Rhode Island is full of amazing actors, authors, musicians and more! This comes as no surprise considering the amount of culture packed into such a tiny place. Here are 11 famous people who are from the Ocean State.
1. Viola Davis
Though born in South Carolina, award winning actress Viola Davis moved to Rhode Island at just two months old and grew up in state. Currently starring in the series How To Get Away With Murder, Davis has appeared in dozens of other popular films and television series. She attended Central Falls High School and studied acting at Rhode Island College before going on to Juilliard.
2. H.P. Lovecraft
This American author gained international fame posthumously and was born and raised in the city of Providence. His horror fiction novels have become influential with "The Call of Cthulhu" being the most significant work. If you're in Providence be sure to visit the H.P. Lovecraft museum to learn more about this famous Rhode Islander.
3. Meredith Vieira
Journalist and talk show host, Meredith Viera is best known for her work as the original moderator of The View. Born in Providence, Vieira's current work includes appearing on The Meredith Vieira Show.
4. Will Blackmon
Famous American football cornerback, Will Blackmon was born and raised in Providence. Currently playing for the Washington Redskins, Blackmon formerly played for the New York Giants, the Green Bay Packers, the Seattle Seahawks, and the Jacksonville Jaguars.
5. George M. Cohan
Born in Providence, George M. Cohan was an America playwright, producer, actor and all around entertainer. He wrote the classic Broadway tunes, Give My Regards to Broadway, The Yankee Doodle Boy, and dozens of others.
6. James Woods
Award winning actor James Woods grew up in Warwick where he attended Pilgrim High School. An accomplished actor, his more recent work includes voice acting on the popular television show, Family Guy.
7. Debra Messing
Actress Debra Messing moved to Rhode Island with her family at age 3 and grew up in East Greenwich. Though appearing in countless popular titles, she is most known for her role as Grace Adler on the sitcom Will & Grace.
8. Wendy Carlos
The contributions made by Wendy Carlos to contemporary music are extensive. Born in raised in Pawtucket, Wendy is a pioneer synthesist as well as an accomplished composer. She wrote the scores to Stanley Kubrik's films, A Clockwork Orange and The Shining.
9. Harry Anderson
This famous Rhode Islander is an actor, screenwriter, magician, and director. Born in Newport and appearing on several episodes of Saturday Night Live, Anderson is most famous for his role on the television series Night Court.
10. Ruth Hussey
This 1940s actress was born and raised in Providence where she began her career in show business. She was featured in the classic American film, The Philadelphia Story and several Broadway productions.
11. Cormac McCarthy
Known for writing the novel that inspired the film No Country For Old Men, Cormac McCarthy was born in Providence. Other popular works include The Road and Blood Meridian.
Also important to note, Rhode Island is currently home to many famous people who sought out the state for its beauty and charm. Taylor Swift is arguably the most famous among them and resides in Westerly.