10 Famous People From Alaska
Have you ever wondered what famous people were from Alaska? Its an easy search you can do online but how about these ten people you you might have never known were from Alaska.
1.) Curtis Montague Schilling (born November 14, 1966) is an American former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher and currently a commentator for Blaze TV. He helped lead the Philadelphia Phillies to the World Series in 1993, and won championships in 2001 with the Arizona Diamondbacks and in 2004 and 2007 with the Boston Red Sox.
2) Colonel Archie Van Winkle (March 17, 1925 – May 22, 1986)
was a United States Marine who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions
as a staff sergeant during the advance to the Chosen Reservoir in the Korean
War. A combat veteran of World War II, he was called to active duty with the
Marine Corps Reserve after the outbreak of hostilities in Korea and was released
to inactive duty on July 16, 1951. Van Winkle again returned to active duty and
served in combat during the Vietnam War. He is the only Medal of Honor
recipient from Alaska.
3) Lincoln Brewster (born July 30, 1971) is an American
contemporary Christian musician and worship pastor. As a guitarist, singer, and
songwriter, Brewster became a sought-after session guitarist in the early 90s.
Brewster is the senior worship pastor at Bayside Church in Granite Bay, California.
He was born in Fairbanks, Alaska.
4) Douglas J. Eboch (born December 10, 1967) is an American
screenwriter, author and educator, best known for the 2002 comedy Sweet Home
Alabama, starring Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, Patrick Dempsey and Candice
Bergen.His sister, Chris Eboch, is a children’s author.
5) Jimmy Doolittle (December 14, 1896 – September 27,
1993): A WWII hero and Medal of Honor recipient, Doolittle grew up in Nome. The
Doolittle Raiders, led by Jimmy Doolittle, bombed Japan by direct order of
Franklin Delano Roosevelt in a daring mission as a response to the attack on
Pearl Harbor. The men volunteering for this one way mission were to bail out
over China, since the bombers couldn’t carry enough fuel to return the long
distance back to the aircraft carriers at sea.
Jewel Kilcher (May 23, 1974 – ): Kilcher, a singer-songwriter, guitarist,
producer, actress, author, and poet, grew up in Homer. In her career she has
sold over 30 million albums worldwide. She was born in Utah, but the Kilcher
family has deep roots in Alaska as her grandfather, Yule Kilcher, was a
delegate to the Alaska Constitutional convention and a state senator. Jewel
comes from the Kilcher family that has gained fame in the T.V. reality series,
Alaska: The Last Frontier.
7) Wyatt Earp (March 19, 1848
– January 13, 1929): Lawman, gunman and one of the most famous frontiersmen of
the west, Earp built Dexter’s Saloon in Nome, served on Nome’s first city
council, and also served 12 days as town Marshall in Wrangell. Earp was the
last surviving participant in the famous gunfight at O.K. Corral.
8) Bob Ross (October 29, 1942
– July 4, 1995): This world famous oil painter served as first sergeant of the
U.S. Air Force Clinic at Eielson Air Force Base, southeast of Fairbanks. Bob
Ross gained fame in the art world with his instructional painting shows and
later built a large retail business selling paints and supplies.
9) Sydney Laurence (1865–1940): Laurence came to
Alaska in 1903 and lived in Tyonek and the surrounding area, and soon focused
his life primarily around painting. Within ten years he was considered one of
the most prominent Alaska artists and through his art style, helped define
Alaska as the Last Frontier.
10. Archie Van Winkle
(March 17, 1925–May 22, 1986): Born in Juneau, Van Winkle served in the Marine
Corps in three wars: in the WWII crusades of the Solomon Islands, the Phillippines
and the arrival of Emirau; the Korean War battle of the Battle of Inchon (where
he was harmed and for his courage in fight granted the Medal of Honor); and the
Vietnam War crusade of the Battle of Khe Sanh. Different honors he got were the
Distinguished Flying Cross, two Bronze Stars, Air Medal and three Purple
Hearts. Subsequent to serving a since quite a while ago, finished military
profession, Van Winkle came back to Alaska and lived on a vessel in Bar Harbor
close Ketchikan. He passed away there in 1986.
Christina Eck is a content writer who’s lived in Alaska her whole life. Her main focus is ghostwriting for blog-style posts or product reviews. However, she does have Alaska experience due to living there her whole life. She’s moved around Alaska since she was a child with some of the places she’s lived being Selawik, Ketchikan, and Whale Pass. However, she now resides in the main city of Anchorage, Alaska.