Celebrities With Ties To Baltimore And Maryland

October 2, 2018

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Maryland has more connections to Hollywood than most people realize. First, let’s start with the celebrities you probably know are Marylanders, and move on to ones you probably don’t know about. We guarantee you didn’t know ALL of these celebrities lived in Maryland at some point:


Michael Phelps

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The most decorated Olympian of all time was born and raised in the Rodgers Forge area of Towson, lived in the Canton and Fells Point areas for years, and currently resides with his family in Arizona.


John Waters


The mastermind behind Hairspray and director dubbed the ‘Pope of Trash’ grew up in non-shocking Lutherville. He attended Calvert School, Calvert Hall College High School, and Boys’ Latin. He currently resides in the Tuscany-Canterbury neighborhood.


Stacy Keibler

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Stacy was born in Rosedale, and she’s an alum of The Catholic High and Towson University.


Ed Norton

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Ed was raised in Columbia, a community developed by his grandfather James Rouse. He graduated from Wilde Lake High in 1987.


Josh Charles

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Josh, best known for his work on The Good Wife and Sports Night, grew up in Baltimore, attended the Baltimore School for the Arts, and can be seen at nearly every Ravens home game.


John Astin

John Astin is best known as Gomez Addams in The Addams Family, and he’s the father of actor Sean Astin. He teaches in the theater department at his alma mater, Johns Hopkins, and lives nearby.


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Modern Family’s Claire Dunphy was raised in suburban Ruxton, where her parents still live. She attended Calvert School and Roland Park Country School.


Anna Faris


The House Bunny and What’s Your Number? actress was born in Baltimore and lived in the Towson area as a kid.


Jada Pinkett Smith

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Though she says most of her family has moved out of the area, Jada attended the Baltimore School for the Arts (along with Tupac). She married Will Smith on December 31, 1997 at The Cloisters off Falls Road in Baltimore County.


David Hasselhoff

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He moved out of town by the time he was a teenager, but David Hasselhoff was born in Baltimore in 1952.


Mike Rowe

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The Dirty Jobs host and Ford spokesman got his start on QVC and WJZ’s Your New Home. He’s a graduate of Overlea High School, Essex Community College, and Towson University. He was also a member of the Baltimore Opera Company.


Wanda Sykes

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Wanda went to Arundel High School in Gambrills before working in the area at the NSA.


Goldie Hawn


Goldie grew up in Takoma Park and attended Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring.


William H. Macy

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William H. Macy graduated in 1968 from Allegany High School in Cumberland.


Kathie Lee Gifford

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Kathie Lee grew up in Bowie and graduated from Bowie High School.


J.C. Chasez

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Just like Kathie Lee, N*Sync’s J.C. Chasez grew up in Bowie and attended Bowie High School.


Benji and Joel Madden of Good Charlotte

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Benji and Joel are from Waldorf, and attended La Plata High School.


Adam Duritz

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The Counting Crows frontman was born in Baltimore, and still has family here.


Julia Louis Dreyfus


While she has plenty of Baltimore connections because her show Veep films here, Julia Louis Dreyfus is no stranger to Maryland: She graduated from Bethesda’s Holton-Arms School in 1979.


Linda Hamilton

The Terminator star is a graduate of Wicomico High School in Salisbury, and studied for two years at Washington College in Chestertown.


Dave Chappelle

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Dave Chappelle grew up in Silver Spring and went to Woodlin Elementary School. He later graduated from a performing arts school in D.C.


Sylvester Stallone

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While you probably associate Stallone with Philadelphia, he has Maryland ties: he attended Charlotte Hall Military Academy in St. Mary’s County, and graduated from Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring.


Toni Braxton


Toni was born and raised in Severn, and attended Bowie State University to pursue a career in teaching.


Bill Belichick

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He’s synonymous with the New England Patriots, but he’s an Anne Arundel County native: Bill Belichick was raised in Annapolis, where his father Steve was a coach at the Naval Academy. Bill is a 1970 graduate of Annapolis High School.



The Oscar-winning actress was born in Baltimore, graduated from Milford Mill High School and attended Morgan State University.


Lewis Black


Comedian Lewis Black grew up in Silver Spring, graduating from Springbrook High School.


Martin Lawrence


Martin Lawrence attended Thomas G. Pullen School of Creative and Performing Arts in Landover, Fairmont Heights High School in Fairmont Heights, Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt and Friendly High School in Fort Washington, Maryland.


Karen Allen


The Raiders of the Lost Ark star graduated from DuVal High School in Lanham and attended the University of Maryland for a year and a half.


Montell Williams


The talk show host was born in Baltimore, and graduated from Andover High School in Linthicum.


Natalie Portman

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Before her family relocated to Connecticut when she was 7, Natalie Portman lived in the DC ‘burbs, and attended the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville.

Jim Henson

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The man who created the Muppets graduated from Hyattsville's Northwestern High School and later University of Maryland College Park, where a statue of him and Kermit sits outside the student union.



Rapper Logic grew up in the West Deer Park neighborhood in Gaithersburg and attended Gaitherburg High School.


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