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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.
Cindy Crawford is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Illinois
Age: 53

Birthplace: DeKalb, Illinois, USA

Cynthia Ann "Cindy" Crawford (born February 20, 1966) is an American model. Her success at modeling made her an international celebrity that has led to roles in television and film, ...more

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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: USA, Chicago, Illinois

Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor and comedian. Born in Chicago, Williams began performing stand-up comedy in San Francisco and Los Angeles during ...more

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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

Harrison Ford (born July 13, 1942) is an American actor. He gained worldwide fame for his starring roles as Han Solo in the Star Wars film series and as the title character of the Indiana Jones ...more

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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: USA, Chicago, Illinois

DeAndre Cortez Way (born July 28, 1990), better known as Soulja Boy Tell 'Em or simply Soulja Boy, is an American rapper, record producer, actor and entrepreneur. In September 2007, his debut ...more

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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: Dolton, Illinois, United States of America

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

Roger Joseph Ebert (; June 18, 1942 – April 4, 2013) was an American film critic, historian, journalist, screenwriter, and author. He was a film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times from 1967 until ...more

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

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

Terrence Dashon Howard (born March 11, 1969) is an American actor and singer. Having his first major roles in the 1995 films Dead Presidents and Mr. Holland's Opus, Howard broke into the ...more

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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

Jack Benny (born Benjamin Kubelsky, February 14, 1894 – December 26, 1974) (often called "Jackson" on his own show), was an American comedian, vaudevillian, radio, television and film ...more

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

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

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: USA, Chicago, Illinois

James Adam Belushi (; born June 15, 1954) is an Albanian-American actor, voice actor, comedian, singer and musician.He is the younger brother of late comic actor John Belushi and the father of ...more

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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

Robert Sylvester Kelly (born January 8, 1967)[8] is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and former semi-professional basketball player. Kelly is known for songs including ...more

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

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

William George Zane Jr. (born February 24, 1966) is an American actor and producer. He is best known for his villainous role as Caledon Hockley in the epic romantic disaster film Titanic (1997), ...more

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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

George Lincoln Rockwell (March 9, 1918 – August 25, 1967) was an American politician and neo-Nazi. In 1959, he was discharged from the United States Navy because of his political views and ...more
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

Frederick Martin MacMurray (August 30, 1908 – November 5, 1991) was an American actor and singer who appeared in more than 100 films and a successful television series during a career that ...more

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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

Raymond Albert "Ray" Kroc (October 5, 1902 – January 14, 1984) was an American fast-food tycoon. He joined the California company McDonald's in 1954, after the McDonald brothers had ...more

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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

Kelly Jean Killoren Bensimon (born May 1, 1968) is an American author, socialite and former editor of Elle Accessories and a former model. She appeared as a full-time cast member on the Bravo ...more

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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: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Michael Clarke Duncan (December 10, 1957 – September 3, 2012) was an American actor best known for his breakout role as John Coffey in The Green Mile (1999), for which he was nominated for the ...more

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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

Peter Lewis Kingston Wentz III (born June 5, 1979) is an American musician, singer, songwriter and record executive. He is best known for being the bassist, lyricist, and backing vocalist for ...more

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

Birthplace: USA, Blue Island, Illinois

Gary Alan Sinise (born March 17, 1955) is an American actor, director, musician, and philanthropist. He is known for his comedic and dramatic roles in his career. Among other awards, he has won ...more

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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

Harvey Herschel Korman (February 15, 1927 – May 29, 2008) was an American actor and comedian, who performed in television and film productions. His big break was being a featured performer on ...more

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