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4 Actors You Didn’t Know Were Born in Santa Monica



4 Actors You Didn’t Know Were Born in Santa Monica

Our city is known for many of its scenic attractions, including unbeatable Santa Monica breakfast, but did you know how many movie stars first said hello to the big, beautiful world here? While there are plenty of them, we decided to pick 4 of our favorites for your reading pleasure while you sip on the best coffee in Santa Monica! Is your favorite actor originally from here? Let’s find out!


Jack Black

We all know and love Jack Black for his one-of-a-kind and energetic personality. Despite dropping out of the esteemed UCLA during his sophomore year, he seems to have done pretty well for himself. He even cited his reason for leaving the university as wanting to pursue a career in entertainment, which he obviously succeeded in! The 52-year-old musician and actor is often associated with his work in School of Rock, Orange County, and Jumanji. He also hosted the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards back in 2006. In late 2018, he launched a YouTube channel called Jablinski Games. 


Josh Brolin

Brolin is the son of the famous Barbra Streisand. Nowadays, Josh Brolin is most recognized for his role as the supervillain Thanos from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Although he had appeared on some television series in the early 80s, his real claim to fame was the hit 1985 film The Goonies, a personal favorite movie of our staff at our Santa Monica coffee place. If Thanos was able to try our novelty cups of joe for himself, he would have definitely changed his mind about wanting to wipe out half of the universe.


Jamie Lee Curtis

You already know Jamie from hit movies such as A Fish Called Wanda, Freaky Friday, and Halloween. You may also remember that yogurt commercial she was featured in a little over a decade ago. Born in 1958 to actors Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis, it seemed that she was always destined for the big screen. Despite that, she didn’t see herself becoming an actress before her film debut. One really cool fact about Jamie is her love for video games. She has even attended several conventions centered around them.


Tobey Maguire

If you are a fan of Maguire’s Spiderman film trilogies, then you are more than familiar with Mr. Maguire. He starred in 3 Spider-Man movies, which were respectively released in 2002, 2004, and 2007. Each movie became the highest-grossing film of their release years. (Spoiler warning!) After several year-long hiatus from acting, he even reprised his role making an appearance in Marvel’s Spiderman: No Way Home which was released in December 2021. Outside of being Spider-Man, Tobey is also notable for being an animal lover, deciding to quit consuming all animal products in 2009, “I’ve never had any desire to eat meat. In fact, when I was a kid I would have a really difficult time eating meat at all.” He would definitely find some good options at our Santa Monica coffee shop!


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