List of people from American Samoa

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This is a list of notable people from American Samoa.

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  • John Kneubuhl was a Hollywood screenwriter, playwright and Polynesian historian. He wrote for American television series such as The Fugitive, Gunsmoke, The Wild Wild West, Star Trek, The Invaders and Hawaii Five-O. An annual award named in his honor is presented by the department of education to local students.
  • Freddie Letuli was the pioneer of the world-famous Polynesian fire knife dance. He toured across the United States and Europe, appearing in TV shows and movies. Letuli died in 2003. The annual World Fire Knife competition is held each year in his honor.
  • Al Harrington is a Hollywood character actor best known for playing Detective Ben Kokua on the original Hawaii Five-O.
  • Hollywood actor Eric Stoltz lived with his family in American Samoa. His father was the principal of Leone High School in the late 1960s.[2]
  • Gary Scott Thompson is a Hollywood screenwriter, television producer and director. He is best known for his work on the Fast & the Furious film series.
  • Setu Taase is a film actor. He is best known for playing Junior Palaita in Gridiron Gang.


  • Author Sia Figiel was an educator for Fa'asao-Marist and Samoana High School. Figiel was a special liaison for the congressman's office for several years.
  • Fofó Iosefa Fiti Sunia founded American Samoa's first newspaper in the 1960s and was later elected as a non-voting delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives, serving from 1981 to 1988. Sunia published a series of books, among them The story of the legislature of American Samoa: 1948–1998 and Puputoa: A Host of Heroes.[citation needed]


  • The Katinas is a famed contemporary Christian music group composed of brothers.


  • Tulsi Gabbard is a member of the United States congress representing Hawaii's 2nd congressional district.
  • Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen is a member of the United States House of Representatives representing American Samoa. Her father was the first democratically elected governor of American Samoa. Coleman Radewagen is a Republican, and she serves on the Committee on Natural Resources, the Committee on small business and the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.


  • Jack Thompson, "The Throwin' Samoan", was a backup quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals and the first Samoan member of a team that made it to the NFL Super Bowl, in 1982, although Thompson did not play in that game.
  • Cocoa Samoa was a professional wrestler in the 1980s. He held several championship titles.
  • Jonathan Fanene became the first NFL player to be appointed to a cabinet position in the American Samoa government in 2014.[8]


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  2. ^ "Samoa". Susan R. Stoltz. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  3. ^ "Black African Coalition brings award-winning documentary, #Bars4Justice, to ASU". Retrieved 2016-03-07. 
  4. ^ Ali, Queen Muhammad; Khaaliq, Hakeem (2015-10-01), #bars4Justice, retrieved 2016-03-07 
  5. ^ ¿Quiénes son los afro-mexicanos?, 2014-07-14, retrieved 2016-03-07 
  6. ^ T.I.'s Road to Redemption, 2009-02-10, retrieved 2016-03-07 
  7. ^ "African Diaspora Authority Dr. Runoko Rashidi Lectures In Arizona For First Time". Retrieved 2016-03-07. 
  8. ^ "Former Bengal Jonathan Fanene is appointed to the American Samoa cabinet". Cincy Jungle. Retrieved 2014-02-26.