Here’s a list of famous people who were born (and some raised) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Some of these are quite surprising, but Philadelphia has a great culture and has ‘made’ some very impressive stars over the years! Here’s our ‘short list’ of A-list celebs who have ties to Philly. We had a great time researching and writing this article, as the number of people we found were surprising! Enjoy!
Drew Barrymore’s great uncle, Lionel Barrymore, was born and raised in Philadelphia. So were his brother and sister, Ethel and John. Lionel won an Academy Award for his role in A Free Sole. Philadelphia remembers the Barrymore legacy with an annual Barrymore awards in the community.
Who doesn’t know Tina Fey!? A popular star of many SNL skits and numerous movies, Tina grew up in Upper Darby and attended Upper Darby High school. Some of her better known movies include Mean Girls, the 30 Rock series, Soul, and SNL.
Kevin Hart is a legendary actor who was born and raised in Philadelphia. He went to George Washington High and Philadelphia Community College.
Will Smith was born and raised in West Philly, growing up in Wynnefield. Very similar to his Fresh Prince image. Will has a very popular career in acting, including appearances in movies like the Men in Black series, Hancock, Hitch, IRobot, and the Bad Boys series.
Kevin Bacon was also born and raised in Philadelphia. He attended some local acting gigs in Philly before moving onwards and upwards. Kevin appeared in Footloose, Tremors, X-Men, Wild Things, and Animal House.
Bradley Cooper grew up in Jenkintown, a nearby town to Philadelphia. He frequents his birthplace often, appearing at sports venues in the area. Bradley appeared in the Hangover series, Limitless, Wedding Crashers, and Case 39.
Richard Gere was born in Philadelphia. He’s been in more movies than we can list, most notably Chicago, which won him a Golden Globe and Screen Actor’s Guild Award. Richard also appeared in Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride, The Jackal, Bloodbrothers, and Miles from Home.
Dick Clark resided in Philadelphia for many years, and appeared on local Philadelphia shows until he made the big leagues. Dick Clark was most famous for his New Year’s Even Traditional Ball Drops, as well as the Dick Clark Show, which aired from 1958 – 1960.
Other very important people who were born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania include Grace Kelly, Rob McElhenney, and Bob Saget.