Famous People from Pennsylvania

Can you name these famous Pennsylvanians based on a short clue?
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Last updated: December 15, 2019
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First submittedMarch 11, 2012
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$100 bill
Benjamin Franklin
In West Philadelphia
born and raised
Will Smith
"Genie in a Bottle"
Christina Aguilera
U.S. steel tycoon
Andrew Carnegie
Baseball's Mr. October
Reggie Jackson
"Hardball" host
Chris Matthews
Scored 100 points in
one NBA game
Wilt Chamberlain
"It's a Wonderful Life"
James Stewart
15th U.S. president
Cove Gap
James Buchanan
Jello pudding endorser
Bill Cosby
Comedian with
a bulbous red nose
W.C. Fields
Pennsylvania founder
William Penn
Obama's VP
Joe Biden
He painted soup cans
Andy Warhol
First American flag-maker
Betsy Ross
Super Bowl III guarantor
Beaver Falls
Joe Namath
Golfer with
a namesake drink
Arnold Palmer
She was a country singer
now a pop singer
Taylor Swift
"Rabbit, Run" author
John Updike
"Silver Linings Playbook"
Bradley Cooper
"30 Rock" star
Upper Darby
Tina Fey
Lakers star with five
NBA titles
Kobe Bryant
Level 16
May 17, 2012
Seriously? The AUTHOR is from a town called READING?
Level 80
Jul 14, 2014
hahahaha good one...but unfortunately it's pronounced differently
Level 77
Mar 27, 2015
It is pronounced Redding
Level 64
Feb 3, 2021
Level 23
Jun 21, 2014
Rachel Carson from Springdale would be a great add to this! :)
Level 78
Oct 21, 2014
Also suggestions to add - Joe Montana - New Eagle, Jim Kelly and Dan Marino - Pittsburgh, Stan Musial and Ken Griffey - Donora, Ida Tarbell - Erie, and Michael Keaton - Coraopolis.
Level 62
Nov 30, 2014
Carnegie is a stretch. While he's one of the most important people in PA's history, saying he's from PA in untrue.
Level ∞
Dec 1, 2014
Well, get rid of Franklin too then, since he was born in Boston. Being "from" a place doesn't necessarily mean being born there.
Level 67
Mar 27, 2015
I mean, technically yes, but if you see "steel" and "Pennsylvania" and your mind doesn't go right to Carnegie, you're in a small minority.
Level 83
Mar 26, 2015
I guess Bozo the Clown was not a Pennsylvanian?
Level 85
Dec 2, 2018
My first guess as well. The original Bozo (Pinto Colvig) was apparently from Oregon.
Level 32
Mar 26, 2015
Fred Rogers from Latrobe
Level 67
Mar 27, 2015
I tried like four different generic clown names for the comedian clue. Also "Silver Linings Playbook" for Bradley Cooper seems too general. I tried the author and the director, but when I think of Bradley Cooper, I think of many things before that movie (in which he shared billing with Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro anyway). It's just one movie he was in, and not like a signature role or anything. Wasn't he picked as People's Sexiest Man in 2013 or something? That's a more specific and identifiable clue.
Level 29
Oct 6, 2016
Why is Taylor Swift, the most annoying singer known to mankind, on this list? She ruined my life!
Level 82
Oct 29, 2016
...but she *is* a famous Pennsylvanian, hence her being on this list.
Level 78
Feb 20, 2021
Most annoying? Guess you don't know many (modern pop) singers..
Level 45
Dec 18, 2016
Missing Matthew07 :)
Level 67
Mar 28, 2020
As someone from Upper Darby, I am proud to claim the county of Tina Fey.
Level 24
May 27, 2020
So excited that Joe Namath is on here! That's my cousin!
Level 78
Feb 20, 2021
Nice clue for Bill Cosby!
Level 78
Feb 20, 2021
Unnecessary but you might want to 'update' Obama's VP clue.
Level 82
Apr 7, 2023
Yeah, the quiz is fine, but the whole thing just feels weirdly dated. I was surprised to see that it had last been updated in 2019 and not 2013.
Level 55
Oct 25, 2023
So nice to see our first president, Ben Franklin listed on this quiz. A fitting tribute for the man that literally invented electricity and freedom. Thank you, Mr. President, you are missed daily, sir.