May 22, 2018
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The famous faces of Maine: reader contributions

Tom Selleck
By Emily Burnham, BDN Staff

We knew there was a high likelihood we’d miss a handful of names in our story that ran last weekend on famous faces of Maine. That’s why we asked you, our readers, to let us know what we did miss. Everything you sent us we followed up on this weekend, and here are the results. Thanks for your feedback.


Rachel Nichols, Augusta: This actress starred in the revamped “Star Trek” and in “GI Joe: Rise of Cobra,” and grew up in Augusta.

Tom Selleck, Jonesboro: Tom Selleck, aka “Magnum, PI,” owns a summer home in Washington County.

Steve Zirnkilton, Seal Harbor: The voice of the Law & Order TV series. He lives full-time in Maine and his voice has been used on Jay Leno, CNN, and King of the Hill.

Writers and artists

Roger Angell, Brooklin: Baseball writer, former chief fiction editor for New Yorker magazine. Stepson of E.B. White, Angell owns a home in Brooklin.

Cathie Pelletier, Allagash: The author of “A Marriage Made at Woodstock” was born and raised and still lives in the Allagash.

Linda Greenlaw, Isle au Haut: One of the subjects of the book “The Perfect Storm,” Greenlaw wrote “The Hungry Ocean” and stars on Discovery Channel’s “Swords: Life on the Line.”


Paul Sullivan: The Grammy-winning pianist and composer has made his home in Blue Hill for years.

Reality television stars

Zoe Zanidakis, Monhegan: Grew up on the tiny Penobscot Bay island and was a contestant on “Survivor: Marquesas.”

The Pelletier Family, Millinocket: The stars of the “American Loggers” show on Discovery Channel own a restaurant in Millinocket, where they’ve lived for generations.

Producers, politicians and moguls

George J. Mitchell, Seal Harbor: Waterville native and former Senator, owns home on MDI. Mitchell formerly was special envoy to peace talks in Ireland and the Mideast, baseball-steroids investigator and chairman of Disney and DLA Piper boards.

Stephen Hadley, Somesville: Former national security adviser under George W. Bush, Hadley summers in Somesville on MDI.

Stephen Hillenburg, Islesford: Creator of “SpongeBob SquarePants,” Hillenburg summered on Little Cranberry Island off MDI with his family when he was younger.

Dick Wolf, Mount Desert Island: The producer of “Law & Order” and “Miami Vice” owns a mansion on the island.

Howie Carr, Portland: Best-selling author and syndicated radio talk-show host. A Portland native, Carr has a summer home in Maine now.


Gregg Popovich, Hancock Point: The San Antonio Spurs head coach is a seasonal resident at Hancock Point.

Ricky Craven, Newburgh: This famed NASCAR racer grew up in Newburgh and went to Hampden Academy.

Matt Stairs, Bangor: This ace hitter has played for a number of Major League teams and now lives in Bangor, where he coaches hockey for Bangor High School.

Jimmy Howard, Dedham: NHL goalie for the Detroit Red Wings, he was a runner-up for Calder Memorial Trophy. Howard summers in Hancock County with his wife and is a UMaine graduate.

Dana White, Levant: The Ultimate Fighting Championship president is worth a reported 150 million and owns property in Levant.

Joey Gamache, Lewiston: The Lewiston native is the only two-time world champion boxer in the state’s history.

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