Every Utahn knows the Osmonds, Richard Paul Evans and the Huntsman family. Here are some people you might not realize were born in Utah.
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1) Roseanne Barr, born in Salt Lake City
Born November 3, 1952. Comedian, actress, writer, producer and director.
2) Jaime Bergman, born in Salt Lake City
Born September 23, 1975. We won’t tell your wife if you automatically recognized Jaime (she’s most famous as a Playboy Bunny). Jaime was also the first Bunny to work as a spokesmodel for St. Pauli Girl beer.
3) Elaine Bradley, born in Logan
Born October 19, 1984. Elaine is the drummer for the popular Utah-based band, Neon Trees. The band was formed in Provo, but Elaine is the only member who is a native-born Utahn.
4) John M. Browning, born in Ogden
(January 23, 1855 – November 26, 1926). John M. Browning developed numerous firearms and invented technology that changed the industry.
5) Nolan Bushnell, born in Clearfield
Born February 5, 1943. Remember when you played Asteroids and Frogger? You played on your Atari, which Nolan Bushnell invented. Thanks, Nolan! He also founded Chuck E. Cheese and many other companies.
6) Jerry Buss, born in Salt Lake City
(January 27, 1933 – February 18, 2013). Jerry Buss was a chemist, real-estate investor and professional poker player. He’s best known for his ownership of the Los Angeles Lakers. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.
7) Matthew Davis, born in Salt Lake City
Born May 8, 1978. Matt attended Woods Cross High School and the University of Utah before becoming an actor. You might recognize him as Adam Hillman from “What About Brian?” and Alaric in “The Vampire Diaries.”
8) Philo T. Farnsworth, born in Beaver
(August 19, 1906 – March 11, 1971). When you played Bushnell’s Atari, you hooked it up to your TV, thanks to Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of the television.
9) Patrick Fugit, born in Salt Lake City
Born October 27, 1982. Patrick attended East High School in Salt Lake City, and started acting as a child, with guest roles in TV shows such as “ER.” He’s starred in several independent movies including “We Bought a Zoo” and “Thanks for Sharing.” He recently acted in a supporting role in “Gone Girl.”
10) Jewel Kilcher, born in Payson
Born May 23, 1974. Singer, songwriter, guitarist. She’s sold over 27 million albums.
11) Steve Konowalchuk, born in Salt Lake City
Former NHL hockey player; now he’s the head coach of the Seattle Thunderbirds.
12) Trevor Lewis, born in Salt Lake City
Born January 8, 1987. Trevor Lewis (#22) plays for the Los Angeles Kings -- winners of the Stanley Cup in 2014. He briefly played hockey for Brighton High School and was drafted into the NHL as soon as he graduated high school.
13) Don L. Lind, born in Midvale
Born May 18, 1930. Astronaut Don Lind started his education at Midvale Elementary school. He attended Jordan High School and the University of Utah. Lind started working for NASA in 1964. It took him 19 years, but he finally got to travel into space with the Spacelab 3 Science Mission.
14) Robert Leroy Parker, born in Beaver
(April 13, 1866 – November 7, 1908). You know him as Butch Cassidy, possibly Utah’s most famous resident. A bank robber, train robber and overall outlaw, he was supposedly killed in a shootout in Bolivia in 1908, though some say he escaped and came back to the U.S. where he lived the rest of his life in hiding.
15) Byron Scott born in Ogden
Born March 28, 1961. Byron was born in Ogden, but grew up in California. He’s a former NBA basketball player and the current Head Coach of the L.A. Lakers.
16) Wayne Sermon, born in American Fork
Born June 15, 1984. Wayne Sermon is the guitarist of Imagine Dragons.
17) John Warnock, born in Salt Lake City
Born October 6, 1940. If you’ve ever used Photoshop, you can thank John Warnock. He’s the co-founder of Adobe.
18) James Woods, born in Vernal
Born April 18, 1947. James Woods is an actor who has won a Golden Globe and three Emmy awards. You may have seen him in the movies Casino (1995), Nixon (1995), Ghosts of Mississippi (1996) and most recently, White House Down (2013).
19) Steve Young, born in Salt Lake City
Born October 11, 1961. Steve was born in Salt Lake, but grew up in Connecticut. He returned to Utah to play football for BYU (making him Utah’s most eligible bachelor). Steve Young spent most of his professional career with the San Francisco 49ers. He’s also the great-great-great grandson of Brigham Young.
20) Frank Zamboni, born in Eureka
(January 16, 1901 – July 27, 1988). If you’ve ever enjoyed a hockey game or taken an ice skating lesson, you’ve enjoyed the invention of Frank Zamboni.