Did you know Steve Carell was a local? How about Amy Poehler?
Some of the performing arts industry’s biggest names hail from Eastern Massachusetts.
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Some of the greatest entertainers of all time have called home to places north of Boston. The first local star, Leonard Bernstein of Lawrence was a composer/conductor who wrote the music for “West Side Story,” as well as “Candide,” “Wonderful Town” and “On The Town.” Next
Joining Bernstein is Walter Brennan of Lynn who is only one of three men — along with Jack Nicholson and Daniel Day-Lewis — to have won three acting Oscars. Next
Lowell native Bette Davis is another famous local. A 10-time Oscar nominee and two-time winner, Davis employed an intense, melodramatic style over a five-decade career, with more than 100 roles in film, television, and theater. Next
Jay Leno is another star in show business hailing from north of Boston. The Andover native recently stepped down from a 22-year run as the host of the “Tonight” show. Next
Burlington native Amy Poehler joins a long list of women who have emerged from Saturday Night Live to become stars in their own right. A Boston College alumna, Poehler has cohosted the Golden Globes for the past two years, with her close friend and former SNL colleague, Tina Fey. Next
Conan O’Brien is one of the many famous entertainers who call MetroWest home. The comedian, 50, is from Brookline. He was managing editor of Brookline High School’s newspaper and also its valedictorian in 1981. After serving as the Harvard Lampoon’s president for two years in college, Conan would become a writer for “The Simpsons” and “Saturday Night Live.” He took over for David Letterman on “Late Night” in 1993, was the host of “The Tonight Show” for a short time, and now has his own show on TBS, “Conan.”
Pictured: Conan O'Brien arrives at the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Sunset Tower on Feb. 24, 2013 in West Hollywood, California.
Sources: Internet Movie Database, TVGuide.com, www.goodreads.com, conanobriencantstop.com Next
David E. Kelley
David E. Kelley, 57, is one of the few producers/writers to create a successful show for all four top commercial television networks (ABC, CBS, Fox & NBC). The son of legendary BU hockey coach Jack Kelley, he was raised in Belmont. Kelley has been a part of “Boston Legal,” “L.A. Law,” “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” “Picket Fences,” and “Chicago Hope.” He has a new show, “The Crazy Ones,” starring Robin Williams that is coming to CBS this October. He will be inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in Los Angeles in March.
Pictured: David E. Kelley, left, gets a helping hand from Dylan McDermott, right, as he holds his two Emmys at the 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Kelley won for best comedy series for 'Ally McBeal,' which Calista Flockhart starred in, and best drama series for 'The Practice,' which McDermott starred in.
Sources: Tavis Smiley interview, March 8, 2012 Emmys.com; Internet Movie Database Next
Olympia Dukakis, 82, grew up in Arlington before she made her mark in Hollywood with her role as Cher’s mother Rose Castorini in the 1987 film “Moonstruck.” She won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for the role, and went on to act in “Steel Magnolias,” among other films. Dukakis made her Broadway debut at 30 and has also performed in more than 130 productions Off-Broadway and regionally. She has been nominated for multiple Emmys and has 40 series, mini-series and guest starring roles. She earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in May 2013.
Pictured: Olympia Dukakis as Prospera in Shakespeare & Company's production of "The Tempest."
Julie Taymor, 61, was born and raised in Newton and was the first woman to win a Tony for Best Director of a Musical for “The Lion King” in 1997. Taymor also won a Tony for Costume Design for “The Lion King,” and has been nominated for many other Tony awards. She won two Oscars for her film “Frida” (2002), and directed an Emmy-winning opera version of “Oedipus Rex,” as well as productions for the Metropolitan and Los Angeles operas.
Pictured: Julie Taymor arrives at the premiere of Paramount Vantage's "The Kite Runner," held at the Egyptian Theatre in December 2007 in Hollywood.
Sources: Internet Movie Database, Nov. 2001 Oprah Magazine, jwa.org, americantheatrewing.org Next
Steve Carell, 51, was born in Concord and raised in Acton before he became Michael Scott on “The Office.” He was nominated for an Emmy six times for his role as the Dunder Mifflin boss. He was briefly a mail carrier in Littleton before his turn in show business. He was also a correspondent for “The Daily Show” from 1999-2005. Carell’s breakthrough came with his role as Andy Stitzer in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.” He has also starred in other sucessful films, including “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” and the “Anchorman” movies.
Pictured: Steve Carell as Michael Scott on NBC’s “The Office.”
Sources: Boston Globe 7/24/2011, Internet Movie Database Next
Harold Rowe Holbrook Jr., one of the most acclaimed actors of the last half-century, is a descendent of a founding family of Weymouth, tracing his roots in the town back to Thomas Holbrook, who came with the Reverend Joseph Hull’s company in 1635.
Holbrook’s career traverses film, television and theater. Among his best-known roles are Deep Throat in the movie “All the President’s Men,” as Abraham Lincoln in the 1976 TV production of Carl Sandburg’s “Lincoln,” and Willy Loman on stage in “Death of a Salesman.” He is the winner of a Tony Award, five prime-time Emmy Awards, and was 82 when nominated for an Oscar in 2008 for his role in “Into The Wild.”
Pictured: Holbrook and wife Dixie Carter attend AARP The Magazine's Seventh Annual Movies For Grownups Awards at the Hotel Bel Air on February 4, 2008 in Los Angeles. Next
Virginia Elizabeth “Geena” Davis, who grew up on Main Street in Wareham and is a member of Wareham High’s Class of 1974, shot to fame as an actress, but has become almost as well known as an activist.
She won the Oscar in 1988 for her role in “The Accidental Tourist,” was nominated for best actress in 1991 for “Thelma and Louise,” and won a 2006 Golden Globe for best actress in a television drama series for “Commander in Chief.” Bates College awarded her an honorary doctorate in 2009 for the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which tries to increase female characters in media aimed at children. Next
Ruth Gordon Jones was born at 31 Marion St. in the Wollaston section of Quincy, the only child of Clinton Jones, a factory foreman and former ship’s captain, and his wife, Annie.
Her acting career spanned 70 years in the theater, films, and television. Gordon won an Oscar in 1968 for her role in “Rosemary’s Baby” and a Golden Globe in 1972 as Maude in the cult classic “Harold and Maude,” and hosted “Saturday Night Live” in 1977. Gordon died after a stroke in 1985.
Pictured: Bud Cort as Harold and Gordon as Maude in a scene from Harold and Maude. Next
The Dropkick Murphys formed in 1996, rose from their Celtic-punk roots to incorporate other musical genres; developed close ties with the Boston Red Sox, their fans, and the city; and eventually expanded the group’s brand across the world.
The group curently consists of Ken Casey, Matt Kelly, Al Barr, James Lynch, Tim Brennan, Josh “Scruffy” Wallace, and Jeff DaRosa.
Pictured: From left, Barr, Casey, and Lynch, perform during the Boston Pops Fourth of July concert rehearsal at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade in Boston. Next
Joanna Noëlle Blagden Levesque—aka JoJo— was 13 in June 2004 when she became the youngest solo artist in history to have a No. 1 single in the United States—“Leave” from her debut album.
She started acting at four and was offered a record contract at six, although her mother turned it down. Levesque, who later moved to New Jersey, appeared in two major films in 2006: “Aquamarine” and “RV.” Back to the beginning
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