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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?
California — Tom Hanks age 61

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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Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Illinois — Robin Williams Died 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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Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Tennessee — Morgan Freeman age 80

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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Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
New Jersey — Meryl Streep age 68

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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Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
New York — Robert De Niro age 74

Born in Manhattan, De Niro won Oscars for The Godfather Part II and Raging Bull. He also starred in Dirty Grandpa, but don't hold that against him.

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Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
New Mexico — Neil Patrick Harris age 44

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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Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Virginia — Sandra Bullock age 53

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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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Pennsylvania — Will Smith age 49

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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Gene Wilder is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Wisconsin — Gene Wilder age 84

Born in Milwaukee, Wilder is known for roles in The Producers, Young Frankenstein, and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. He also won an Emmy for a guest appearance on Will & Grace.

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Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Texas — Matthew McConaughey age 48

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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Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Maryland — Robert Duvall age 87

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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Emma Stone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Arizona — Emma Stone age 29

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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Katharine Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Connecticut — Katharine Hepburn Died 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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Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Ohio — Paul Newman 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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Amy Adams is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Colorado — Amy Adams age 43

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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Jessica Lange is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Minnesota — Jessica Lange age 68

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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Julianne Moore is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
North Carolina — Julianne Moore age 57

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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Octavia Spencer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Alabama — Octavia Spencer age 47

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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Viola Davis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Rhode Island — Viola Davis age 52

Viola Davis was born in South Carolina, but raised in Central Falls, RI. She won an Oscar in 2017 for Fences, and was also nominated for Doubt and The Help.

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Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Nebraska — Marlon Brando Died 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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Sarah Paulson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Maine — Sarah Paulson age 43

Paulson was born in Florida, but grew up in Maine. She rose to prominence with her various roles on American Horror Story, and won an Emmy for playing Marcia Clark in American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.

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Bette Midler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Hawaii — Bette Midler age 72

From Honolulu, Midler made it big as singer before crossing over into the world of acting. Her filmography includes The Rose, Beaches, Ruthless People, and Hocus Pocus.

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Bette Davis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Massachusetts — Bette Davis Died 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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Jennifer Garner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
West Virginia — Jennifer Garner age 45

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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Billy Bob Thornton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Arkansas — Billy Bob Thornton age 62

From Hot Springs, AR, one of Billy Bob Thornton's first big roles was on the John Ritter/Markie Post sitcom Hearts Afire. However, it was his Oscar-winning performance in Slingblade (which he also wrote and directed) that cemented his celebrity status. Since then, he's been in Bad Santa, Friday Night Lights, and a slew of other popular movies and TV shows. 

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Hilary Swank is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Washington — Hilary Swank age 43

Swank was born in Nebraska, but grew up in Spokane and Bellingham, WA. She's won two Oscars for Boys Don't Cry and Million Dollar Baby.

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George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Kentucky — George Clooney age 56

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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Aaron Paul is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Idaho — Aaron Paul age 38

From Emmett, ID, Paul is best known for his role as Jesse on Breaking Bad. He can also be seen on the TV series The Path, and he's the voice of Todd on Bojack Horseman.

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Michelle Williams is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Montana — Michelle Williams age 37

From Kalispell, MT, Williams first gained stardom on Dawson's Creek. She's gone on to earn four Oscar nominations for films such as Brokeback Mountain and Manchester by the Sea.

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Faye Dunaway is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Florida — Faye Dunaway age 77

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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Cloris Leachman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Iowa — Cloris Leachman age 91

Born in 1926 in Des Moines, IA, Leachman has had an incredibly prolific career. She won an Oscar in 1972 for The Last Picture Show, and received several Emmys for series such as The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Malcolm in the Middle

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Lily Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Michigan — Lily Tomlin age 78

From Detroit, MI, Lily Tomlin rose to fame on the sketch show Laugh-In in the 1960s. She's won numerous Emmys, received an Oscar nomination for Nashville, and stars in the Netflix series Grace & Frankie.

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Don Cheadle is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Missouri — Don Cheadle age 53

Don Cheadle was born in Kansas City, MO (although he moved around frequently as a child). Cheadle is one of the most respected working actors in Hollywood, and has received an Oscar nomination for Hotel Rwanda, and seven Emmy nominations for The Rat Pack, House of Lies, and more.

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Adam Sandler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
New Hampshire — Adam Sandler age 51

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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Josh Duhamel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
North Dakota — Josh Duhamel age 45

From Minot, ND, Duhamel got his start on All My Children, for which he won a Daytime Emmy. He moved on to a prominent role in the show Las Vegas, and played Lennox in the Transformers movies.

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Dennis Hopper is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Kansas — Dennis Hopper Died at 74 (1936-2010)

Born in Dodge City, KS, Hopper became a movie star with his role in Easy Rider. He was nominated for an Oscar for Hoosiers, and received a Golden Globe nod for Blue Velvet.

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Adam Driver is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Indiana — Adam Driver age 34

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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Ty Burrell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Oregon — Ty Burrell age 50

From Grants Pass, OR, Burrell has won two Emmys for his work on Modern Family. He was also in 2008's The Incredible Hulk and 2017's Rough Night.

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Holly Hunter is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Georgia — Holly Hunter age 60

From Conyers, GA, Hunter broke through with 1987's Raising Arizona and won and Oscar for The Piano. She was also nominated for Broadcast News, The Firm, and Thirteen.

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Alfre Woodard is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Oklahoma — Alfre Woodard age 65

Born in Tulsa, Woodard is a four-time Emmy winner, including wins for Hill Street Blues and The Practice. She was also nominated for an Oscar in 1984 for Cross Creek.

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Mary-Louise Parker is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
South Carolina — Mary-Louise Parker age 53

Born in Fort Jackson, SC, Parker has been nominated for three Emmys for her leading role on Weeds. She also won an Emmy in 2004 for Angels in America.

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Patricia Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Louisiana — Patricia Clarkson age 58

Born in New Orleans, Clarkson was nominated for an Oscar in 2004 for Pieces of April. She also won two Emmys for her guest appearances on Six Feet Under, and garnered acclaim for her roles in The Green Mile and The Station Agent.

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Matthew Fox is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Wyoming — Matthew Fox age 51

Matthew Fox was born in Pennsylvania, but grew up in Crowheart, WY. He got his start on Party of Five, and was nominated for an Emmy for his work on Lost.

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January Jones is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
South Dakota — January Jones age 40

From, Sioux Falls, SD, Jones skyrocketed to fame with her Emmy-nominated role on Mad Men. She also stars on the Fox comedy The Last Man On Earth.

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Elisabeth Shue is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Delaware — Elisabeth Shue age 54

From Wilmington, DE, Shue's first big role came as Ali in The Karate Kid. A few years later, she starred in Adventures in Babysitting, and in 1996 she was nominated for an Oscar for Leaving Las Vegas.

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Darby Stanchfield is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Alaska — Darby Stanchfield age 46

From Kodiak, AK, Stanchfield made several appearances on General Hospitalbeginning in 2007. From there, she garnered regular roles on Mad Men and NCIS. Since 2012, she's played Abby Whelan on the hit show Scandal.

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Rutina Wesley is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Nevada — Rutina Wesley age 39

From Las Vegas, Wesley is best known for starring in True Blood for six seasons. Since 2016, she's starred in OWN's Queen Sugar.

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Wilford Brimley is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Utah — Wilford Brimley age 83

He doesn't have a stack of awards, but it's always a joy to see Salt Lake City's Wilford Brimley in any TV or movie role. His works include The Natural, The Firm, and Cocoon.

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Diane Ladd is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Mississippi — Diane Ladd age 82

From Meridian, MS, Ladd is a three-time Oscar nominee, starting in 1975 with Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. She was also nominated in 1991 for Wild At Heart, and again in 1992 for Rambling Rose.

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Orson Bean is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Who's The Best Actor From Every State?
Vermont — Orson Bean age 89

Veteran character actor Orson Bean hails from Burlington, VT. You might not know the name, but you know his face from Being John Malkovich, Desperate Housewives, Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, and countless other roles in film and TV.