Thursday, July 13, 2006

Famous Gen Xers

Who are some famous Gen Xers? Glad you asked.

Jeff Bezos, founder of
Nicholas Cage, actor
Bret Easton Ellis, author of Less Than Zero, American Psycho, and Lunar Park
Eddie Vedder, lead singer of Pearl Jam
Michael Dell, founder of Dell, Inc.
Chris Rock, comedian and actor
J.J. Abrams, TV producer, writer of Alias and LOST
Kurt Cobain, Harry Connick jr., and Dave Matthews, musicians all born in 1967
Tony Hawk, skateboarding legend
Robert Rodriquez and John Singleton, directors
Tucker Carlson, conservative TV commentator
Ice Cube, rapper and TV producer
Harold Ford, jr. (TN) and Stephanie Herseth (SD), Congressmen, House of Representatives
Kwame Kilpatrick, mayor of Detroit
Lance Armstrong, cancer survivor and Tour de France champion
Trey Parker and Matt Stone, South Park geniuses
Eminem and Snoop Dogg, rappers
Tiger Woods, champion golfer

This list is by no means complete. If you have more names I can put on here who have major influence in their fields, please post them on here and I'll add them to the list.


Anonymous said...

Geoff - Arguably more understated than those previously noted, but no less meaningful to all of us Gen X'ers would be Kelly Slater. Not only did he resurect a nearly failing industry he reminded us all of what can be.... "I was just living in the moment, that's something I've been trying to do this year. I wasn't worried about anying that I couldn't control" The quotation was taken somewhere between his 7th and 9th world championship.

Marmalade said...

You must include the GenXers found in the infotainment media. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, of course. But also Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter, and Sean Hannity.

Many of these are older GenXers and some on the cusp with Boomers. I'm a younger GenXer and I suspect you'd find fewer right-wing GenXers born in the 1970s. Older GenXers were more impacted by the Reagan virus, but younger GenXers barely remember Reagan at all.

It's because of older GenXers that our generation has become known as the most Republican generation. By the time younger generations were hitting adulthood, the media was already losing it's short attention span for GenX.

Anonymous said...

Most of "young Hollywood" is Gen X.

Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Reese Whitherspoon, Ben Afleck, Matt Damon, Sandra Bullock, Jim Carrey, Jennifer Lopez, Jeniffer Aniston, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnston Robert Downey Jr, Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Winona Ryder, Johnny Depp, Renee Zellweger, Will Smith, Salma Hayek, Halle Barry, Charlie Sheen. Ben Stiller, Luke & Owen Wilson, Adam Sandler, Julia Roberts, Chris Rock, David Spade, Patrick Dempsey, Gwenyth Paltrow, Christina Applegate, even Ashton Kutcher (born in 78). The list goes on and on and on.....

On a separate tangent,lets not forget the Google Guys, Sergei Brinn and Larry Page.