While you may be coming to Maryland to earn your fame and fortune, the majority of the Free State natives listed below took their talents elsewhere. The exceptions are marked with asterisks.
Actors/actresses Bess Armstrong, John Astin, John Wilkes Booth, Julie Bowen, Josh Charles, Charles Dutton, John Glover ("Smallville"), David Hasselhoff, Penny Johnson Jerald, Edward Norton, Jada Pinkett Smith, Michael Tucker (See )
Anthem writers Francis Scott Key*
Athletes Harold Baines, Leon Day, Juan Dixon, Jimmie Foxx, Steve Francis, Lefty Grove, Al Kaline, Sugar Ray Leonard, Vincent Pettway, Hasim Rahman, Cal Ripken Jr.*, Babe Ruth, Pam Shriver
Cartoonists Aaron McGruder ("Boondocks")
Filmmakers Barry Levinson, John Waters*
Journalists Russell Baker*, Frank DeFord, H.L. Mencken*, Charles Osgood
Musicians Eubie Blake, Toni Braxton, David Byrne (Talking Heads), Cab Calloway, John Doe (X), Philip Glass, Billie Holliday, Ric Ocasek (The Cars), opera diva Rosa Ponselle, Sisqo (Dru Hill) (See )