Most people know that Will Smith was born and raised in West Philadelphia (que The Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme song), and Kevin Hart even has Kevin Hart Day in the city to honor his Philly roots. Of course, Sylvester Stallone, AKA Rocky, is one of the most famous Philadelphia natives there is, but you may not know other celebrities who grew up in and around and lived in the City of Brotherly Love.
The Bucks County native has made quite a name for herself. Born Alecia Beth Moore, P!nk attended Lenape Middle School, three months at Central Bucks West, and a year at Moore College of Art and Design. The singer did hang out at Philly Clubs as a young teen. She performed the National Anthem during the Superbowl that the Eagles won, all while having the flu. Her (almost) Philly roots might have brought them luck.
Fey was born in Upper Darby, PA, a suburb directly next to Philly. She attended Upper Darby High School and even paid her alma mater a visit to promote Mean Girls on Broadway. Her father was an administrator for the University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson University (formerly Philadelphia University). Fey even set up a scholarship in his memory at his alma mater, Temple University, for veterans who are studying journalism. Fey has poked fun at her roots by mimicking the Philly accent on SNL.
The actress turned Princess was born right here in the city of Philadelphia. She grew up in the East Falls section and her house is still there today, thanks to her son Prince Albert. She bought the house back in 2016 and has now made it open to the public.
Dennings was born in Bryn Mawr, PA, located just west of Philly. Although she was homeschooled her whole life, she did attend Friends’ Central School for a half day. The “2 Broke Girls” actress visited Sugar House Casino in 2011 after she graced the cover of Philadelphia Style Magazine and said she doesn’t get to visit as much as she would like to.
Bacon was raised in a tight-knit family in Philadelphia. He attended Julia R. Masterman School (Masterman) and studied theater at Bucknell University. Who knows? Maybe with the whole six degrees of Kevin Bacon theory, you could be related to the actor/singer.
Like Will Smith, Green was born in West Philadelphia, in the Overbrook Park section. The actor still visits from time to time because his grandfather is still a resident to the city.
The women who sang “A Thousand Years” from Twilight grew up in Bensalem, a neighboring suburb to Philly. The singer graduated from Archbishop Ryan High School in 2004 before skyrocketing to fame. She moved to LA on her 21st birthday, but moved back to Philly in 2009, where she wrote her break out hit, “Jar of Hearts.” Perri later moved back to Los Angeles.
Before graduating from Ryan, Perri attended Nazareth Academy High School, where she visited in 2015 to give the students a performance.
Yes, THE Kobe Bryant, the retired NBA player of the LA Lakers, was born right here in Philadelphia. I’m just as shocked as you. He attended Lower Merion High School, where he was, you guessed it, the star basketball player. Bryant even trained with the 76ers.
The Academy Award-nominated actor was born in Philadelphia and grew up in the Jenkintown/ Rydal areas. He attended Germantown Academy, while working at the Philadelphia Daily News. Before transferring to Georgetown University, Cooper attended Villanova University. He recently performed with the Philadelphia orchestra.
Christopher Comstock, AKA Marshmello, is rumored to have been born in Newtown Square, a suburb of Philly. The American DJ has kept his identity a secret, but a Google search has led people to believe that he may have grown up around Philly. Is his name really Chris? Did he really grow up around here? We don’t know for sure, but with the info we do know, we are saying yes.