Iowa May 30, 2015
You May Be Shocked To Learn These 12 Celebrities Are From Iowa
We all know that Iowa is no Hollywood, but a surprisingly large number of celebrities have come from the humble Midwest state. This list of high-profile celebrities from Iowa will shock you, and make you think again when you hear ‘there are no famous people from Iowa.’
12. Brandon Routh: Yes, Iowa is so awesome that we even produced a super hero. Brandon Routh was born in Norwalk, Iowa, and played Superman in the 2006 film.
11. Johnny Carson: Heeeere's Johnny! Iconic TV host, actor, comedian, and musician Johnny Carson was born in Corning, and lived in Iowa throughout his early years.
10. Danai Gurira: Who would have ever thought that the bad-ass katana wielding Michonne from "Walking Dead" was from Iowa? Well she is! Born in none other than Grinnell, where she lived for her early years before moving to Zimbabwe with her family.
9. Chris Soules: This "Bachelor" star has women across America swooning over him. The proud country-boy has roots in Arlington, Iowa, where he works on a farm when he isn't busy stealing women's hearts on reality TV.
8. Kurt Warner: Before Warner was playing for the Rams, Giants, and Cardinals, he was born in Burlington, and attended high school in Cedar Rapids.
7. Shawn Johnson: Olympic gymnast and gold medalist Shawn Johnson was born and raised in Des Moines. It must be something in the water, because Iowa has produced nearly twenty Olympic athletes.
6. Lolo Jones: Olympic athlete Lolo Jones has won both USA and World Championships in hurdle events. Jones was born in Des Moines, and went to Theodore Roosevelt High School.
5. Frodo Baggins: Just kidding, his name is Elijah Wood, and he was born and raised in Cedar Rapids. Wood is best known for his role as the ring-bearing hobbit in the epic "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.
4. Tom Arnold: Comedian and actor Tom Arnold was born in Ottumwa. He is best known for his roles in "Roseanne," "Soul Plane," and "True Lies."
3. Herbert Hoover: The United States' 31st president was born in none other than West Branch, Iowa. He was the first of that office born in the state.
2. Ashton Kutcher: Kutcher was born and raised in Cedar Rapids. He was married to Demi Moore and is now in a relationship with his fellow "That 70's Show" co-star, Mila Kunis. I always knew Jackie and Kelso were meant to be.
1. John Wayne: Long before The Duke was dueling in the wild west, he spent his early years living in small-town Iowa. His birthplace in Winterset has been preserved as a historic location.
Next time someone tries to tell you that there are no famous people from Iowa, just show them this list. Are there any more celebrities from Iowa that you can think of? Share them in the comments below!