Former and Current Wisconsin Residentsby joe_538 | created - 01 Nov 2013 | updated - 17 Feb 2017 | Public
Not just natives, but people who have called it home. Not counting all the athletes who retired here.
Honorable Mention: John and Charles Ringling, Curly Lambeau, "Billie" Frechette, the Davidson brothers, John Muir, General Bragg, Blatz, Miller, Pabst, Schlitz, Jim Gantner, and astronauts Dan Brandenstein, Mark C. Lee, Nathan J. Lindsay, and Jeffrey Williams.
You can't expect IMDB to have a listing for the man who invented the answering machine, can you?
2. Alan Ameche
Self | The NFL on CBS
Alan Ameche was born on June 1, 1933 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA as Lino Dante Ameche. He was married to Yvonne Molinaro. He died on August 8, 1988 in Houston, Texas, USA.
Him and Don Ameche both being from Kenosha, it's a good bet they were related.
3. 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 ...
Actress | Sex Drive
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 ...
6. Ken Anderson
Actor | Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia
Ken Anderson was born on March 6, 1976 in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, USA. He is an actor, known for Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia (2009), TNA Impact! Wrestling (2004) and The World's Greatest Wrestling Managers (2006). He has been married to Shawn Trebnick since January 9, 2008.
Actress | Romy and Michele's High School Reunion
Kristin grew up in Wisconsin playing sports, riding horses, and shooting guns. Her father was an avid horseman and gun collector and her mother a housewife involved in charities. Kristin moved to Los Angeles and began acting in 1994 after studying fine arts in St. Louis, Boston and New York. She ...
10. John Belushi
Actor | Saturday Night Live
John Belushi was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on January 24, 1949, 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. He grew up in Wheaton, where the family moved when he was ...
13. Rocky Bleier
Rocky Bleier was born on March 5, 1946 in Appleton, Wisconsin, USA as Robert Patrick Bleier. He is a writer, known for Fighting Back: The Story of Rocky Bleier (1980), Backstreet Justice (1994) and The NFL on NBC (1965). He has been married to Jan Gyurina since 1996. They have two children. He was ...
14. Peter Bonerz
Director | The Bob Newhart Show
Peter Bonerz was born on August 6, 1938 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA as Peter Baldwin Bonerz. He is a director and actor, known for The Bob Newhart Show (1972), Murphy Brown (1988) and Fuzz (1972). He has been married to Rosalind Di Trapani since December 13, 1963. They have two children.
17. Pamela Britton
Actress | D.O.A.
Pamela Britton was born Armilda Jane Owen in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her mother was Ethel Owen, a prominent stage, radio and early television actress. Pam first used Gloria Jane Owen as her stage name, but not wanting to trade on her mother's reputation, chose Pamela from a British book, and then ...
20. Jack Carson
Actor | Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
When Jack Carson arrived in Hollywood in 1937, he found work at RKO as an extra. His first major acting role came alongside Humphrey Bogart in the romantic comedy Stand-In (1937). After a few years, he developed into a popular character actor who would be seen in a large number of comedies, ...
26. Ellen Corby
Actress | The Waltons
Ellen Corby was born Ellen Hansen on June 3, 1911, in Racine, Wisconsin. She began her career as a bit player in the film Speed Limited (1935) in 1940. Ellen would not be seen on the big screen again until 1945 in Cornered (1945). In 1946, she appeared in 14 films, although mostly in small, minor ...
27. Ray Corrigan
Actor | The Painted Stallion
Ray Corrigan was a physical culturist and very good athlete. He began working in Hollywood, as a physical fitness trainer for movie stars. Bit parts in 1932 led to action roles in the Undersea Kingdom (1936) and The Leathernecks Have Landed (1936), the same year he began his role as Tucson Smith in...
28. Willem Dafoe
Actor | Spider-Man
Having made over one hundred films in his legendary career, Willem Dafoe is internationally respected for bringing versatility, boldness, and dare to some of the most iconic films of our time. His artistic curiosity in exploring the human condition leads him to projects all over the world, large ...
29. Jeffrey Dahmer
Self | Dateline NBC
One of the nation's most notorious serial killers, Jeffrey Dahmer was born and raised in Bath Township, Ohio, a middle-class suburb of Akron. Much has been made of his childhood tendencies - including cases of cruelty to animals - but to outward appearances, at least, he seemed to be a normal child...
33. Colleen Dewhurst
Actress | Anne of Green Gables
Tall, luminous and leonine, the legendary Colleen Dewhurst must go down as one of the theater's finest contemporary tragediennes of the late 1900s. With trademark dusky tones and a majestically careworn appearance, she possessed an inimitable down-to-earth fierceness that not only earned her the ...
34. Dustin Diamond
Actor | Saved by the Bell
Attended Zion Lutheran School in Anaheim, California. While in fifth grade, he portrayed 8th-grader Samuel "Screech" Powers in the television series Good Morning, Miss Bliss (1987), which evolved into Saved by the Bell (1989) and its various television movies and spin-offs. Also appeared in the ...
35. Charles Dierkop
Actor | The Sting
Charles Dierkop was born on September 11, 1936 in La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA as Charles Richard Dierkop. He is an actor, known for The Sting (1973), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984). He was previously married to Joan F. Addis.
36. Brian Donlevy
Actor | Beau Geste
It seems that Brian Donlevy started out life as colorfully as any character he ever played on the stage or screen. He lied about his age (he was actually 14) in 1916 so he could join the army. When Gen. John J. Pershing sent American troops to invade Mexico in pursuit of Pancho Villa--Mexican ...
37. Melvyn Douglas
Actor | Being There
Two-time Oscar-winner Melvyn Douglas was one of America's finest actors. In addition to his two Oscars, he also won a Tony Award and an Emmy. Douglas would enjoy cinema immortality if for no other reason than his being the man who made Greta Garbo laugh in Ernst Lubitsch's classic comedy Ninotchka ...
38. Dave Dudley
Soundtrack | Four Friends
Dave Dudley reigns supreme as the one and only king of trucker's country music. The tremendous success of his hit single "Six Days on the Road" in turn beget a whole new genre of country music. Other trucker's country songs Dave did are "Truck Drivin' Son of a Gun," "Trucker's Prayer," "Anything ...
39. Howie Epstein
Soundtrack | Band of the Hand
Howie Epstein was born on July 21, 1955 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA as Howard Norman Epstein. He is known for his work on Band of the Hand (1986), She's the One (1996) and Powwow Highway (1989). He died on February 23, 2003 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
41. 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 ...
44. John Fiedler
Actor | 12 Angry Men
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 (1972); others might first recognize him for the 1968 movie, The Odd Couple (1968), and spin-off TV show, The Odd ...
45. Lynn Fontanne
Actress | The Magnificent Yankee
Lynn Fontanne was born on December 6, 1887 in Woodford, Essex, England as Lillie Louise Fontanne. She was an actress, known for The Magnificent Yankee (1965), The Guardsman (1931) and The United States Steel Hour (1953). She was married to Alfred Lunt. She died on July 30, 1983 in Genesee Depot, ...
46. Harrison Ford
Actor | Raiders of the Lost Ark
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,...
Went to college in Ripon (I'm counting college time)
47. Zona Gale
Writer | When Strangers Meet
Writer Zona Gale was born in Portage, WI, on August 26, 1874. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1895. She had had an interest in writing from childhood (she printed and bound her first "book" herself at age seven) and after college she obtained work on various newspapers in ...
48. Ed Gein
Ed Gein and his elder brother Henry lived on a rural farm near Plainfield, WI. George Gein, his father, was a tanner and carpenter and was drunk most of the time. Augusta, Ed's domineering mother, was the real power of the house. She was a religious fanatic who constantly warned her sons about the ...
49. Heather Graham
Actress | Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
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 ...
50. E. Gary Gygax
E. Gary Gygax was born on July 27, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Ernest Gary Gygax. He was a producer, known for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Mystery (1981), Dungeons & Dragons (1983) and Futurama (1999). He was married to Gail Carpenter. He died on March 4, 2008 in Lake Geneva...
51. Deidre Hall
Actress | Days of Our Lives
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 (1965). Hall created the role of "Dr. Marlena Evans" in 1976, a character whose popularity has created a furor and a...
55. Howard Hawks
Director | Rio Bravo
What do the classic films Scarface (1932), Twentieth Century (1934), Bringing Up Baby (1938), Only Angels Have Wings (1939), His Girl Friday (1940), Sergeant York (1941), To Have and Have Not (1944), The Big Sleep (1946), Red River (1948) Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and Rio Bravo (1959) have in...
57. Woody Herman
Soundtrack | Pearl Harbor
Legendary clarinetist, composer ("At the Woodchoppers' Ball"), singer and bandleader (the Thundering Herd(s) ), educated at Marquette University. He was a clarinetist in the orchestras of Joey Lichter, Harry Sosnik, Gus Arnheim, and Indiana Jones, then formed his own orchestra, appearing in hotels,...
Born Hildegarde Loretta Sell in Adell, Wisconsin, but for 70 years she was known simply as "The Incomparable Hildegarde," a title bestowed on her by columnist Walter Winchell. During the peak of her popularity in the 1930s and 40s, she was booked in cabarets and supper clubs at least 45 weeks a ...
Actor | Zero Hour!
Elroy 'Crazylegs' Hirsch was born on June 17, 1923 in Wausau, Wisconsin, USA as Elroy Leon Hirsch. He was an actor, known for Zero Hour! (1957), Unchained (1955) and Crazylegs (1953). He was married to Ruth Stahmer. He died on January 28, 2004 in Madison, Wisconsin.
61. Joel Hodgson
Writer | Mystery Science Theater 3000
Born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Joel Hodgson is best known as a stand-up comedian and creator of the cult favorite Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988). Hodgson is also a toy designer, prop builder, sculptor, writer and producer. He currently resides in Los Angeles where he continues writing and ...
62. Harry Houdini
Actor | The Man from Beyond
The great American escape artist and magician Houdini (immortalized by a memorable performance by Tony Curtis in the eponymous 1953 film) was born Erich Weiss on March 24, 1874 in Budapest, Hungary, though he often gave his birthplace as Appleton, Wisconsin, where he was raised. One of five ...
63. Tom Hulce
Actor | Amadeus
Thomas Edward Hulce was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Plymouth, MI, where he was raised with his two sisters and older brother. He is the son of Joanna (Winkleman), who had sung professionally, and Raymond Albert Hulce, who worked for Ford. He has English, German, and Irish ancestry. ...
64. Jeffrey Hunter
Actor | The Searchers
Jeffrey Hunter was born Henry Herman McKinnies Jr. on November 25, 1926 in New Orleans, Louisiana, an only child. His parents met at the University of Arkansas, and when he was almost four his family moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In his teens, he acted in productions of the North Shore Children's ...
67. Al Jarreau
Music_department | Moonlighting
Al Jarreau was born on March 12, 1940 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA as Alwyn Lopez Jarreau. He is known for his work on Moonlighting (1985), Dick Tracy (1990) and Out of Africa (1985). He was married to Susan Player and Phyllis Hall. He died on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
68. Jimmie Johnson
Actor | Herbie Fully Loaded
Jimmie Johnson was born on September 17, 1975 in El Cajon, California, USA. He is an actor, known for Herbie Fully Loaded (2005), Superstore (2015) and I Am Dale Earnhardt (2015). He has been married to Chandra Janway since December 10, 2004. They have two children.
69. Kristen Johnston
Actress | 3rd Rock from the Sun
Kristen Johnston studied acting at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School in New York City.
She won two Emmys for her role on 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996). She has appeared on many other television shows, including Ugly Betty (2006), ER (1994), Bored to Death (2009) and, perhaps most memorably, ...
70. Jane Kaczmarek
Actress | Malcolm in the Middle
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....
74. Stephen King
Writer | Maximum Overdrive
Stephen Edwin King was born on September 21, 1947, at the Maine General Hospital in Portland. His parents were Nellie Ruth (Pillsbury), who worked as a caregiver at a mental institute, and Donald Edwin King, a merchant seaman. His father was born under the surname "Pollock", but used the last name ...
75. Kathy Kinney
Actress | The Drew Carey Show
Despite her role as Mimi on The Drew Carey Show (1995), Kathy Kinney's first memorable television role is generally considered to be the regularly-appearing Ms. Goddard, the town librarian on Newhart (1982). Over the years, she has worked hard as a character actress making appearances on several ...
I never knew Herb Kohl was in Billy Jack...
78. Ron Kovic
Writer | Born on the Fourth of July
Imagine having Tom Cruise play your life story in a movie, and ending up on stage in Hollywood celebrating the movie's two Oscars? All Ron Kovic had to do to achieve this fantasy was serve three tours of duty in Vietnam, get paralyzed for life by combat wounds, and write a best-selling book about ...
80. Carole Landis
Actress | I Wake Up Screaming
Carole Landis was born on New Year's Day in 1919 in Fairchild, Wisconsin, as Frances Lillian Mary Ridste. Her father, a railroad mechanic, was of Norwegian descent and her mother was Polish. Her father walked out, leaving Carole, her mother and an older brother and sister to fend for themselves.
81. Tom Laughlin
Actor | Billy Jack
Tom Laughlin was born on August 10, 1931 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA as Thomas Robert Laughlin. He was an actor and director, known for Billy Jack (1971), The Trial of Billy Jack (1974) and The Born Losers (1967). He was married to Delores Taylor. He died on December 12, 2013 in Thousand Oaks, ...
82. Sandra Lee
Sandra Lee was born on July 3, 1966 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Sandra Lee Christiansen. She is a producer and actress, known for Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee (2003), Rock Chefs and Sandra's Money Saving Meals (2009). She was previously married to Bruce Karatz.
83. Jay Leggett
Actor | Employee of the Month
Jay Leggett was born on August 9, 1963 in Tomahawk, Wisconsin, USA as Jay Michael Leggett. He was an actor and producer, known for Employee of the Month (2004), Without a Paddle (2004) and Live Nude Girls (2014). He died on November 23, 2013 in Tomahawk.
Actor | The Loved One
Most remembered for his extravagant costumes and trademark candelabra placed on the lids of his flashy pianos, Liberace was loved by his audiences for his music talent and unique showmanship. He was born as Wladziu Valentino Liberace on May 16, 1919, into a musical family, in Wisconsin. His mother, ...
Writer | The Spirit of St. Louis
Charles A. Lindbergh was born on February 4, 1902 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Charles Augustus Lindbergh. He is known for his work on The Spirit of St. Louis (1957), Charles A. Lindbergh (1927) and 40,000 Miles with Lindbergh (1928). He was married to Anne Morrow Lindbergh. He died on August 26, ...
Attended University of Wisconsin-Madison, did not graduate.
Actor | AWA All-Star Wrestling
Reginald Lisowski was born on July 11, 1926 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. He was an actor, known for AWA All-Star Wrestling (1960), The Wrestler (1974) and SuperClash '85 (1985). He was married to Faye Lisowski. He died on October 22, 2005 in Milwaukee.
88. Allen Ludden
Self | Password
Allen Ludden was born on October 5, 1917 in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, USA as Allen Packard Ellsworth. He was an actor, known for Password All-Stars (1961), It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman! (1975) and Futureworld (1976). He was married to Betty White and Margaret Frances McGloin. He ...
89. Alfred Lunt
Actor | The Magnificent Yankee
Alfred Lunt was born on August 12, 1892 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. He was an actor, known for The Magnificent Yankee (1965), The Guardsman (1931) and Stage Door Canteen (1943). He was married to Lynn Fontanne. He died on August 3, 1977 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
91. Fred MacMurray
Actor | Double Indemnity
Fred MacMurray was likely the most underrated actor of his generation. True, his earliest work is mostly dismissed as pedestrian, but no other actor working in the 1940s and 50s was able to score so supremely whenever cast against type.
Frederick Martin MacMurray was born in Kankakee, Illinois, to ...
92. Fredric March
Actor | Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
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 ...
95. Kerwin Mathews
Actor | The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
Before there was a George Lucas and Harrison Ford running around creating special-effects excitement, there was a virile, boyishly handsome actor named Kerwin Mathews who was entertaining audiences battling a variety of creatures courtesy of pioneer special effects guru Ray Harryhausen. ...
96. John Matuszak
Actor | The Goonies
John Daniel Tooz Matuszak was an American football defensive lineman in the National Football League and also an actor. Matuszak was born in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. He attended the University of Tampa and played for their football team. Matuszak also played for various NFL teams--his longest stint of...
97. Marissa Mayer
Self | Miss Representation
Marissa Mayer was born on May 30, 1975 in Wausau, Wisconsin, USA as Marissa Ann Mayer. She is known for her work on Miss Representation (2011), 60 Minutes (1968) and The Virtual Revolution (2010). She has been married to Zachary Bogue since December 12, 2009. They have three children.
99. Hattie McDaniel
Actress | Gone with the Wind
After working as early as the 1910s as a band vocalist, Hattie McDaniel debuted as a maid in The Golden West (1932). Her maid-mammy characters became steadily more assertive, showing up first in Judge Priest (1934) and becoming pronounced in Alice Adams (1935). In this one, directed by George ...
100. Terry Meeuwsen
Actress | Get Christie Love!
Terry Meeuwsen was born on March 2, 1949 in DePere, Wisconsin, USA as Terry Anne Meeuwsen. She is an actress, known for Get Christie Love! (1974), USam (1981) and The 700 Club (1966). She has been married to Andy Friedrich since 1981. They have seven children. She was previously married to Thomas A...