Who Are the Most Well-Known Massachusetts Celebrities in 2022?

Who Are the Most Well-Known Massachusetts Celebrities in 2022?
By Howard Gensler
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

Sure, Massachusetts residents love their Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins and soon will have Massachusetts sports betting to make that even more clear.

Massachusetts also has a lot of famous celebrities. Some of them are beloved, some of them less so.

BetMassachuetts.com decided to take a hyper-localized approach to see which celebrities raised in the state of Massachusetts have been discussed the most in the past year and came up with a Top 10. And it’s all men. Come on, Massachusetts, no love for Amy Poehler, Meghan Trainor or Emmy-winner Jennifer Coolidge?

Methodology: BetMassachussetts.com utilized a weighted system among AhRefs.com Keywords Explorer and Google Trends to look at the most searched Massachusetts celebrities over the past 12 months. Once finding the statistics, they were averaged to determine the Top 10. Massachusetts celebrity was defined as a person who resided in Massachusetts in their formative childhood and teenage for more than 10 years. Celebrity was broken down to include only actors/actresses, singer/songwriters, TV personalities, comedians, dancers, athletes and social media influencers.

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Affleck Leads the Celebrity List

It’s not something you would see on Massachusetts betting apps when they arrive in the state, but Numero Uno on the list is Ben Affleck, of Cambridge, who has been back in the celebrity news a lot lately due to his reunion with and marriage to Jennifer Lopez. The couple was a hot item 20 years ago when they bunked together while shooting a movie in Philadelphia. But then they parted ways and married and had families with others, until their stars re-aligned. Isn’t it great when soul mates find each other? Again. Affleck finished four spots ahead of his Cambridge buddy Matt Damon, whose personal life has had a lot less drama and who most recently has been seen selling crypto on television.

No. 2 is Boston’s Chris Evans, aka Captain America, most recently heard as the voice of Buzz Lightyear in “Lightyear,” and seen on Netflix as the bad guy in the big-budget adaptation of Mark Greaney’s “The Gray Man.”

Mark Wahlberg from Boston comes in at No. 3, surprisingly low since he seems to be everywhere always – three movies just this year, and in pre-production as “The Six Billion Dollar Man.” No, it’s not about his bank account. And when Wahlberg’s not on screen, he’s selling hamburgers. Sadly, there was no love for brother Donnie Wahlberg, who’s still married to Jenny McCarthy and stars in the very popular CBS hit, “Blue Bloods.” Are Bostonians mad because he plays a New York cop?

West Newbury’s John Cena is next at No. 4. The very busy actor/professional wrestler last seen in the HBO Max series, “Peacemaker,” is presently involved in seven movies due over the next two years. 

In spots six through ten, we have acerbic Canton comedian Bill Burr, Barstool Sports head bro Dave Portnoy from Swampscott, followed by Steve Carell from Acton and Boston’s John Krasinski – who also were alongside each other in “The Office.” Rounding out the Top 10 is comedian/filmmaker Bo Burnham, who hails from Hamilton.

Massachusetts: It’s not just for sports, leaf-peeping and Venezuelans seeking asylum.

Most Well-Known Massachusetts Celebrities in 2022

Weighted RankCelebrityHometown CitySearch Volume in Past Year
1Ben Affleck, actorCambridge1.2M
2Chris Evans, actorBoston1M
3Mark Wahlberg, actorBoston743K
4John Cena, wrestler/actorWest Newbury671K
5Matt Damon, actorCambridge612K
6Bill Burr, comedian/actorCanton542K
7Dave Portnoy, internet personalitySwampscott407K
8Steve Carrell, actorActon380K
9John Krasinski, actorBoston343K
10Bo Burham, comedian/filmmakerHamilton303K

Honorable Mentions: Actor Kurt Russell, Actress Amy Poehler, Actor Joe Keery, Actress Jennifer Coolidge, Actress Uma Thurman, Singer-Songwriter Meghan Trainor

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Howard Gensler
Journalist / Reporter

Howard Gensler is a veteran journalist covering the Massachusetts sports betting market for BetMassachusetts.com. Before his focus on U.S. sports betting, Howard worked at the Philadelphia Daily News, TV Guide and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Howard is also a founding editor of bettorsinsider.com.

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