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Nathaniel Adderley (1931 - 2000) An American jazz cornet and trumpet player who played in the hard bop and soul jazz genres. He was the brother of saxophonist Julian "Cannonball" Adderley. Born in Tampa, FL (1167)

Bobby Allison (1937 - ) Born Robert Arthur Allison. A former NASCAR Winston Cup driver and was named one of NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers. Born in Miami, FL (813)

Wallace (Wally) Amos, Jr. (1936 - ) An American TV personality, entrepreneur and author. Founder of Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookie Corporation. Born in Tallahassee, FL (90)

Elizabeth Ashley (1939 - ) Born Elizabeth Ann Cole. An American actress of theatre, film and television. She won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her role in Take Her, She's Mine. Her career has spanned 5 decades and she has appeared in many movies and television shows. Born in Ocala, FL (1652)

Maria Canals Barrera (1966 - ) Born Maria Pilar Canals. An American actress, voice actress and singer. She is best known for her roles as Theresa Russo in Wizards of Waverly Place, Connie Torres in Camp Rock and Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, and as the voice of Shayera Hol/Hawkgirl in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. Born in Miami, FL (1653)

Amanda Bearse (1958 - ) An American actress, director and comedienne. Best known for her role as wacky neighbor Marcy D'Arcy on the sitcom Married... with Children and for her performance in the 1985 horror film Fright Night. Born in Winter Park, FL (1654)

Derek Nathaniel Bell (1968 - ) A former Major League Baseball player. Primarily a right fielder and center fielder. One of only 11 players to play in both the Little League World Series and the Major League World Series. Born in Tampa, FL (1168)

Fernando Bujones (1955 - 2005) Praised as one of the greatest American male ballet dancers of his generation and one of the finest male dancers of the 20th century. Born in Miami, FL (95)

Delta Ramona Leah Burke (1956 - ) An American television, stage and film actress, comedienne, producer and author. Best known for her role as Suzanne Sugarbaker in the comedy series Designing Women. She has also produced and played roles in the movie What Women Want, and many made-for-TV movies. Born in Orlando, FL (1655)

Diana Canova (1953 - ) Born Diane Canova Rivero. An American actress best known for her role of Corinne Tate on Soap, a sitcom that parodied soap operas, between 1977 and 1980. Born in West Palm Beach, FL (1656)

Steve "Lefty" Carlton (1944 - ) Former Major League Baseball player. He was a left-handed pitcher and he pitched from 1965-1988 for 6 different teams. He was the first pitcher to win four Cy Young Awards in a career. Born in Miami, FL (92)

Jacqueline Cochran (1906 - 1980) Born Bessie Lee Pittman. A pioneer in the field of American aviation and considered to be one of the most gifted racing pilots of her generation. She helped organize women pilots during World War II. Born in Muscogee, FL (91)

Christopher Andrew Conrad (1970 - ) An American actor, known for playing Johnny Cage in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. He has also appeared in the TV series Bones and Criminal Minds. Born in Fort Lauderdale, FL (1657)

Brittany Daniel (1976 - ) An American television and film actress best known for her role as Jessica Wakefield on the 1990s drama Sweet Valley High. She is the twin sister of actress Brittany Daniel. Born in Gainesville, FL (766)

Cynthia Lynn Daniel (1976 - ) A former American actress and photographer. She is best known for her role as Elizabeth Wakefield in the 1990s drama Sweet Valley High. She is the twin sister of actress Brittany Daniel. Born in Gainesville, FL (1704)

Faye Dunaway (1941 - ) Born Dorothy Faye Dunaway. An American actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performances in the movies Chinatown and Network. She appeared in more than 80 films as well as television appearances and roles in the theatre. Born in Bascom, FL (1440)

Michael C. Flessas (1959 - ) Actor whose most notable film role was Angry Man in the Cannes Film Festival 2000 film Dancer in the Dark. Born in Miami, FL (767)

Joanna Lynne Garcia (1979 - ) Also known professionally as Joanna Garcia Swisher. An American television and film actress. She is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Cheyenne Hart-Montgomery on The CW sitcom Reba. She later starred as Mia Putney in the sitcom Better With You and as Ariel in the drama series Once Upon a Time. Born in Tampa, FL (1441)

Bobby Goldsboro (1941 - ) An American country and pop singer-songwriter. His signature No. 1 hit "Honey" sold over one million copies in the United States. Born in Marianna, FL (814)

Dwight Gooden (1964 - ) A retired professional baseball pitcher. He played from 1984 through 2000. He is a four-time MLB All-Star and three-time World Series champion. Nicknamed "Dr. K." Born in Tampa, FL (98)

Carla Gugino (1971 - ) An American actress known for her roles of Lucille in Sin City, Ingrid Cortez in the Spy Kids film trilogy, and as the lead characters of the television series Karen Sisco and Threshold. She also starred in Night at the Museum, Race to Witch Mountain and Mr Popper's Penguins. Born in Sarasota, FL (1437)

Victoria Jackson (1959 - ) An American comedian, actress, satirist, and singer best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1986 to 1992. Born in Miami, FL (768)

Jonathan Stevens Jackson (1982 - ) An American actor, musician and author. Best known for playing Lucky Spencer on the soap opera General Hospital. He also played Jesse Tuck in the film Tuck Everlasting and Avery Barkley in the prime time drama Nashville. Born in Orlando, FL (1658)

Carter Mark Jenkins (1991 - ) An American actor. He played the lead role in the television series Surface and guest starred in many others. He also appeared in the movies Aliens in the Attic and Valentine's Day. Born in Tampa, FL (1659)

Catherine Ann Keener (1959 - ) An American actress. She has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress twice, for Being John Malkovich and Capote. Born in Miami, FL (1438)

Bethany Joy Lenz (1981 - ) An American actress, musician, director, producer and writer. Best known for her role as Haley James Scott on the CW television drama One Tree Hill. She also starred as Michelle Bauer Santos on the soap opera Guiding Light. She is a member of the band Everly and she is recognized as a solo artist. Born in Hollywood, FL (1435)

Al Lopez (1908 - 2005) Born Alfonso Ramon Lopez. An American catcher and manager in Major League Baseball, and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977. Born in Tampa, FL (1169)

Robert Martinez (1934 - ) The 40th Governor of Florida from 1987 to 1991. He was the first person of Spanish ancestry to be elected to that office. Prior to that, he was the mayor of Tampa from 1979 to 1986. Born in Tampa, FL (1170)

Michael David McCready (1966 - ) An American musician who serves as the lead guitarist for the American rock band Pearl Jam. Born in Pensacola, FL (1050)

Butterfly McQueen (1911 - 1995) Born Thelma McQueen. An American actress. Originally a dancer, McQueen appeared as Prissy, Scarlett O'Hara's maid, in the 1939 film Gone with the Wind. Born in Tampa, FL (1171)

Harry Tyson Moore (1905 - 1951) Teacher, founder of the first branch of the NAACP in Brevard County Florida and a leader of the civil rights movement in Florida and the southern United States. He and his wife were the first NAACP members to be murdered for civil rights activism. Born in Houston, FL (96)

Jim Morrison (1943 - 1971) Born James Douglas Morrison. He was an American singer, poet and songwriter. Best known as the lead vocalist of the Doors. Born in Melbourne, FL (100)

Louis Victor Piniella (1943 - ) A former Major League Baseball outfielder and manager. He has been nicknamed "Sweet Lou." Born in Tampa, FL (1172)

Sidney Poitier (1927 - ) An actor, film director, author and diplomat. First African-American actor to win an Oscar, which he won for the movie "Lilies of the Fields". He has been the Bahamian ambassador to Japan since 1997. In 2009 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Born in Miami, FL (99)

Asa Philip Randolph (1889 - 1979) A leader in the African-American civil-rights movement, the American labor movement and socialist political parties. He organized and led the first predominantly African American labor union and led the March on Washington Movement. Born in Crescent City, FL (101)

Janet Reno (1938 - ) First woman Attorney General of the United States of America. She served from 1993 to 2001. Born in Miami, FL (102)

Roy Roberts (1906 - 1975) Born Roy Barnes Jones. An American character actor. Over his more than 40-year career, he appeared in more than nine hundred productions on stage and screen. Born in Tampa, FL (1173)

David Maurice Robinson (1965 - ) Retired professional Basketball player who played center for the San Antonio Spurs for his entire career. He is a 10-time NBA All-Star, a two-time NBA Champion and a two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner. Born in Key West, FL (94)

Brittany Anne Snow (1986 - ) An American actress and singer. She is known for her roles as Meg Pryor in American Dreams, Daisy Lemay in Guiding Light, Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray and Chloe Beale in Pitch Perfect. Born in Tampa, FL (1436)

Ernest Ivy "Boots" Thomas, Jr. (1924 - 1945) One of the six United States Marines who raised the first American flag on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945. He was awarded the Navy Cross for his fearless leadership during an assault on Mount Suribachi three days earlier. Thomas was killed in action eight days after the first flag raising. Born in Tampa, FL (1175)