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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
Meg Ryan age 55 - Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra, known professionally as Meg Ryan, is an American actress and film producer. After playing minor roles in film and television, Ryan's breakout role came with the ...more

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Cassie Ventura is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Cassie Ventura age 30 - Casandra Elizabeth Ventura, known mononymously as Cassie, is an American recording artist, dancer, actress and model. Born in New London, Connecticut, she began her career as a result of meeting ...more

Katharine Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Katharine Hepburn Died at 96 (1907-2003) - Katharine Houghton Hepburn was an American actress. Known for her fierce independence and spirited personality, Hepburn was a leading lady in Hollywood for more than 60 years. She appeared in a ...more

Paul Giamatti is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Paul Giamatti age 49 - Paul Edward Valentine Giamatti is an American actor. Giamatti began his career as a supporting actor in several films produced during the 1990s including Private Parts, The Truman Show, Saving ...more

Lisa Lampanelli is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Lisa Lampanelli age 55 - Lisa Lampanelli is an American stand-up comedian and insult comic. She is noted for her racy and controversial style of comedy. Much of her material is ethnic humor, centering around various ...more

Glenn Close is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Glenn Close age 70 - Glenn Close is an American film, television and stage actress. Throughout her long and varied career, she has been consistently acclaimed for her versatility and is widely regarded as one of the ...more

Kari Wührer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Kari Wührer age 49 - Kari Samantha Wuhrer is an American actress and singer.

Justin Long is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Justin Long age 37 - Justin Jacob Long is an American actor, known for his roles in the films Jeepers Creepers, Galaxy Quest, Dodgeball, Accepted, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and Live Free or Die Hard, for his role as ...more

Lauren Ambrose is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Lauren Ambrose age 39 - Lauren Ambrose is an American film, television, and stage actress.

Robert Mitchum is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Robert Mitchum Died at 80 (1917-1997) - Robert Charles Durman Mitchum was an American film actor, author, composer and singer. Mitchum rose to prominence for his starring roles in several classic films noir, and is generally ...more

Brian Dennehy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Brian Dennehy age 78 - Brian Mannion Dennehy is an American actor of film, stage, and television. He has won one Golden Globe, two Tony Awards and has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award six times.

Dylan McDermott is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Dylan McDermott age 55 - Dylan McDermott is an American actor. He is known for his role as lawyer and law firm head Bobby Donnell on the legal drama series The Practice, which earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best ...more

Lisa Robin Kelly is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Lisa Robin Kelly Died at 43 (1970-2013) - Lisa Robin Kelly was an American actress best known for her roles on That '70s Show and Amityville Dollhouse. Prior to her role in That '70s Show, she had small roles in several sitcoms.

Larry Kramer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Larry Kramer age 81 - Larry Kramer is an American playwright, author, public health advocate, and LGBT rights activist. He began his career rewriting scripts while working for Columbia Pictures, which led him to ...more

Stephanie McMahon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Stephanie McMahon age 40 - Stephanie McMahon Levesque is an American businesswoman, professional wrestling valet, occasional professional wrestler, minority owner, and Chief Brand Officer of WWE. She has worked for WWE ...more

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Richard Belzer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Richard Belzer age 71 - Richard Jay Belzer is an American stand-up comedian, author, and actor. He is perhaps best known for his role as John Munch, whom he has portrayed as a regular cast member on the NBC police ...more

Michael Bolton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Michael Bolton age 64 - Michael Bolotin, known professionally as Michael Bolton, is an American singer and songwriter. Bolton originally performed in the hard rock and heavy metal genres from the mid-1970s to the ...more

Charlotte Perkins Gilman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Charlotte Perkins Gilman Died at 75 (1860-1935) - Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a prominent American feminist, sociologist, novelist, writer of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction, and a lecturer for social reform. She was a utopian feminist ...more

George Murphy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
George Murphy Died at 90 (1902-1992) - George Lloyd Murphy 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. He was the president of the ...more

Alwin Nikolais is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Alwin Nikolais Died at 83 (1910-1993) - Alwin Nikolais was an American choreographer.

John Ratzenberger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
John Ratzenberger age 70 - John Deszo Ratzenberger is an American actor, voice actor, and entrepreneur. He is best known for his role as Cliff Clavin in Cheers and his recurring supporting/minor cast roles in Pixar films. ...more

Charles Ives is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Charles Ives Died at 80 (1874-1954) - Charles Edward Ives was an American modernist composer. He is one of the first American composers of international renown, though his music was largely ignored during his life, and many of his ...more

Benjamin Spock is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Benjamin Spock Died at 95 (1903-1998) - Benjamin McLane Spock was an American pediatrician whose book Baby and Child Care, published in 1946, is one of the best-sellers of all time. Its message to mothers is that "you know more ...more

Mark McGrath is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Mark McGrath age 49 - Mark Sayers McGrath is an American singer of the rock band Sugar Ray. McGrath is also known for his work as a co-host of Extra, and he was the host of Don't Forget the Lyrics! in 2010. Mark is ...more

Nancy McKinstry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Nancy McKinstry age 58 - Nancy McKinstry is CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Wolters Kluwer since September 1, 2003, and Member of the Executive Board since June 1, 2001. She successfully led the ...more

Ted Knight is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Ted Knight Died at 63 (1923-1986) - Ted Knight was an American actor and voice artist perhaps best known for playing the comedic role of Ted Baxter in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Henry Rush in Too Close for Comfort, and Judge Elihu ...more

Jonathan Edwards is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Jonathan Edwards Died at 55 (1703-1758) - Jonathan Edwards was a Protestant preacher, philosopher, and theologian. Edwards "is widely acknowledged to be America's most important and original philosophical theologian," and one ...more

Frank J. Sprague is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Frank J. Sprague Died at 77 (1857-1934) - Frank Julian Sprague was an American naval officer and inventor who contributed to the development of the electric motor, electric railways, and electric elevators. His contributions were ...more

Harold Berman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Harold Berman Died at 89 (1918-2007) - Harold J. Berman was an American legal scholar who was an expert in comparative, international and Soviet/Russian law as well as legal history, philosophy of law and the intersection of law and ...more

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Ed Begley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Ed Begley Died at 69 (1901-1970) - Edward James "Ed" Begley, Sr. was an American actor of theatre, radio, film, and television.

Timothy Patrick Murphy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Timothy Patrick Murphy Died at 29 (1959-1988) - Timothy Patrick Murphy was an American actor, perhaps best known for his role as "Mickey Trotter" on the popular CBS prime time soap opera Dallas during the 1982–83 and 1983-84

Nathan Hale is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Nathan Hale Died at 21 (1755-1776) - Nathan Hale was a soldier for the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. He volunteered for an intelligence-gathering mission in New York City but was captured by the British ...more

Anna Sokolow is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Anna Sokolow Died at 90 (1910-2000) - Anna Sokoloff was the wife of Alex North.

Alfred Newman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Alfred Newman Died at 69 (1901-1970) - Alfred Newman was a film score composer, music arranger and conductor.

Patrick Tufts is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Patrick Tufts Patrick Tufts is a computer scientist and inventor. He created Alexa Internet's collaborative filter for creating related web site recommendations and later, one of Amazon.com's most successful ...more

Frederic Eugene Ives is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Frederic Eugene Ives Died at 81 (1856-1937) - Frederic Eugene Ives was a U.S. inventor, born at Litchfield, Connecticut. In 1874–78 he had charge of the photographic laboratory at Cornell University. He moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, ...more

James B. Lee is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
James B. Lee age 63 - James B. Lee Jr., commonly known as Jimmy, is an investment banker, notable for his role in the development of the leveraged finance markets in the U.S. in the 1980s. Lee is widely credited as ...more

Eliphalet Remington is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Eliphalet Remington Died at 68 (1793-1861) - Eliphalet Remington designed the Remington rifle and founded what is now known as the Remington Arms Co., L.L.C. Originally the company was known as E. Remington followed by E. Remington & ...more

Will Friedle is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Will Friedle age 40 - William Alan "Will" Friedle is an American actor, voice actor and comedian. He is best known for his comedic roles, most notably the underachieving elder brother Eric Matthews on the ...more

Christopher Buckley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Christopher Buckley age 64 - Christopher Taylor Buckley is an American political satirist and the author of novels including God Is My Broker, Thank You for Smoking, Little Green Men, The White House Mess, No Way to Treat a ...more

Barbara McClintock is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Barbara McClintock Died at 90 (1902-1992) - Barbara McClintock, was an American scientist and cytogeneticist who was awarded the 1983 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. McClintock received her PhD in botany from Cornell University in ...more

William Nolan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
William Nolan Died at 60 (1894-1954) - William Nolan was an animated cartoon writer, animator, director, and artist.

Abraham Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Abraham Baldwin Died at 53 (1754-1807) - Abraham Baldwin was a Connecticut-born and raised minister, Patriot, American politician, and Founding Father. A graduate of Yale University and its divinity school, after the Revolutionary War ...more

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Roger Wolcott Sperry is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Roger Wolcott Sperry Died at 81 (1913-1994) - Roger Wolcott Sperry was a neuropsychologist, neurobiologist and Nobel laureate who, together with David Hunter Hubel and Torsten Nils Wiesel, won the 1981 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine ...more

Brien McMahon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Brien McMahon Died at 49 (1903-1952) - Brien McMahon, born James O'Brien McMahon was an American lawyer and politician who served in the United States Senate from 1945 to 1952. McMahon was a major figure in the establishment of the ...more

Harry K. Daghlian, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Harry K. Daghlian, Jr. Died at 24 (1921-1945) - Haroutune Krikor Daghlian, Jr. was an Armenian American physicist with the Manhattan Project who accidentally irradiated himself on August 21, 1945, during a critical mass experiment at the ...more

H. Allen Brooks is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
H. Allen Brooks age 90 - H. Allen Brooks was an architectural historian and longtime professor at the University of Toronto. Brooks has written on Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School and on the early years of Le ...more

Frederick Law Olmsted is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Frederick Law Olmsted Died at 81 (1822-1903) - Frederick Law Olmsted was an American landscape architect, journalist, social critic, and public administrator. He is popularly considered to be the father of American landscape architecture, ...more

Charles Whittlesey is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Charles Whittlesey Died at 78 (1808-1886) - Charles Whittlesey was a soldier, geologist and an investigator of mounds relics of the United States. He is described by Ephraim George Squier and Edwin Hamilton Davis, in their book Ancient ...more

Michael O'Shea is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Connecticut
Michael O'Shea Died at 67 (1906-1973) - Michael O'Shea was an American character actor whose career spanned the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. O'Shea was born in Hartford, Connecticut. Unlike his five brothers who became policemen, he ...more