Sledge Hammer was born in St. Louis.
(I learned this because Adaptive Curmudgeon had a post today capped with a clip from the 2008 film Burn After Reading that featured Sledge Hammer! and the Farmers Insurance pitchman, so I looked him up on IMDB and learned that he’s been in a lot of other television shows and films since the television comedy that I know him best for.)
Certainly the IMDB entry says he’s known for other things.
But come on. He’s Sledge Hammer!
Trust me, I know what I’m doing.