San Jose is a city of nearly 1 million people in the heart of Silicon Valley. It’s known for its technology companies and high-tech jobs as well as many notable attractions including museums, live music venues, and fine dining restaurants. With so much to see and do it’s no wonder why San Jose was recently named one of US News’ “Best Places to Live.” While the majority of San Jose residents work in the tech industry or another profession directly related to it, there are also famous people who reside within this vibrant community.
San Jose’s Famous Celebrities:
Will Smith – Actor Smith was born on September 25, 1968 in Philadelphia, PA. As a teenager he moved to Los Angeles where his rapper/actor career blossomed and eventually won him an Oscar in the movie “Ali.” Smith also has another home in Miami.
Gary Payton – Professional Basketball Player
Payton was raised in Oakland, CA but attended college at Oregon State University before playing for the Seattle Supersonics from 1990-2003.
Willard Scott (born 1932) is a weatherman born in Alexandria, Virginia. He is best known for his roles on NBC’s The Today Show and the voice of “Happy” the Handyman in McDonald’s commercials.
Reggie Jackson (1946- ) an American former Major League Baseball right fielder, who helped lead the Oakland Athletics to three World Series championships during his tenure with the team. During this time he became one of baseball’s most feared sluggers because of his home runs, and was given the nickname “Mr. October.” Since retiring from professional baseball, he has worked as a broadcast analyst for ESPN and as a hitting instructor to numerous MLB teams. He currently serves as Special Adviser to Astros Owner and CEO Jim Crane.
Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso) is the 14th and current Dalai Lama, a spiritual leader revered among the people of Tibet. He was born on July 6, 1935 in Taktser, Amdo County, Tibet to a peasant family. In 1950 he was called upon to assume the leadership of Tibetan Buddhism at age 15, which he did in Nov 1951 after being enthroned as supreme temporal and spiritual ruler of Tibet by the Fourteenth Assembly of the Tibetan People’s Deputies. On May 27 1959 Chinese troops invaded Lhasa ending 7 years of self-imposed exile there for His Holiness whereupon he fled with many supporters towards India arriving on September 17, 1959. On March 28, 2008, he was awarded the German Media Prize (organised by “Der Spiegel”), based on his overall humanitarian efforts.
Lloyd Doyley – Professional Football Player
Doyley is a Jamaican footballer who currently plays as a right back and vice-captain for Watford of EFL Championship. He has also played as a midfielder. In April 2012 he was nominated for an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to sport and charity in the London Borough of Harrow.
Hank Aaron – Professional Baseball Player
Aaron spent 21 seasons in MLB playing mostly with the Milwaukee Braves and Atlanta Braves before finishing with the Milwaukee Brewers after they became an expansion team during his last season (1974). He became the first player to be named NL MVP 3 times (1957, 1963 and 1969) and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.
Nick Cannon – Actor, Writer, Music Producer
Cannon has appeared in several TV shows including “Drumline” (2002), “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” (2003), and as a host on MTV’s “Wild ‘n Out.” More recently he had his own NBC show entitled “America’s Got Talent”. He is married to American R&B/pop singer Mariah Carey.