Famous People from Columbus Ohio

Famous People from Columbus Ohio

Columbus, Ohio is a pretty great place to be, whether you’re just visiting for a while or planning a longer stay in town. You might even get a little starstruck if you run into any of these celebrities and famous people returning to their home town for a visit back every once in a while.

Here are some famous people from the town of Columbus, Ohio that you might still spot walking around town.

Ted Williams

Ted Williams is better known to everyone on the internet as the Man with the Golden Voice.

He was first discovered in 2011 when asked by a journalist from the Columbus Dispatch to demonstrate his incredible voice on camera – of course, the video soon went viral on YouTube and the job offers started streaming in.

While he was born in New York, you could say that his heart lies in Ohio – and after his return to the state, he’s stuck close ever since in spite of achieving international fame.

Today, he’s a sportscaster for WWGH-FM, one of the many local radio stations in Ohio.

Jay DeMarcus

Jay DeMarcus was born in Columbus in 1971, and he quickly shot to fame as the bassist of the popular band Rascal Flatts – but that’s not the only thing that he’s known for. He also started his own record label to promote independent Christian music called Red Street Records, and they’ve already gone on to give many more local bands some great exposure and a leg up with their music careers.

He also happens to act, and has been featured (as a bassist, of course) in shows like Crime Scene Investigation and Nashville.

If you’re a fan, you’ll also be glad to know that he’s just announced the release of an autobiography about his music, life and faith.

Mark Dindal

If you happen to be a die-hard fan of movies like The Emperor’s New Groove or Chicken Little, then you’ve seen Mark Dindal’s work before even if you don’t recognize his name straight away.

Also born in Columbus, Mark works as a film director and animator, and he’s been in charge of the special effects for many of Disney’s greatest titles of the past ten years – including The Little Mermaid.

He’s even lent his voice to some of the characters, like voicing Max in the movie Cats Don’t Dance and Morkubine Porcupine in Chicken Little.

Right now, he’s working on a new animated feature film starring the lasagne-loving cat, Garfield – but so far, everyone’s quiet on the finer details of the movie.

RL Stine

If you were a kid in the 90s, it’s almost guaranteed that you read at least one book from the Goosebumps or Fear Street series – or you immediately read all of them back-to-back.

He was born in Columbus, and fans who might have read It Came From Ohio might already know this little fact about him. He’s one of the most prolific writers of our time, and he’s written more books than can fill the average bookcase in his lifetime.

If you’ve lost touch with his work somewhere along the line, you’ll be glad to know that he’s still writing – and that he’s been played by the great Jack Black in a movie at least twice.

Oh, and did you know that there was a project for a Goosebumps movie that was set to be produced by Tim Burton in the 90s, but never happened? (If either of the two are reading this, we’d be happy if the movie was still made today!)

Guy Fieri

Guy Fieri is known as either the coolest or most annoying celebrity chef of our time – but love him or hate him, he’s from Columbus, and he’s still one of the busiest chefs around.

The most that the majority of people really know about Fieri is that he’s a celebrity chef, dressed to the nines in what seems like flame-theme garb at all times. (Well, we guess his name is Fieri – no matter how you pronounce it…)

But did you know that he does a heck of a lot more than just grill and fry stuff?

He’s also a voice actor, voicing Pizza Guy on the animated show Phineas & Ferb – and ironically, his middle name is Ramsay.

His net worth was measured at $8.5 million in 2018, and more expansion for his brand (including restaurants and sauces) is planned for the very near future.

Bow Wow

Bow Wow was born in Columbus, Ohio – as Shad Gregory Moss – and he’s come a pretty long way since he removed the “Lil” bit from his name.

His first album was released back in 2000 when he was just 13 – and he’s blown the top right off the music industry in the meantime. With almost 20 years in the industry, he’s been on stage with some of the biggest names in the industry, and there’s no sign that he’s going to stop recording any time soon.

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