Long Beach has been called home by many famous actors, athletes, and other notable people. The Southern California city, located on the Pacific Coast, is the seventh largest city in the state and the birth place of many major celebs before becoming Hollywood stars. Here’s a look at some of the most famous people from Long Beach and how they became the household names they are today.
1. Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Kim Coppola, better known as Nicolas Cage, is a well-known actor and producer, staring in such films as Valley Girl, Red Rock West, and Raising Arizona. Cage was born in Long Beach in 1964, and has since been nominated for an Academy Award twice. He won an Academy Award for best actor in a leading role for his 1995 film, Leaving Las Vegas.
2. Ashley Benson
Born in 1989, Ashley Victoria Benson is an American actress and model, best known for her lead role in the crime thriller flick Spring Breakers, as well as the hit television show Pretty Little Liars. Benson grew up in the Long Beach area, landing various appearances on commercials, as well as the role of Abigail Deveraux on soap opera Days of Our Lives. She also signed with Ford Modeling Agency at the age of eight.
3. Tiger Woods
Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods was born in Long Beach in 1975. As one of the most successful professional golfers of all time, Woods has had many achievements since starting his career in 1996. He’s signed deals with Nike Inc. and Titleist. Over his career, Woods has been named the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year and the 1996 Sportsman of the Year. He is also the youngest player to ever achieve the career Grand Slam.
4. Snoop Dogg
Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., better known in the entertainment industry as Snoop Dogg, is a popular actor and recording artist, born in Long Beach. His entertainment career started in 1992, when Snoop was discovered by rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur, Dr. Dre. Since then, Snoop Dogg has sold over 35 million albums. He has released a total of 13 studio albums, and 7 collaboration albums.
5. Bo Derek
Born in Long Beach as Mary Cathleen Collins, film and television actress, model, and movie producer Bo Derek has had a long, filling career in the world of entertainment. She is best known for her role in the 1979 film 10. In 1980, Derek was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best New Star in 10. She also won the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress in Bolero, Tarzan, the Ape Man, and Ghosts Can’t Do It.
Long Beach has been home to numerous famous people, from actors and actresses to professional athletes and models. These famous personalities represent the diversity and creativity of this big city next to the ocean in Southern California.