Who Are Some Famous People From Colorado?


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Famous people from Colorado include Tim Allen, John Kerry and Jack Dempsey. Tim Allen is an actor, John Kerry is the Secretary of State, as of 2015, and Jack Dempsey was the world heavyweight boxing champion from 1919 to 1926.

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Tim Allen was born in Denver, Colorado in 1953 and spent his first 11 years in the state before moving to Michigan with his family. As of October 2015, the actor has been in more than 40 movies and TV shows, including the Home Improvement TV series for which he won a Golden Globe award.

John Kerry is originally from Aurora, Colorado, and was sworn in as the Secretary of State on Feb. 1, 2013. He went to Yale University before enlisting in the United States Navy, where he completed two tours of duty and received a Silver Star, a Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts. After his time in the Navy, Secretary Kerry worked as a prosecutor in Massachusetts and then spent 28 years in the United States Senate.

Jack Dempsey was raised in Manassa, a small Mormon village in Colorado. His older brother Bernie worked as a prizefighter and taught Jack how to fight. Dempsey defeated the then-current heavyweight boxing champion Jess Willard in 1919 and held the title of world heavyweight champion for five of the next six years. The boxer lived until 1983, when he passed away due to heart problems.

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