Many famous people are from Columbus, Ohio. From award-winning actors and television hosts, to inventors and authors, the amount of talent that hails from Ohio’s state capital is amazing! Listed below are 10 of the most famous people from Columbus.
1. R. L. Stine
R. L. Stine, a best-selling children's book author, screenwriter and television producer, was born in Columbus, Ohio and is best known for his "Goosebumps" children's book series. Stine is often referred to as the "Stephen King of children's literature," and he's sold more than 400 million copies of his books.
2. Alana de la Garza
Alana de la Garza, born in Columbus, Ohio, is an actress who's best known for playing the role of Connie Rubirosa on the hit television series "Law & Order," "Law & Order: Los Angeles" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."
3. Granville T. Woods
Columbus-born Granville T. Woods was an amazing inventor who had more than 50 patents. The Multiplex Telegraph was one of his best-known inventions. Following the Civil War, Woods was the first African American mechanical and electrical engineer.
4. Andrea Bowen
Andrea Bowen was born in Columbus, Ohio and is an actress who's best known for playing the role of Julie Mayer on the hit television series "Desperate Housewives."
5. A. J. Langer
A. J. Langer, a popular actress from the 1990s, is best known for playing the role of Rayanne Graff on the hit television series "My So-Called Life." Langer has also appeared in "Baywatch" and "Drexell's Class."
6. Guy Fieri
Columbus-born Guy Fieri is a restaurateur, author and television host. Fieri is best known for his hit television series on the Food Network, which include "Guy's Big Bite," "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" and "Guy's Grocery Games."
7. Simone Biles
Simone Biles, an award-winning gymnast, was born in Columbus, Ohio. With a total of 14 medals, Biles is the most decorated American female gymnast in World Championships history. Biles is a member of the 2016 Olympic gymnastics team.
8. Philip Michael Thomas
Philip Michael Thomas was born in Columbus, Ohio and is an actor who's best known for playing the role of detective Ricardo Tubbs on the 1980s television series "Miami Vice."
9. Beverly D'Angelo
Beverly D'Angelo, born in Columbus, Ohio, is an actress and singer. She's best known for playing the role of Ellen Griswold in the National Lampoon's Vacation films.
10. Josh Radnor
Columbus-born Josh Radnor is an actor, director and screenwriter. Radnor's most famous role was Ted Mosby on the hit television series "How I Met Your Mother."