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List of famous people from Chicago, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Chicago, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Chicago you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Chicago, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

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Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Robin Williams Died at 63 (1951-2014) 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

Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Harrison Ford age 75 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

Bernie Mac is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Bernie Mac Died at 51 (1957-2008) 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

Soulja Boy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Soulja Boy age 27 DeAndre Cortez Way, better known by his stage name Soulja Boy Tell 'Em, or simply Soulja Boy, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur. In September 2007, his single ...more

John Wayne Gacy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Chicago
John Wayne Gacy Died at 52 (1942-1994) John Wayne Gacy, Jr., also known as the Killer Clown, was an American serial killer and rapist who was convicted of the sexual assault and murder of a minimum of 33 teenage boys and young men in ...more

Terrence Howard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Terrence Howard age 49 Terrence Howard is an actor, singer-songwriter, film producer and record producer.

Jack Benny is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Jack Benny Died at 80 (1894-1974) 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

Betty Ford is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Betty Ford Died at 93 (1918-2011) Betty Ford was an actress and a writer

Jim Belushi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Jim Belushi age 63 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

R. Kelly is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Chicago
R. Kelly age 51 Robert Sylvester Kelly, known professionally as R. Kelly, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, rapper and former professional basketball player. A native of Chicago, Illinois, ...more

Billy Zane is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Billy Zane age 52 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

Pat Sajak is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Pat Sajak age 71 Pat Sajak is an American television personality, former weatherman, actor and talk show host, best known as the host of the American television game show Wheel of Fortune.

Michael Clarke Duncan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Michael Clarke Duncan Died at 55 (1957-2012) 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

Ben Savage is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Ben Savage age 37 Bennett Joseph "Ben" Savage is an American actor. He is best known for his lead role as Cory Matthews on the ABC sitcom Boy Meets World and its Disney Channel sequel Girl Meets World.

Maeve Quinlan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Maeve Quinlan age 53 Maeve Anne Quinlan is an American actress and former professional tennis player. She is best known for starring as Megan Conley for 10 years in The Bold and the Beautiful and for the critically ...more

Nicole Narain is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Nicole Narain age 43 Nicole Narain is an American model and actress.

Harvey Korman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Harvey Korman Died at 81 (1927-2008) Harvey Herschel Korman was an American comedic actor who performed in television and movie productions and was also a voice artist. His big break was being a featured performer on CBS's The ...more

Maria Shriver is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Maria Shriver age 62 Maria Owings Shriver is an American journalist, activist, author of six best-selling books, and former First Lady of California as the wife of former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. ...more

Frances McDormand is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Frances McDormand age 60 Frances Louise McDormand is an American actress. She married director and writer Joel Coen in 1984 and has starred in several of the Coen brothers' films, including Blood Simple, Raising ...more

Harold Ramis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Harold Ramis Died at 70 (1944-2014) 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

Penny Pritzker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Penny Pritzker age 58 Penny Sue Pritzker is an American business executive, entrepreneur, civic leader, and philanthropist who is currently serving as the 38th United States Secretary of Commerce. She is the founder ...more

Alan Berg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Alan Berg Died at 50 (1934-1984) Alan Berg was an American attorney and Denver, Colorado, talk radio show host. Berg was notable for his largely liberal, outspoken viewpoints and confrontational interview style. On the evening ...more

Anton LaVey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Anton LaVey Died at 67 (1930-1997) Anton Szandor LaVey was an American author, occultist, and musician. He was the founder of the Church of Satan as well as the author of The Satanic Bible and the founder of LaVeyan Satanism, a ...more

Don Cornelius is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Don Cornelius Died at 76 (1936-2012) Donald Cortez "Don" Cornelius was an American television show host and producer who was best known as the creator of the nationally syndicated dance and music franchise Soul Train, ...more

Ralph Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Ralph Bellamy Died at 87 (1904-1991) Ralph Bellamy was an American actor whose career spanned 62 years on stage, screen and television. During his career, he played leading roles as well as supporting roles, garnering acclaim and

Dorothy Malone is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Dorothy Malone age 93 Dorothy Malone is an American actress. Her film career began in 1943, and in her early years she played small roles, mainly in B-movies. After a decade in films, she began to acquire a more ...more

Jason Robards Jr. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Jason Robards Jr. Died at 78 (1922-2000) Jason Nelson Robards, Jr. was an American actor on stage, and in film and television. He was a winner of the Tony Award, two Academy Awards and the Emmy Award. He was also a United States Navy ...more

Lou Rawls is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Lou Rawls Died at 73 (1933-2006) Louis Allen "Lou" Rawls was an American recording artist, voice actor, songwriter, and record producer. He is best known for his singing ability: Frank Sinatra once said that Rawls had ...more

Dorothy Kilgallen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Dorothy Kilgallen Died at 52 (1913-1965) Dorothy Mae Kilgallen was an American journalist and television game show panelist. She started her career early as a reporter for the Hearst Corporation's New York Evening Journal after ...more

Kathryn Joosten is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Kathryn Joosten Died at 73 (1939-2012) Kathryn Joosten was an American television actress best known for her regular role as Karen McCluskey in Desperate Housewives, for which she won two Emmy Awards, and for her recurring role in ...more

Kirby Puckett is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Kirby Puckett Died at 46 (1960-2006) Anthony Kirby Puckett was an American professional baseball player. He played his entire 12-year Major League Baseball career playing as a center fielder for the Minnesota Twins. Puckett is the ...more

Dan Rostenkowski is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Dan Rostenkowski Died at 82 (1928-2010) Daniel David "Dan" Rostenkowski was a United States Representative from Chicago, serving from 1959 to 1995. He become one of the most powerful legislators in Washington, especially in ...more

Benny Goodman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Benny Goodman Died at 77 (1909-1986) Benjamin David "Benny" Goodman was an American jazz and swing musician, clarinetist and bandleader, known as the "King of Swing". In the mid-1930s, Benny Goodman led one of ...more

Paul Frees is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Paul Frees Died at 66 (1920-1986) 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

Blanche Sweet is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Blanche Sweet Died at 90 (1896-1986) Sarah Blanche Sweet was an American silent film actress who began her career in the earliest days of the Hollywood motion picture film industry.

Adolph Dubs is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Adolph Dubs Died at 59 (1920-1979) Adolph "Spike" Dubs was the United States Ambassador to Afghanistan from May 13, 1978 until his death in 1979. He was killed in an exchange of gunfire after a kidnapping attempt.

George Gobel is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Chicago
George Gobel Died at 72 (1919-1991) George Leslie Gobel was an American comedian and actor. He was best known as the star of his own weekly NBC television show, The George Gobel Show, which ran from 1954 to 1960.

Dennis Farina is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Dennis Farina Died at 69 (1944-2013) Dennis Farina was an American actor of film and television and former Chicago police officer. He was a character actor, often typecast as a mobster or police officer. His most known film roles ...more

Kimberly Page is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Kimberly Page age 48 Kimberly Lynn Bacon is an American former professional wrestling personality. Known by her ring name Kimberly Page, she performed as the valet for her then-husband Diamond Dallas Page. She ...more

Harold Washington is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Harold Washington Died at 65 (1922-1987) Harold Lee Washington was an American lawyer, politician and elected in 1983 as the 51st Mayor of Chicago. He was the first African-American Mayor of Chicago, serving from April 29, 1983 until ...more

Victor Young is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Victor Young Died at 56 (1900-1956) Victor Young was an American composer, arranger, violinist and conductor. He was born in Chicago.

Richard J. Daley is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Richard J. Daley Died at 74 (1902-1976) Richard Joseph Daley was an American politician who was the Mayor of Chicago for 21 years and chairman of the Cook County Democratic Central Committee for 23 years, holding both positions until ...more

Christopher Hyatt is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Christopher Hyatt Died at 65 (1943-2008) Christopher Hyatt, born Alan Ronald Miller, was an American occultist, author, and founder of the Extreme Individual Institute. He is best known as president of New Falcon Publications.

Terry Kath is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Terry Kath Died at 32 (1946-1978) Terry Alan Kath was an American musician and songwriter, best known as the original guitarist, co-lead singer and founding member of the rock band Chicago. He has been praised by the band for ...more

Sam Wanamaker is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Sam Wanamaker Died at 74 (1919-1993) Sam Wanamaker was an actor and film and tv director.

Stuart M. Kaminsky is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Stuart M. Kaminsky Died at 75 (1934-2009) Stuart M. Kaminsky was an American mystery writer and film professor. He is known for three long-running series of mystery novels featuring the protagonists Toby Peters, a private detective in ...more

Arch Oboler is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Arch Oboler Died at 78 (1909-1987) Arch Oboler was an American playwright, screenwriter, novelist, producer, and director who was active in radio, films, theater, and television. He generated much attention with his radio ...more

Niall Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Niall Kennedy age 38

Paul Sills is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Paul Sills Died at 81 (1927-2008) Paul Silverberg was a director and improvisation teacher, and the original director of Chicago's The Second City.

John Marshall Harlan II is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Chicago
John Marshall Harlan II Died at 72 (1899-1971) John Marshall Harlan was an American jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court from 1955 to 1971. His namesake was his grandfather John Marshall Harlan, another associate ...more