Dean Martin--born in Steubenville in 1917, was a high-school drop out, a whiskey runner, a boxer, and a steel mill worker. He went on to become one of the most famous singers, movie actor and TV personality of the 50s and 60s.
Clark Gable-- born in 1901 in Cadiz, Ohio.
Paul Newman-- born in 1925 near Cleveland.
Roy Rogers-- famous TV cowboy, was born in 1911 in Cincinnati.
Pat Brady -- born in Toledo was Roy Rogers sidekick on the Roy Rogers TV show
Bob Hope -- although Bob Hope wasn't actually born in Ohio (he was born in England) he and his family moved to Cleveland when he was 5 years old.
Sarah Jessica Parker-- was born in Nelsonville in 1965.
Anne Heche-- born in Aurora in 1965.
Martin Sheen-- born 1940 in Dayton.
Steven Spielberg-- was born in Cincinnati in 1947.
Halle Berry-- was born in Cleveland in 1966.
Katie Holmes-- born in Toledo in 1978
Drew Carey-- was also born in Cleveland, but in 1958.
Jamie Farr-- known for his character Klinger in the TV show MASH, was born in Toledo.
Henry Mancini-- born in Cleveland in 1924.
Erma Bombeck-- the great American humorist was born in Dayton in 1927 and is buried under a big rock in Dayton that was brought back to Ohio from her home in Arizona.
Toni Morrison-- this Pulitzer Prize winning author was born in Lorain Ohio in 1931.
Gloria Steinem-- founding editor of MS Magazine and co-founder of the modern feminist movement was born in Toledo in 1934.
Jack Paar-- host of the Tonight Show before Johnny Carson was born in Canton in 1918.
Phil Donahue-- was born in Cleveland in 1935 and was the first to introduce talk-tv with his show The Phil Donahue Show in Dayton Ohio, which became the longest continuous run syndicated talk show in U.S. television history.
Paul Lynde-- a long time TV and movie comedian was born in Mount Vernon in 1927
Margaret Hamilton-- a name that most people won't recognize until you mention a character she played in the movies: The wicked witch of the West in the Wizard of Oz movie with Judy Garland. She was born in Cleveland in 1902.
Gordon Jump-- is another actor whose name you probably don't recognize, but will recognize the character he played from hit TV show WKRP in Cincinnati which aired in the mid 70s. He played the role of the station manager, Arthur Carlson. Later in his life, he also played the lonely Maytag Repairman role in many television commercials. Gordon was born in Dayton in 1932.
Allison Janney-- played the press secretary C.J. Cregg on the television series The West Wing was also born in Dayton in 1960.
Doris Day-- was born in Cincinnati in 1924. Known as the ""All-American Girl." Her movie career began in 1948 which established her as both an accomplished singer and movie star.
Ted Turner-- founder of CNN, TCM, and TNT was also born in Cincinnati in 1938.
Gates McFadden-- she played the chief medical officer Beverly Crusher in the TV series: Star Trek: The Next Generation. Born in Cuyahoga Falls in 1949.
Nancy Wilson-- has recorded over 60 albums, half of which have appeared on the Billboard charts, was born in Chillicothe Ohio in 1937, but grew up in Columbus where she graduated from West High School.
Rosemary Clooney-- singer, movie actress, and TV host. Born in Kentucky, but moved with her family to Cincinnati when she was 13. She is George Clooney's aunt.
Phyllis Diller-- female comedienne, stage performer and actress, was born in Lima Ohio in 1917.
Lillian Gish-- movie actress, stage performer and the first female director in 1920 was born in Springfield in 1893.
Annie Oakley-- born in Woodland Ohio (now known as Willowdell) in 1860 became known as a highly skilled sharpshooter. "Little Sure Shot" was the name that Sioux Chief Sitting Bull gave her when he saw her shooting skills.
Ruby Dee-- born in Cleveland in 1924. She has appeared in numerous stage and screen productions.
Teri Garr-- television and movie actress was born in Lakewood, Ohio in 1947.
Luke Perry-- actor, directory and producer was born in Mansfield Ohio in 1965.
Jim Backus-- was born in 1913 in Cleveland. Although he played in numerous movies and television productions, he will probably be best remembered for his role on Gilligan's Island as Thurston Howell III.
Joel Grey-- singer and actor, was born in Cleveland in 1932.
Tim Conway-- born in 1933 in Willoughby. He is both a well known actor and writer.
Joe Flynn-- born in Youngstown in 1924, perhaps best known as "Old Leadbottom" on the hit TV series McHale's Navy that first aired in the early 1960s.
Molly Shannon-- who gained fame on Saturday Night Live in 1975 was born in 1964 in Shaker Heights.
Ernest Tidyman-- a novelist and screenwriter, best known for his screenplay The French Connection. Ernest was born in Cleveland in 1928.
Chad Lowe-- was born in Dayton in 1968. He is the younger brother of Rob Lowe and he is an actor, director and producer.
Michael Pataki-- born in Youngstown in 1938, had an acting career that spanned 50 years on both the silver screen and television.