Most Well-Known Celebrities from Missouri in 2023

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Few states have produced the sheer quantity of well-known residents as Missouri, which counts multiple Academy Award-winning actors, professional athletes and singers among its natives., which covers Missouri sports betting issues, took a look to see what celebrities that were raised in the state were being discussed the most in the past year.

We used a weighted system between Keywords Explorer and Google Trends to look at the most searched Missouri celebrities over the past 12 months. Once finding both statistics, they were averaged to determine the Top 10.

Missouri celebrity was defined as a person who resided in Missouri in their formative childhood and teenage years for over 10 years. Celebrity was broken down to include only actors/actresses, athletes, singer/songwriters, TV personalities, comedians, dancers and social media influencers.

Missouri Celebrity Searches in 2023

Weighted Rank Celebrity Hometown Search Volume Past Year
1Brad Pitt, ActorSpringfield966K
2Evan Peters, ActorSt. Louis948K
3Jon Hamm, ActorSt. Louis463K
4Jayson Tatum, NBASt. Louis454K
5Jenna Fischer, ActorSt. Louis229K
6Bob Barker, TV PersonalitySpringfield221K
7Nelly, Singer-SongwriterSt. Louis221K
8John Goodman, ActorAffton210K
9Randy Orton, WWE WrestlerSt. Louis187K
10Sheryl Crow, Singer-SongwriterKennett173K
Honorable Mentions: Actor Matt Bomer, Actress Ellie Kemper, Rapper Akon and NBA player Bradley Beal.

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Who Are The Most Famous Missouri Natives?

Between University of Missouri alumnus and two-time Academy Award winning actor Brad Pitt, longtime TV and movie actor Evan Peters of St. Louis and former “Mad Men” cornerstone Jon Hamm, the Show Me State has no shortage of acting talent.

Throw in former No. 3 pick Jayson Tatum of St. Louis, legendary “The Price Is Right” host Bob Barker and “The Office” star Jenna Fischer, and you have the top-six most popular residents of the Show Me State.

Rounding out the list are singer-songwriter Nelly and legendary character actor John Goodman, along with WWE wrestler Randy Orton and singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow.  

All 10 have generated at least 173,000 search queries over the last year, beating out honorable mentions like actors Matt Bomer and Ellie Kemper, rapper Akon and NBA star Bradley Beal.

Needless to say, it’s safe to count Missouri as one of the most star-studded states, with as deep a roster of noteworthy natives as any other in the country.

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Christopher Boan is a lead writer for, specializing in covering state issues. He has covered sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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