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list of people from Spokane, Washington. The list includes individuals who were born in the city and/or county, spent a majority of their childhood in the area attending local schools, or spent the majority of their adult life living and/or working in the area. A person who lives in or comes from Spokane, Washington, is known as a Spokanite. Authors [edit ] Sherman Alexie, author John R. Downes, author of five novels and four non-fictions David Eddings, author of the Belgariad and many other books Patrick F. McManus, outdoor writer, Spokane resident Kenn Nesbitt, author of children's poetry and Revenge of the Lunch Ladies Jack Nisbet, author of several books on explorer David Thompson Rick Rydell, outdoor writer, worked at local radio stations KJRB, KZZU, and KKZX as a radio talk show host Wayne Spitzer, author and low-budget horror filmmaker Jess Walter, author, recipient of the 2006 Edgar Allan Poe Award Comedians [edit ] Convicted criminals [edit ] Film, stage and television industry [edit ] Bing Crosby, singer, recording star and film actor, known for song and film White Christmas Jordan Fry, actor most known for his role as Mike Teevee in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory Paul Johansson, actor, appeared in One Tree Hill Eric Johnston, former head of the United States Chamber of Commerce, former president of the Motion Picture Association of America Chuck Jones, director of animated films Neil LaBute, film director/playwright David Lynch, film director, known for Blue Velvet Darren McGavin, actor, known for starring in and Kolchak: the Night Stalker A Christmas Story John McIntire, actor on and Wagon Train The Virginian Michele Morrow, actress, appeared in , Basement Jack , and The Young and The Restless Alias Craig T. Nelson, actor, star of television series , as well as film Coach The Incredibles Gale Page, actress, starred in with Knute Rockne, All American Ronald Reagan Wayne Spitzer, low-budget horror filmmaker Trevor St. John, actor (graduated from Whitworth University) Hilary Swank, two-time Oscar-winning actress (father was stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base) Julia Sweeney, actor and comedian (appeared on ) Saturday Night Live Tongolele, film and television actor Sarah Truax, stage and film actress, Spokane resident from 1912 to 1927 Michael Winslow, actor and comedian, known for Police Academy Fine artists [edit ] Journalists [edit ] Timothy Egan, journalist, winner of the National Book Award and the Washington State Book Award Neil Everett, journalist, ESPN SportsCenter anchor Sue Herera, journalist, CNBC anchor Eric Johnson, journalist, former sports director for KREM 2 John Richards, journalist, radio personality and producer of The Morning Show and Audioasis on 90.3 FM KEXP Seattle Rick Rydell, journalist, worked at local radio stations KJRB, KZZU, and KKZX as a radio talk show host Musicians [edit ] Jim Boyd, musician Mike Clarke, member of the band The Byrds Bing Crosby, singer Bob Crosby, bandleader and vocalist Paul D'Amour, former member of the band Tool Andy Gibson, singer-songwriter Thomas Hampson, baritone Myles Kennedy, lead singer of the band Alter Bridge Ryan Lewis, music producer George Lynch, former member of the rock band Dokken; member of Lynch Mob Chad Mitchell, member of the Chad Mitchell Trio Craig Montoya, former member of the band Everclear Patrice Munsel, former Metropolitan opera star Eckart Preu, conductor of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra Jimmy Rowles, jazz pianist Scott Thompson, former member of the Canadian band Lillix Billy Tipton, jazz musician Selene Vigil-Wilk, lead singer of 7 Year Bitch Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, boogie-woogie and blues-rock pianist Tyrone Wells, singer-songwriter Matty Mullins, singer from band Memphis May Fire Peter Rivera, original drummer and lead vocalist for Rare Earth Dan Hamilton, lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds
Dan Hoerner, Guitarist for the Post-Hardcore band Sunny Day Realestate also considered to be forerunners for the Emo genre. Still lives in Spokane, with his wife and children.
Politicians [edit ] Civic Federal Ryan Crocker, U.S. diplomat, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Tom Foley, U.S. Congressman, former Democratic Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Eric Johnston, former head of the United States Chamber of Commerce, former president of the Motion Picture Association of America Mike McKevitt, U.S. Congressman for Colorado's 1st District in the United States House of Representatives (1971–73) George Nethercutt, former Republican U.S. Congressman, judge and attorney Ron Sims, Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development; mayor of Seattle State Science and technology [edit ] Sports [edit ] Baseball Basketball Boxing Hockey Extreme sports Football Darin Solinsky, former Gonzaga Preparatory School player Erik Coleman, former Washington State Cougars football player, former player for the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions ( Lewis and Clark High School graduate, 2000) Steve Emtman, 1992 NFL No. 1 draft pick, former defensive lineman for the Indianapolis Colts Jason Hanson, former kicker with the Detroit Lions Max Krause, running back for the New York Giants and Washington Redskins Dan Lynch, first team All-American for Washington State University (Lewis & Clark High School graduate 1980) Mark Rypien, former quarterback for the Washington Redskins; Most Valuable Player of 1991 Super Bowl Cory Withrow, center for the St. Louis Rams John Yarno, former NFL offensive lineman (attended at Gonzaga Preparatory School and Ferris High School) Mixed Martial Arts Sam Sicilia, Ultimate Fighter alumnus and former UFC featherweight Michael Chiesa, Ultimate Fighter winner and current UFC lightweight Julianna Peña, Ultimate Fighter winner and current UFC women's bantamweight NASCAR racing Rowing Soccer Tennis Track and field Early Spokane notable residents [edit ] Native Americans Chief Garry, one of the Spokane tribes' most prominent and influential leaders during the shift from indigenous to European-American control of their land Military Other [edit ] Debbie Rowe, Michael Jackson's ex-wife and mother to his children, Prince and Paris References [edit ] ^ King County Board of Elections http://your.kingcounty.gov/exec/about.aspx