D Boyce
Founder of the Boy Scouts of America in 1910.

Andrew Carnegie
He built up the Carnegie Steel Company which later merged with the Federal Steel Company and several smaller steel companies to form US Steel. He is usually regarded as the second wealthiest man in the world behind John D. Rockefeller. He later built Carnegie Hall in NYC and became one of the world’s greatest philanthropists.

Henry Clay Frick
Chariman of the Carnegie Steel Company he played a major role in the formation of U.S. Steel.

Henry J Heinz
Founded the HJ Heinz company and led a successful effort to pass the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906.

Samuel Kier
He is credited with founding the American oil industry after he refined crude oil into lamp oil.

Andrew Mellon
A banker, industrialist and philanthropist he served as Secretary of the Treasury from 1921-1932. He helped found Alcoa, Westinghouse, Gulf Oil and General Motors.

Thomas Mellon
Founder of the Mellon Bank and patriarch of the Mellon family.

John A. Roebling
Designed the Brooklyn and Covington- Cincinnati Suspension Bridges.

Jonas Salk
Developed the first polio vaccine in 1955..

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