10. John Havlicek

10. John Havlicek

Basketball player

Born: Martins Ferry, 1940

An eight-time NBA champion, Havlicek left the league after scoring 26,395 points and playing in 13 consecutive all-star games. Like former Ohio State teammate Jerry Lucas, he was selected as one of the league's 50 greatest players.

9. Cy Young

Baseball player

Born: Gilmore, 1867

Here's one yardstick of being a badass: You do a thing so well that they use your name on an annual trophy given to the best doer of that thing. That's exactly what happened in the case of Denton True "Cy" Young, who retired from pro baseball with 511 wins, 7,356 innings pitched and 2,798 strikeouts. Each year, the best pitchers from the American and National leagues receive a Cy Young Award.

8. Gloria Steinem


Born: Toledo, 1934

Since gaining national recognition as the spokeswoman for the women's liberation movement, Steinem has stood up for pretty much every worthwhile civil rights cause of the past four decades. Rather than hog the spotlight for herself, she has concentrated on giving other women and marginalized groups a chance to be heard.

7. Neil Armstrong


Born: Wapakoneta, 1930

By the time he entered space in 1966, Armstrong had survived flights in more than 200 high-powered jets, rockets and helicopters. He was part of only two NASA space missions, but he made the last one count. As the spacecraft commander for "Apollo 11," Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the moon. He later brought his expertise back to Ohio, working in the University of Cincinnati's aerospace program.

6. Dave Grohl


Born: Warren, 1969

Though beloved as the frontman of the immensely popular Foo Fighters, his skills on the skins should never be overlooked. His drumming resume is daunting: Scream, Nirvana, Queens of the Stone Age and Them Crooked Vultures.

5. Steven Spielberg

Director and producer

Born: Cincinnati, 1946

Spielberg is the most recognizable film director of the modern era. He has produced blockbusters like "Jurassic Park" and the Indiana Jones franchise alongside critically acclaimed masterpieces like "Schindler's List" and "Saving Private Ryan." He currently controls a good portion of Tinseltown.

4. John Glenn

Astronaut and senator

Born: Cambridge, 1921

In 1962, Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth. Years later, at age 77, he became the oldest person to enter space. In between those flights, Glenn served in the U.S. Senate - not a bad way to wait around.

3. Ulysses S. Grant

Army general and U.S. president

Born: Point Pleasant, 1822

If you're on money, you're automatically in the top five of this list. The face on our $50 bill was in charge of all Union forces during the Civil War, and he was by far the most memorable of Ohio's U.S. presidents.

2. Thomas Edison


Born: Milan, 1847

Holding more than 1,000 U.S. patents, Edison developed, refined or brought to the public crucial inventions like the phonograph, movie cameras and durable, efficient light bulbs. He also pioneered the concept of distributing electric power to homes and businesses. Without him, the world might still be in the dark.

1. Paul Newman


Born: Cleveland Heights, 1925

There's no arguing Newman was one of the finest actors of the 20th century, portraying iconic characters like Fast Eddie, Cool Hand Luke and Butch Cassidy. But it's not his thespian work that earned him the top spot - it's his enormous heart and charitable work. He was a dedicated philanthropist throughout his life, and all proceeds from his delicious Newman's Own products go directly to good causes. One of those is his summer camp, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, for seriously ill children. Ohio couldn't ask for a better (or more attractive) No. 1.