Arts

  • 1957 – Bob Ballew – Television Videographer, and Director. Emmy, Golden Mike, and LA Press Awards Recipient
  • 1963 – Basil Poledouris – Composer for movies and television (noted for Conan the Barbarian and Lonesome Dove)
  • 1963 – John McEuen – Founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
  • 1963 – Kathy Westmoreland – Singer and recording artist.
  • 1963 – Steve Martin – Comedian, actor, screen writer, and author.
  • 1964 – Denis Boyles – Writer, editor and journalist.
  • 1970 – Stephen Shortridge – Film and television actor and Impressionist painter.
  • 2008 – Can “Candy” Nguyen –  Member of Poreotics Dance Team, winner of America’s Best Dance Crew Season 7.

Business

  • 1953 – Gary Davidson – Co-founder and first President of both the American Basketball Association and the World Hockey Association.
  • 1959 – Wylie Aitken – Successful Trial Lawyer. Youngest President in the history of the California State Trial Bar.
  • 1962 – Steve Fossett – Businessman, aviator, sailor and adventurer; first person to circumnavigate the globe solo in a balloon.

Military

  • 1999 – Michael Monsoor – United States Navy SEAL killed in Iraq and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest military honor, for his actions in sacrificing his life to save the lives of others in his unit while under fire in Iraq on September 29, 2006 during the War on Terrorism.

Politics

  • 1928Harry Louis Lake – First City of Garden Grove Mayor. Former Garden Grove City Councilmember.
  • 1959 – Bill Thomas – 11-term U.S. Congressman (retired) and Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
  • 1995 – Janet Nguyen – 34th District State Senator. Former Garden Grove City Councilmember and Orange County Board of Supervisors Board Member.
  • 1998Stephanie (Beihl) Klopfenstein – City of Garden Grove District 5 Councilmember.

Sports

  • 1938 – Merle Hapes – NFL player, Fullback, 1942 and 1946 with the New York Giants.
  • 1955 – Jack Hart – College football player, Halfback, member of University of California Athletic Hall of Fame, scored two touchdowns in 1959 Rose Bowl.
  • 1961 – Roy Gleason – MLB player, Outfielder, 1963 with Los Angeles Dodgers; only MLB player to serve in combat in the Vietnam War.
  • 1966 – Mark Lomas – NFL Player, Defensive Lineman, 1970-74 with the New York Jets.
  • 1969 – Al Carlson – NBA player, Center, 1975-76 with the Seattle SuperSonics
  • 1980 – Mike Schooler – MLB player, Pitcher, 1988-93 with the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers
  • 1981 – Lenny Dykstra – MLB player, Outfielder, 1986-96 with the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies.