Robert Redford, Bradley Cooper, Sheryl Crow, Tom Hanks and more than 12 other stars spotted in the Dayton area 


Robert Redford, Bradley Cooper, Sheryl Crow, Tom Hanks and more than 12 other stars spotted in the Dayton area 

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  • Movie being filmed in downtown Dayton just the latest source of celebrity sightings.
  • Tom Hanks, Bradley Cooper, Lance Bass, Sheryl Crow on long list of famous faces spotted around town.

You don't have to go to Hollywood to see a star. 

Dayton, you are a star. 

Some really Hollywood stars were spotted on the set of the movie “The Old Man and the Gun.” Scenes from the movie about a bank robber starring Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, Sissy Spacek and others were filmed downtown Dayton and in the Liberty Tower on May 1-2, 2017. 

Pretty exciting!!

Scenes for the movie, "'Old Man and the Gun," were filmed in downtown Dayton Monday. The movie stars Robert Redford (center) and Danny Glover (right) as well as Casey Affleck and Sissy Spacek. Filming will continue in multiple locations Tuesday including the historic Liberty Savings Bank building on West Second Street. LISA POWELL / STAFF Lisa Powell

But this is just the latest in a string of celebrity spottings around Dayton. 


Actor and comedian Dave Chappelle spoke to the crowd in Dayton to say he, too, is standing with refugees impacted by President Trump’s executive order. MALIK PERKINS / STAFF Staff Writer

Dave Chappelle, our resident celebrity, is probably the most frequently spotted famous face around Yellow Springs when he isn’t, you know, hosting Saturday Night Live or working on mega-million Netflix specials.


Two-time Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks was at Wright State University to dedicate the brand new Tom Hanks Center of Motion Pictures on April 19, 2016. The actor is also a director and producer. His film production company, Playtone, is collaborating with two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough on an HBO miniseries based on McCullough's New York Times No. 1 bestseller, "The Wright Brothers." Connie Post

The Academy Award-winning actors , whose critically acclaimed films include “Forrest Gump,” “Philadelphia,” “Cast Away,” “Big,” and “Sleepless in Seattle," visited Fairborn in April 2016 to dedicate the Tom Hanks Center of Motion Pictures.

The center is part of the $27 million newly renovated and expanded Creative Arts Center at Wright State University. 


The singer swung by the Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave in Dayton’s Oregon District,  while in town in June for a show at the Fraze. 

She ordered the DubPub's delicious fish and chips, her favorite thing at the restaurant. 

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03: Singer-songwriter and Hologic's national celebrity spokesperson for new breast cancer educational campaign Sheryl Crow attends Sheryl Crow and Hologic, Inc. Ring The NASDAQ Opening Bell at NASDAQ MarketSite on October 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images) Monica Schipper


The solo artist who got her start as part of the Staples Singers with her dad and siblings, gave numerous shout-outs to Wheat Penny Oven and Bar, 515 Wayne Ave., and its owner Elizabeth Wiley during her rocking performance in June at the Fraze.

Staples and her group visited Wheat Penny and order grilled shrimp and vegetables on polenta, pepperoni gumbo, eggplant fries, green beans and pizza.


A plane full celebrities partied down with residents at Dave Chappelle's two-day Juke Joint at Yellow Springs'  Whitehall Farms. 

They included rappers D-NiceTalib Kweli and Q-Tip, CBS News' Gayle King, actor Bradley Cooper, model/actress Naomi Campbell, comedian Donnell Rawlings and magician David Blaine.



Richard SchiffBradley WhitfordDulé HillJoshua Malina and Mary McCormack and Dayton's very own Allison Janney (AKA Toby, Josh, Charlie, Will, Kate and C.J. from the NBC's "The West Wing" ) canvassed  Dayton for Democratic Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton in September.

Shutterstock stock photo: Cast of THE WEST WING at the 2002 Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. 22SEP2002. Paul Smith / Featureflash Featureflash Photo Agency /


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Ivanka Trump toured Middletown Tube Works and spoke to several female business leaders earlier this month.

His namesake, Donald Jr.,  spoke to Miami University students Sunday.

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 19: Donald Trump Jr. (L), along with Ivanka Trump (C), Eric Trump (2nd-R) and Tiffany Trump (R), take part in the roll call in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on the second day of the Republican National Convention on July 19, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Joe Raedle/Getty Images North America


The actress best known as  Amy on the television series "Secret Life of the American Teenager," Hazel in "The Fault in Our Stars," and Beatrice in "The Divergent Series" was at SunWatch Indian Village and Archeological Park in July. 


The Emmy award-winning actress was in Dayton Sept. 26 for a Dayton Women for Hillary Clinton event


Messing, the star of ABC’s “Will and Grace,” is set to appear in ABC's remake of “Dirty Dancing.” 



The Grammy and Academy award winning singer and Springfield native visited Dayton and several other Ohio cities on behalf of Hillary Clinton. 

He was also in Springfield for the opening of the John Legend Theater at the Springfield Center of Innovation: The Dome.

The official ribbon cutting for the John Legend Theater in Springfield. Michael Tyler II/Staff Staff Writer


Lance Bass, a *NSYNC singer, was spotted at Wheat Penny and at Wright State on Sept. 26, 2016.  Photo: Elizabeth Valenti

The *NSYNC singer in September met with Wright State University students on the university's Quad and talked about why he supports Hillary Clinton, according to Petey L. Peterson, the university's director of LGBTQA Affairs.

Bass also stopped by Wheat Penny. 

Wright State and the restaurant showed up on LOGO TV.



The actor was spotted in Yellow Springs not once but twice in 2016.

Ashley Jenkins the  owner of Ashley Jenkins Photography took a selfie with him after spotting the "American Sniper" with Chappelle at Dino's Cappuccinos, 225 Xenia Ave.

Kettering photographer Ashley Jenkins met actor Bradley Cooper after seeing him at Dino's in Yellow Springs Saturday. Photo: Ashley Jenkins. 
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