to histories and biographies of the famous people of Washington. Many famous people of Washington have made significant contributions to the history
of our nation and the state of Washington. These famous Americans, famous entertainers, famous players, famous scientist, famous singers, famous statesmen,
famous women, heroes, great explorers, and others Washington famous Americans have all made Washington their home. This list includes Washington historical
figures, celebrities and those individuals of Washington who have influenced the lives of others.
Famous People from Washington
Bob Barker (1923 - ) Born in Darrington, Washington,
Robert William Barker grew up on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota where his mother was a schoolteacher. He grew up to become one of
the best known television game show hosts in history. He served as the host of "The Price is Right," the longest running game show, and
received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Daytime Television in 1999. His first game show was "Truth or Consequences" in which he debuted
in 1956. He has appeared twice in the Guinness Book of World Records for having taped 3,524 shows ("most Durable Performer") and for having
awarded more than $55 million in prizes on his shows ("Most Generous Host"), and has won 11 Emmys as a Game Show Host.
William Boeing (1881 - 1956)
Aircraft manufacturer who founded the Boeing Aircraft company; lived in Seattle.
Kurt Cobain (1967 - 1994), a sickly, anti-social
and depressed child, went on to lead the band Nirvana, the "grunge" band that redefined the sound of the nineties and kicked off what became
known as the "Seattle sound." The band's song "Smells Like Teen Spirit" became Nirvana's most highly acclaimed song, and made
Cobain and the band overnight millionaires. This new-found wealth and Kurt's ongoing bouts with depression and his drug use came together in his eventual
suicide in 1994 at the early age of 27.
Fred Couples (1959 - ) Professional golfer; born
Bing Crosby (1903 - 1977) Born Harry Lillis Crosby
in Tacoma, Washington. "Bing" began singing with a local group while a student at Gonzaga University. By 1925, Crosby went to Los Angeles
and developed a singing act. When he became a solo star on the radio, he soon became a popular singing idol, and began to appear in movies. His relaxed "crooning"
style was especially popular among Americans during the Depression years, and his comedic timing on stage made him a hit both as a singer and as a
performer. He starred in more than 100 movies, and won an Oscar for his role as a priest in "Going My Way." By 1943, he was among the top
ten box office attractions for 12 years. Aside from show business, Crosby loved sports, especially golf.
Bill Gates (1955 - ) Chairman and Chief Software
Architect of Microsoft Corporation; born; grew up in Seattle.
Jimi Hendrix (1942 - 1970) Rock & roll guitarist;
born in Seattle.
Ketcham (March 14, 1920 - June 1, 2001), born Henry King Ketcham in Seattle, Washington, Hank Ketcham attended the University of Washington,
and then went on to Hollywood and began working for Walter Lantz Productions and then Walt Disney Productions as a film animator. He worked on Disney's "Pinocchio"
and "Fantasia." In 1951, he developed the idea for a panel comic strip based on his four-year-old son, Dennis. "Dennis the Menace"
earned Ketcham an award as Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year in 1952. He had drawn "Dennis the Menace" for more than 50 years when he died
Phil Mahre (1957 - ) (born May 10, 1957) is an American
former champion alpine ski racer, widely regarded as one of the greatest American skiers of all time. His total of 27 World Cup race wins is third
among Americans, behind only Bode Miller and Lindsey Vonn.
Find more more Washington famous people below. You
may not even realize many of these famous people were born in Washington or notable associated with Washington, including actors, actresses, explorers,
historical figures, inventors, musicians, novelists, professional athletes, important politicians, singers, sport stars and more.
Douglas Dorland Anderson archaeoligist, Olympia
Earl Anthony bowler, Kent
Dyan Cannon actress, Tacoma
Chester F. Carlson inventor, Seattle
Carol Channing actress, Seattle
Judy Collins singer, Seattle
Bob Crosby musician, Spokane
Merce Cunningham choreographer, Centralia
Howard Duff actor, Bremerton
Frances Farmer actress, Seattle
Robert Joffrey choreographer, Seattle
Gypsy Rose Lee entertainer, Seattle
John Walker Kendall scientist, Bellingham
John Knowles author, Faumont
Mary McCarthy author, Seattle
Guthrie McClinticproducer, director, Seattle
John McIntire actor, Spokane
Robert Motherwell artist, Aberdeen
Patrice Munsel soprano Spokane
Jimmie Rogers singer, Camas
Seattle Dwamish Suquamish chief
Smohalla Indian prophet and chief
Martha Wright singer, Seattle
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