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Famous People From Illinois

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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.
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Harvey Korman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Dec. 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
age 63
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
Mary Astor is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 79
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Eddie Albert is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 40
Brook Busey-Maurio, better known by the pen name Diablo Cody, is an American screenwriter, producer and director. Later, Cody achieved critical acclaim for her debut script Juno, winning awards ...more
Don Cornelius is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Fulton J. Sheen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 94
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
Dec. 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
Dec. at 85 (1921-2006)
Betty Naomi Goldstein Friedan was a writer, activist and actress.
Lou Rawls is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 52
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
Dec. 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