Photos: Ten most popular Denver natives on Internet Movie Database

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If you're like us, you love the Internet Movie Database, arguably the most comprehensive online treasure trove of info about movies, TV shows and the people in them. Among the gazillion things you can do on IMDB is search folks by where they're from. When we tried this with Mile High City natives, we triggered a "Most Popular People Born In 'Denver/Colorado/USA'" list. And what an unusual roster it is. Odds are good either you won't have realized some members of the top ten were Denverites or you haven't heard of them at all. Continue to see what we mean. Number 10: Shannon Lucio Actress: Spring Break Shark Attack, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Date of birth: 25 June 1980, Denver, Colorado, USA

Shannon spent her childhood concentrating on her studies, playing basketball and pursuing her Olympic dreams in track and field. She developed a passion for performing during an acting class her senior year in high school. Upon acceptance to the acclaimed University of Southern California School of Theatre, Shannon packed her belongings and moved to the west coast to further her studies and training....

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Number 9: Jan-Michael Vincent Actor: Buffalo '66, White Line Fever Date of Birth: 15 July 1944, Denver, Colorado, USA

Virile, handsome and square-jawed youthful star of the 1970s and 1980s whose early potential at super-stardom fizzled out. Jan-Michael Vincent originally made a name for himself portraying rebellious young men bucking the system, as in Tribes (1970) (TV), White Line Fever (1975) and Baby Blue Marine (1976) or as a man of action on either side of the law, as in The Mechanic (1972), Vigilante Force (1976) and "The Winds of War" (1983)....

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Continue to keep counting down the ten most popular Denver natives on Internet Movie Database. Number 8: Hanna Hall Actress: Forrest Gump Date of birth: July 9, 1984 in Denver, Colorado, USA

Trivia: Hanna went to the Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale, Colorado, where she graduated in 2002....

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Number 7: Kristin Cavallari Self: Laguna Beach Date of birth: 5 January 1987, Denver, Colorado, USA

Lived with her parents in Colorado, until her parents divorced. Her dad moved to Laguna Beach, California with her brother, and she moved to Illinois with her mother. She also has a stepfather and stepbrother there. She acted out while there to get attention and, after her mother couldn't handle it anymore, Kristin moved to Laguna Beach to be with her dad and brother. Her freshman year, she attended a Catholic school with the uniforms to boot. But that year, she took Driver's Ed at Laguna High.. where she met Alex Murrel (aka Alex M.) and soon the rest of the "Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County" (2004) crew. She convinced her Dad to let her switch to the public school starting her sophomore year....

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Continue to keep counting down the ten most popular Denver natives on Internet Movie Database. Number 6: Frank Welker Voice actor: Aladdin, A Pup Named Scooby Doo Date of birth: 12 March 1946, Denver, Colorado, USA

Referred to in Hollywood as a voice god....

Provided the voice for eight of the original 14 Decepticons in "The Transformers" (1984) cartoon: Megatron, Soundwave, Skywarp, Laserbeak, Rumble, Frenzy, Ravage and Buzzsaw. He voiced two of the original Autobots as well: Trailbreaker and Mirage, as well as one of the Dinobots (Sludge) that also appeared in the first season....

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Number 5: Kristen Renton Actress: Days of Our Lives, Sons of Anarchy Date of birth: 14 September 1982, Denver, Colorado, USA

Born in Denver, Colorado and raised in Florida, Kristen was considered a tomboy growing, spending most of her time playing outdoor sports. Her family was excited when she decided to follow in her older sister's footsteps to do modeling as an extracurricular activity. A week short of her 16th birthday, Kristen attended a "cattle call" of over 350 kids. She was one of only three of the attendees who were asked to come to Los Angeles and try her hand at acting. Soon after relocating to Los Angeles, Kristen found success quickly, while also teaching herself the remainder of her high school curriculum and graduating with honors....

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Continue to keep counting down the ten most popular Denver natives on Internet Movie Database. Number 4: Tim Allen Actor: Home Improvement, The Santa Clause Date of birth: 13 June 1953, Denver, Colorado, USA

Timothy Allen Dick was born on June 13, 1953, in Denver, Colorado, USA. His father was Gerald Dick, a real-estate salesman who was killed in a collision with a drunk driver while driving his family home from a University of Colorado football game when Tim was 11-years-old. His mother was Martha Dick (aka Marty Dick), a community-service worker who remarried her high-school sweetheart, an Episcopalian deacon, two years after Tim's father's death. Tim also has a total of eight siblings....

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Number 3: T.J. Miller Actor: Cloverfield, She's Out of My League Date of birth: 4 June 1981, Denver, Colorado, USA

A comedian. Improvisation, Sketch and Stand-up varieties of comedy are his forte.

Originally from Denver, Colorado, where he did comedy for about 4 years before moving to Chicago. TJ miller has appeared on PBS on the show The Standard Deviants, and in various DVDs and school educational programs. He has done voice over for Old Style, Second City Las Vegas and The Chicago Historical Society....

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Continue to keep counting down the ten most popular Denver natives on Internet Movie Database. Number 2: David Fincher Director: Fight Club, The Social Network Date of birth: 28 August 1962, Denver, Colorado, USA

David Fincher was born in 1962 in Denver, Colorado, and was raised in Marin County, California. When he was 18 years old he went to work for John Korty at Korty Films in Mill Valley. He subsequently worked at ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) from 1981-1983. Fincher left ILM to direct TV commercials and music videos after signing with N. Lee Lacy in Hollywood....

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Number 1: AnnaSophia Robb Actress: Bridge to Terabithia, The Carrie Diaries Date of birth: 8 December 1993, Denver, Colorado, USA

AnnaSophia began her career on a church stage in front of 500 people in Colorado, USA.

She made her movie debut playing Anna in the Christie Eckert movie "Daddy's Day". Then there's the just-completed television guest-starring role for Nickelodeon, where she plays Liza in "Drake & Josh" (2004)....

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