Tuesday, April 3, 2012

15 Famous People From Florida and More

Florida is called the sunshine state because it often has warm sunny days. Florida is located in the Southeastern United States and is bordered by Alabama and Georgia. Florida is surrounded by both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico which allows Florida to have many beautiful beaches. Florida is a warm state where many famous people have called their home. These are the 23 most famous people from Florida. All of these famous people were actually born in the beautiful state we call Florida.

Jim Morrison- (1943-1971) Jim Morrison was born in Melbourne, Florida and he was the lead singer of the Doors who died of an overdose
Faye Dunaway- (1941- ) Faye Dunaway was born in Bascom, Florida and she was an Academy Award winning actress who played in many films throughout her career
Platoon Sergeant Ernest Ivy "Boots" Thomas, Jr. - (1924-1945) Ernest Thomas Jr. was born in Tampa, Florida and he is One of six Marines who rose the American flag on Iwo Jima-Killed in battle eight days later-
Brittany Anne Snow- (1986- ) Brittany Anne Snow was born in Tampa, Florida and she is an American Television actress who played in "American Dreams", "Guiding Light" and "Hairspray"
Janet Reno- (1938- ) Janet Reno was born in Miami, Florida and she is a Liberal Democrat who was the first woman, the 78th Attorney General under President Bill Clinton and her Alma Maters are Cornell University and Harvard Law School
Sidney Poitier- (1927- ) Sidney Poitier was born in Miami, Florida and he is an American actor, in 1963 Sidney Poitier is the first African-American to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, he was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama
Bobby Allison- (1937- ) Bobby Allison was born in Miami, Florida and was named one of NASCARS's 50 greatest drivers, both his sons raced in NASCAR and died within a year of each other. Bobby Allison was voted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1993
Joanna Leanna Garcia- (1979- ) Joanna Leanna Garcia was born in Tampa, Florida and she is best known for her role in the CW Sitcom Reba
Carla Gugino- (1971- ) Carla Gugino was born in Sarasota, Florida and she is best known as Sally Jupiter in The Watchmen, Lucille in Sin City, Amanda Daniels on Entourage and Ingrid Cortez on the Spy Kids movies
Delta Burke- (1956- ) Delta Burke was born in Orlando, Florida and she is as Suzanne Sugarbaker on Designing Woman on CBS
Wesley Snipes- (1962- ) Wesley Snipes was born in Orlando, Florida and he is a famous American actor, film producer and martial artist. Wesley Snipes played in many excellent action movies, but is now in prison serving time for not filing Federal Income Tax returns
Bob Vila- (1946- ) Bob Vila was born in Miami, Florida and he is the most trusted name in home improvement, he was the host of the popular television show "This Old House" from 1979-1989 and other home improvement television shows
Gary US Bonds- (1939- ) Gary US Bonds was born in Jacksonville, Florida and he is an American Rhythm Blues and Rock and Roll singer, he is also a prolific songwriter
Pat Boone- (1934- ) Pat Boone was born in Jacksonville, Florida and he was a successful pop singer of the 50's and 60's, Pat Boone is now a Christian singer, motivational speaker, conservative political commentator, Christian activist, writer and preacher
Flo Rida- (1979- ) Flo Rida was born Tramar Dillard in Carol City, Florida and he is a Haitian-American singer/rapper who has been on the scene since 2006 "Elevator"
Brooke Hogan- (1988- ) Brooke Hogan was born in Tampa, Florida and she is a Socialite, singer, actress, model and daughter of Hulk Hogan "Brook Knows Best"
Tom Petty- (1950- ) Tom Petty was born in Gainesville, Florida and is the front man of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the group has been around since 1976 and has a ton of hit songs
Ronnie Van Zant- (1948-1977) Ronnie Van Zant was born in Jacksonville, Florida and his brother was the founder and lead singer of .38 Special and he was the founding member of the Southern Rock Group Lynyrd Skynyrd, he died in a bus crash and is now a "Free Bird", the group had some very good songs including "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Gimme Three Steps"
John Chaney- (1932- ) John Chaney was born in Jacksonville, Florida and he is a former college basketball coach for Temple in his earlier years he won the NCAA Division II Championship in 1978 with Cheyney State and went to 5 Elite Eight appearances with the Temple Owls. John Chaney was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991
Abraham Lincoln Lewis- (1865-1947) Abraham Lincoln Lewis founded the African-American Life Insurance Company in Jacksonville and became the state's first African-American millionaire
Elizabeth Edwards- (1949-2010) Elizabeth Edwards was born in Jacksonville, Florida and she was an American lawyer and Healthcare activist, Elizabeth Edwards was married US Senator John Edwards who cheated on her while she was fighting breast cancer.
Roy Geiger- (1885-1947) Roy Geiger was born in Middleburg, Florida and was a United States Marine Corp General who led Army troops during World War II; he won the Navy Cross (2), the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (3) and the Army Distinguished Service Medal
Alan Stephenson Boyd- (1922- ) Alan Stephenson Boyd was born in Jacksonville, Florida and was the 1st United States Secretary of Transportation under President Lyndon B Johnson
Some of the most famous people from Florida are Elizabeth Edwards, Ronnie Van Zant, Tom Petty, Flo Rida, Pat Boone, Gary US Bonds, Jim Morrison, Alan Stephenson Boyd, Roy Gieger, Abraham Lincoln Lewis, John Chaney, Bob Vila, Wesley Snipes and Bobby Allison. Tiger Woods lives in Florida, but he was not born in Florida. Many sports stars were born in Florida and succeeded in the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL. If you want a nice place to live with plenty of sunshine, come to Florida.
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