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

Examples of people on this list include Alvin O'Konski and Lawrence Wilets.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Wisconsin?" or "Which celebrities were born in Wisconsin?" then this list is a great resource for you.

Mark Ruffalo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Wisconsin
age 51
Mark Alan Ruffalo is an American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. He portrayed the Marvel Comics character, Bruce Banner / The Hulk in The Avengers, and will reprise his role in ...more

Marissa Mayer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Wisconsin
age 43
Marissa Ann Mayer is the current president and CEO of Yahoo!, a position she has held since July 2012. Previously, she was a long-time executive, usability leader, and key spokesperson for ...more

Skylar Grey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Wisconsin
age 32
Holly Brook Hafermann, who goes by the stage name Skylar Grey, is an American singer and songwriter from Mazomanie, Wisconsin. In 2004, under the moniker Holly Brook, at the age of 17, she ...more

Spencer Tracy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Wisconsin
Dec. at 67 (1900-1967)
Spencer Bonaventure Tracy was an American actor, noted for his natural style and versatility. One of the major stars of Hollywood's Golden Age, Tracy was nominated for nine Academy Awards for ...more

Georgia O'Keeffe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Wisconsin
Dec. at 99 (1887-1986)
Georgia Totto O'Keeffe was an American artist. Born near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, O'Keeffe first came to the attention of the New York art community in 1916. She is best known for her paintings ...more

Frankie Rayder is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Wisconsin
age 44
Francesca "Frankie" Rayder is an American model who appeared in the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show four times and in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue twice. She has an ...more

Ed Gein is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Wisconsin
Dec. at 78 (1906-1984)
Edward Theodore "Ed" Gein was an American body snatcher. He committed around his hometown of Plainfield, Wisconsin, gathered widespread notoriety after authorities discovered Gein had ...more

Bob Uecker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Wisconsin
age 85
Robert George "Bob" Uecker is a retired American Major League Baseball player, later a sportscaster, comedian and actor. Uecker was given the title of "Mr. Baseball" by TV ...more

David Zucker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Wisconsin
age 71
David S. Zucker is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter.

Alan Kulwicki is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Wisconsin
Dec. at 39 (1954-1993)
Alan Dennis Kulwicki, nicknamed "Special K" and the "Polish Prince", was an American NASCAR Winston Cup Series racecar driver. He started racing at local short tracks in ...more

Allen Ludden is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Wisconsin
Dec. at 64 (1917-1981)
Allen Ellsworth Ludden was an American television personality, emcee and game show host, perhaps most well known for having hosted various incarnations of the game show Password between 1961 and

Greg Graffin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Wisconsin
age 54
Gregory Walter Graffin is an American punk rock singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, college lecturer, and author. He is most recognized as the lead vocalist, songwriter, and only constant ...more

Tank is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Wisconsin
age 43
Durrell Babbs is a songwriter.

Don Ameche is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Wisconsin
Dec. at 85 (1908-1993)
Don Ameche was an American actor, voice artist, and comedian, with a career spanning almost 60 years. After touring in vaudeville, he featured in many biographical films, including The Story of ...more

Thornton Wilder is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Wisconsin
Dec. at 78 (1897-1975)
Thornton Niven Wilder was an American playwright and novelist. He won three Pulitzer Prizes—for the novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey and for the two plays Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth—and ...more

Charlotte Rae is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Wisconsin
age 92
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

John P. Morgridge is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Wisconsin
age 85
John P. Morgridge is an American businessman who was the chairman of the board of Cisco Systems.

Phil Katz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Wisconsin
Dec. at 38 (1962-2000)
Phillip Walter Katz 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 creating zip files that ran under ...more

Robert Peters is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Wisconsin
Dec. at 90 (1924-2014)
Robert Louis Peters is a 1966 Guggenheim Fellow in Humanities.

Bradley Whitford is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Wisconsin
age 59
Bradley Whitford is an American film and television actor. He has played White House Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman on the NBC television drama The West Wing, Danny Tripp on Studio 60 on the ...more

John G. Schmitz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Wisconsin
Dec. at 71 (1930-2001)
John George Schmitz was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives and California State Senate from Orange County, California. He was also a member of the John Birch ...more

William Nordeen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Wisconsin
Dec. at 52 (1936-1988)
William Edward Nordeen was an American diplomat. Born in Amery, Wisconsin and raised in nearby Centuria, he was the United States defense and naval attaché to the U.S. Embassy in Athens, ...more

Nicholas Ray is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Wisconsin
Dec. at 68 (1911-1979)
Nicholas Ray was an American film director best known for the movie Rebel Without a Cause. Ray is also appreciated by a smaller audience of cinephiles for a large number of narrative features ...more

Mary Lasker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Wisconsin
Dec. at 94 (1900-1994)
Mary Woodard Lasker was an American health activist and philanthropist. She worked to raise funds for medical research, and founded the Lasker Foundation.

Jerry Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Wisconsin
Dec. at 81 (1921-2002)
Jerry Dunphy 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 all of Southern ...more