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List of famous people from Maine, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Maine, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Maine you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Maine, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

This list below has everything from William Deering to Henry A. McMasters.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Maine?" or "Which celebrities were born in Maine?" then this list is a great resource for you.
Anna Kendrick is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Maine
Age: 33

Birthplace: Portland, Maine, United States of America

Anna Cooke Kendrick (born August 9, 1985) is an American actress and singer. She began her career as a child actress in theater productions. Her first starring role was in the 1998 Broadway ...more

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Rachel Nichols is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Maine
Age: 39

Birthplace: Augusta, Maine, United States of America

Rachel Emily Nichols (born January 8, 1980) is an American actress and model. Nichols began modeling while attending Columbia University in New York City in the late 1990s, and transitioned into ...more

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Patrick Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Maine
Age: 53

Birthplace: Lewiston, Maine, United States of America

Patrick Galen Dempsey (born January 13, 1966) is an American actor and race car driver, best known for his role as neurosurgeon Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd in Grey's Anatomy, starring ...more

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Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Maine
Age: 71

Birthplace: Portland, Maine, United States of America

Stephen Edwin King is an American author of contemporary horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies, many of which ...more

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Victoria Rowell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Maine
Age: 59

Birthplace: Portland, Maine, United States of America

Victoria Lynn Rowell (born May 10, 1959) is an American actress, writer, producer and dancer. Rowell began her career as a ballet dancer and model, before making her acting debut in the 1987 ...more

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John Ford is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Maine
Dec. at 79 (1894-1973)

Birthplace: Cape Elizabeth, Maine, United States of America

John Ford (February 1, 1894 – August 31, 1973) was an American film director. He is renowned both for Westerns such as Stagecoach (1939), The Searchers (1956), and The Man Who Shot Liberty ...more

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Robert Crowley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Maine
Age: 68

Birthplace: South Portland, Maine, United States of America

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David E. Kelley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Maine
Age: 62

Birthplace: Waterville, Maine, USA

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Percy Spencer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Maine
Dec. at 76 (1894-1970)

Birthplace: Howland, Maine

Percy Lebaron Spencer (July 19, 1894 – September 8, 1970) was an American physicist and inventor. He became known as the inventor of the microwave oven.
Hiram Maxim is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Maine
Dec. at 76 (1840-1916)

Birthplace: Sangerville, Maine

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Harold Beverage is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Maine
Dec. at 100 (1893-1993)

Birthplace: North Haven, Maine

Harold Henry "Bev" Beverage (October 14, 1893 – January 27, 1993) is perhaps most widely known today for his invention and development of the wave antenna, which came to be known as ...more
Frederick G. Payne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Maine
Dec. at 74 (1904-1978)

Birthplace: Lewiston, Maine, United States of America

Frederick George Payne (July 24, 1904 – June 15, 1978) was an American businessman and politician. A member of the Republican Party, he served as a U.S. Senator from Maine from 1953 to 1959. He ...more
Margaret Chase Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Maine
Dec. at 98 (1897-1995)

Birthplace: Skowhegan, Maine, United States of America

Margaret Madeline Chase Smith (December 14, 1897 – May 29, 1995) was a United States politician. A member of the Republican Party, she served as a U.S Representative (1940–49) and a U.S. Senator ...more
Henry Wadsworth Longfell... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Maine
Dec. at 75 (1807-1882)

Birthplace: Portland, Maine

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (February 27, 1807 – March 24, 1882) was an American poet and educator whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride", The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline. He was ...more

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Patty Griffin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Maine
Age: 54

Birthplace: Old Town, Maine, United States of America

Patricia Jean Griffin (born March 16, 1964) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. She is a vocalist and plays guitar and piano. She is known for her stripped-down songwriting style in ...more

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Richard Wallace is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Maine
Age: 59

Birthplace: Portland, Maine

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Gary Thorne is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Maine
Age: 70

Birthplace: Bangor, Maine

Gary Thorne (born June 9, 1948) is the lead play-by-play announcer for MASN. He has also worked for ESPN and ABC, including National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, college football, and ...more
Nelson Dingley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Maine
Dec. at 67 (1832-1899)

Birthplace: Durham, Maine, United States of America

Nelson Dingley Jr. (February 15, 1832 – January 13, 1899) was a journalist and politician from the U.S. state of Maine. Dingley was born in Durham, Maine and attended the common schools at ...more
Joan Wasser is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Maine
Age: 48

Birthplace: Biddeford, Maine

Joan Wasser (born July 26, 1970), known by her stage name Joan As Police Woman, is an American musician, singer-songwriter and producer. She began her career playing violin with the Dambuilders ...more
Elle Logan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Maine
Age: 31

Birthplace: Portland, Maine

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Victor A. McKusick is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Maine
Dec. at 87 (1921-2008)

Birthplace: Maine

Victor Almon McKusick (October 21, 1921 – July 22, 2008) was an American internist and medical geneticist, and Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore. He was a proponent ...more
Samuel Thurston is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Maine
Dec. at 36 (1815-1851)

Birthplace: Monmouth, Maine, United States of America

Samuel Royal Thurston (April 15, 1816 – April 9, 1851) was an American pioneer, lawyer and politician. He was the first delegate from the Oregon Territory to the United States Congress and was ...more
Heather Hemmens is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Maine
Age: 34

Birthplace: Maine, United States of America

Heather Hemmens (born July 10, 1988) is an American actress, film director and film producer. She is best known for her role as Alice Verdura in The CW series Hellcats (2010-2011). Since 2014, ...more
Frank S. Black is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Maine
Dec. at 60 (1853-1913)

Birthplace: Limington, Maine, United States of America

Frank Swett Black (March 8, 1853 – March 22, 1913) was an American newspaper editor, lawyer and politician. He was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1895 to 1897, and ...more
George H. Moses is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Maine
Dec. at 75 (1869-1944)

Birthplace: Lubec, Maine, United States of America

George Higgins Moses (February 9, 1869 – December 20, 1944) was a U.S. diplomat and political figure. He served as a United States Senator from New Hampshire and was chosen as the Senate's ...more