Famous Wisconsinites

Famous People Born in Wisconsin

See our top list of the most famous people from Wisconsin. We’ve chosen people like athletes, actors, civil rights activists, scientists and people from other walks of life that have come from “The Badger State”.

Don Ameche actor, Kenosha
Roy Chapman Andrews naturalist and explorer, Beloit
John Bardeen inventor, Madison
Carrie Catt woman suffragist, Ripon
Ellen Corby actress, Racine
William Defoe actort, Appleton
Tyne Daly actress, Madison
August Derleth author, Sauk City
Jeanne Dixon seer, Medford
Chris Farley actor, Madison
Zona Gale author, Portage
Eric Heiden speed skater, Madison
Woody Herman band leader, Milwaukee
Loretta Sell Hildegarde singer, Adell
Harry Houdini magician, Appleton
Thomas Hulce actor, Whitewater
Pee Wee King singer, Abrams
George F. Kennan diplomat, Milwaukee
Robert La Follette politician, Primrose
Liberace pianist, West Allis
Allen Ludden tv host, Mineral Point
Alfred Lunt actor, Milwaukee
Frederic March actor, Racine
Jackie Mason comedian, Sheboygan
Charles and John Ringling circus entrepreneurs, Baraboo
Pat O’Brien actor, Milwaukee
Georgia O’Keeffe painter, Sun Prairie
Amy Pietz actress, Oak Creek
Charlotte Rae actress, Milwaukee
William H. Rehnquist jurist, Milwaukee
Gena Rowlands actress, Cambria
Tom Snyder newscaster, Milwaukee
Spencer Tracy actor, Milwaukee
Thorstein Veblen economist, Cato Township
Orson Welles actor and producer, Kenosha
Laura Ingalls Wilder author, Pepin
Thornton Wilder author, Madison
Charles Winninger actor, Athen
Frank Lloyd Wright architect, Richland Center
Bob Uecker baseball player, Milwaukee
Les Paul musician, Waukesha