Everyone knows Philadelphia cranks out musicians like a Ford factory. What many don’t know is how many famous Hollywood actors are from Philadelphia. Our focus in this list are actors whose only or primary occupation is acting. We’re also not including those who are now actors only but who started out in other genres like music or where acting is second to their other craft. So, before we begin, we give honorable mention to Will Smith, Jill Scott and Eve.
On to our list, shall we?
This native of Roxborough has had quite the career since growing up in Philadelphia. You might know her from NYPD Blue, CSI: Miami, Law & Order: SVU, Army Wives, The O.C…. the list goes on and on.
Look for her in the upcoming God Bless The Broken Road.
Seth Green makes our list because you know him even if you don’t. Hailing from Overbrook Park, Seth is the voice behind a number of characters including Family Guy’s Chris Griffin, King Kong in The LEGO Batman Movie and Howard the Duck in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
If video games are your thing, Seth can be heard voicing Jeff ‘Joker’ Moreau in Mass Effect 2, Poindexter in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Leonardo for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Portal Power.
On screen, you can catch him in Broad City as Jared, Linus in an episode of Castle was well as an appearance on Entourage.
Anyone who hasn’t heard of Richard Gere doesn’t watch movies. Gere’s resume dates back to the 1970’s. Who doesn’t remember Shall We Dance, The Jackal, and First Knight. And of course, An Officer and a Gentleman and Pretty Woman.
He’s also won a slew of awards including:
- 2003 Golden Globe – Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical: Chicago
- 2013 Brasov International Film Festival & Market – Best Lead Actor: Arbitrage
- 2012 Hollywood Film Awards – Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2008 Film Independent Spirit Awards – Robert Altman Award: I’m Not There
- 2007 Hollywood Film Awards – Actor of the Year
- 2005 Teen Choice Awards – Teen Choice Award, Choice Movie Dance Scene: Shall We Dance
- 2003 Teen Choice Awards – Teen Choice Award, Choice Movie Villain: Chicago
- 2003 AARP Movies for Grownups Award – Best Breakaway Performance: Chicago
Fun fact: Gere’s ancestry goes back to the Mayflower on both sides.
Who doesn’t know Kevin Bacon? In case you’re one of the few who hasn’t heard of him, he has a resume spanning almost 40 years. From Animal House to The Following, we could use this entire post to list his achievements. Instead, here are just some of the awards Kevin Bacon has received:
- 2015 Seattle International Film Festival – Career Achievement in Acting Award
- 2013 Saturn Award – Best Actor on Television: The Following
- 2010 Golden Globe – Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television: Taking Chance
- 2001 Blockbuster Entertainment Award – Favorite Actor, Science Fiction: Hollow Man
- 1996 Screen Actors Guild Award – Outstanding Performance by a Cast: Apollo 13
Finally, we get to our #1 actor. He’s so popular, you probably already know he’s from Philly.
Kevin Hart is a Philadelphia favorite son. This isn’t just talk. Philadelphia City Council made July 6 (his birthday) “Kevin Hart Day”. Aside from being the highest-paid comedian (unseating Jerry Seinfeld), he has acted in more than 40 movies and sells out stadiums across the planet. Not bad for a kid from North Philly. Not bad at all.
Take a ride up Broad Street. Get off at Erie Avenue and walk a half-block over to Germantown Ave. There on the side of Max’ Steaks, Kevin Hart has been immortalized on a mural – one of many across the City.
YouTube video by Nicholas Bergmann
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