Actors From Illinois

Illinois has produced a number of Actors who have made it big. These include Robin Williams, Harrison Ford, Bob Odenkirk, Bill Murray, Michael Clarke Duncan and others.

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 1 Robin Williams

Robin Williams.
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Famous As: American stand-up comedian
Birthdate: July 21, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: August 11, 2014

One of the finest comedians of all time, Robin Williams began his career as a stand-up comedian and soon moved to act in television and films. Though widely recognised for his comedic skills, the immensely talented Williams proved his versatility by taking up and successfully performing more serious roles in films like Good Will Hunting and The Fisher King.

 2 Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 13, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer

With an extensive career spanning six decades, veteran actor Harrison Ford is a major figure in Hollywood. The recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Cecil B. DeMille Award, he is one of the highest-grossing domestic box office stars of all time. Besides acting, he is a licensed pilot of both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.

 3 Bill Murray

Bill Murray.
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Famous As: American actor
Birthdate: September 21, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo

Famous American actor, Bill Murray, began as a comedic performer and gained fame with the variety show, Saturday Night Live, and movies, Caddyshack and Ghostbusters. Later, his seriocomic roles in movies like Rushmore, Lost in Translation and St. Vincent earned him rave reviews. The actor has also lent his voice to many animation movies like Garfield and The Jungle Book.

 4 Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 4, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: April 5, 2008

Charlton Heston was an American actor whose cinematic legacy became the subject of an 11-film retrospective titled Cinematic Atlas: The Triumphs of Charlton Heston. Also a political activist, Charlton Heston was one of the few Hollywood actors to criticize racism in the 1950s and 1960s; he was also a supporter of the Civil Rights Movement.

 5 William Holden

William Holden.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 17, 1918
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: November 12, 1981

William Holden is best known for his Academy Award-winning performance in Stalag 17 and his Emmy-winning role in the TV film The Blue Knight. He also appeared in the films Sunset Boulevard and The Bridge on the River Kwai, and on Lux Radio Theatre. He was also a wildlife conservationist.

 6 Michael Clarke Duncan

Michael Clarke Duncan.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 10, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: September 3, 2012

Michael Clarke Duncan was one of the most popular actors best known for his portrayal of John Coffey in the fantasy drama film The Green Mile. Apart from acting in films and TV series, he was also featured in several video games, such as SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs, Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone, and The Suffering: Ties That Bind.

 7 John Belushi

John Belushi.
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: January 24, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: March 5, 1982

One of the original cast members of the popular TV show Saturday Night Live, John Belushi was known for his great comic skills. Unfortunately, he struggled in his personal life with drug addiction and eventually died of combined drug intoxication at the age of 33. He posthumously received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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 8 John Cusack

John Cusack.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 28, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer

John Cusack started his career as a teen actor. He is known for his unconventional choice of films. Grosse Pointe Blank, Being John Malkovich, High Fidelity, The Raven and The Grifters are some of his notable films. He is also known as an activist and has often taken a strong stand on issues like war, drone usage, civil liberties, press freedom and whistleblowers.

 9 Bernie Mac

Bernie Mac.
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Famous As: Actor, Comedian
Birthdate: October 5, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: August 9, 2008
A well-known comedian and actor, Bernie Mac was named in Rolling Stone magazine's 50 Best Stand-Up Comics of All Time list in 2017. In recognition of his contribution to arts, Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel declared November 14 as Bernie Mac Day in 2016. Bernie's alma mater Chicago Vocational High School renamed its CVS Auditorium as Bernie Mac Auditorium.

 10 Rock Hudson

Rock Hudson.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 17, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: October 2, 1985

Considered a heartthrob and one of the most popular movie stars of all time, some of Rock Hudson’s successful movies are the Magnificent Obsession, Giant, Written on the Wind, Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back, Come September and Send Me No Flowers. He also acted in television. It was speculated that he was a homosexual. He died due to AIDS-related illness.

 11 John Malkovich

John Malkovich.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 9, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

John Malkovich is one of those rare actors who despite being highly regarded for his talent has been conspicuously missing from the headlines. From Hercule Poirot to Catholic Pope, Malkovich has portrayed each of his characters with zest and intensity that have earned him two Oscar nominations and a myriad of other prestigious awards.

 12 Nick Offerman

Nick Offerman.
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Famous As: Actor, Comedian
Birthdate: June 26, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer

Nick Offerman, best known for his award-winning performance as Ron Swanson in Parks and Recreation, is also a professional wood craftsman. He has voiced characters in films such as Hotel Transylvania 2 and Ice Age: Collision Course, hosted a Netflix documentary and a reality series, and written three semi-autobiographical books.

 13 Mr. T

Mr. T.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 21, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Mr. T is best known as A. Baracus from The A-Team and Clubber Lang from Rocky III. Fans love his signature hairstyle and his gold jewelry, which he stopped wearing after Hurricane Katrina. His catchphrase “I pity the fool!" inspired a reality show. He has previously been a celebrity bodyguard.

 14 Sam Shepard

Sam Shepard.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 5, 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: July 27, 2017
Ten-time Obie Award-winning playwright, author, director, and actor Samuel Shepard had also won a Pulitzer Prize for the play Buried Child. He was also the drummer of the rock band The Holy Modal Rounders. Fans remember him for his Academy Award-nominated performance as Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff.

 15 Bob Newhart

Bob Newhart.
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Famous As: American stand-up comedian
Birthdate: September 5, 1929
Sun Sign: Virgo

American stand-up comedian Bob Newhart is renowned for his slightly stammering delivery style and dry humor for which he was honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2002. Over the years, his comedic style has influenced many comedians. Also an actor, he was ranked 17th on TV Guide's list of 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time.

 16 Michael Peña

Michael Peña.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 13, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Michael Peña is best known as Kiki Camarena from Netflix's Narcos: Mexico. He has also played significant roles in End of Watch, American Hustle, Ant-Man, and Crash. He delivered an award-winning performance in the HBO film Walkout and also scored a Billboard-charting song, Beast, with his band Nico Vega.

 17 Mandy Patinkin

Mandy Patinkin.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 30, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
From singing in synagogues as a teenager to winning a Tony Award for his performance as Che in the Broadway play Evita, Mandel Patinkin has come a long way. Fans also loved his portrayal of Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride and his Emmy-winning performance in Chicago Hope.

 18 Common

Common
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: March 13, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces

 19 Peter Sarsgaard

Peter Sarsgaard.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 7, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces

Peter Sarsgaard is a versatile American actor known for his work on stage, films, and TV series. A world-renowned actor, Peter is equally good with women and has dated several good-looking women like Dita Von Teese and Shalom Harlow.

 20 Justin Hartley

Justin Hartley
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 29, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius

 21 Ludacris

Ludacris.
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: September 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Three-time Grammy-winning rapper Ludacris soared to fame with his second album, Back for the First Time. Fans also loved him as Tej Parker in The Fast and the Furious franchise. He owns a label, a line of headphones, and a restaurant. His Ludacris Foundation is associated with many youth initiatives. 

 22 Jason Robards

Jason Robards
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 26, 1922
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: December 26, 2000

 23 Bob Odenkirk

Bob Odenkirk.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra

Bob Odenkirk began his career as an SNL writer but shot to fame only after starring as Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad and its spin-off, Better Call Saul. He has also been part of critically acclaimed movies such as Nebraska and The Post, and has directed and produced several shows.

 24 Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams.
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Famous As: Model, Actor, Activist
Birthdate: August 5, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Jesse Williams is best known as Dr. Jackson Avery from Grey's Anatomy. He has also been part of films such as The Cabin in the Woods and The Butler, and has done voice-work for video games such as Markus in Detroit: Become Human. Williams is also associated with Black activism.

 25 Jake Johnson

Jake Johnson.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 28, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini

As a huge fan of the Second City improv troupe during his growing up days, Jake Johnson aspired to become a comedian. It was this aspiration that made him achieve what he has achieved today as an actor and comedian in the American film industry.

 26 Fred Savage

Fred Savage.
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Famous As: Actor, Director, Producer
Birthdate: July 9, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Fred Savage is best known for his Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated portrayal of Kevin Arnold in the series The Wonder Years. He has also been part of Crumbs and The Grinder, and has directed a few episodes of series such as Phil of the Future and Wizards of Waverly Place

 27 Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Gary Sinise is best known for his Golden Globe-winning performance as Harry S. Truman in Truman and his Academy Award-nominated role in Forrest Gump. Fans also loved him in the movie Apollo 13 and the series CSI: NY. He co-established the Steppenwolf Theatre Company and formed the Lt. Dan Band.

 28 John C. Reilly

John C. Reilly
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Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: May 24, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini

 29 Harold Ramis

Harold Ramis
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Famous As: American actor
Birthdate: November 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: February 24, 2014

 30 Terrence Howard

Terrence Howard.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 11, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Terrence Howard is best known for his Academy Award-nominated performance as Djay in Hustle & Flow and his SAG Award-winning role in Crash. He also mesmerized audiences as Lucious Lyon in Empire and as Colonel Rhodes in Iron Man. He claims he has invented a language of logic called Terryology.

 31 Anthony Rapp

Anthony Rapp
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio

 32 Jim Belushi

Jim Belushi.
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: June 15, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini

The younger brother of iconic comedian and actor John Belushi, Jim Belushi followed in his brother's footsteps to become a comedian and actor. He is also a passionate cannabis cultivator and plans to open a cannabis dispensary in Downtown Portland.

 33 Billy Zane

Billy Zane.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 24, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces

Billy Zane is an American actor best known for portraying Caledon Hockley in the 1997 epic romance film Titanic. He then went on to play a crucial role in the success of films, such as The Believer, which was showcased at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival where it won the Grand Jury Prize.

 34 Garry Shandling

Garry Shandling.
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Famous As: Stand-up Comedian
Birthdate: November 29, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: March 24, 2016

Garry Shandling was initially a sitcom writer and then performed as a stand-up comedian on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. He later soared to fame with his own shows, It's Garry Shandling's Show and the Emmy-winning The Larry Sanders Show. He has also hosted the Grammy and Emmy Awards.

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 35 Gary Coleman

Gary Coleman.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 8, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: May 20, 2010
Gary Coleman, who topped VHI’s list of the 100 Greatest Kid Stars, was best known to fans as Arnold Jackson from the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes and for The Gary Coleman Show. A congenital kidney disease and hormonal issues led to his short 4’8” frame. He struggled with financial issues later.

 36 Seth Meyers

Seth Meyers.
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Famous As: American Comedian
Birthdate: December 28, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Seth Adam Meyers is best known as the host of Late Night with Seth Meyers. He was a writer and cast member of Saturday Night Live and won several awards for his work, including a Peabody Award and an Emmy. He also hosted SNL’s Weekend Update segment.

 37 Hannibal Buress

Hannibal Buress
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: February 4, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius

 38 Andre Braugher

Andre Braugher.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 1, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Andre Braugher is best known for his Emmy-winning performances as Frank Pembleton in Homicide: Life on the Street and as Nick Atwater in Thief. Fans also loved him as Raymond Holt in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, as Woodchuck Coodchuck-Berkowitz in BoJack Horseman, and in the movies City of Angels and Poseidon

 39 Michael Madsen

Michael Madsen
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 25, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra

 40 Bob Fosse

Bob Fosse.
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: June 23, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: September 23, 1987
Legendary dancer, choreographer, and director Bob Fosse is best remembered for his Academy Award-winning direction in the musical film Cabaret. Renowned for his signature “jazz hands” style, he also earned the Palme D'Or for All That Jazz and nine Tony Awards for various stage productions, eight of them for choreography. 

 41 Adam Baldwin

Adam Baldwin.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 27, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces

Adam Baldwin is an American actor known for playing important roles in films like Full Metal Jacket and Ordinary People. Also known for his humanitarian efforts, Baldwin supports Ride 2 Recovery, an organization established for the rehabilitation of veterans wounded in wars. Popular on social media, Baldwin is credited with introducing the hashtag #GamerGate with respect to the GamerGate controversy.

 42 Ben Falcone

Ben Falcone
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 25, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo

 43 Bruce Dern

Bruce Dern
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Famous As: American actor
Birthdate: June 4, 1936
Sun Sign: Gemini

 44 Ben Savage

Ben Savage.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 13, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo

Ben Savage is an American actor known for portraying Cory Matthews in Boy Meets World. After starting his career as a child artist, Ben Savage went on to establish himself as a successful adult actor in the TV industry. Also known for displaying his skills on stage, Savage won an Ovation Award for portraying Roddy Stern in the play Unexpected Tenderness.

 45 Craig Robinson

Craig Robinson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio

 46 Kel Mitchell

Kel Mitchell.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 25, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo

Kel Mitchell is an American actor, musician, singer, stand-up comedian, and rapper. He is known for his work in TV series like All That and Kenan & Kel. Over the years, Kel Mitchell has also been working towards bettering the lives of black people; he was honored by the Carson Black Chamber for his show, The Back House Party.

 47 Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna
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Famous As: American actor
Birthdate: November 13, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio

 48 Gary Cole

Gary Cole.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 20, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Gary Cole initially gained fame as a stage actor, working with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company of Chicago. He is also known for playing Nighthawk in Midnight Caller and for his Emmy-nominated role of Kent Davison in Veep. He voiced major characters in Harvey Birdman, Family Guy, and Kim Possible.

 49 Robert Reed

Robert Reed
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 19, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: May 12, 1992

 50 Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: August 19, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo