Cross is an acclaimed comedian and actor, perhaps best known for his role in the cult sit-com Arrested Development, where he played Tobias Funke, the muddled psychiatrist with a knack for unfortunate phrasing. Aside from his stand-up work, Cross also had a sketch show on HBO called Mr Show, and has popped up on other sitcoms, such as Modern Family and The Increasinly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret.
Helms first came to national prominence in the US on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart’s excellent satirical news programme. Helms left that show to work on the US version of sitcom The Office, playing the initially furious Andy Bernard, who later mellowed out to become one of the show’s best loved characters, taking over the running of the office after the Steve Carell-played Michael Scott left the series. Helms has also appeared in comedy films like the Hangover and Cedar Rapids.
Sometimes referred to as America’s sweetheart, Julia Roberts came to worldwide prominence when she starred as the archetypal ‘hooker with a heart’ in Pretty Woman alongside Richard Gere. Since then, some of her notable appearances include films like Notting Hill, Erin Brockovich, and Ocean’s 11. A believer in Hinduism, Roberts is also one of the highest paid actresses in the world, earning $25m for her role in the film Mona Lisa Smile.
Seacrest has co-hosted American Idol since 2002, and is also the host of radio shows American Top 40 and On Air with Ryan Seacrest. The star also took over the hosting duties on New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, after the longterm host Dick Clark was forced to stand down because of health problems. As well as a well-liked television host, Seacrest also has his own production company, which has produced such tv milestones as Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.
Lee is the most high profile black film director in Hollywood, coming to fame with movies like Do the Right Thing, Mo’ Better Blues and Jungle Fever in the early 90s. Other notable films include biopic Malcom X, and documentary When the Levees Break, about the effects of Hurrican Katrina on the city of New Orleans. Away from movies Lee is a big sports fan, following the New York Knicks, the New York Yankees, and English football club Arsenal FC.
Another acclaimed director, chrome-domed Soderbergh found fame with his indie-flick Sex, Lies and Videotape, where Andie McDowell detailed her sexual confessions to oddball auteur James Spader. Since then Soderbergh has veered from arthouse sensibility to mainstream Hollywood hokum, delivering films as varied as Ocean’s 11 (and its sequels) and Erin Brockovich, as well as more obscure fare such as Schizopolis and Che. Soderberghhas said that he plans to retire after shooting his current project Behind the Candelabra, about the pianist Liberace. The director apparently wants to concentrate on his painting – although he has also suggested his time away from movies could only be temporary.
Better known by her stage name of Cat Power, Marshall’s first album Dear Sir came out back in ’95, and she has since released a further eight acclaimed records, as well as appearing in movies Sleepwalkers and American Widow. Her latest album Sun is her first record of original compositions for six years, and features a guest spot from Punk Rock veteran Iggy Pop. Like Pop, Marshall herself has struggled with alcohol abuse issues in the past – though judging by recent promotional appearances, she seems happy enough sticking with tequilas these days.
The man who came to fame as Andre 3000 in the hiphop ensemble Outkast has also enjoyed a career beyond rapping, appearing in television series and movies as an actor and launching a clothing line called Benjamin Bixby. He also plans on releasing a solo record in the future, while insisting that Outkast remain a going concern despite not having released an album since 2006.
This pro baseball player comes from Venezuela, but plays for the Atlanta Braves, hitting a grand slam against the Milwaukee Brewers in 2010, and in 2011 repeating the feat after a 10-pitch duel with Nationals reliever Sean Burnett. Prado is also known for one off-beat moment against the New York Mets in 2007, when he dropped his bat to run for first base – and his bat remained upright, seemingly defying gravity.
Usher Raymond, to give him his full name, is an R&B based songwriter and performer who has sold more than 23 million albums so far in his career in the US alone. Usher lived in Atlanta as a child, his family deciding to move to the city because it was thought he would have more opportunities to work on his talented voice in the big city, his grandmother having discovered his ability as a vocalist when he was just a youngster. His first album came out in 1994, when he was just 16. His most recent, Looking 4 Myself, came out in 2012.
Okay, so he’s not the most dashing young blade on this list, but as the media tycoon who set up CNN, once owned the Atlanta Braves, and married Jane Fonda, Ted could probably care less. You can’t argue with the man’s charitable record either; he’s given a $1billion dollar donation to the United Nations, and has also given money to environmental causes over the years. As a younger man he also defended the America’s Cup in sailing, defeating Australia 4-0. Perhaps most memorably of all, the mogul was sent up in an episode of the Simpsons: the family visited Atlanta, where a sign referred to the city as ‘home of Ted Turner’s mood swings’.