Instagram makes it easy to admire and envy the world’s biggest stars. There’s no shortage of evidence that the good life is good, from A-list movie stars to major musicians to pro ball players and comedians who have their own sitcoms. On rooftop bars, at exclusive clubs, at backstage parties, and at restaurants where regular people can’t make reservations, they post pictures of themselves with other big shots.

Nonetheless, the vast majority of these celebrities were born and raised outside of Hollywood, rising to stardom from humble beginnings in ordinary small towns and cities across the country.

Stacker compiled a list of actors that were born in North Carolina from IMDb’s most popular list. For each actor, we included a movie poster image from a film he is known for (all movie poster images from OMDb). Keep reading to see which favorite actors are from our hometown.

  • Michael C. Hall

    Born: Raleigh, North Carolina (2/1/1971)

    Known for:
    — Dexter Morgan in “Dexter” (2006-2013)
    — Ken Castle in “Gamer” (2009)
    — David Fisher in “Six Feet Under” (2001-2005)

    OMDB: Dexter

  • Brian Tyree Henry

    Born: Fayetteville, North Carolina (3/31/1982)

    Known for:
    — Jefferson Davis in “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (2018)
    — Daniel Carty in “If Beale Street Could Talk” (2018)
    — Jamal Manning in “Widows” (2018)

    Brian Tyree Henry

  • Zach Galifianakis

    Born: Wilkesboro, North Carolina (10/1/1969)

    Known for:
    — Alan in “The Hangover” (2009)
    — Jake in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” (2014)
    — Ethan Tremblay in “Due Date” (2010)

    Zach Galifianakis

  • Aldis Hodge

    Born: Onslow County, North Carolina (9/20/1986)

    Known for:
    — Levi Jackson in “Hidden Figures” (2016)
    — Jim Brown in “One Night in Miami…” (2020)
    — Raymond in “Die Hard with a Vengeance” (1995)

    Aldis Hodge

  • Nick Searcy

    Born: Cullowhee, North Carolina (3/7/1959)

    Known for:
    — General Hoyt in “The Shape of Water” (2017)
    — Father Montgomery in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (2017)
    — Art Mullen in “Justified” (2010-2015)

    Nick Searcy

  • J.B. Smoove

    Born: Plymouth, North Carolina (12/16/1965)

    Known for:
    — Mr. Dell in “Spider-Man: Far from Home” (2019)
    — Cabbie in “Date Night” (2010)
    — Flats in “Hall Pass” (2011)

    J.B. Smoove

  • David Aaron Baker

    Born: Durham, North Carolina (8/14/1963)

    Known for:
    — Millroy in “Edge of Darkness” (2010)
    — Man Getting into Cab in “Two Weeks Notice” (2002)
    — Dan Stein in “Kissing Jessica Stein” (2001)

  • John Newton

    Born: Chapel Hill, North Carolina (12/29/1965)

    Known for:
    — Antonio ‘Tintín’ Vizintín in “Alive” (1993)
    — Sgt. Cody Cullen in “The Christmas Card” (2006)
    — Ryan McBride in “Melrose Place” (1998-1999)

    John Newton

  • Michael Johnston

    Born: Rutherfordton, North Carolina (2/22/1996)

    Known for:
    — Corey in “Teen Wolf” (2015-2017)
    — Adam in “Supergirl” (2018)
    — Neil in “Slash” (2016)

    Michael Johnston

  • Jim Rash

    Born: Charlotte, North Carolina (7/15/1971)

    Known for:
    — Lewis in “The Way Way Back” (2013)
    — Dean Pelton in “Community” (2009-2015)
    — Writer in “The Descendants” (2011)

    Jim Rash

  • Sean Bridgers

    Born: Chapel Hill, North Carolina (3/3/1968)

    Known for:
    — Old Nick in “Room” (2015)
    — Chris Cleek in “The Woman” (2011)
    — Will Sumrall in “Free State of Jones” (2016)

    Sean Bridgers

  • Jack Hogan

    Born: Chapel Hill, North Carolina (11/25/1929)

    Known for:
    — Kirby in “Combat!” (1962-1967)
    — Chief Ranger Jack Moore in “Sierra” (1974)
    — Billy Riker in “Sea Hunt” (1958-1959)

    Jack Hogan

  • Loudon Wainwright III

    Born: Chapel Hill, North Carolina (9/5/1946)

    Known for:
    — Beamen in “Big Fish” (2003)
    — Grandpa Goodman in “G-Force” (2009)
    — Uncle Dale in “Elizabethtown” (2005)

    Loudon Wainwright III

  • Randy Boone

    Born: Fayetteville, North Carolina (1/17/1942)

    Known for:
    — Randy Benton in “The Virginian” (1964-1966)
    — Easy in “Terminal Island” (1973)
    — Francis in “Cimarron Strip” (1967-1968)

    Randy Boone

  • Eric Freeman

    Born: Raleigh, North Carolina (7/13/1965)

    Known for:
    — Ricky Caldwell in “Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2” (1987)
    — Bones in “In Living Color” (1990-1992)
    — Jeff in “Murder Weapon” (1989)

    Eric Freeman

  • Christoph Sanders

    Born: Hendersonville, North Carolina (4/21/1988)

    Known for:
    — Kyle Anderson in “Last Man Standing” (2011-2021)
    — Hoyt in “Faith Based” (2020)
    — Wooden’s Boy in “Hounddog” (2007)

    Christoph Sanders

  • Paul Schneider

    Born: Asheville, North Carolina (3/16/1976)

    Known for:
    — Gus in “Lars and the Real Girl” (2007)
    — Paul in “All the Real Girls” (2003)
    — Mr. Brown in “Bright Star” (2009)

    Paul Schneider

  • Andy Griffith

    Born: Mount Airy, North Carolina (6/1/1926)
    – Died: 7/3/2012
    Known for:
    — Andy Taylor in “The Andy Griffith Show” (1960-1968)
    — Larry ‘Lonesome’ Rhodes in “A Face in the Crowd” (1957)
    — Old Joe in “Waitress” (2007)
    Andy Griffith
  • Sidney Blackmer

    Born: Salisbury, North Carolina (7/13/1895)
    – Died: 10/6/1973

    Known for:
    — Roman Castevet in “Rosemary’s Baby” (1968)
    — Seth Lord in “High Society” (1956)
    — Fernand Mondego in “The Count of Monte Cristo” (1934)

  • Burgess Jenkins

    Born: Winston-Salem, North Carolina (10/24/1973)

    Known for:
    — Ray Budds in “Remember the Titans” (2000)
    — Dr. Todd Lowry in “Chicago Med” (2021)
    — Beau in “Uncle Frank” (2020)

    Burgess Jenkins

  • Matthew Settle

    Born: Hickory, North Carolina (9/17/1969)

    Known for:
    — Jacob Wheeler in “Into the West” (2005)
    — Will Benson in “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer” (1998)
    — Larson in “U-571” (2000)

    Matthew Settle

  • George Grizzard

    Born: Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina (4/1/1928)
    – Died: 10/2/2007

    Known for:
    — John Bradley in “Flags of Our Fathers” (2006)
    — Ed Thompson in “Bachelor Party” (1984)
    — Senator Fred Van Ackerman in “Advise & Consent” (1962)

    George Grizzard

  • Jareb Dauplaise

    Born: North Carolina (3/18/1979)

    Known for:
    — Frat Guy in “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” (2009)
    — Nacho Libre in “Epic Movie” (2007)
    — Jareb in “Drillbit Taylor” (2008)

    Jareb Dauplaise

  • Robert Duncan McNeill

    Born: Raleigh, North Carolina (11/9/1964)

    Known for:
    — Kevin Corrigan in “Masters of the Universe” (1987)
    — Lt. Tom Paris in “Star Trek: Voyager” (1995-2001)
    — Producer in “The Battery” (1998)

    Robert Duncan McNeill

  • Ben Cook

    Born: Eden, North Carolina (12/11/1997)

    Known for:
    — Aaron Fisher in “Paterno” (2018)
    — Mouthpiece in “West Side Story” (2021)
    — Adam Turner in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2017)

    Ben Cook

  • Drew Starkey

    Born: Hickory, North Carolina (11/4/1993)

    Known for:
    — Garrett in “Love, Simon” (2018)
    — Cop 115 in “The Hate U Give” (2018)
    — Rafe in “Outer Banks” (2020-2021)

    Drew Starkey

  • Gregory Walcott

    Born: Wendell, North Carolina (1/13/1928)
    – Died: 3/20/2015

    Known for:
    — Jeff Trent in “Plan 9 from Outer Space” (1957)
    — Pope in “The Eiger Sanction” (1975)
    — Potential Backer in “Ed Wood” (1994)

    Gregory Walcott

  • Murray Hamilton

    Born: Washington, North Carolina (3/24/1923)
    – Died: 9/1/1986

    Known for:
    — Vaughn in “Jaws” (1975)
    — Mr. Robinson in “The Graduate” (1967)
    — Alphonse Paquette in “Anatomy of a Murder” (1959)

    Murray Hamilton

  • James McEachin

    Born: Rennert, North Carolina (5/20/1930)

    Known for:
    — Victor Milson in “2010: The Year We Make Contact” (1984)
    — Al Monte in “Play Misty for Me” (1971)
    — Det. Arthur Brown in “Fuzz” (1972)

    James McEachin

  • Geno Segers

    Born: Winston-Salem, North Carolina (11/28/1976)

    Known for:
    — Dwayne in “Perfect Harmony” (2019-2020)
    — Danny Trudeau in “Yellowstone” (2018)
    — Chayton Littlestone in “Banshee” (2014-2016)

    Geno Segers

  • Lee Norris

    Born: Greenville, North Carolina (9/25/1981)

    Known for:
    — Young Mike Mageau in “Zodiac” (2007)
    — Officer in “Gone Girl” (2014)
    — Marvin ‘Mouth’ McFadden in “One Tree Hill” (2003-2012)

    Lee Norris

  • Yusuf Gatewood

    Born: Hillsborough, North Carolina (9/12/1982)

    Known for:
    — Doug in “The Interpreter” (2005)
    — Howard in “Wonder Boys” (2000)
    — Vincent Griffith in “The Originals” (2014-2018)

    Yusuf Gatewood

  • Torrey B. Lawrence

    Born: Rocky Mount, North Carolina (3/18/1974)

    Known for:
    — Saloon Hardcase in “The Harder They Fall” (2021)
    — Joe in “Aquarium of the Dead” (2021)
    — Gabriel in “The Annunciation” (2018)Torrey B. Lawrence

     

  • Christian Jules Le Blanc

    Born: Fort Bragg, North Carolina (8/25/1958)

    Known for:
    — Patrolman Junior Abernathy in “In the Heat of the Night” (1988)
    — Michael Baldwin in “The Young and the Restless” (1991-2021)
    — Sheriff in “Perry Mason: The Case of the Killer Kiss” (1993)

    Christian Jules Le Blanc

  • Edwin Hodge

    Born: Onslow County, North Carolina (1/26/1985)

    Known for:
    — Dorian in “The Tomorrow War” (2021)
    — Basketball Teen #1 in “Big Momma’s House” (2000)
    — Bloody Stranger in “The Purge” (2013)

    Edwin Hodge

  • Brian Huskey

    Born: Charlotte, North Carolina (9/8/1968)

    Known for:
    — Leon West in “Veep” (2012-2019)
    — Victor Schmemmerhorn-Fish V in “Another Period” (2013-2018)
    — Regular Sized Rudy in “Bob’s Burgers” (2013-2021)

    Brian Huskey

  • Tequan Richmond

    Born: Burlington, North Carolina (10/30/1992)

    Known for:
    — Bryson Broyer in “Boomerang” (2019-2020)
    — Drew in “Everybody Hates Chris” (2005-2009)
    — T.J. Ashford in “General Hospital” (2012-2018)

    Tequan Richmond

  • Brandon W. Jones

    Born: Greensboro, North Carolina (5/7/1988)

    Known for:
    — Andrew Campbell in “Pretty Little Liars” (2013-2015)
    — Charlie Russell in “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2011-2012)
    — Liam in “Lie to Me” (2010-2011)

    Brandon W. Jones

  • Lachlan Watson

    Born: Raleigh, North Carolina (4/12/2001)

    Known for:
    — Theo Putnam in “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” (2018-2020)
    — Sasha in “Electric Easy” (2021)
    — Make-Up Department in “Passing” (2019)

    Lachlan Watson

  • Isaac Powell

    Born: Greensboro, North Carolina (12/30/1994)

    Known for:
    — Actor in “Cat Person”
    — Rhys in “Dear Evan Hansen” (2021)
    — Troy Lord in “American Horror Story” (2021)

    Isaac Powell