Not only is Georgia known for its great history, beautiful land, and awesome people, we are also land of the stars! Some of the top actors, musicians, and celebrities hailed from yours truly–Georgia! Here are 16 famous people you probably didn’t know were from Georgia!
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Who would have thought that little Oliva from the Cosby Show is from Atlanta, Georgia? Raven Symone got her start in the industry at the tender age of 2 years old when she did advertisments for Jell-O and Cool Whip. After her stint with the Cosby Show and Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, the young actress became a Disney Teen Princess with her own show That’s so Raven, in 2007.
Chloe Grace Moretz
This young actress also hails from Atlanta, Georgia. Born to a nurse and a plastic surgeon, she has made appearances in many movies and even in the popular show 30 Rock. Some of her most notable movies are Kick-Ass 2 (2013) and If I Stay (2014).
One of the most famous faces of our time was born in Smyrna, Georgia. The iconic Steel Magnolias and Pretty Woman icon grew up in a creative atmosphere as both of her parents were actors. She has since then received many nominations and awards as well as being one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood.
Reality star wrestler Hulk Hogan was born in Augusta, Georgia. Hogan set the bar for televised wrestling, and was a beloved character in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). He's also known for his reality show starring his family, Hogan Knows Best (2005-2009).
Grammy award winning Alan Jackson hails from Newnan, Georgia. He married his high school sweetheart and they are still together to this day. After marriage, he moved to Nashville, TN to pursue his musical career as a country singer.
Major Archibald Butt
Distinguished military officer and aide to President Theodore Roselvelt, Major Archibald Butt was a hero that sank on the tragic Titantic ship. He was born in Augusta, Georgia and worked as a journalist for a period of time. Butt was one of many heroes on board the Titanic and we're proud to call him a Georgia native!
One of the most famous broadcasters in the US today hails from Atlanta, Georgia. This UGA alumni always knew he wanted to have a career in television from an early age. His career really took off when he become the host of the popular show, American Idol in 2002.
The famous CeeLo Green has made a career for himself beyond music. The rapper/singer was born in Atlanta, Georgia and started a hip hop group called Goodie Mob with three other people. He then went on to become the frontman of the famous Gnarls Barkley duo, and has appeared as a judge on The Voice.
This young War of the Worlds (2005) star was born in Conyers, Georgia! She was born into an athletic family as one of her parents was a minor league baseball player and the other a tennis player. She began acting at the age of 5 and became the adorable little girl that we've all come to know!
Even though this famous rapper claims Chicago as his homeland, he is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. This Grammy award winning rapper is known for his colorful antics as well as his award winning music.
Another international artist that claims another state yet is originally from Georgia! Kelly Rowland was a member of the top R&B girls group- Destiny's Child, and she was born in Atlanta, Georgia. At the age of 7, Kelly moved to Houston, Texas where she would meet her destiny (pun intended) and the other members of the group.
The first African American baseball player to play in the major leagues was born in Cairo, Georgia. He signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers and throughout his career he made many advancements in the civil rights movement.
Country superstar Jason Aldean was originally born in Macon, Georgia. His parents split when he was three so he spent his school years in Macon and his summers in Florida. He made his first appearance at 14 years old in Macon, Georgia, and hasn't looked back since!
The late Brittany Murphy starred in many popular movies such as Clueless, 8 Mile featuring Eminem, Girl Interrupted, and Sin City. She was also born in Atlanta, Georgia and knew from the age of 8 that she wanted to be an actress. The actress died unexpectedly of cardiac arrest at the young age of 32.
Famous actress Kim Basinger is from Athens, Georgia. This Academy Award winning actress is best known for her roles in 8 Mile, The Sentinel, and L.A. Confidential. She was once married to Alec Baldwin.
Funny comedian and actor Chris Tucker is a native of Decatur, Georgia. He rose to fame while starring in the Rush Hour film series. He got his start on Def Comedy Jam in L.A. and landed roles in the sitcom Hangin' with Mr. Cooper and in the movie Friday with rapper/actor Ice Cube.
Georgia lays claim to many more superstars! If you know of anymore famous Georgia natives, let us know in the comments below!