10 Famous Pople from San Antonio
There are some prominent personalities that are natives of San Antonio, many of which you probably didn’t even know originated here. Reilly Roofing and Gutters in San Antonio, Texas shares with you the list, and it includes:
1. Robert Rodriguez
Rodriguez, then a student, started his film career in a way that no one could have imagined would lead him to become a star – he was commissioned to film the St. Anthony High School football games. The school fired him afterward as he had shot footage in a cinematic style, getting shots of parents’ reactions and the ball traveling through the air instead of shooting the whole play. It was, however, in high school that he met his friend Carlos Gallardo with whom he shot films on video throughout high school and college. He got his breakthrough when he directed the 1992 action film El Mariachi, which was a commercial success after grossing $2 million against a budget of $7,000. The film spawned two sequels known collectively as the Mexico Trilogy: Desperado and Once Upon a Time in Mexico.
2. John Quiñones
A San Antonio success story, he hosts the ABC News social experiment show “What Would You Do?”. Quiñones, who grew up in a Spanish family, only learned English when he was six. He graduated with a Masters degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism.
3. Austin Mahone
An American singer and songwriter and Lady Bird Johnson High School attendee, this San Antonio native is a crowd puller through-and-through. After uploading videos of himself covering Justin Bieber songs, he got his major break – a recording contract – after which he toured with Taylor Swift. He is the star of his web series, “Austin Mahone Takeover.”
4. Paula Prentiss
A native of San Antonio, Paula has had a long career acting in films like What’s New Pussycat, Catch-22 and The Stepford Wives. She retired from movies and currently performs in live theater.
5. Jana Jordan
An American adult model and pornographic actress, this San Antonio native was Penthouse magazine’s Pet of the Month for August 2007. She has earned numerous awards and made appearances on MTV’s Rob & Big.
6. Bruce McGill
Born in San Antonio, Bruce went to Douglas MacArthur High school and is popular for his roles as D-Day in Animal House and Jack Dalton on MacGyver. He recently superbly played the role of War Secretary Stanton in the film Lincoln. He is presently starring in Rizzoli & Isles.
7. Robert Cade
A standout track star back in his day at Brackenridge High School, Cade pursued a medical course to graduate as a medical doctor – nephrologist. He even worked at the Renal Division at the University Of Florida. He and his team developed a beverage to keep the University of Florida football team hydrated; named it Gator-Aid after the team, patented it, changed the spelling to Gatorade, and made history. He passed away in 2007.
8. Steve Earle
An American rock, country and folk singer-songwriter, his legion of fans refer him to as The Hard Core Troubadour. Having dropped out of school at 14 to follow the Texas rock legend Towne Van Zandt, Earle worked hard to produce best sellers like “Copperhead Road” and “I Feel Alright.”
9. Shawn Michaels
An American actor, professional wrestling personality, television presenter and retired professional wrestler, Michaels was captain of the Randolph High School football team, just outside of the city. “The Heartbreak Kid” was part of a number of stables and held three WWE Intercontinental titles, a World Heavyweight belt, and five WWE Tag Team belts.
10. Summer Glau
An American TV actress, she has starred in science fiction. Among other roles, she has acted in the Star of Firefly, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and Arrow. She has been involved in charity work for women’s hospitals and campaigns against animal cruelty.