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Key players from the Keystone state

Scout & About: Pennsylvania 2013

Christina Aguilera
(born: Staten Island, N.Y., Dec. 18, 1980)
Singer/TV personality (“The Voice”), moved to Pittsburgh suburb of Rochester at age 6; as a child, sang the National Anthem at Pirates, Steelers and Penguins games.

Kevin Bacon
(born: Philadelphia, July 8, 1958)
Actor (“Diner,” “Mystic River”). Son of architect and urban planner Edmund Norwood Bacon (1910-2005), described as “The Father of Modern Philadelphia.”

Peter Boyle
(born: Norristown, Pa., Oct. 18, 1935 – died: Dec. 12, 2006)
Actor (“Young Frankenstein,” “Everybody Loves Raymond”); dad Francis Boyle was a Philly TV personality in the ’50s and ’60s who hosted kiddie shows.

Charles Bronson
(born: Charles Buchinsky in Ehrenfeld, Pa., Nov. 3, 1921 – died: Aug. 30, 2003)
Actor (“Death Wish”); one of 15 children born to Polish-Lithuanian immigrants; began working in coal mines at age 10.

Bradley Cooper
(born: Philadelphia, Jan. 5, 1975)
Actor (“The Hangover,” “Silver Linings Playbook”); worked at Philadelphia Daily News during high school.

Bill Cosby
(born: Philadelphia, July 12, 1937)
Actor-comedian (“The Cosby Show”); honed his comic skills tending bar while attending Temple U. (1961-62) on a track scholarship.

W.C. Fields
(born: Darby, Pa., Jan. 29, 1880, – died: Dec. 25, 1946)
Actor-vaudevillian (“Never Give a Sucker an Even Break”); falsely rumored to have “On the whole, I’d rather be in Philadelphia” inscribed on his tombstone.

Tina Fey
(born: Upper Darby Township, Pa., May 18, 1970)
Creator-star of “30 Rock”; anonymously wrote satirical column “The Acorn” for high school newspaper.

Michael Keaton
(born: Michael Douglas, Coraopolis, Pa., Sept. 5, 1951)
Actor (“Beetlejuice,” “Batman”); began career as stagehand for PBS’ “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.”

Gene Kelly
(born: Pittsburgh, Aug. 23, 1912 – died Feb. 2, 1996)
Dancer-actor (“Singin’ in the Rain”); dropped out of U. of Pittsburgh Law School after two months to teach dance at nearby Rodef Shalom synagogue.

Grace Kelly
(born: Philadelphia, Nov. 12, 1929 – died: Sept. 14, 1982)
Actress (“The Country Girl,” “Rear Window”) and the princess of Monaco; a sculpture of her father, Jack Kelly (1889-1980), a three-time Olympic gold medal-winning oarsman, sits alongside the Schuykill River in Philly’s Fairmount Park.

Jack Klugman
(born: Philadelphia, April 27, 1922 – died: Dec. 24, 2012)
Actor (“The Odd Couple,” “Quincy, M.E.”); his drama professor at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon U. told him he should be a truck driver.

Fred Rogers
(born: Latrobe, Pa., March 20, 1928 – died Feb. 27, 2003)
Host of PBS’ “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” (1968-2001); taped at WQED in Pittsburgh.

George A. Romero
(born: New York, Feb. 4, 1940)
Short film of Mr. Rogers undergoing a tonsillectomy inspired a career as a director of numerous Pittsburgh-shot horror films (“Night of the Living Dead”).

M. Night Shyamalan
(born: Manoj Nelliyattu Shyamalan, Mahe, India, Aug. 6, 1970)
Director (“The Sixth Sense”); moved to Philly suburb Penn Valley at age of 6 weeks and shoots all his films in the region.

Will Smith
(born: Philadelphia, Sept. 25, 1968)
Actor-rapper (“Independence Day,” “Men in Black”); his production company Overbrook Entertainment takes its name from the Philly neighborhood where he attended high school.

James Stewart
(born: Indiana, Pa., May 20, 1908 — died: July 2, 1997)
Actor (“It’s a Wonderful Life”); gave his father his Oscar for “The Philadelphia Story” (1940) to display in the window of the family hardware store J.M. Stewart & Co., founded in 1848.

Sharon Stone
(born: Meadville, Pa., March 10, 1958)
Actress (“Basic Instinct”); as a teen won title of Miss Crawford County and competed for the Miss Pennsylvania crown.

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