The most famous actor from every state

You don’t necessarily have to be born in Tinseltown to make it as a star. While it certainly helps to be born in the epicenter of the entertainment industry, the path to Hollywood is not always a direct one. Today’s stars have varied roots across the country, such as a cattle ranch in Wyoming or New York City’s theaters.

Each state has produced at least one star it is proud to call its own. Some states, like California or New York, were the birthplace for a whole pack of actors. In order to definitively determine the most famous actor or actress, the data scientists at PrettyFamous queried its celebrity database for the top Hollywood celebrities from each state and the District of Columbia.

To calculate a celebrity's “Actor Score,” we took a weighted average of the following:



        These factors determined a score on a 1-100 scale, with 100 denoting the highest level of acting fame. In this list, some actors with surging interest will outrank more familiar names, due to the methodology’s emphasis on recent buzz. We broke tie scores with the raw number of recent Wikipedia page views.

        Alabama: Channing Tatum


        Actor Score: 86.3
        Birthplace: Cullman, Alabama

        Channing Tatum started out as a model and dancer before making it big in “Step Up.” He played the title role in “Magic Mike,” as a male stripper.

        Alaska: Annie Parisse


        Actor Score: 25.3
        Birthplace: Anchorage, Alaska

        Annie Parisse broke into the industry through her role in the soap opera “As the World Turns.” Although she is an Alaska native, she was raised in Seattle, Washington.

        Arizona: Emma Stone


        Actor Score: 90.0
        Birthplace: Scottsdale, Arizona

        Emma Stone, a versatile actress, is known for her roles in “Easy A” and “Birdman.” As a teenager, Stone moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting.

        Arkansas: Billy Bob Thornton


        Actor Score: 83.6
        Birthplace: Hot Springs, Arkansas

        Billy Bob Thornton won an Oscar for “Sling Blade”(1996), which he wrote, directed and starred in.

        California: Leonardo DiCaprio


        Actor Score: 100.0
        Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

        Leonardo DiCaprio, a Los Angeles native, has made his mark in Hollywood with decades of highly acclaimed roles. He won his first (and perhaps long overdue) Oscar in 2016 for his role in “The Revenant.” Leo had some tight competition for the spot as the most famous actor: namely, Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood.

        Colorado: Tim Allen


        Actor Score: 85.3
        Birthplace: Denver, Colorado

        Tim Allen was born in Colorado but moved to Michigan as a teenager. Although known for his role in “Home Improvement,” Allen started out as a stand-up comic.

        Connecticut: Seth MacFarlane


        Actor Score: 91.0
        Birthplace: Kent, Connecticut

        Seth MacFarlane, the mind behind “Family Guy,” took on acting in “A Million Ways to Die in the West” and voice-acting in “Ted.”

        Delaware: Elisabeth Shue


        Actor Score: 69.0
        Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware

        Elisabeth Shue, known for her parts in “The Karate Kid” and "Leaving Las Vegas," started acting in television commercials while a student at Wellesley College.

        Florida: William H. Macy


        Actor Score: 93.6
        Birthplace: Miami, Florida

        William H. Macy, born in Miami, is known for his roles in “Shameless” and “Fargo.”

        Georgia: Julia Roberts


        Actor Score: 95.0
        Birthplace: Smyrna, Georgia

        Julia Roberts, although born in Smyrna, Georgia, later moved to New York after graduating from high school. Roberts won an Oscar in 2001 for her role in “Erin Brockovich.”

        Hawaii: Nicole Kidman


        Actor Score: 91.0
        Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii

        Although considered an Australian actress, Nicole Kidman was actually born in Hawaii to Aussie parents. This accomplished actress starred in four different films in 2015 alone.

        Idaho: Aaron Paul


        Actor Score: 85.0
        Birthplace: Emmett, Idaho

        Aaron Paul is known for his part as Jesse in “Breaking Bad.” He was nominated for five Emmys for this role and won three of them.

        Illinois: Robin Williams


        Actor Score: 97.6
        Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

        Robin Williams, born in Chicago and raised in Detroit, has been a household name since his breakthrough television roles in the late 1970s. Williams is remembered for many roles in films, such as in “Good Will Hunting” and “Dead Poets Society.”

        Indiana: Jenna Fischer


        Actor Score: 71.3
        Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana

        Jenna Fischer worked as an office temp worker and found small acting roles in Los Angeles until she had her big breakthrough role as Pam Beesly in “The Office.”

        Iowa: Cloris Leachman


        Actor Score: 81.6
        Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa

        Cloris Leachman has spent decades acting in a variety of shows, films and plays. She is known for her part in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and also as Ida, the chain-smoking grandmother in “Malcolm in the Middle.”

        Kansas: Dennis Hopper


        Actor Score: 79.3
        Birthplace: Dodge City, Kansas

        Dennis Hopper found mainstream success in “Rebel Without a Cause,” acting alongside James Dean. He died in 2010.

        Kentucky: Johnny Depp


        Actor Score: 98.6
        Birthplace: Owensboro, Kentucky

        Johnny Depp, a fourth-generation Kentuckian, moved to Florida when he was seven. His first role was in “The Nightmare on Elm Street” in 1984. Depp tied for the spot of Kentucky’s most famous actor with George Clooney. The tie was broken by Depp's Wikipedia popularity.

        Louisiana: Ellen DeGeneres


        Actor Score: 93.3
        Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana

        Ellen DeGeneres, originally a stand-up comic, has won multiple Emmys for her long-running talk show “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Although not traditionally known for her acting, she qualifies for this list through her work as the voice behind the fish Dory in “Finding Nemo.”

        Maine: Anna Kendrick


        Actor Score: 88.6
        Birthplace: Portland, Maine

        Anna Kendrick, born in Portland, Maine, would travel to New York for theater auditions as a young girl. She is now known for her starring role as Beca in the Pitch Perfect films.

        Maryland: Julie Bowen


        Actor Score: 80.0
        Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland

        Julie Bowen has made a name for herself in the shows “Boston Legal,” “Weeds” and “Modern Family.”

        Massachusetts: Matt Damon


        Actor Score: 99.3
        Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts

        Matt Damon had his Hollywood breakthrough in 1997 as Will Hunting in “Good Will Hunting.” He recently starred in “The Martian.”

        Michigan: J.K. Simmons


        Actor Score: 92.6
        Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

        J.K. Simmons stared his career as a music composer and working in musicals. He now has decades worth of acting credits. He won an Oscar and Golden Globe for his performance in “Whiplash” (2014).

        Minnesota: Jessica Lange


        Actor Score: 89.0
        Birthplace: Cloquet, Minnesota

        Jessica Lange grew up in a small town in Minnesota but has proven herself as a formidable talent on the stage and screen. Although she has snagged multiple Oscars and Golden Globe awards, many know her for her roles in “American Horror Story.”

        Mississippi: Oprah Winfrey


        Actor Score: 90.0
        Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi

        Oprah Winfrey, born in Kosciusko, Mississippi, is the queen of daytime talk shows with “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Although she is mainly known for her talk show work, she played the part of Sofia in the 1985 film “The Color Purple.” Winfrey said that this film changed her life and inspired her own show.

        Missouri: John Goodman


        Actor Score: 96.6
        Birthplace: Affton, Missouri

        John Goodman was a central part of '90s television as the husband on “Roseanne.” He recently gave a critically-acclaimed performance as Howard in “10 Cloverfield Lane.”

        Montana: David Lynch


        Actor Score: 80.6
        Birthplace: Missoula, Montana

        David Lynch is the creator of “Twin Peaks,” which he also acted in.

        Nebraska: Marlon Brando


        Actor Score: 92.3
        Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska

        Marlon Brando became an acting legend with memorable roles in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “The Godfather” and “Apocalypse Now.” Although he was born in Nebraska, Brando was also raised in Illinois and attended a military academy in Minnesota.

        Nevada: Jena Malone


        Actor Score: 70.0
        Birthplace: Sparks, Nevada

        Jena Malone was born in Nevada but moved to Los Angeles with her mother to pursue acting. She is known for her roles in “Donnie Darko,” “Into the Wild” and “Saved!”

        New Hampshire: Sarah Silverman


        Actor Score: 79.0
        Birthplace: Bedford, New Hampshire

        Sarah Silverman, at the age of 22, started writing for and performing on “Saturday Night Live.” She wrote and starred in her own Comedy Central series “The Sarah Silverman Show.”

        New Jersey: Kevin Spacey


        Actor Score: 99.3
        Birthplace: South Orange, New Jersey

        Kevin Spacey, born in New Jersey but raised in the Los Angeles area, has been acting since the 1980s. He plays Frank Underwood in the Netflix series “House of Cards.”

        New Mexico: Neil Patrick Harris


        Actor Score: 91.0
        Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico

        Neil Patrick Harris, the son of lawyers, had his start as a child actor in the 1988 film “Clara’s Heart.” He has since established himself as an adult actor on the stage and in the popular series “How I Met Your Mother.”

        New York: Robert De Niro


        Actor Score: 99.0
        Birthplace: New York City, New York

        Robert De Niro has had an extensive acting career, having starred in over 100 films and receiving two Oscars. New York had tough competition for the spot of the most famous actor, with Tom Cruise trailing closely behind De Niro.

        North Carolina: Julianne Moore


        Actor Score: 94.3
        Birthplace: Fayetteville, North Carolina

        Julianne Moore, born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, was on the soap opera “As the World Turns.” She has since had memorable roles in “Still Alice,” “Boogie Nights” and “The Big Lebowski.”

        North Dakota: Josh Duhamel


        Actor Score: 72.0
        Birthplace: Minot, North Dakota

        Josh Duhamel moved to San Francisco after college and found work as a model. He achieved acting success in the television series “Las Vegas” and soap opera “All My Children.”

        Ohio: Halle Berry


        Actor Score: 92.6
        Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio

        Halle Berry, once a pageant queen and model, is now known for roles in “Jungle Fever,” “X-Men” and “Catwoman.” Berry tied with Martin Sheen for this coveted Ohio spot but won in the tiebreaker.

        Oklahoma: Brad Pitt


        Actor Score: 99.3
        Birthplace: Shawnee, Oklahoma

        Brad Pitt has made his mark as a Hollywood heartthrob through roles in films like “Fight Club,” “Snatch,” “12 Monkeys,” “Inglourious Basterds” and the Ocean’s Eleven franchise. He was born in Oklahoma, spent time in Missouri and moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.

        Oregon: Ty Burrell


        Actor Score: 77.3
        Birthplace: Grants Pass, Oregon

        Although born in Oregon, Ty Burrell moved to New York City in order to pursue an acting career. He is known for roles in “Black Hawk Down,” “Dawn of the Dead” and the sitcom “Modern Family.”

        Pennsylvania: Will Smith


        Actor Score: 97.3
        Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

        Will Smith started off with a rap career that led to his becoming “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” He has since become one of Hollywood’s leading men with parts in “Independence Day,” “Men in Black,” “I Am Legend” and “The Pursuit of Happyness.”

        Rhode Island: Mena Suvari


        Actor Score: 60.0
        Birthplace: Newport, Rhode Island

        Mena Suvari, who started her career as a model, acted in films such as “American Pie” and “American Beauty.”

        South Carolina: Chris Rock


        Actor Score: 95.6
        Birthplace: Andrews, South Carolina

        Although Chris Rock often reflects on his Brooklyn upbringing, he was actually born in Andrews, South Carolina. He achieved mainstream success in 1990 when he became part of the “Saturday Night Live” cast.

        South Dakota: January Jones


        Actor Score: 74.3
        Birthplace: Sioux Falls, South Dakota

        January Jones, at the age of 18, moved to New York City in order to pursue a modeling career. She landed a variety of acting gigs with perhaps her most significant as Betty Draper in AMC’s “Mad Men.”

        Tennessee: Morgan Freeman


        Actor Score: 98.0
        Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee

        Morgan Freeman has played memorable roles in “Invictus,” “The Shawshank Redemption” and “Million Dollar Baby,” which earned him an Oscar.

        Texas: Robin Wright


        Actor Score: 95.0
        Birthplace: Dallas, Texas

        Robin Wright, born in Texas and raised in San Diego, is most recently known for her role as Claire Underwood in “House of Cards.”

        Utah: James Woods


        Actor Score: 85.3
        Birthplace: Vernal, Utah

        James Woods was born in Utah but attended high school in Rhode Island. He dropped out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to pursue a career in acting. He is known for his acting roles in “Casino” and HBO’s “Too Big to Fail.”

        Vermont: Orson Bean


        Actor Score: 32.6
        Birthplace: Burlington, Vermont

        Orson Bean started off doing stand-up comedy in the 1960s. He has made a variety of television appearances and is known for his 1999 acting role in the film “Being John Malkovich.”

        Virginia: Sandra Bullock


        Actor Score: 94.6
        Birthplace: Arlington, Virginia

        Sandra Bullock’s 1994 role as Annie in “Speed” put her on the radar in Hollywood. She has since gone on to star in many films including “Miss Congeniality,” “Crash,” “Gravity” and “The Proposal.”

        Washington: Rainn Wilson


        Actor Score: 77.0
        Birthplace: Seattle, Washington

        Although raised in Seattle, Rainn Wilson spent his teens in Illinois. After graduate school, Wilson acted in stage productions and eventually landed roles in television series and films. He made his mark playing Dwight Schrute on the television series “The Office."

        Washington, D.C: Taraji P. Henson.


        Actor Score: 85.6
        Birthplace: Washington, District of Columbia

        Taraji P. Henson, known for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Hustle & Flow” and “Empire,” didn’t receive her big break until the age of 26 in the television series “Smart Guy.”

        West Virginia: John Corbett


        Actor Score: 73.6
        Birthplace: Wheeling, West Virginia

        John Corbett discovered his passion for acting after moving to California. He is known for his roles in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” and “Sex and the City.”

        Wisconsin: Mark Ruffalo


        Actor Score: 94.0
        Birthplace: Kenosha, Wisconsin

        The film “A Streetcar Named Desire” inspired Mark Ruffalo to pursue an acting career. After attending high school in Virginia, Ruffalo studied acting in Los Angeles. He is known for his roles in “The Kids Are Alright,” “The Avengers” and "Spotlight."

        Wyoming: Jim Beaver


        Actor Score: 27.7
        Birthplace: Laramie, Wyoming

        Jim Beaver is known for his roles in “Deadwood” and “Justified.” He has also worked as a film historian.


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