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Famous People From Fort Wayne

Updated June 8, 2017 16.1k views170 items

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

    Dean Corll

    Dec. at 34 (1939-1973)

    BirthplaceFort Wayne, Indiana

    Dean Arnold Corll (December 24, 1939 – August 8, 1973) was an American serial killer who...  more

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    #26 of 130 Famous American Serial Killers#20 of 61 The Scariest Serial Killers In History

  • Shelley Long

    BirthplaceFort Wayne, Indiana, United States of America

    Shelley Lee Long (born August 23, 1949) is an American actress and comedian. She is best known...  more

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    #137 of 163 The Best Hallmark Channel Actresses#1446 of 1,883 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

  • Carole Lombard

    Carole Lombard

    Dec. at 34 (1908-1942)

    BirthplaceFort Wayne, Indiana, United States of America

    Carole Lombard (born Jane Alice Peters; October 6, 1908 – January 16, 1942) was an American...  more

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    #138 of 843 The Best Actresses in Film History#567 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive

  • Mason Plumlee

    BirthplaceFort Wayne, Indiana

    Mason Alexander Plumlee (born March 5, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for...  more

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    #662 of 786 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#91 of 232 The Best White Players in NBA History

  • Rod Woodson

    BirthplaceFort Wayne, Indiana, United States of America

    Roderick Kevin Woodson (born March 10, 1965) is a former American football player who played...  more

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    #39 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever#16 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History

  • Art Schwind

    Dec. at 79 (1889-1968)

    BirthplaceFort Wayne, Indiana

    Arthur Edwin Schwind was a Major League Baseball player. He played one game with the Boston...  more
  • Marion Donovan

    Marion Donovan

    Dec. at 81 (1917-1998)

    BirthplaceFort Wayne, Indiana

    Marion O'Brien Donovan (October 15, 1917 – November 4, 1998) was an American inventor and...  more
  • The Ready Set

    BirthplaceFort Wayne, Indiana

    Jordan Mark Witzigreuter (born November 14, 1989), known professionally as The Ready Set for...  more

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    #138 of 1,019 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time#2 of 6 The Best Acoustic Pop Bands/Artists

  • George Jean Nathan

    Dec. at 76 (1882-1958)

    BirthplaceFort Wayne, Indiana

    George Jean Nathan (February 14, 1882 – April 8, 1958) was an American drama critic and...  more
  • Frank Bursley Taylor

    Dec. at 78 (1860-1938)

    BirthplaceFort Wayne, Indiana

    Frank Bursley Taylor (1860 – 1938) was an American geologist, the son of a lawyer in Fort...  more
  • Bruce Nauman

    Bruce Nauman

    Age: 78

    BirthplaceFort Wayne, Indiana

    Bruce Nauman (born December 6, 1941) is an American artist. His practice spans a broad range...  more
  • Harold Masursky

    Dec. at 68 (1922-1990)

    BirthplaceFort Wayne, Indiana

    Harold Masursky (December 23, 1922 – August 24, 1990) was an American geologist and...  more
  • Amanda Perez

    BirthplaceFort Wayne, Indiana, United States of America

    Amanda Jane Perez is an American R&B singer-songwriter and record producer....  more
  • Bill Everitt

    Dec. at 70 (1868-1938)

    BirthplaceFort Wayne, Indiana

    Bill Everitt may refer to: Bill Everitt (baseball) (1868-1938), Major League Baseball...  more
  • Herm Schaefer

    Herm Schaefer

    Dec. at 62 (1918-1980)

    BirthplaceFort Wayne, Indiana

    Herman Henry Schaefer (December 20, 1918 – March 21, 1980) was an American professional...  more
  • Leonard A. Scheele

    Leonard A. Scheele

    Dec. at 86 (1907-1993)

    BirthplaceFort Wayne, Indiana, United States of America

    Leonard Andrew Scheele (July 25, 1907 – January 8, 1993) was an American physician and public...  more
  • Brad Miller

    BirthplaceKendallville, Wayne Township, Indiana

    Bradley Alan Miller (born April 12, 1976) is an American former professional basketball...  more
  • William F. Borgmann

    William F. Borgmann

    Dec. at 90 (1913-2003)

    BirthplaceFort Wayne, Indiana

    William F. "Bill" Borgmann (May 18, 1913 – November 2, 2003) was an American football player...  more
  • Cory James Krueckeberg

    Age: 46

    BirthplaceFort Wayne, Indiana, United States of America

    Cory James Krueckeberg is a film producer, production designer and screenwriter....
  • Gray Morrow

    Dec. at 67 (1934-2001)

    BirthplaceFort Wayne, Indiana

    Dwight Graydon "Gray" Morrow (March 7, 1934 – November 6, 2001) was an American illustrator of...  more
  • Matt Kelty

    Matt Kelty

    Matt Kelty, is an Indiana politician, an architect and founder of Kelty Tappy Design. He was...  more
  • Melvin F. Stute

    Age: 93

    BirthplaceFort Wayne, Indiana

    Melvin Frederick "Mel" Stute is an American trainer of Thoroughbred racehorses. On December...  more
  • Bernard Pollard

    Bernard Pollard

    Age: 31

    BirthplaceFort Wayne, Indiana

    Bernard Karmell Pollard (born December 23, 1984) is a former American football safety. He...  more
  • Drake Hogestyn

    BirthplaceFort Wayne, Indiana, USA

    Donald Drake Hogestyn ( (born September 29, 1953) is an American actor best known for his long...  more
  • Julia Barr

    Julia Barr

    Age: 71

    BirthplaceFort Wayne, Indiana, USA

    Julia Barr (born Julia Rose Buchheit on February 8, 1949 in Fort Wayne, Indiana) is an...  more