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List of famous people from Connecticut, 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 Connecticut, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Connecticut 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 Connecticut, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

C. Howard Crane and Andrew Salter are included in this list.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Connecticut?" or "Which celebrities were born in Connecticut?" then this list is a great resource for you.
Meg Ryan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Age: 57

Birthplace: Fairfield, Connecticut, United States of America

Meg Ryan (born Margaret Mary Emily Hyra; November 19, 1961) is an American actress and producer. Ryan began her acting career in 1981 in minor roles before joining the cast of the CBS soap opera ...more

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Cassie Ventura is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Age: 32

Birthplace: New London, Connecticut, United States of America

Casandra Elizabeth Ventura (born August 26, 1986), known mononymously as Cassie, is an American singer, dancer, actress and model. Born in New London, Connecticut, she began her career as a ...more

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Katharine Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Dec. at 96 (1907-2003)

Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America

Katharine Houghton Hepburn (May 12, 1907 – June 29, 2003) was an American actress. Known for her fierce independence and spirited personality, Hepburn was a leading lady in Hollywood for more ...more

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Paul Giamatti is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Age: 51

Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

Paul Edward Valentine Giamatti (; born June 6, 1967) is an American actor and producer. He first garnered attention for his breakout role in Private Parts (1997) as Kenny "Pig Vomit" ...more

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Lisa Lampanelli is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Age: 57

Birthplace: Trumbull, Connecticut, United States of America

Lisa Lampanelli (born Lisa Marie Lampugnale; July 19, 1961) is an American former stand-up comedian, actress and insult comic. Much of her material is racy and features ethnic humor, centering ...more

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Glenn Close is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Age: 71

Birthplace: USA, Connecticut, Greenwich

Glenn Close (born March 19, 1947) is an American actress, singer, and producer. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including three Primetime Emmy Awards, three Tony Awards, and three ...more

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Kari Wührer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Age: 51

Birthplace: Brookfield, USA, Connecticut

Kari Samantha Wuhrer (born April 28, 1967) is an American actress and singer. Wuhrer began her career as a teenager, and is best known for her time as a cast member on MTV's Remote Control, as ...more

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Justin Long is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Age: 40

Birthplace: Fairfield, Connecticut, United States of America

Justin Jacob Long (born June 2, 1978) is an American actor, comedian and humorist known for roles in such films as Jeepers Creepers (2001), Dodgeball (2004), Accepted (2006), Alvin and the ...more

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Lauren Ambrose is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Age: 41

Birthplace: USA, Connecticut, New Haven

Lauren Ambrose (born Lauren Anne D'Ambruoso, February 20, 1978) is an American actress and singer. Ambrose is most known for her television roles as Claire Fisher in Six Feet Under (2001–2005), ...more

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Robert Mitchum is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Dec. at 80 (1917-1997)

Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States of America

Robert Charles Durman Mitchum (August 6, 1917 – July 2, 1997) was an American film actor, director, author, poet, composer, and singer. Mitchum rose to prominence for his starring roles in ...more

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Brian Dennehy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Age: 77

Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States of America

Brian Manion Dennehy (July 9, 1938 - April 15, 2020) is an American actor of film, stage, and television. A winner of one Golden Globe, two Tony Awards and a recipient of six Primetime Emmy ...more

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Dylan McDermott is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Age: 57

Birthplace: USA, Connecticut, Waterbury

Dylan McDermott (born Mark Anthony McDermott; October 26, 1961) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as lawyer and law firm head Bobby Donnell on the legal drama series The ...more

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Lisa Robin Kelly is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Lisa Robin Kelly Dec. at 43 (1970-2013)

Birthplace: Southington, Connecticut, United States of America

Lisa Robin Kelly (March 5, 1970 – August 15, 2013) was an American actress. She was best known for her role as Laurie Forman on the TV series That '70s Show
Larry Kramer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Age: 83

Birthplace: Eastern United States, Fairfield County, New England, Connecticut, United States of America, + more

Larry Kramer (born June 25, 1935) is an American playwright, author, film producer, public health advocate, and LGBT rights activist. He began his career rewriting scripts while working for ...more

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Stephanie McMahon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Age: 42
Stephanie McMahon Levesque (born Stephanie Marie McMahon; September 24, 1976), known professionally as Stephanie McMahon, is an American businesswoman and professional wrestling personality. She ...more

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Richard Belzer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Age: 74

Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA

Richard Jay Belzer (born August 4, 1944) is an American stand-up comedian, author, and actor. He is best known for his role as BPD Detective, NYPD Detective/Sergeant and DA Investigator John ...more

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Michael Bolton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Age: 66

Birthplace: USA, Connecticut, New Haven

Michael Bolotin (born February 26, 1953), known professionally as Michael Bolton, is an American singer and songwriter. Bolton originally performed in the hard rock and heavy metal genres from ...more

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Dec. at 75 (1860-1935)

Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (; née Perkins; July 3, 1860 – August 17, 1935), also known as Charlotte Perkins Stetson, her first married name, was a prominent American humanist, novelist, ...more

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George Murphy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Dec. at 90 (1902-1992)

Birthplace: USA, Connecticut, New Haven

George Lloyd Murphy (July 4, 1902 – May 3, 1992) was an American dancer, actor, and politician. Murphy was a song-and-dance leading man in many big-budget Hollywood musicals from 1930 to 1952. ...more

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Alwin Nikolais is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Dec. at 83 (1910-1993)

Birthplace: Southington, Connecticut, United States of America

Alwin Nikolais (November 25, 1910 in Southington, Connecticut – May 8, 1993) was an American choreographer.
John Ratzenberger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Age: 71

Birthplace: USA, Connecticut, Bridgeport

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Charles Ives is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Charles Ives Dec. at 80 (1874-1954)

Birthplace: Danbury, Connecticut

Charles Edward Ives (; October 20, 1874 – May 19, 1954) was an American modernist composer, being one of the first American composers of international renown. Previously, his music was largely ...more
Benjamin Spock is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Dec. at 95 (1903-1998)

Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut

Benjamin McLane Spock (May 2, 1903 – March 15, 1998) was an American pediatrician whose book Baby and Child Care (1946) is one of the best-selling volumes in history. The book's premise to ...more

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Mark McGrath is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Age: 50

Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Mark Sayers McGrath (born March 15, 1968) is an American singer who is the lead vocalist of the rock band Sugar Ray. McGrath is also known for his work as a co-host of Extra, and he was the host ...more

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Nancy McKinstry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Age: 60

Birthplace: Connecticut

Nancy McKinstry (born 4 January 1959), is an American businesswoman, now living in the Netherlands, and is CEO and chairman of the executive board of Wolters Kluwer since September 2003, and a ...more