List of people from Akron, Ohio

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The following people were all born in or were residents of the city of Akron, Ohio.

Name Description Association Reference
Henry Eugene Abbey Theatre manager and producer Born in Akron [1]
Richard F. Abel U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Born in Akron
John R. Adams Federal judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio Practiced in Akron
James E. Akins The U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 1973-76 Born in Akron [2]
Lola Albright Singer and actress Born in Akron [3]
Andy Alleman Football center for Miami Dolphins Born in Akron [4]
Harold Anderson Basketball coach at Bowling Green State University and University of Toledo Born in Akron [5]
R. W. Apple, Jr. Editor, writer for The New York Times Born in Akron
Joseph Arthur Musician and artist Born in Akron [6]
Dan Auerbach Solo musician, guitarist for The Black Keys, owner of Akron Analog Recording Studios Born in Akron [7]
William Hanes Ayres Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives Represented Akron in Congress
Josh Azzarella Artist Born in Akron
Melissa Baker Model Born in Akron
E.T. Barnette Founder of Fairbanks, Alaska and its first mayor Born in Akron
Alice M. Batchelder Attorney and jurist, currently chief judge of United States Court of Appeals for Sixth Circuit Practiced in Akron
Elsworth R. Bathrick U.S. Representative
Tom Batiuk Comic strip creator (Funky Winkerbean, Crankshaft)
Cliff Battles Football player
Margaret Baxtresser Classical pianist
Art Becker Basketball player
Samuel H. Bell Federal judge on U.S. District Court for Northern District of Ohio Practiced in Akron
Terry Bevington Baseball player and manager
George Bliss Congressman
Ray C. Bliss Republican Party leader
Jim Boeke Football player
Phil Boggs Diver, 1976 Olympic gold medalist
Dante Booker Football player
Rosario Borgio Mobster
William Boyett Actor
Dave Brown Football player
John Brown Abolitionist
Walter Hermann Bucher Geologist and paleontologist
Michael Buckley Author of The Sisters Grimm and NERDS series
E. J. Burt Football player
Jimmy Butler Actor
Glen Buxton Guitarist for Alice Cooper
Patrick Carney Drummer for The Black Keys, bassist for the band Drummer Born in Akron
Bob Casale Musician, Devo
Gerald Casale Musician, Devo
Len Chandler Folk musician Born in Akron
David Allan Coe Country music artist
Russell Coffey World War I veteran
Arthur L. Conger Theosophist
Deborah L. Cook Federal judge on U.S. Court of Appeals for Sixth Circuit Practiced in Akron
Jarrod Cooper Football player
Cheryl Crawford Director and producer
Mark Croghan Athlete
Stephen Curry Basketball player for Golden State Warriors, 1-time NBA MVP, 1-time NBA Champion Born in Akron
Ruby Nash Curtis Singer of Ruby & The Romantics
Hammer Damage Rock band
Keith Dambrot Basketball coach
Jimmy Darrow Basketball player
John Dean White House counsel to Richard Nixon
Charles W. F. Dick U.S. Senator (Republican)
Frank Dicopoulos Actor
Michael Dokes Boxer, WBA World Heavyweight Champion 1982-1983 Born in Akron
Lloyd C. Douglas Minister, author
Rita Dove Poet
Hugh Downs TV journalist and personality, 20/20
Peter C. Economus Federal judge on U.S. District Court for Northern District of Ohio Practiced in Akron
Sidney Edgerton 19th Century politician
Eddie Elias Founder of Professional Bowlers Assn.
Harold G. Epperson Decorated U.S. Marine
Eugene C. Eppley Hotel mogul
Angie Everhart Model and actress
Fritzi Fern Actress
Harvey Samuel Firestone Founder of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company Lived in Akron
Leonard Firestone Industrialist
Steve Fitzhugh Football payer
Art Fleming TV game show host, Jeopardy
Carol Folt Chancellor, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Born in Akron
Trent Ford Actor, model
Mike Fox Football player
Elizabeth Franz Actress
Shirley Fry Tennis player
Clark Gable Oscar-winning actor, Mutiny on the Bounty, Gone with the Wind, World War II major Born in Cadiz, worked in Akron
Ruby Nash Garnett Singer of Ruby & the Romantics Born in Akron
William H. Gerstenmaier NASA administrator
Joe Glazer Musician
Dick Goddard Meteorologist
Harvey Gold Musician
Bob Golic Football player, radio personality
Mike Golic Football player
Benjamin Goodrich Founder of B.F. Goodrich Company
Jim Graner Sports anchor at WKYC; color commentator for Cleveland Browns radio Born in Akron [8]
Charlie Greer Radio personality
Brad Guigar Cartoonist
James S. Gwin Federal judge on U.S. District Court for Northern District of Ohio Practiced in Akron
Kris Haines Football player
Dave Hampton Football player
Leon Harris Television journalist
James Harrison Football player
Dow W. Harter U.S. Representative
Umar Bin Hassan Poet
Anne Heche Actress
Carol Heiss Figure skater
Daniel Hesidence Painter
Howard Hewett Gospel and R&B singer
Michael Holley Sports journalist
M. Herbert Hoover Politician
Roger Hoover Singer, musician
Walter B. Huber U.S. Representative
Rex Humbard Televangalist
Craig Hummer Sportscaster
Chrissie Hynde Musician, leader of The Pretenders
James Ingram Musician
Shirley Fry Irvin Hall of Fame tennis player Born in Akron
Sandi Jackson Politician
LeBron James Basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers, 4-time NBA MVP, 2-time Olympic gold medalist, 2-time NBA champion Born in Akron
Jim Jarmusch Film director
David Jenkins Figure skater
Hayes Alan Jenkins Figure skater, 1956 Olympic gold medalist
Helen Jepson Soprano
Gus Johnson Basketball player, television sportscaster
Steve Johnson Basketball player
Grandpa Jones Musician, comedian (Hee-Haw)
Melina Kanakaredes Actress
Maynard James Keenan Singer, Tool, A Perfect Circle Born in Akron
Dean Keener Basketball coach
Herman Keiser Golfer, 1946 Masters champion
Charlton Keith Football player
Jack Kiser Fisherman, television personality
Phil Kline Composer
Bob Knepper Major League Baseball pitcher
Charles Landon Knight Publisher, politician
James L. Knight Publisher
John S. Knight Publisher
Parke Kolbe College president
Heather Kozar Model; former Barker's Beauty on The Price Is Right
Brock Kreitzburg Bobsledder
Art Kusnyer Baseball player and coach
Jani Lane Lead singer of Glam metal band Warrant Born in Akron
Jerome Lane Basketball player
Bob Lape Television journalist
Mortimer Dormer Leggett Civil War officer
Bob Lewis Founder of Devo
Thomas Lewis Football player
David Lough Major League Baseball Player for the Baltimore Orioles Born in Akron
Robert Lucas Politician
Liam Lynch Musician, puppeteer, Sifl and Olly
Doug Marsh Football player
Thomas E. Martin Iowa politician
Mike Massie Wyoming politician
Banjo Matthews NASCAR driver
Frank W. Mayborn Publisher
Andy McCollum Football player
Frances McGovern U.S. Representative
Marian Mercer Actress
Gene Mingo Football player
Dan Moldea Journalist and author
Vaughn Monroe Singer
Michael Morell ICIA director, TV analyst
Bob Mothersbaugh Musician, member of Devo
Jim Mothersbaugh Musician, member of Devo
Mark Mothersbaugh Musician, member of Devo
Scott Muni Radio personality
Thurman Munson Baseball player
Ron Negray Baseball player
John Neidert Football player Born in Akron
Donnie Nickey Football player
Pete Nischt Musician
Gabe Norwood Basketball player
Russell Oberlin Musician
Les Olsson Football player
Stanford R. Ovshinsky Inventor and scientist
Chris Owens Basketball player
Tim "Ripper" Owens Singer, replaced Rob Halford in Judas Priest; inspiration for movie Rock Star Born in Akron
Paige Palmer Fitness expert, TV personality
John Parry Football official
Ara Parseghian Football coach, Notre Dame
Jaroslav Pelikan Christianity scholar
Simon Perkins Settler, surveyor
Chris "Drama" Pfaff Music producer
Antonio Pittman Football player
Terry Pluto Sports journalist James Stewart Polshek


Shawn Porter Professional boxer
Ricky Powers Football player
Edward Pramuk Artist Born in Akron
Erick Purkhiser (Lux Interior) Singer, founding member of The Cramps Born in Akron, grew up in Stow
Richard Quick Swimming coach
Robert Quine Guitarist
Willard Van Orman Quine Philosopher
Ron Rector Football player
James W. Reilly Politician
Nikola Resanovic Composer
Judith Resnik Astronaut, killed in Challenger explosion. Born and raised in Akron
Butch Reynolds Athlete
Jennifer Niederst Robbins Web designer
Sydne Rome Actress
Edmund Rowe U.S. Representative
Wilbur F. Sanders Montana politician
Thomas C. Sawyer Politician
Bo Schembechler Football coach, University of Michigan
Francis Seiberling U.S. Representative
Frank Seiberling Founder of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Born in Akron
John F. Seiberling U.S. Representative
Luke Sewell Baseball player and manager
Chuck Share Basketball player
Denny Shute Golfer
Matt Simon Football player
Harry Simpson Baseball player
George Sisler Baseball player, member of Hall of Fame
Richard Smalley Physicist, winner of Nobel Prize
Bob Smith Founder of Alcoholics Anonymous
Neal Smith Musician
Donald Ray Snodgrass Author
Mark Stevens Actor
Betty Sutton U.S. Representative for 13th Congressional District Practiced in Akron
Tyrell Sutton Football player
Rachel Sweet Singer, actress and TV writer
Gene Thomas Football player
Nate Thurmond Basketball player, member of Hall of Fame
Todd Tobias Musician
Aiden Wilson Tozer Preacher, author
Bill Upham Baseball player
William H. Upson 19th Century politician
Claude Virden Basketball player
Mike Vrabel Football player
Michael Wadleigh Director and cinematographer, filmed documentary of 1969 Woodstock Festival, Woodstock
Ramon Walker Football player
Brad Warner Zen priest, musician
Chris Wells Football player for Arizona Cardinals
Michael Tarver Professional wrestler
George Dexter Whitcomb Manufacturer
Jesse White Actor, known as the Maytag Repairman in 1967-1988 commercials Raised in Akron
Wendell Willkie Presidential candidate, lawyer Worked in Akron
Melinda Windsor Playboy model
Antoine Winfield Football player
Ray Wise Actor
Sam Wise Baseball player
Gene Woodling Baseball player
Kim Zurz Politician

Fictional people from Akron, Ohio[edit]


  1. ^ Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Marquis Who's Who. 1967. 
  2. ^ "Features". Akron Update. University of Akron. 2004-02-02. Retrieved 2008-04-30. 
  3. ^ "Peter Gunn Digs a Canary--That 'Way Out' Lola Albright". Chicago Daily Tribune. 1958-12-27. p. 1. 
  4. ^ "Andy Alleman - Stats, Bio". CNN. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  5. ^ "Hall of Fame Feature- W. Harold Anderson". Basketball Hall of Fame. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2009-03-20. [dead link]
  6. ^ "allmusic ((( Joseph Arthur - Overview )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-07-19. 
  7. ^ Easton, Max (2009-01-12). "The Black Keys, Gomez & Ash Grunwald". p. 1. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  8. ^ "Jim Graner dies". Associated Press (AP) via The Chronicle-Telegram (Elyria-Lorain Broadcasting Co.). January 16, 1976. p. 1.