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1. Kiernan Shipka Kiernan Shipka Actress, Carriers Kiernan Shipka was born in Chicago, Illinois, to John Young Shipka, a real estate developer, and his wife, Erin Ann, a one-time queen of Chicago's St. Patrick's Day parade. The family relocated to Los Angeles when she was six to support her acting career. Kiernan got her black belt in taekwondo in June...
2. Chloe Bennet Chloe Bennet Actress, Pilot Chloe Wang was born to a Chinese father and American mother in Chicago, USA. She moved to Beijing to pursue a singing career. While she was there, she studied Mandarin, learned the demands of international pop stardom and released her debut single, "Uh Oh", in both English and Mandarin. She then moved to Los Angeles where...
3. Gillian Anderson 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...
4. Harrison Ford Harrison Ford Actor, Star Wars 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 had Irish and German ancestry, and his maternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from the Russian Empire...
5. Jennifer Morrison Jennifer Morrison Actress, Warrior Jennifer Marie Morrison is the oldest child of teachers David and Judy Morrison. She was raised in Arlington Heights, Illinois 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. After graduating from high school...
6. Patricia Arquette Patricia Arquette Actress, Boyhood With her expressive blue eyes, soft, Southern-tinged voice and an acting range that can carry her from hysterically funny to terrifying in seconds, Patricia Arquette is one of the most underrated and talented actresses of her generation. Though she has been working for years, she's always stayed just under the radar of true stardom, despite a 1995 marriage to Nicolas Cage...
7. Robin Williams Robin Williams Actor, Good Will Hunting Robin McLaurin Williams was born on July 21, 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. Williams had English, German, French, Welsh, Irish, and Scottish ancestry...
8. Anna Chlumsky Anna Chlumsky Actress, My Girl
9. Jennifer Beals Jennifer Beals Actress, Flashdance Jennifer Beals was born on December 19, 1963 in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in the city. She is the daughter of Jeanne (Anderson), an elementary school teacher, and Alfred Leroy Beals, who owned grocery stores. Her father was African-American and her mother, who was caucasian, had Irish ancestry...
10. Stefanie Scott Stefanie Scott Actress, Wreck-It Ralph Nurturing an impressive body of work that encompasses film, television and music, Stefanie Scott is one of Hollywood's most promising young talents. She recently wrapped production on a starring role opposite Anna Camp and Sam Page in the independent thriller Caught and a supporting role in the independent drama Life at These Speeds...
11. Jonathan Sadowski Jonathan Sadowski Actor, Live Free or Die Hard
12. Robin Tunney Robin Tunney Actress, The Craft 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...
13. Terrence Howard 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...
14. Daryl Hannah Daryl Hannah Actress, Kill Bill: Vol. 1 Over a 30 year film career, Daryl Hannah has starred in over 40 feature films, and has created numerous iconic roles in successful, critically acclaimed and enduring films. Daryl Christine Hannah was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She is the daughter of Susan Jeanne (Metzger), a schoolteacher and later a producer...
15. Jesse Williams Jesse Williams Actor, The Cabin in the Woods
16. Jami Gertz Jami Gertz Actress, Twister
17. Thomas Lennon Thomas Lennon Writer, Night at the Museum
18. Raquel Welch Raquel Welch Actress, The Three Musketeers A new reigning 1960s international sex symbol took to the cinematic throne as soon as Raquel Welch emerged from the sea in her purposely depleted, furry prehistoric bikini. Tantalizingly wet with her garb clinging to all the right amazonian places, One Million Years B.C., if nothing else, captured the hearts...
19. Fred Savage Fred Savage Actor, The Princess Bride Fred Savage was born July 9, 1976. he began acting at age 9 with Jay Underwood in The Boy Who Could Fly. At the age of twelve, he was cast the lead role of the series The Wonder Years. It became a good show, and on the pilot, he got his first kiss. He was later in the movie Vice Versa with Judge Reinhold and then in Little Monsters...
20. Lana Wachowski Lana Wachowski Writer, The Matrix Lana Wachowski - previously Laurence (Larry) Wachowski - is a sibling of Andy Wachowski, of the creative 'Watchowskis' duo behind ground-breaking movies like The Matrix and Cloud Atlas. Born to mother Lynne, a nurse, and father Ron, a businessman of Polish descent, she grew up in Chicago, in a tight...
21. Lauren Lapkus Lauren Lapkus Actress, Blended
22. Ben Savage Ben Savage Actor, Little Monsters Bennett "Ben" Joseph Savage was born on September 13th, 1980, in Chicago, Illinois. He's the younger brother of Fred Savage, the star of The Wonder Years, whom he credits for inspiring him to become an actor. Ben got his start in acting when he appeared in his first commercial at the tender age of 5...
23. Michael Clarke Duncan Michael Clarke Duncan Actor, The Green Mile Michael Clarke Duncan was born on December 10, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. Raised by his single mother, Jean, a house cleaner, on Chicago's South Side, Duncan grew up resisting drugs and alcohol, instead concentrating on school. He wanted to play football in high school, but his mother wouldn't let him, afraid that he would get hurt. He then turned to acting, dreaming of becoming a famous actor...
24. Billy Zane Billy Zane Actor, Titanic William George Zane, Jr., better known as Billy Zane, was born on February 24, 1966 in Chicago, Illinois, to parents William George Zane, Sr. and Thalia Zane, both of Greek descent. His parents ran a medical technical school. Billy also has a sister named Lisa Zane, an actress born in 1961. Billy was bitten by the acting bug early on...
25. Trevor Morgan Trevor Morgan Actor, The Sixth Sense Born in Chicago, Illinois, on November 26, 1986, Trevor Morgan was discovered in a shopping mall at the age of six. He did commercials and even appeared on a Life Cereal box until his first movie, Family Plan. Since then, Trevor has been making movies to the delight of the public. He appeared alongside Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense and with Mel Gibson in The Patriot...
26. Marisol Nichols Marisol Nichols Actress, Felon From her breakout role as Audrey Griswold in Vegas Vacation, to her powerful performance in the prison drama Felon, to commanding the Counter Terrorist Unit in 24, Nichols has consistently garnered award recognition and critical acclaim. Her evocative performances have cumulated three ALMA Award nominations and won the distinguished Golden Eagle Award for Most Promising Actress...
27. Morgan Saylor Morgan Saylor Actress, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant Morgan Saylor was born in Chicago and raised in Georgia, attending Montessori schools through grade 8. At a young age, Morgan began performing at community theatre summer camps. In the third grade, Morgan's family moved within Georgia to an in-town Atlanta neighborhood, filled with even more theatre opportunities...
28. Mandy Patinkin Mandy Patinkin Actor, Pilot 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...
29. Gina Rodriguez Gina Rodriguez Actress, Filly Brown Named the "next big thing" and one of the "top 35 Latinos under 35," by The Hollywood Reporter, Gina Rodriguez's profile has been rising steadily since her breakout performance as the titular character in FILLY BROWN during the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. Gina Rodriguez was born in Chicago, Illinois...
30. Robert Zemeckis Robert Zemeckis Writer, Back to the Future A whiz-kid with special effects, Robert is from the Spielberg camp of film-making (Steven Spielberg produced many of his films). Usually working with writing partner Bob Gale, Robert's earlier films show he has a talent for zany comedy (Romancing the Stone, 1941) and special effect vehicles (Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Back to the Future)...
31. Virginia Madsen Virginia Madsen Actress, Sideways One of the hottest stars of the mid-1980s, Virginia Madsen is one of Hollywood's most talented actresses. Voted as one of the most beautiful actresses in 1986, Virginia has had several excellent performances in her career thus far. Audiences first caught a glimpse of her as "Princess Irulan" in the 1984 science fiction epic Dune...
32. Frances McDormand Frances McDormand Actress, Fargo Frances Louise McDormand was born on June 23, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. She was adopted by Canadian-born parents Noreen Eloise (Nickleson), a nurse from Ontario, and Vernon Weir McDormand, a minister from Nova Scotia, who raised her in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. She earned her B.A. in Theater from Bethany College in 1979 and her MFA from Yale in 1982...
33. Michael Mann Michael Mann Producer, Heat A student of London's International Film School, Michael Mann began his career in the late 70s, writing for TV shows like Starsky and Hutch. He directed his first film, the award-winning prison drama The Jericho Mile, in 1979. He followed that in 1981 with his first theatrical release, Thief starring James Caan as a safe-cracker who falls under the spell of the mob...
34. Jenny McCarthy Jenny McCarthy Self, Playboy: The Best of Jenny McCarthy 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, German, and Polish ancestry. McCarthy has three sisters. She was educated at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School...
35. John C. Reilly John C. Reilly Actor, Chicago Character actor, dramatic leading man, or hilarious comic foil? With an astonishing range of roles already under his belt, John C. Reilly has played a 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...
36. Mr. T Mr. T Actor, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 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...
37. Sendhil Ramamurthy Sendhil Ramamurthy Actor, Guiding Light
38. Amy Landecker Amy Landecker Actress, Project Almanac
39. Shonda Rhimes Shonda Rhimes Writer, Grey's Anatomy
40. Andy Wachowski Andy Wachowski Writer, The Matrix Director, writer and producer Andy Wachowski was born in 1967 in Chicago and is the son of Lynne, a nurse and painter and Ron, a businessman. Andy was educated at Kellogg Elementary School in Chicago, before moving on to Whitney Young High School. After graduating from high school, he attended Emerson College in Boston, but dropped out...
41. Salli Richardson-Whitfield Salli Richardson-Whitfield Actress, I Am Legend Classy, graceful, & intelligent, Salli Elise Richardson was born November 23, 1967, in Chicago, Illinois. Salli's acting career was first nurtured in the theater and, ever since, she has been on a non-stop journey to success. Her first feature performance was in 1991 as "Denise" in Up Against the Wall. However...
42. Brit Marling Brit Marling Actress, Another Earth Brit Heyworth Marling was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Heidi (Johnson) and John Marling, both of whom work in real estate. She graduated from Georgetown University, with a bachelor's in economics, and was offered a job with Goldman Sachs, which she turned down in favour of a career as an artist. She moved to Los Angeles to act and...
43. Andre Braugher Andre Braugher Actor, The Mist
44. Kim Novak Kim Novak Actress, Vertigo Kim Novak was born in Chicago, Illinois on February 13, 1933 with the birth name of Marilyn Pauline Novak. She was the daughter of Joseph Novak, a former teacher turned transit clerk and his wife, Blanche Kral Novak, also a former teacher. Throughout elementary and high school, Kim did not get along well with teachers...
45. Nadine Velazquez Nadine Velazquez Actress, Flight
46. Michael Madsen Michael Madsen Actor, Reservoir Dogs Michael Madsen's long career spans 25 years and more than 170 films in which he has played memorable characters in myriad box office hits, including: Kill Bill, Sin City, Hell Ride, Die Another Day, Donnie Brasco, Species, The Getaway, The Doors, Thelma & Louise, and Free Willy. Michael Madsen is notably recognized for his role as Mr. Blonde, in Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs...
47. Tom Berenger Tom Berenger Actor, Inception Born in Chicago, Illinois, as Thomas Michael Moore, was raised along with his sister, in a working class home headed by a father who worked as a printer for The Chicago Sun-Times. After graduating Rich East High School in 1967, he attended the University of Missouri to study journalism, but tried his hand at acting on a whim because of a bet he lost...
48. Bailey Chase Bailey Chase Actor, The Boy Next Door Bailey attended Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, on a full athletic scholarship. He graduated in 1995 with a degree in Psychology. After graduation, Bailey moved to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career, which has encompassed a training stint in London and performing in such plays as "A...
49. Aidan Quinn Aidan Quinn Actor, Legends of the Fall
50. Fisher Stevens Fisher Stevens Actor, The Grand Budapest Hotel Fisher Stevens moved from his native Chicago to New York at the age of 13 to pursue an acting career. He tried, unsuccessfully, to get any kind of job and was, he recalls, even rejected as extra for a Crest commercial. When his acting teacher, Dan Fauci, lost the lease to his teaching studio...
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