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, in alphabetical order by last name.



  • Abdisalam Aato, film director, producer, entrepreneur and media consultant.
  • George Bellows (1882–1925), realist painter, known for bold depictions of urban life in New York City, becoming, according to Columbus Museum of Art, "the most acclaimed American artist of his generation".
  • T. S. Sullivant (1854–1926), cartoonist and illustrator.
  • Charles Csuri (1922–), father of digital art and computer animation.
  • Alex Grey (1953– ), psychedelic artist. Grey was born in Columbus and attended Columbus College of Art and Design.
  • Christopher Ries (1952– ), sculptor. Ries was born in Columbus and attended the Ohio State University.
  • Aminah Robinson (1940–2015), artist. Robinson was born in Columbus.
  • Alice Schille (1869–1955), watercolorist and painter.
  • Shawn Foster (1973-), Music video, film and television director.


  • Alexa Bliss (1991– ), professional wrestler, Alexa is from Columbus.
  • Simone Biles (1997– ), gymnast, three-time world all-around champion, 2016 Olympian winning four gold medals. Biles was born in Columbus.
  • Trey Burke (1992– ), NBA guard for the Utah Jazz. Burke was born in Columbus.
  • Russ Campbell (1969– ), NFL tight end for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Campbell was born in Columbus.
  • Howard Cassady (1934– ), NFL running back and Heisman Trophy winner. Cassady was born in Columbus, and played football and baseball for Ohio State.
  • Mark Coleman (1964– ), professional fighter from the UFC and Pride mixed-martial-arts organizations; member of Columbus-based Team Hammer House.
  • Zach Collaros (1988– ), Canadian Football League quarterback for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
  • Joe Cooper (1979– ), professional football player
  • Ben Curtis (1977–), professional golfer, winner of 2003 British Open. Curtis was born in Columbus.
  • 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.
  • Nate Ebner (1988–), American football player in the National Football League. Ebner lived in Columbus as a youth.
  • Terry Glenn (1974– ), Ohio State University and NFL wide receiver. Glenn was born and raised in Columbus.
  • Sarah Fisher (1980–), auto racer, drove in nine Indianapolis 500s. Fisher was born in Columbus.
  • Ross Friedman (1992–), Harvard and Major League Soccer player.
  • Lawrence Funderburke (1970–), Ohio State and NBA basketball player. Funderburke 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– ), 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– ), pro golfer, winner of a record 18 golf majors and member of World Golf Hall of Fame. 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.
  • Jesse Owens (1913–1980), track and field. Set 3 world records in one day while in college at the Ohio State University, won 4 gold medals at the 1936 Olympics. Owens was raised in Cleveland, and attended college in Columbus.
  • Brady Quinn (1984– ), NFL quarterback. Quinn was born in Columbus and attended high school in Dublin, Ohio.
  • Randy Savage (1952–2011 ), professional wrestler, former WWE champion. Savage was born in Columbus.
  • Michael Redd (1979– ), Ohio State University basketball player and NBA shooting guard. Redd was born and raised in Columbus.
  • Mauri Rose (1906–81), auto racer.
  • Kip Selbach (1872–1956), Major League Baseball outfielder. Selbach was born in Columbus.
  • Jared Sullinger (1992–), NBA forward for the Boston Celtics. Sullinger was born in Columbus and played for Ohio State.
  • Nick Swisher (1980– ), Major League Baseball outfielder. Swisher attended the Ohio State University.
  • Wil Trapp (1993– ), Major League Soccer midfielder. Trapp plays for Columbus Crew SC and grew up in Gahanna.
  • 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– ), gymnast, Olympic silver medalist in 2004. Wilson attended the Ohio State University.
  • Granville Waiters (1961– ), NBA player. Waiters was born and raised in Columbus.
  • Gary Trent (1974– ), NBA player. Trent attended Hamilton Township High School and was born and raised in Columbus.
  • Samaki Walker (1976– ), NBA player. Walker was born and raised in Columbus.
  • John Williamson (born 1986), basketball player for Hapoel Tel Aviv B.C. of the Israeli Basketball Premier League
  • Jake Blankenship (1994- ), Professional Pole Vaulter. Blankenship was raised in Columbus Ohio, attended Gahanna Lincoln High School and later attended The University of Tennessee.
  • Roosevelt Nix (1992-) NFL fullback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Born and raised in columbus. Attended high school in reynoldsburgh and played college football at Kent State.



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