This year the obvious critic pick for "Best Local Actor with a National Platform" seemed to be Jack McBrayer, originally from Macon, who steals virtually his every scene on NBC's Emmy-winning sitcom "30 Rock." Plus, McBrayer plays a Georgian -- albeit a hilariously stereotypical one -- so he won extra points. A couple of months ago, when I was trying to narrow it down, I solicited suggestions of local actors on the national stage from the Atlanta Theatre Mailing List group, and received a great many suggestions. The term "local" is pretty loose, encompassing virtually all of Georgia and including actors who spent most, but not all, of their childhood here. A list follows the jump: if you can think of more who belong on the list, or would like to suggest that some be stuck, please offer suggestions:
Keenan Thompson (SNL, Fat Albert)
Briam Baumgartner ("The Office")
Wayne Knight ("Seinfeld")
Jeff Daniels (Athens)
The above list includes some filmmakers and deceased people, and does not include many Broadway actors with Atlanta roots, like Young Frankenstein's Shuler Hensley. Some great actors with Atlanta connections never lived here long enough to qualify as "local." Jennifer Garner, for instance, interned at Georgia Shakespeare in 1994, but that probably doesn't "count."
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