Quick question– who starred as a country music legend, killed in a plane crash, a mom to zany kids and a wife to an even zanier husband who suffers through annual vacations? If you said the actress Beverly D’Angelo, then you are absolutely correct. This stunning beauty has been part of the Hollywood scene for years. She is talented, versatile and a Columbus, Ohio native. Check out her Vacation films where she co-starred alongside Chevy Chase and see her inspiring turn at playing country music legend Patsy Cline in the famous film, The Coal Miner’s Daughter.
Anyone who grew up in the 1980s likely can recall the pink shirt-wearing detective duo out of Miami Florida. Philip Michael Thomas and Don Johnson starred in Miami Vice, as Tubbs and Crockett, respectively. We loved the music, the scenery and the smooth-talking, wise-cracking and outsmarting detectives who never left a case unsolved. We are proud to say that Phillip Michael Thomas is another Columbus, Ohio native who has done his city justice across television and movie screens. He even coined the term, “EGOT” which is when someone wins an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and a Tony.
Macho Man Randy Savage, a well-known and beloved (albeit a bit loud) wrestling character with the World Wrestling Entertainment group is also a Columbus, Ohio native. His character mirrors his personality in real life and that fun-loving attitude has won fans over for many years. Vibrant and loud and boisterous, this is one wrestling legend who worked hard to build his reputation. He does us proud here in Columbus.
Did you know Dwight Yoakam, the much-loved country superstar, was born in Columbus? This handsome, tall drink of water, known for Fast as You and the Elvis remake of Suspicious Minds is a mainstay at the Grand Ole Opry and other country music venues. Now, who wouldn’t want to two-step across a dance hall floor with the handsome country crooner? Not only that, but he’s made a few appearances in films over the years, too.
While Hollywood is now home to several of our natives, we also have many authors and writers who hail from Columbus, including Margaret Peterson Haddix and Bob Greene. For sports lovers, there are more than a few well-respected folks who share the same hometown: Ralph Wilson, a Hall of Fame owner of the Buffalo Bills, Herb Williams, Bill Willis and Gary Trent. Those of us who love our hometown can take great pride in these folks who ensured our great city is remembered today and always.
Columbus can take great pride in some of the fine people who spent their childhoods right here in our great city. Whether it was a famous movie star who’s as beautiful as she ever was, a gifted writer or a sweet-talking country singer, they walked the same school halls and possibly even outsmarted the same law enforcement officers on a Friday night when they were in trouble for speeding or out past curfew. Have any favorite Columbus, Ohio citizens of your own? Let us know who we missed.