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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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If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Massachusetts?" or "Which celebrities were born in Massachusetts?" then this list is a great resource for you.
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Steven Wright is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
age 63
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
age 64
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
age 68
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
age 50
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
Reed Hastings is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
age 58
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
age 54
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
age 50
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
Dec. 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 Dec. 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
age 55
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
Dec. 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
age 51
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
Dec. 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
age 59
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
age 35
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
Dec. 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
age 95
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
Dec. 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
Robert Goulet is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Massachusetts
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 85
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
age 53
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
age 53
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
age 39
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
age 91
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