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

List ranges from Anita Silvey to Jon Fitch, plus much more.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Fort Wayne?" or "Which celebrities were born in Fort Wayne?" then this list is a great resource for you.
Dean Corll is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
Dec. at 34 (1939-1973)

Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana

Dean Arnold Corll (December 24, 1939 – August 8, 1973) was an American serial killer who abducted, raped, tortured, and murdered at least 28 teenage boys and young men between 1970 and 1973 in ...more

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Shelley Long is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
Age: 69

Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States of America

Shelley Lee Long (born August 23, 1949) is an American actress and comedian. She is best known for her role as Diane Chambers on the hit sitcom Cheers, for which she received five Emmy ...more

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Carole Lombard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
Dec. at 34 (1908-1942)

Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States of America

Carole Lombard (born Jane Alice Peters; October 6, 1908 – January 16, 1942) was an American film actress. She was particularly noted for her energetic, often off-beat roles in the screwball ...more

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Mason Plumlee is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
Age: 28

Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana

Mason Alexander Plumlee (born March 5, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). As a freshman in 2009–10, he was a ...more

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Rod Woodson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
Age: 53

Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA

Roderick Kevin Woodson (born March 10, 1965) is a former American football player who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 17 seasons. He had a 10-year stint with the Pittsburgh ...more

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Art Schwind is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
Art Schwind Dec. at 79 (1889-1968)

Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana

Arthur Edwin Schwind was a Major League Baseball player. He played one game with the Boston Braves on October 3, 1912.
Marion Donovan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
Dec. at 81 (1917-1998)

Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana

Marion O'Brien Donovan (October 15, 1917 – November 4, 1998) was an American inventor and entrepreneur. She is best known for developing the first waterproof disposable diaper, a feat which ...more
The Ready Set is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
Age: 29

Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana

Jordan Mark Witzigreuter (born November 14, 1989), known professionally as The Ready Set for more than a decade, is an American singer-songwriter from Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is the lead ...more

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George Jean Nathan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
Dec. at 76 (1882-1958)

Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana

George Jean Nathan (February 14, 1882 – April 8, 1958) was an American drama critic and magazine editor. He worked closely with H. L. Mencken, bringing the literary magazine The Smart Set to ...more
Frank Bursley Taylor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
Dec. at 78 (1860-1938)

Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana

Frank Bursley Taylor (1860 – 1938) was an American geologist, the son of a lawyer in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was a Harvard dropout who studied privately financed in large part by his wealthy ...more
Bruce Nauman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
Bruce Nauman Age: 77

Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana

Bruce Nauman (born December 6, 1941) is an American artist. His practice spans a broad range of media including sculpture, photography, neon, video, drawing, printmaking, and performance. Nauman ...more
Harold Masursky is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
Dec. at 68 (1922-1990)

Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana

Harold Masursky (December 23, 1922 – August 24, 1990) was an American geologist and astronomer.He started his career working for the US Geological Survey and later joined NASA as a senior ...more
Amanda Perez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
Age: 39

Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States of America

Amanda Jane Perez is an American R&B singer-songwriter and record producer.
Bill Everitt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
Dec. at 70 (1868-1938)

Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana

Bill Everitt may refer to: Bill Everitt (baseball) (1868-1938), Major League Baseball player Bill Everitt (racing driver) (1901-1993), MG race car driver
Herm Schaefer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
Dec. at 62 (1918-1980)

Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana

Herman Henry Schaefer (December 20, 1918 – March 21, 1980) was an American professional basketball player and coach. A 6'0" guard/forward from Indiana University, Schaefer played in the ...more
Leonard A. Scheele is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
Dec. at 86 (1907-1993)

Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States of America

Leonard Andrew Scheele (July 25, 1907 – January 8, 1993) was an American physician and public servant. He was appointed the seventh Surgeon General of the United States from 1948 to 1956.
Brad Miller is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
Age: 42

Birthplace: Kendallville, Wayne Township, Indiana

Bradley Alan Miller (born April 12, 1976) is an American former professional basketball player. The two-time NBA All-Star played for six National Basketball Association (NBA) teams.

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William F. Borgmann is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
William F. Borgmann Dec. at 90 (1913-2003)

Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana

William F. "Bill" Borgmann (May 18, 1913 – November 2, 2003) was an American football player and coach and businessman. He was a lineman for the undefeated national champion 1932 and ...more
Cory James Krueckeberg ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
Cory James Krueckeberg Age: 44

Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States of America

Cory James Krueckeberg is a film producer, production designer and screenwriter.
Gray Morrow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
Dec. at 67 (1934-2001)

Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana

Dwight Graydon "Gray" Morrow (March 7, 1934 – November 6, 2001) was an American illustrator of comics and paperback books. He is co-creator of the Marvel Comics muck-monster the ...more
Matt Kelty is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
Matt Kelty

Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana

Matt Kelty, is an Indiana politician, an architect and founder of Kelty Tappy Design. He was the 2007 Republican candidate for Mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana and the 2002 candidate for the 81st ...more
Melvin F. Stute is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
Melvin F. Stute Age: 91

Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana

Melvin Frederick "Mel" Stute is an American trainer of Thoroughbred racehorses. On December 11, 2010, at Hollywood Park Racetrack, he won the 2000th race of a career that includes a ...more
Bernard Pollard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
Bernard Pollard Age: 34

Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana

Bernard Karmell Pollard (born December 23, 1984) is a former American football safety. He played college football at Purdue University, and was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second ...more
Drake Hogestyn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
Age: 65

Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA

Donald Drake Hogestyn ( (born September 29, 1953) is an American actor best known for his long running role as John Black on the American soap opera Days of Our Lives.
Julia Barr is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
Age: 70

Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA

Julia Barr (born Julia Rose Buchheit on February 8, 1949 in Fort Wayne, Indiana) is an American actress. Barr is most famous for her role on the soap opera All My Children, playing the character ...more