With so many famous people entertaining us in the Big Apple and hiding away in our remote Upstate mountain regions during their time off, its hard
not to meet someone famous while living in New York. Almost all of our residents have at least one good memory of meeting a celebrity in our state, but do you know which ones are actually from here? Ready to learn how many famous people you share a hometown with? Surprise, surprise! These 14 famous people are from our state:
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1. Olivia Wilde
Born out of a family of journalists, actress Olivia Wilde hails from the Big Apple. You may recognize her from HBO's
Vinyl that recently debuted, Cowboys & Aliens, or even the show House. Another fun fact? She's currently pregnant with her second child with actor/comedian Jason Sudeikis!
2. Jimmy Fallon
The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon is from New York! Born in Bay Bridge and raised in Saugerties, the host has always spoken highly about living in our state. Fallon even went back to his roots in 2009 and visited the college he attended, giving the commencement speech for the College of Saint Rose in Albany.
3. Christina Aguilera
Ultimate 90's pop music sensation, singer Christina Aguilera was born in Staten Island! Because her father served in the military, their family moved around a lot, not staying in our state for very long. In recent years fans have been able to see the singer as a judge on NBC's hit show
4. Mark Zuckerberg
You may or may not have heard of this particular business man...just kidding, of course you have! The chairman of Facebook, Zuckerberg was born in the city of White Plains and was raised in Dobbs Ferry.
5. Claire Danes
Star of Showtime's
Homeland , Claire Danes was born in the big city of Manhattan. The actress grew up in the city, attending many art schools until she landed her role on My So-Called Life.
6. Tom Cruise
Depending on which age group you fall in, you probably think of several different things when you see Tom Cruise. Some of us may hear the actors name and suddenly be thrown back into 1983 with nothing but a white button-up shirt on. Others may hear the name Tom Cruise and picture a Scientologist jumping all over Oprah's yellow couch. Regardless of what it is you recognize the star for, he was born in Syracuse, New York.
7. Christine Baranski
Born in Buffalo, actress Christine Baranski studied at Juilliard School in the 1970's. The Western New York native is known best for role on CBS's
The Good Wife, The Big Bang Theory, and Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas.
8. Kyle Chandler
Don't let your southern hearts break, our beloved Coach Taylor was born up north in Buffalo, New York! If you're one of the few who are reading this and are not understanding why I'm referring to this man, Kyle Chandler, as Coach Taylor then I'll let you in on a little secret, he's best known for his role on
Friday Night Lights. An even better secret? If you've never watched FNL then you can spend a weekend binge watching it on Netflix, along with Chandler's new show Bloodlines.
9. Lady Gaga
Recently making her acting debut, artist Lady Gaga was born in Manhattan. Whether you love her for her role on
American Horror Story or you'd just prefer to dance along to her music, there's no denying she carries New York's funky fashion sense with her always.
10. Ben Stiller
Born in New York City, Ben Stiller's parents were entertainers as well. Recently reviving his famed character
Zoolander, the actor is also known for his roles in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.
11. Robert Downey Jr.
Another famous star born from the city of Manhattan, actor Robert Downey Jr. was raised right in Greenwich Village. You may know the actor from playing the major role of Marvel's
12. Barbra Streisand
Born in Brooklyn and raised in the big city, female superstar Barbra Streisand is best known for being one of the best-selling musician's of all time.
13. Christopher Reeves
Superman himself, remarkable actor Christopher Reeve was born in New York City.
14. Michael Jordan
While everyone may know Michael Jordan to be the face of North Carolina, he was actually born up north in Brooklyn, moving south when he was just a toddler. You may know Michael Jordan for being well...
Michael Jordan. Now, who's in the mood to watch Space Jam?
Do you have a good story about meeting someone famous in New York? Share with Only In New York who you’ve bumped into unexpectedly!