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Pennsylvania Famous

People listed are almost always native to the state. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within a state for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the state in their personal endeavors.


  • F. Murray Abraham actor
  • John "Brooms" Abramovic, Jr. basketball player
  • Edward Goodrich Acheson chemist, inventor
  • Louisa May Alcott author
  • Lloyd Alexander author
  • Richard Allen religious leader
  • Joe Amato race car driver
  • Marian Anderson singer
  • Maxwell Anderson playwright
  • Poul Anderson author
  • John Andretti race car driver
  • Marco Andretti race car driver
  • Michael Andretti race car driver
  • Kurt Steven Angle wrestler
  • Henry H. "Hap" Arnold air force general
  • LaVar Arrington football player
  • Janet Asimov author
  • Frankie Avalon singer, actor
  • Kevin Bacon actor
  • Carroll Baker actress
  • Samuel Barber composer
  • Chuck Barris game show producer, presenter
  • Ethel Barrymore actress
  • John Barrymore actor
  • Lionel Barrymore actor
  • Donald Barthelme author
  • Charlie Batch football player
  • Joe Beimel baseball player
  • Stephen Vincent Benet author, poet
  • George Benson musician
  • Joseph "Joe" Biden u.s. vice president
  • Fred Biletnikoff football player
  • Steve Bilko baseball player
  • Steve Blackman wrestler
  • Guion "Guy" Bluford astronaut
  • Daniel Boone pioneer, explorer
  • Ben Bova author
  • Peter Boyle actor
  • Boyz II Men music group
  • Kyle Brady football player
  • Glenn Branca composer, guitarist
  • Sid Bream baseball player
  • David Brenner comedian
  • Charles Bronson actor
  • Charles Brockden Brown author, historian
  • Gary Brown football player
  • Kobe Bryant basketball player
  • James Buchanan u.s. president
  • Steve Burns actor
  • Leroy Burrell olympic medalist
  • Smedley Butler marine corps major general
    "the fighting quaker"
  • Charles Wakefield Cadman composer
  • Alexander Calder sculptor
  • Ray Caldwell baseball player
  • Simon Cameron political leader
  • Bebe Moore Campbell author
  • John Cappelletti football player
  • Vanessa Carlton singer, songwriter
  • Rachel Carson author
  • Mary Cassatt artist
  • George Catlin artist
  • Wilt Chamberlain basketball player
  • Stephen Chbosky author, screenwriter
  • Lou Christie singer, songwriter
  • Stanley Clarke musician, composer
  • The Clarks music group
  • Kerry Collins football player
  • Henry Steele Commager historian, author
  • Perry Como singer
  • Dan Conners football player
  • Charles "Pete" Conrad astronaut
  • Bill Cosby actor
  • Dolores Costello actress
  • Maurice Costello actor
  • William Laird Cowher football player, coach
  • William Broderick Crawford actor
  • Jim Croce singer, songwriter


  • George M. Dallas u.s. vice president
  • Charles "Chuck" Daly basketball coach
  • Dwight F. Davis tennis player, founder Davis Cup
  • Stuart Davis artist
  • John de Lancie actor
  • Charles Demuth artist
  • Walter Diemer inventor bubble gum
  • Annie Dillard author
  • Mike Ditka football player, coach
  • Keith Dorney football player
  • Tony Dorsett football player
  • Jimmy Dorsey musician, band leader
  • Tommy Dorsey musician, band leader
E - F
  • Thomas Eakins artist, photographer, sculptor
  • Paul R. Ehrlich entomologist, author
  • Kevin Eubanks guitarist
  • Jacqueline "Jackie" Evancho singer
  • Tina Fey actress, comedian
  • W.C. Fields actor
  • Michael Fincke astronaut
  • Larry Fine actor
  • Stephen C. Foster composer
  • Nellie Fox baseball player
  • Jonathan Frakes actor
  • Benjamin Franklin author, inventor, statesman
  • Buck Freeman baseball player
  • Theodore Freeman astronaut
  • Henry Clay Frick industrialist, philanthropist
  • Robert Fulton engineer, inventor steamship
  • Jim Furyk golfer
  • Janet Gaynor actress
  • Henry George political economist, author
  • Richard Gere actor
  • Newt Gingrich speaker house representatives, author
  • Scott Glenn actor
  • Jeff Goldblum actor
  • Martha Graham dancer, choreographer
  • Seth Green actor
  • Ken Griffey, Jr. baseball player
  • Ken Griffey, Sr. baseball player
  • Peter Gruner wrestler
  • Justin Guarini singer, songwriter
  • Alexander Haig army general, u.s. secretary of state
  • Arejay Hale musician
  • Elizabeth "Lzzy" Hale singer, songwriter, musician
  • Bill Haley & His Comets music group
  • Hall & Oates music group
  • Richard Hamilton basketball player
  • Winfield Scott Hancock civil war union general
  • William Edward Hanford chemist, inventor
  • Keith Haring artist
  • Jerry Harris sculptor
  • Marvin Harrison football player
  • Dan Hartman singer, songwriter
  • Henry J. Heinz industrialist, philanthropist
  • Tom Herr baseball player
  • Milton S. Hershey confectioner, philanthropist
  • Larry Holmes boxing champion (born in GA)
  • The Hooters music group
  • Bernard Hopkins boxer
  • Marilyn Horne opera singer
  • Jeff Hostetler football player
  • Kristin Hunter author
  • Phyllis Hyman singer

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Pennsylvania Cities, Counties & Area Codes

City County Area Code
Gettysburg Adams 717
Pittsburgh Allegheny 412
Kittanning Armstrong 724
Aliquippa Beaver 724
Bedford Bedford 814
Reading Berks 610
Altoona Blair 814
Sayre Bradford 570
Levittown Bucks 215
Butler Butler 724
Johnstown Cambria 814
Emporium Cameron 814
Lehighton Carbon 610
State College Centre 814
West Chester Chester 610
Clarion Clarion 814
Du Bois Clearfield 814
Lock Haven Clinton 570
Bloomsburg Columbia 570
Meadville Crawford 814
Mechanicsburg Cumberland 717
Harrisburg Dauphin 717
Upper Darby Delaware 610
Saint Marys Elk 814
Erie Erie 814
Uniontown Fayette 724
Marienville Forest 814
Chambersburg Franklin 717
McConnellsburg Fulton 717
Waynesburg Greene 724
Huntingdon Huntingdon 814
Indiana Indiana 724
Punxsutawney Jefferson 814
Mifflintown Juniata 717
Scranton Lackawanna 570
Lancaster Lancaster 717
New Castle Lawrence 724
Lebanon Lebanon 717
Allentown Lehigh 610
Wilkes Barre Luzerne 570
Williamsport Lycoming 570
Bradford McKean 814
Greenville Mercer 724
Lewistown Mifflin 717
East Stroudsburg Monroe 570
Norristown Montgomery 610
Danville Montour 570
Bethlehem Northampton 610
Sunbury Northumberland 570
Duncannon Perry 717
Philadelphia Philadelphia 215
Milford Pike 570
Coudersport Potter 814
Pottsville Schuylkill 570
Selinsgrove Snyder 570
Somerset Somerset 814
Dushore Sullivan 570
Montrose Susquehanna 570
Wellsboro Tioga 570
Lewisburg Union 570
Franklin Venango 814
Warren Warren 814
Washington Washington 724
Lake Ariel Wayne 570
Greensburg Westmoreland 724
Tunkhannock Wyoming 570
York York 717

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