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Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?

Updated January 29, 2018 94.8k votes 12.6k voters 367.5k views50 items

List RulesVote 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.

  • Tennessee – Morgan Freeman1

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America

    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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  • Arkansas – Johnny Cash2
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    Arkansas – Johnny Cash

    Dec. at 71 (1932-2003)

    BirthplaceKingsland, Arkansas, United States of America

    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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  • Maine – Stephen King3
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    BirthplaceEastern United States, Northern New England, New England, United States of America, Cumberland County

    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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  • Illinois – Harrison Ford4

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    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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  • Virginia – Sandra Bullock5

    BirthplaceVirginia, United States of America

    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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  • Pennsylvania – Will Smith6

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    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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  • Georgia – Ray Charles7
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    Georgia – Ray Charles

    Dec. at 74 (1930-2004)

    BirthplaceGeorgia, USA, Albany

    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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  • Arizona – Emma Stone8
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    BirthplaceScottsdale, Phoenix, Arizona, United States of America

    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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  • Kentucky – Muhammad Ali9

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    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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  • Oklahoma – Brad Pitt10
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    BirthplaceUSA, Shawnee, Oklahoma

    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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  • Alabama – Channing Tatum11

    BirthplaceCullman, Alabama, United States of America

    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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  • Iowa – Ashton Kutcher12

    BirthplaceCedar Rapids, Iowa, United States of America

    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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  • Massachusetts – Matt Damon13

    BirthplaceCambridge, USA, Massachusetts

    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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  • New York – Robert Downey Jr.14

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

    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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  • California – The Rock15

    BirthplaceHayward, California, United States of America

    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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  • Missouri - Dick Van Dyke16

    BirthplaceWest Plains, Missouri, United States of America

    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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  • Nebraska – Marlon Brando17
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    Nebraska – Marlon Brando

    Dec. at 80 (1924-2004)

    BirthplaceOmaha, Nebraska, United States of America

    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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  • Connecticut – Seth MacFarlane18

    BirthplaceKent, Connecticut, United States of America

    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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  • Wisconsin – Mark Ruffalo19

    BirthplaceKenosha, Wisconsin, United States of America

    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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  • New Jersey – Bruce Springsteen20

    BirthplaceLong Branch, New Jersey, United States of America

    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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  • Colorado – Tim Allen21
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    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado, United States of America

    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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  • Hawaii – Bruno Mars22
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    BirthplaceArea code 808, Honolulu County, Hawaiian Islands, United States of America, United States

    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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  • New Mexico – Demi Moore23

    BirthplaceRoswell, New Mexico, United States of America

    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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  • Washington - Jeffrey Dean Morgan24

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington, United States of America

    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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  • North Dakota - Josh Duhamel25

    BirthplaceMinot, North Dakota, United States of America

    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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