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Birthplaces of the rich, famous

Not all celebrities emerge full-grown in La-La land.

Many past and present movie, television and sports figures were born in the same Hayward area communities as readers of this blog.

Here’s a sampling, although not a complete list of everyone who went on to fame and fortune, from Castro’s Valley, Haywards _ as these communities originally were known _ and San Leandro.

Read on for some possible surprises. Know of anyone not listed who was born in Castro Valley, Hayward, San Leandro or San Lorenzo? Share your information with other blog readers.

Hayward: Soap opera stars Tom Eplin and Kimberlin Brown, actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, baseball catcher Johnny Estrada and Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi.

San Leandro: Actor Lloyd Bridges; Hal Peary, “The Great Gildersleeve” during the Golden Age of Radio; “sexploitation” film writer and director Russ Meyer; David Silveria, drummer with nu-metal band Korn; and baseball players Ken Huckaby, Charlton Jimerson, Fenton Mole and Tony Robello.

Castro Valley: Actor Daniel Selby; baseball players Kevin Maas and Ed Sprague; Metallica bassist Cliff Benton; Jacksonville Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio; and Dina Ruiz Eastwood, wife of actor-director-producer Clint Eastwood.

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