Over the years, we've measured Colorado fame in a number of ways.
Popular posts include one focusing on ten of Colorado's most famous actors...and Kristin Cavallari, as well as the top ten celebrity Denver Broncos fans and even the ten most notable people to die in Colorado.
But who's the single most famous actor or actress from our fair state right now?
USA Today set out to find the answer to that question for Colorado and the 49 other states "based on a weighted average of an actor's Wikipedia pageviews from February 20 to March 20, the number of awards they have been nominated for, and the total number of IMDb reviews of the movies and TV shows they've been in."
We were definitely surprised by a lot of the answers. Note that the most famous actor from Vermont will likely go unrecognized by anyone under age sixty — and you may have to look twice at Wyoming's biggest star, given his low profile in the years since his most popular show has been off the air.
Below, see the photo-illustrated answers for twelve states, including Colorado, complete with the winner's birthplace and the "actor score" according to USA Today. (Only one person landed a perfect 100.) To see the complete post, click here.
Birthplace: Emmett, Idaho
Birthplace: Fayetteville, North Carolina
Birthplace: Grant's Pass, Oregon
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee
Neil Patrick Harris
Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi
Continue to learn about the most famous people in six more states, including Colorado.
Robert De Niro
Birthplace: New York, New York
Birthplace: Crowheart, Wyoming
Birthplace: Smyrna, Georgia
Birthplace: Burlington, Vermont
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado
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