Delaware April 07, 2016
You May Be Surprised To Learn These 14 Famous People Are From Delaware
Who knew so much talent could come from one little state? From TV stars to star athletes, this diverse group of people has one thing in common: they all hail from Delaware.
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1. Aubrey Plaza
This queen of deadpan may have been a longtime resident of the (fictional) town of Pawnee, Indiana, but she was born right here in Wilmington. Beside her long-running role as April Ludgate on Parks and Recreation, she has also had roles in big films like Funny People and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
2. Teri Polo
Teri Polo is best known for her role as Pam in the hilarious film Meet the Parents, along with its sequels. She was born in Dover.
3. Ryan Phillippe
This New Castle native skyrocketed to fame in the late '90s with roles in films like I Know What You Did Last Summer and Cruel Intentions.
4. Elena Delle Donne
This Wilmington-born basketball star has played professionally with the Chicago Sky since 2013. She was named the 2015 WNBA MVP.
5. Judge Reinhold
This Wilmington native is best known for roles in '80s classics, like Beverly Hills Cop and Gremlins. He might be better known to younger generations for roles in The Santa Clause trilogy and his appearance on Arrested Development.
6. Delino DeShields
Delino DeShields was born in Seaford and went on to play for five MLB teams. He co-founded the Urban Baseball League and now manages the Louisville Bats.
7. Joe Biden
Our nation's 47th Vice President was born in Pennsylvania, but moved to Delaware at the age of 10. He has a long history of representing our state in the Senate, from 1973 until he became VP in 2009.
8. Chuck Wicks
Country singer Chuck Wicks was raised on a potato farm in Smyrna. The singer-songwriter also starred with then-girlfriend Julianne Hough on the eighth season of Dancing With the Stars.
9. Valerie Bertinelli
This Wilmington native is well known for her long-running roles on One Day at a Time and Touched by an Angel. She recently staged an awesome comeback with the TV hit Hot in Cleveland and now stars in her own cooking show on Food Network.
10. Paul Goldschmidt
Nicknamed Goldy, this first baseman for the Arizona Diamondbacks was actually born right here in Wilmington.
11. Sean Patrick Thomas
Though he was born in Washington, D.C., Sean Patrick Thomas was raised in Wilmington. His role opposite Julia Stiles in the 2001 hit film Save the Last Dance launched his career.
12. George Thorogood
This singer-songwriter is probably best known for '80s rock hits with a bluesy edge, like Bad to the Bone and I Drink Alone. He has released over 20 albums with his band, the Delaware Destroyers. He was born in Wilmington.
13. Elisabeth Shue
Yet another Wilmington native, Elisabeth Shue became famous for her roles in films like The Karate Kid, Adventures in Babysitting and the second and third installments in the Back to the Future trilogy.
14. Stephen Marley
Though this son of reggae legend Bob Marley was raised in Kingston, Jamaica, he was actually born right here in Wilmington. He has won six Grammy awards with the group Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers.
Did you know that all of these folks were from our state? Can you think of any others that we forgot to mention? Please let us know in the comments!