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Filming San Diego: San Diego Movie Stars & Celebrities

Silent Film Studios
Silent Films
Filming Locations
Locations
San Diego Celebrities
Celebrities
Military Films
Military Films
San Diego Theaters
Theaters

Filming San Diego: Hollywood’s Backlot

San Diego has trained, educated, prepared, groomed, and pampered hundreds of actors, actresses, directors, writers, and crew members ever since movies began. In addition to being born or raised here, San Diego stars have utilized the area as a place for R&R, an access route to Tijuana during prohibition, a horseracing destination, a land investment opportunity, and as a place to work in live theater. Some were the children of pioneers or military personnel, others attended college here or appeared in Old Globe Theatre or La Jolla Playhouse productions. Many simply went to school here and then left town, while still others either couldn’t stay away or chose San Diego as a retirement destination.

Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Harold Lloyd, Norma and Constance Talmadge, Buster Keaton and the Talmadge sisters, Anita Loos, Virginia Brissac, Roy Stewart, Anita Page, Bessie Learn, Carol Dempster, Clark Gable, Johnny Downs, George Brent, Lewis Ayres, Bing Crosby, Leo Carillo, Rita Hayworth, Guy Madison, Faye Emerson, Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire, W.S. Van Dyke, Frank Capra, Joesph Kane, Budd Boetticher, Robert Clampett, Margaret O’Brien, Marla English, Barbara Peyton, Sally Forest, Robert Walker, Robert Lansing, Victor Mature, Nanette Fabray, Archie Moore, Art Linkletter, Dennis Hopper, Cliff Robertson, Raquel Tejada Welch, Victor Buono, Tony Bill, Cleavon Little, Fred Ward, Theodore Geisel, (Dr. Suess), Robert Hays, Mercedes McCambridge, Robert Duvall, Jimmy Durante, Carl Weathers, Fred Dryer, Julie Kavner, Albert Hall, Steve Reeves, Jerry Lewis, Marion Ross, Whoopi Goldberg, Theresa Russell, Kathy Nijimy, Charlene Tilton, Brinke Stevens, Ted Danson, Cameron Diaz, RuPaul, Cameron Crowe, Gregory Nava, Eric Christmas, Dana and Daphne Ashbrook, Benicio Del Toro, Tawny Kitaen, Mario Lopez, Annette Bening, Christie Sumner, Susanna Thompson, Kathleen Kennedy.