There are some prominent people who you probably already know are from Idaho. For example, we all know that Senator Mike Crapo hails from this great state, as Mike Crapo is one of Idaho’s senators. But some Idaho natives are more of a surprise. Here are 14 people who you might not have known were from Idaho.
- Sarah Palin
Most of us associate Sarah Palin with Alaska, as that’s where she served as governor. However, this former vice presidential candidate actually hails from Sandpoint.
- Gutzon Borglum
Maybe you don’t recognize the name, but you probably recognize this legendary sculptor’s greatest achievement, Mount Rushmore. Although his iconic sculpture is located in South Dakota, he was born in Idaho.
- Lou Dobbs
Before this accomplished journalist was working on CNN and Fox News, he was a resident of Rupert. While he was technically born in Texas, he relocated to the great state of Idaho at a very young age.
- Christina Hendricks
The stunning “Mad Men” star might have a fancy life in Hollywood now, but she got her start doing theater in her native Twin Falls. Although she’s a big star now, Christina Hendricks still occasionally comes back to visit her hometown.
- A. J. Feeley
The retired football legend might have played quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, but that definitely wasn’t his city of birth. He was born in Caldwell.
- Aaron Paul
Aaron Paul is considered one of the most talented actors working today. Before he was moving audiences on “Breaking Bad,” he was an Idaho resident. He was born and raised in Emmett.
- Rumer Willis
You might think that the famous daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore would have been raised in Hollywood, but you’d be incorrect. Wanting a normal life for their children, the formerly married Willis and Moore decided to raise their daughters in Hailey, where the family cultivated a reputation for being extremely down to earth and kind despite their massive fame.
- Nikki Sixx
While the Motley Crue rocker was technically born in California, his family moved to Jerome when he was young. This was where a teenage Nikki Sixx first learned to play guitar and developed a passion for rock music.
- Martha Raddatz
Martha Raddatz is one of the most trusted journalists in media. But before she was reporting for ABC News, she was a young aspiring journalist growing up in Idaho Falls.
- Lillian Disney
When we think of the Disney dynasty, we usually think of California and Florida. However, Walt Disney’s wife and lifelong partner was born in Spalding. Lillian was actually the person to come up with the name “Mickey Mouse.”
- Shea McClellin
You’d be incorrect if you assumed that the New England Patriots linebacker was from Boston. He was actually born and raised in Caldwell.
- Kristine Sutherland
Although she played a California native on “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” Kristine Sutherland was actually born and raised in Boise.
- Chaske Spencer
This “Twilight” star grew up all around Idaho, living on different Native American reservations in Lapwai, Kooskia and Lewiston.
- Lana Turner
The iconic Lana Turner will forever be associated with the golden age of Hollywood. While she may have spent her later years in California, she was born in the small town of Wallace.
We can’t wait to see what amazing and talented people will come out of the great state of Idaho in the generations to come.