Going to the big time
Chico may be small, but it has produced some notable names in sports, politics and entertainment, most recently with former Chicoan Jake McLaughlin getting a crack at stardom in Paul Haggis’ latest film, In the Valley of Elah. (see “Hollywood’s veteran newcomer” for more on him). Here are a few names you might recognize.
NFL quarterback, currently on the Green Bay Packers.
Played Spc. Gordon Bonner in Paul Haggis’ In the Valley of Elah.
Starred in films including You, Me and Dupree, and more recently on TV with What About Brian. (Pictured at left in 2006, and at right as a Chico high schooler in the late ‘80s.)
Backup dancer currently touring with Beyoncé.
Fiction writer best known for his work What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.
Republican campaign adviser who worked with Ross Perot in 1992.
Major League catcher for 12 seasons, 1960-71.
Writer for The Daily Show who has won three Emmys.
Starred on TV reality show Survivor in 2006.
Nine seasons as an NFL wide receiver with several teams including the 49ers.