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People from Buffalo Who Hit It Big and You Didn’t Even Know it

When you think of famous people from Buffalo everyone thinks of Tim Russert, Rick James, The Goo Goo Dolls, and Wolf Blitzer. But did you know that there are numerous people who were either born here or lived here at one time that became famous and you may not even know it. Check out this list of people from Buffalo that hit it big.

Sorrell Booke


Booke was born in Buffalo in 1930 and is best known for his role as Boss Hogg on the original Dukes of Hazzard TV show.

Jeffrey Jones
Jeffrey Jones

Jeffrey Jones


Born in Buffalo and best known for his role as Principle Rooney in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off". Jeffrey Jones has also been in such movies as 'Dr. Doolittle 2', 'The Hunt for Red October' and was also on the HBO series 'Deadwood'. Jones was arrested in 2003 for soliciting a 14-year-old boy to pose for sexually explicit photographs and possession of child pornography.

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Kyle Chandler


This Buffalo born star is mainly known for his role as Coach Eric Taylor on the show Friday Night Lights but he has had roles on Grey’s Anatomy and is the main role in the blockbuster Super 8.

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William Fichtner


This one will definitely come as a surprise but Fichtner grew up in Cheektowaga before hitting it big as an actor in both soap opera and major Hollywood movies like 'Black Hawk Down', 'Armageddon', 'The Dark Knight', The 'Prison Break' TV Series, and 'The Longest Yard'.

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Nancy Marchand


Marchand was born in Buffalo in 1928 and got her start as an actress working on Broadway she is known well by current generations as the matriarch of the Soprano crime family on the hit HBO series.

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Don Criqui


Don Criqui is a nationaly known sports commentator who covers everything from college and pro football, baseball, and the Olympics but what many fans don’t know is that he is originally from Buffalo.

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Orel Hershiser


This famous LA Dodgers pitcher was born in Buffalo in 1958 and lived here before moving with his family to New Jersey.

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Brian McKnight


This R&B superstar was born in Buffalo and got his start singing in the choir of his local church. McKnight was recently a contestant on the hit TV show 'Celebrity Apprentice'.

F. Scott Fitzgerald


This may come as a surprise to most people but The Great Gatsby writer spent a good portion of his childhood in Buffalo. The Fitzgeralds' moved to Buffalo in 1898 and stayed in the Queen City until 1908. While in Buffalo the Fitzgeralds' lived on North Street and Highland Ave and Scott even went to Nardin Academy for elementary school while he lived here.

John Wayne Bobbitt


I wouldn't exactly say Bobbitt made it big, but he did become infamous back in 1993 when is then wife Lorena cut his penis off with a butcher knife while he was asleep. She claimed she had been mentally abused and forced to have an abortion. Bobbitt had his member reattached and then enjoyed a rather short career in the porn industry.

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Grover Washington Jr.


Washington was born in Buffalo in the early 1940’s and the famed Jazz performer developed his love of blues and Jazz here in Buffalo when as a teen he would sneak out to visit some of Buffalo’s blues and jazz clubs.


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