Photos: Ten most popular Colorado Springs natives on Internet Movie Database
In recent days, we've shared top ten lists of the most popular Denver natives on Internet Movie Database and the most popular Boulderites on IMDB -- a pair of rosters that were full of surprises.
The same is true of today's list, featuring the ten most popular people from Colorado Springs. They include familiar faces from Baywatch, Gilmore Girls and assorted geek favorites -- like number ten, featured in a porn parody with a local connection. Check them all out below.
Number 10: Juli Ashton Date of birth: 5 October 1968, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA Actress: Orgazmo
Colorado-born Juli Ashton has the reputation of being a nice girl in a not-always-so-nice business. She graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Spanish and History, working as a nightclub waitress to put herself through college. She taught Spanish in a junior high school for a year, but her striking looks and spectacular figure weren't meant to be cooped up in a classroom, and in 1990 she began appearing in adult films....
Number 9: Jenny Shakeshaft Date of birth: 26 December 1984, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA Actress: W., Mirrors 2
As a beloved traveler, beginning in 2002, Jennifer studied at The University of Colorado for a semester before she transferred out to New York City in 2003 to attend The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. While her heart belonged in the Big Apple. To this day, Jennifer misses New York. Jennifer has worked as an actress in Louisiana, Texas and of course California.... Full bio
Continue to keep counting down the ten most popular Colorado Springs natives on Internet Movie Database. Number 8: Jason Brooks Date of birth: 10 May 1966, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA Actor: Baywatch, Super 8
Jason Brooks, center, in a scene from "Baywatch."
Jason began his career with his memorable portrayal of the dark, but likeable villain, "Peter Blake", on NBC's long-running drama, "Days of Our Lives" (1965), for which he garnered Soap Opera Digest's coveted Best Villain award.
After leaving "Days" to pursue other projects, Jason continued to work consistently in leading roles in television and film, including Alibi (1997) (TV), opposite Tori Spelling for ABC, Three Secrets (1999) (TV), with Jaclyn Smith for CBS, and The Darwin Conspiracy (1999) (TV) (Pilot/MOW) for UPN. He then landed a recurring role warming up the ice cold "Miss Parker" on ABC's hit drama series, "The Pretender" (1996), opposite Andrea Parker.
Soon after, "Baywatch" (1989) producers approached Jason to replace David Hasselhoff in the series' new incarnation, "Baywatch" (1989)....
Number 7: Spring Byington Date of Birth: 17 October 1886, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA Date of Death: 7 September 1971, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA (cancer) Actress: Meet John Doe, You Can't Take It With You
She was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on October 17, 1886 (some sources list the year as 1893), one of two daughters born to a college professor/school superintendent. Her father Edwin died when she was quite young, and mother Helene placed the children with their maternal grandparents while she studied to become a doctor. Spring developed an early interest in the theater as a high-school teenager and ambitiously put together an acting company that toured mining camps in the Colorado Springs area. Her professional career materialized via the stock company circuit in both the U.S. and Canada. At the onset of WWI she joined a repertory company that left for Buenos Aires.... Full bio
Continue to keep counting down the ten most popular Colorado Springs natives on Internet Movie Database. Number 6: Lon Chaney Date of Birth: 1 April 1883, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA Date of Death: 26 August 1930, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA (lung cancer) Actor: Phantom of the Opera, The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Although his parents were deaf-mutes, Leonidas Chaney became an actor and also owner of a theatre company (together with his brother John). He made his debut at the movies in 1912, and his filmography is vast. Lon Chaney was especially famous for his horror parts in movies like e.g. Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923/I). Due to his special make-up effects he carried the characterization to be "the man with the thousand faces." He only filmed one movie with sound: The remake of one of his earlier films The Unholy Three (1930)....
Number 5: Michael Boatman Date of birth: October 25, 1964 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA Actor: The Good Wife, Anger Management
Michael Boatman with Charlie Sheen in a scene from "Anger Management."
Michael Patrick Boatman was born on October 25, 1964, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA. While growing up in the area of Chicago, Illinois, Boatman developed an interest in acting that led him to enroll in Western Illinois University's theater program. After performing in a variety of plays that included "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Purlie Victorious," and "The Seagull," Boatman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1986. Prior to graduation, Boatman showed great potential when he won the Best Supporting Actor Award for a performance in the Irene Ryan National Competition at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.... Full bioContinue to keep counting down the ten most popular Colorado Springs natives on Internet Movie Database. Number 4: Sherry Stringfield Date of birth: Actress: NYPD Blue, E.R.
Sherry Stringfield with Noah Wyle in a scene from "E.R."
Sherry Stringfield was born in Colorado Springs as the oldest of three children, but mainly raised in Spring, Texas. In high school, she did both athletics and acting. Later, she attended the Acting Conservatory of the State New York at Purchase, from which she graduated in 1989 with a B.F.A. While attending the State University of New York at Purchase, she roomed with Parker Posey. During this time, she appeared in numerous off-Broadway productions. After working a short time in a theater box office, she accepted a 3 years contract as "Blake" in the daytime drama "Guiding Light" (1952). After a short break, spent with traveling, she returned to L.A. to co-star as "Laura Kelly" on "NYPD Blue" (1993)....
Number 3: Kelly Bishop Date of birth: 28 February 1944, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA Actress: Dirty Dancing, Gilmore Girls
Kelly Bishop, right, with Alexis Bledel in a scene from "Gilmore Girls."
Was originally cast in a minor part in the film Dirty Dancing (1987), but was then called upon to play a larger role when Lynn Lipton, the actress first cast as Baby's mother, became ill during the first week of shooting.
Made a strong film debut in mid-career as one of Jill Clayburgh's close friends in Paul Mazursky's well-received drama An Unmarried Woman (1978)....
Continue to keep counting down the ten most popular Colorado Springs natives on Internet Movie Database. Number 2: Bob Sapp Date of birth: Athlete turned actor: The Longest Yard, Conan the Barbarian
Bob Sapp, right, with Chris Rock and Nelly in a scene from "The Longest Yard."
Mixed Martial Arts and K1 fighter in Japan.
Former NFL player for the Chicago Bears in 1997 and then the Minnesota Vikings from 1997-1998.
Played college football at the University of Washington....
Number 1: Chase Masterson Date of birth: 26 February 1963, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA Actress: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, General Hospital
Chase Masterson, center, in a scene from "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine."
Chase Masterson (born February 26, 1963 in Colorado Springs, Colorado) is perhaps best known as sexy casino girl "Leeta" on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993) and "Ivy Lief" on "General Hospital" (1963), as well as being the featured guest star in the first Emmy Award-winning episode of "ER" (1994)....
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