SAN DIEGO — San Diego is home to a number of big names in the celebrity world.
From Academy Award winners to high-flying sports athletes, America’s Finest City is known for its star production.
FOX 5 compiled a list of seven influential people from the San Diego area:
Cameron Diaz, the blue-eyed actress who jumpstarted her acting career with a big part in The Mask (1994) while working as a model, is a San Diego native, according to Biography.com. She solidified her stardom in 1998 from the box office smash There’s Something About Mary.
A San Diegan who grew up in the Lincoln Park neighborhood and graduated from Monte Vista High School in Spring Valley, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the multi-dimensional Nick Cannon has made a name for himself in the entertainment industry from hosting television shows to rapping and acting on the big screen. Last February, Cannon opened a combined restaurant, sports bar and arcade called Wild ‘N Out in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter. The business was open for less than a year, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Tony Hawk — who transcended the skateboarding world with his competition titles, historic 900-degree spin move and iconic video game series — was born in Carlsbad, according to SanDiego.org. He is currently an Encinitas resident and is co-owner of Chick & Hawk in the coastal community.
Formerly known as Kristen Mary Houghton, Kris Jenner is a well-known media personality and entrepreneur. A New York Times Bestselling author, she has launched several business ventures, including a cosmetics and clothing line. Jenner is also a San Diegan, growing up in the Clairemont area where she attended Longfellow Elementary School, according to Biography.com.
Recently retired snowboarder Shaun White, nicknamed “The Flying Tomato,” is arguably one of the best snowboarders in history, winning three Olympic gold medals and multiple Summer and Winter X Games medals. Another Carlsbad native, he followed in Tony Hawk’s footsteps to have an impressive skateboarding career as well.
Breaking out in his role as A.C. Slater on the 1989 television sitcom “Saved by the Bell,” Chula Vista native Mario Lopez has since become a New York Times bestselling author, producer, host and two-time Emmy winner.