Editor’s Note: This story first published on June 24, 2018.
When people ask about famous faces who were born and raised in Springfield, most people will say Grammy-winning singer and songwriter John Legend easily comes to mind.
But there are plenty more notable names who have called the Champion City home. Here’s a look at five you may not have known:
1. Justin Chambers
This small screen star was born in Springfield in 1970. One of the youngest among five siblings — along with his twin brother, Jason — Chambers started his career as a model for Calvin Klein fragrances.
He eventually moved to New York and studied acting for several years before getting his big break in the NBC soap opera “Another World.” Today, the 2017 People’s Choice Award winner plays Dr. Alex Karev in the popular ABC medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy.”
2. Wayne Embry
Many people might have heard of Wayne Embry thanks to the stretch of U.S. 40 near Tecumseh High School that bears his name, but some might not know of his legacy. Embry is a retired basketball player who spent his 11-year career playing center and forward for three NBA teams: the Milwaukee Bucks, the Cincinnati Royals and the Boston Celtics.
After his retirement, he became the first African-American general manager and team president in NBA history. He is now senior basketball advisor to the Toronto Raptors.
3. Braxton Miller
Miller is well-known for playing football for Wayne High School in Huber Heights before heading on to Ohio State University, but the sports star was actually born in Springfield. Miller performed as OSU’s starting quarterback for several seasons before switching to wide receiver in 2015. He was chosen as a third round draft pick by the Houston Texans in the 2016 NFL Draft.
4. Griffin House
This born-and-raised Springfield musician has had his music featured in some of the country’s most popular shows. He came into the music scene in 2001, and his 2004 album, “Lost and Found,” got a rave review on “CBS Sunday Morning.”
Since then, he’s released eight more albums and had tracks featured in national advertising campaigns. House’s work was also featured on the popular CW dramas “One Tree Hill” and “Everwood.”
5. Jonathan Winters
Originally born in Bellbrook, Jonathan Winters was raised by his mother in Springfield. A legendary comedian in his own right, Winters was also a history-maker, becoming the first person broadcast on color videotape in 1956 and performing in the first color television show in 1957.
He went on to a storied career being featured on The Tonight Show and also starring in movies like the 1963 comedy “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.”
He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960. He passed away from natural causes in 2013 at the age of 87.
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