This list of Notable La Jolla residents is gleaned from Wikipedia – if you know any others add them there!
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- Buzzie Bavasi – Former Major League Baseball executive who lived in La Jolla from 1968 until his death in 2008.
- Rolf Benirschke – Former placekicker for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League, attended high school in La Jolla.
- Conor Chinn – Current professional soccer player for the New York Red Bulls.
- Gerry Driscoll, championship sailor and businessperson, lived in La Jolla until his death in 2011
- Dick Enberg – Sportscaster for NBC Sports, currently with CBS Sports.
- Doug Flutie – Former quarterback for the San Diego Chargers.
- J. J. Isler, yachtswoman, two-time Olympic medalist and America’s Cup competitor
- Rey Mysterio – World Wrestling Entertainment Professional Wrestler, WWE.
- Bob Skinner former Major League Baseball player.
- Joel Skinner – Former manager and current third base coach of Major League Baseball‘s Cleveland Indians, born in La Jolla.
- Alexandra Stevenson – professional tennis player and 1999 semifinalist at Wimbledon, born in La Jolla.
Arts and entertainment
- James Maslow – Television actor (Big Time Rush) and singer.
- Gregory Peck – Film actor.
- Robin Wright Penn – Film and television actress, attended La Jolla High School.
- Autumn Reeser – Television actress (The O.C.), born in La Jolla and lived there until age 17.
- Cliff Robertson – Film actor.
- Raquel Welch – Film and television actress.
- Danica McKellar – Film and television actress.
Film and television executives
- Donald De Line – Studio executive and film producer (Pretty Woman — 1990) at Walt Disney Productions and its Touchstone Pictures division since 1985, native La Jollan.
- Gore Verbinski – Director of Pirates of the Caribbean, native La Jollan.
- Raymond Chandler, an early influential noir novelist, moved to La Jolla late in his career, staying until his death 13 years later, having uttered the bleak aphorism about then-stuffy La Jolla, “A nice place — for old people and their parents.”
- Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss), a children’s author and long-time resident of La Jolla who died there in 1991. The Geisel Library at the University of California, San Diego, is named for him.
- Anne Rice – Novelist and author of Interview with the Vampire, moved to La Jolla from New Orleans in March 2005.
- Robin Crosby – Rock musician who plays electric guitar for the metal band Ratt, attended high school in La Jolla.
- Warren DeMartini – Rock musician who plays electric guitar for the metal band Ratt, attended high school in La Jolla.
- Michael Franks – Musician.
- Sam Hinton – American folk singer and marine biologist.
- Andy Skib – American backup Guitarist/keyboardist in David Cook’s band.
- Nathan Williams – Lead singer for the pop/punk band Wavves. Went to high school in La Jolla.
Visual and performance art
- Armi Kuusela – Winner of the first Miss Universe beauty pageant in 1952, lives in La Jolla with her husband, Albert Williams.
- Ivan Boesky – Financier convicted of insider trading lived in La Jolla for several years.
- Andrew Cunanan – Infamous spree killer of Gianni Versace and three others, graduated from The Bishop’s School in 1987.
- David Hall, Governor of Oklahoma from 1971-1975, moved to La Jolla after serving 19 months in Federal prison for racketeering and extortion, and went on to become a successful sales executive there.
Government and politics
- David Hall, former Governor of Oklahoma, moved to La Jolla following his release from federal prison.
- John McCain, United States Senator from Arizona, 2008 Presidential nominee of the Republican Party, owns a home in La Jolla with his wife, Cindy McCain.
- Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts and candidate for the 2008 & 2012 Republican Presidential nomination, has a $12 million vacation home there.
- Former American Samoa Governor Hyrum Rex Lee and his wife, First Lady Lillian Lee, lived in a $5 million high-rise condo in the Shore Towers until their deaths in 2001 and 2010.
Business and finance
- Margaret Anne Cargill, philanthropist, an heir to grain-trading conglomerate Cargill, and member of the Forbes 400.
- Deepak Chopra ran his Center for Well Being in La Jolla until recently.
- David C. Copley, former owner of the San Diego Union-Tribune and member of the Forbes 400.
- Benjamin Graham, noted economist and value investor lived in La Jolla at the end of his life.
- Trip Hawkins, founder of Electronic Arts is a La Jolla native.
- Daniel Lawrence, founder of Charlotte Russe (clothing retailer)
- Irwin Mark Jacobs – Electrical engineer; Cofounder and current chairman of the board of Qualcomm, and his wife, Joan.
- William Lerach, securities lawyer (cases include Enron)
- Ted Waitt, founder of Gateway, Inc., built an estate on top of Mount Soledad where he lives with his family.
Science and technology
- Geoffrey Burbidge and Margaret Burbidge, astronomers holding positions at UCSD after many years, reside near La Jolla Shores.
- Francis Crick, Nobel prize in medicine winner for his work to identify the essential structure of DNA, was a long-time resident of La Jolla.
- Robert Galambos (1914-2010), researcher who discovered how bats use echolocation.
- Clive Granger, (1934-2009) 2003 Nobel Prize in economics winner was a long-time resident of La Jolla.
- Kary Mullis, a Nobel Prize in Chemistry-winning biochemist and surfer from La Jolla, invented the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method of DNA analysis.
- Walter Munk, oceanographer, lives in La Jolla.
- Carl Rogers, psychologist and researcher on psychotherapy.
- Ellen Browning Scripps, philanthropist, founder of Scripps Institute of Oceanography and Scripps College, member of the Forbes 400.
- K. Barry Sharpless, a Nobel Prize in Chemistry winner, lives in La Jolla.
- Benjamin Elazari Volcani, Microbiologist