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Famous People From Wisconsin

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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

    BirthplaceKenosha, Wisconsin, United States of America

    Mark Ruffalo (; born November 22, 1967) is an American actor and producer. He began acting in...  more

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  • Marissa Mayer

    BirthplaceWausau, Wisconsin

    Marissa Ann Mayer (; born May 30, 1975) is an American information technology executive, and...  more

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  • Skylar Grey

    BirthplaceMazomanie, Wisconsin

    Holly Brook Hafermann (born February 23, 1986), known professionally as Skylar Grey, is an...  more
  • Spencer Tracy

    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...  more

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  • Georgia O'Keeffe

    Georgia O'Keeffe

    Dec. at 99 (1887-1986)

    BirthplaceSun Prairie, Wisconsin, United States of America

    Georgia Totto O'Keeffe (November 15, 1887 – March 6, 1986) was an American artist. She was...  more

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  • Frankie Rayder

    BirthplaceUSA, Wisconsin, River Falls

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  • Ed Gein

    Ed Gein

    Dec. at 78 (1906-1984)

    BirthplaceWisconsin, United States of America

    Edward Theodore Gein (; August 27, 1906 – July 26, 1984), also known as the Butcher of...  more

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  • Bob Uecker

    Bob Uecker

    Age: 86

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

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  • David Zucker

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

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  • Alan Kulwicki

    Alan Kulwicki

    Dec. at 39 (1954-1993)

    BirthplaceGreenfield, Wisconsin

    Alan Dennis Kulwicki (December 14, 1954 – April 1, 1993), nicknamed "Special K" and the...  more
  • Allen Ludden

    Allen Ludden

    Dec. at 64 (1917-1981)

    BirthplaceMineral Point, Wisconsin, United States of America

    Allen Ludden (born Allen Packard Ellsworth, October 5, 1917 – June 9, 1981) was an American...  more
  • Greg Graffin

    BirthplaceRacine, Wisconsin, United States of America

    Gregory Walter Graffin, Ph.D (born November 6, 1964) is an American punk rock...  more

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  • Tank


    Age: 44

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

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  • Don Ameche

    Don Ameche

    Dec. at 85 (1908-1993)

    BirthplaceKenosha, USA, Wisconsin

    Don Ameche (; born Dominic Felix Amici; May 31, 1908 – December 6, 1993) was an American...  more

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  • Thornton Wilder

    Thornton Wilder

    Dec. at 78 (1897-1975)

    BirthplaceMadison, Wisconsin

    Thornton Niven Wilder (April 17, 1897 – December 7, 1975) was an American playwright and...  more

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  • Charlotte Rae

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

    Charlotte Rae Lubotsky (April 22, 1926 – August 5, 2018), known professionally as Charlotte...  more
  • BirthplaceWauwatosa, Wisconsin

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  • Phil Katz

    Phil Katz

    Dec. at 38 (1962-2000)

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin

    Phillip Walter Katz (November 3, 1962 – April 14, 2000) was a computer programmer best known...  more
  • Robert Peters

    Robert Peters

    Dec. at 90 (1924-2014)

    BirthplaceEagle River, Wisconsin

    Robert Louis Peters (October 20, 1924 – June 13, 2014) was an American poet, critic, scholar,...  more
  • Bradley Whitford

    BirthplaceMadison, Wisconsin, USA

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  • John G. Schmitz

    John G. Schmitz

    Dec. at 71 (1930-2001)

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

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  • William Nordeen

    William Nordeen

    Dec. at 52 (1936-1988)


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  • Nicholas Ray

    Nicholas Ray

    Dec. at 68 (1911-1979)

    BirthplaceGalesville, Wisconsin, United States of America

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  • Mary Lasker

    Mary Lasker

    Dec. at 94 (1900-1994)

    BirthplaceWatertown, Wisconsin

    Mary Woodard Lasker (November 30, 1900 – February 21, 1994) was an American health activist...  more
  • Jerry Dunphy

    Jerry Dunphy

    Dec. at 81 (1921-2002)

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

    Jerry Dunphy (June 9, 1921 – May 20, 2002) was an American television news anchor in the Los...  more