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Liberace (1919 - 1987) Famous American entertainer and musician who is known for his many television appearances and his show called "The Liberace Show." Born in West Allis, WI (658)

William Joseph Patrick O'Brien (1899 - 1983) Was an American film actor with more than one hundred screen credits. Born in Milwaukee, WI (1292)

Michael Anthony "Marc" Alaimo (1942 - ) Is an American actor, known for his villainous roles. He is known to Star Trek fans for his role as recurring villain Gul Dukat in the TV series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Born in Milwaukee, WI (1262)

Don Ameche (1908 - 1993) Actor who won an Academy Award for his performance in Cocoon; Also a director. Born in Kenosha, WI (651)

Walter Hubert Annenberg (1908 - 2002) Was an American publisher, philanthropist, and diplomat. Born in Milwaukee, WI (1260)

Abner Biberman (1909 - 1977) Was an American actor, director, and screenwriter. Born in Milwaukee, WI (1259)

Richard I. Bong (1920 - 1945) America's leading air ace during World War II. Born in Superior, WI (659)

Daniel Charles Brandenstein (1943 - ) Is a former NASA astronaut who flew four space shuttle missions. Born in Watertown, WI (1266)

Joyce Carlson (1923 - 2008) Was an American artist and designer credited with creating the idyllic universe of singing children at "It's a Small World" rides at Walt Disney theme parks around the world. Carlson also worked as an ink artist in the Walt Disney Animation Studios, on such films as Cinderella, Peter Pan and Sleeping Beauty. She was the lead ink artist for the 1955 Disney classic Lady and the Tramp. She spent 56 years working on Disney's animated films and theme park attractions. Born in Racine, WI (1258)

Carrie Chapman Catt (1859 - 1947) She led the campaign that ended with the 19th Amendment to the Constitution allowing women to vote; lived in Charles City. Born in Ripon, WI (166)

Chester Commodore (1914 - 2004) Was an African American cartoonist, both of political cartoons and comic strips. Born in Racine, WI (1261)

Ellen Corby (1911 - 1999) Was an American actress. She is most widely remembered for the role of "Grandma Esther Walton" on the CBS television series The Waltons, for which she won three Emmy Awards. Born in Racine, WI (1269)

Seymour Cray (1925 - 1996) A U.S. electrical engineer who developed the supercomputer and founded the company Cray Research. Born in Chippewa Falls, WI (646)

Anthony Crivello (1955 - ) Is an American actor and singer, mostly in musicals on Broadway. He has written several scripts and more than twenty songs. Born in Milwaukee, WI (1270)

Willem Dafoe (1955 - ) Is an American film and stage actor, and a founding member of the experimental theatre company The Wooster Group. Born in Appleton, WI (1271)

August Derleth (1909 - 1971) American writer and anthologist who is known for his historical fiction and detective fiction works. Born in Sauk City, WI (656)

Chris Farley (1964 - 1997) Was an American comedian and actor. Born in Madison, WI (1272)

John P. Farley (1968 - ) Is an American actor and comedian. Born in Madison, WI (1273)

Kevin Prindiville Farley (1965 - ) Is an American actor, production designer, singer, dancer, and occasional composer. Born in Madison, WI (1274)

Aimee Lynn Graham (1971 - ) Is an American actress. Born in Milwaukee, WI (1276)

Heather Joan Graham (1970 - ) Is an American actress and fashion model. Born in Milwaukee, WI (1277)

Eric Heiden (1958 - ) Five-time gold medalist speed skater of the 1980 Winter Olympics. Born in Madison, WI (647)

Tom Hulce (1953 - ) Is an American actor and theater producer. Born in Whitewater, WI (1278)



Pee Wee King (1914 - 2000) Born Julius Frank Anthony Kuczynski, known professionally as Pee Wee King, was an American country music songwriter and recording artist best known for co-writing "The Tennessee Waltz". Born in Milwaukee, WI (1283)

Carole Landis (1919 - 1948) Was an American film and stage actress whose break-through role was as the female lead in the 1940 film One Million B.C. Landis has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Born in Fairchild, WI (1279)

Alfred Davis Lunt Jr. (1892 - 1977) Was an American stage director and actor, often identified for a long-time professional partnership with his wife, actress Lynn Fontanne. Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre was named for them. Born in Milwaukee, WI (1280)

Fredric March (1897 - 1975) Was an American stage and film actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1932 for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and in 1946 for The Best Years of Our Lives. Born in Racine, WI (1282)

Robert Emmett O'Connor (1885 - 1962) Was an American film actor. He appeared in 204 films between 1919 and 1950. He was best known as the warmhearted bootlegger, Paddy Ryan in The Public Enemy (1931). He played Jonesy (older Paramount gate guard) in Billy Wilder's 1950 film Sunset Boulevard. Born in Milwaukee, WI (1293)

Nancy Ann Olson (1928 - ) Is an American actress. Born in Milwaukee, WI (1294)

Georgia O'Keeffe (1887 - 1986) Well-known artist who was known for her many abstract paintings. Born in Sun Prairie, WI (396)

Laura Ramsey (1982 - ) Is an American film and television actress and model. Born in Brandon, WI (1295)

Libby Riddles (1956 - ) The first woman to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in 1985. Born in Madison, WI (18)

Gena Rowlands (1930 - ) Is an American actress of film, stage and television. The 3 time Emmy and 2 time Golden Globe winner is best known for her collaborations with her actor-director husband John Cassavetes in ten films, in two of which, Gloria and A Woman Under the Influence, she gave Academy Award-nominated performances. Born in Madison, WI (1296)

Mark Alan Ruffalo (1967 - ) Is an American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. Born in Kenosha, WI (1290)

Tom Snyder (1936 - 2007) Radio talk-show host. He also hosted Tomorrow with Tom Snyder and The Late Late Show. Born in Milwaukee, WI (660)

Ford Sterling (1883 - 1939) Born George Ford Stich Jr. was an American comedian and actor best known for his work with Keystone Studios. One of the 'Big 4' he was the original chief of the Keystone Cops. Born in La Crosse, WI (1289)

Eric Kyle Szmanda (1975 - ) Is an American actor, best known for playing Greg Sanders in the TV crime drama CSI. Born in Milwaukee, WI (1288)

Spencer Tracy (1900 - 1967) Was an American theatrical and film actor, who appeared in 74 films from 1930 to 1967. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Tracy 9th among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time. He was nominated for nine Academy Awards for Best Actor in all, winning two. Born in Milwaukee, WI (1287)

Judy Tyler (1932 - 1957) Was an American actress. Born Judith Mae Hess, she came from a show business family and was encouraged to study dance and acting. Her acting career began as a teenager with regular appearances on Howdy Doody as Princess Summerfall Winterspring from 1950 to 1953. Born in Milwaukee, WI (1286)

Orson Welles (1915 - 1985) Was an American film director, writer, actor, and producer, who worked extensively in film, theatre, television and radio. Born in Kenosha, WI (1285)

Shannon Whirry (1964 - ) Is an American actress. Born in Greenlake, WI (1284)

Gene Wilder (1933 - ) Actor made famous with his role as Willy Wonka in the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Born in Milwaukee, WI (653)

Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867 - 1957) American author who wrote the historical fiction Little House books; Most famous for The Little House on the Prairie. Born in Pepin, WI (654)

Tom Wopat (1951 - ) Played Luke Duke in the hit television series, "Dukes Of Hazard". Born in Lodi, WI (652)

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867 - 1959) America's most famous architect who influenced the entire course of American architecture. Born in Richland Center, WI (650)