10. Patricia Richardson - Bethesda
Patricia Richardson was born in Bethesda and although she didn’t live there for long, we can still count her as a Marylander. Richardson hasn’t had a vast acting career, as she has had mostly small television and movie roles since 1980, but she had one big role that put her on this list. For all 204 episodes from 1991 to 1999 she played Jill Taylor, the wife of Tim ‘The Tool Man’ Taylor, on the very popular sitcom “Home Improvement”. The show won multiple awards and is known as one of the best sitcoms of the 1990s.
9. Anna Faris - Baltimore
Anna Faris is another one who was born in Baltimore but moved away at a very early age, but we can still say she’s from Maryland. She made her first big acting appearance in “Scary Movie” as Cindy Campbell in 2000 and went on to play the same role in the next three movies in the series. She finally got a big lead role in the 2008 movie “House Bunny”, which she also helped produce. She has since hosted “Saturday Night Live” twice, once in 2008 and once in 2011, and now has a show on CBS called “Mom”.
8. Linda Hamilton - Salisbury
Linda Hamilton was born and raised in Salisbury. She attended Wicomico High School in Salisbury and later enrolled at Washington College. She started acting professionally in 1980 but her big year was 1984. In that year she got the part of VIcky in the horror movie “Children of the Corn” and then got her biggest role as Sarah Connors in “The Terminator”. She went on to play the same role in the next two Terminator movies. She also hosted “Saturday Night Live” in 1991 and went on to have a solid career.
7. Jada Pinkett Smith - Baltimore
Jada Pinkett Smith, who was born and raised in Baltimore and attended the Baltimore School for the Arts, is much more than just Will Smith’s wife. She got her acting start in a 1990 episode of “True Colors” and made small movie and TV appearances throughout the 90s. Smith got her first big movie role as Niobe in the sequel movies to “The Matrix” in 2003. Since then she has voiced Gloria in the “Madagascar” movies and is currently playing a solid role in the TV show “Gotham”. Outside of acting, Smith has been very charitable, creating the Will and Jada Family Foundation, which supports inner city families right here in Baltimore.
6. Julie Bowen - Towson
Julie Bowen was raised in the Ruxton-Riderwood area of Towson. She started her big-time acting career by starring in the movie “Runaway Daughter” with Paul Rudd in 1994. Then she got another big spot in “Happy Gilmore” in 1996. Since then, most of her acting career has taken place on television, with her most popular role coming as Claire Dunphy in “Modern Family”. She has been nominated for 19 awards, including six Emmys, for that role.
5. David Hasselhoff - Baltimore
The Hoff was born in Baltimore and even though he spent most of his life living in other places, we can still claim him. After kicking off his acting career on “The Young and the Restless” in the 70s and early 80s, he starred as Michael Knight in the TV show “Knight Rider”. He then spent all of the 90s running around shirtless on a beach in “Baywatch”. Hasselhoff even had a nice music career, and his single “Looking for Freedom” was number one in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland in 1989.
4. Edward Norton - Columbia
Edward Norton was born in Boston but was raised in Columbia and attended Wilde Lake High School in Columbia. Norton started his acting career by starring in the movie “Primal Fear” in 1996. He went on to play in other popular movies such as “The Italian Job” and then got to star as Bruce Banner in “The Incredible Hulk” in 2008. He continues to play big roles in recent movies like “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and "Birdman", which were the two movies that tied for the most wins at the 2014 Academy Awards. He is set to appear in two more movies in 2016, including “Sausage Party”, written by Seth Rogen.
3. Lewis Black - Silver Spring
Lewis Black grew up in Silver Spring and attended Springbrook High School in Montgomery County. He also went on to attend the University of Maryland for a year. Black is currently known for making short appearances in TV shows and movies, but 10 years ago he was one of the top stand-up comedians in America. Comedy Central ranked him as the 51st best comedian of all time in a ranking they did in 2004 and Black received a Grammy for “Best Comedy Album” in 2007. Black had several successful stand-up specials throughout the 2000s, including “Black on Broadway”. The hosted a show on Comedy Central in 2008 and made plenty of appearances on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart throughout his career. Kids today would know him as the voice of “Anger” in the Pixar movie "Inside Out".
2. Spike Jonze - Bethesda
Spike Jonze grew up in Bethesda and attended Walt Whitman High School in Montgomery County. He got his start as a director in the early 90s directing music videos. He still does so up to this day and has directed videos for everyone from the Beastie Boys to Daft Punk to Kanye West. He got his big start in movies directing “Being John Malkovich” in 1999, for which he was nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards. He went on to direct “Adaptation”, “Where the WIld Things Are”, and “Her”. “Where the Wild Things Are” grossed over $100 million and was his biggest success, but he also won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay with “Her”.
1. Martin Lawrence - Landover
There were some tough choices here, but I had to put Martin Lawrence at number one, and if you have a problem with that, I will gladly listen to your complaints on Twitter. Lawrence was born in Germany as part of a military family but moved to Landover for a good chunk of his childhood and attended four different schools in Maryland. He had some small comedy appearances to start his career until 1992, when he starred in his own sitcom “Martin”, which was very popular and aired until 1997. He then got his big movie role when he starred in “Bad Boys” alongside Will Smith in 1995, and played the same role in “Bad Boys II” and will star in the third movie when it is released in 2017. After “Bad Boys”, Lawrence went on to play solid roles in 17 more movies, including “Life” and “Big Momma’s House” and all of its sequels.