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1. 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...
2. 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 was of Irish and German ancestry, while his maternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Minsk, Belarus...
3. Jennifer Morrison Jennifer Morrison Actress, Warrior 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...
4. 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...
5. 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...
6. Anna Chlumsky Anna Chlumsky Actress, My Girl
7. Robin Williams Robin Williams Actor, Good Will Hunting 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...
8. 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...
9. 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 William George Zane, Sr. and Thalia Zane, both of Greek ancestry. His parents were amateur actors and managed a medical technical school. Billy also has an older sister, actress and singer Lisa Zane...
10. 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...
11. 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...
12. 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...
13. 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: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2 Sin City, Hell Ride, Die Another Day, Donnie Brasco, Species, The Getaway, Thelma & Louise...
14. Chloe Bennet Chloe Bennet Actress, Pilot Chloe Bennet was born Chloe Wang in Chicago, Illinois, to Stephanie, an internist, and Bennet Wang. Her father is of Chinese descent. As a teenager, 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...
15. 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...
16. Michael Peña Michael Peña Actor, The Martian 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...
17. 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...
18. 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...
19. 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...
20. 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...
21. Jennifer Beals Jennifer Beals Actress, Flashdance 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...
22. Alex Meneses Alex Meneses Actress, Selena Alexandra "Alex" Meneses, the ALMA Award nominated actress known for her smoldering bombshell roles and philanthropic work has been cast as popular diva actress Isabella on Telenovela, Eva Longoria's new NBC series. Alex first made a splash in the 1990s as Teresa Morales in the hit series, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman...
23. Kellita Smith Kellita Smith Actress, King's Ransom
24. Nadine Velazquez Nadine Velazquez Actress, Flight
25. Virginia Madsen Virginia Madsen Actress, Sideways One of the hottest stars of the mid-1980s, Virginia Madsen has since played a variety of roles that have cemented her reputation as a fantastic actress who can adapt to any part. Virginia was born in Chicago, Illinois, and belongs to an acting family -- with her brother, Michael Madsen, also an actor...
26. 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...
27. 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...
28. Bruce Dern Bruce Dern Actor, Nebraska Bruce Dern was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Jean (MacLeish) and John Dern, an attorney and utility chief. His paternal grandfather, George Henry Dern, served as Governor of Utah (1925-1933) and then U.S. Secretary of War (1933-1936). His ancestry includes German, English, Scottish, and Dutch. Bruce Dern had established himself as the movies' premier heavy...
29. Dorothy Malone Dorothy Malone Actress, Basic Instinct The blonde, sultry, dreamy-eyed beauty of Dorothy Malone, who was born in Chicago, Illinois, took some time before it made an impact with American filmgoing audiences. But once she did, she played it for all it was worth in her one chance Academy Award-winning "bad girl" performance, a role quite unlike the classy and straight-laced lady herself...
30. Harold Ramis Harold Ramis Writer, Groundhog Day Born on November 21, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois, Harold Allen Ramis got his start in comedy as Playboy magazine's joke editor and reviewer. In 1969, he joined Chicago's Second City's Improvisational Theatre Troupe before moving to New York to help write and perform in "The National Lampoon Show" with other Second City graduates including John Belushi...
31. Stefanie Scott Stefanie Scott Actress, Wreck-It Ralph Nurturing an impressive body of work that encompasses film and television Stefanie Scott is one of Hollywood's most promising young talents. With the recent release of Focus Features' and Blumhouse Productions' Insidious: Chapter 3, the third installment of the hit horror film franchise, Stefanie completed...
32. Amy Landecker Amy Landecker Actress, A Serious Man
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. 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...
35. Jesse Williams Jesse Williams Actor, The Cabin in the Woods
36. Lauren Lapkus Lauren Lapkus Actress, Jurassic World
37. Kenneth Choi Kenneth Choi Actor, The Wolf of Wall Street Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Choi dreamed of becoming an actor. Against his family's wishes, Choi left college to pursue that dream. He literally ran away from home, cutting all ties with his family for 5 years to train and study before moving to Los Angeles. His dream became a reality as he...
38. John C. Reilly John C. Reilly Actor, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby 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...
39. Ike Barinholtz Ike Barinholtz Actor, Neighbors Isaac "Ike" Barinholtz born February 18, 1977 is an American actor, comedian, voice actor and writer, best known for his role as a cast member on MADtv, from 2002-2007, and for his roles on The Mindy Project, and Eastbound & Down. He spent two years in Amsterdam with the famed comedy troupe Boom Chicago...
40. Michael T. Weiss Michael T. Weiss Actor, Tarzan & Jane Michael T. Weiss is a native of Chicago, and studied acting at The Second City. In spring 2010 he starred in The Pulitzer Prize Finalist, "The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity." He has appeared on Broadway with Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons in the new play "Impressionism" directed by Jack O'Brien. He...
41. Lana Wachowski Lana Wachowski Writer, The Matrix Lana Wachowski and her brother Andy Wachowski, (also known as 'The Wachowskis') are the duo behind ground-breaking movies such as The Matrix and Cloud Atlas. Born to mother Lynne, a nurse, and father Ron, a businessman of Polish descent, Wachowski grew up in Chicago and formed a tight creative relationship with her brother Andy...
42. Sibi Blazic Sibi Blazic Stunts, The Dark Knight Rises
43. Jami Gertz Jami Gertz Actress, Twister
44. 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...
45. Robert Zemeckis Robert Zemeckis Writer, Back to the Future Part II 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)...
46. Thomas Lennon Thomas Lennon Writer, Night at the Museum
47. 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...
48. 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...
49. Tom Berenger Tom Berenger Actor, Inception Born in Chicago, Oscar nominee, Golden Globe and Emmy winner Tom Berenger was raised in a working class home as the son of a printer for the Chicago Sun-Times. Tom attended the University of Missouri to study journalism. It was there he first auditioned for a role in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" at the college theater on a whim and a bet with a roommate...
50. 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...
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