Johnstown, PA

Entertainers from Cambria County

*The Internet Movie Database,
**The People of Cambria County, by Dave Huber, 2003

Carroll Baker, Movie Actress

Born in Johnstown, Baker appeared in numerous European and American movies including Giant (1956), The Carpetbaggers (1964), Harlow (1965), How the West Was Won (1962), and most recently, Kindergarten Cop (1990). She received an Oscar nomination for her role in Baby Doll (1956). Baker has performed on Broadway, written three books and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.**

Charles Bronson, Movie Actor

America’s "tough guy" Charles Bronson grew up in the town of Ehrenfield. Best known for his rugged looks and intense action scenes, Bronson's career spanned 50 years acting in American and European films. He received notoriety portraying a vigilante, gunfighter, police detective, or hitman in numerous television and theatre movies including roles in The Dirty Dozen (1967), Death Wish (1974), Hard Times (1975), and the Family of Cops television series.*

Chris Columbus, Movie Director, Producer, Writer

Born in Spangler, PA, Columbus has been entertaining movie and television audiences for over two decades writing, directing and producing family favorites such as Gremlins, The Goonies, the Home Alone series, the Harry Potter movie series, Mrs. Doubtfire, Nine Months, Night at the Museum, Christmas with the Kranks, and much more.*

Alan Freed, Music Promoter

Born in Johnstown, Freed was a disc jockey who coined the phrase "Rock 'n Roll" and was responsible for introducing black music artists to white audiences.**

Tim Krazinsky, Writer, Actor, Comedian

Best known for his appearances on Saturday Night Live and the Police Academy movies, Kazurinsky was born in Johnstown and continues to act in a variety of films.*

Baker, Bronson, Kazurinsky, and Columbus photos all courtesy of Freed photo courtesy of

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