Missouri is not a place that most people would associate with terms such as fame, popularity and fortune. Instead, most people will look to places such as New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Chicago. These places are the primary centers were people make a name for themselves. However, a lot of home grown talent comes directly from Missouri.
Here is a list of famous people that comes directly from the state of Missouri. It might surprise many people that these individuals on this list come from this place. It also might surprise people that some of these people are big names in the realm of show business and in other fields.
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Here are the Top 10 Most Famous People From Missouri
10. John Goodman
John Goodman comes from St. Louis and he is a major box office actor. He has been featured in many films and used to appear on the Roseanne show. John Goodman has also been on Saturday Night Live. Goodman is an exceptional actor that is a Hollywood A-lister. He is just an all-around popular entertaining personality that has the ability to entertain the masses and to make a feature hit.
9. Don Cheadle
Don Cheadle is another great entertainer that hails from Kansas City. Even though he was born in Kansas he has moved to other places such as Denver. Cheadle appeared in many different types of films. Iron Man, Avengers, Traffic and Boogie Nights are among some of the best films in the business. Cheadle is another big draw and he is a big name is Hollywood.
8. Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt was born in Kickapoo, Missouri and he is a top-rated Hollywood celebrity. He has been in the business for many years. He is married to Angelina Jolie (as of this writing) and they have 6 kids. Pitt has a lot of power in Hollywood and a lot of input into the industry. Pitt is a great actor and a great force in the entertainment industry.
7. Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow is a famous singer and activist who was born in Fenton. Sheryl crow has made many songs which encompasses pop, rock, folk, country and blues. She is a great entertainer and she likes her home state even though she does not hail from this area. Crow is also an environmental activist and a college graduate. Many people from this state enjoy her music and her great ability to make dynamic music.
6. Cedric the Entertainer
Cedric the entertainer hails from Jefferson City. His real name is Cedric Kyles. Cedric is a comedian and actor and his work as an entertainer is great. He has played in film such as Street Kings, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted and Charolett’s Web. Many people think that Cedric is funny and a great guy. His work is very profound. He is an entertainer extraordinaire. Cedric also provides a scholarship to one graduating Berkeley senior. He is an outstanding comedian that has done a lot for the state of Missouri and people everywhere.
5. Carlos Pena Jr.
Most people would look at Carlos Roberto Pena Jr. or Carlos Pena and would not have clue that he was born in Columbia, Missouri. However, Columbia, Missouri is his hometown. He is a great actor and singer who use to be a part of the band known as Big Tyme Rush. Pena is native born Missourian and he visits his home state as often as he can. He is also known to do charity work in Missouri and he is involved with many organizations that help people in the Missouri area.
4. Ezekiel Elliott
NFL running back Ezekiel Elliott plays for the Dallas Cowboys as of 2017. He was drafted to the Cowboys in 2016 and his first season has been remarkable. Elliot and the Dallas Cowboys have won enough games to go to the playoffs in the NFL. Elliot grew up in Ladue, Missouri. After becoming an all star running back in high school he went on to become an outstanding college athlete in college. He played for the Ohio State University Buckeyes. Many people in Missouri have followed Elliot’s career and has shared in his success as a football player.
3. Mark Twain
Mark Twain might have lived over 100 years ago but he still was born in Missouri. He is also a famous person despite the fact that he has passed away. His book such as Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn have made him a legendary author. Samuel Langhorne Clemen (Twain’s real name) was born in Florida, Missouri back in 1835. He is definitely one of the greatest authors in American history and his books are among the best pieces of literature in the world. Many Missourians are proud that he came from their great state.
2. Chuck Berry
St. Louis is home to Chuck Berry and he is a great musician who dominated the American music scene during the 50’s and 60’s. Berry was a great musician who made a lot of pieces such as Johnny B. Goode, Maybellene and My Ding-A-Ling. Yes, Berry song My Ding-A-Ling is a great masterpiece in music that was created in 1972. Berry is still around today though he is 92 (in 2017) and his legacy still continues on modern times.
1. Dick Van Dyke
Dick Van Dyke is 91 and no, he is not dead. This guy is alive and kicking (as of 2017). Did you know that he was born in West Plains, Missouri? He is a great actor, comedian and entertainer that has been around for many years making people laugh and smile.
Van Dyke used to be known for his show the Dick Van Dyke show back in the 60’s. He also played in films such as Mary Poppins; Chitty, Chitty Bang Bang, Night at the Museum and Mary Poppins Returns. He is such a great performer and many Missourians are glad that he hails from Missouri. He is a highly rated performer who has a lot of talent to make great films.
All of these entertainers are among the best in Hollywood. They are great public personalities and their contributions make Missourians proud to have so much talent come from their state.