Famous People from Maryland

Are you looking for a list of famous people from Maryland? Well it turns out there are quite a few out there. Because there are so many, we’ll narrow down the list for you to those people who are very well-known, considered “household names”.

In no particular order:

Charles Joseph Bonaparte – founder of the FBI, former Attorney General of the U.S., and the grand nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte, yes THAT Napoleon Bonaparte!
Frederick Douglass – Abolitionist who fought to end slavery in the United States.
Thurgood Marshall – Civil rights activist and U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
Connie Chung – Journalist
Tom Clancy – Author of Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger among many others.
Matt Drudge – journalist, talk show host and founder of the Drudge Report.
Mel Kiper Jr. – ESPN Analyst – makes his living trying to predict the NFL Draft every year.
H.L. Mencken – journalist
Frank Miller – Writer and artist
Edgar Allan Poe – poet and writer, author of The Raven and The Cask of Amontillado, among many others.
Upton Sinclair – Author of The Jungle
Tori Amos – Singer/Songwriter
Toni Braxton – Singer
Cab Calloway – Jazz singer and bandleader
Adam Durtz – Singer, lead man for Counting Crows
Cass Elliot – Singer from the Mamas & The Papas
Billie Holiday – Singer
Lisa Loeb – Singer/Songwriter
Benji Madden – Guitarist for Good Charlotte
Joel Madden – Lead singer for Good Charlotte
Frank Zappa – Singer, guitarist and composer
Lewis Black – Comedian and actor
Julie Bowen – Actress, currently in TV show Modern Family
Anna Faris – Actress
Linda Hamilton – Actress in Terminator
David Hasselhoff – Actor from Knight Rider and Baywatch and huge pop star in Germany
Goldie Hawn – Actress from Bird on a Wire among other films
Jim Henson – Filmmaker and puppeteer, creator of The Muppets
Spike Jonze – Music video director, filmmaker and producer
Martin Lawrence – Actor, comedian, director and producer
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Actress, most well-known for playing Elaine on Seinfeld
William H. Macy – Actor from Fargo and many other films
Mike Rowe – TV show host of Dirty Jobs
Sylvester Stallone – Actor most well-known for Rocky and Rambo movies
Carmelo Anthony – NBA player, currently with the New York Knicks
Michael Beasley – NBA player, currently with the Minnesota Timberwolves
Bill Belichick – Long-time head coach of the New England Patriots
Sam Cassell – former NBA player
Kevin Durant – NBA player, currently with the Oklahoma Thunder
Stacy Keibler – Actress and former WWE professional wrestler
Al Kaline – Hall of Fame baseball player
Sugar Ray Leonard – Hall of Fame Boxer
Travis Pastrana – Extreme athlete
Michael Phelps – Olympic swimmer
Cal Ripken, Jr. – Hall of Fame baseball player
Babe Ruth – Hall of Fame baseball player
Tubby Smith – Basketball coach, currently of the Minnesota Golden Gophers
Mark Teixeira – Baseball player, currently with the New York Yankees
Clara Barton – Founder of the American Red Cross
John Wilkes Booth – Alleged assassinator of President Abraham Lincoln
Francis Scott Key – Writer of the U.S. National Anthem
Samuel Mudd – physician convicted and imprisoned for aiding and conspiring with John Wilkes Booth. He is the origin for the saying “His name is mud”
Ben Stein – Actor, author, economist, former speechwriter

This list is by no means exhaustive. It is honestly quite amazing how many famous people from Maryland there are.