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Famous TV Actors from Chicago

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List Rules Only TV actors who were born or grew up in Chicago.

List of famous television actors/actresses who were born in Chicago, with photos when available. These renowned Chicago actors and actresses are listed by popularity, so the names at the top of the list will be the most recognizable. A few of these actors may not have technically been born in Chicago, but everyone on this list grew up in Chicago and considers it to be their home. This list includes Chicago TV actors from every type of show, including cartoons where they might have done voice over work. If you grew up in Chicago then you should be proud of these television actors whose birthplace is Chicago. Various bits of information are available for these Chicago celebrities as well, such as what year they were born and what shows they are known for.

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This list answers the questions, "Which TV actors are from Chicago?" and "Who are the most famous Chicago actors?"
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Jennifer Morrison is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Jennifer Morrison is a television producer.
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Richard Newman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Beast Wars: Transformers, Spider-Man Unlimited, Franklin
Richard Newman is an American actor notable for his numerous voice roles in Transformers cartoons. He currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
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Lauren Tom is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Futurama, King of the Hill, Batman Beyond
Lauren Tom is an American stage, film, television and voice actress. Her roles include Lena St. Clair in The Joy Luck Club, Julie in the NBC sitcom Friends, and the voices for both mother and ...more
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Marilu Henner is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Taxi, The Tracey Ullman Show, Evening Shade
Mary Lucy Denise "Marilu" Henner is an American actress, producer and author. She is best known for her role as Elaine O'Connor Nardo on the sitcom Taxi from 1978 to 1983.
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Aimee Nezhukumatathil is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Aimee Nezhukumatathil is an Asian American poet, best known for her jovial and accessible reading style and lush descriptions of exotic foods and landscapes. Nezhukumatathil draws upon her ...more
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Cassidy Freeman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Smallville, Longmire
Cassidy Freeman is an American actress and musician. She is known for her role as Tess Mercer in The CW's superhero drama Smallville and Cady Longmire in Longmire series.
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Robert Z. Leonard is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Robert Zigler Leonard was an American film director, actor, producer and screenwriter.
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Martin Mull is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Danny Phantom
Martin Eugene Mull is an American actor who has appeared in many television and film roles. He is also a comedian, painter, and recording artist. As an actor, he first became known in his role ...more
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Brian Doyle-Murray is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
The Middle, Get a Life, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack
Brian Doyle-Murray is an American comedian, screenwriter, actor and voice artist. He is the older brother of actor/comedian Bill Murray and the two have acted together in several films, ...more
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Jack Benny is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
The Jack Benny Program, The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, The Jackie Gleason Show
Jack Benny was an American comedian, vaudevillian, radio, television, and film actor, and violinist. Recognized as a leading American entertainer of the 20th century, Benny portrayed his ...more
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Bonnie Hunt is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Life with Bonnie, The Bonnie Hunt Show, Davis Rules
Bonnie Lynne Hunt is an American stand-up comedienne, actress, director, producer, writer, host, and voice artist. She has appeared in Rain Man, Beethoven, Beethoven's 2nd, Jumanji, Jerry ...more
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Larenz Tate is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Rescue Me, Love Monkey, The Royal Family
Larenz Tate is an American film and television actor. He is best known for his role as O-Dog in the 1993 drama film, Menace II Society. His other films include Love Jones, A Man Apart, Waist ...more
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Sendhil Ramamurthy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Heroes, Beauty & the Beast, Covert Affairs
Sendhil Ramamurthy 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 ...more
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Megan Hauserman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Megan Hauserman Megan Wants a Millionaire, Rock of Love with Bret Michaels, I Love Money
Megan Hauserman is an American model and reality television personality, best known for her appearances on Vh1.
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Adam Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Firefly, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Chuck
Adam Baldwin is an American actor. He is known for starring in Full Metal Jacket as Animal Mother and in the television series Firefly and its continuation film Serenity as Jayne Cobb. His roles ...more
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Hugh Hefner is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
The Girls Next Door, E!'s Pam: Girl on the Loose!, Spike Guys' Choice Awards
Hugh Marston Hefner (April 9, 1926 – September 27, 2017) was an American magazine publisher, businessman, and a well-known playboy. This Chicago, Illinois native was a former journalist for ...more
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Quincy Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special
Quincy Delight Jones, Jr. is an American record producer, conductor, arranger, composer, musician, television producer, film producer, instrumentalist, magazine founder, entertainment company ...more
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Virginia Madsen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Unsolved Mysteries, American Dreams, Smith
Virginia Madsen is an American film actress and producer. She made her film debut in Class, which was filmed in her native Chicago. She soon moved to Los Angeles, and was cast in a series of ...more
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Barbara Barrie is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Barney Miller, Suddenly Susan, Love of Life
Barbara Barrie is an American actress of film, stage and television. She is also an accomplished author. Her film breakthrough came in 1964 with her performance as Julie in the landmark film One ...more
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Gillian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
The X-Files, Hannibal, The Fall
Gillian Leigh Anderson is an American actress. After beginning her career on stage, Anderson achieved international recognition for her role as FBI Special Agent Dana Scully on the American ...more
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Jennifer Beals is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Lie to Me, The L Word, The Chicago Code
Jennifer Beals is an American actress and a former teen model. She played the role of Alexandra "Alex" Owens in the 1983 film Flashdance, and appeared as Bette Porter on the Showtime ...more
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Michael Madsen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Vengeance Unlimited, Animal Precinct, The Outsiders
Michael Søren Madsen is an American actor, poet and photographer. He has appeared in more than 150 films, many of which have been independent films, though he has starred in central roles ...more
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Avery Schreiber is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
The Jetsons, Animaniacs, The Smurfs
Avery Lawrence Schreiber was an American comedian and actor. He was a veteran of stage, television, and film.
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Billy Zane is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
The Deep End
William George "Billy" Zane, Jr. is an American actor and producer. He is best known for playing Hughie in Kit Walker / The Phantom in The Phantom, Caledon Hockley in Titanic, and Mr. ...more
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Christine Ebersole is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Bobby's World, The Hogan Family, Ryan's Hope
Christine Ebersole is a two-time Tony Award winning American actress and singer. She previously co-starred on the TBS sitcom Sullivan & Son, where she played Carol Walsh.