Famous People from Dayton

Below is a list we’ve compiled of notable people from the Dayton area. We’ve only included people we’ve actually heard of, but you can find a complete list here.

Actors and Models:

  • Nancy Cartwright – voice of Bart Simpson
  • Allison Janney – actress
  • Dr. Creep – actor
  • Toccara Jones – model
  • Chad Lowe – actor
  • Rob Lowe – actor
  • Martin Sheen – actor
  • Dave Chappelle – comedian (Yellow Springs)


  • Roger Clemens – baseball
  • AJ Hawk – football
  • Brady Hoke – University of Michigan football coach
  • Edwin C. Moses – Olympic Gold Medalist
  • Mike Schmidt – baseball


  • Erma Bombeck
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar

Inventors and Entrepreneurs

  • John H. Patterson – founder of NCR
  • Orville and Wilbur Wright – first successful inventors of powered airplanes
  • Charles F. Kettering – inventor of self-starter for automobiles, Freon refrigerant, and premature infants incubator
  • James & John Ritty – inventors of the Incorruptible Cashier.
  • Esther Price – founder of Esther Price Candies.


  • Althea Harper – designer, contestant on Project Runway
  • Wendy Pepper – designer, contestant on Project Runway
  • Cathy Guisewite – cartoonist of Cathy comic strip


Know someone we forgot? Let us know! (We only mention those who were born here, or spent a significant amount of time here and contributed to Dayton’s history.)