Oakland, CA

3 Famous People From Oakland, California

Matt Lillywhite

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Oakland is one of the most incredible places in the entire country. And you don't need to be a genius to recognize that. After all, there's so much beautiful scenery nearby.

In my opinion, it's one of the most amazing places in the world. And clearly, I'm not the only one who thinks that. Here's a list of several famous people who have called Oakland home:

Clint Eastwood

Clinton Eastwood Jr is an actor, film director, composer, and producer from the United States. He rose to international prominence with his roles as the "Man with No Name" in Italian filmmaker Sergio Leone's "Dollars Trilogy" of Spaghetti Westerns in the mid-1960s and as antihero cop Harry Callahan in the five Dirty Harry films in the 1970s and 1980s, after gaining success in the Western TV series Rawhide. Eastwood has been a cultural symbol of masculinity as a result of these and other positions. Four Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, three César Awards, and an AFI Life Achievement Award are among his honors.

Steve Wold (Seasick Steve)

Steve Wold was born Steven Gene Leach in Oakland, California, though his biographer speculates that he was adopted as an infant. In the early 1980s, he adopted his second wife's surname, Wold.

Wold was nominated for a Brit Award in the International Solo Male Artist category in 2009. In the same year, BBC Four aired Seasick Steve: Bringing It All Back Home, a series on Wold's trip to the southern United States. Wold performed "Folk America: Hollerers, Stompers, and Old Time Ramblers" at the Barbican in London on January 21, a performance that was both televised and broadcast on BBC Four alongside the documentary as part of a series tracing American roots music.

Jonah Peretti

In 2005, Peretti, Kenneth Lerer, Andrew Breitbart, and Arianna Huffington co-founded The Huffington Post with Kenneth Lerer, Andrew Breitbart, and Arianna Huffington. In November 2006, Peretti created BuzzFeed, a "Internet popularity contest" website. Peretti started working full-time at BuzzFeed after leaving The Huffington Post.

Though the blog was initially popular for its blend of internet jokes and lists, it was the first to report on John McCain's decision to support Mitt Romney in the 2012 Republican Primary. Following that, the platform grew even further, attracting over $35 million in investment from investors the following year. The web raised another $50 million from venture capital company Andreessen Horowitz in August 2014, more than double its previous investment rounds. Andreessen Horowitz priced the site at $850 million.

Oakland is an inspiring city in California that has produced countless amounts of famous and wealthy people who have impacted the world in a meaningful way. Let's hope that in the future, Oakland can continue its streak of greatness!

Who's your favorite person who lives in Oakland? Let me know in the comments below.

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