Actors from Wisconsin

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David Ackert
David Ackert has been an entrepreneur and business development mentor to service firms for nearly two decades. He is the president of the Ackert Advisory, which delivers business development consulting and technology solutions to lawyers and other service professionals worldwide. He is also the founder of Practice Boomers...
Don Ameche
Actor, Cocoon
Don Ameche was a versatile and popular American film actor in the 1930s and '40s, usually as the dapper, mustached leading man. He was also popular as a radio master of ceremonies during this time. As his film popularity waned in the 1950s, he continued working in theater and some TV. His film career...
Andrea Anders
Actress, Joey
1993 graduate of DeForest Area High School, in DeForest, Wisconsin. Attended the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, earning a bachelor degree of fine arts in 1997. From there, attended Rutgers University in New Jersey, earning a master of fine arts in 2001. After leaving Rutgers, headed to the New York area to work on her acting career...
Bonnie Bartlett
Actress, Twins
Bonnie Bartlett grew up in Moline, Illinois. Her father E.E. was a failed Shakespearean actor who became an insurance salesman. Her mother Carrie was a homemaker. At an early age, Bonnie became determined to fulfill her father's failed acting career. She went to Northwestern University to study acting...
Lamont Bentley
Actor, Moesha
A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Lamont Bentley moved to Los Angeles with his mother, an aspiring singer. His aptitude for comedy became apparent as he constantly made people laugh at his mother's auditions. It was then that he was encouraged to begin his own entertainment career. He began with commercials...
Brad Beyer
Actor, 42
Mark Borchardt
Mark Borchardt was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He started making films at the age of fourteen with a super-8 camera that he bought from a garage sale for $40. After serving three years in the military he continued his cinematic endeavors at the local university. In the mid-nineties he wrote...
Connie Clausen
Actress, The Doctors
Connie Clausen was an actress, author and literary agent. She was born in Menasha, Wisconsin and in her teens she moved with her family to Sarasota, Florida, then winter quarters of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. While walking down Sarasota's Main Street she was stopped by John Ringling North...
Willem Dafoe
Actor, Spider-Man
Willem Dafoe was born in Appleton, Wisconsin, to Muriel Isabel (Sprissler), a nurse, and Dr. William Alfred Dafoe, a surgeon. He is of German, French, English, Irish, and Scottish descent. In 1979, Dafoe was given a small role in Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate from which he was fired. His first feature role came shortly after in Kathryn Bigelow's The Loveless...
James Daly
Distinguished character player James Firman Daly first appeared on stage in his home town of Wisconsin Rapids in 1928. He was set on acting from an early age, strongly encouraged by his parents, though neither were in the profession - his father was in the fuel business and his mother at one time a CIA employee...
Ashton Dearholt
Ashton Dearholt worked with Universal on a number of melodramas during the 1910s but usually worked outside the studio system, producing a series of "Pinto Pete" westerns during the 1920s in which he starred himself. He occasionally acted under the name Richard Holt. Dearholt is best known to contemporary popular culture...
Chris Farley
Actor, Tommy Boy
Christopher Crosby Farley was born on February 15, 1964, in Madison, Wisconsin, to Mary Anne (Crosby) and Thomas Farley, who owned an oil company. Among his siblings are actors Kevin P. Farley and John Farley. He was of Irish heritage. Farley studied theatre and communications on Marquette University...
John Farley
John is the youngest brother of Chris Farley. He grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. His older brother, Kevin, also acts. Tom, the eldest of the boys, works in Madison as the head of the Chris Farley Foundation. His sister, Barb, is a pre-school teacher in Madison. John attended Portsmouth Abbey School in Portsmouth...
Kevin P. Farley
Kevin Farley (accomplished actor, writer, director) has truly established himself as a comedic presence both on the big screen and television. Kevin was born in Madison, Wisconsin, to Mary Anne (Crosby) and Thomas Farley, who owned an oil company. Among his siblings are actors John Farley and the late Chris Farley...
John Fiedler
Typical of busy character actors, Fiedler made his face (and voice) recognizable to millions. Many know the bald-pated Fiedler as therapy patient "Mr. Peterson" on The Bob Newhart Show; others might first recognize him for the 1968 movie, The Odd Couple, and spin-off TV show, The Odd Couple, or perhaps even from the Broadway play that preceded them...
Eduard Franz
Born Eduard Franz Schmidt in Milwaukee, WI, this stern-faced character actor had originally planned to be a commercial artist, but a stint with a local theatrical troupe set him on the road to an acting career. In 1925 he moved to New York City and joined up with a Greenwich Village theatrical group...
Kevin Gage
Actor, Heat
Heather Graham
Actress, The Hangover
Heather Joan Graham was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Joan (Bransfield), a schoolteacher and children's book author, and James Graham, an FBI agent. She and her sister, actress Aimee Graham, were raised by their strictly Catholic parents. They relocated often, as a result of their father's occupation...
Deidre Hall
Deidre Hall has emerged as one of America's most beloved actresses, who delighted her fans in August 1991, when she returned to NBC-TV's number one daytime program, Days of Our Lives. Hall created the role of "Dr. Marlena Evans" in 1976, a character whose popularity has created a furor and a fan following...
Hisonni Johnson
Cinematographer, Grayson: Earth One
Hisonni Johnson is a Writer, Director, Actor, Cinematographer and Creator. He earned a full academic scholarship to the prestigious University School of Milwaukee, a nationally renowned college preparatory high school. He further distinguished himself by receiving the Presidential Gold Seal for academics and athletics...
Jane Kaczmarek
Jane grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her mother, Evelyn, was a school teacher. Her father, Edward, is a former Defense Department employee. She is the oldest of four children. Her brothers, Jim & Bill, are a teacher and an entrepreneur respectively. Her sister, Mary, works for an Internet company. Jane was a theater major at the University of Wisconsin...
John Litel
Actor, Jezebel
John Litel's tough, no-nonsense demeanor on screen was not entirely due to his skill as an actor--when World War I broke out he enlisted in the French army, not wanting to wait until the US entered, and was twice decorated for bravery. Returning to the US after the war, he enrolled in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and toured with various stage companies...
Fredric March
Fredric March began a career in banking but in 1920 found himself cast as an extra in films being produced in New York. He starred on the Broadway stage first in 1926 and would return there between screen appearances later on. He won plaudits (and an Academy Award nomination) for his send-up of John Barrymore in The Royal Family of Broadway...