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Famous People From Chicago

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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.

List features Don Cornelius, Lynn Morley Martin and more.

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.
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  • Robin Williams

    Robin Williams

    Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor and comedian.... more on Wikipedia

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  • Harrison Ford

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    Harrison Ford (born July 13, 1942) is an American actor. He gained worldwide fame for his... more on Wikipedia

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  • Bernie Mac

    Bernie Mac

    Dec. at 51 (1957-2008)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Bernard Jeffrey McCullough (October 5, 1957 – August 9, 2008), better known by his stage name... more on Wikipedia
  • Soulja Boy

    Soulja Boy

    Age: 30

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    DeAndre Cortez Way (born July 28, 1990), better known as Soulja Boy Tell 'Em or simply Soulja... more on Wikipedia

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  • John Wayne Gacy

    John Wayne Gacy

    Dec. at 52 (1942-1994)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    John Wayne Gacy (March 17, 1942 – May 10, 1994) was an American serial killer who raped,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Terrence Howard

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Terrence Dashon Howard (born March 11, 1969) is an American actor and singer. Having his first... more on Wikipedia

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  • Jack Benny

    Jack Benny

    Dec. at 80 (1894-1974)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA

    Jack Benny (born Benjamin Kubelsky, February 14, 1894 – December 26, 1974) (often called... more on Wikipedia

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  • Betty Ford

    Betty Ford

    Dec. at 93 (1918-2011)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Elizabeth Anne Ford (née Bloomer; April 8, 1918 – July 8, 2011) was the First Lady of the... more on Wikipedia

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  • Jim Belushi

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA

    James Adam Belushi (; born June 15, 1954) is an Albanian-American actor, voice actor,... more on Wikipedia

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  • R. Kelly

    R. Kelly

    Age: 53

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Robert Sylvester Kelly (born January 8, 1967)[8] is an American singer, songwriter, record... more on Wikipedia

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  • Billy Zane

    Billy Zane

    Age: 54

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    William George Zane Jr. (born February 24, 1966) is an American actor and producer. He is best... more on Wikipedia

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  • Pat Sajak

    Pat Sajak

    Age: 73

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Pat Sajak ( SAY-jak, born Patrick Leonard Sajdak; October 26, 1946) is an American television... more on Wikipedia

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  • Michael Clarke Duncan

    Michael Clarke Duncan

    Dec. at 55 (1957-2012)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Michael Clarke Duncan (December 10, 1957 – September 3, 2012) was an American actor best known... more on Wikipedia

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  • Ben Savage

    Ben Savage

    Age: 40

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Bennett Joseph Savage (born September 13, 1980) is an American actor. He played the lead role... more on Wikipedia

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  • Maeve Quinlan

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Maeve Quinlan (born November 16, 1964 in Chicago) is an American actress and former... more on Wikipedia
  • Harvey Korman

    Harvey Korman

    Dec. at 81 (1927-2008)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Harvey Herschel Korman (February 15, 1927 – May 29, 2008) was an American actor and comedian,... more on Wikipedia
  • Maria Shriver

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Maria Owings Shriver (born November 6, 1955) is an American journalist, author, and former... more on Wikipedia

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  • Frances McDormand

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Frances Louise McDormand (born Cynthia Ann Smith, June 23, 1957) is an American actress. She... more on Wikipedia

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  • Harold Ramis

    Harold Ramis

    Dec. at 70 (1944-2014)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Harold Allen Ramis (; November 21, 1944 – February 24, 2014) was an American actor, director,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Penny Pritzker

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Alan Berg

    Alan Berg

    Dec. at 50 (1934-1984)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Alan Harrison Berg (January 1, 1934 – June 18, 1984) was an American attorney and talk radio... more on Wikipedia
  • Anton LaVey

    Anton LaVey

    Dec. at 67 (1930-1997)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Anton Szandor LaVey (born Howard Stanton Levey; April 11, 1930 – October 29, 1997) was an... more on Wikipedia

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  • Don Cornelius

    Don Cornelius

    Dec. at 76 (1936-2012)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Donald Cortez Cornelius (September 27, 1936 – February 1, 2012) was an American television... more on Wikipedia
  • Ralph Bellamy

    Ralph Bellamy

    Dec. at 87 (1904-1991)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Ralph Rexford Bellamy (June 17, 1904 – November 29, 1991) was an American actor whose career... more on Wikipedia

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  • Dorothy Malone

    Dorothy Malone

    Age: 95

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Mary Dorothy Maloney (January 29, 1924 – January 19, 2018) was an American actress. Her film... more on Wikipedia

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