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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
Cindy Crawford age 52 Cynthia Ann "Cindy" Crawford is an American model. Her success at modeling made her an international celebrity that has led to roles in television and film, and to work as a ...more

Jenny McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Jenny McCarthy age 45 Jennifer Ann "Jenny" McCarthy is an American model, television host, comedian, actress, author, and anti-vaccine activist. She began her career in 1993 as a nude model for Playboy ...more

Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Robin Williams Died at 63 (1951-2014) Robin McLaurin Williams was an American actor and comedian. Starting as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, he is credited with leading San Francisco's comedy ...more

Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Harrison Ford age 73 Harrison Ford is an American actor and film producer. He gained worldwide fame for his starring roles as Han Solo in the original Star Wars epic space opera trilogy and the title character of ...more

Richard Pryor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Richard Pryor Died at 65 (1940-2005) Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor was an American comedian, actor, film director, social critic, satirist, writer, and MC. Pryor was known for uncompromising examinations of racism and ...more

John Cusack is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Illinois
John Cusack age 51 John Paul Cusack is an American actor, producer, and screenwriter.

Bernie Mac is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Bernie Mac Died at 51 (1957-2008) Bernard Jeffrey "Bernie" McCullough, better known by his stage name Bernie Mac, was an American stand-up comedian, actor and voice artist. Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, ...more

Soulja Boy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Soulja Boy age 27 DeAndre Cortez Way, better known by his stage name Soulja Boy Tell 'Em, or simply Soulja Boy, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur. In September 2007, his single ...more

Charlton Heston is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Charlton Heston Died at 85 (1923-2008) Charlton Heston was an American actor and political activist. As a Hollywood star he appeared in 100 films over the course of 60 years. He played the leading role in The Ten Commandments; Touch ...more

Jane Lynch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Jane Lynch age 57 Jane Marie Lynch is an American actress, singer, and comedian. She gained fame in Christopher Guest's improv mockumentary pictures such as Best in Show. Lynch's television cameos include an ...more

Roger Ebert is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Roger Ebert Died at 71 (1942-2013) Roger Joseph Ebert was an American film critic, journalist, and screenwriter. He was a film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times from 1967 until his death in 2013. In 1975, Ebert was the first film ...more

Terrence Howard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Terrence Howard age 49 Terrence Howard is an actor, singer-songwriter, film producer and record producer.

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Jack Benny is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Jack Benny Died at 80 (1894-1974) Jack Benny was an American comedian, vaudevillian, radio, television, and film actor, and violinist. Recognized as a leading American entertainer of the 20th century, Benny portrayed his ...more

Betty Ford is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Betty Ford Died at 93 (1918-2011) Betty Ford was an actress and a writer

Ginger Lynn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Ginger Lynn age 55 Ginger Lynn is an American pornographic model who came to prominence in 1980s videos. She also had minor roles in various B-movies. AVN has ranked her at #7 in a list of the 50 greatest porn ...more

Jim Belushi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Jim Belushi age 63 James Adam "Jim" Belushi is an American actor, comedian and musician. He is best known for playing the role of James "Jim" Orenthal on the long-running sitcom According to ...more

R. Kelly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Illinois
R. Kelly age 51 Robert Sylvester Kelly, known professionally as R. Kelly, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, rapper and former professional basketball player. A native of Chicago, Illinois, ...more

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Billy Zane is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Billy Zane age 52 William George "Billy" Zane, Jr. is an American actor and producer. He is best known for playing Hughie in Dead Calm, Kit Walker / The Phantom in The Phantom, Caledon Hockley in ...more

George Lincoln Rockwell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Illinois
George Lincoln Rockwell Died at 49 (1918-1967) George Lincoln Rockwell was the founder of the American Nazi Party. Rockwell was a major figure in the neo-Nazi movement in the United States, and his beliefs and writings have continued to be ...more

Fred MacMurray is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Fred MacMurray Died at 83 (1908-1991) Frederick Martin "Fred" MacMurray was an American actor who appeared in more than 100 movies and a successful television series during a career that spanned nearly a half-century, from ...more

Ray Kroc is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Ray Kroc Died at 82 (1902-1984) Raymond Albert "Ray" Kroc was an American businessman. He joined McDonald's in 1954 or 1955 and built it into the most successful fast food operation in the world. Kroc was included in ...more

Kelly Killoren Bensimon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Kelly Killoren Bensimon age 49 Kelly Killoren Bensimon is an American former model, author, socialite and former editor of Elle Accessories. She has appeared on the Bravo television series The Real Housewives of New York City ...more

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Michael Clarke Duncan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Michael Clarke Duncan Died at 55 (1957-2012) Michael Clarke Duncan was an American actor, best known for his breakout role as John Coffey in The Green Mile, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. He was also ...more

Pete Wentz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Pete Wentz age 38 Peter Lewis Kingston "Pete" Wentz III, known professionally as Pete Wentz, is an American musician best known for being the bassist, primary lyricist and backing vocalist for the ...more

Gary Sinise is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Gary Sinise age 63 Gary Alan Sinise is an American actor, director, and musician. Among other awards, he has won an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and has been nominated for an Academy Award. Sinise is known ...more

Harvey Korman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Harvey Korman Died at 81 (1927-2008) Harvey Herschel Korman was an American comedic actor who performed in television and movie productions and was also a voice artist. His big break was being a featured performer on CBS's The ...more

Maria Shriver is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Maria Shriver age 62 Maria Owings Shriver is an American journalist, activist, author of six best-selling books, and former First Lady of California as the wife of former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. ...more

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Mary Astor is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Mary Astor Died at 81 (1906-1987) Mary Astor was an American actress. Best remembered for her role as Brigid O'Shaughnessy in The Maltese Falcon, Astor began her long motion picture career as a teenager in the silent movies of ...more

Harold Ramis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Harold Ramis Died at 70 (1944-2014) Harold Allen Ramis was an American actor, director, and writer specializing in comedy. His best-known film acting roles are as Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters and Russell Ziskey in Stripes; he ...more

Grace Slick is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Grace Slick age 78 Grace Slick is an American singer, songwriter, artist, and former model, best known as one of the lead singers of the rock groups The Great Society, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, and ...more

William Jennings Bryan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Illinois
William Jennings Bryan Died at 65 (1860-1925) William Jennings Bryan was a dominant force in the populist wing of the Democratic Party, standing three times as the Party's candidate for President of the United States. He served two terms as ...more

Alan Berg is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Alan Berg Died at 50 (1934-1984) Alan Berg was an American attorney and Denver, Colorado, talk radio show host. Berg was notable for his largely liberal, outspoken viewpoints and confrontational interview style. On the evening ...more

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Eddie Albert is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Eddie Albert Died at 99 (1906-2005) Edward Albert Heimberger, known professionally as Eddie Albert, was an American actor and activist. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1954 for his performance ...more

Anton LaVey is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Anton LaVey Died at 67 (1930-1997) Anton Szandor LaVey was an American author, occultist, and musician. He was the founder of the Church of Satan as well as the author of The Satanic Bible and the founder of LaVeyan Satanism, a ...more

Diablo Cody is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Diablo Cody age 39 Brook Busey-Maurio, better known by the pen name Diablo Cody, is an American screenwriter, producer and director. She first became known for her candid chronicling of her year as a stripper in ...more

Don Cornelius is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Don Cornelius Died at 76 (1936-2012) Donald Cortez "Don" Cornelius was an American television show host and producer who was best known as the creator of the nationally syndicated dance and music franchise Soul Train, ...more

Ralph Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Ralph Bellamy Died at 87 (1904-1991) Ralph Bellamy was an American actor whose career spanned 62 years on stage, screen and television. During his career, he played leading roles as well as supporting roles, garnering acclaim and

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Fulton J. Sheen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Fulton J. Sheen Died at 84 (1895-1979) Venerable Fulton John Sheen was an American bishop of the Roman Catholic Church known for his preaching and especially his work on television and radio. His cause for canonization as a saint was ...more

Arnold Orville Beckman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Arnold Orville Beckman Died at 104 (1900-2004) Arnold Orville Beckman was an American chemist, inventor, investor, and philanthropist. While a professor at Caltech, he founded Beckman Instruments based on his 1934 invention of the pH meter, ...more

Dorothy Malone is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Dorothy Malone age 93 Dorothy Malone is an American actress. Her film career began in 1943, and in her early years she played small roles, mainly in B-movies. After a decade in films, she began to acquire a more ...more

Jason Robards Jr. is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Jason Robards Jr. Died at 78 (1922-2000) Jason Nelson Robards, Jr. was an American actor on stage, and in film and television. He was a winner of the Tony Award, two Academy Awards and the Emmy Award. He was also a United States Navy ...more

Betty Friedan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Betty Friedan Died at 85 (1921-2006) Betty Naomi Goldstein Friedan was a writer, activist and actress.

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Lou Rawls is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Lou Rawls Died at 73 (1933-2006) Louis Allen "Lou" Rawls was an American recording artist, voice actor, songwriter, and record producer. He is best known for his singing ability: Frank Sinatra once said that Rawls had ...more

Robert Novak is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Robert Novak Died at 78 (1931-2009) Robert David Sanders "Bob" Novak was an American syndicated columnist, journalist, television personality, author, and conservative political commentator. After working for two ...more

Dorothy Kilgallen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Dorothy Kilgallen Died at 52 (1913-1965) Dorothy Mae Kilgallen was an American journalist and television game show panelist. She started her career early as a reporter for the Hearst Corporation's New York Evening Journal after ...more

Kirby Puckett is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Kirby Puckett Died at 46 (1960-2006) Anthony Kirby Puckett was an American professional baseball player. He played his entire 12-year Major League Baseball career playing as a center fielder for the Minnesota Twins. Puckett is the ...more

Benny Goodman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Benny Goodman Died at 77 (1909-1986) Benjamin David "Benny" Goodman was an American jazz and swing musician, clarinetist and bandleader, known as the "King of Swing". In the mid-1930s, Benny Goodman led one of ...more

Carl Sandburg is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Carl Sandburg Died at 89 (1878-1967) Carl August Sandburg was an American poet, writer, and editor who won three Pulitzer Prizes, two for his poetry and one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln. During his lifetime, Sandburg was ...more

Lili Taylor is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Lili Taylor age 51 Lili Anne Taylor is an American actress notable for her appearances in such award-winning indie films as Mystic Pizza, Say Anything..., Short Cuts and I Shot Andy Warhol, as well as the ...more

Harry Kalas is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Harry Kalas Died at 73 (1936-2009) Harry Norbert Kalas was an American sportscaster, best known for his Ford C. Frick Award-winning role as lead play-by-play announcer for Major League Baseball's Philadelphia Phillies, a position ...more