Famous People From Massachusetts

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Being the most populous state in the New England region of the northeastern United States is the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Popularly known as ‘The Bay State’, Massachusetts is influential and rich in American history, industry and academia, particularly in its capital – Boston. The region was once inhabited by the Massachusett tribe and hence its name. Being the first state in the United States to legalize same-sex marriage, Massachusetts has come a long way since its historic beginning, only to emerge even stronger. Several famous entertainers, athletes, academics, politicians and artists who have gone on to conquer the rest of country with their talent, were born in Massachusetts. Famous sport personalities such as John Cena was born in the state of Massachusetts. Various popular and sought-after Hollywood actors were also born in this state. From the talented Ben Affleck to the promising Matt Damon to the deadly Uma Thurman, all hail from this state. Various popular comedians such as Conan O’ Brien, Amy Poehler, Matt LeBlanc and Steve Carell, all hail from the state of Massachusetts. Keep reading the list to know more celebs born in Massachussets & famous personalities who are from Massachusetts.
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 1 
John F. Kennedy
(35th President of the United States (1961 - 1963))
John F. Kennedy
123
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 29, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: November 22, 1963
 2 
John Cena
(One of the Greatest Professional Wrestlers of All Time)
John Cena
141
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 23, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 3 
Benjamin Franklin
(One of the Founding Fathers of the United States)
Benjamin Franklin
62
Birthdate: January 17, 1706
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: April 17, 1790
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Matt Damon
(One of the Highest-Grossing Actors of All Time)
Matt Damon
77
Birthdate: October 8, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Edgar Allan Poe
(Writer and Poet - Widely Regarded as a Central Figure of Romanticism in the United States)
Edgar Allan Poe
45
Birthdate: January 19, 1809
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: October 7, 1849
 6 
John Adams
(2nd President of United States (1797-1801))
John Adams
40
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 30, 1735
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: July 4, 1826
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Dr. Seuss
(Children's Author And Illustrator)
Dr. Seuss
53
Birthdate: March 2, 1904
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: September 24, 1991
 8 
Bo Burnham
(Comedian)
Bo Burnham
62
Birthdate: August 21, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
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Bette Davis
(American Actress Who was Known for Playing Unsympathetic, Sardonic Characters)
Bette Davis
23
Birthdate: April 5, 1908
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: October 6, 1989
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 10 
Conan O’Brien
(Host of TV Show 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien' (1993-2009))
Conan O’Brien
28
Birthdate: April 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Edward Norton
(Actor and Filmmaker Known for His Film ‘Primal Fear’)
Edward Norton
35
Birthdate: August 18, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 12 
Sylvia Plath
(Famous for Her Books 'The Bell Jar' and 'Ariel')
Sylvia Plath
42
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 27, 1932
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: February 11, 1963
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Emily Dickinson
(One of the Leading 19th-Century American Poets)
Emily Dickinson
18
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 10, 1830
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: May 15, 1886
 14 
Chris Evans
(Portraying the Marvel Comics Character of Captain America)
Chris Evans
85
Birthdate: June 13, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Mark Wahlberg
(Best Known for His Role in Films: 'The Departed', 'The Fighter' and 'Italian Job')
Mark Wahlberg
110
Birthdate: June 5, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 16 
Bill Burr
(Is an American Comedian, Actor, Writer)
Bill Burr
19
Birthdate: June 10, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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John Krasinski
(Known For His Role as Jim Halpert on the NBC sitcom 'The Office')
John Krasinski
60
Birthdate: October 20, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 18 
Aly Raisman
(Former American Artistic Gymnast and Three-Time Olympic Gold Medalist)
Aly Raisman
24
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 25, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
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Rocky Marciano
(One of the Greatest Heavyweight Boxers of All Time)
Rocky Marciano
36
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 1, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: August 31, 1969
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 20 
George H. W. Bush
(President of the United States (1989-93))
George H. W. Bush
79
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 12, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: November 30, 2018
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Steve Carell
(Actor and Comedian Best Known for His Role of 'Michael Scott' in the NBC Sitcom 'The Office')
Steve Carell
33
Birthdate: August 16, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 22 
Matthew Perry
(Best Known for His Role of 'Chandler Bing' on the TV Sitcom 'Friends')
Matthew Perry
64
Birthdate: August 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Matt LeBlanc
(Famous for His Role of 'Joey Tribbiani' in the TV Sitcom 'Friends')
Matt LeBlanc
37
Birthdate: July 25, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 24 
Uma Thurman
(Best Known for Her Roles in the Films: 'Pulp Fiction' and 'Kill Bill: Volume 1 & 2')
Uma Thurman
38
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: April 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Robert F. Kennedy
(United States Senator, Brother of President John F. Kennedy)
Robert F. Kennedy
35
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 20, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: June 6, 1968
 26 
James Taylor
(Singer-Songwriter & Musician - One of the Best-Selling Artists of All Time)
James Taylor
24
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 12, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Elizabeth Banks
(Actress Known for Her Role in 'The Hunger Games' and 'Pitch Perfect' Movie Series)
Elizabeth Banks
33
Birthdate: February 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Kurt Russell
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Birthdate: March 17, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Susan B. Anthony
(Social Reformer and Women's Rights Activist Who Was a Pioneer Crusader for the Women’s Suffrage Movement)
Susan B. Anthony
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: February 15, 1820
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: March 13, 1906
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Jack Lemmon
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Birthdate: February 8, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: June 27, 2001
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Barbara Walters
(Pioneering U.S. Television Journalist)
Barbara Walters
15
Birthdate: September 25, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: December 30, 2022
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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James Spader
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Birthdate: February 7, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Meghan Trainor
(Pop Singer-songwriter Known for her Debut Single 'All About That Bass')
Meghan Trainor
33
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 22, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 34 
Amy Poehler
(Actress, Comedian)
Amy Poehler
36
Birthdate: September 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 35 
Nancy Kerrigan
(American Former Figure Skater and Olympic Silver Medalist )
Nancy Kerrigan
18
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 36 
Henry David Thoreau
(Naturalist, Philosopher & Author Of 'Walden')
Henry David Thoreau
11
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 12, 1817
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: May 6, 1862
 37 
Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Famous For his Essay 'Nature' and Speech Entitled 'The American Scholar')
Ralph Waldo Emerson
17
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 25, 1803
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: April 27, 1882
 38 
Donnie Wahlberg
(Founding Member of The Boy Band 'New Kids on The Block')
Donnie Wahlberg
14
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 17, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 39 
Joe Keery
(Actor and Musician Best Known for His Role as ‘Steve Harrington’ in the TV Series ‘Stranger Things’)
Joe Keery
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Birthdate: April 24, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 40 
Jennifer Coolidge
(Actress and Comedian Best Known for Role as ‘Jeanine Stifler’ in ‘American Pie’ Film Series)
Jennifer Coolidge
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Birthdate: August 28, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 41 
Mindy Kaling
(Actress and Comedian Known for Her Role in the Series: 'The Office' and 'The Mindy Project')
Mindy Kaling
39
Birthdate: June 24, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 42 
Ellen Pompeo
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Dr. Meredith Grey’ on the TV Series ‘Grey's Anatomy’)
Ellen Pompeo
32
Birthdate: November 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Allison Janney
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Birthdate: November 19, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 44 
Kevin Feige
(Film producer)
Kevin Feige
9
Birthdate: June 2, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Leonard Bernstein
(Composer Whose Best-Known Work is the Broadway Musical 'West Side Story')
Leonard Bernstein
25
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 25, 1918
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: October 14, 1990
 46 
Leonard Nimoy
(Known for Playing 'Spock' in The 'Star Trek' Franchise)
Leonard Nimoy
19
Birthdate: March 26, 1931
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: February 27, 2015
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Jack Kerouac
(Novelist and Poet Best Known for His Novels: ‘On the Road', ‘The Dharma Bums’ and ‘Big Sur’)
Jack Kerouac
15
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 12, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: October 21, 1969
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 48 
Geena Davis
(Actress Known for Her Role in Films: 'The Accidental Tourist', 'Thelma & Louise' and 'The Fly')
Geena Davis
33
Birthdate: January 21, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Eliza Dushku
(Best Known for Her Drama Series ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and its Spin-off Series ‘Angel’)
Eliza Dushku
16
Birthdate: December 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Donna Summer
(Singer-Songwriter)
Donna Summer
16
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 31, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: May 17, 2012
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)