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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
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
age 46
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 model for Playboy magazine ...more
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Illinois
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
age 76
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
Dec. 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
age 52
John Paul Cusack is an American actor, producer, and screenwriter.
Bernie Mac is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Dec. 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
age 28
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
Dec. 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
age 58
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
Dec. 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. In 1975, Ebert was the first film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize ...more
Terrence Howard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Illinois
age 49
Terrence Howard is an actor, singer-songwriter, film producer and record producer.
Jack Benny is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Illinois
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
Dec. 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
age 56
Ginger Lynn is an American model who came to prominence in 1980s videos. She also had minor roles in various B-movies.
Jim Belushi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Illinois
age 61
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
age 52
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
Billy Zane is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Illinois
age 53
William George "Billy" Zane, Jr. is an American actor and producer. He is best known for playing Hughie in Kit Walker / The Phantom in The Phantom, Caledon Hockley in Titanic, and Mr. ...more
George Lincoln Rockwell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 50
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
Michael Clarke Duncan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Dec. 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
age 39
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
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