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Oct 21 2010
1 Matt Damon (b. 1970) award-winning screenwriter and actor, mother is of partial Finnish descent 24755
2 Pamela Anderson, actress 10020
3 Linus Torvalds (born 1969), software engineer best known for having initiated the development of the Linux kernel, became a U.S. citizen in September 2010. 7642
4 David Lynch (b. 1946) director 7315
5 Dave Mustaine (b. 1961) heavy metal guitarist and vocalist of Megadeth 5811
6 William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody (1846-1917) soldier, bison hunter and showman, one of the most colorful figures of the American Old West, and mostly famous for the shows he organized with cowboy themes, received the Medal of Honor in 1872 3305
7 Jessica Lange (b. 1949) two-time Academy Award-winning film actress 2147
8 Jaco Pastorius (1951–1987) influential jazz bassist 1851
9 Nancy Juvonen (b. 1967) film producer, she and Drew Barrymore own the production company Flower Films, films produced by Nancy Juvonen include Never been Kissed (1999), Charlie's Angels (2000), Donnie Darko (2002), Charlie's Angels - Full Throttle (2003), married comedian and talk show host Jimmy Fallon 1237
10 Maila Nurmi (1921–2008) created the well-remembered 1950s character of Vampira. Her portrayal of this character on television and in films was influential over decades that followed 1223
11 Eero Saarinen (1910–1961) architect and product designer of the 20th century, famous for his simple, sweeping, arching structural curves 1189
12 Lisa Niemi (b. 1956) Actress. She wrote, directed and starred in the 2003 film One Last Dance, along with Patrick Swayze. She co-starred in Steel Dawn (1987) with Swayze and co-starred in Beat Angel (2004). Niemi also appeared in Letters from a Killer, Next of Kin, Younger and Younger, Live! From Death Row, She's Having a Baby and Slam Dance. She choreographed the films Urban Cowboy and Grandview, U.S.A. Niemi directed Dance, a 1990 film. She once again directed her husband Patrick Swayze, this time in an episode of his TV series The Beast 1113
13 Christine Lahti (b. 1950) film actress 844
14 Jean M. Auel (1936- ) author, wrote the Earth's Children books, her books have sold 34 million copies worldwide in many translations 815
15 Renny Harlin (b. 1959) producer/director 672
16 Gus Hall (1910–2000) labor organizer, a founder of the United Steelworkers of America trade union, a leader of the Communist Party USA and five-time U.S. presidential candidate 620
17 Jorma Kaukonen (b. 1940) blues, folk and rock guitarist 618
18 George Gaynes (b. 1917) film actor 603
19 Marta Kristen (b. 1945) perhaps best known for her role as the character "Judy Robinson" in the cult television series Lost in Space 565
20 Bobby Vee (b. 1943), rock singer, 1960's teen idol, Finnish on his mother's side (Tuomala) 492
21 Mike Markkula (1942- ) entrepreneur who was an angel investor and second CEO of Apple Computer, Inc., who provided early critical funding and managerial support, known as Apple employee #3 466
22 Albert Salmi (1928–1990) film and television actor 422
23 Drew Gooden NBA player 356
24 Dick Enberg (1935- ) famous sportscaster currently employed by the San Diego Padres, CBS, and ESPN 314
25 Eliel Saarinen (1873–1950) architect who became famous for his art nouveau buildings in the early years of the 20th century 260
26 Dan O'Brien (1966- ) former American decathlete, deemed one of the best decathlon athletes of the 1990s, winning an Olympic gold medal in Atlanta in 1996 after winning three consecutive world titles. 243
27 David Chokachi (b. 1968) actor, mother is of Finnish descent [link]</ref> 230
28 Joyce Randolph, (born Joyce Sirola on October 21, 1924) actress, best known for playing Trixie Norton on The Honeymooners 207
29 Richard Davalos (b. 1935) actor, father is of Finnish descent, starred in East of Eden (1955) as James Dean's brother and portrayed the convict Blind Dick in Cool Hand Luke (1967), won the Theatre World Award for his performance in the Arthur Miller play A Memory of Two Mondays in 1955 181
30 Lars Ahlfors (1907–1996) mathematician, one of the first two people to be awarded the Fields Medal, Wolf Prize winner, 174
31 Armi Kuusela, winner of the first Miss Universe beauty contest 162
32 John Morton (1724–1777) Signer of the Declaration of Independence, delegate who cast the deciding vote in favor of Pennsylvania's support for United States Declaration of Independence 146
33 Brian Heidik (b. 1968) won $1,000,000 on the Thailand edition of Survivor 142
34 Alfred Lunt (1892–1977) stage director and actor, Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre was named for him and his wife, received two Tony Awards, an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, and Presidential Medal of Freedom 137
35 Paul Kangas, host of Nightly Business Report television program 117
36 Haddon Sundblom, artist 96
37 Matt Niskanen An ice hockey player 95
38 Charles Wuorinen (b. 1938), Pulitzer Prize winning composer 92
39 William A. Niskanen, chairman of the Cato Institute 86
40 Timothy L. Kopra (1963– ) Astronaut, Flew missions on the International Space Station and Space Shuttle Discovery, U.S. Army Colonel, Desert Storm Veteran, Bronze Star, West Point Graduate 58
41 Tiina Nunnally, author and renown translator 54
42 David Uosikkinen (b. 1956), rock drummer 53
43 Kevin Tapani Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the New York Mets, Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox, and Chicago Cubs from 1989 to 2001 51
44 Dwight Helminen An ice hockey player 45
45 Alex Steffen, writer. 40
46 Taina Elg (b. 1931) Golden Globe-winning film and stage actress 38
47 Emil Petaja, author 38
48 Oskari Tokoi (1873–1963) Finnish politician [ 37
49 Rudy Autio (1926–2007) sculptor 33
50 Marian Nixon (1904–1983) actress 32
51 Anna Easteden (b. 1976) An Award Nominated actress whose film appearances include The House of Branching Love (2009) and Sideways (2009). She is known for her performance as "Bee Sting" in Who Wants to Be a Superhero? season 2 (2007) on Sci Fi Channel. She co-starred in soap operas: Passions and Days Of Our Lives on NBC and the television series: Bones on Fox. 32
52 Hiski Salomaa (1891–1957) folk singer and song writer 31
53 Carolyn Carlson (b. 1943), choreographer and performer 29
54 Gustave Niebaum (1842–1908) established Inglenook Winery in Napa Valley, CA, the first Bordeaux style winery in the USA 28
55 Dick Latvala (1943–1999), tape archivist for the Grateful Dead 25
56 Eino Friberg (1901–1995) Protestant Minister and English translator of The Kalevala, the Finnish national epic. 25
57 Max Dimont (1912–1992) historian and author. He published Jews, God and History, which received critical acclaim and has sold over a million and a half copies and which the Los Angeles Times praised it "unquestionably the best popular history of the Jews written in the English language". After its publication, he traveled and lectured extensively on Jewish history throughout the United States, Canada, South Africa, Brazil, and Finland. Other works include The Indestructible Jews, The Jews in America, and Appointment in Jerusalem. 24
58 Einar Aaron Swan, jazz musician 22
59 Dale Eugene Wayrynen (1947–1967) U.S. Army enlisted soldier and a recipient of America's highest military decoration — the Medal of Honor — for his actions in the Vietnam War 18
60 Carl A. Wirtanen (1910–1990) astronomer 18
61 T-Bone Slim (1890?–1942?) humourist, poet, songwriter, hobo, and a labour activist in the Industrial Workers of the World 17
62 Miriam Patchen, Peace Activist 17
63 William Alex Stolt (1900–2001) Mayor of Anchorage, Alaska from 1941 to 1944 16
64 Nick Theslof, soccer player and coach, first American player to play in Europe. 13
65 John Raymond Ylitalo (1916–1987) U.S. Ambassador to Paraguay, career U.S. Foreign Service Officer 13
66 Emil Hurja (1892–1953) pioneer of political opinion polling, a top advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, appeared on the cover of Time Magazine in March 1936 12
67 Oscar Larson (1871–1957) U.S. Representative from Minnesota, Republican, lawyer 12
68 Robert W. Mattson, Sr. (1924–1982) Minnesota State Attorney General from 1964 to 1967 11
69 Vaino Jack Vehko (1918-1999) Automotive Engineer, NASA Rocket Scientist, in 1960 he became Director of Engineering on the Saturn S1 and S1B booster rocket program at Chrysler Space Division's Michoud operation in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Saturn boosters successfully launched all the NASA Apollo and moon missions 11
70 Lars Helminen An ice hockey player 10
71 Wilho Saari, Kantele musician 10
72 Robert W. Mattson, Jr. (1948- ) served one term as the Minnesota State Auditor from 1975–1979 and was Minnesota State Treasurer from 1983-1987 10
73 Renée Zellweger (b. 1969) American actress and producer. She has won an Academy Award, three Golden Globe Awards and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. 8
74 Sylvester Ahola, jazz musician 8
75 Oscar Wirkkala (1880-1959) logger and inventor, developed the high lead method of logging--this skyline (or "spar") method, ideally suited for steep terrain, revolutionized the industry, also invented important pieces of that industry's machinery used during the first half of the 20th century 7
76 JT Lindroos Designer, publisher, editor and writer < 5
77 Reino Hayhanen (1920– ) U.S. Spy, Soviet Lt. Colonel who defected to the U.S. during the Cold War, helped break open the Hollow Nickel Case which led to the capture of top Soviet spies in the U.S. looking for atomic secrets < 5
78 Lauri Törni (1919–1965) Finnish Army Captain who led an infantry company in Finnish Winter and Continuation War and moved to the United States after the war, served with the U.S. Army Special Forces in Vietnam War, the role actor John Wayne played in the film "The Green Berets" was modeled on Torni, AKA Larry Thorne < 5
79 Wallace Wood, comics artist (EC Comics, Mad Magazine, Marvel Comics) < 5
80 Gregory Nevala Calvert (1937–2005) National Secretary of Students for a Democratic Society in 1966–67. < 5
81 Gary Lahti (b. 1952) film and TV actor, starred in George A. Romero's action adventure Knightriders with Ed Harris in 1981 < 5
82 Johannes Anderson (1887–1950) Johannes S. Anderson was a Finland born U.S. Army soldier during World War I, and a Medal of Honor recipient. < 5
83 Bonnie Pietila, the casting director and producer for The Simpsons < 5
84 Natasha Allas actress, Miss World USA 1999-2000 < 5
85 Vesa Alakulppi (1941–1968) was a United States Army captain and a recipient of the Silver Star medal for his actions in the Vietnam War. < 5
86 Amy Kaukonen (1891–?) the first woman elected mayor of an Ohio community, Fairport Harbor, in 1921, medical doctor < 5


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