Famous People from Spokane, Wa.

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Inland Empire 77217

Here in Spokane, WA. we have turned out some downright amazing people! Here are a few you may or may not heard of!

Bing Crosby was from Spokane, and was a friend of my grandfathers when he attended Gonzaga University. Yes, one of thr worlds best entertainers was from Spokane!

Julia Sweney, comedian best known for her Saturday Night Live performances, was born in my home town the same year as I was!


Patrice Munsel a well known Opera Singer

John Roskelley, famous mountain climber who grew up in the same neighborhood as my husband. His partner at times  Chris Kopsynski is also from Spokane.

Craig T. Nelson ! OK FOLKS, not only am I a HUGE FAN but I had the privelege of meeting him last summer. Craig grew up here, and attended Lewis and Clark High School. I sold his nephew a house, and they suprised me by inviting me to meet Craig when he was visiting!

Harold Balazs is an incredible artist, sculpter and more! His work is world famous.

John Stockton is possibly one of the most famous basketball players...ever! He grew up one block from me when I was in early gradeschool. His sister, Stacey delivered my first set of twins!

MYLES KENNEDY ROCK STAR!  Myles is currently in the band Alterbridge and has done amazing things in the music industry. Myles is a family friend who taught my kids guitar, and played on one of my CD'S.Myles was also in the movie, ROCK STAR.

Tom Foley former speaker of the house was born in Spokane.


Jon Micheal Gambill Famous tennis player! His mother was best friends with my sister in gradeschool. :)

Mark Rypien Famous Football player! MVP Super Bowl.

Tom Sneva Race car driver, winner of the Indianapolis 1983.



I am going to be adding to this blog as I think of more well known folks from my home town!








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Margo Currie

Wow, that's impressive!!! I'm from Beaver County, PA, and several famous people were from there also. Some examples: Henry Mancini, Joe Namath, Jesse Steinfeld (a Surgeon General of the U.S.), and Amber Brkich (of Survivor fame). I know there are many more, but these are the ones that immediately come to mind. It would be interesting to research and make a complete list.

Jun 02, 2008 11:01 PM #1
BethAnn Long
RE/MAX Inland Empire - Spokane, WA
Realtor, CRS, e-PRO, Spokane Wa Real Estate

Cool Margo! Thanks for commenting. :)


Jun 02, 2008 11:06 PM #2
Ron Tarvin
Luxury and New Construction in Katy & Cypress TX - Katy, TX
Broker, Katy, Houston, Cypress 77450,77494,77095

I've been to Spokane...does that count!?  :)



Jun 02, 2008 11:21 PM #3
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Good mix of sports, entertainment and a little politics. It would be interesting to see the homes and neighborhoods these famous people grew up in. You could do a whole series on this!

Jun 02, 2008 11:31 PM #4
Dan Woodworth
The Connection - Garden City, ID
Encouraging Communicator

Hi BethAnn,

You created an interesting post with many influential people from Spokane!

I spent a few weekends in Spokane when I was a student at the U. of I.  An hour and a half drive and I would be swimming in an indoor pool with a fraternity brother in his parent's home!

Jun 03, 2008 05:31 PM #5
-- Casey Brischle
Columbia Bank - Spokane, WA
Spokane Home Loan Mortgage Professional

Nice list Bethann.  You can add Ryne Sandberg, Hall of Fame 2nd baseman for the Chicago Cubs.  He went to North Central High School, although does not reside here anymore.  :)

Jun 05, 2008 02:34 PM #6
BethAnn Long
RE/MAX Inland Empire - Spokane, WA
Realtor, CRS, e-PRO, Spokane Wa Real Estate

Thanks Casey! My husband said the same thing :)

Jun 05, 2008 03:30 PM #7
Marshall Fahland

Dyan Cannon a three time Oscar nominee, Golden Globe winner.

Mar 06, 2009 11:53 AM #8
BethAnn Long
RE/MAX Inland Empire - Spokane, WA
Realtor, CRS, e-PRO, Spokane Wa Real Estate

Thank you Marshall!

Mar 06, 2009 02:47 PM #9
Megan Coyle


Thank you so much for posting this! I am an (as yet) unpublished writer, born and raised here in Spokane. (Okay, well, to be truthful, I was born at Fairchild AFB, but close enough!) I am currently doing research for a novel and I came across your post here. It gives me a little hope. When I was in school, two of my teachers told me that the chances of someone from Spokane becoming a widely published author were zero. I am ashamed to say that I listened to them, until I became ill and couldn't continue to work a "normal" job. Suddenly, my dream of writing became something more. Sometimes, though, it's still easy to get discouraged, but coming across this list makes me realize that Spokane has produced several successful dreamers. So, thank you. I'm going to bookmark this page and read it when I feel daunted from now on.

Incidentally, the novel I'm currently working on has to do with real estate here in Spokane. Would you mind if I emailed you and picked your brain a bit?

-Megan Coyle

Jan 14, 2010 02:49 AM #10
BethAnn Long
RE/MAX Inland Empire - Spokane, WA
Realtor, CRS, e-PRO, Spokane Wa Real Estate

Megan, I would love to talk to you!

Jan 14, 2010 01:26 PM #11

Also an author was born here too. His name was David Eddings he's dead, but he was one of my favorite authors of all time!

Apr 21, 2010 05:10 PM #12
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