Many people don’t think of Portland when they think of famous people. While it is true that many famous people haven’t come from the area or currently reside here, the ones that we do have are rather significant people.
- Art Alexakis- Art is the founder and lead singer of the band, Everclear that was popular in the 1990s. They are famous for such songs as I’ll buy you a new life, So much for the afterglow, and Father of mine. While Art is not from Portland, he currently resides here, raising his daughter Annabella.
- Beverly Cleary- Beverly Cleary is a famous children’s author of the Beezus and Ramona Quimby books. She lived her entire life in Portland, even on a street named Clickatat Street just like the story. Her popular stories are based in the area and regularly feature landmarks that any Portlander would know of. There is a sculpture garden belonging to the Multnomah County Library located at Grants Park in NE Portland, four blocks from the real Clickatat Street.
- Matt Groening- Matt is the creator of the long running animated television series, the Simpsons and Futurama. Matt created the Simpsons’ show using the names of his own parents and sisters, and the anagram name for brat– Bart. The show features several popular Portland landmarks, names, and facts about the city.
- Cortney Love- Cortney Love is a musician for the popular alternative band Hole. She is known for such songs like Celebrity Skin and Awful. She was married to the late Kurt Cobain, and had one daughter, Francis Bean before Kurt died of a drug overdose.
- Chuck Palahniuk- Chuck is the popular author of such books as Fight Club, Choke, and Rant. He attended the University of Oregon, and maintains homes in Portland and Washington.
- Tommy Thayer– Tommy is better known in his back and white face paint as the lead singer of the band KISS. He has played in several Portland bands as well.
- Chris Walla- Chris is the lead guitarist for the indie rock band, Death Cab for Cutie. He is responsible for much of their cover art as well.
- Brad Wilk- Brad is a political activist and drummer for the bands Rage Against the Machine, and Audioslave. He spent most of his life living in Chicago and California, but occasionally comes back for events and concerts. He is a huge contributor to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.