Famous People from Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz is one of the most beautiful cities in California, known for being the home of the University of California, Santa Cruz, as well as the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. It also highlights a natural environment, stunning coastline, and numerous redwood forests. On top of all of this, the city has also been the birthplace and home to many famous actors, athletes, and more. Discover the famous people from Santa Cruz, CA with the helpful folks at Santa Cruz Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

Trent Dilfer — Former NFL Quarterback

First is Trent Dilfer, who was born on March 13, 1972, in Santa Cruz. Dilfer went on to play American football in high school and college before being drafted in the first round of the 1994 NFL Draft. Over 14 seasons and across five teams, Dilfer made a solid impact in the National Football League, actually winning the 2000 Super Bowl as the starting quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens. After he retired in 2008, sports fans may have seen him on ESPN, where he would be an NFL analyst until 2017.

Adam Scott — Actor

Perhaps best known for his leading role as Ben Wyatt on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, Adam Scott is a well-beloved actor who was born on April 3, 1973, in Santa Cruz. Other things that movie and television watchers may have seen this funny actor in include 2008’s fan-favorite comedy Step Brothers, the Martin Scorsese-directed film The Aviator, and the hit HBO show Big Little Lies. On top of his acting career, Scott is also a podcast host, having created two shows with co-host and fellow comedian Scott Aukerman.

Jack O’Neill — Entrepreneur and Businessman

While not born in Santa Cruz, Jack O’Neill would go on to live most of his life in the great Californian city after serving in World War II and earning a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University. In 1952, O’Neill opened one of the first surf stores in California and is often thought of as the creator of the wetsuit. He moved to Santa Cruz in 1959 and lived there until he passed away in 2017.

Honorable Mention: Alfred Hitchcock — Film Director

No, the great filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock was not born in Santa Cruz but rather way across the Atlantic in Essex, England. However, when Hitchcock made his way over to the U.S. in 1940, he bought a ranch near Scotts Valley in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and would later use the Santa Cruz coastline as a setting in his 1941 film Suspicion. According to his own granddaughter, Hitchcock truly loved Santa Cruz.

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