Top 10 actors you didn't know were from Indiana 

Starring in everything from Star Wars to Breaking Bad

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James Dean

Born in Marion and raised on a farm in Fairmount, this Hoosier is a silver screen legend. Before dying at the tender age of 24, he starred in three of the greatest films ever made — East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause and Giant. Dean was the first actor to receive a posthumous Academy Award nomination.


Adam Driver

Driver grew up in Mishawaka, acting in high school and later attending the University of Indianapolis. Now you know him as the latest villain in the Star Wars series — and the most tragic member of the Dark Side since Darth Vader.

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Jenna Fischer

Born in Fort Wayne, you know her as Pam from The Office. She's also starred in a few solid films, including Blades of Glory, Walk Hard, Solitary Man and Hall Pass.


Brendan Fraser

Probably best known for the Mummy movies, this Indy-born actor has been in a bunch of high-profile films, including Gods and Monsters and Crash, which won the 2005 Oscar for Best Picture. And later this year he will be in Behind the Curtain of Night.

Doug Jones

An Indianapolis native and a Ball State grad, Jones is usually caked in creature makeup and known for his roles in Guillermo Del Toro's Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth. He was also in Crimson Peak.

Greg Kinnear

Born in Logansport, Kinnear is one of our finest actors — an underrated one, really. He's delivered memorable performances in a slew of terrific films, including As Good as It Gets, You've Got Mail, Nurse Betty, The Matador and Little Miss Sunshine.

Steve McQueen

Born in Beech Grove, McQueen overcame a troubled youth spent in reform schools and turned into THE matinee idol of the '60s. His filmography is an embarrassment of riches — The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, The Thomas Crown Affair, Bullitt, the list goes on.

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Dean Norris

You would recognize this guy as Walter White's abrasive brother-in-law in Breaking Bad. The South Bend native also appears in Terminator 2, Little Miss Sunshine and The Counselor, to name a few fantastic films.


Betsy Palmer

This is probably a bigger deal to hardcore horror fanatics, but this lady played Jason Voorhees' mother in the original Friday the 13th. And if you're a true horror fan, you know that she is the real villain of that classic horror flick.


Sydney Pollack

Born in Lafayette, Pollack is known more for his powerful directorial efforts, including such classics as The Way We Were, Tootsie, Absence of Malice and Out of Africa. But he also turned in great performances in films like Husbands and Wives, Michael Clayton and Stanley Kubrick's swan song Eyes Wide Shut.

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