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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

    BirthplaceDeKalb, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Jenny McCarthy

    BirthplaceEvergreen Park, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Robin Williams

    Robin Williams

    Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor and comedian....  more

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  • Harrison Ford

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Harrison Ford (born July 13, 1942) is an American actor. He gained worldwide fame for his...  more

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  • Richard Pryor

    Richard Pryor

    Dec. at 65 (1940-2005)

    BirthplacePeoria, Illinois, United States of America

    Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor (December 1, 1940 – December 10, 2005) was an American...  more

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  • John Cusack

    BirthplaceUSA, Evanston, Illinois

    John Paul Cusack (born June 28, 1966) is an American actor, producer, and screenwriter. He...  more

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  • Bernie Mac

    Bernie Mac

    Dec. at 51 (1957-2008)

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    Bernard Jeffrey McCullough (October 5, 1957 – August 9, 2008), better known by his stage name...  more

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  • Soulja Boy

    Soulja Boy

    Age: 30

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Charlton Heston

    Charlton Heston

    Dec. at 85 (1923-2008)

    BirthplaceEvanston, Illinois, United States of America

    Charlton Heston (born John Charles Carter; October 4, 1923 – April 5, 2008) was an American...  more

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  • Jane Lynch

    Jane Lynch

    Age: 60

    BirthplaceDolton, Illinois, United States of America

    Jane Marie Lynch (born July 14, 1960) is an American actress, voice actress, author, singer...  more

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  • Roger Ebert

    Roger Ebert

    Dec. at 71 (1942-2013)

    BirthplaceUSA, Urbana, Illinois

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  • Terrence Howard

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Terrence Dashon Howard (born March 11, 1969) is an American actor and singer. Having his first...  more

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  • Jack Benny

    Jack Benny

    Dec. at 80 (1894-1974)

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    Jack Benny (born Benjamin Kubelsky, February 14, 1894 – December 26, 1974) (often called...  more

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  • Betty Ford

    Betty Ford

    Dec. at 93 (1918-2011)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Jim Belushi

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

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  • R. Kelly

    R. Kelly

    Age: 53

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Billy Zane

    Billy Zane

    Age: 54

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    William George Zane Jr. (born February 24, 1966) is an American actor and producer. He is best...  more

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  • George Lincoln Rockwell

    George Lincoln Rockwell

    Dec. at 49 (1918-1967)

    BirthplaceBloomington, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Fred MacMurray

    Fred MacMurray

    Dec. at 83 (1908-1991)

    BirthplaceKankakee, Illinois, United States of America

    Frederick Martin MacMurray (August 30, 1908 – November 5, 1991) was an American actor and...  more

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  • Ray Kroc

    Ray Kroc

    Dec. at 82 (1902-1984)

    BirthplaceOak Park, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Kelly Killoren Bensimon

    BirthplaceRockford, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Michael Clarke Duncan

    Michael Clarke Duncan

    Dec. at 55 (1957-2012)

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    Michael Clarke Duncan (December 10, 1957 – September 3, 2012) was an American actor best known...  more

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  • Pete Wentz

    Pete Wentz

    Age: 41

    BirthplaceWilmette, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Gary Sinise

    BirthplaceBlue Island, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Harvey Korman

    Harvey Korman

    Dec. at 81 (1927-2008)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Harvey Herschel Korman (February 15, 1927 – May 29, 2008) was an American actor and comedian,...  more

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