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Famous People From Connecticut

Updated February 17, 2019 27.4k views1.0k items

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.
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  • Meg Ryan

    Meg Ryan

    Age: 58

    BirthplaceFairfield, Connecticut, United States of America

    Meg Ryan (born Margaret Mary Emily Hyra; November 19, 1961) is an American actress and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Cassie Ventura

    BirthplaceNew London, Connecticut, United States of America

    Casandra Elizabeth Ventura (born August 26, 1986), known mononymously as Cassie, is an... more on Wikipedia

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  • Katharine Hepburn

    Katharine Hepburn

    Dec. at 96 (1907-2003)

    BirthplaceHartford, Connecticut, United States of America

    Katharine Houghton Hepburn (May 12, 1907 – June 29, 2003) was an American actress. Known for... more on Wikipedia

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  • Paul Giamatti

    BirthplaceNew Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

    Paul Edward Valentine Giamatti (; born June 6, 1967) is an American actor and producer. He... more on Wikipedia

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  • Lisa Lampanelli

    BirthplaceTrumbull, Connecticut, USA

    Lisa Lampanelli (born Lisa Marie Lampugnale; July 19, 1961) is an American former stand-up... more on Wikipedia

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  • Glenn Close

    BirthplaceUSA, Connecticut, Greenwich

    Glenn Close (born March 19, 1947) is an American actress and producer. "Long considered one of... more on Wikipedia

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  • Kari Wührer

    BirthplaceBrookfield, USA, Connecticut

    Kari Samantha Wuhrer (born April 28, 1967) is an American actress and singer. Wuhrer began her... more on Wikipedia

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  • Justin Long

    BirthplaceUSA, Fairfield, Connecticut

    Justin Jacob Long (born June 2, 1978) is an American actor, comedian and humorist known for... more on Wikipedia

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  • Lauren Ambrose

    BirthplaceNew Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

    Lauren Ambrose (born Lauren Anne D'Ambruoso, February 20, 1978) is an American actress and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Robert Mitchum

    Robert Mitchum

    Dec. at 80 (1917-1997)

    BirthplaceBridgeport, Connecticut, United States of America

    Robert Charles Durman Mitchum (August 6, 1917 – July 2, 1997) was an American film actor,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Brian Dennehy

    BirthplaceBridgeport, Connecticut, United States of America

    Brian Manion Dennehy (July 9, 1938 - April 15, 2020) is an American actor of film, stage, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Dylan McDermott

    BirthplaceWaterbury, Connecticut, United States of America

    Dylan McDermott (born Mark Anthony McDermott; October 26, 1961) is an American actor. He is... more on Wikipedia

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  • Lisa Robin Kelly

    Lisa Robin Kelly

    Dec. at 43 (1970-2013)

    BirthplaceSouthington, Connecticut, USA

    Lisa Robin Kelly (March 5, 1970 – August 15, 2013) was an American actress. She was best known... more on Wikipedia
  • Larry Kramer

    BirthplaceEastern United States, Fairfield County, New England, Connecticut, United States of America

    Larry Kramer (born June 25, 1935) is an American playwright, author, film producer, public... more on Wikipedia

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  • Stephanie McMahon
    Stephanie McMahon Levesque (born Stephanie Marie McMahon; September 24, 1976), known... more on Wikipedia
  • Richard Belzer

    BirthplaceBridgeport, Connecticut, USA

    Richard Jay Belzer (born August 4, 1944) is an American stand-up comedian, author, and actor.... more on Wikipedia

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  • Michael Bolton

    BirthplaceNew Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

    Michael Bolotin (born February 26, 1953), known professionally as Michael Bolton, is an... more on Wikipedia

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  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman

    Charlotte Perkins Gilman

    Dec. at 75 (1860-1935)

    BirthplaceHartford, Connecticut

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  • George Murphy

    George Murphy

    Dec. at 90 (1902-1992)

    BirthplaceUSA, Connecticut, New Haven

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  • Alwin Nikolais

    Alwin Nikolais

    Dec. at 83 (1910-1993)

    BirthplaceEastern United States, Hartford County, New England, Connecticut, United States of America

    Alwin Nikolais (November 25, 1910 in Southington, Connecticut – May 8, 1993) was an American... more on Wikipedia
  • John Ratzenberger

    BirthplaceBridgeport, Connecticut, United States of America

    John Dezso Ratzenberger (born April 6, 1947) is an American actor, voice actor, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Charles Ives

    Charles Ives

    Dec. at 80 (1874-1954)

    BirthplaceDanbury, Connecticut

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  • Benjamin Spock

    Benjamin Spock

    Dec. at 95 (1903-1998)

    BirthplaceNew Haven, Connecticut

    Benjamin McLane Spock (May 2, 1903 – March 15, 1998) was an American pediatrician whose book... more on Wikipedia
  • Mark McGrath

    BirthplaceHartford, Connecticut, United States of America

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  • Nancy McKinstry

    BirthplaceConnecticut

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