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From WNY to Hollywood: A-list Celebrities Born in and Around Niagara

The Niagara region, famously known for the majestic Niagara Falls, has not only been a favorite spot for tourists but has also given birth to many talents who later went on to achieve worldwide fame - here is a list of some of the celebrities who were born in this stunning region of Western New York (WNY):

William Fichtner Buffalo Native

1. William Fichtner: One of the most famous celebrities to be born in the Niagara Region, Fichtner is a versatile actor who has appeared in films such as Armageddon, The Dark Knight, and Black Hawk Down. Fichtner was born in East Aurora, New York, which is located about 20 miles southeast of Buffalo.

2. Brian Finney: The talented musician of the American band 'Fall From Grace' was also born in the Niagara region.

3. Edward Gibson: Gibson is an astronaut from Buffalo, New York who has had a stellar career in NASA.

4. Larry Wellman: An actor best known for 'Grand Theft Auto V,' was born in Buffalo.

5. Mark Bridges: An award-winning costume designer, famous for his work in films such as 'Phantom Thread,' 'The Artist,' and 'There Will Be Blood,' was born in Niagara Falls, New York.

6. Mark Russell: A popular political satirist and comedian, Mark Russell was born in Buffalo.

7. Robbie Takac: Takac, a member of the 'Goo Goo Dolls,' was born in the Western New York area.

8. Shemar Moore: Born in California but raised in Buffalo, the talented actor is best known for his roles in 'Criminal Minds' and 'S.W.A.T.'.

9. Thom Noble: An Academy Award-winning film editor known for his work on films such as 'Thelma & Louise' and 'Witness', was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

10. William Sadler: An actor renowned for his roles in 'The Shawshank Redemption' and 'Die Hard 2', was born in Buffalo, New York.

11. Barbara Frum: Known for her influential journalism career at CBC, Frum was born in Niagara Falls, New York.

12.Christine Baranski: Born in Cheektowaga, New York, just a few miles east of Buffalo. Baranski has had a successful career in film, television, and theater, earning acclaim for her roles in projects like The Birdcage, The Grinch, Mamma Mia!, The Good Fight and much more.

13. Wolf Blitzer: Born in Western New York in the city of Buffalo, Blitzer is best known as a longtime correspondent and anchor for CNN.

14. Frank Dux: The martial artist, who was the inspiration for the movie Bloodsport, was born in Toronto, but was raised in Niagara Falls, New York.

15. Charles Cyphers: This actor, who had notable roles in many of John Carpenter's films including Halloween and Escape from New York, was born in Niagara Falls.

While the majestic falls have been the center of attention in the Niagara Region, the area has undeniably contributed to the arts and sciences, by serving as the birthplace of many individuals who made it big in their respective fields. The natural beauty of this place seems to provide an inspirational backdrop that aids the inhabitants to reach for the stars.

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