Sarasota is a picturesque town located on Florida’s sunny Gulf Coast and just west of where the Tampa Bay Area meets the Suncoast. Sarasota has two main ZIP Codes, 34236 and 34237, with an estimated population over 52,000 people. As one of Florida’s most affluent communities, it has attracted celebrities since the early 1900s. Here are list of Celebrities in Sarasota FL:
There are several Celebrities from the world of sports, movies and television who enjoy living in Sarasota. Some famous people or celebrities that live here include:
*Norah O’Donnell – CBS News anchor;
*Sharon Osbourne – TV personality and wife of rocker Ozzy Osbourne;
*Shaquille O’Neal – former professional basketball player; Actors Darryl Hannah, David Hasselhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Beverly Johnson, Kathy Ireland, Jason Kennedy (TV host), Alan Thicke ( Growing Pains ) , Dexter King (son of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.) and Daisy Fuentes . Sarasota is also where music producer Phil Spector was arrested in June 2009 for the alleged murder of actress Lana Clarkson and where author Jack Kerouac wrote “The Dharma Bums.”
*Rupert Murdoch – media mogul;
*Harrison Ford – actor;
*Chris Cornell, the lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave; Comedian Paul Reiser and actress Gillian Anderson ( The X-Files ) also call Sarasota home.
*Vanna White – TV personality hostess of Wheel of Fortune . Sarasota is also where golfers Vijay Singh, Annika Sorenstam, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Ryan Palmer, Rocco Mediate were born or live now.
*Sarasota is also home to Grammy-winning jazz and blues legend, B.B. King who still plays concerts in his hometown;
*John Hendricks founded the Discovery Channel in Washington, D.C.; In October 2009, Sarasota made national news when a local judge ordered that the words “In God We Trust” be placed on courtroom walls and government offices.
*Robert Duvall – actor known for roles in The Godfather , Tender Mercies , The Apostle and A Civil Action ;
*Peter Carl Faberge – Russian jewellery designer during the early 1900s famous for his work with the Imperial family of Russia;
The Covenent – American black metal band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
There are many of celebrities to be seen in Sarasota .
*Demi Moore – actress;
Wade Boggs – professional baseball player; Actor Ben Vereen.
*Bob Keeshan – TV’s “Captain Kangaroo;”
*George Steinbrenner – owner of the New York Yankees baseball team and former CEO of American Ship Building Company;
The following is a list celebrities that are from or reside in Sarasota:
*Adam Jones- who plays for the Baltimore Orioles (baseball). As an infant, he lived with his family in Sarasota. His father played for the Sulphur Dell Miners minor league baseball team in 1978. Adam can be seen here at age 6 months playing with his Dave on April 5, 1979.
*Alan Thicke- actor best known for his role as Dr. Jason Seaver on the hit TV series Growing Pains . He was born in Ontario, Canada but grew up and attended university in Sarasota. He is a huge supporter of the arts here and worked with many local groups to make this town a vibrant place for artists.
*Aasif Mandvi – comedian and former correspondent on The Daily Show he also appears in the new Broadway show “Disgraced.”
*Anna Maria Horsford – actress who has appeared in numerous movies, including Friday , Half Baked , The Wayans Brothers and The Kid & I . She lives here full time now and is part of many charitable events around town.