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Who's The Best Actor From Every State? 

Matt Manser
Updated February 2, 2018 25.7k votes 3.8k voters 54.1k views 50 items

List Rules Vote up the actors who best represent their home states.

No matter what part of the US you're from, you can brag about the famous people who grew up in your state. If you're not sure which stars got their start in your homeland, it's time for a quick refresher on the best actor from every state. 

In states that spawned a considerable number of celebrities, some pretty good actors don't make the cut. While Jack Nicholson could be considered one of the best actors of all time, he unfortunately grew up in the same state as Meryl Streep (sorry, Jack). If musicians were added into the mix, the competition would be even steeper.  

Most of these renowned performers have won Oscars and Emmys, and some have appeared in fantastic movies and TV shows filmed in their native lands. You might not recognize a small handful of these actors, as a few snuck onto the list thanks to their tiny home states.

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Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
age 62

California is a sprawling state with a huge population, but Concord, CA native Tom Hanks takes home the prize. His work as David S. Pumpkins speaks for itself, as does his Oscar wins for Philadelphia and Forrest Gump.

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Bette Davis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Dec. at 81 (1908-1989)

From Lowell, MA, Davis is one of the most celebrated film stars of all time. She won Oscars in 1936 and 1939 for Dangerous and Jezebel respectively, and is also known for All About Eve, and Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?.

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Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
age 81

From Memphis, one of Freeman's earliest roles was Easy Reader on The Electric Company. He went on to earn five Oscar nominations, including a win for Million Dollar Baby.

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Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)

Williams was born in Chicago, though his family moved to Michigan when he was 12. He initially made a name for himself as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco, before landing a role on the TV show Mork & Mindy. He was nominated for four Oscars, including a win for Good Will Hunting.

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Gene Wilder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
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Amy Adams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
age 44

Amy Adams was born in Italy, but raised in Castle Rock, CO. In 2006, she broke through with her role in Junebug, which earned her an Oscar nomination. Since then, she's received four additional nominations — most recently for 2014's American Hustle but has yet to win.

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Octavia Spencer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
age 48

Montgomery native Octavia Spencer began her career in the '90s by guest starring on several TV shows. In 2012, she won an Oscar for her role in The Help, and she has also been nominated for her work in Hidden Figures and The Shape of Water.

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Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
age 88

Robert Duvall was born in San Diego, but grew up in Maryland. His illustrious career includes roles in The Godfather Part II, Network, and an Oscar win for Tender Mercies.

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Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
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Emma Stone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
age 30

Hailing from Scottsdale, Emma Stone's breakthrough role came when she played Jules in 2007's Superbad. Since then she's been in The Amazing Spider-Man and Birdman, and won an Oscar for La La Land.

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Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Died at 83 (1925-2008)

One of Hollywood's biggest stars, Paul Newman was born in Cleveland, OH. He won an Oscar in 1987 for The Color Of Money, and was nominated nine other times.

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Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Dec. at 80 (1924-2004)

From Omaha, Brando's list of accolades is nearly endless. In his lifetime, he won two Oscars for his roles in On The Waterfront and The Godfather.

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Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
age 54

From Arlington, VA, Sandra Bullock shot to stardom with 1994's Speed. She won an Oscar for The Blind Side and was nominated again for Gravity.

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Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
age 69

From Summit, NJ, Meryl Streep's reputation speaks for itself. For the record, she's won three Oscars, most recently in 2012 for The Iron Lady.

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Katharine Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Dec. at 96 (1907-2003)

One of Hollywood's biggest legends, Katharine Hepburn was born in Hartford, CT. She won her first Oscar in 1934 for Morning Glory. She went on to receive three more Oscars, the last one being for 1982's On Golden Pond.

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Jessica Lange is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
age 69

From Cloquet, MN, Lange won an Oscar in 1983 for Tootsie, and another in 1995 for Blue Sky. She's also won three Emmy awards, including two for American Horror Story.

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Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
age 45

From Albuquerque, Harris got his big break with Doogie Howser, MD. He went on to receive four Emmy nominations for How I Met Your Mother, and has been picked several times to host the Tony Awards.

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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
age 50

From his sitcom's theme song, you know that Will Smith was born and raised in Philadelphia. Since then, he's repeatedly proven his range as an actor, taking on roles in comedies, dramas and action films. He also has received two Oscar nominations for Ali and The Pursuit of Happyness.

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George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
age 57

From Lexington, Clooney's path to stardom was a long and winding one. He was a regular on many TV shows (including a sitcom called E/R) before making it big on the drama ER. He continued on to become one of the world's biggest movie stars, and won an Oscar for Syriana.

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Julianne Moore is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
age 58

From Fort Bragg, NC, Moore has received four Oscar nominations, including a win for Still Alice. She also won an Emmy in 2012 for Game Change, where she played Sarah Palin.

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Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
age 46

Matthew McConaughey was born in Uvalde, TX, and shot to fame with his role in Dazed and Confused. He won an Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club, and was nominated for an Emmy for his role on True Detective.

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Faye Dunaway is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
age 78

Film legend Faye Dunaway was born in Bascom, FL. She garnered Oscar nominations for Bonnie and Clyde and Chinatown, and won an Oscar for Network in 1976.

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Jennifer Garner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
age 46

Born in Texas but raised in Charleston, Garner has received four Emmy nominations for her work on Alias. On the big screen, she's been featured in Juno and Dallas Buyers Club, most notably.

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Adam Driver is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
age 35

Driver was born in San Diego, but moved to Indiana at age seven. He's been nominated for three Emmys for his role on Girls, but is probably best known for playing Kylo Ren in the Star Wars sequel trilogy.

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Adam Sandler is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
age 49

Born in New York but raised in New Hampshire, Adam Sandler is unarguably a fan favorite, despite his penchant for questionable films like Grown Ups and Click. While not all his movies are great, he did get a Golden Globe nomination in 2003 for Punch-Drunk Love.

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