Famous People from Iowa

Can you name these famous Iowans based on a short clue?
Includes one fictional character in blue
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Last updated: January 8, 2020
First submittedOctober 4, 2012
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He starred as Frodo
Cedar Rapids
Elijah Wood
Dude, where's his car?
Cedar Rapids
Ashton Kutcher
President when the Great Depression started
West Branch
Herbert Hoover
Roseanne's ex-husband
Tom Arnold
"Moon River" singer
Wall Lake
Andy Williams
Cleveland Indians pitcher called "Bullet Bob" and "Rapid Robert"
Van Meter
Bob Feller
U.S. Vice President 1941-1945 who also pioneered hybrid corn
Henry A. Wallace
Rams quarterback who was NFL MVP in 1999 and 2001
Cedar Rapids
Kurt Warner
Truly gritty actor known as "The Duke"
John Wayne
"American Gothic" painter
Cedar Rapids
Grant Wood
"It's a Wonderful Life" actress and ideal 1950s housewife
Donna Reed
Newspaper advice columnist, birth name Eppie Lederer
Sioux City
Ann Landers
"Green Revolution" scientist credited with saving hundreds
of millions from starvation
Norman Borlaug
Star Fleet captain
James T. Kirk
Level 54
Oct 4, 2012
Didn't do very well on this quiz. Was wondering if you can change or accept the actors name for Star Fleet Captain as well or instead of the charater name as that was a little frustrating. Thanks
Level 57
Jul 28, 2015
which actor would you want accepted?
Level 83
Jul 30, 2018
You know that William Shatner was the actor on Star Trek, but don't know Captain Kirk? Then obviously you don't get the question right. Minor setback in life. Move on.
Level 82
Mar 26, 2019
Can't accept Shatner because he's Canadian, not Iowan.
Level 73
Oct 5, 2012
Iowan here too....however I think we could add some others to the list. Kurt Warner, Superbowl and League MVP....Zach Johnson, Masters Champion.....Ron Livingston, Office Space actor, just to name a few.
Level 71
Dec 11, 2012
Bix Beiderbecke; Glenn Miller; John Wayne; Grant Wood.
Level ∞
Feb 23, 2015
Thanks for the help. I added Kurt Warner, John Wayne, and Grant Wood. I would have added Glenn Miller but he didn't do much in Iowa except get born.
Level 73
May 11, 2015
Probably should take off either Grant or Elijah Wood. Shouldn't have both.
Level 77
May 12, 2014
Not a lot of fame from these 'famous' Iowans.
Level 81
Jul 28, 2015
Yeah this was one of the most challenging of these yet. And one of the most famous people on the quiz isn't even a real person.
Level 80
Jul 28, 2015
For Moon River, all I could think of was the original from the movie. :-(
Level 84
Apr 9, 2019
All I could think of was Fletch.
Level 78
Jul 28, 2015
Other possibilities - Lara Flynn Boyle, Mamie Eisenhower, the Ringling Brothers, Buffalo Bill Cody, George Reeves (Superman), Cloris Leachman, Jerry Mathers (the Beaver), and Meredith Willson (composer The Music Man.)
Level 50
Jul 28, 2015
Johnny Carson (Corning) and Glenn Miller (Clarinda) were both born in Iowa.
Level 63
Sep 13, 2015
Great quiz. I think Norman Borlaug is the most significant (and underappreciated) of these people, but a lot of great names.
Level 79
Nov 27, 2015
No Bill Bryson? (He's the only Iowan I can actually name...)
Level 21
Jul 13, 2017
Iowa without Everly Brothers is not Iowa
Level 84
Dec 12, 2018
It would have been easier to guess Borlaug if you had his picture at the top :)
Level 82
Mar 26, 2019
Would it? I don't think he has a particularly famous face.
Level 82
Mar 26, 2019
I knew who the one fictional person would be before I started looking at the clues. The non-fictional ones were harder.
Level 74
Jan 18, 2020
Could add Slipknot or one of several of the members from Iowa.
Level 71
Oct 9, 2020
Agreed, Corey Taylor would be a great addition.
Level 72
Feb 20, 2021
I got only got 1/14... (the third one). I had thought Truman was Vice President from 1941 to 1945.