We all know the Kennedys and the Wahlberg brothers are Massachusetts stock, but some pretty unexpected celebrities were also born and bred in the Bay State. Check out this list of famous individuals who call Massachusetts home.
1. Steven Carell
Carrell was born at Emerson Hospital in Concord and raised in nearby Acton. His father, Edwin A. Carell, was an electrical engineer and his mother, Harriet T., was a psychiatric nurse.
2. Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler was born in Newton, Massachusetts to high school teachers Eileen Frances Milmore and William Grinstead Poehler. Her brother, Greg Poehler, is a producer and actor. She grew up in nearby Burlington. Her father is of English, German, Irish, and Portuguese ancestry, while her mother is of Irish descent. She graduated from Burlington High School in 1989.
3. Bette Davis
Ruth Elizabeth Davis was born on April 5, 1908, at 22 Chester Street, Lowell. In 1915, Davis' parents separated and Betty and Bobby attended a Spartan boarding school called Crestalban in Lanesborough, which is located in the Berkshires.
4. John Krasinski
John Burke Krasinski is an American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. He was born in Newton. John is known for his role as Jim Halpert on the NBC sitcom The Office. His film credits include Away We Go, Leatherheads, License to Wed, Big Miracle, Something Borrowed, It's Complicated, Promised Land and Aloha.
5. Chloë Sevigny
Sevigny was born in Springfield. In 1994, caught the eye of journalist Jay McInerney. He ended up writing a 7-page article about her for The New Yorker. In the article, he called 19-year-old Sevigny the "coolest girl in the world."
6. Dr. Seuss
Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield. His father ran the family brewery worked for Springfield's public park system. Dr. Seuss' first children's book "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street!" refers to a real-life Mulberry street that is less than a mile from Geisel's childhood home on Fairfield Street.
7. Conan O'Brien
O'Brien was born on April 18, 1963 in Brookline, Massachusetts. His father Thomas Francis O'Brien is a physician, epidemiologist, and professor of medicine at Harvard. His mother, Ruth O'Brien, is an attorney and partner at the Boston firm Ropes & Gray. He is the third of six children. O'Brien attended Brookline High School, where he served as the managing editor of the school newspaper, The Sagamore.
8. Leonard Nimoy
Leonard Simon Nimoy was born on March 26, 1931 in the West End of Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Jewish immigrants from Iziaslav, Ukraine. His parents left Iziaslav separately—his father first walking over the border into Poland—and reunited in the United States. His mother, Dora, was a homemaker, and his father, Max Nimoy, owned a barbershop in the Mattapan section of Boston. Nimoy took drama classes at Boston College
9. Rob Zombie
Robert Bartleh Cummings was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts on January 12, 1965. Cummings graduated from Haverhill High School in 1983. Rob's parents worked at a carnival when he was young, but left after a violent riot broke out while they were on the job.
10. Jack Kerouac
Jack Kerouac was born on March 12, 1922 in Lowell to French Canadian parents. Kerouac spoke French until he learned English at age six; he was not comfortable speaking English until his late teens.
11. Billy Squier
Squier was born in Wellesley, Massachusetts. He is a 1968 graduate of Wellesley High School. Billy Squier's first public performances were at a Boston nightclub in Kenmore Square called the Psychedelic Supermarket in 1968, which is where he saw Eric Clapton and the band Cream.
12. Uma Thurman
Thurman was born in Boston. She grew up mostly in Amherst, where she went to Amherst Regional Middle School.
Massachusetts sure churns out some incredibly talented people.