Famous Illinois People

A listing of celebrites who were born in the state of Illinois
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1.
Margaret Judson
Actress, Bornless Ones
Margaret Judson can be seen regularly on "The Newsroom" (2012), an HBO drama. It's the brain-child of Academy Award-winner Aaron Sorkin and produced by Scott Rudin, Alan Poul and Greg Mottola. Margaret was hand-picked by Aaron Sorkin to leave cable news at MSNBC and move into the role of "Tess Westin"...
“ Arlington Heights
1985 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
2.
“ Belleville
December 17 1979 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
3.
Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford was born on July 13, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois, to Dorothy (Nidelman), a radio actress, and Christopher Ford (born John William Ford), an actor turned advertising executive. His father was of Irish and German ancestry, while his maternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Minsk, Belarus...
“ Chicago
July 13 1942 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
4.
“ Chicago
October 27 1947 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
5.
Robin Williams
Robin McLaurin Williams was born on Saturday, July 21st, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, a great-great-grandson of Mississippi Governor and Senator, Anselm J. McLaurin. His mother, Laurie McLaurin (née Janin), was a former model from Mississippi, and his father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams, was a Ford Motor Company executive from Indiana...
“ Chicago
July 21 1951 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
6.
Mr. T
Actor, The A-Team
Mr. T was born Laurence Tureaud on 21 May 1952, in the rough south side ghetto of Chicago. He is the second to youngest of twelve children (he has four sisters and seven brothers) and grew up in the housing projects. His father, Nathaniel Tureaud, left when Laurence was 5, and his mother raised the family on $87 a month welfare in a three-room apartment...
“ Chicago
May 21 1952 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
7.
Mandy Patinkin
Actor, Homeland
Mandy Patinkin was born Mandel Bruce Patinkin in Chicago, Illinois, to Doris "Doralee" (Sinton), a homemaker and cookbook writer, and Lester Patinkin, who operated two scrap metal plants. He is of Russian Jewish and Latvian Jewish descent. Growing up, he began singing in synagogue choirs at the age of 13-14 and still continues to use his fantastic voice in musicals and in recordings...
“ Chicago
November 30 1952 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
8.
James Belushi
James Adam Belushi was born June 15, 1954, in Chicago, to Agnes Demetri (Samaras) and Adam Anastos Belushi, a restaurant owner. His father was an Albanian immigrant, from Qytezë, and his mother was also of Albanian descent. The third of four children - his brother was John Belushi - he grew up in Wheaton...
“ Chicago
June 15 1954 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
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“ Chicago
September 23 1961 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
10.
“ Chicago
February 27 1962 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
11.
Jennifer Beals
Actress, The L Word
Jennifer Beals was born in December 1963 in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in the city. With a life-long desire for acting, Beals first appeared in small high school plays and even got an uncredited bit part in My Bodyguard in 1980. After graduation, she enrolled in college at Yale University, studying American literature...
“ Chicago
December 19 1963 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
12.
“ Chicago
January 17 1964 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
13.
John C. Reilly
Character actor, dramatic leading man, or hilarious comic foil? With an astonishing range of roles already under his belt, John C. Reilly has played an eclectic host of rich characters to great effect over the years, from seedy ne'er-do-wells, to lovable, good-natured schlepps. The fifth of six children...
“ Chicago
May 24 1965 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
14.
Jami Gertz
Actress, Twister
“ Chicago
October 28 1965 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
15.
“ Chicago
April 9 1968 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
16.
Gillian Anderson
Actress, The X-Files
Gillian Anderson was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Rosemary Alyce (Lane), a computer analyst, and Homer Edward Anderson III, who owned a film post-production company. She has English, German, and Irish ancestry. Gillian started her career as a member of an amateur actor group while at high school. In 1987...
“ Chicago
August 9 1968 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
17.
Terrence Howard
Actor, Iron Man
Terrence Howard was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Anita Jeanine Williams (née Hawkins) and Tyrone Howard. He was raised in Cleveland, Ohio. His love for acting came naturally, through summers spent with his great-grandmother, New York stage actress Minnie Gentry. He later began his acting career after being discovered on a New York City street by a casting director...
“ Chicago
March 11 1969 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
18.
Common
First known as a rapper who became one of the more prominent voices in hip-hop's new millennium renaissance, Common later transitioned into acting. He was born in Chicago, and is the son of educator Dr. Mahalia Ann Hines and Lonnie Lynn, an ABA basketball player turned youth counselor. On October 6...
“ Chicago
March 13 1972 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
19.
Robin Tunney
Actress, The Mentalist
Robin Tunney studied acting at the Chicago Academy for the Arts, spending her summer performing in such plays as "Bus Stop" and "Agnes of God". She moved to Los Angeles at the age of eighteen and shortly landed roles in such television shows as Life Goes On, Class of '96 (recurring), Law & Order...
“ Chicago
June 19 1972 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
20.
Jenny McCarthy
Self, The View
One of four sisters, Jenny McCarthy was born in Evergreen Park, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, the second oldest daughter of Linda (Loheit), a courtroom custodian, and Daniel McCarthy, a steel mill foreman. She has Irish (father) and Croatian, German, and Polish (mother) ancestry. She was educated at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School...
“ Chicago
November 1 1972 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
21.
Sendhil Ramamurthy
Actor, Heroes
Sendhil Ramamurthy (born May 17, 1974) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as geneticist Mohinder Suresh in the NBC sci-fi drama Heroes and Jai Wilcox in the action spy series Covert Affairs. He appeared as Abhay in the Indian film Shor in the City. He played Gabriel Lowen in The CW sci-fi romance series Beauty & the Beast...
“ Chicago
May 17 1974 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
22.
Michael Peña
Peña was born and raised in Chicago, to Nicolasa, a social worker, and Eleuterio Peña, who worked at a button factory. His parents were originally from Mexico, his mother from Charcas in San Luis Potosí and his father from Villa Purificación in Jalisco. After graduating from high school, he went to an open casting call for the Peter Bogdanovich feature To Sir, with Love II...
“ Chicago
January 13 1976 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
23.
Nadine Velazquez
Actress, Flight
Nadine Velazquez stars in History's new scripted drama, SIX, as 'Jackie Ortiz", a strong wife of a Navy Seal who holds the Ortiz family together. Known for her role as 'Sophia' on FXX's THE LEAGUE, which ended its successful seven year run in 2015 and as 'Catalina', the sexy hotel maid/stripper with a heart of gold...
“ Chicago
November 20 1978 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
24.
“ Chicago
March 10 1979 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
25.
Jennifer Morrison
Jennifer Marie Morrison was born in Chicago, Illinois, the oldest child of teachers David and Judy Morrison. She was raised in Arlington Heights, IL, with a younger sister and brother. She attended the same school her parents taught at, Prospect High School. As a child, she did some work as a model...
“ Chicago
April 12 1979 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
26.
Ben Savage
Bennett "Ben" Joseph Savage was born on September 13th, 1980, in Chicago, Illinois. Ben got his start in acting when he appeared in his first commercial at the tender age of 5. From there, his first major speaking role was in the comedy series, Dear John, opposite Judd Hirsch and fellow Chicago-native...
“ Chicago
September 13 1980 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
27.
Anna Chlumsky
Actress, Veep
“ Chicago
December 3 1980 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
28.
Jennifer Hudson
Actress, Dreamgirls
Jennifer Hudson is a Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Academy Award-winning actress and best-selling author. Bright and booming talent Hudson is a perfect example of how NOT winning the title of American Idol can actually be a boon to your career and not necessarily the end of a childhood dream...
“ Chicago
September 12 1981 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
29.
Jane Lynch
Actress, Glee
“ Dolton
July 14 1960 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
30.
“ Evanston
February 21 1953 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
31.
Elizabeth McGovern
Daughter of a law professor at Northwestern University, she moved with her family to Los Angeles when he transferred to the University of California at Los Angeles (U.C.L.A.). She began acting in school plays at North Hollywood High, graduated from The Oakwood School and then continued her stage training...
“ Evanston
July 18 1961 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
32.
“ Evanston
April 18 1971 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
33.
Daniel Sunjata
Daniel Sunjata (born Daniel Sunjata Condon on December 30, 1971) is an American actor who performs in film, television and theater. He is best known for his role as "Franco Rivera" in the FX television series, Rescue Me. Sunjata also starred as "Paul Briggs" in USA Network's series, Graceland...
“ Evanston
December 30 1971 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
34.
“ Evanston
January 14 1982 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
35.
Nelsan Ellis
Actor, True Blood
Nelsan Ellis was an award-winning American film and television actor and playwright, perhaps best known as Lafayette Reynolds on HBO's True Blood. Ellis was born on November 30, 1977, in Harvey, Illinois. Following his parents' divorce, Ellis and his mother moved to Alabama. He moved back to Illinois as a teenager...
“ Harvey
November 30 1977/1978 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
36.
Keke Palmer
Actress, Grease Live!
Keke Palmer was born Lauren Keyana Palmer in Robbins, Illinois--a small town 20 miles south of Chicago-- to Sharon and Larry Palmer, both former actors. Palmer showed vocal promise as a five-year-old, when she belted out "Jesus Loves Me" in her church choir. A year later the singer-actress had a solo in her kindergarten play but...
“ Harvey
August 26 1993 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
37.
Anthony Rapp
Anthony Rapp started his career at the age of six, and received his first professional job at the age of nine. His breakout came when he originated the role of "Mark Cohen" in Jonathan Larson's production of the Broadway musical "Rent". He can be heard on the original cast recording.
“ Joliet
October 26 1971 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
38.
“ Joliet
November 11 1972 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
39.
Kristin Dattilo
Dattilo took time off acting to be a mother. It was while waiting to give birth to her second daughter that she discovered writing. Dattilo is in development writing both television and feature projects but will always call acting her first love.
“ Kankakee
1970 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
40.
“ Kankakee
July 29 1971 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
41.
Marlee Matlin
Marlee Beth Matlin was in Morton Grove, Illinois, to Libby (Hammer) and Donald Matlin, an automobile dealer. She has two older brothers. Her family is of Russian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent. Marlee lost much of her hearing at the age of eighteen months. That did not stop her from acting in a children's...
“ Morton Grove
August 24 1965 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
42.
Jayne Brook
Actress, Gattaca
“ Northbrook
September 16 1960 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
43.
Betty White
Betty White was born in Oak Park, Illinois, to Christine Tess (Cachikis), a homemaker, and Horace Logan White, a lighting company executive. She is of Danish, Greek, English, and Welsh descent. Although best known as the devious Sue Ann Nivens on the classic sitcom Mary Tyler Moore and the ditzy Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls...
“ Oak Park
January 17 1922 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
44.
“ Oak Park
September 5 1929 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
45.
Hannah Storm
Award-winning journalist, producer and director Hannah Storm is a pioneer in the field of sports broadcasting for women, a published author, an advocate for children suffering from debilitating vascular birthmarks, and most importantly, a mother of three. She joined ESPN in 2008 and now serves as an anchor and host for prime time specials...
“ Oak Park
June 13 1962 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
46.
Busy Philipps
Actress, Cougar Town
Busy was born Elizabeth Jean Phillips in Illinois, US. She became interested in acting when she was in fourth grade and was always starring in school productions. In the summer, she would attend theater camp. She is more commonly known as a television actress, getting her first break on Freaks and Geeks...
“ Oak Park
June 25 1979 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
47.
Melissa McCarthy
Actress, Gilmore Girls
Melissa McCarthy was born in Plainfield, Illinois, to Sandra and Michael McCarthy, a farmer. McCarthy began her performing career as a stand-up comedian in New York where she appeared at the famous clubs, Stand Up New York and The Improv. She worked on her acting skills at The Actors Studio and appeared in many stage productions in the city before moving to Los Angeles in the late-1990s...
“ Plainfield
August 26 1970 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
48.
Ginger Lynn
Born in Rockford, Illinois, on December 14, 1962, Ginger Lynn Allen went to California in 1982 to visit her ill grandfather. She decided to stay and found employment as a manager at a Musicland record store in Redlands. She had lived in a trailer in one of the worst parts of the city for almost a year when she answered an ad for figure models...
“ Rockford
December 14 1962 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
49.
“ Rockford
March 26 1974 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
50.
Michelle Williams
(Tenetria) Michelle Williams was born on July 24, 1980 in Rockford, Illinois. When she was a child, she never imagined being in one of the most successful female groups in the country. When she was seventeen, she had a friend who was playing the keyboard for famous R&B star Monica so, of course...
“ Rockford
July 24 1980 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
51.
“ Skokie
April 28 1956 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
52.
Jessy Schram
Actress, Unstoppable
Jessy Schram has been a natural performer since early childhood. At the age of 10, her "intangible star quality" was recognized by the Stewart Talent Agency in Chicago, which signed her as both an actress and fashion model. She immediately established herself as one of Chicago's most successful child models by booking numerous commercials, print campaigns, voice-overs, and television work...
“ Skokie
January 15 1986 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
53.
Erin Heatherton
Erin Heatherton was born and grew up in Skokie, Illinois, the daughter of Laura (Stein) and Mark Bubley. She attended both Solomon Schechter (a Jewish day school) and Riles High School. She didn't fit well in her high school because of her tallness. Heatherton was discovered vacationing on South Beach...
“ Skokie
March 4 1989 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
54.
Jennie Garth
Jennifer Eve Garth was born on April 3rd, 1972 in Urbana, Illionis, USA to John and Carolyn Garth, who both had 3 children each from different marriages, before they had Jennie. She grew up on a 25-acre horse ranch outside Urbana, Illinois with her 6 older siblings: Johnny, Chuck, Lisa, Cammie, Wendy and Lynn...
“ Urbana
April 3 1972 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
55.
Bill Murray
Bill Murray is an American actor, comedian, and writer. The fifth of nine children, he was born William James Murray in Wilmette, Illinois, to Lucille (Collins), a mailroom clerk, and Edward Joseph Murray II, who sold lumber. He is of Irish descent. Among his siblings are actors Brian Doyle-Murray, Joel Murray...
“ Wilmette
September 21 1950 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
56.
Joel Murray
Joel is a versatile writer-director-actor. The youngest of the nine Murrays is a veteran of over 250 sit-com episodes. He has been a series regular on the comedies Grand, Pacific Station, Love and War, Dharma and Greg and Still Standing. He has also recurred on the series Mike and Molly, My Boys and Two and a Half Men...
“ Wilmette
April 17 1963 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
57.
Pete Wentz
Soundtrack, Big Hero 6
Pete Wentz, the bassist and primary lyricist for the Chicago-based band Fall Out Boy, was born Peter Lewis Kingston Wentz III in Wilmette, Illinois. He is the son of Dale (Lewis), a high school admissions counselor, and Pete Wentz, an attorney. His grandfather, Arthur Winston Lewis, served as U.S...
“ Wilmette
June 5 1979 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
58.
Charlotte Ross
Actress, NYPD Blue
Born and raised in Winnetka, Illinois to Princeton and Harvard grads, it was expected that Charlotte Ross would follow in her parent's footsteps and continue in the field of education. However, falling in love with acting (and singing) in the tender years of her childhood, Charlotte had other plans in mind and decided at an early age she would follow the "Hollywood" route instead...
“ Winnetka
January 21 1968 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
59.
Chris O'Donnell
Christopher Eugene O'Donnell was born on June 26th, 1970 in Winnetka, Illinois, to Julie Ann (Rohs) and William Charles O'Donnell, Sr., who managed a CBS radio station, WBBM-AM. He is the youngest child in his family, with four sisters and two brothers. His father had Irish ancestry and his mother's lineage includes German, English, and Swiss...
“ Winnetka
June 26 1970 ” - yohmarit-143-626778
 
60.
“ Zion
June 26 1924 ” - yohmarit-143-626778