Do you know Alaska for only its midnight sunlight, chilliness, bears, and cold beer? This magical state has much to be admired. Other than gracing the world with natural beauty worth exploring, Alaska has produced a good number of well-known celebrities. Often we celebrate the world’s famous stars, applaud them for their achievement but barely trace their roots. Actually, what fascinates many fans is the star’s lifestyle, the newest rumors, and what they have in the pipeline, but not where the star was raised from. Some have a misconception that the world’s top superstars hail from Hollywood. But the fact is, a bigger percentage of these personalities are from different regions around the globe. Here is a list of 20 celebrities from Alaska.
1. Charles Melton
Charles Michael Melton is an American actor and a model known by many from The CW show Riverdale a teen drama series that debuted in 2017. Melton played Reggie Mante (2017 -2021) from season 2, replacing Ross Butler. He also appeared in a 2019 film, ‘The Sun Is also a Star’ starring Daniel Bae. This star also played Rafe in an action comedy film ‘The bad boys,’ released in January 2020, grossing $426.5 million globally. Besides acting, Melton is a professional dog-walker featured in the wag app. He was born in Juneau, Alaska, in 1991 and started pursuing his acting career at the age of 20.
2. Jewel Kilcher
This American actress, singer-songwriter, and author from Homer, Alaska, became famous in 1991 and has been in the spotlight since. She’s released some great hints, including ‘Intuition’ and You Were Meant for Me. Jewel comes from an influential family. Her dad is ‘Atz Kilcher, who features as a star in an American TV reality series: The Last Frontier. Born and raised in Homer, Alaska, Jewel grew up perfecting her career with the help of her dad. The early yodeling and singing have proved fruitful. She is a four-time Grammy awards nominee and has sold over 30 million albums since her first release. Jewel learned operatic voice at Interlochen Arts Academy, Michigan.
3. Mario Chalmers
This professional basketball player from Anchorage has represented Alaska well in sports. He has won several championships at various levels, from high school to professional. That has made him a very influential figure in his state and worldwide. After his college education, Chalmers was enrolled in NBA and has been a key player in the United States, playing for Miami Heat and Minnesota Timberwolves. He was nominated the Co-defense player of the year in 2006-07 and the most outstanding player in 2008. Besides playing football, Chalmers has also been at the forefront of supporting the learning and sports of needy children and studying breast cancer.
4. Khleo Thomas
Talk of multi-talented celebrities and Khleo Thomas will be on the list. He is not only an on-screen actor but also fares pretty well off the screen. Khleo is an entrepreneur, artist, and influencer born on 30th January 1989 in Anchorage, Alaska. He is known for playing Zero in the Holes film, which earned him an award as the best supporting actor. Khleo also appeared in other 21 Hollywood films and 16 TV shows, on and behind the scene. These opportunities have helped him nurture a rewarding connection and follow with his admires. Most of his lifestyle brand (Slick Living) supporters are his fans. He’s one of the Alaskan stars with a fanbase that supports him in and outside the film industry.
5. Curtis Schilling
Born in 1966 in Anchorage, Alaska, this American former MLB baseball player and a current Blaze TV commentator. Curtis Schilling is a right-handed pitcher who has recorded several championships. He spearheaded the Philadelphia Phillies’ appearance in the world series in 1993. Besides, Schilling was the first professional baseball player from Alaska to pitch in a major league. He made 3116 strikes in his career, making him one of the 3000 strikeout club members. He also won two championships with Arizona Diamondbacks and Boston Red Sox in 2001 and 2004.
6. Joshua Morrow
Morrow is recognized as Nicholas Newman in ‘The Young and the Restless, a TV soap opera from 1994 to 2002. He’s also been cast in the Golden shoe movie. This star was born in 1974 in Juneau, Alaska. Early in his acting career, Morrow founded 3deep, a soul-pop musical group, but the band dissolved in 2001. He is committed to giving back to society, a noble act he accomplishes by playing Hollywood Home Games on the World Poker Tour. Morrow has recorded several achievements: the 1996 Daytime award for being a great actor and the Soap Opera Digest Award for being an outstanding lead actor. In 2001 Morrow was also awarded for being an outstanding hero.
7. Holly Madison
Here is a personality from Craig, Alaska, who starred in ‘The Girls Next Door’ on the E! TV show for five seasons before starring in Holly’s world – her reality show. She was also played the lead in Peepshow, a live show that ran from 2009-to 2012. Madison is recognized for her bestseller memoir ‘Down the Rabbit Hole. ‘ She’s also written other prize-winning books, including The Vegas Diaries and The Showgirl Next Door. Madison is a celebrated model, actress, and author and among the few who have worked hard up the ladder.
8. Rudy Pankow
Rudy Pankow is an American actor born and raised in Ketchikan, Alaska. He was born in 1998 and started pursuing his acting via YouTube while in middle school. He perfected his theater skills by joining an acting institute in 2016-17. Pankow is recognized for starring as JJ Maybank in the Outer Banks, a Netflix teen drama series. He has starred in other films, including The Politician as the other kid, Uncharted playing Sam Drake, Space Waves taking the role of Joey Kite, and Deviant, where he played Marcel. He’s also featured as the lead guy in Muse: Thought Contagion, a music video. Besides these starring positions, Pankow has appeared in other films and TV shows.
9. James Paige Morrison
James Paige was born in 1954 in Bountiful, Utah, and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, a place he believes contributed to his acting career success. In Alaska, he got a chance to shoot his first film’ Parking.’ In this magical place, it is this magical place that gave him several acting opportunities at a young age. Today, he’s grown to be a professional theater actor recognized worldwide. Since early 1980, Morris has been a professional stage actor. Morrison has starred in several shows, including Frasier, the La Jolla Playhouse, The X-Files, McCarter Theater, and the Mark Taper Forum. He has received several awards and nominations, including the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, which he was given for being an outstanding performer. Morris has written, directed, and produced several films throughout his career.
10. Mark Schlereth
Mark Schlereth, nicknamed ‘Stink,’ made a name for himself as an outstanding football player. He was one of the few professional football players from Alaska to play in the National Football League. Schlereth joined NFL after his college football career and played as a guard for 12 seasons (1989-2000). He left football in 2001 at the age of 35 due to the several injuries he suffered during his football career but joined Fox Sports as a football analyst in 2017. Schlereth is three times super bowl champion and was twice nominated to a pro bowl in 1991 and 1998. He has also played in a TV soap opera ‘Guiding Light and the Red Dawn, a remake released in 2012.
11. Cedric Sanders
This born 1982 professional actor from Anchorage, Alaska, discovered his acting talent at eight years old. He acted in the law and order film (1990-2010) and Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001-2011. Sanders also appeared in a FOX series film Bones.’ However, many recognize him for his appearance in Ambulance, a thriller film to be released in April 2022. He’s played various roles, including Young Kronish in the Future man film, Service Man in Café in the American Gangster film, and Reggie in The Social Network film. Sanders received the 2008 NAACP Theatre Award for his performance as a lead actor in “A Matter of Honor.’ He was recognized as the best actor in ‘The Least Among You’ film during the 2009 San Diego Black Film Festival.
12. David C. Scott
David C. Scott is an American actor. He was born in 1970 in Fairbanks, Alaska. He’s recognized for his capitol police role in Lethal Weapon (2019). He’s also played other roles in other films, including Nathan Barnes in The mentalist (2005), Prison Guard in the Desperate wives, Host in Castle, and FBI agent in the Days of Our Lives (2010-2016), among others.
13. Derek Theler
This American actor and model was born in 1985. He started starring in 2009, taking minor roles in various TV series, including The Hills, The Middle, and Cougar Town. Besides acting, Theler has modeled in multiple TV commercials, such as State Farm performing the ‘hot guy.’ He also appeared in Nike, Verizon, and Arby’s infomercials. However, many know him for his first major role in 2012, where he played Danny Wheeler in Baby Daddy. He’s also acted in other great movies like 68 Whiskey, Sasquatch, and New Warriors, where he played Craig Hollins.
14. Douglas J. Eboch
Eboch is best recognized for starring ‘Sweet Home Alabama, a 2002 American comedy. He was born in 1967 in Chicago Eboch and moved to Juneau, Alaska. Here, he joined Juneau Douglas High School, where he was an active member of the dram department. He appeared in various plays, including Hellen Keller. After graduating from high school in 1986, he continued to pursue a career in screenwriting and acting. He joined the USC School of Cinema, where he graduated in 1993. Since then, Eboch has featured in a number of movies and written several plays, including the Night Cove-a video game and Sleepover at the Stable – a children’s Christmas film. Outside entertainment, you’ll find him teaching.
15. Brody Hutzler
You probably know this American actor for starring Patrick Lockhart on Days of Our Lives. Hutzler is from Fairbanks, Alaska, born on 20th April 1971. He’s an actor and a realtor who has appeared in several films, including She spies, Angel, Ally McBeal, Legally Blonde, Family Guy, 7th Heaven, Charmed, Birds of Prey, and Baby Daddy. When not acting, you’ll find him working as a realtor.
16. Steven Bruns
Steve is another actor from Anchorage, Alaska. Thanks to a modeling agency based in Baltimore, this 1979 born star was able to unleash his modeling talent. After modeling in several commercials, he pursued a career in acting. He’s best known for playing a couple on the plane in The Holiday, a film that unlocked his passion for acting. He’s appeared in several films, including Rusty Tulloch, Days of our lives, etc. Bruns has also written and produced his commercials. He looks forward to starring in his movies.
17. Lincoln Brewster
Lincoln Brewster is a contemporary Christian artist from Fairbanks, Alaska. He’s a great guitarist and a songwriter, among the few personalities whose talent is inborn. His mother spotted his talent at an early age and started nurturing his talent in musical instruments. He was first introduced to the mandolin at five and later upgraded to a guitar and perfected his skills. Today he’s become an outstanding worship pastor in California and worldwide.
18. David A. Gregory
Born in 1985 in Fairbanks in Alaska, is this actor played Robert Ford in One Life to Live. However, many know him for his Zach Devine role in The Good fight. Gregory has also appeared in other great films, including Constantine, Power Burns, Insatiable, and Deception. He’s an actor and writer who started acting at an early age with Fairbanks Drama Association. He also got a chance to showcase his talent at Fairbanks Light Opera Theatre. Due to these opportunities, Gregory won The Maddy Award in 2003 for excellence in Musical Theater. This kept him working hard for more remarkable achievements.
19. Darby Stanchfield
This talented actress was born and raised in Kodak, Alaska. She’s well recognized for playing Abby Whelan in Scandal, a political drama series on ABC. Stanfield has appeared on other shows, including Jericho, Mad Men, Strong Medicine, The Mentalist, Bones, and How I Met Your Mother, starring in Locke &Key, a horror series. She’s also acted in several independent movies.
20. Rachael Uchitel
Another favorite star from Anchorage, Alaska, is Racheal Uchitel. This TV correspondence, a hostess and club manager grabbed public attention in 2010 when her picture in which she was holding her fiancé’s pic was published in New York Post. She acted Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, season four of the American reality show the same year. Since then, she’s appeared in several shows.
Are you very familiar with this beautiful place? Probably you now have more reasons to find out what other amazing things this single state has offered the world. This article cautions us of the importance of knowing the roots and stories behind the people we admire. They might be from your neighborhood and turn out to be great role models.