Famous People from Washington State

Can you name these famous Washingtonians based on a short clue?
Includes people who moved to Washington as adults
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Last updated: January 8, 2020
First submittedMarch 9, 2012
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From Seattle
Microsoft co-founder
Bill Gates
Paul Allen
"Purple Haze"
Jimi Hendrix
"Thrift Shop" rapper
Pearl Jam frontman
Eddie Vedder
"The Science Guy"
Bill Nye
"Enter the Dragon"
martial artist
Bruce Lee
Amazon founder
Jeff Bezos
5'8" dunk champion
Nate Robinson
Smooth jazz saxophonist
Kenny G
"Baby Got Back"
Sir Mix-a-Lot
"Crash Into Me"
Dave Matthews
From Other Cities
NBA all-time assists leader
John Stockton
"White Christmas" singer
Bing Crosby
Quahog mayor
Walla Walla
Adam West
Grunge music icon who
died in 1994
Kurt Cobain
Short-track speed skater
Federal Way
Apolo Ohno
"The Far Side" cartoonist
University Place
Gary Larson
"Boys Don't Cry" actress
Hilary Swank
Lazy boyfriend on
"Parks and Recreation"
Lake Stevens
Chris Pratt
Level 89
Sep 23, 2014
Just after I started the quiz, "All Apologies" started playing. Made me smile when I got to Nirvana's frontman.
Level 78
Nov 1, 2014
After just finishing the "Cities that Begin with S" quiz, I was thinking all of these answers had to begin with W. I was going crazy trying to think of who sang White Christmas besides Bing Crosby, and it never dawned on me that Bill Gates had worked on the first answer. I shouldn't be let out of my cage this early in the morning.
Level 49
Nov 1, 2014
How exactly is Bruce Lee from Washington? He was born in San Francisco and raised in Hong Kong.
Level 67
Nov 1, 2014
I was wondering that too, so I did some research. After he moved back to San Francisco at age 18, Bruce Lee apparently lived Seattle from 1959-1964, where he attended college for awhile before dropping out and moving back to California.

Personally I think including him is a BIG stretch since he wasn't native to Washington and didn't live there very long, but the hint for him is easy enough so it doesn't bother me much.

Level 65
Sep 24, 2019
He’s buried here (in Seattle)
Level 64
Dec 29, 2020
I guess that means he's been in Seattle longer than he'd been anywhere else.
Level 81
Nov 1, 2014
oh good... is Dave Matthews from Washington now? As a native Virginian I was tired of being blamed for him. The Washingtonians can have him.
Level 44
Nov 2, 2014
Matthews grew up in New York and South Africa. Moved to Charlottesville VA as a young adult. He lives in Seattle now.
Level 65
Sep 24, 2019
Noooo! Take him back
Level 33
Mar 3, 2015
As a Washingtonian I would love to take credit for Eddie Vedder, but truly he is from San Diego/Chicago. Fun quiz though.
Level 71
Jun 29, 2015
Dave Matthews is from South Africa and grew up in New York and Virginia. Eddie Vedder was born in Illinois and grew up in San Diego. Bruce Lee is from Hong Kong and San Francisco.
Level 53
Jul 29, 2015
Hilary Swank only has one L.
Level 55
Mar 11, 2016
I believe it's Hilary Swank, not Hillary Swank.
Level 61
Feb 10, 2019
I have to admit, Chris Pratt's hint could have been Star-Lord or Owen Wilson, would have made it a lot easier to guess him. Just a thought :)
Level 62
Mar 13, 2021
Other possible additions - Ken Jennings, Kenny Loggins, Bob Barker, John Elway, Anna Faris, Nick Robinson, Karan Brar etc.......