List of people from California

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This is a list of notable people from the U.S. state of California. It includes people who were born/raised in, lived in, or spent portions of their lives in California, or for whom California is a significant part of their identity. The list is in alphabetical order.

U.S. state constituent political entity of the United States

In the United States, a state is a constituent political entity, of which there are currently 50. Bound together in a political union, each state holds governmental jurisdiction over a separate and defined geographic territory and shares its sovereignty with the federal government. Due to this shared sovereignty, Americans are citizens both of the federal republic and of the state in which they reside. State citizenship and residency are flexible, and no government approval is required to move between states, except for persons restricted by certain types of court orders.

California U.S. state in the United States

California is a state in the Pacific Region of the United States. With 39.6 million residents across a total area of about 163,696 square miles (423,970 km2), California is the most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area. The state capital is Sacramento. The Greater Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nation's second- and fifth-most populous urban regions, with 18.7 million and 9.7 million residents respectively. Los Angeles is California's most populous city, and the country's second-most populous, after New York City. California also has the nation's most populous county, Los Angeles County, and its largest county by area, San Bernardino County. The City and County of San Francisco is both the country's second-most densely populated major city after New York City and the fifth-most densely populated county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs.

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Ansel Adams
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Jessica Alba
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Nahshon Dion Anderson
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Jennifer Aniston
Willie Aames American actor, film and television director

Willie Aames is an American actor, film and television director, television producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for playing Tommy Bradford, one of the children of Tom Bradford, on the 1970s television series Eight Is Enough, Buddy Lembeck on the 1980s sitcom Charles in Charge and the title character in the direct-to-video series, Bibleman (1995–2003).

Paula Abdul American-Canadian singer and songwriter

Paula Julie Abdul is an American dancer, choreographer, singer, actress, and television personality. She began her career as a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers at the age of 18 and later became the head choreographer for the Laker Girls, where she was discovered by The Jacksons. After choreographing music videos for Janet Jackson, Abdul became a choreographer at the height of the music video era and soon thereafter she was signed to Virgin Records. Her debut studio album Forever Your Girl (1988) became one of the most successful debut albums at that time, selling 7 million copies in the United States and setting a record for the most number-one singles from a debut album on the Billboard Hot 100 chart: "Straight Up", "Forever Your Girl", "Cold Hearted", and "Opposites Attract". Her six number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 tie her with Diana Ross for seventh among the female solo performers who have topped the chart.

<i>American Idol</i> American singing competition

American Idol is an American singing competition television series created by Simon Fuller, produced by Fremantle USA and 19 Entertainment, and distributed by Fremantle North America. It initially aired on Fox from June 11, 2002, to April 7, 2016, for 15 seasons. Since March 11, 2018, a revival of the series has aired on ABC.

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Beck
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Steve Birnbaum
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Bill Bixby
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Barry Bonds
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Tom Brady
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Ryan Braun
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Jerry Brown
B.G. Knocc Out American rapper

B.G. Knocc Out is an American rapper who collaborated with Eazy-E on the 1993 single "Real Muthaphuckkin G's". He is also the younger brother of rapper Dresta.

B-Real American musician

Louis Mario Freese, better known by his stage name B-Real, is an American rapper and actor. He is best known for being the lead rapper in the hip hop group Cypress Hill and one of two rappers in the rap rock supergroup Prophets of Rage.

Cypress Hill is an American hip hop group from South Gate, California. Cypress Hill was the first Latino American hip hop recording group to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and platinum and multi-platinum albums, selling over 20 million albums worldwide. They are considered to be among the main progenitors of West Coast rap and hip hop in the early 1990s, being critically acclaimed for their first four albums. The band has also advocated for medical and recreational use of cannabis in the United States.

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Cher
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Julia Child
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Sasha Cohen
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Miranda Cosgrove
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Kevin Costner
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Jamie Lee Curtis

Shawn Thomas, also known by his stage name C-Bo, is an American rapper.

Scott Caan American actor

Scott Andrew Caan is an American actor. He stars as Detective Danny "Danno" Williams in the CBS television series Hawaii Five-0 (2010–present), for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. Caan had a recurring role as manager Scott Lavin in the HBO television series Entourage (2009–2011). In the 1990s, he was a part of hip hop group The Whooliganz with The Alchemist. The duo went by the names Mad Skillz and Mudfoot, respectively.

Herb Caen American newspaper columnist

Herb Caen was a San Francisco journalist whose daily column of local goings-on and insider gossip, social and political happenings, painful puns and offbeat anecdotes—"a continuous love letter to San Francisco"—appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle for almost sixty years and made him a household name throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Leonardo DiCaprio
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Joe DiMaggio
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Snoop Dogg
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James H. Doolittle
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Dr. Dre
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Robert Duvall
Carson Daly American television host, radio personality, producer, and television personality

Carson Jones Daly is an American television host, radio personality, producer, and television personality. Prior to 2002, Daly was a VJ on MTV's Total Request Live, and a DJ for the Southern California-based radio station 106.7 KROQ-FM. In 2002, Daly joined NBC, where he began hosting and producing the late night talk show Last Call with Carson Daly, and occasionally hosting special event programming for NBC, such as the Macy's Fourth of July fireworks show, and executive producing New Year's Eve with Carson Daly from Times Square beginning in 2003.

Caroline DAmore American DJ, actor and model

Caroline D'Amore is an American DJ, actress, songwriter, chef and former model known for her single "Music Man," featuring DJ StoneBridge. She is also the head chef and co-owner of D’Amores Pizza, which was founded by her parents.

Spencer Eli Daniels is an American film and television actor. He was born in Los Angeles, California. Daniels began acting professionally at the age of ten. Daniels has appeared in over ten films including Star Trek and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Daniels has also appeared in over ten television productions including the recurring role of Tyler Lomand on the series Crash. On August 12, 2014, Daniels' film The Midnight Game was released by Anchor Bay Entertainment.

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Benny Feilhaber
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Will Ferrell
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Sally Field
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Jodie Foster
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Robert Frost

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Frank Gifford
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Jeff Gordon
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Tony Gwynn
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Jake Gyllenhaal

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Gene Hackman
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Gigi Hadid
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Tom Hanks
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Tony Hawk
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William Randolph Hearst
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Mariel Hemingway
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Paris Hilton
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Dustin Hoffman

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Ice Cube

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Steve Jobs
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Dwayne Johnson
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Randy Johnson

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Khloe Kardashian
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Kim Kardashian
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Diane Keaton
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Billie Jean King
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Rodney King

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Shia LaBeouf
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Bruce Lee
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Janet Leigh
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Adam Levine
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Jack London
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George Lopez
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George Lucas

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Jennette McCurdy
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Liza Minnelli
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Ron Mix
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Marilyn Monroe
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Alex Morgan
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Eddie Murray

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Richard Nixon

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Emily Osment

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George S. Patton
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Gregory Peck
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Joc Pederson
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Sean Penn
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Katy Perry
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Kevin Pillar

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Robert Redford
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Robert Ri'chard
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Sally Ride
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Aaron Rodgers
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Bill Russell

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O. J. Simpson
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Brenda Song
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Mark Spitz
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John Steinbeck
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Kristen Stewart

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Rowdy Tellez
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Russell Westbrook
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Shaun White
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Ted Williams
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Natalie Wood
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Tiger Woods

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Musical groups

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The Grateful Dead
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Guns N' Roses
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The Monkees

California transplants

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Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo
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Ronald Reagan
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Jackie Robinson
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Arnold Schwarzenegger

See also

References

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  8. Ex-Red Sox star Kevin Youkilis has another hit with beer