Famous people are just normal folks who do extraordinary jobs, and they come from all walks of life across this great nation of ours. Some famous people even came from right here in the corridor. Here is a list of five famous Eastern Iowans (and one honorable mention).

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    Ashton Kutcher

    Everyone knows this guy. He may have famously gotten his start as the simple yet lovable Kelso on That 70's Show, but you may have seen one of his first roles as "employee at the Coralville Hy-Vee." Kutcher was born in Cedar Rapids, where his parents still reside. HELLO MR. AND MRS. Kutcher!!

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    Elijah Wood

    Does the name Frodo Baggins ring a bell?

    Get it...ring...anyway.

    Elijah Wood, who's been acting since he was a young Cedar Rapidian, got bit by the acting bug in elementary school right here in Iowa! Since then, Wood has filled out his acting resume with some great performances in film and television. Isn't that (wait for it) precious...


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    Ron Livingston

    For me, you can't get a movie that's more quotable than "Office Space":

    Looks like you've been missing a lot of work.
    I wouldn't say I've been missing it, Bob.

    The man behind many of those quotable lines, Ron Livingston, hails from The City of Five. His first acting roles were actually on stage at Theatre Cedar Rapids while attending Marion High School.

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    Grant Wood

    You might not know his name, but you certainly know his work. Grant Wood was an American artist born in Anamosa, Iowa. His family moved to Cedar Rapids when he was young. After graduating from Washington High School, Wood went on to create some of the most beloved pieces in art history, including a painting of an older couple in front of an Iowa farm house. That painting, American Gothic, is now on permanent display at the Art Institute of Chicago.

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    Brian Bell

    Even though he was raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, his birth certificate still says he was born in Iowa City, so that's good enough for me.

    Brian Bell is the long-time guitarist for the band Weezer and has crafted the guitar work for such greats at "Buddy Holly," "Undone: The Sweater Song," and "Say It Ain't So," as well as taking on multiple instruments during their live performances.

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    I just had to include this guy for the ladies.

    Jason Momoa, the hunky hunk of man hunk portraying the latest incarnation of Aquaman, was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, but spent most of his childhood in Norwalk, Iowa, a suburb of Des Moines.


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