Famous People From Maine

Situated in the New England region of the northeastern United States of America is the state of Maine. What was once a land exclusively for indigenous people saw and enjoyed diversity after the European arrival. With Augusta as its capital and Portland as its largest city, Maine is popularly referred to as ‘The Pine Tree State’ and even ‘Vacationland’. The state mostly enjoys a continental climate and is renowned for its coastal food which primarily includes lobsters and clams. Many notable people born in Maine have made it tremendously big in various walks of life such as cinema, music, sports, and politics and so on. Established and renowned actors such as the beautifully hilarious Anna Kendrick, the heartthrob Patrick Dempsey, the diva Linda Lavin, Katie Aselton, Judd Nelson and so many more actors hail from this state. The incredible best-selling author Stephen King, who was responsible for creating so many critically acclaimed books and movies, was also born and raised in the state. We are quite certain that you will be speechless by the complete-list of celebrities who are from Maine.
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Anna Kendrick
(Actress & One of the Youngest People to be Nominated for the 'Triple Crown of Acting')
Anna Kendrick
118
Birthdate: August 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo

From an early successful Broadway career, Anna Kendrick moved to films and gained fame in a supporting role in the Twilight film series. She proved her skills as a lead actor in the Pitch Perfect franchise in which she also lent her voice to the hit song Cups. Her other significant projects include The Accountant and Up in the Air.

 2 
Stephen King
(A Prolific & Immensely Popular Author of Horror Fiction)
Stephen King
79
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 21, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo

One of the most popular American authors, Stephen King has sold over 350 million copies of his works. Many of his books have been adapted into television series, miniseries, and films. One of the most decorated authors, King believes in giving back to society as he and his wife are noted philanthropists.

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John Ford
(One of the Most Important and Influential Filmmakers of His Generation)
John Ford
12
Birthdate: February 1, 1894
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: August 31, 1973

John Ford was an American naval officer and film director. The recipient of five Oscars, Ford is renowned for directing films like The Searchers and Stagecoach. He also holds the record for winning the most number of Academy Awards (four) under the Best Director category.John Ford is widely considered one of the most influential and important filmmakers of his generation.

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Patrick Dempsey
(Actor and Race Car Driver Best Known for His Role in the TV Series ‘Grey's Anatomy’)
Patrick Dempsey
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Birthdate: January 13, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Patrick Dempsey is an actor and racecar driver. Despite achieving considerable success as an actor, Patrick Dempsey enjoys auto racing more. A vintage car and sports car collector, Dempsey has competed in events, such as the Rolex 24 at Daytona, 24 Hours of Le Mans, and Baja 1000. Dempsey is also known for his philanthropic workS.

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
(First American poet to translate Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy)
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
13
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 27, 1807
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: March 24, 1882
 6 
Erin Andrews
(Sportscaster and Co-Host of the Show 'Dancing with the Stars')
Erin Andrews
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Birthdate: May 4, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus

Erin Andrews is an American television personality and sportscaster. She is the lead sideline reporter for Fox Sports' NFL broadcasting team. Also known for her charitable work, Andrews played a key role in the Huddle to Fight Hunger campaign, which aimed to raise funds for Feeding America, a non-profit organization. She also serves as an inspiration to those fighting cancer.

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Nelson Rockefeller
(41st Vice President of the United States (1974 - 1977))
Nelson Rockefeller
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 8, 1908
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: January 26, 1979
Grandson of businessman John D. Rockefeller, Nelson Rockefeller was the U.S. vice president from 1975 to 1977 and the New York governor from 1959 to 1973. An arts connoisseur, he was the president of the Museum of Modern Art. He had also worked with Franklin Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman.
 8 
Judd Nelson
(American actor)
Judd Nelson
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Birthdate: November 28, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Judd Nelson is an American actor known for playing important roles in popular films, such as The Breakfast Club, New Jack City, and St. Elmo's Fire. Although he left Haverford College during his sophomore year, he did not give up on acting, which he studied under Stella Adler. Also an author, Nelson has written four books, including The Power of Speech.

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Rachel Nichols
(Actress)
Rachel Nichols
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Birthdate: January 8, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Christopher Knight
(Actor, Businessperson)
Christopher Knight
8
Birthdate: November 7, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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Linda Lavin
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Alice Hyatt’ in the TV Series ‘Alice’)
Linda Lavin
13
Birthdate: October 15, 1937
Sun Sign: Libra

Recognized for her award-winning portrayal of a widow in the popular CBS television series Alice, Linda Lavin is a familiar name on the small screen. Having Russian roots, the veteran American actress also acted in a number of plays including Broadway Bound for which she won the Tony Award. She appeared in feature films and featured in cabaret shows.

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John O'Hurley
(Actor)
John O'Hurley
5
Birthdate: October 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Joe Hill
(Novelists)
Joe Hill
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Bram Stoker Award-winning author Joseph Hillström King, known by his pseudonym, Joe Hill, has gained famed with his novels such as Heart-Shaped Box and Horns and his short story anthologies such as 20th Century Ghosts and Strange Weather. He has also authored the comic book series Locke & Key.
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Cody Christian
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Birthdate: April 5, 1995
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Andrea Martin
(Played Aunt Voula in the Comedy Hit 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding')
Andrea Martin
12
Birthdate: January 15, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn

American-Canadian actor Andrea Martin is best known for her roles in movies such as My Big Fat Greek Wedding. She has also won Tony and Drama Desk awards for her performances in plays such as My Favorite Year and Pippin. Her one-woman show Nude, Nude, Totally Nude was a hit.

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Katie Aselton
(Actress Known for her Roles in 'The League' and 'Legion')
Katie Aselton
5
Birthdate: October 1, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Ellen G White
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 26, 1827
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: July 16, 1915
 18 
Duncan Robinson
(Basketball player)
Duncan Robinson
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 22, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
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Edna St. Vincent Millay
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 22, 1892
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: October 19, 1950
 20 
Samantha Smith
(American Peace Activist and Child Actress Who Became Famous for Her Anti-War Outreaches During the Cold War)
Samantha Smith
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: June 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: August 25, 1985

Samantha Smith was an American schoolgirl, child actress, and peace activist. She achieved popularity during the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States of America; she visited the Soviet Union as a goodwill ambassador which attracted extensive media attention. She also took part in peacemaking activities in Japan before dying in an airplane crash at age 13.

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David E. Kelley
(Television Writer)
David E. Kelley
5
Birthdate: April 4, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries

David E. Kelley is an American television producer, writer, and former attorney. He is known for creating popular TV series, such as Doogie Howser, M.D., Chicago Hope, Picket Fences, The Practice, and Boston Legal among many other series. For his contribution to the TV industry, David E. Kelley was made an inductee to the Television Hall of Fame in 2014.

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Charles Rocket
(Actor)
Charles Rocket
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Birthdate: August 28, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: October 7, 2005
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
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Hannibal Hamlin
(15th Vice President of the U.S.A)
Hannibal Hamlin
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 27, 1809
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: July 4, 1891

Hannibal Hamlin was an American politician and attorney whose public service career spanned more than five decades. The 15th vice president of the US, Hamlin is often counted among the most influential politicians from the state of Maine. Several places in the US, especially in Maine, have been named in his honor. There are also statues in Hannibal Hamlin's likeness.  

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Caitlin FitzGerald
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Birthdate: August 26, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Joshua Chamberlain
(Educator & War Hero)
Joshua Chamberlain
7
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 8, 1828
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: February 24, 1914
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Mike Brown
(Basketball coach, Basketball player)
Mike Brown
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 5, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Yvon Chouinard
(American Environmentalist, Rock Climber, and Philanthropist)
Yvon Chouinard
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 9, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Yvon Chouinard is an American environmentalist, rock climber, outdoor industry businessman, and philanthropist. He is credited with founding Patagonia, Inc., a company which aims at protecting the environment. An adventurer, Yvon Chouinard is also fond of tenkara fly-fishing, surfing, and kayaking.

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Tim Sylvia
(American Retired Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Fighter)
Tim Sylvia
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 5, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 6'8" (203 cm)
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Victoria Rowell
(Actress Known for Playing ‘Drucilla Winters’ on the Long-Lasting Soap Opera ‘The Young and the Restless')
Victoria Rowell
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Birthdate: May 10, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus

Victoria Rowell is an American actress, dancer, writer, and producer. She is best known for playing Drucilla Winters in the popular television soap opera The Young and the Restless for which she received three Daytime Emmy Award nominations and 11 NAACP Image Awards. Victoria Rowell is also credited with creating the web television comedy series The Rich and the Ruthless.

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Kevin Eastman
(American Comic Book Artist and Writer)
Kevin Eastman
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
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Kate Snow
(TV Journalist)
Kate Snow
6
Birthdate: May 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Joan Benoit
(American Marathon Runner Who Was the First Women’s Olympic Games Marathon Champion)
Joan Benoit
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 16, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
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Dorothea Dix
(Social Reformer)
Dorothea Dix
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 4, 1802
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: July 17, 1887

Dorothea Dix was an American advocate who fought for the welfare of the mentally ill. She helped create the first generation of mental asylums in the United States. Dix also played a key role during the Civil War, serving as a Superintendent of Army Nurses. In 1979, Dorothea Dix was made an inductee of the National Women's Hall of Fame.

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Heather Hemmens
(Actress)
Heather Hemmens
3
Birthdate: July 10, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Jessica Meir
(American-Swedish Physiologist, Marine Biologist, and NASA Astronaut)
Jessica Meir
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 15, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer

Jessica Meir is an American-Swedish physiologist, marine biologist, and NASA astronaut. She is best known for her studies of the physiology of bar-headed geese and the behavior and diving physiology of emperor penguins. In 2020, Jessica Meir was named in Time magazine's Most Influential People list.

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Patty Griffin
(musician, singer-songwriter, composer)
Patty Griffin
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 16, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
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Susan Collins
(United States Senator from Maine)
Susan Collins
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 7, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
 38 
Tabitha King
(Writer)
Tabitha King
7
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 24, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
 39 
Margaret Chase Smith
(Politician)
Margaret Chase Smith
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 14, 1897
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: May 29, 1995
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Hiram Maxim
(Inventor)
Hiram Maxim
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Birthdate: February 5, 1840
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: November 24, 1916
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Phyllis Thaxter
(Actress)
Phyllis Thaxter
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Birthdate: November 20, 1919
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: August 14, 2012
 42 
Milton Bradley
(Publisher, Writer)
Milton Bradley
5
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: November 8, 1836
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: May 30, 1911
 43 
Steve Clifford
(Basketball coach)
Steve Clifford
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 17, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
 44 
Gary Thorne
(American Sportscaster)
Gary Thorne
1
Birthdate: June 9, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
 45 
Timothy Simons
(Actor)
Timothy Simons
5
Birthdate: June 12, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
 46 
Gladys George
(Actress)
Gladys George
5
Birthdate: September 13, 1904
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: December 8, 1954
 47 
Elijah Parish Lovejoy
(Journalist)
Elijah Parish Lovejoy
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Birthdate: November 9, 1802
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: November 7, 1837
 48 
George J. Mitchell
(United States Special Envoy for Middle East Peace (2009-2011))
George J. Mitchell
9
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: August 20, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
 49 
William S. Cohen
(Politician)
William S. Cohen
6
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 28, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
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Brett Brown
(Basketball coach, Basketball player)
Brett Brown
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 16, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)