Famous People from Charleston, SC

Charleston is home to several renowned actors, models, psychologists, biologists, and many more notable individuals from different spheres. Below are some of the most famous individuals from this South Californian city.

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  • Johnny Whitworth

Whitworth is an American actor from Charleston; he was born her in October 1975. He is most famous for his incredible roles in films such as ‘Empire Records’ as A J., ‘The Rainmaker’ as Donny Ray Black, ‘Limitless’ as Vernon Gant, ‘Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance’ as Blackout, and ‘The 100’ as Cage Wallace. Whitworth spent most of his early years in Charleston, his birthplace, with his mother. After his parents’ divorce, Johnny chose to live in Plano, TX, with his father. At the age of 15, he moved to LA with his mother. In 1994, he started out his acting career, making an appearance as a guest in the film ‘Party of Five’. His movie debut was in 1995, in the film ‘Bye Bye Love’. It was in this same year that he played the role A. J. in ‘Empire Records’.

  • Kwame Hassani Brown

Kwame, a former professional basketball player was born in Charleston, SC in March 1982. He spent a good 12 seasons playing in the National Basketball Association league. In the 2001 NBA draft, Kwame got selected by Washington Wizards, becoming the 1st overall number one pick to get chosen straight from high school. Other teams that he played for include Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Bobcats, Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia 76ers, as well as Golden State Warriors. His performance as a 1st draft pick has led several sports analysts to brand Kwame as one of the greatest busts in the history of NBA.

  • Shanola Hampton

Best known for her incredible role as Veronica Fisher in Showtime’s ‘Shameless’, Shanola is a talented American actress who was born in Charleston, SC. Back in 2000, Shanola played a part in the musical ‘The Gift’ at Hollywood’s Tiffany Theatre. Other TV series in which she appeared include ‘Reba’, ‘Scrubs’, ‘Popular’, ‘Miami Medical’, ‘Related’, and ‘Criminal Minds’. She has also featured in an array of movies including ‘The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green’, ‘Christmas in the City’, ‘You Again’, and ‘The Hanged Man’. Shanola has had other incredible roles in the course of her career, including being Rochelle’s face model in ‘Left 4 Dead’, a popular video game.




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