Washington, a state in the Pacific Northwest, is well known for its abundant green forests. It was nicknamed the evergreen state by Seattle realtor and historian, C.T.Conover. Washington is a home for famous people who have made significant contributions both to the history of the U.S and the state of Washington in their personal endeavors. Here is a list of famous people from Washington State.

bob barkerBob Barker

Born in 1923 in Darrington, Barker grew up to become among the most famous television game show hosts in history. He is known for hosting the longest-running game show, The Price is Right. Bob has appeared twice in the Guinness book of records as the most durable performer for taping 3524 shows and as the most generous host.

Bill Gates

Growing up in Seattle with a unique family that inspired his interest in computers at an early age, Bill Gates grew to become one of the richest men in the world. Bill and his childhood friend Allen founded and built the world’s largest software business, Microsoft. Today Bill and his wife Melinda co-chair their charitable foundation established to give back to the society.

Jimi Hendrix

James Marshall Hendrix was born in 1942 and was distinguished as one of the most creative and influential musicians in the history of popular music. He instigated the explosive capabilities of the electric guitar.

Fred Couples

Fredrick Steven Couples is a professional golfer in the PGA tour. A former world’s number one, Fred has won 64 professional tournaments. He was enlisted in the world golf hall of fame in 2013.

Linda Buck

Born in 1947, Linda brown buck is a famous biologist best known for her work on the olfactory system. In 2004, she was awarded a Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine.

Pamela Reed

Reed is an American actress born in 1949. She is famous for playing alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie Kindergarten Cop. Pamela featured as Marlene Griggs on the sitcom parks and recreation show.

bing crosbyBing Crosby

Harry Crosby Jr was an American singer and actor. He was the best-selling record artist in the 20th century, selling over one billion records and tapes around the world. Harry starred in more than 100 movies.

Sammy White

Born in Wenatchee, Sammy was a major league baseball catcher. Sammy was a right-handed catcher playing with the Boston Red Sox. He was a stout defensive catcher with a good arm.
While the list could go for ages, these are some of the most famous individuals in Washington. These actors, actresses, musicians, athletes and inventors have influenced the lives of others in a positive way.