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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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If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Chicago?" or "Which celebrities were born in Chicago?" then this list is a great resource for you.
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)
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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Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Chicago
age 76
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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Bernie Mac is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Dec. at 51 (1957-2008)
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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Soulja Boy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Chicago
age 28
DeAndre Cortez Way (born July 28, 1990), better known as Soulja Boy Tell 'Em or simply Soulja Boy, is an American rapper, record producer, actor and entrepreneur. In September 2007, his debut ...more

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John Wayne Gacy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Dec. at 52 (1942-1994)
John Wayne Gacy (March 17, 1942 – May 10, 1994) was an American serial killer who raped, tortured and murdered at least 33 teenage boys and young men between 1972 and 1978 in Cook County, ...more

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Terrence Howard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Chicago
age 49
Terrence Dashon Howard (born March 11, 1969) is an American actor and singer. Having his first major roles in the 1995 films Dead Presidents and Mr. Holland's Opus, Howard broke into the ...more

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Jack Benny is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Died at 80 (1894-1974)
Jack Benny (born Benjamin Kubelsky, February 14, 1894 – December 26, 1974) (often called "Jackson" on his own show), was an American comedian, vaudevillian, radio, television and film ...more

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Betty Ford is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Dec. at 93 (1918-2011)
Elizabeth Anne Ford (née Bloomer; April 8, 1918 – July 8, 2011) was the First Lady of the United States from 1974 to 1977, as the wife of President Gerald Ford. As First Lady, she was ...more

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Jim Belushi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Chicago
age 64
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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R. Kelly is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Chicago
age 52
Robert Sylvester Kelly (born January 8, 1967)[8] is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and former semi-professional basketball player. Kelly is known for songs including ...more

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Billy Zane is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Chicago
age 53
William George Zane Jr. (born February 24, 1966) is an American actor and producer. He is best known for his villainous role as Caledon Hockley in the epic romantic disaster film Titanic (1997), ...more

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Pat Sajak is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Chicago
age 72
Pat Sajak ( SAY-jak, born Patrick Leonard Sajdak; October 26, 1946) is an American television personality, former weatherman, and talk show host, best known as the host of the American ...more

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Michael Clarke Duncan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Dec. at 55 (1957-2012)
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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Ben Savage is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Chicago
age 38
Bennett Joseph Savage (born September 13, 1980) is an American actor. He played the lead role of Cory Matthews on the ABC sitcom Boy Meets World (1993–2000) and its Disney Channel sequel Girl ...more

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Maeve Quinlan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Chicago
age 54
Maeve Quinlan (born November 16, 1964 in Chicago) is an American actress and former professional tennis player. She is best known for starring as Megan Conley for 11 years in The Bold and the ...more
Harvey Korman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Died at 81 (1927-2008)
Harvey Herschel Korman (February 15, 1927 – May 29, 2008) was an American actor and comedian, who performed in television and film productions. His big break was being a featured performer on ...more

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Maria Shriver is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Chicago
age 63
Maria Owings Shriver (born November 6, 1955) is an American journalist, author, and former First Lady of California. She was married to former Governor of California and actor Arnold ...more

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Frances McDormand is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Chicago
age 58
Frances Louise McDormand (born Cynthia Ann Smith, June 23, 1957) is an American actress. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including two Academy Awards, two Primetime Emmy Awards, and ...more

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Harold Ramis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Died at 70 (1944-2014)
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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Penny Pritzker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Chicago
age 59
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Alan Berg is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Dec. at 50 (1934-1984)
Alan Harrison Berg (January 1, 1934 – June 18, 1984) was an American attorney and talk radio show host in Denver, Colorado. Berg was known for his liberal, outspoken viewpoints and ...more

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Anton LaVey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Dec. at 67 (1930-1997)
Anton Szandor LaVey (born Howard Stanton Levey; April 11, 1930 – October 29, 1997) was an American author, musician, and occultist. He was the founder of the Church of Satan and the religion of ...more

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Don Cornelius is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Dec. at 76 (1936-2012)
Donald Cortez Cornelius (September 27, 1936 – February 1, 2012) was an American television show host and producer who was best known as the creator of the nationally syndicated dance and music ...more

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Ralph Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Dec. at 87 (1904-1991)
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Dorothy Malone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Dorothy Malone age 94
Mary Dorothy Maloney (January 29, 1924 – January 19, 2018) was an American actress. Her film career began in 1943, and in her early years she played small roles, mainly in B-movies. After a ...more

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