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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)
Dean Arnold Corll was an American who did horrible things.
Shelley Long is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
age 69
Shelley Lee Long is an American actress, best known for her role as Diane Chambers in the sitcom Cheers, for which she received five Emmy nominations, winning in 1983 for Outstanding Lead ...more
Carole Lombard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
Dec. at 34 (1908-1942)
Carole Lombard was an American film actress. She was particularly noted for her highly neurotic, energetic and often off-beat roles in the screwball comedies of the 1930s. She was the ...more
Mason Plumlee is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
age 28
Mason Alexander Plumlee is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Denver Nuggets of the NBA. As a freshman in 2009–10, he was a back-up forward for the Duke Blue ...more
Rod Woodson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
age 50
Roderick Kevin Woodson is a former American football cornerback and safety who played in the National Football League for seventeen seasons. He had a 10-year stint with the Pittsburgh Steelers ...more
Art Schwind is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
Art Schwind Dec. at 79 (1889-1968)
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)
Marion O'Brien Donovan was an American inventor and entrepreneur. She is best known for developing the first waterproof disposable diaper, a feat which earned her election to the National ...more
The Ready Set is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
age 29
Jordan Mark Witzigreuter, known by his stage name The Ready Set, is an American electropop singer-songwriter from Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is the lead vocalist and sole member of the act, using a ...more
George Jean Nathan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
Dec. at 76 (1882-1958)
George Jean Nathan was an American drama critic and editor. He worked closely with H.L. Mencken, bringing the literary magazine The Smart Set to prominence as an editor, and co-founding and ...more
Frank Bursley Taylor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
Dec. at 78 (1860-1938)
Frank Bursley Taylor 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 father. He became ...more
Bruce Nauman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
Bruce Nauman age 77
Bruce Nauman is an artist.
Harold Masursky is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
Dec. at 68 (1922-1990)
Harold Masursky was an American geologist and astronomer. He started his career working for the US Geological Survey and later joined NASA as a senior science member. He was responsible for ...more
Amanda Perez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
age 39
Amanda Nicole Perez is a female R&B singer-songwriter and record producer of Mexican descent. Amanda Perez was raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She grew up in the Waynedale community of Fort ...more
Bill Everitt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
Dec. at 70 (1868-1938)
William Lee "Wild Bill" Everitt was an infielder in Major League Baseball from 1895 to 1901. Everitt played for the Chicago Colts/Orphans and the Washington Senators.
Herm Schaefer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
Dec. at 62 (1918-1980)
Herman H. Schaefer was an American professional basketball player and coach. A 6'0" guard/forward from Indiana University, Schaefer played in the National Basketball League and National ...more
Leonard A. Scheele is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
Dec. at 86 (1907-1993)
Leonard Andrew Scheele 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
Bradley Alan Miller is an American retired professional basketball player. The two-time NBA All-Star played for six NBA teams.
William F. Borgmann is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
William F. Borgmann Dec. at 90 (1913-2003)
William F. "Bill" Borgmann was an American football player and coach and businessman. He was a lineman for the undefeated national champion 1932 and 1933 Michigan Wolverines football ...more
Cory James Krueckeberg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
Cory James Krueckeberg age 44
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)
Dwight Graydon "Gray" Morrow was an American illustrator of comics and paperback books. He is co-creator of the Marvel Comics muck-monster Man-Thing and of DC Comics Old West vigilante
Matt Kelty is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
Matt Kelty
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
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
age 31
Bernard Karmell Pollard is an American football safety who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He has also played for ...more
Drake Hogestyn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Fort Wayne
age 65
Drake Hogestyn 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
Julia Barr is an American actress. Barr is most famous for her role on the soap opera All My Children, playing the character of Brooke English. She played the role from 1976 to 1981 and from ...more