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

People include everything from John S. Kyser to Rex Ingram.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Illinois?" or "Which celebrities were born in Illinois?" then this list is a great resource for you.
Cindy Crawford is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Age: 53

Birthplace: USA, DeKalb, Illinois

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Jenny McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Age: 46

Birthplace: Evergreen Park, Illinois, United States of America

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Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Age: 76

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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Richard Pryor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Dec. at 65 (1940-2005)

Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois, United States of America

Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor (December 1, 1940 – December 10, 2005) was an American stand-up comedian and actor. He reached a broad audience with his trenchant observations and ...more

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John Cusack is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Age: 52

Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, United States of America

John Paul Cusack (born June 28, 1966) is an American actor, producer, and screenwriter. He began acting in films during the 1980s and has since starred in a number of movies, including Better ...more

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Bernie Mac is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Dec. at 51 (1957-2008)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Bernard Jeffrey McCullough (October 5, 1957 – August 9, 2008), better known by his stage name Bernie Mac, was an American comedian, actor, and voice actor. Born and raised on Chicago's South ...more

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Soulja Boy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Age: 28

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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Charlton Heston is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Dec. at 85 (1923-2008)

Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, United States of America

Charlton Heston (born John Charles Carter; October 4, 1923 – April 5, 2008) was an American actor and political activist.As a Hollywood star, he appeared in almost 100 films over the course of ...more

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Jane Lynch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Age: 58

Birthplace: Evergreen Park, Illinois, USA

Jane Marie Lynch (born July 14, 1960) is an American actress, voice actress, author, singer and comedian. She is best known for her role as Sue Sylvester in the musical television series Glee. ...more

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Roger Ebert is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Dec. at 71 (1942-2013)

Birthplace: Urbana, Illinois, United States of America

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Terrence Howard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Age: 49

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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Jack Benny is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Dec. at 80 (1894-1974)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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Betty Ford is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Dec. at 93 (1918-2011)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Elizabeth Anne Ford (née Bloomer; April 8, 1918 – July 8, 2011) was the First Lady of the United States from 1974 to 1977, as the wife of President Gerald Ford. As First Lady, she was ...more

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Jim Belushi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Age: 64

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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R. Kelly is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Age: 52

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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Billy Zane is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Age: 53

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

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George Lincoln Rockwell ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Dec. at 49 (1918-1967)

Birthplace: Bloomington, Illinois, United States of America

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Fred MacMurray is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Dec. at 83 (1908-1991)

Birthplace: Kankakee, Illinois, United States of America

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Ray Kroc is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Dec. at 82 (1902-1984)

Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States of America

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Kelly Killoren Bensimon ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Age: 50

Birthplace: Rockford, Illinois, United States of America

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Michael Clarke Duncan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Dec. at 55 (1957-2012)

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

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Pete Wentz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Age: 39

Birthplace: Wilmette, Illinois, United States of America

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Gary Sinise is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Age: 63

Birthplace: Blue Island, Illinois, United States of America

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Harvey Korman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Dec. at 81 (1927-2008)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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