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Famous People From Milwaukee

Updated February 22, 2018 11.5k views791 items

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

    Dec. at 67 (1900-1967)

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, 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 won...  more

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  • BirthplaceUSA, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

    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 Fall...  more

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  • BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

    Alternative NameDeidre Hall

    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...  more

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  • Bob Uecker

    Age: 86

    BirthplaceUSA, Wisconsin, Milwaukee

    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. Baseball" by TV...  more


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  • BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

    David Zucker may refer to: David Zucker (director) (born 1947), American film director, producer and screenwriter David Zucker (ice hockey) (born 1987), Czech ice hockey player David Zucker...  more
  • Tank

    Age: 44

    BirthplaceUSA, Wisconsin, Milwaukee

    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 Deserve (2001)", ...  more

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  • BirthplaceUSA, Wisconsin, Milwaukee

    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
  • BirthplaceMilwaukee, 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 flights,...  more
  • Phil Katz

    Dec. at 38 (1962-2000)

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, 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
  • John G. Schmitz

    Dec. at 71 (1930-2001)

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, 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 also...  more
  • Jerry Dunphy

    Dec. at 81 (1921-2002)

    BirthplaceUSA, Wisconsin, Milwaukee

    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 the sea, to...  more
  • Amy Pietz

    Age: 51

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

    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
  • BirthplaceMilwaukee, 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 from...  more
  • BirthplaceMilwaukee, 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 Bay...  more
  • Don Weis

    Dec. at 78 (1922-2000)

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

    Don Weis (May 13, 1922 – July 26, 2000) was an American film and television director....  more
  • Michael Burks

    Dec. at 55 (1957-2012)

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, 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 variously worked with...  more
  • Al Jarreau

    Age: 80

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, 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 perhaps...  more

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  • Woody Herman

    Dec. at 74 (1913-1987)

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

    Woodrow Charles Herman (May 16, 1913 – October 29, 1987) was an American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, singer, and big band leader. Leading various groups called "The Herd", Herman came to...  more

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  • Jane Kaczmarek

    Age: 64

    BirthplaceUSA, Wisconsin, Milwaukee

    Jane Frances Kaczmarek (; born December 21, 1955) is an American actress. She is best known for playing the character of Lois on the television series Malcolm in the Middle (2000–2006). Kaczmarek is...  more


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  • BirthplaceMilwaukee, 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
  • BirthplaceMilwaukee, 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
  • BirthplaceMilwaukee, 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
  • BirthplaceUSA, Wisconsin, Milwaukee

    Latrell Fontaine Sprewell (born September 8, 1970) is an American former professional basketball player who played for the Golden State Warriors, the New York Knicks, and the Minnesota Timberwolves...  more

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  • BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

    John Ridley IV (born October 1965) is an American screenwriter, television director, novelist, and showrunner, known for 12 Years a Slave, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Adapted...  more
  • BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin

    Ted Kirkpatrick (born 1960) is an American musician and songwriter, best known for his work with the American Christian thrash metal band Tourniquet. Primarily a drummer, Kirkpatrick is the principle...  more