List of people from Columbus, Ohio

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The following list includes notable people who were born or have lived in Columbus, Ohio or from the surrounding suburbs.



  • Abdisalam Aato, film director, producer, entrepreneur and media consultant.
  • George Bellows (1882–1925) was an American realist painter, known for his bold depictions of urban life in New York City, becoming, according to the Columbus Museum of Art, "the most acclaimed American artist of his generation".
  • Alex Grey (1953- ), psychedelic artist. Grey was born in Columbus and attended Columbus College of Art and Design.
  • Aminah Robinson (born February 18, 1940, Columbus, Ohio) is an American artist.
  • Alice Schille (1869–1955) was an American watercolorist and painter.


  • Trey Burke (1992- ), NBA guard for the Utah Jazz
  • Russ Campbell (1969- ), former NFL tight end for the Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Mark Coleman (1964- ), professional fighter from the UFC and Pride mixed-martial-arts organizations. Member of Columbus-based Team Hammer House.
  • Helen Darling (1978- ), WNBA guard. Darling attended high school in Columbus.
  • Buster Douglas (1960- ), heavyweight boxing champion after defeating Mike Tyson. Douglas was born and raised in Columbus.
  • Terry Glenn (1974- ), Ohio State University and NFL wide receiver. Glenn was born and raised in Columbus.
  • Hank Gowdy (1889–1966), Major League Baseball catcher. Gowdy was born and lived in Columbus.
  • Archie Griffin (1954- ), Only two-time Heisman Trophy winner. Griffin attended Eastmoor High School, then the Ohio State University and won the Heisman Trophy twice as a running back for the OSU Buckeyes. He returned to Columbus after his pro career to become the university's assistant athletic director, and president of its alumni association.
  • Forrest Griffin (1979- ), UFC light heavyweight fighter and winner of the first season of The Ultimate Fighter. Griffin was born in Columbus.
  • Andrew Hampsten (1963- ), retired professional cyclist. Hampsten was born in Columbus.
  • Chic Harley (1894–1974), Ohio State University All-American football player.
  • Chris Leitch (1979- ), Major League Soccer defender. Leitch was born in Columbus.
  • Lance Moore (1983- ), NFL wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints. Moore was born in Columbus.
  • Jack Nicklaus (1940- ), winner of a record eighteen golf majors. Nicklaus was born in Columbus, and attended the Ohio State University. He won the 1961 NCAA Championship while playing for the school.
  • Paul O'Neill (1963- ), Major League Baseball outfielder. O'Neill was born and raised in Columbus.
  • Danny O'Rourke (1983- ), Major League Soccer midfielder. O'Rourke was born and raised in Columbus.
  • Brady Quinn (1984- ), NFL quarterback. Quinn was born in Columbus and attended high school in Dublin, Ohio.
  • Randy Savage (1952–2011 ), Former professional wrestler, former WWE champion. Savage was born in Columbus.
  • Michael Redd (1979- ), former Ohio State University basketball player and current NBA shooting guard. Redd was born and raised in Columbus.
  • Mauri Rose (1906–81), racecar driver
  • Kip Selbach (1872–1956), Major League Baseball outfielder. Selbach was born in Columbus.
  • Jared Sullinger (1992-), NBA forward for the Boston Celtics
  • Nick Swisher (1980- ), Major League Baseball outfielder and first baseman for the New York Yankees. Swisher attended the Ohio State University.
  • Herb Williams (1958- ), NBA player and coach. Williams was born in Columbus. Williams was born in Columbus and played basketball for the Ohio State University.
  • Blaine Wilson (1974- ), Olympic Silver Medal Gymnast in 2004. Wilson attended the Ohio State University.
  • Granville Waiters (1961- ), Retired NBA Player. Waiters was born and raised in Columbus.
  • Gary Trent (1974- ), Retired NBA Player. Trent attended Hamilton Township High School and was born and raised in Columbus.
  • Samaki Walker (1976- ), Retired NBA Player. Walker was born and raised in Columbus.
  • Lawrence Funderburke (1970- ), Retired NBA Player. Funderburke was born and raised in Columbus.



  • Cabot Rea, an Emmy Award-winning television reporter and anchor. Rea was a reporter for the Columbus NBC affiliate WCMH beginning in 1985, and later become its evening news anchor. He also anchored the local UPN news at WWHO.
  • Dana Tyler (1958- ), television news anchor. Tyler grew up in Worthington, Ohio and began her career at WBNS-TV.

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  • Lincoln Goodale (1782–1868), doctor and namesake of Goodale Park.
  • Jim Kammerud (1960- ), director, writer, producer and animator. Kammerud attended high school in Worthington, Ohio and attended the Ohio State University.
  • Curtis Lovell II (1981-) illusionist, escape artist and endurance artist.
  • Christopher Ries (1952- ), sculptor. Ries was born in Columbus and attended the Ohio State University.
  • Aminah Robinson (1940- ), artist. Lifelong Columbus resident.
  • Howard Dwight Smith (1886–1958), architect. Smith graduated from the Ohio State University in 1907. He began the design and construction of Ohio Stadium in 1917, and during this project was a professor of architecture at OSU from 1918 to 1921. Smith was then chief architect for the Columbus Public Schools, then returned to OSU as University Architect 1929 to 1956.
  • Sandra Hubby (1978- ), a Playboy Playmate and beauty pageant contestant. Hubby represented Columbus in the Miss Hawaiian Tropic Pageant.
  • Ted Williams (1957- ), a voiceover artist who became an overnight celebrity when his YouTube video went viral in January, 2011.
  • Ted Allen (1968-) - Host of Chopped

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