Total Nerd Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?  

Nathan Gibson
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List Rules Vote up the most famous celebrities that represent the state where they were born.

While the vast majority of high profile celebrities who hail from the entertainment industry make their home in Los Angeles and New York, not many were born in those cities. In fact, there are famous celebs from every state in the US just like there are hit movies and TV shows that have been filmed in each one. It may surprise you to learn exactly where a public figure actually comes from, especially if they come from the state that you call home.

This article will run down the most famous celebrity from every state. Each of them will have been born in the area but may have moved around to different locations in their childhood. Rest assured though that there are iconic celebrities from each and every state, even if a few of them have produced a few more than others.

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Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
Tennessee – Morgan Freeman age 80

Morgan Freeman has had a prolific career, along with appearing in box office hits such as The Shawshank Redemption and Million Dollar Baby, he's even played God. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee but grew up with his grandmother in Charleston, Mississippi. He moved from state to state during his tumultuous childhood.

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Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
Arkansas – Johnny Cash Died at 71 (1932-2003)

The singer was born in Kingsland, Arkansas but moved to the city of Dyess at the age of three. Having spent 50 years in the music industry, he authored hit songs such as “I Walk The Line” and “Ring of Fire.” He has become one of the best selling artists of all time. He died at the age of 71 in Tennessee.

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Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
Illinois – Harrison Ford age 75

Harrison Ford has become a household name for his roles in hit series such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Blade Runner. The veteran actor was born in Chicago, Illinois and attended high school at Park Ridge. He later moved to Wisconsin to enroll in philosophy at Ripon College.

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Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
Virginia – Sandra Bullock age 53

Star of The Heat and Practical Magic, Bullock was born in Arlington, Virginia. However, she spent much of her childhood living in Germany and Austria as her father was posted there with the US Army. After graduating high school in 1982, she attended East Carolina University to earn her BFA in Drama.

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Emma Stone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
Arizona – Emma Stone age 29

The Scottsdale, Arizona actress was born Emily Jean Stone. In 2004, she moved to LA to pursue a career in Hollywood. The move worked out pretty well for Stone who made her breakthrough in Zombieland and has since gone on to star in movies like The Amazing Spider-Man and The Help. In 2016, she won an Oscar for Best Actress.

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Channing Tatum is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
Alabama – Channing Tatum age 37

Born in Cullman, Alabama, the actor spent much of his early childhood in the southern state before he moved to Florida with his family. Most people know him from his starring roles in hits such as Magic Mike and 21 Jump Street.

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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
Pennsylvania – Will Smith age 49

Just like his Fresh Prince of Bel-Air character, Will Smith was born and raised in West Philadelphia near Wynnefield. He lived in the state throughout his childhood and used to rap in the area alongside his friend and collaborator DJ Jazzy Jeff.

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Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
Maine – Stephen King age 70

One of the most prolific authors of recent times and arguably the most influential horror writer, Stephen King is known around the world for his massive collection of novels. He was born in Portland, Maine and continues to live in the state to this day. The author sets many of his stories in Maine.

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Dwayne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
California – The Rock age 45

The Rock, now more commonly known by his actual name Dwayne Johnson, is arguably one of the biggest stars in Hollywood right now and a huge box office draw. Although he spent his early years living in Hawaii and moved around a lot during his childhood, he was actually born in the San Francisco Bay area in Hayward, California.

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Ashton Kutcher is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
Iowa – Ashton Kutcher age 40

Ashton Kutcher was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, though he later moved to Homestead while he was in high school. The 39-year-old actor is perhaps best known for his long-running role in Two and a Half Men but has also made starring appearances in films such as Jobs and No Strings Attached.

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Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
Georgia – Ray Charles Died at 74 (1930-2004)

Born in Albany, Georgia, the singer often sang about his time in the state. While he moved to California to pursue a career, he also spent much of his early life in Greenville, Florida. In fact, his mother only moved back to Albany to be close to family members when she was pregnant.

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Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
Kentucky – Muhammad Ali age 76

Arguably the greatest boxer of this century and one of the most famous athletes of all time, Muhammad Ali was born in Louisville, Kentucky. It was there that he began his boxing career, attending a local gym under the guidance of Chuck Bodak. He remained in Kentucky for most of his early fights, sparring as an amateur.

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Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
Oklahoma – Brad Pitt age 54

Once one of the world's most in-demand actors, Brad Pitt has recently moved into producing. He hails from Shawnee, Oklahoma but grew up in Springfield, Missouri after his family moved when he was relatively young. Pitt continued to live there until moving to Los Angeles after college to pursue a career in acting.

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Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
New York – Robert Downey Jr. age 52

There’s plenty of debate over who the most famous celebrity is to come out of New York; Adam Sandler, Jay-Z, Robert DeNiro, and Denzel Washington all hail from the state. But Robert Downey Jr. perhaps spends the most time in the public eye thanks to his role as Iron Man in the Marvel movies. The actor was born in Manhattan but spent time in the UK as well as California.

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Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
Louisiana - Ellen DeGeneres age 60

Initially the star of her own sitcom and talk show, Ellen DeGeneres eventually moved onto roles in hit films such as Finding Nemo. Born in Metairie, Louisiana, she's spoken about the difficulty she faced growing up as a lesbian in an environment that was hostile toward gay people.

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Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
Massachusetts – Matt Damon age 47

Matt Damon was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts but also spent a few years in Newton before returning to his place of birth after his parents' divorce. The actor has since appeared in the Bourne series, Saving Private Ryan, Good Will Hunting, and Oceans Eleven.

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Tim Allen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
Colorado – Tim Allen age 64

Of the few stars who have come out of Colorado, the most famous is Tim Allen. The Home Improvement celebrity was born in Denver, Colorado and spent 13 years in the state before his family moved to Michigan after his father died in a car accident.

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Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
Hawaii – Bruno Mars age 56

The famous singer, known for "24k Magic" and "That's What I Like" was born and raised in the city of Honolulu, Hawaii in the Waikiki neighborhood, where he used to perform with his father's band. After graduating high school at 17, Mars moved to Los Angeles to pursue a musical career and clearly found success.

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Mark Ruffalo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
Wisconsin – Mark Ruffalo age 48

Actor Mark Ruffalo spent his early years in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he was born. He later moved to Virginia Beach when his father got work in the area before traveling to San Diego with the rest of his family. Shortly after, he began writing and acting as part of a theater group.

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Seth MacFarlane is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
Connecticut – Seth MacFarlane age 44

The creative force behind Family Guy, Seth McFarlane was born and raised in Kent, Connecticut. He spent his entire childhood in the small town even though both of his parents were from Massachusetts. MacFarlane stayed in Connecticut until he moved to Rhode Island to attend college.

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
Washington - Jeffrey Dean Morgan age 51

Jeffrey Dean Morgan has appeared in shows like Grey’s Anatomy and the movie The Watchmen but is perhaps best known for his recent role in The Walking Dead. The actor was born in Seattle, Washington and grew up in the surrounding Kirkland area, where he went to high school.

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Josh Duhamel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
North Dakota - Josh Duhamel age 45

The Transformers actor and former model was born in Minot, North Dakota and spent his entire life in the state until he left Minot State University. He then moved to California, where he got his break in modeling.

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Dick Van Dyke is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
Missouri - Dick Van Dyke age 92

As you might expect for someone with such a lengthy career in Hollywood, Dick Van Dyke has spent much of his life living in California. However, the actor was actually born in West Plains, Missouri, although he was brought up primarily in Danville, Illinois.

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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
New Jersey – Bruce Springsteen age 68

Anyone who knows Bruce Springsteen is most likely aware of his connection to New Jersey. He has spoken about his love for the area and mentioned the state in various songs over his career. The musician was born in Long Branch and continues to live nearby in the township of Colts Neck.

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Demi Moore is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
New Mexico – Demi Moore age 55

Although her acting career hasn't been as prominent over the last two decades, Demi Moore was one of the most famous actresses of the '90s. Born in Roswell, New Mexico, she appeared in hits such as A Few Good Men and Disclosure.

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Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
Nebraska – Marlon Brando Died at 80 (1924-2004)

Marlon Brando had a difficult childhood as both of his parents had drinking problems. He was born in Omaha, Nebraska but didn’t stay in one location for very long. Work took his family to the Chicago area, and when his parents split he moved to California, then back to Illinois.

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Julianne Hough is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
Utah – Julianne Hough age 29

Dancer and actor Julianne Hough was born in Orem, Utah in a strict Mormon environment. She was sent to London at the age of 10 to continue her studies in dance after her parents divorced.

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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
Minnesota – Bob Dylan age 76

Few people have had a career as long or influential as Bob Dylan's. Born in Duluth, Minnesota, he was raised near Lake Superior in the city of Hibbing. He went to college in Minneapolis until he dropped out after his first year and relocated to New York City to perform in night clubs.

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David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
Indiana – David Letterman age 70

It is difficult to think of anyone who has been in the public eye in the past few decades more than David Letterman. The TV host appeared in more than 6,000 episodes of his talk show. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, he was always very close to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and developed a love of cars as a child.

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Oprah Winfrey is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
Mississippi – Oprah Winfrey age 64

Oprah Winfrey was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi but moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin when she was just six years old. She was later sent to live in Tennessee when her mother could no longer look after her and her half-sister. This somewhat nomadic childhood did nothing to diminish her ability to become one of television's most popular personalities.

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Julianne Moore is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
North Carolina – Julianne Moore age 57

One of the most capable actors of the last 30 years, Julianne Moore has won Academy Awards and a host of other accolades for her work in movies such as Boogie Nights, Magnolia, and Still Alice. She was born in the military base Fort Bragg as her father was a member of the US Army. Moore traveled across the United States to Texas, New York, Alabama, and Alaska.

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Viola Davis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
South Carolina - Viola Davis age 52

Born in St. Matthews, South Carolina at the site of a former plantation, Viola Davis was actually raised in Central Falls. The actor moved to the Rhode Island town when she was just two months old. She is one of only a few talented actors and actresses to win an Oscar, an Emmy, and a Tony.

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Aaron Paul is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
Idaho - Aaron Paul age 38

Star of the groundbreaking TV show Breaking Bad, Aaron Paul has become one of the most well-known faces in the world. The 38-year-old actor has starred in BoJack Horseman and Need for Speed. Born in Emmett, Idaho, he lived in the state until he graduated high school and moved to Los Angeles.

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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
Michigan - Madonna age 59

Madonna is one of the true icons of the music industry, having dominated the pop genre for several decades. She was born in Bay City, Michigan but grew up in Pontiac and later moved to Avon Township.

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Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
Texas – Beyoncé age 36

Stars don't come much bigger than Beyoncé. The singer and actress is known all over the world for her blend of R&B and contemporary pop. She was born in Houston, Texas and lived there throughout her entire childhood, performing often in local schools. 

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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
Ohio – LeBron James age 33

While LeBron James is mostly associated with Cleveland and Miami, the basketball star was actually born in Akron, Ohio. Thanks to his selection in the 2003 NBA draft, he's manged to spend most of his career playing for the Cavaliers.

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Michelle Williams is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
Montana - Michelle Williams age 37

Born in Kalispell, Montana, Michelle Williams spent nine years in the state before moving to San Diego, California to begin working as an actress. She went on to make a number of appearances on television and in movies before receiving a breakthrough role in Dawson’s Creek.

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Damon Wayans, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
Vermont - Damon Wayans Jr. age 35

Damon Wayans Jr. has made a name for himself with roles in Happy Endings, New Girl, and the movie Big Hero 6. The actor and comedian hails from Huntington, Vermont where he lived with his famous family.

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Aubrey Plaza is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
Delaware - Aubrey Plaza age 33

33-year-old Aubrey Plaza's claim to fame was her portrayal of April Ludgate in Parks and Recreation. Born in Wilmington, Delaware, she went to a private school in the state and left to attend New York University in 2003.

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David Hasselhoff is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
Maryland - David Hasselhoff age 65

American actor David Hasselhoff, who is probably best known for his appearances in Baywatch and Knight Riderwas born in Baltimore, Maryland. His family moved to Jacksonville, Florida when he was young, and Hasselhoff later moved to Atlanta to attend high school.

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Jim Beavers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
Wyoming – Jim Beaver

Jim Beaver, best known for his roles in Supernatural and Deadwood, was born in Laramie, Wyoming. His family moved to Irving, Texas shortly after his birth until he eventually joined the military. When he returned from service, he began his acting career in Dallas.

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Sarah Silverman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
New Hampshire – Sarah Silverman age 47

Comedian and writer Sarah Silverman was born in the tiny town of Bedford, New Hampshire. Her hometown had a population of less than 20,000 when she lived there and seems like an unlikely origin for such a prominent personality. She later moved to Manchester, New Hampshire before moving to New York while she completed her first year of college.

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Ty Burrell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
Oregon - Ty Burrell age 50

Ty Burrell lived in Oregon for most of his life before he began acting. Born in Grants Pass, Oregon, he attended high school and university in the state. He is best known for his role as Phil Dunphy in Modern Family.

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January Jones is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
South Dakota - January Jones age 40

January Jones, the actor behind the character Betty Draper in Mad Men, is one of few high-profile celebrities to come out of South Dakota. The actress was born in the city of Sioux Falls in 1978. Just a year after her birth, January’s family moved to the tiny town of Hecla, South Dakota.

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Andre Agassi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
Nevada - Charisma Carpenter age 47

Las Vegas is home to some of the biggest acts in the entertainment industry, but not many famous people were actually born there. That isn't the case for Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Charmed star Charisma Carpenter. Carpenter was born and raised in Vegas until she moved to San Diego at 15, where she worked as a video store employee, an aerobics instructor, and in property management before she headed to Los Angeles in 1992.

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John Corbett is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
West Virginia - John Corbett age 56

John Corbett is a country musician who has also had a number of roles in hit television series such as Sex and the City. He spent his entire childhood in Wheeling, West Virginia, attending a Catholic high school in the city. After graduating, he moved to California with his father.

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Jason Derülo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
Florida – Jason Derulo age 28

Everyone knows the name Jason Derulo, largely because he says it on pretty much every song he records, but few know that he has his origins in Florida. Born in Miramar, the hip-hop star has Haitian roots and has sold more than 30 million records worldwide.

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Janelle Monae is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
Kansas - Janelle Monáe age 32

Although Janelle Monáe was born in Kansas City, Kansas, she spent a good deal of her early life moving around the country. She lived in New York to study drama and later traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to pursue her career in music.

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Darby Stanchfield is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
Alaska - Darby Stanchfield age 46

Darby Stanchfield has appeared in a variety of prominent television shows, including cult favorite Jericho, one season of Mad Men, and the ABC thriller Scandal. She spent most of her childhood in Kodiak, Alaska before moving to Mercer Island.

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Damien Chazelle is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?
Rhode Island - Damien Chazelle age 33

The acclaimed director and screenwriter, who has worked on both Whiplash and La La Land, was born in Providence, Rhode Island. He didn't spend much of his childhood in the city, however, as his father worked at Princeton University, and he grew up in New Jersey.