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List of famous people from Milwaukee, 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 Milwaukee, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Milwaukee 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 Milwaukee, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

A list made up of people like Fabian Bruskewitz and Ben Budd.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Milwaukee?" or "Which celebrities were born in Milwaukee?" then this list is a great resource for you.
Spencer Tracy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Milwaukee
Dec. at 67 (1900-1967)

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

Spencer Bonaventure Tracy (April 5, 1900 – June 10, 1967) was an American actor, noted for his natural performing style and versatility. One of the major stars of Hollywood's Golden Age, Tracy ...more

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Andy Hurley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Milwaukee
Age: 38

Birthplace: Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, United States of America

Andrew John Hurley (born May 31, 1980) is an American musician. He is the drummer for the rock band Fall Out Boy. Prior to Fall Out Boy, Hurley played in several hardcore punk bands. He joined ...more

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Deidre Hall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Milwaukee
Age: 71

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

Deidre Ann Hall (born October 31, 1947) is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Dr. Marlena Evans on NBC's daytime drama Days of Our Lives, which she has played for over 40 years. ...more

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Bob Uecker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Milwaukee
Bob Uecker Age: 85

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

Robert George Uecker ( YOO-kər; born January 26, 1934) is an American former Major League Baseball (MLB) player and current sportscaster, comedian, and actor. Facetiously dubbed "Mr. ...more

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David Zucker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Milwaukee
Age: 71

Birthplace: Milwaukee, United States of America, Wisconsin, United States, with Territories, + more

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Tank is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Milwaukee
Age: 43

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

Durrell Babbs (born January 1, 1976), better known by his stage name Tank, is an American R&B singer-songwriter, record producer and actor. He is best known for the singles "Maybe I ...more
Charlotte Rae is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Milwaukee
Age: 92

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

Charlotte Rae Lubotsky (April 22, 1926 – August 5, 2018), known professionally as Charlotte Rae, was an American character actress, comedian, and singer whose career spanned six decades. Rae was ...more

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Leroy Chiao is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Milwaukee
Age: 58

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

Leroy Chiao (born August 28, 1960) is a Chinese-American engineer, former NASA astronaut, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and engineering consultant. Chiao flew on three Space Shuttle ...more
Phil Katz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Milwaukee
Dec. at 38 (1962-2000)

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Phillip Walter Katz (November 3, 1962 – April 14, 2000) was a computer programmer best known as the co-creator of the Zip file format for data compression, and the author of PKZIP, a program for ...more

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John G. Schmitz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Milwaukee
Dec. at 71 (1930-2001)

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

John George Schmitz (August 12, 1930 – January 10, 2001) was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives and California State Senate from Orange County, California. He was ...more
Jerry Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Milwaukee
Dec. at 81 (1921-2002)

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

Jerry Dunphy (June 9, 1921 – May 20, 2002) was an American television news anchor in the Los Angeles/Southern California media market. He was best known for his intro "From the desert to ...more
Amy Pietz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Milwaukee
Age: 49

Birthplace: USA, Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Amy Pietz (born March 6, 1969) is an American actress, known for her roles on television. She received Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series ...more
Tim Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Milwaukee
Age: 59

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

Timothy W. Carpenter is a Democratic member of the Wisconsin Senate, representing the 3rd District since 2003. He earlier served in the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing the 20th District ...more
David Giuntoli is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Milwaukee
Age: 38

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

David Giuntoli (born June 18, 1980) is an American actor. He is best known for the lead role of Detective Nick Burkhardt in the NBC supernatural drama Grimm. He co-starred in the 2016 Michael ...more
Don Weis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Milwaukee
Dec. at 78 (1922-2000)

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

Don Weis (May 13, 1922 – July 26, 2000) was an American film and television director.
Michael Burks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Milwaukee
Dec. at 55 (1957-2012)

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Michael Burks was an American electric blues and soul blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is best known for his tracks, "I Smell Smoke" and "Hard Come, Easy Go", and ...more

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Al Jarreau is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Milwaukee
Age: 78

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

Alwin Lopez Jarreau (March 12, 1940 – February 12, 2017) was an American singer and musician. He received a total of seven Grammy Awards and was nominated for over a dozen more. Jarreau is ...more

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Woody Herman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Milwaukee
Dec. at 74 (1913-1987)

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

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Jane Kaczmarek is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Milwaukee
Jane Kaczmarek Age: 63

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

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Jerry Zucker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Milwaukee
Age: 68

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

Jerry G. Zucker (born March 11, 1950) is an American film producer, director, and writer known for his role in directing comedy spoof films such as Airplane! and Top Secret!, and the Best ...more
William Bast is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Milwaukee
Age: 87

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

William Bast (April 3, 1931 – May 4, 2015) was an American screenwriter and author. In addition to writing scripts for motion pictures and television, he was the author of two biographies of the ...more
Daron Hagen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Milwaukee
Age: 57

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Daron Aric Hagen ( HAH-gən; born November 4, 1961, Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American composer, conductor, pianist, educator, librettist, and stage director of contemporary classical music and ...more
Latrell Sprewell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Milwaukee
Age: 48

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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John Ridley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Milwaukee
Age: 53

Birthplace: Milwaukee, United States of America, Wisconsin, United States, with Territories, + more

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Ted Kirkpatrick is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Milwaukee
Age: 58

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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