Is This Celebrity The Most Famous Ocean County Native?
If you had to pick a single person from each of New Jersey's 21 counties to single out as the most famous, do you think it would be an easy task?
That's exactly what NJ.com did, and the results were really interesting.
Some were obvious, like Monmouth County (Bruce, duh), while others could be debated much deeper.
Like Essex County, for example. NJ.com picked Shaquille O'Neal, but noted that Jerry Lewis, Martha Stewart, and Joe Pesci were all area natives.
So, what about Ocean County?
The NJ.com staff went with actress Kirsten Dunst, who spent time in her childhood in both Point Pleasant and Brick.
They also gave a shout out to actress and 1994 Toms River High School North grad Piper Perabo.
While Kirsten Dunst and Piper Perabo may be more instantly recognizable to most people outside of Ocean County thanks to the nature of acting and having people literally look at your face for a living, I think we also have to throw Todd Frazier's name into the mix.
Todd has been famous for a pretty long time, first coming to wide attention as a member of the 1998 Toms River Little League World Series Championship team when he was only 12.
Although, to be fair, Kirsten Dunst's first big movie role was alongside Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in Interview with the Vampire when she was just 11.
Some other celebrities who made the list include Bruce Willis (Salem County), Meryl Streep (Somerset County), and of course Jon Bon Jovi (Middlesex County).
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