Did You Know These Famous People All Come from Denver?

What’s your reason for visiting Denver?

One of the reasons I love walking around this city is because of its connection with celebrities. Why? It’s inspiring to breathe the same air some very successful people also breathed!

Denver’s list of famous connections ranges from politicians to artists. These connections also reflect the city’s versatility. Denver does it all:

  • It offers excellent education
  • There are many parks and nature reserves
  • Tourism is booming
  • People enjoy a high quality of life
  • Sports are well supported

Such a well-rounded city is worth a visit. And during your next visit, you can ask the locals where these celebrities once lived.

Tim Allen

Comedians seem to flourish in Denver. There are quite a few.

Probably the most famous of Denver’s Hollywood personalities is Tim Allen.

While he was growing up Tim was actually known as Timothy Allen Dick. He only later took on his stage name. Tim’s family moved to Detroit when he was 13, but Denver would always be his hometown.

What is this guy famous for?

You probably spent hours laughing at him and his television family in the series ‘Home Improvement’. He made countless movies and who can forget Buzz Lightyear in ‘Toy Story’. Yes, it was Tim who did the voice work. This landed him a Disney Legend award in 1999.

And what’s the ultimate moment for any Hollywood celebrity? Yes, Tim got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2004.

Madeleine Albright

This famous person ended up in a more serious role. Politics.

Madeleine fulfilled the important role of United States Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001. This role forces you to make some important decisions.

But Madeleine was used to tough decisions since childhood.

Her family was forced into exile from Czechoslovakia to Britain during World War II to escape persecution. Madeleine and her family only immigrated to America when she was 11 and Denver was the city they picked to start their new life.

And what an impact she made from day one!

As a student at Kent Denver School Madeleine started the international relations club and served as its president. She kept on making an impression wherever she went. She received a Ph.D. in politics and through fundraising landed a position as advisor to politicians in 1976.

Her diligent work ended up in her position as an ambassador to the UN under Bill Clinton in 1993 and later as Secretary of State. She was the first female to ever fill this position.

For her hard work, she was awarded the U.S. Senator H. John Heinz III Award for Greatest Public Service by an Elected or Appointed Official in 2001.

To this day she still actively works in politics and fights for justice around the globe. What an impressive resume for a girl from Denver!

Amy van Dyken-Rouen

Yes, Denver also produced many sport superstars.

Amy Van Dyken-Rouen is a 1996 Olympic gold medallist in many swimming divisions:

  • 50m freestyle
  • 100 m butterfly
  • Freestyle relay
  • 100m relay

Four years later she won two more medals with her team in the relays. This total of six medals is the most any woman ever won at the Olympic Games.

But one wouldn’t have expected this result if you knew her as a child in Denver. Amy has asthma. Swimming was a way of strengthening her lungs. Eventually, it became her life story.

But her story doesn’t end with swimming.

Amy faced more challenges in 2014 when her spine got severed in an accident. But Amy never gave up. Though paralyzed from the waist down Amy is positive about her ongoing recovery and enjoys her work as a sports commentator.

The Lumineers

We can’t forget about musicians on this list. And who doesn’t know The Lumineers?

Yes, folk music isn’t everyone’s favorite music genre. But this group of three impresses crowds so much that they’ve landed songs in the number one spot on the US Billboard 200.

And it’s not only America that loves them. In Canada and Britain, their recent work also tops the charts & their 2016 album is listed as Gold.

Since they’re based in Denver you can try and get their autographs on your next visit to the city.

AnnaSophia Robb

This stunning young actress had her first audiences in Denver, Colorado.

Ever since AnnaSophia Robb was little she loved acting. As a child crowds of 500 used to watch her perform on church stages, but this wasn’t enough for this lady. She wanted more.

Luckily a scout recognized her potential when she was nine and she started acting in TV commercials.

Her fame as a child star grew and she obtained a coveted role in ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ in 2005.

But it seems Denver’s art world had a huge influence on Miss Robb. In 2005 she also helped design clothing and later model for Trad Clothing.

Today she’s a student and still acts in series and movies. And it all started in Denver.

Roseanne Barr

Let’s end this list with another comedian.

No, Roseanne Barr wasn’t born in Denver. But this was the city that rocketed her to stardom.

Born in Salt Lake City Roseanne always loved the stage. She too performed on church stages as a child.

But she was excellent at stand up comedy and in the 1980’s Denver’s clubs gave her platforms to cultivate this skill.

This start led to comedy performances in Los Angeles and today she’s well known for her sitcoms, talk shows & many other performances.

And she has Denver to thank for it.

I like to think that the city, its infrastructure and its leaders played a role in some of these celebrities’ lives. A healthy foundation carries the potential to jump-start a prosperous future. Denver has seen much modernization and improvement over the past few years. By staying relevant the city may inspire many more future celebrities!

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