Colorado movie stars: Ten of the state's most famous actors...and Kristin Cavallari

Categories: Film and TV

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Pam Grier.
Colorado has starred in hundreds of movies -- and more recently, watched as filmmakers pass up the Centennial State for cheaper locales, even if their films are set here. (Thanks for nothing, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.) But lawmakers and industry folks have a plan to change that, a plan that could benefit from the support of homegrown movie stars like Pam Grier, who was a no-show at a film rally last week.

Here, we list ten of Colorado's most famous film folks.

Pam Grier
Born in North Carolina, Grier eventually landed in Denver thanks to her father's military career. She attended East High School and entered beauty contests to pay for tuition at Metro State. From there, she went on to kick lots of ass on screen -- as a deadly hairpin-wielding nurse in Coffy, as the leader of an all-girl prison rebellion in The Big Bird Cage, and as a castrating "black belt in bar stools" in Jackie Brown.

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Don Cheadle in Hotel Rwanda.
Don Cheadle
Cheadle is also a graduate of East High (class of 1982). His showbiz career started slowly; in the '80s, he had guest appearances on Night Court and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, in which he played Will Smith's friend, Ice Tray. He later rose to prominence with roles in Out of Sight, Traffic and Ocean's Eleven. In 2005, he was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of humanitarian Paul Rusesabagina in Hotel Rwanda.

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Amy Adams in Enchanted.
Amy Adams
Adams grew up in Castle Rock and graduated from Douglas County High School. For about a month afterward, she waited tables at the most famous of all breastaurants, Hooters -- a job that couldn't be more different from the role that launched her career, the manic pixie dream girl Giselle in the Disney movie Enchanted. Adams has had serious roles, too, including as Marky Mark's tough-talking girlfriend in The Fighter.

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