15 More Celebrities With Ties to the Tri-Cities + Mid Columbia
Last week, we put up a story about 7 celebrities with shocking connections to the Tri-Cities. Comments from readers helped us realize we missed a few! In response, we created a second list:
1) Santino Fontana: He was born in Richland in 1982. A skilled stage actor, director, and composer, Fontana was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical in 2013 for his role as Prince Topher in the Broadway show, Cinderella.
2) James Otto: He was born on the Fort Lewis Army Base in 1973. A talented vocalist and guitarist, Otto has released three country studio albums, with his most famous, Sunset Man, peaking at #2 on the U.S Country Billboard Charts in 2008.
3) Jeremy Bonderman: He was born in Kennewick in 1982. Drafted by the Oakland Athletics as a pitcher in his junior year of high school and eventually being traded to the Detroit Tigers in 2003, Bonderman has accumulated 69 wins in the Majors to date with the Tigers and Mariners.
4) Tyler Brayton: He was born in Richland in 1979: A former first round pick for the Oakland Raiders in 2003, Brayton has accumulated 309 tackles and 17.5 quarterback sacks while playing in the NFL for the Raiders, Panthers and Colts.
5) Anthony Davis: He was born in Kennewick in 1969. An 11th round pick in 1992 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers, Davis was traded to the Seahawks in 1993 and went on to record 12.5 quarterback sack, 5 interceptions and became a Super Bowl Champion with the Baltimore Ravens in 2000. He also played for the Chiefs and Packers.
6) Michael Jackson: He was born in Pasco in 1957. He’s not the pop-star but he did help lead the Washington Huskies to the Rose Bowl in 1977. Drafted by Seattle Seahawks in the 3rd round of the 1979 NFL Draft, Jackson played eight season in Seattle, where he registered 6 quarterback sacks and 6 interceptions.
7) Clint Didier: He was born in Connell in 1959. The tall former NFL tight-end won two Super Bowl rings with the Washington Redskins in the 80s. He also played for the Green Bay Packers. Politics became his new calling after football. Wanting to make Washington better, Didier ran for Public Lands Commissioner in 2012.
8) Travis Buck: He was born in Richland in 1983. Officially committed to playing in the Majors in 2005, Buck was drafted by the Oakland Athletics. Making his MLB debut in 2007, he has hit 20 home runs and 7 triples to date while playing for the Athletics, Indians and Astros.
9) Patricia Briggs: She was born in Butte, Montana in 1965. Currently residing in the Tri-Cities, the fantasy writer is most famous for her urban fantasy novels, The Mercy Thompson Series. The fifth book in the series, Silver Borne (2010), debuted at No.1 on the New York Times Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.
10) Ray Mansfield: He was born in Bakersfield, California in 1941. Mansfield grew up in Kennewick. Drafted in the 2nd round in the 1963 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, the former Washington Huskies center went on to win back-to-back Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1974 and 1975.
11) Sharon Tate: She was born in Dallas, Texas in 1943. Most famous for the Tri-Cities area for winning “Miss Richland” in 1959, Tate made her Hollywood debut in the 1966 film Eye of the Devil. She also earned a Golden Globe Award nomination for her role in the 1967 film Valley of the Dolls. Unfortunately, Tate was a victim of the Manson Family killings.
12) Greg Biffle: He was born in Vancouver in 1969. Biffle grew up in Camas and during his early racing career, he would race on short tracks across the Pacific Northwest. An accomplished NASCAR and Truck Series racer, he has 19 NASCAR Sprint Cup series wins, 20 NASCAR Nationwide Series wins and has 16 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wins.
13) Russell Wilson: He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1988. Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 4th round of the 2010 MLB Draft, Wilson is forever an all-time team member of the Tri-City Dust Devils. Pursuing football as his dream, he trained at the NFL Combine in 2012. He was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the 3rd round of the 2012 NFL Draft. With Seattle, he’s became a two-time Pro Bowler and lead the Seahawks to a 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 48.
14) Sarah Palin: She was born in Sandpoint, Idaho in 1964. After completing her bachelor’s degree for communications at the University of Idaho in 1987,
Palin moved to Alaska with her husband, Todd. She ran for mayor of Wasilla County in Alaska in 1996 and won, jump starting her political career. She is most known for her Republican vice-presidential campaign in 2008 when she joined John McCain. Her grandparents, Clem and Helen Sheeran, came to Richland in 1943 and Clem attended and played football for Columbia Basin College.
15) Scott Campbell, Jr: He was born in Walla Walla in 1975. He captained his first boat when he was just 26 years old. Getting the nickname “Junior” after his father, who crab fisherman, Campbell is the captain of the vessel, Seabrooke, on the hit TV show, “The Deadliest Catch.”