The population of Nevada is barely 3 million people. It has been made up entirely of people migrating into the area from the building if the Hoover Dam, the miners who had worked for silver and gold and those people who were looking to work in the adult entertainment industry. This has produced a population of a wide range of ethnicity without there being a real typical ethnic descent. This small population has however, produced a number of people who have become well known both nationally and internationally.
The hot weather of the State encourages an outdoor life style and it is hardly surprising that some of Nevada’s most famous people have been sportsman. Andre Agassi was born in Las Vegas and won eight Grand Slam championships. He was known for his colorful attire and was regarded as one of the best service returners in world tennis. He actually didn’t play at Wimbledon between 1988 and 1990 due to their strict dress code. He did play after that date winning the championship in 1992. He later married fellow tennis player and Grand Slam champion, Steffi Graff. Surprisingly for a State that has such hot weather, it currently has produced an ice hockey player who is staring for Minnesota Wild in the NHL. Growing up in Las Vegas Jason Zucker Played for the USA team in the World Juniors in 2009 and 2010 that won the championship.
In 2010 he became the first Nevada based player to draft picked when “the Wild” picked him in the second round draft. From this point his career has blossomed and in 2016 he signed a 2 year 4 million dollar contract having just played in 79 games, scoring 22 goals in the regular season. The State has also produced many actors who have starred on the stage. Nicholas Cage, who lives in Las Vegas, has appeared in numerous Hollywood films playing a variety of roles. One of his finest performance was as a suicidal Hollywood writer in the 1995 film “Leaving Las Vegas” and he was recognized for this by winning both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for his part.
He has been nominated for an Academy Award for his performance as Charlie and Donald Kaufman in the 2002 film” Adaption”. As well as acting he has directed many successful films with the 2002 film “Sonny” receiving much critical acclaim. Another star of the stage who as well as living in the State was born there is Jena Malone. Despite being only 33 years old Malone has already starred in many films such as “Stepmom (1998)”, “Into the Wild (2007)”, and “Pride and Prejudice (2005)”.
She has combined her acting with following a successful career. She has performed as the lead singer in 2 indie bands, “Jena Malone and her Bloodstains”, and “The Shoe”. Her busy schedule has even seen her performing on television with her performing in “Robot Chicken” and “Dakota”.
Another musician from Nevada is Brandon Flowers. Born in 1981 in Henderson, Flowers shot to fame as the lead singer with rock group “The Killers”. The group has achieved remarkable success since it was formed in 2001. So far the group has sold more than 22 million records around the world and has produced 5 top selling albums. He has also pursued a successful solo career with his debut album Flamingo reaching the top 10 in 10 countries.
Las Vegas has one of the busiest airports in the world and the McCarran airport is named after the Nevada Senator Pat McCarran who served in office between 1933 and 1954. A staunch democrat, he was infamous for his stance against the world-wide spread of communism, and actually publicly supported the Spanish dictator Francisco Franco.
He worked tirelessly in promoting aviation and played a major part in separating the country’s air force from its army. His role in seeing the growth of the aviation industry in the State resulted in the Las Vegas airport taking his name. The state of Nevada has produced a number of well-known people despite the small size of its population.