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Famous People From Massachusetts

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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.

Paul Theroux and Henry Cabot Lodge are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

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.
  • Eliza Dushku

    BirthplaceUSA, Massachusetts, Watertown

    Eliza Patricia Dushku (; born December 30, 1980) is an American actress, model and producer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Uma Thurman

    BirthplaceBoston, USA, Massachusetts

    Uma Karuna Thurman (born April 29, 1970) is an American actress and model. She has performed... more on Wikipedia

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  • Rob Mariano

    BirthplaceHyde Park, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Robert Carlo Mariano (born December 25, 1975), known by the nickname Boston Rob, is an... more on Wikipedia

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  • Mark Wahlberg

    BirthplaceDorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg (born June 5, 1971) is an American actor, producer, restaurateur... more on Wikipedia

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  • Geena Davis

    BirthplaceWareham, USA, Massachusetts

    Virginia Elizabeth "Geena" Davis (born January 21, 1956) is an American actress and activist.... more on Wikipedia

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  • Matthew Perry

    BirthplaceWilliamstown, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Matthew Langford Perry (born August 19, 1969) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Kurt Russell

    BirthplaceSpringfield, Massachusetts, USA

    Kurt Vogel Russell (born March 17, 1951) is an American actor. He began acting on television... more on Wikipedia

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  • Dane Cook

    Dane Cook

    Age: 48

    BirthplaceCambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Dane Jeffrey Cook (born March 18, 1972) is an American stand-up comedian and film actor. He... more on Wikipedia

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  • Connie Britton

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Constance Elaine Britton (born March 6, 1967) is an American actress, singer, and producer.... more on Wikipedia

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  • Chloë Sevigny

    BirthplaceSpringfield, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Chloë Stevens Sevigny born November 18, 1974) is an American actress, director, model, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Bette Davis

    Bette Davis

    Dec. at 81 (1908-1989)

    BirthplaceLowell, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis (; April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989) was an American actress of... more on Wikipedia

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  • Alicia Witt

    BirthplaceUSA, Massachusetts, Worcester

    Alicia Roanne Witt (born August 21, 1975) is an American actress, singer-songwriter, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Marcia Cross

    BirthplaceMarlborough, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Marcia Anne Cross (born March 25, 1962) is an American actress. She began her career on... more on Wikipedia

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  • Doug Stanhope

    BirthplaceWorcester, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Douglas Stanhope (born March 25, 1967) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, author,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Matt LeBlanc

    BirthplaceNewton, Massachusetts, USA

    Matthew Steven LeBlanc (; born July 25, 1967) is an American actor and comedian. He received... more on Wikipedia
  • Anthony Michael Hall

    BirthplaceWest Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Michael Anthony Hall (born April 14, 1968), known professionally as Anthony Michael Hall, is... more on Wikipedia

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  • Erik Per Sullivan

    BirthplaceWorcester, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Erik Per Sullivan (born July 12, 1991) is an American former actor. He is best known for his... more on Wikipedia
  • Leonard Nimoy

    BirthplaceWest End, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Leonard Simon Nimoy (March 26, 1931 – February 27, 2015) was an American actor, film director,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Casey Affleck

    BirthplaceUSA, Massachusetts, Falmouth

    Caleb Casey McGuire Affleck-Boldt (born August 12, 1975) is an American actor and director. He... more on Wikipedia

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  • Leonard Bernstein

    Leonard Bernstein

    Dec. at 72 (1918-1990)

    BirthplaceLawrence, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Leonard Bernstein ( BURN-styne; August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990) was an American composer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Abigail Johnson

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts

    Abigail Pierrepont Johnson (born December 19, 1961) is an American billionaire businesswoman.... more on Wikipedia
  • Joe Perry

    Joe Perry

    Age: 70

    BirthplaceLawrence, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Anthony Joseph Pereira (born September 10, 1950) better known by his stage name, Joe Perry, is... more on Wikipedia

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  • W.E.B. Du Bois

    W.E.B. Du Bois

    Dec. at 95 (1868-1963)

    BirthplaceGreat Barrington, Massachusetts

    William Edward Burghardt Du Bois ( doo-BOYSS; February 23, 1868 – August 27, 1963) was an... more on Wikipedia
  • Alicia Sacramone

    BirthplaceWinchester, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Alicia Marie Sacramone Quinn (; born December 3, 1987) is a retired American artistic gymnast.... more on Wikipedia

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  • Jane Curtin

    BirthplaceCambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Jane Therese Curtin (born September 6, 1947) is an American actress and comedian. She is... more on Wikipedia

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