36.5k readers

Famous People From Massachusetts

Updated April 24, 2020 36.5k views990 items

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

    More Eliza Dushku 

    #94 of 199 Famous Women You'd Want to Have a Beer With#60 of 119 The Greatest '90s Teen Stars

  • Uma Thurman

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts, USA

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

    More Uma Thurman 

    Uma Thurman's Life Has Been Just As Crazy As The Bride's#68 of 149 The All-Time Greatest Action Stars

  • 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

    More Rob Mariano 

    The Most Days Played on Survivor#1 of 170 The Best Survivor Contestants That Ever Played

  • Mark Wahlberg

    BirthplaceDorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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

    More Mark Wahlberg 

    The Best Mark Wahlberg Movies#75 of 264 The Best (Male) Actors Working Today

  • Geena Davis

    BirthplaceWareham, Massachusetts, United States of America

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

    More Geena Davis 

    #139 of 222 The Best Actresses Working Today#100 of 349 The Best American Actresses Working Today

  • Matthew Perry

    BirthplaceWilliamstown, Massachusetts, United States of America

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

    More Matthew Perry 

    #36 of 97 The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time#79 of 110 The Greatest '80s Teen Stars

  • Kurt Russell

    BirthplaceSpringfield, Massachusetts, United States of America

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

    More Kurt Russell 

    The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked#69 of 302 The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

  • Dane Cook

    Dane Cook

    Age: 48

    BirthplaceCambridge, USA, Massachusetts

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

    More Dane Cook 

    The Best Dane Cook Albums of All Time#294 of 339 The Funniest People Of All Time

  • Connie Britton

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts, USA

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

    More Connie Britton 

    Connie Britton Is America's Coolest Mom And Here's Why#213 of 269 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

  • Chloë Sevigny

    BirthplaceSpringfield, Massachusetts, United States of America

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

    More Chloë Sevigny 

    #101 of 186 The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)#15 of 38 Celebrities Whose Names Are Hardest to Spell

  • 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

    More Bette Davis 

    Why Did Bette Davis And Joan Crawford Have A Legendary Feud?#1 of 843 The Best Actresses in Film History

  • Alicia Witt

    BirthplaceUSA, Massachusetts, Worcester

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

    More Alicia Witt 

    #1213 of 1,267 Test 18- The Most Beautiful Women in the World#4 of 310 Hallmark Channel Actors and Actresses

  • 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

    More Marcia Cross 

    #304 of 461 The Best TV Actors of All Time#18 of 38 Actors You Completely Forgot Were On 'Seinfeld'

  • Doug Stanhope

    BirthplaceWorcester, Massachusetts, United States of America

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

    More Doug Stanhope 

    #120 of 233 The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time#41 of 133 The Best Joe Rogan Podcast Guests

  • Matt LeBlanc

    BirthplaceNewton, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Matthew Steven LeBlanc (; born July 25, 1967) is an American actor and comedian. He received...  more

    More Matt LeBlanc 

    #30 of 45 Celebrities Who Had Weird Jobs Before They Were Famous#4 of 7 How the Cast of Friends Aged from the First to Last Season

  • 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

    More Anthony Michael Hall 

    #92 of 94 The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time#63 of 191 The Greatest Child Stars Who Are Still Acting

  • 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
  • Leonard Nimoy

    BirthplaceWest End, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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

    More Leonard Nimoy 

    #272 of 1,017 The Best Actors in Film History#95 of 310 The Coolest Actors Ever

  • Casey Affleck

    BirthplaceFalmouth, Massachusetts, United States of America

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

    More Casey Affleck 

    The Best Casey Affleck Movies#208 of 260 The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models

  • 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

    More Leonard Bernstein 

    #90 of 368 The Best Classical Composers#133 of 525 Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?

  • Abigail Johnson

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts

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

    More Joe Perry 

    #564 of 904 Celebrity Death Pool 2021#68 of 542 The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time

  • 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
  • Alicia Sacramone

    BirthplaceWinchester, Massachusetts, United States of America

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

    More Alicia Sacramone 

    #411 of 670 Rank the Sexiest Current Female Athletes#32 of 91 The Best Olympic Athletes in Artistic Gymnastics

  • Jane Curtin

    BirthplaceCambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

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