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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.
  • BirthplaceKenosha, Wisconsin, USA

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  • BirthplaceWausau, Wisconsin

    Marissa Ann Mayer (; born May 30, 1975) is an American information technology executive, and co-founder of Lumi Labs. Mayer formerly served as the president and chief executive officer of Yahoo!, a...  more
  • BirthplaceMazomanie, Wisconsin

    Holly Brook Hafermann (born February 23, 1986), known professionally as Skylar Grey, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and model from Mazomanie, Wisconsin. In 2004, at the age of 17,...  more

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  • 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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  • Georgia O'Keeffe

    Dec. at 98 (1887-1986)

    BirthplaceSun Prairie, Wisconsin, United States of America

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  • BirthplaceUSA, Wisconsin, River Falls

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  • Ed Gein

    Dec. at 77 (1906-1984)

    BirthplaceWisconsin, United States of America

    Edward Theodore Gein (; August 27, 1906 – July 26, 1984), also known as the Butcher of Plainfield or the Plainfield Ghoul, was an American murderer and body snatcher. His crimes, committed around his...  more

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  • Bob Uecker

    Age: 87

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

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  • BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

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  • Alan Kulwicki

    Dec. at 38 (1954-1993)

    BirthplaceGreenfield, Wisconsin

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  • Allen Ludden

    Dec. at 63 (1917-1981)

    BirthplaceMineral Point, Wisconsin, United States of America

    Allen Ludden (born Allen Packard Ellsworth, October 5, 1917 – June 9, 1981) was an American television personality, actor, emcee and game show host, perhaps best known for having hosted various...  more
  • BirthplaceUSA, Wisconsin, Racine

    Gregory Walter Graffin, Ph.D (born November 6, 1964) is an American punk rock singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, college lecturer, and author. He is most recognized as the lead vocalist,...  more

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  • Tank

    Age: 45

    BirthplaceUSA, Wisconsin, Milwaukee

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  • Don Ameche

    Dec. at 85 (1908-1993)

    BirthplaceKenosha, Wisconsin, United States of America

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  • Thornton Wilder

    Dec. at 78 (1897-1975)

    BirthplaceMadison, Wisconsin

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  • Charlotte Rae

    Dec. at 92 (1926-2018)

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, 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
  • BirthplaceWauwatosa, Wisconsin

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  • Phil Katz

    Dec. at 37 (1962-2000)

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin

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  • Robert Peters

    Dec. at 89 (1924-2014)

    BirthplaceEagle River, Wisconsin

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  • BirthplaceMadison, Wisconsin, USA

    Alternative NameBradley Whitford

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  • John G. Schmitz

    Dec. at 70 (1930-2001)

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

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  • William Nordeen

    Dec. at 51 (1936-1988)


    William Edward Nordeen (October 9, 1936—June 28, 1988) 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....  more
  • Nicholas Ray

    Dec. at 67 (1911-1979)

    BirthplaceGalesville, Wisconsin, United States of America

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  • Mary Lasker

    Dec. at 93 (1900-1994)

    BirthplaceWatertown, Wisconsin

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  • Jerry Dunphy

    Dec. at 80 (1921-2002)

    BirthplaceUSA, Wisconsin, Milwaukee

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