Hollywood celebrities come from every walk of life. Some are from small towns, some were raised in huge cities, and others come from entirely different countries. Wonderwall.com is taking a look at the biggest stars from every state in America, starting with Alabama's Courteney Cox. The "Friends" alum, who's worth an estimated $120 million and has been nominated for a Golden Globe and seven SAG Awards, was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. Keep reading for more of the most famous stars from every state!
Alaska: Jewel Kilcher
OK, so technically, music star Jewel Kilcher was born in Utah. But the four-time Grammy nominee moved to Homer, Alaska, when she was an infant and lived there until she moved out at 18. The "Who Will Save Your Soul" singer has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.
Arizona: Emma Stone
Emma Stone was born and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona, where she performed in community theater. The Academy Award and Golden Globe winner, who was the highest paid actress in the world in 2017, dropped out of school at 14 and moved to Los Angeles to become a professional thespian.
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Arkansas: Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and lived in Arkansas towns during his childhood including Alpine, Malvern and Mount Holly. The actor has been nominated for three Oscars (winning one) and five Golden Globes (winning two).
California: Leonardo DiCaprio
There's a very long list of celebrities from California, but we think Leonardo DiCaprio might be the biggest. The actor, who was born and raised in Los Angeles, has been nominated for six Academy Awards, four British Academy Film Awards and nine Screen Actors Guild Awards and won one of each. He's also earned 11 Golden Globe nominations, winning three, and is worth a reported $245 million. (Honorable mentions go to Cali natives Tom Hanks, Dwayne Johnson and Jennifer Aniston.)
Colorado: Tim Allen
Tim Allen was born in Denver, where he lived until he was 13. The actor, who's worth an estimated $80 million, has starred in some of Hollywood's most celebrated TV shows and movies including "Home Improvement," "Last Man Standing," the "Toy Story" film franchise and the "Santa Clause" film trilogy.
Connecticut: Glenn Close
Glenn Close was born and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut, where she lived with her parents in a stone cottage on her grandfather's estate. "I have no doubt that the days I spent running free in the evocative Connecticut countryside with an unfettered imagination, playing whatever character our games demanded, is one of the reasons that acting has always seemed so natural to me," she said during a speech at Princeton University. Glenn is a seven-time Academy Award nominee who's won three Emmys, three Tony Awards and three Golden Globes.
Delaware: Ryan Phillippe
Former '90s heartthrob Ryan Phillippe was born in New Castle, Delaware, and raised in Wilmington. The former husband of Reese Witherspoon and father of three has starred in a slew of hit movies including "I Know What You Did Last Summer," "Cruel Intentions," "54," "Crash" and "Flags of Our Fathers."
Florida: Ariana Grande
Pop superstar Ariana Grande was born in Boca Raton, Florida and raised in Fort Lauderdale, where she performed in musical theater. The multi-platinum, Grammy-winning artist moved to Los Angeles when she was 13. Ariana has since amassed more than 30 billion streams and was ranked amongst the highest paid celebrities in 2019.
Georgia: Julia Roberts
Hollywood's favorite leading lady, Julia Roberts, was born and raised in Smyrna, Georgia. The A-lister has won three Golden Globes from eight nominations and has been nominated for four Academy Awards, winning in 2001 for her work in "Erin Brockovich." Her beloved films — which include "Mystic Pizza," "Steel Magnolias," "Pretty Woman," "My Best Friend's Wedding," "Notting Hill," "Runaway Bride" and the "Ocean's Eleven" trilogy — have earned more than $2.8 billion at the box office, making her one of the most bankable actresses in Hollywood.
Hawaii: Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars was born and raised in Honolulu. The singer has sold more than 200 million singles and 26 million albums worldwide — making him one of the best selling artists of all time — and won 11 Grammys, three Brit Awards, nine American Music Awards and 10 Soul Train Awards. He's also set three Guinness World Records.
Idaho: Aaron Paul
Aaron Paul was born in Emmett, Idaho, and raised in Boise. The "Breaking Bad" star has received one Golden Globe nomination and five Emmy nominations, winning three. He's set to reprise the role of Jesse Pinkman in the upcoming Netflix film "El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie."
Illinois: Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford was born in Chicago and raised in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge. The A-lister moved to Los Angeles in 1964 where he found fame in hit franchises like "Indiana Jones" and "Star Wars." Harrison has been nominated for an Academy Award and is one of the highest grossing box office stars around: His flicks have earned more than $9.3 billion worldwide.
Indiana: Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson (and her equally famous late brother, Michael Jackson) was born and raised in Gary, Indiana. The pop star is a music icon with more than 100 million records sold, 26 Grammy nominations, five Grammy wins and a net worth of $190 million.
Iowa: Ashton Kutcher
Ashton Kutcher was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and raised in Homestead. He moved to Iowa City to attend the University of Iowa in 1996. Ashton is worth a reported $200 million and is best known for his roles in "That '70s Show" and "Two and a Half Men" as well as his side career as venture capitalist.
Kansas: Annette Bening
Annette Bening was born in Topeka, Kansas, and raised in Wichita. The mother of four, who's married to Warren Beatty, is a four-time Oscar nominee for her work in the films "The Grifters," "American Beauty," "Being Julia" and "The Kids Are All Right," a two-time Golden Globe winner and a two-time Tony Award nominee.
Kentucky: George Clooney
A-lister George Clooney — who's worth a reported $500 million — is a Kentucky boy through and through. The "ER" alum was born in Lexington, Kentucky, where he lived until the family briefly moved to Ohio. He moved back to Kentucky in middle school. The dad of two is a three-time Golden Globe winner and two-time Oscar winner who's been nominated for Academy Awards in six different categories.
Louisiana: Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres was born and raised in Metairie, Louisiana, an experience she's said was very difficult for her as a lesbian. "I grew up in the South… I used to go to Mississippi as a kid all the time … [If] you're saddened by the fact that people are judging you based on who you love, don't lose hope," she said on her talk show, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." "I was fired for being gay and I know what it feels like. I lost everything. But look at me now." Today, Ellen has won 30 Emmys and 20 People's Choice Awards and is worth an estimated $450 million.
Maine: Patrick Dempsey
Patrick Dempsey was born in Lewiston, Maine, and grew up in the nearby towns of Turner and Buckfield. The dad of three is best known for his role as neurosurgeon Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd on "Grey's Anatomy" and has also starred in a slew of successful films including "Sweet Home Alabama," "Enchanted" and "Bridget Jones's Baby."
Maryland: Jada Pinkett Smith
Jada Pinkett Smith was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, where she attended the Baltimore School for the Arts. The mother of two, who's married to Will Smith, moved to Los Angeles a year after graduating high school and has since starred in some of Hollywood's biggest films including "Scream 2," "The Matrix Reloaded," " The Matrix Revolutions" and "Girls Trip."
Massachusetts: Matt Damon
You don't get anymore Massachusetts than Matt Damon. The A-list actor was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts (where he eventually attended Harvard University). His Boston-area upbringing helped him to develop the movie that catapulted him to fame and fortune, "Good Will Hunting." Matt's earned five Oscar nominations (and won once), eight Golden Globe nominations (and won two) and seven Emmy nominations.
The Queen of Pop is originally from Michigan. Madonna was born in Bay City, Michigan, and raised in the Detroit suburbs of Pontiac and Rochester Hills. The singer and mother of six is the best selling female recording artist of all time, according to Guinness World Records, with more than 300 million records sold worldwide. She is also the most successful solo artist in Billboard Hot 100 chart history and the highest grossing solo touring artist of all time, bringing in $1.4 billion in concert ticket sales.
Minnesota: Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan was born in Duluth, Minnesota, and raised in his mother's hometown, Hibbing. The music legend has sold more than 100 million records, making him one of the best selling music artists of all time, and has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, 10 Grammys, a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award.
Mississippi: Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey's rags-to-riches story began in Kosciusko, Mississippi, where she was born to a teen mom. The future talk show host lived in rural poverty before moving to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Nashville, Tennessee. Today, Oprah is worth $2.9 billion and runs her own network, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).
Missouri: John Goodman
John Goodman was born and raised in Affton, Missouri, and graduated from Missouri State University. The Golden Globe winner has starred in several of Hollywood's most successful TV shows and films including "Roseanne," "The Conners," "The Big Lebowski," "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," "Inside Llewyn Davis," Pixar's "Monsters, Inc." and "Monsters University."
Montana: Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams was born in Kalispell, Montana, where she lived until she was 9. The actress and mother of one is best known for her critically acclaimed roles in films like "Brokeback Mountain," "Blue Valentine," "Manchester by the Sea" and "My Week with Marilyn." She is a four-time Academy Award nominee, a Tony Award nominee and a Golden Globe winner.
Nebraska: Hilary Swank
Hilary Swank was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, where she spent her early childhood years. The two-time Academy Award and Golden Globe winner is best known for her critically acclaimed roles in "Boys Don't Cry" and "Million Dollar Baby."
Nevada: Jena Malone
Jena Malone was born in Sparks, Nevada, and lived in nearby towns including Lake Tahoe. The actress has starred in hit films like "Pride & Prejudice" and the "Hunger Games" trilogy and has received two SAG Award nominations, a Golden Globe nomination and a Saturn Award.
New Hampshire: Mandy Moore
Mandy Moore was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, but grew up in the suburbs of Orlando, Florida. The singer-actress has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide and is best known for her roles in "A Walk to Remember," the "Tangled" films and NBC's "This Is Us," for which she's earned Golden Globe and Emmy nominations.
New Jersey: Meryl Streep
Hollywood's most accomplished actress is a Jersey girl. Meryl Streep was born in Summit, New Jersey, and raised in Basking Ridge. She moved to New York City after graduation from Yale University and the rest, as they say, is history. Meryl has been nominated for a record 21 Academy Awards and won three, and 31 Golden Globes, of which she's won eight. (Honorable mention goes to Bruce Springsteen.)
New Mexico: Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and grew up in Ruidoso. He's best known for his work on shows including "Doogie Howser, M.D.," "How I Met Your Mother" and "A Series of Unfortunate Events." Neil, a married father of two, won a Tony Award in 2014 for his performance on Broadway in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." He's also been nominated for four Emmys.
New York: Denzel Washington
Plenty of A-list stars hail from New York (much like its West Coast counterpart, California) but Denzel Washington is ultimately our pick. The star was born and raised in Mount Vernon, New York, and graduated from Fordham University in New York City. He's earned two Golden Globe Awards, one Tony Award and two Academy Awards and has starred in notable films including "Glory," "Training Day," "Remember the Titans," "American Gangster" and "Fences." (Honorable mentions go to Tom Cruise, Robert De Niro, Jennifer Lopez and Jerry Seinfeld.)
North Carolina: Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore is a military brat who was born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Thanks to her dad's career, Julianne moved to several states including Alabama, Georgia, Texas, Alaska and Virginia and two countries, Panama and Germany. The actress and mother of two has won an Oscar, two Golden Globes, two SAG Awards and one Emmy.
North Dakota: Josh Duhamel
Josh Duhamel was born and raised in Minot, North Dakota, and attended Minot State University. The father of one is best known for his work in the "Transformers" film franchise and the 2018 critically acclaimed film "Love, Simon."
Ohio: Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker was born in Nelsonville, Ohio, and raised in Cincinnati. She moved to New York City in the '70s to work as a child actress and has been a superstar ever since. SJP is best known for her iconic role as Carrie Bradshaw on HBO's "Sex and the City," for which she won two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. She's reportedly worth more than $100 million.
Oklahoma: Brad Pitt
One of Hollywood's most beloved A-listers originally hails from Oklahoma. Actor Brad Pitt was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, where he spent his early childhood years. He was raised in Springfield, Missouri, and moved to Los Angeles after attending the University of Missouri. Brad's earned six Oscar nominations, winning once, eight Golden Globe nominations, winning twice, and three Emmy nominations, winning once. The father of six is worth a reported $300 million.
Oregon: Ty Burrell
Ty Burrell was born and raised in Grants Pass, Oregon, and graduated from Southern Oregon University. The star is best known for playing Phil Dunphy on ABC's "Modern Family," for which he's won two Emmy Awards and five Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Pennsylvania: Will Smith
"In West Philadelphia, born and raised!" Will Smith calls Philly home (as referenced by his hit "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" theme song). The rapper-turned-actor has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards and has won four Grammys. He is the only actor to have eight consecutive films gross over $100 million at the domestic box office and has starred in successful films like "Ali," "Independence Day," "Aladdin" and "Bad Boys." Will is reportedly worth $300 million.
Rhode Island: Meredith Vieira
Former "Today" show host Meredith Vieira was born in Providence, Rhode Island, and raised in nearby East Providence. The journalist, who's worth a reported $40 million, is well known for hosting "The View," "Today" and "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."
South Carolina: Viola Davis
Viola Davis was born in St. Matthews, South Carolina, and moved to Central Falls, Rhode Island, as a baby. The star is the first black actress to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting, having won an Academy Award, an Emmy Award and two Tony Awards. Viola's most famous projects include "Fences," "How to Get Away With Murder," "Doubt" and "The Help."
South Dakota: January Jones
January Jones is a South Dakota girl. The actress and mother was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and raised in the small town of Hecla. January is best known for her role as Betty Draper on "Mad Men," for which she earned two Golden Globe nods and an Emmy nomination. She has also starred on "The Last Man on Earth" and in "X-Men: First Class."
Tennessee: Justin Timberlake
Everyone's fave former boybander is a Tennessee native. Justin Timberlake was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and grew up in Shelby Forest, a small community between Memphis and Millington. JT became famous as a member of *NSYNC and achieved superstar status as a solo artist. The father of one has sold over 32 million albums and 56 million singles, making him one of the world's best selling music artists. He's also won 10 Grammys, four Emmys, three Brit Awards and nine Billboard Music Awards.
Texas: Beyoncé Knowles
Music's reigning queen is a Texan. Beyonce was born and raised in Houston, where she performed in local competitions and attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Today, Queen Bey is worth a reported $470 million and is one of the best selling music artists of all time, with over 100 million records sold worldwide as a solo artist and 60 million records sold with her former girl group, Destiny's Child.
Utah: Chrissy Teigen
Chrissy Teigen was born in Delta, Utah, and moved to Huntington Beach, California, as a teen. The social media maven, cookbook author and model has posed for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Italian Vogue, Esquire, Glamour, Galore and Cosmopolitan, among other magazines. She currently co-hosts "Lip Sync Battle" and serves as a judge on NBC's "Bring the Funny."
Joanna "JoJo" Levesque was born in in Brattleboro, Vermont, and raised in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The singer is best known for her hit singles "Leave (Get Out)" and "Too Little Too Late" and has sold more than 7 million albums worldwide.
Virginia: Sandra Bullock
Hollywood powerhouse Sandra Bullock born in Arlington, Virginia, where she was primarily raised. A military brat, Sandra also lived in Germany and Austria for 12 years. The actress has starred in a slew of successful films including "Miss Congeniality," "The Proposal," "Ocean's 8," "Crash," "Bird Box," "The Blind Side" and "Gravity." The Academy Award and Golden Globe winner, a mom of two, is worth a reported $200 million.
Washington: Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Jeffrey Dean Morgan was born and raised in Seattle. The actor is best known for his roles in "Supernatural," "Grey's Anatomy," "The Good Wife" and "The Walking Dead."
West Virginia: Brad Paisley
Country music star Brad Paisley was born and raised in Glen Dale, West Virginia, and has said that he loves returning to the state whenever possible. "My parents still live here, and a lot of my friends are still here," Brad explained to West Virginia University Magazine. "West Virginia isn't an easy place to forget. It's too ideal. It's a wonderful place to grow up. You can't just move on and not want some part of that to stay in your life. I'm trying to bring a piece of that to my kids who are growing up in a totally and completely different way than I did. I'm trying to replicate that a bit." Brad has sold over 11 million albums and won three Grammys, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards and two American Music Awards.
Wisconsin: Mark Ruffalo
Mark Ruffalo was born and raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The three-time Academy Award nominee has starred in several critically acclaimed films such as "The Kids Are All Right," "Foxcatcher," "Spotlight" and "The Normal Heart" as well as blockbusters in the "Avengers" film franchise, in which he plays Hulk.
Wyoming: Jim Beaver
Jim Beaver was born in Laramie, Wyoming, while his father was doing graduate work in accounting at the University of Wyoming. The star is best known for his work on "Supernatural," "Justified" and "Deadwood," for which he earned a SAG Award nomination.