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Ranking the top 100 Cleveland celebrities of all time
Feb 28, 2017
By Troy L. Smith

Cleveland area has established itself as a home for talented entertainers and celebrities in all art forms for more than a century.

Ranking the top 100 celebrities to come out of the area wasn't an easy task. The list includes actors, musicians, visual artists, writers, directors, producers and comedians.

The other qualifications were simple: Dead or alive, worked during the 20th and 21st Centuries, and spent an important part of their life residing in Northeast Ohio. We did not count athletes UNLESS they had significant entertainment credentials (only two qualified).

The list was originally compiled and written by The Plain Dealer staff in 2013. We've updated it here with new information, adding a few new celebrities, and moving others up and down in the rankings, based on achievements since 2013.

What we've ended up with is a list of famous and award-winning artists who have represented Cleveland and its surrounding area very well.

100. Jack Riley (1935-2016)
Actor. Cleveland native. Played Mr. Carlin on "The Bob Newhart Show." His many cartoon voices include Stu Pickles on "Rugrats."
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99. John Popper (1967-)
Singer-songwriter. Chardon native fronts rock band Blues Traveler, whose hits include "Run Around" and "Hook." The former won a Grammy award.

98. Antwone Fisher (1959-):
Director, screenwriter, author, producer. Cleveland native. His autobiographical book, "Finding Fish," was a New York Times best seller. Wrote the movie "Antwone Fisher," starring Denzel Washington.

97. Steven Adler (1965-)
Musician. Before being booted for his excessive drug use, Adler played drums in Guns N' Roses and participated in the band's landmark debut album "Appetite for Destruction."

96. Robert Patrick (1958-)
TV, film actor. Spent his childhood in Bay Village. Known for "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," "Walk the Line," "The Last Action Hero" and as a regular on TV's "The X-Files" and "The Unit."

95. Vanessa Bayer (1981-)
Actress and comedian. Bayer is a castmember on "Saturday Night Live" and has starred in such films as "Trainwreck" and "Office Christmas Party."

94. Stiv Bators (1949-90)
Singer, musician. Youngstown native. Punk-rock vocalist and guitarist with bands the Dead Boys and the Lords of the New Church. Appeared in mainstream films, including John Waters' 1981 movie, "Polyester."

93. Brian Michael Bendis (1967-)
Comic book writer and artist. Award-winning writer who's work has been turned into TV shows and movies. He is currently one of Marvel's top comic book writers, having led storylines for Spider-Man, Avengers, Jessica Jones and others.

92. Bill Cobbs (1934-)
Actor. The Cleveland native is one of the most prolific actors of all time. His long list of films includes "The Bodyguard," "Demolition Man," "The Color of Money," "Trading Places" and "New Jack City."

91. Alan Ruck (1956-)
Actor. Has appeared in numerous television shows and movies. He is known for his character roles in films like "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Speed" and "Twister." He is part of the main cast of Fox's "Exorcist" adaptation.

90. Kaye Ballard (1925-)
Actress, singer, comedian. Cleveland native. Co-star of TV's "The Mothers-in-Law" and had a regular role on "The Doris Day Show."

89. Lew Wasserman (1913-2002)
Talent agent, studio executive. Cleveland native. Sometimes credited with creating and breaking the studio system. Ran the Music Corporation of America, managing such talent as the Dean Martin-Jerry Lewis comedy team, Bette Davis and Ronald Reagan.

88. Nina Blackwood (1955-)
Disc jockey, radio host, pictured second from left. Rocky River High School graduate; one of the original MTV DJs. Currently hosts a show on Sirius XM radio. Appeared in Playboy, movies.

87. Monica Potter (1971-)
TV, film actress. Cleveland native. Appeared in the films "Con Air," "Patch Adams" and "Along Came a Spider." Had a role on "Boston Legal" and stared in NBC's "Parenthood."

86. Yvette Nicole Brown (1971-)
Actress and comedian. East Cleveland native. Stars in the TV show "Community." Previously on "Malcolm in the Middle" and "That's So Raven." Appeared in the films "Dreamgirls" and "(500) Days of Summer."

85. Rachel Sweet (1962-)
Singer, actress, writer, producer. Akron native. Had performed with Mickey Rooney and Bill Cosby by the time she was 12. She is now a writer-producer for TV Land's "Hot in Cleveland." From left: Sweet, Wendie Mallick, Jane Leeves and Valerie Bertinelli on the set of "Hot in Cleveland."

84. Dr. Mehmet Oz (1960-)
TV host, author. Cleveland native. Host of "The Dr. Oz Show" and co-author of six New York Times best sellers. He is vice chairman of the surgery department at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and attending surgeon at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.

83. John Kenley (1906-2009)
Vaudeville and burlesque performer. In show business for 80 years, beginning as a teenager in Cleveland and later as a Midwestern theater impresario with the Kenley Players in Akron and Warren.

82. Michael Stanley (1948-)
Singer, songwriter. Cleveland native, Rocky River High School graduate. Founded the Michael Stanley Band. Afternoon-drive disc jockey for radio station WNCX FM/98.5 in Cleveland since 1990.

81. David Allan Coe (1939-)
Outlaw country singer, musician, composer. Akron native. Wrote "Take This Job and Shove It," covered famously by Johnny Paycheck. His own singles, "The Ride" and "You Never Even Called Me By My Name," reached the Top 10 on Billboard.

80. James Ingram (1952-)
R&B singer. Akron native. Two-time Grammy winner, best known for collaborations with other artists. Scored a No. 1 Billboard hit in 1990 with the ballad "I Don't Have the Heart."

79. Kathryn Hahn (1974-)
TV, film actress. Grew up in Cleveland Heights. Roles on TV's "Parks and Recreation" and "Crossing Jordan" and the films "Bad Moms," "Revolutionary Road" "Step Brother," "Our Idiot Brother" and "Wanderlust." She also stars on the award-winning Amazon streaming series "Transparent."

78. Les Roberts (1937-)
TV, mystery writer. Cleveland Heights resident. First producer and head writer of "The Hollywood Squares." Also wrote for "The Lucy Show" and "The Andy Griffith Show." His Milan Jacovich mystery series is set in Cleveland.

77. Machine Gun Kelly (1990-)
Musician, actor. MGK worked his way up the hip-hop charts after being signed to Bad Boy Records by Sean "Diddy" Combs. He's recently taken up acting, appearing in films such as "Nerve" and "Beyond the Lights" and TV shows like Showtimes "Roadies." His latest single "Bad Things" hit No.1 on the Top 40 charts.

76. Albert Ayler (1936-70)
Jazz saxophonist, singer, composer. Cleveland Heights native. Active in the 1960s; considered among the most primal of the free-jazz musicians.

75. Molly Shannon (1964-)
Actress. Shaker Heights native. TV character actress who appeared on "Saturday Night Live" and had recurring roles on "Will & Grace," "Glee" and "The Middle."

74. Tracy Chapman (1964-)
Singer, songwriter. Cleveland native. Grammy Award winner known for "Fast Car," "Baby Can I Hold You," "Crossroads," "Give Me One Reason" and "Telling Stories." Her music video emphasizing achievements in African-American history is used in the Cleveland public schools.

73. Guy Lombardo (1902-77)
Bandleader. A native of Canada, he became nationally famous in Cleveland, where his band took the name Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians. Best known for his New Year's Eve broadcasts for almost 50 years.

72. Jim Jarmusch (1953-)
Independent filmmaker. Cuyahoga Falls native. His films include "Permanent Vacation," "Stranger Than Paradise" and "Coffee and Cigarettes."

71. Robert Lockwood Jr. (1915-2006)
Blues guitarist, also known as Robert Junior Lockwood. Moved to his wife's hometown, Cleveland, in 1961. Shared a Grammy in 2004 for "Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen Live." Recorded with Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin' Wolf, Sunnyland Slim and many others.

70. Tom Batiuk (1947-)
Comic-strip creator. Akron native, Kent State University art major, current Medina-area resident. Created the "Crankshaft" and "Funky Winkerbean" comic strips, illustrated by Chuck Ayers of Akron.

69. Hart Crane (1899-1932)
Poet. Cleveland native. Most famous for his book-length work "The Bridge," about the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. Committed suicide by throwing himself off a ship in the Gulf of Mexico.

68. Screamin' Jay Hawkins (1929-2000)
Musician, singer, shock rocker. Born in Cleveland. Played piano and guitar, recording "I Put a Spell on You" with grunts and screaming. Alan Freed coaxed him to appear onstage from a coffin, in a leopard skin and adorned with voodoo props. Early in his career, he opened for Fats Domino and the Rolling Stones.

67. Don Novello (1943-)
Actor, singer, writer, comedian. Lorain native. Best known as Father Guido Sarducci on "Saturday Night Live."

66. Macy Gray (1969-)
Grammy-winning R&B singer-songwriter known for her raspy voice. Canton native. The hit single "I Try" came from the platinum album "On How Life Is." Has appeared in a number of films, including "Training Day."

65. Andy Borowitz (1958-)
Comedian, best-selling author. Shaker Heights native. Created the TV show "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." Considered one of the funniest people in America.

64. Gerald Levert (1966-2006)
R&B singer. Cleveland native. Four platinum albums with LeVert trio. Died of an accidental overdose of prescription and over-the-counter drugs at age 40.

63. Russo Brothers
TV, film directors/producers. Cleveland-born brothers Joe (1971-) and Anthony (1972-) won an Emmy as co-directors of the pilot for "Arrested Development." Movies include "Welcome to Collinwood," "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "You, Me And Dupree." TV shows include "Community" and "Happy Endings." In recent years they've become blockbuster directors for Marvel/Disney and will helm "Avengers: Infinity War" and its sequel.

62. Michael Symon (1969-)
Chef, restaurateur, TV personality. Cleveland native. Nationally celebrated Iron Chef and James Beard Foundation Award winner whose first restaurant, Lola, gave the Tremont neighborhood its reputation as a dining destination. A regular on TV's "The Chew."

61. Boz Scaggs (1944-)
Musician, singer. Canton native. Performed with the Steve Miller Band, then went out on his own, recording several platinum-selling albums, including 1976's breakthrough, "Silk Degrees," which reached No. 1 on Billboard.

60. Carol Kane (1952-)
TV, film actress. Cleveland native. Appeared in "Annie Hall," "Hester Street" and as Andy Kaufman's wife on TV's "Taxi."

59. Scott 'Kid Cudi' Mescudi (1984-)
Hip-hop recording artist and actor. Cleveland native. His 2009 single "Day 'n' Nite" reached the Top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. He has release six studio albums and appeared in several high profile TV shows and movies, including "Entourage," "Comedy Bang! Bang!" and "Need for Speed."

58. Bill Watterson (1958-)
Reclusive creator of the "Calvin & Hobbes" comic strip. Grew up in Chagrin Falls, now lives in Cleveland Heights. Two-time winner of the Reuben Award as a cartoonist, eight-time winner of the Harvey Award for best syndicated cartoon strip.

57. Rita Dove (1952-)
Poet, author, professor. Akron native. Won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for her "Thomas and Beulah" collection about her maternal grandparents. U.S. poet laureate from 1993 to 1995.

56. The Black Keys (active 2001-)
Grammy-winning bluesy rock duo founded in Akron. Lineup is Patrick Carney (1980-) on drums and Dan Auerbach (1979-) on guitar and vocals. Debut album "The Big Come Up" was recorded in Carney's basement. Their eighth studio album, 2014's "Turn Blue," debuted on No.1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

55. Jim Backus (1913-89)
TV, film actor. Cleveland native. Voice of TV's "Mr. Magoo." Played James Dean's dad in the film "Rebel Without a Cause" and Thurston Howell III on TV's "Gilligan's Island." Backus is in the back row of this cast shot, second from the left

54. Pere Ubu (active 1975-)
Punk/post-punk band formed in Cleveland. Singer-songwriter David Thomas (1953-), who grew up in Cleveland, has been the one constant member. Among the band's recordings are "Final Solution" and "30 Seconds Over Tokyo." From left: David Thomas, Anton Fier, Mayo Thompson, Tony Maimone and Allen Ravenstine.

53. Steve Popovich (1942-2011)
Record producer. Joined the R&B group the Twilighters in Cleveland in the late 1950s. Most famous for launching the career of Meat Loaf. Also represented Bruce Springsteen, the Jacksons, Southside Johnny.

52. Martin Mull (1943-)
TV and film actor, musician. Grew up in North Ridgeville. Known for playing a multitude of characters, including the twins Barth and Garth Gimble on "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" and as Col. Mustard in the film "Clue."

51. Harlan Ellison (1934-)
Award-winning writer of speculative fiction. Cleveland native. Published more than 1,700 works, including short stories, novellas, screenplays, teleplays and a range of criticism.

50. Ed O'Neill (1946-)
Actor. Youngstown native. Known for his portrayal of Al Bundy on "Married With Children." Now appearing on "Modern Family" as Jay Pritchett.

49. Lillian Gish (1893-1993)
Actress, silent-film star. Grew up in Massillon. The First Lady of American Cinema was a favorite of D.W. Griffith's, starring in his "Birth of a Nation."

48. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (active 1991-)
Hip-hop, gangsta rap band formed in Cleveland. Members are Layzie Bone, Flesh-n-Bone, Bizzy Bone, Krayzie Bone and Wish Bone. Ranked among the best hip-hop bands of all time. Four of five members are pictued in this 1997 promotional portrait. From left: Bizzy Bone, Wish Bone, Krayzie Bone and Layzie Bone. The fifth rapper, Flesh-N-Bone, was in jail at the time of the photo session.

47. Frankie Yankovic (1915-98)
Musician. Raised in South Euclid. The self-taught accordionist was awarded the first-ever Grammy for a polka recording.

46. Viktor Schreckengost (1906-2008):
Industrial designer, artist, sculptor. Resided in Cleveland Heights. Graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1929. The Cleveland Museum of Art mounted a retrospective of his work in 2000. At age 100, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts.

45. Jim Brown (1936-)
Athlete, actor. One of only two exceptions to the nonathlete rule, Brown pursued acting as a second career after retiring from the Cleveland Browns. He had roles in "Rio Conchos," "The Dirty Dozen," "Ice Station Zebra" and "100 Rifles" (which included one of the first interracial love scenes, with Raquel Welch).

44. Jerry Siegel (1914-96) and Joe Shuster (1914-92)
The co-creators of Superman met at Cleveland's Glenville High School; both were children of Jewish immigrants. Went on to create the most successful superhero of all time.

43. Teri Garr (1944-)
Actress, dancer. Lakewood native. Appeared in the films "Young Frankenstein" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," and was nominated for an Academy Award for "Tootsie." For a long time, she was a favorite guest of David Letterman purely for her humor. Her career also includes TV shows and stage productions.

42. Hugh Downs (1921-)
TV host and anchor. Akron native. Hosted the "Today" show and the game show "Concentration." Anchored the news program "20/20" and was an announcer for Jack Paar.

41. Anne Heche (1969-)
Actress, director. Aurora native. Appeared in the movies "Donnie Brasco," "I Know What You Did Last Summer," "Wag the Dog" and "Six Days Seven Nights."

40. Fred Willard (1939-)
TV, film actor. Shaker Heights native. "Second City" troupe alum. Had feature roles in the films "Best in Show" and "A Mighty Wind." Three Emmy nods for a recurring role on "Everybody Loves Raymond."

39. Joe Eszterhas (1944-)
Screenwriter. Spent most of his childhood in Cleveland. Wrote for The Plain Dealer before going to Rolling Stone magazine. Involved with 16 films grossing $1 billion, including "Basic Instinct," "Jade," "Jagged Edge" and "Showgirls." Had a high-profile recent feud with Mel Gibson over an aborted film project about the biblical Maccabees.

38. Eric Carmen (1949-)
Singer, songwriter. Cleveland native. Scored hits as a member of the Raspberries and as a solo act with "All By Myself" and "Never Gonna Fall in Love Again."

37. Steve Harvey (1957-)
Comedian, author, TV host. Grew up in Cleveland and graduated from Glenville High School. Began his stand-up career at amateur night at Hilarities in Cuyahoga Falls. TV host of "Family Feud" and "The Steve Harvey Show." Featured in the Spike Lee movie "The Original Kings of Comedy" and a half-dozen other films. Host of Miss Universe pageant.

36. Burgess Meredith (1907-97)
Stage, film and TV actor. Cleveland native. Played the Penguin to Adam West's TV "Batman." One of his best-known later film roles was as Rocky Balboa's crotchety trainer in the first three "Rocky" films.

35. Bobby Womack (1944-2014)
Singer, songwriter, musician. Cleveland native. The vocalist and guitar player backed up Sam Cooke before establishing a prolific writing and recording career of his own. His hits included "Across 110th Street," "If You Think You're Lonely Now" and "Lookin for Love" among others. Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, class of 2009.

34. Wes Craven (1939-2015):
Screenwriter, producer, actor. Cleveland native. Best known as the director of the slasher-movie series "A Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Scream." Won an International Fantasy Film Award for best film for "Wes Craven's New Nightmare" and a best-director trophy for "Scream" at the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.

33. Trent Reznor (1965-)
Singer-songwriter, composer and record producer. Founded the industrial rock group Nine Inch Nails at Right Track Studios in Cleveland. Scored films such as "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and "Gone Girl;" won an Academy Award for best original score for "The Social Network." Reznor is currently an executive with Apple Music. (Photo Credit: Rob Sheridan)

32. Debra Winger (1955-)
Actress, Academy Award winner. Cleveland Heights native. Her films include "Urban Cowboy," "Rachel Getting Married," "Terms of Endearment" and "An Officer and a Gentleman."

31. Marilyn Manson (1969-)
Rock musician. Born Brian Hugh Warner in Canton. Known for his controversial stage persona. Frontman of the eponymous band whose name juxtaposes two cultural icons -- Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson.

30. Joel Grey (1932-)
Actor. Cleveland native. Performed as a child at the Cleveland Play House. Earned an Oscar for the nonspeaking role of the MC in "Cabaret." Originated the role of the Wizard on Broadway in the hit musical "Wicked."

29. Al Roker (1954-)
TV weatherman, actor, author. Spent five years in Cleveland, beginning in 1978, with WKYC Channel 3. Best known as "Today" show weatherman he also heads a television production company.

28. Eddie Levert (1942-)
Singer. Raised in Canton. Lead vocalist with the O'Jays. Father of Gerald and Sean. Received a BET lifetime achievement award in 2009.

27. Arsenio Hall (1956-)
TV host and actor. Cleveland native, Kent State University graduate. Known for "The Arsenio Hall Show" and as a contestant on "Celebrity Apprentice."

26. Margaret Hamilton (1902-85)
Actress. Cleveland native, raised in Shaker Heights. Known for her portrayal of Almira Gulch and the Wicked Witch of the West in "The Wizard of Oz" and in television commercials as Maxwell House coffee spokeswoman Cora.

25. Jack Paar (1918-2004)
Talk-show host. Canton native. Radio disc jockey for WGAR in Cleveland. Best known as a TV personality and host of "The Tonight Show." Nurtured Johnny Carson and Dick Cavett.

24. Harvey Pekar (1939-2010)
Cleveland underground comic writer. Best known for his autobiographical "American Splendor" series, which became a 2003 movie starring Paul Giamatti as Pekar.

23. Dorothy Dandridge (1922-65)
Actress, singer. Cleveland native. First African-American to be nominated for a best-actress Oscar. Won a British Academy of Film and Television Arts award for "Carmen Jones," co-starring Harry Belafonte.

22. Ernie Anderson (1923-97)
Actor, disc jockey, TV announcer. Came to Cleveland as a DJ for radio station WHK, then collaborated with Tim Conway on WJW Channel 8 TV show "Ernie's Place." Developed cult following hosting "Shock Theater" horror/spoof show as Ghoulardi from 1963 to 1966. Ultimately became the voice of ABC.

21. Mike Douglas (1925-2006)
Big-band singer, TV talk-show host. Launched his afternoon talk show in Cleveland in 1961. The program became syndicated two years later, then moved to Philadelphia in 1965.

20. Ruby Dee (1922-2014)
Actress, poet, playwright, activist. Cleveland native known for her performance in "A Raisin in the Sun." Nominated for best supporting actress in "American Gangster." Has won Grammy, Emmy, Obie, Drama Desk and Screen Actors Guild awards. Also received the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award and the National Medal of Arts.

19. Devo (active 1972-)
Punk/new wave band. Akron and Kent-based. Pioneered the music video. Released "Jocko Homo/Mongoloid" single; made films "The Truth About De-Evolution" and "In the Beginning Was the End." Classic lineup includes lead singer Mark Mothersbaugh, bassist and synthesizer player Gerald Casale, lead guitarist Bob Mothersbaugh, guitarist/keyboard player Bob Casale and drummer Alan Myers.

18. Phil Donahue (1935-)
Talk-show host. Cleveland native. Began "The Phil Donahue Show" in Dayton; first talk-show host to include audience participation as regular part of the format. His show ran for 29 years, with 26 in syndication.

17. Patricia Heaton (1958-)
Film producer and Emmy Award-winning actress for her starring role in "Everybody Loves Raymond." Bay Village native. Recurring role on TV's "Thirtysomething" and currently stars in "The Middle."

16. Terrence Howard (1969-)
Actor. Grew up in Cleveland. Made a name for himself in movies such as "Mr. Holland's Opus" and "Dead Presidents." Became a big star with turns in "Crash," "The Best Man" and "Iron Man." Was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in "Hustle & Flow." Currently stars on Fox's hit drama "Empire."

15. George Szell (1897-1970)
Conductor, composer. Came to Cleveland in 1946 and began a long and successful tenure as music director of the Cleveland Orchestra, ending with his death. Known for recordings of the standard classical repertoire made in Cleveland and with other orchestras.

14. Langston Hughes (1902-1967)
Poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, columnist. Attended high school in Cleveland, where he began to write his first short stories, poetry and dramatic plays. Wrote his first piece of jazz poetry, "When Sue Wears Red," while still in high school.

13. Henry Mancini (1924-1994):
Composer, conductor, arranger. Cleveland native. Known for "Moon River," the theme for "The Pink Panther" movies and the film score for "The Days of Wine and Roses."

12. Tim Conway (1933-)Comedian, actor. Born in Willoughby and raised in Chagrin Falls. Worked with Ernie "Ghoulardi" Anderson on the morning show "Ernie's Place." A regular on "The Carol Burnett Show" and "McHale's Navy." Voice of Barnacle Boy in "SpongeBob SquarePants." Appeared in "The Apple Dumpling Gang" and "The Shaggy D.A."

11. John Lithgow (1945-)
TV, film actor. Spent teenage years in Akron and Lakewood. Had a starring role on television's "3rd Rock From the Sun" and appeared in the films "The World According to Garp" and "Terms of Endearment."

10. Toni Morrison (1931-)
Novelist, editor, professor. Lorain native. Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winner, recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom. Author of "Bluest Eye," "Sula," "Song of Solomon" and "Beloved."

9. Alan Freed (1921-65)
Disc jockey, impresario. His local radio career was at WAKR in Akron and WJW in Cleveland, where he became known as "Moondog" and the "Father of Rock 'n' Roll." Organized the Moondog Coronation Ball, considered the country's first major rock 'n' roll concert, in 1952 at the Cleveland Arena.

8. Hal Holbrook (1925-)
Television, film actor. Emmy Award winner. Cleveland native. Developed his celebrated one-man show on Mark Twain as an honors student project at Denison University. Portrayed Deep Throat in "All the President's Men" and had a regular role on the TV show "Evening Shade."

7. LeBron James (1984-)
Athlete, actor, TV producer, entrepreneur. James' basketball career would be enough to put him at the top of the list. But we're focusing on his off the court activities, which are still impressive and include TV production, endorsements, TV and move cameos and his standout role in Judd Apatow and Amy Schumer's "Trainwreck." He's a true mogul.

6. Chrissie Hynde (1951-)
Singer, songwriter, musician. Akron native. Lead vocalist of the Pretenders; biggest hit was "Back on the Chain Gang." Wrote the song "My City Was Gone" about the decline of her hometown.

5. Drew Carey (1958-)
Comedian, actor. The Cleveland native was the star of "The Drew Carey Show" (1995-2004), which was set in Cleveland, and has hosted the game show "The Price Is Right" since 2007.

4. Halle Berry (1966-)
Model, actress. Cleveland native. The only African-American to win a best-actress Oscar, for "Monster's Ball." Portrayed sexy Bond Girl Jinx in "Die Another Day" and Storm in the "X-Men" movies.

3. Tom Hanks (1956-)
Actor, producer, writer, director. Began acting career in Cleveland with (what was then) Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival. Won Cleveland Critics Circle Award in 1978 for "The Two Gentlemen of Verona." Two-time Oscar winner, for "Philadelphia" and "Forrest Gump."

2. Bob Hope (1903-2003)
Actor, comedian. Grew up in Cleveland. Worked in vaudeville, radio, television and film. Appeared in highly successful comedies, including seven "Road" movies with Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour. Hosted the Academy Awards and performed for U.S. troops during 57 overseas tours.

1. Paul Newman (1925-2008)
Actor, director, screen legend, race-car driver, humanitarian. Shaker Heights native. Nominated nine times for Academy Awards, winning for "The Color of Money" as well as two honorary Oscars. Had major roles in more than 50 motion pictures, including "Cool Hand Luke," "Exodus," "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "The Sting."


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Not a bad showing, although when I look at a few of the names ahead of him I would take issue with them. 

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Jim Backus should be way higher, just on the basis of Thurston Howell and Mr. MgGoo. Cool list Lew. I´m from Ohio and didn´t know a lot of those stars were from our state. 

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Jim Backus "The only way to fly". He was at his classic best in It's a Mad World movie...

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