50. Nancy Wilson

50. Nancy Wilson


Born: Chillicothe, 1937

Wilson proved to be one of the most versatile voices in the business - a performer able to handle jazz, cabaret, blues and pop. Over the years she put out more than 70 albums and picked up three Grammys.

49. James "Buster" Douglas


Born: Columbus, 1960

Mike Tyson was so dominant that most bookies wouldn't even take bets for his 1990 heavyweight title fight against this Columbus challenger. Then, in Tokyo, Douglas shocked the world by shattering Iron Mike in the 10th round.

48. Phil Donahue

Talk-show host

Born: Cleveland, 1935

As the original Oprah, every day Donahue had millions of housewives tuning in to his tabloid talk show, which got its start as a local show in Dayton.

47. Jim Tressel


Born: Mentor, 1952

Tressel singlehandedly transformed the sweater vest from Golden Buckeye garment into symbol of power by winning four Division I-AA national titles at Youngstown State and leading Ohio State to the 2002 championship.

46. Fred Willard


Born: Shaker Heights, 1939

This mockumentary star shone most brightly as inappropriate dog-show commentator Buck Laughlin in "Best of Show." Among his best sideline quips: "And to think that, in some countries, these dogs are eaten."

45. Bernie Kosar

Football player

Born: Youngstown, 1963

If you grew up in Cleveland during the '80s, you wore a No. 19 Browns jersey and joyously shouted "Bernie Bernie" to the tune of "Louie Louie."

44. Eddie Rickenbacker


Born: Columbus, 1890

Rickenbacker earned numerous awards, including the Medal of Honor, during World War I as an ace pilot with more than two dozen confirmed dogfight victories. He was also an accomplished auto racer and the longtime head of Eastern Air Lines.

43. Burgess Meredith


Born: Cleveland, 1907

His career in Hollywood spanned more than 60 years, and he'll always be remembered as the man who taught Rocky to "eat lightning and crap thunder!" Don't forget his lovable role as wily Grandpa Gustafson in "Grumpy Old Men."

42. The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney


Born: Akron, 1979 and 1980, respectively

There's no better embodiment of rock and blues in music today than The Black Keys. Suck it, Jack White!

41. Dorothy Dandridge


Born: Cleveland, 1922

After starring in "Carmen Jones," Dandridge became the first African-American woman to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress.