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CLAIMS TO FAME

  • The Black Keys – Don Auerbach and Patrick Carney, a blues-rock duo from Akron - win four Grammy Awards in 2011 and four in 2013.
  • Art Arfons – three-time land speed record holder with his Green Monster series of jet powered cars – born in Akron (1926 - 2007).
  • In 1982 Akron natives Jerry Buckner and Gary Garcia wrote and recorded the top 10 hit "Pac Man Fever." It sold more than 3 million singles and albums worldwide and today remains a pop culture favorite. Jerry and Gary also produced the hit recording of the theme to the long-running television show, "WKRP In Cincinnati." In 1985 Anne Murray reached the top 15 with a song written by Jerry called, "On and On." 
  • LeBron James, number one overall selection in the 2003 NBA Draft, joins the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron, born and raised in Akron, was drafted after graduating from St. Vincent - St. Mary High School.
  • Chrissy Hynde of the Pretenders
  • Devo
  • Grammy Award-winning singer, James Ingram
  • Clark Gable worked in Akron before making it big in Hollywood
  • Character actor and longtime "Maytag Repairman" Jesse White
  • "Third Rock From the Sun" actor John Lithgow lived here
  • Supermodel and actress Angie Everhart
  • ABC's Hugh Downs
  • Former Notre Dame football coach Ara Parseghian
  • Former Miami Dolphins running back Larry Csonka
  • Former NBA greats Gus Johnson and Nate Thurmond
  • Guinness Book of World Records "Most Traveled Person" Parke Thompson
  • The late Challenger astronaut Judy Resnik
  • Thomas Edison married an Akron woman, Mina Miller, in Akron
  • Rita Dove, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet Laureate
  • Ruby and The Romantics
  • Linda Lorenz-Sengpiel – The Akron yo-yo champion, never defeated during her lifetime, offered $100,000 to anyone who could match her skills. No one ever collected.
  • Actress Melina Kanakaredes
  • Philip Shawn (known in Akron as Jack "Pat" Waltz), starred in the 1950 movieThe Sun Sets at Dawn. During the 1950s and 1960s Shawn also made frequent TV appearances in shows such as Perry Mason, McHale's Navy, Gomer Pyle, Lassie, The Twilight Zone, The Mod Squad and many others.
  • Punk-rock guitarist Robert Quine (1942-2004)

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