- Timothy Bradley, the former WBO welterweight champion, is from Cathedral City and graduated from Cathedral City High School.
- The city was a winter residence for actors Robert Duvall and Martin Landau in the 1960s, and TV show host Monty Hall in the 1990s.
- Chicano folk musician Lalo Guerrero lived in Cathedral City in his final years.
- “Dirty John” Meehan lived in a trailer, on his sister Donna Meehan Stewart’s RV lot in Cathedral City, before marrying Debra Newell.
- Simon Oakland died in the town on August 29, 1983, a day after the actor’s 68th birthday.
- The city was the teenage home of actress Suzanne Somers’ (she still maintains a second home in nearby Palm Springs).
- Frank Sinatra’s grave is located in Desert Memorial Park cemetery, as are those of several other prominent figures, including actor William Powell, singer-songwriter Sonny Bono, former mayor of Palm Springs, and actress Jane Wyman.
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