FAMOUS WISCONSIN


Famous people with Wisconsin ties -- folks who were either born, raised, jailed, educated, married, or died here. Among the list includes Les Paul, Hank Aaron, Laurel Clark, Chris Farley, Ed Gein, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Tom Wopat, Liberace, Gaylord Nelson, David Zucker, Jane Kaczmarek, Steven Levitan, and Brett Favre.


 Aaron, Hank - Baseball hall-of-famer (Milwaukee Braves, Eau Claire Bears) 
 Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem - Basketball hall-of-famer, Milwaukee Bucks. 
 Abrahams, Jim - Director 
 Alaimo, Marc - Actor 
 Allen, Carl - Drummer 
 Ambrose, Stephen - Historian, earned his Ph.D. from UW-Madison. 
 Ameche, Don - Actor 
 Ames, Aldrich - Traitor 
 Anderson, ken - Professional wrestler 
 Andrews, Roy Chapman - Naturalist 
 Aspin, Les - Congressman and Secretary of Defense 
 Bardeen, John - Nobel Prize-winning physicist 
 Barrett, Thomas - Congressman and Mayor of Milwaukee 
 Behring, Ken - Former Seattle Seahawks owner 
 Bembenek, Lawrencia - Convicted murderer 
 Benet, Eric - R&B singer; was married to Halle Berry 
 Bennett, Michael - Football player 
 Bentley, Lamont - Actor 
 Berigan, Bunny - Musician 
 Blaine, John J. - Governor and U.S. Senator 
 BoDeans - Rock Group 
 Bon Iver - Rock Group 
 Bong, Richard - World War II pilot 
 Bradley, John - Iwo Jima flag-raiser. Born in Antigo, raised in Appleton. 
 Bremer, Arthur - Would-be assassin of George Wallace 
 Bryant, Felice - Songwriter 
 Butler, Caron - Basketball player 
 Butler, Leroy - Football player (Green Bay Packers) 
 Caliendo, Frank - Comedian 
 Catt, Carrie Chapman - Feminist 
 Cheney, Dick - The 46th U.S. Vice President studied at UW Madison. 
 Chiao, Leroy - Astronaut 
 Clark, Laurel - Astronaut from Racine. Dr. Clark died in the space shuttle Columbia disaster February 2003. 
 Commodore, Chester - Cartoonist 
 Corby, Ellen - Actress 
 Cray, Seymour - Computer designer 
 Cudahy, John - Industrialist 
 Cudahy, Michael - Entrepreneur 
 Cudahy, Patrick - Philanthropist 
 Dafoe, Willem - Actor 
 Dahmer, Jeffrey - Serial killer 
 Daly, Tyne - Actress 
 Derleth, August - Writer 
 Dixon, Jeane - Psychic 
 Dohrn, Bernardine - Activist 
 Duffy, Ryan F. - U.S. Senator 
 Eagleburger, Lawrence - Secretary of State 
 Farley, Chris - Comedian, actor 
 Favre, Brett - Former Green Bay Packer Quarterback (4) 
 Feingold, Russ - U.S. Senator from Middleton 
 Fiala, Art - World War I 
 Gale, Zona - Writer 
 Garbage - Rock Group 
 Garland, Hamlin - Novelist, biographer, writer and poet 
 Gein, Ed - Killer and body snatcher whose crime influenced characters in Psycho and The Silence of the Lambs
 Gillette, King C. - Industrialist 
 Graffin, Greg - Singer 
 Graham, Heather - Actress 
 Gullikson, Tim - Tennis player 
 Hall, Deidre - Actress 
 Harris, Devin - Basketball player 
 Hasenfus, Eugene - CIA cargo handler 
 Heiden, Beth - Speedskater and cyclist 
 Heiden, Eric - Athlete 
 Herber, Arnie - Football player 
 Herman, Woody - Musician 
 Hildegarde - Cabaret singer 
 Hirsch, Elroy - Athlete 
 Hulce, Tom - Actor 
 Husting, Paul O. - U.S. Senator 
 Jansen, Dan - Speedskater 
 Jarreau, Al - Award winning jazz singer 
 Kaczmarek, Jane - Actress; Malcolm in the Middle. 
 Kaelin, Kato - O.J.'s houseguest 
 Kasten, Bob - U.S. Senator 
 Katz, Phil - Computer programmer 
 Kazmaier, Bill - Powerlifter 
 Kennan, George F. - Diplomat 
 Kenseth, Matt - NASCAR driver 
 King, Pee Wee - Musician 
 Kinney, Kathy - Actress 
 Knipfel, Jim - Writer 
 Kohl, Herb - U.S. Senator and sports-franchise owner 
 Kohler, Herbert - Business executive 
 Kovic, Ron - Writer 
 Kuenn, Harvey - Baseball player and manager 
 Kulwicki, Alan - NASCAR driver 
 La Follette, Robert M. Sr. - Congressman, Governor and U.S. Senator 
 La Follette, Robert M. Jr. - U.S. Senator 
 Laird, Melvin - Congressman and Secretary of Defense 
 Lambeau, Curly - Football player and coach 
 Landis, Carole - Actor 
 Lee, Mark C. - Astronaut 
 Lenroot, Irvine - U.S. Senator 
 Liberace - Musician 
 Loomis, Orland Steen - Governor-elect of Wisconsin 
 Losey, Joseph - Director 
 Lovell, Jim - Astronaut Apollo 8, Apollo 11, Apollo 13 
 Ludden, Allen - Gameshow host 
 Lunt, Alfred - Actor 
 March, Fredric - Actor 
 Mason, Jackie - Comedian 
 McCarthy, Joseph - U.S. Senator 
 Menard, John - Business Executive 
 Miller, Steve - Musician 
 Mitchell, Billy - U.S. general, aviation 
 Mitchell, John - Congressman, U.S. Senator 
 Mitscher, Marc - World War II admiral 
 Muir, John - Environmentalist 
 Murphy, Bridey - Alleged previous life 
 Nelson, Gaylord - Governor, U.S. Senator, Earth Day founder. Born in Clear Lake. 
 North, Jessica Nelson - writer 
 North, Sterling - Writer 
 Noth, Chris - Actor 
 O'Brien, Pat - Actor 
 O'Keeffe, Georgia - Artist 
 Pabst, Frederick - Brewing magnate of Pabst Brewing Company. 
 Paul, Les - Musician, guitar inventor 
 Pietz, Amy - Actress 
 Pilson, Jeff - Musician 
 Poage, George - Athlete 
 Quarles, Joseph V. - U.S. Senator 
 Rae, Charlotte - Actress 
 Raskin, Ellen - Writer and illustrator 
 Ray, Nicholas - Director 
 Redcloud, Mitchell - Korean War Medal of Honor recipient 
 Rehnquist, William - U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice (Shorewood)
 Richards, William A. - Wyoming Governor 
 Rowland, Pants - Baseball manager 
 Rowlands, Gena - Actor 
 Ruffalo, Mark - Actor 
 Rock, Andrew - Track 
 Schickel, Richard - Critic 
 Selig, Bud - Baseball Commissioner 
 Shalhoub, Tony - Actor TV's "Monk" 
 Simak, Clifford D. - Writer 
 Simon, Herbert - Economist and computer scientist 
 Slayton, Deke - Astronaut 
 Smith, Kurtwood - Red Forman on "That '70s Show" 
 Snyder, Tom - Talkshow host 
 Sprewell, Latrell - Basketball player 
 Stecker, Aaron - Football player 
 Stubblefield, Clyde - Drummer 
 Stuermer, Daryl - Guitarist 
 Stupak, Bart - Michigan Congressman 
 Szmanda, Eric - Actor 
 Tauscher, Mark - Football player 
 Thompson, Tommy - Governor and U.S. Health Secretary 
 Toland, John - Writer 
 Tracy, Spencer - Actor 
 Trickle, Dick - Racecar Driver 
 Twining, Nathan Farragut - U.S. Air Force general 
 Tyler, Judy - Actress 
 Uecker, Bob - Actor and sports commentator 
 Vandenberg, Hoyt - U.S. Air Force general 
 Van Exel, Nick - Basketball player 
 Van Susteren, Greta - FOX News Commentator 
 Veblen, Thorstein - Sociologist and economist 
 Vig, Butch - Musician and producer 
 Violent Femmes - Rock Group 
 Webster, Mike - Football player 
 Welles, Orson - Director 
 Weyrich, Paul - Commentator 
 Wilcox, Ella Wheeler - Writer and poet 
 Whitford, Bradley - Actor 
 Wickman, Bob - Baseball player 
 Wiedlin, Jane - Musician 
 Wilder, Gene - Actor 
 Wilder, Laura Ingalls - Writer 
 Wilder, Thornton - Writer 
 Wiley, Alexander - U.S. Senator 
 Williams, Jeffrey - Astronaut from Winter, Wisconsin. 
 Winfrey, Oprah - Talk show host 
 Wopat, Tom - Actor 
 Wright, Frank Lloyd - Architect 
 Zucker, David - Director 
 Zucker, Jerry - Director