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1. Jennifer Morrison Jennifer Morrison Actress, Once Upon a Time 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...
2. 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...
3. Harrison Ford Harrison Ford Actor, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope 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...
4. 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)...
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. Daryl Hannah Daryl Hannah Actress, Kill Bill: Vol. 1 Daryl Christine Hannah was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She is the daughter of Susan Jeanne (Metzger), a schoolteacher and later a producer, and Donald Christian Hannah, who owned a tugboat/barge company. Her stepfather was music journalist/promoter Jerrold Wexler. Her siblings are Page Hannah...
7. Ike Barinholtz Ike Barinholtz Actor, Suicide Squad 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...
8. Marisol Nichols Marisol Nichols Actress, Riverdale 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 accumulated...
9. Robin Williams Robin Williams Actor, Dead Poets Society 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...
10. Morgan Saylor Morgan Saylor Actress, Homeland 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...
11. Lilly Wachowski Lilly Wachowski Writer, The Matrix Director, writer and producer Lilly Wachowski was born in 1967 in Chicago as Andrew Wachowski, the son of Lynne, a nurse and painter and Ron, a businessman. Lilly was educated at Kellogg Elementary School in Chicago, before moving on to Whitney Young High School. After graduating from high school, she attended Emerson College in Boston, but dropped out...
12. Chloe Bennet Chloe Bennet Actress, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 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...
13. Anna Chlumsky Anna Chlumsky Actress, Veep
14. Lana Wachowski Lana Wachowski Writer, The Matrix Lana Wachowski and her sister Lilly 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 sister Lilly...
15. 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...
16. Jami Gertz Jami Gertz Actress, Twister
17. Lucas Neff Lucas Neff Actor, Raising Hope Lucas Neff was born in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago, IL in 1985. The start of his acting career came about by mistake after he was assigned to the performing arts department at the University of Illinois. It was there that he graduated with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Theatre in 2008....
18. Gina Rodriguez Gina Rodriguez Actress, Jane the Virgin 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...
19. Kiernan Shipka Kiernan Shipka Actress, Mad Men 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...
20. Lena Waithe Lena Waithe Writer, Bones
21. Robin Tunney 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...
22. Billy Zane Billy Zane Actor, Titanic William George Zane, better known as Billy Zane, was born on February 24, 1966 in Chicago, Illinois, to Thalia (Colovos) and William Zane, both of Greek ancestry. His parents were amateur actors and managed a medical technical school. Billy has an older sister, actress and singer Lisa Zane. Billy was bitten by the acting bug early on...
23. 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 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...
24. Jennifer Beals 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...
25. 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...
26. Jesse Williams Jesse Williams Actor, Grey's Anatomy Jesse Wesley Williams born August 5, 1981 is an American actor, model, and activist, best known for his role as Dr. Jackson Avery on the ABC Television series Grey's Anatomy. He also appears in the hit 2013 film Lee Daniels' The Butler as real life civil rights leader Rev. James Lawson. Previous roles include Holden in The Cabin in the Woods (2012)...
27. Aimee Garcia Aimee Garcia Actress, Dexter A Chicago native of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent, she made her professional stage debut at the age of seven in Paul Mejia's "Cinderella" at The Auditorium Theatre. By the age of twelve, she was dancing 20 shows a month as "Clara" in "The Nutcracker". She joined the Young People's Company, whose alumni include John Cusack,Joan Cusack...
28. 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...
29. Mandy Patinkin 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...
30. 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...
31. 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...
32. Nadine Velazquez 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...
33. Patricia Arquette Patricia Arquette Actress, Medium 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...
34. 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...
35. Jennifer Lien Jennifer Lien Actress, American History X Jennifer Anne Lien was born on August 24, 1974 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She has an older sister and an older brother. Jennifer knew that she wanted to act from a young age. Encouraged by her English and drama teachers, she began performing in a summer theater and festivals at the age of 13. She had...
36. Shonda Rhimes Shonda Rhimes Writer, Grey's Anatomy
37. 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...
38. 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...
39. Lauren Lapkus Lauren Lapkus Actress, Jurassic World
40. Cynda Williams Cynda Williams Actress, One False Move
41. Jenny McCarthy 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...
42. Thomas Lennon Thomas Lennon Writer, Night at the Museum
43. Justina Machado Justina Machado Actress, The Purge: Anarchy
44. 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...
45. 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...
46. Aidan Quinn Aidan Quinn Actor, Elementary
47. 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...
48. L. Scott Caldwell L. Scott Caldwell Actress, The Fugitive L. Scott Caldwell was born in Chicago and now lives in New York City. She has an extensive background in feature films, television and theater. Her film credits include "Mystery Alaska," "Waiting to Exhale," "The Net," "The Fugitive," "Dutch" and "Without a Trace." Caldwell had a recurring role in Judging Amy...
49. 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...
50. Paul Adelstein Paul Adelstein Actor, Private Practice
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