The 30 most famous celebrities hailing from Tampa Bay

Ever wonder what famous people have Tampa ties? Well, here are a few celebs that have called Tampa Bay their home at one point in their lives.

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John Cena 
Even if you can’t see him (because his time is now), John Cena is a Land O’ Lakes resident and has been spotted at several spots throughout Tampa, including Ocean Prime. Cena is mostly known for his wrestling career, but he has become quite active in the movies, with major roles in movies such as Trainwreck and a role in the upcoming Suicide Squad sequel. 
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John Cena

Even if you can’t see him (because his time is now), John Cena is a Land O’ Lakes resident and has been spotted at several spots throughout Tampa, including Ocean Prime. Cena is mostly known for his wrestling career, but he has become quite active in the movies, with major roles in movies such as Trainwreck and a role in the upcoming Suicide Squad sequel.

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Angela Bassett
Even though Bassett was born in New York City, the Black Panther star attended Boca Ciega high school in Gulfport after moving to St. Pete. Bassett’s most recognized role is when she played Tina Turner in the biopic “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” where Bassett was the first African-American to win the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. 
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Angela Bassett

Even though Bassett was born in New York City, the Black Panther star attended Boca Ciega high school in Gulfport after moving to St. Pete. Bassett’s most recognized role is when she played Tina Turner in the biopic “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” where Bassett was the first African-American to win the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.

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Owen Teague
A graduate of Blake High School, Blake Teague is mostly known for his role as Patrick Hockstetter in It: Chapter Two, as well as a role in the episode “Arkangel” in the hit Netflix series Black Mirror. Teague was even a member of the orchestra at Blake, as well as being a member of the thespian club. 
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Owen Teague

A graduate of Blake High School, Blake Teague is mostly known for his role as Patrick Hockstetter in It: Chapter Two, as well as a role in the episode “Arkangel” in the hit Netflix series Black Mirror. Teague was even a member of the orchestra at Blake, as well as being a member of the thespian club.

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Ray Charles
Although he may have Georgia on his mind, Ray Charles lived in Tampa for a short time in his life before he became known for his work as a piano player. Charles spent his time in Tampa playing for Charlie Brantley’s “Original Honey Dippers,” a local legendary R&B group. 
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Ray Charles

Although he may have Georgia on his mind, Ray Charles lived in Tampa for a short time in his life before he became known for his work as a piano player. Charles spent his time in Tampa playing for Charlie Brantley’s “Original Honey Dippers,” a local legendary R&B group.

Photo by Victor Diaz Lamich via Wikimedia Commons
Jimmy Wales
One of the founders of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales lived in St. Pete from 2002 until he moved to London in 2012. Wales claims to be the sole founder of Wikipedia, but “co-founders” of the website such as Larry Sanger, dispute this claim. 
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Jimmy Wales

One of the founders of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales lived in St. Pete from 2002 until he moved to London in 2012. Wales claims to be the sole founder of Wikipedia, but “co-founders” of the website such as Larry Sanger, dispute this claim.

Photo Joi Ito via Wikimedia Commons

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