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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
Robin Williams Mork & Mindy, The Crazy Ones, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Robin McLaurin Williams was an American actor and comedian. Starting as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, he is credited with leading San Francisco's comedy ...more

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Jim Belushi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Jim Belushi Hey Arnold!, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius James Adam "Jim" Belushi is an American actor, comedian and musician. He is best known for playing the role of James "Jim" Orenthal on the long-running sitcom According to ...more

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Bernie Mac is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Bernie Mac The Bernie Mac Show Bernard Jeffrey "Bernie" McCullough, better known by his stage name Bernie Mac, was an American stand-up comedian, actor and voice artist. Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, ...more

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Jenny McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Jenny McCarthy Tripping the Rift, Santa Baby, Jenny Jennifer Ann "Jenny" McCarthy is an American model, television host, comedian, actress, author, and anti-vaccine activist. She began her career in 1993 as a nude model for Playboy ...more

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Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Harrison Ford Star Wars Holiday Special, The Making of Star Wars, Spike Guys' Choice Awards Harrison Ford is an American actor and film producer. He gained worldwide fame for his starring roles as Han Solo in the original Star Wars epic space opera trilogy and the title character of ...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 Jeffrey "Jeff" Todd Garlin is an American comedian, actor, producer, voice artist, director, writer, podcast host, and author. He has acted in many television shows and some movies, ...more

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Fred Savage is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Fred Savage The Wonder Years, Oswald, Generator Rex Fredrick Aaron "Fred" Savage 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. He has ...more

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Mr. T is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Mr. T The A-Team, Eek! The Cat, Mister T Mr. T is an American actor known for his roles as B. A. Baracus in the 1980s television series The A-Team, as boxer Clubber Lang in the 1982 film Rocky III, and for his appearances as a ...more

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Michael Ian Black is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Michael Ian Black The State, Frisky Dingo, Ed Michael Ian Black is an American comedian, actor, writer, and director. He has starred in several TV comedy series, including The State, Ed, Viva Variety, Stella, and Michael & Michael Have ...more

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Tress MacNeille is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Tress MacNeille The Simpsons, Futurama, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Tress MacNeille is an American voice actress best known for providing various voices on the animated series The Simpsons, Futurama, Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs, Disney's House of Mouse, ...more

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Aries Spears is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Aries Spears The Proud Family, Mad TV, C Bear and Jamal Aries Spears is an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice artist, and comedian. Spears was a regular on Fox's sketch comedy series MADtv, appearing in 198 episodes, making him the second ...more

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Dan Castellaneta is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Dan Castellaneta The Simpsons, Darkwing Duck, Hey Arnold! Daniel Louis "Dan" Castellaneta is an American actor, voice actor, comedian and screenwriter. Noted for his long-running role as Homer Simpson on the animated television series The ...more

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John C. Reilly is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
John C. Reilly Tim and Eric Awesome Show^! Great Job!, Check It Out!^! with Dr. Steve Brule John Christopher Reilly is an American actor, singer, producer and screenwriter. Making his film debut in Casualties of War, Reilly is one of several actors whose careers were launched by Brian ...more

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Harold Ramis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Harold Ramis Second City Television, SCTV Network 90 Harold Allen Ramis was an American actor, director, and writer specializing in comedy. His best-known film acting roles are as Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters and Russell Ziskey in Stripes; he ...more

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Frank Caliendo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Frank Caliendo Hot in Cleveland, Mad TV, Frank TV Frank Caliendo is an American comedian and impressionist, best known for his work on the Fox Network television series MADtv, and as the in-house prognosticator for Fox NFL Sunday. In 2007 and ...more

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Chi McBride is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Chi McBride Pushing Daisies, Ultimate Spider-Man, Human Target Kenneth "Chi" McBride is an American actor. He starred as high school principal Steven Harper on the series Boston Public, as Emerson Cod on Pushing Daisies, as Detective Laverne ...more

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Raquel Welch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Raquel Welch Central Park West, The Rogues, Welcome to The Captain Raquel Welch is an American actress. She first won attention for her role in Fantastic Voyage, after which she won a contract with 20th Century-Fox. They loaned her to a British studio where she ...more

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Sherri Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Sherri Shepherd Hot in Cleveland, Less than Perfect, Suddenly Susan Sherri Evonne Shepherd is an American comedienne, author, businesswoman, actress, and television personality. She headlined her own sitcom, Sherri, on Lifetime television. Shepherd hosts ...more

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Common is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Common Hell on Wheels, Black in the 80s Lonnie Rashid Lynn, better known by his stage name Common, is an American hip hop recording artist and actor from Chicago, Illinois. Common debuted in 1992 with the album Can I Borrow a Dollar? ...more

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Paul Frees is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Paul Frees The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, Frosty the Snowman, The Pink Panther Show Solomon Hersh Frees, better known as Paul Frees, was an American actor, impressionist, voice artist, and comedian, known for his work on MGM, Walter Lantz, and Walt Disney theatrical cartoons ...more

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Michael Clarke Duncan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Michael Clarke Duncan The Finder, Sparks, Built to Last Michael Clarke Duncan was an American actor, best known for his breakout role as John Coffey in The Green Mile, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. He was also ...more

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Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Walt Disney Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Walter Elias "Walt" Disney was an American entrepreneur, cartoonist, animator, voice actor, and film producer. As a prominent figure within the American animation industry and ...more

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Kiele Sanchez is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Kiele Sanchez Lost, The Glades, Related Kiele Michelle Sanchez is an American actress who starred in the A&E Network drama The Glades. Previously she had starred as Anne Sorelli in the The WB comedy-drama Related and as Nikki ...more

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Crispin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Crispin Freeman Young Justice, Hellsing, Wolf's Rain Crispin McDougal Freeman is an American voice actor. His roles have included Alucard from Hellsing, Kyon from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Shizuo Heiwajima from Durarara!!, Karasu from ...more

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Kenneth Mars is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Kenneth Mars Malcolm in the Middle, Laverne & Shirley, Darkwing Duck Kenneth Mars was an American television, film and voice actor. He may be best-remembered for starring in two Mel Brooks films: the insane Nazi playwright Franz Liebkind in 1968's The Producers, ...more

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Jennifer Morrison is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Jennifer Morrison 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
Richard Newman 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
Lauren Tom 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
Marilu Henner 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 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
Cassidy Freeman 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 Z. Leonard 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
Martin Mull Sabrina^! the Teenage Witch, Danny Phantom, Mary Hartman^! Mary Hartman 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
Brian Doyle-Murray 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
Jack Benny 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
Bonnie Hunt 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
Larenz Tate 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 Dead Presidents, Love Jones, A Man ...more

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Sendhil Ramamurthy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Sendhil Ramamurthy 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
Adam Baldwin 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
Hugh Hefner The Girls Next Door, E!'s Pam: Girl on the Loose!, Spike Guys' Choice Awards Hugh Marston Hefner is an American adult magazine publisher, businessman, and a well-known playboy. This Chicago, Illinois native is a former journalist for Esquire and World War II veteran but ...more

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Quincy Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Quincy Jones 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
Virginia Madsen 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
Barbara Barrie 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
Gillian Anderson 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
Jennifer Beals 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
Michael Madsen 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
Avery Schreiber 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
Billy Zane The Deep End William George "Billy" Zane, Jr. is an American actor and producer. He is best known for playing Hughie in Dead Calm, Kit Walker / The Phantom in The Phantom, Caledon Hockley in ...more

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Christine Ebersole is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous TV Actors from Chicago
Christine Ebersole 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.