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List of famous people from Massachusetts, 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 Massachusetts, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

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Eliza Dushku is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Eliza Dushku age 36 - Eliza Patricia Dushku is an American actress known for her television roles, including starring as Faith on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spinoff series Angel. She starred in two Fox series, ...more

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Uma Thurman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Uma Thurman age 46 - Uma Karuna Thurman is an American actress and former model. She has performed in leading roles in a variety of films, ranging from romantic comedies and dramas to science fiction and action ...more

Rob Mariano is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Rob Mariano age 41 - Robert Carlo "Boston Rob" Mariano is an American television personality, widely known for appearing in several reality shows, including Survivor, and The Amazing Race with his wife, ...more

Mark Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Mark Wahlberg age 45 - Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg is an American actor, producer, and former model and rapper. He was known as Marky Mark in his earlier years, becoming famous for his 1991 debut as frontman with the ...more

Geena Davis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Geena Davis age 61 - Virginia Elizabeth "Geena" Davis is an American actress, film producer, writer, former fashion model, and a women's Olympics archery team semi-finalist. She is known for her roles in ...more

Matthew Perry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Matthew Perry age 47 - Matthew Perry is a screenwriter.

Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Kurt Russell age 66 - Kurt Vogel Russell is an American actor. His first roles were as a child in television series, including a lead role in the Western series The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters. In the late 1960s, he ...more

Dane Cook is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Dane Cook age 45 - Dane Jeffrey Cook is an American stand-up comedian and film actor. He has released five comedy albums: Harmful If Swallowed; Retaliation; Vicious Circle; Rough Around The Edges: Live From ...more

Connie Britton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Connie Britton age 50 - Constance Elaine "Connie" Britton is an American actress, singer and producer. Britton made her feature film debut in the independent comedy-drama film The Brothers McMullen and the ...more

Chloë Sevigny is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Chloë Sevigny age 42 - Chloë Stevens Sevigny is an American actress, fashion designer, and former model. She gained a reputation for her eclectic fashion sense, and developed a broad career in the fashion ...more

Bette Davis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Bette Davis Died at 81 (1908-1989) - Ruth Elizabeth Davis, known as Bette Davis, was an American actress of film, television and theater. Regarded as one of the greatest actors in cinema history, she was noted for her willingness ...more

Alicia Witt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Alicia Witt age 41 - Alicia Roanne Witt is an American actress, singer-songwriter, and a Boston University-trained pianist. Witt first came to fame as a child actress after being discovered by David Lynch, who cast ...more

Marcia Cross is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Marcia Cross age 55 - Marcia Anne Cross is an American television actress known for her roles as Dr. Kimberly Shaw on Fox soap opera Melrose Place and Bree Van de Kamp on the ABC comedy-drama series Desperate

Doug Stanhope is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Doug Stanhope age 50 - Douglas Gene "Doug" Stanhope is an American stand-up comedian, actor and author known for his cynical, controversial comedy style and libertarian political views.

Matt LeBlanc is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Matt LeBlanc age 49 - Matthew Steven "Matt" LeBlanc is an American actor and producer, best known for his role as Joey Tribbiani on the NBC sitcom, Friends and its spin-off Joey. In 2011, LeBlanc began ...more

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Anthony Michael Hall is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Anthony Michael Hall age 48 - Michael Anthony Hall, known professionally as Anthony Michael Hall, is an American actor, film producer, and director who starred in several teen-oriented films of the 1980s. Hall began his ...more

Erik Per Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Erik Per Sullivan age 25 - Erik Per Sullivan is an American actor best known for his role as Dewey, the younger brother to middle child Malcolm, on the Fox series Malcolm in the Middle, which was on air for six years.

Leonard Nimoy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Leonard Nimoy age 86 - Leonard Simon Nimoy was an American actor, film director, photographer, author, poet, singer and songwriter. He was known for his role as Mr. Spock of the Star Trek franchise. Nimoy began his ...more

Casey Affleck is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Casey Affleck age 41 - Caleb Casey McGuire Affleck-Boldt is an American actor, film director, screenwriter and producer. He first came to attention for his performances in Gus Van Sant's films To Die For, Good Will ...more

Leonard Bernstein is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Leonard Bernstein Died at 72 (1918-1990) - Leonard Bernstein was an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist. He was among the first conductors born and educated in the United States of America to receive ...more

Abigail Johnson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Abigail Johnson age 54 - Abigail Pierrepont "Abby" Johnson is an American businesswoman. Since 2014, Johnson is President and Chief Executive Officer of US investment firm Fidelity Investments, and chairman of ...more

Joe Perry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Joe Perry age 66 - Anthony Joseph "Joe" Pereira is the lead guitarist, backing and occasional lead vocalist, and contributing songwriter for the rock band Aerosmith. He was ranked 84th in Rolling Stone's ...more

W.E.B. Du Bois is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
W.E.B. Du Bois Died at 95 (1868-1963) - William Edward Burghardt "W. E. B." Du Bois was an American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author and editor. Born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, ...more

Alicia Sacramone is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Alicia Sacramone age 29 - Alicia Marie Quinn is a retired American artistic gymnast. Sacramone began gymnastics at the age of eight, started competing in the elite ranks in 2002 and joined the U.S. national team in 2003. ...more

Jane Curtin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Jane Curtin age 69 - Jane Therese Curtin is an American actress and comedian. She is sometimes referred to as "Queen of the Deadpan"; The Philadelphia Inquirer once called her a "refreshing drop of ...more

Steven Wright is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Steven Wright age 61 - Steven Alexander Wright is an American comedian, actor and writer. He is known for his distinctly lethargic voice and slow, deadpan delivery of ironic, philosophical and sometimes nonsensical ...more

Cass Sunstein is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Cass Sunstein age 62 - Cass Robert Sunstein is an American legal scholar, particularly in the fields of constitutional law, administrative law, environmental law, and law and behavioral economics, who was the ...more

Steven Van Zandt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Steven Van Zandt age 66 - Steven Van Zandt is an American musician, songwriter, arranger, record producer, actor, and radio disc jockey, who frequently goes by the stage names Little Steven or Miami Steve. He is a member ...more

Bill Burr is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Bill Burr age 48 - William "Bill" Burr is an American comedian, writer, and actor. He is best known for his stand up comedy specials. He also has a weekly Monday podcast that can be found at

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Reed Hastings is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Reed Hastings age 56 - Wilmot Reed Hastings Jr. is an American entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the co-founder and CEO of Netflix and serves on the boards of Facebook and a number of non-profit organizations. A ...more

David Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
David Morrissey age 52 - David Mark Morrissey is a British actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. At the age of 18, he was cast in the television series One Summer, which won him recognition throughout the ...more

Jeffrey Donovan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Jeffrey Donovan age 48 - Jeffrey Donovan is an American television, film and stage actor. He played the lead character Michael Westen on the long-running American cable television series Burn Notice. Notable starring ...more

Henry David Thoreau is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Henry David Thoreau Died at 45 (1817-1862) - Henry David Thoreau was an American author, naturalist, transcendentalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, sage writer and philosopher. He is best known for his book Walden, a ...more

Abbie Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Abbie Hoffman Died at 53 (1936-1989) - Abbot Howard "Abbie" Hoffman was an American political and social activist who co-founded the Youth International Party. Hoffman was arrested and tried for conspiracy and inciting to ...more

Michael Chiklis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Michael Chiklis age 53 - Michael Chiklis is an actor, director and television producer. Some of the previous roles for which he is best known include Commissioner Tony Scali on the ABC police drama The Commish, LAPD ...more

Tip O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Tip O'Neill Died at 82 (1912-1994) - Thomas Phillip "Tip" O'Neill, Jr. was an American politician and Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. O'Neill was an outspoken liberal Democrat and influential member ...more

Kristen Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Kristen Gilbert age 48 - Kristen Heather Gilbert born Kristen Heather Strickland, November 13, 1967 is an American serial killer who was convicted for three first-degree murders, one second-degree murder and two ...more

Eunice Kennedy Shriver is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Eunice Kennedy Shriver Died at 88 (1921-2009) - Eunice Mary Kennedy Shriver, DSG was a member of the Kennedy family, sister of President John F. Kennedy and Senators Robert F. Kennedy and Ted Kennedy. Eunice Kennedy Shriver was the founder in ...more

Emeril Lagasse is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Emeril Lagasse age 57 - Emeril John Lagasse is an American celebrity chef, restaurateur, television personality, and cookbook author. A regional James Beard Award winner, he is perhaps most notable for his Food Network ...more

Sabina Gadecki is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Sabina Gadecki age 32 - Sabina Gadecki - Is an American actress and model. She was born in Chicopee, Massachusetts to Polish parents. She studied International Business and Communications at Fordham University, while ...more

Samuel Adams is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Samuel Adams Died at 81 (1722-1803) - Samuel Adams was an American statesman, political philosopher, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. As a politician in colonial Massachusetts, Adams was a leader of the movement ...more

Fred Richmond is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Fred Richmond age 92 - Frederick William Richmond is a former Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from New York. Richmond was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He served in the United States ...more

Jack Buck is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Jack Buck Died at 78 (1924-2002) - John Francis "Jack" Buck was an American sportscaster, best known for his work announcing Major League Baseball games of the St. Louis Cardinals. Buck's play-by-play work earned him ...more

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Robert Goulet is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Robert Goulet Died at 74 (1933-2007) - Robert Gerard Goulet was an American singer and actor of French Canadian ancestry and Canadian upbringing and training after birth in Massachusetts. He originated the role of Lancelot in the ...more

Mike Wallace is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Mike Wallace Died at 94 (1918-2012) - Myron Leon "Mike" Wallace was an American journalist, game show host, actor and media personality. He interviewed a wide range of prominent newsmakers during his sixty-year career. He ...more

Irwin M. Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Irwin M. Jacobs age 83 - Irwin Mark Jacobs is an electrical engineer, a co-founder and former chairman of Qualcomm, and chair of the board of trustees of the Salk Institute.

Nick DiPaolo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Nick DiPaolo age 55 - Nicholas Rocco "Nick" DiPaolo is an American stand-up comedian, Emmy nominated writer, actor and radio host. He was formerly the co-host of The Nick & Artie Show alongside comedian

Ashley Richardson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Ashley Richardson age 51 - Ashley C. Richardson is an American former model. She has appeared on the cover of Elle a total of seven times. Her photo has also been on the cover of Cosmopolitan twice. She has made six ...more

Natasha Yi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Natasha Yi age 38 - Natasha Yi is an American model and actress. She was a former Barker's Beauty. She is known for her appearance in numerous commercials and campaigns for popular brands such as Nokia, Regis Hair ...more

Norm Crosby is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Norm Crosby age 89 - Norman Lawrence "Norm" Crosby is an American comedian sometimes associated with the Borscht Belt who often appeared on television in the 1970s. He is known for his use of malapropisms ...more