5 Famous People From Mt. Lebanon

There are quite a few famous people from Mt. Lebanon. We put together five interesting ones from all types of fame.

1. Self-made Billionaire Mark Cuban


Businessman and investor Mark Cuban is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Landmark Theatres and and Magnolia Pictures. Mark was born in Mt. Lebanon to automobile upholsterer father Norton and mother Shirley. Cuban is also an investor in the show Shark Tank on ABC.

2. CPR Pioneer Peter Safar


The Austrian physician was born in Vienna but later settled in Mt. Lebanon. He came from a medical family, as his father was an ophthalmologist and his mother was a pediatrician. With Dr. James Elam, Safar discovered the lifesaving technique of CPR.

3. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)


Senator Hatch is the president pro tempore, or the man who presides over the Senate when the vice president is not there. Hatch was born in Pittsburgh and was the first to attend college in his family, attending Brigham Young University. He later received a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

4. Actress Ming-Na Wen


The actress Ming-Na Wen went to high school in Mt. Lebanon and later attended Carnegie Mellon University. The younger set may remember her as the voice of Mulan from Disney’s Mulan.  She also was in the movie Joy Luck Club and had a role in the long-running NBC drama ER.

5. Mario Lemieux


That’s right, part-owner of the Penguins Mario Lemieux used to reside in Mt. Lebanon before moving to the Sewickley area. Lemieux has two older brothers, Alain and Richard, and was born in Montreal. Lemieux played for the Penguins in the ’90s and became part-owner in the early 2000s.

17 thoughts on “5 Famous People From Mt. Lebanon”

    1. Those people are famous to people from Pennsylvania, never heard of them. I’m sure they are/were wonderful, but…..but famous, not so much. Mt. Lebanon should have not let Hatch out of town

  1. So proud to have lived in Mt. Lebanon and have taught at Mt. Lebanon High School. All my former students deserve praise.

  2. You failed to mention Sandra (Moore) Faber, who was a classmate of mine in the class of 1962. She is a very well-known optical astronomer who let the team that figured out how to fix the Hubble Space Telescope, was pivotal in the team that built the Keck Telescope in Hawaii, and led the NUKER team that demonstrated that almost all galaxies in the universe have a supermassive black hole at its center. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandra_Faber

    1. So few know about our classmate Sandra. It was so special the one reunion she attended. Truly should be mentioned among Pittsburgh’s famous and not just Mt. Lebanon.

  3. There is also an Olympic Gold Medalist famous diver from Mt. Lebanon. I believe his name is Greg Louganis. While searching for his name, I found Leah Smith was a swimmer and medalist in 2016 Olympics and also my 1962 classmate Tom Trethewey was the fastest breaststroke swimmer in all of the USA his Jr. and Sr. year, was in the 1964 Olympics. The Mt. Lebanon Swim Team from 1959-1962 never lost a high school swim meet or championship. Our class also had a Navy Seal who was killed in action in Viet Nam, who was also on that swim team. Dave Nickolas.

    1. When I posted that Olympic Diver Greg Louganis was from Mt. Lebanon I was incorrect as he is from California. I got him mixed up with Dick Rydze from Mt. Lebanon who was a silver medalist in the 1972 Olympics.

  4. Another famous Mt. Lebanon ’62 grad is Art Tripp who played drums in the HS band and ended up being a drummer for Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention & Captain Beefheart. He also had his own band called Magic Band. Art was also classically trained and played in both the Pittsburgh and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras before starting his rock career.

  5. Chuck Noll!
    And didn’t Joe L Brown live in Lebo? And I thought Ed DeBartolo, but not sure about the last 2.
    I didn’t know Fritzie Zivic lived in Lebo. Wow!

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