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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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Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Mork & Mindy, The Crazy Ones, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

Nationality: United States of America

Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor and comedian. Born in Chicago, Williams began performing stand-up comedy in San Francisco and Los Angeles during ...more

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Jim Belushi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Hey Arnold!, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

Nationality: Albania, United States of America

James Adam Belushi (; born June 15, 1954) is an Albanian-American actor, voice actor, comedian, singer and musician.He is the younger brother of late comic actor John Belushi and the father of ...more

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Bernie Mac is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
The Bernie Mac Show

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Bernard Jeffrey McCullough (October 5, 1957 – August 9, 2008), better known by his stage name Bernie Mac, was an American comedian, actor, and voice actor. Born and raised on Chicago's South ...more

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Jenny McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Tripping the Rift, Santa Baby, Jenny

Birthplace: Evergreen Park, Illinois, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Star Wars Holiday Special, The Making of Star Wars, Spike Guys' Choice Awards

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Harrison Ford (born July 13, 1942) is an American actor. He gained worldwide fame for his starring roles as Han Solo in the Star Wars film series and as the title character of the Indiana Jones ...more

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Jeff Garlin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Jeff Garlin Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Goldbergs, Bringing up Jack

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

Nationality: United States of America

Jeffrey Todd Garlin (born June 5, 1962) is an American comedian, actor, producer, director, and writer. He is widely known for playing Jeff Greene on the HBO show Curb Your Enthusiasm, Mort ...more

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Fred Savage is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
The Wonder Years, Oswald, Generator Rex

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

Nationality: United States of America

Fred Aaron Savage (born July 9, 1976) is an American actor, director, and producer. He is best known for his role as Kevin Arnold in the American television series The Wonder Years, which ran ...more

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Mr. T is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
The A-Team, Eek! The Cat, Mister T

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

Nationality: United States of America

Mr. T (born Laurence Tureaud; May 21, 1952) is an American actor, bodyguard, television personality, and retired professional wrestler, known for his roles as B. A. Baracus in the 1980s ...more

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Michael Ian Black is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
The State, Frisky Dingo, Ed

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

Nationality: United States of America

Michael Ian Black (born Michael Ian Schwartz; August 12, 1971) is an American comedian, actor, writer, and director. He has starred in several TV comedy series, including The State, Viva ...more

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Tress MacNeille is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
The Simpsons, Futurama, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Nationality: United States of America

Tress MacNeille (born Teressa Claire Payne; June 20, 1951) is an American voice actress and singer, who has voiced various characters in shows such as The Simpsons, Futurama, Hey Arnold!, Tiny ...more

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Aries Spears is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
The Proud Family, Mad TV, C Bear and Jamal

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

Nationality: United States of America

Aries Spears (born April 3, 1975) is an American stand-up comedian, actor and writer from New York City. Spears was a regular on Fox's sketch comedy series MADtv, appearing in 198 episodes, ...more

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Dan Castellaneta is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
The Simpsons, Darkwing Duck, Hey Arnold!

Birthplace: Oak Park, USA, Illinois

Nationality: United States of America

Daniel Louis Castellaneta (; born October 29, 1957) is an American actor, voice actor, comedian and screenwriter, best known for his long-running role as Homer Simpson on the Fox Broadcasting ...more

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John C. Reilly is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, Check It Out!

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

John Christopher Reilly (born May 24, 1965) is an American actor, comedian, singer, voice actor, screenwriter, and producer who made his film debut in Brian De Palma's war film Casualties of War ...more

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Harold Ramis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Second City Television, SCTV Network 90

Birthplace: Chicago metropolitan area, Illinois, Chicago, United States of America, United States, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Harold Allen Ramis (; November 21, 1944 – February 24, 2014) was an American actor, director, writer, and comedian. His best-known film acting roles were as Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters (1984) ...more

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Frank Caliendo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Hot in Cleveland, Mad TV, Frank TV

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Frank Caliendo (born January 19, 1974) is an American comedian and impressionist, best known for his impersonations on the Fox Network television series MADtv, and as the in-house prognosticator ...more

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Chi McBride is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Pushing Daisies, Ultimate Spider-Man, Human Target

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

Nationality: United States of America

Kenneth "Chi" McBride (born September 23, 1961) is an American actor. He starred as high school principal Steven Harper on the series Boston Public, Emerson Cod on Pushing Daisies, ...more

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Raquel Welch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Central Park West, The Rogues, Welcome to The Captain

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Raquel Welch (born September 5, 1940) is an American actress and singer. She first won attention for her role in Fantastic Voyage (1966), after which she won a contract with 20th Century Fox. ...more

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Sherri Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Hot in Cleveland, Less than Perfect, Suddenly Susan

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

Nationality: United States of America

Sherri Evonne Shepherd (born April 22, 1967) is an American actress, comedian, author, and television personality. She has appeared in several TV shows in recurring roles, and starred as Ramona ...more

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Common is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Hell on Wheels, Black in the 80s

Birthplace: South Side, Chicago

Nationality: United States of America

Lonnie Corant Jaman Shuka Rashid Lynn (born March 13, 1972), better known by his stage name Common (formerly Common Sense), is an American rapper, actor, writer, philanthropist, and activist. ...more

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Paul Frees is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, Frosty the Snowman, The Pink Panther Show

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

Nationality: United States of America

Solomon Hersh Frees (June 22, 1920 – November 2, 1986), better known as Paul Frees, was an American actor, voice actor, comedian, impressionist and screenwriter known for his work on MGM, Walter ...more
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Michael Clarke Duncan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
The Finder, Sparks, Built to Last

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Michael Clarke Duncan (December 10, 1957 – September 3, 2012) was an American actor best known for his breakout role as John Coffey in The Green Mile (1999), for which he was nominated for the ...more

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Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Hermosa, Illinois

Nationality: United States of America

Walter Elias Disney (; December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced ...more

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Kiele Sanchez is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Lost, The Glades, Related

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Kiele Michelle Sanchez ( KEE-lee; born October 13, 1977) is an American actress who starred in the A&E Network drama The Glades. Previously, she had starred as Anne Sorelli in The WB ...more
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Crispin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Young Justice, Hellsing, Wolf's Rain

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Crispin Freeman (born February 9, 1972) is an American voice actor, ADR director and writer who provides voices for English versions of Japanese anime, animation and video games. In anime, some ...more

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Kenneth Mars is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Malcolm in the Middle, Laverne & Shirley, Darkwing Duck

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Kenneth Mars (April 4, 1935 – February 12, 2011) was an American character actor and voice actor, who specialized in comedic roles. He appeared in two Mel Brooks films: as the deranged Nazi ...more

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