Actors From Wisconsin

Wisconsin has produced a number of Actors who have made it big. These include Willem Dafoe, Gene Wilder, Orson Welles, Chris Farley, Mark Ruffalo and others.
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Spencer Tracy
(One of the Greatest Actors of Hollywood's Golden Age)
Spencer Tracy
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Birthdate: April 5, 1900
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: June 10, 1967

One of the most popular actors of classical Hollywood cinema, Spencer Tracy was known for his versatility, which helped him win two successive Oscars for Best Actor. In 1999, he was ranked the ninth greatest male star of Hollywood's Golden Age by the American Film Institute. Tracy is widely regarded as one of the finest actors of the 20th century.

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Mark Ruffalo
(Best Known for His Role of 'Bruce Banner/Hulk' in the Marvel Cinematic Universe SuperHero Films)
Mark Ruffalo
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Birthdate: November 22, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

An actor best known for playing Bruce Banner / Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero films, Mark Ruffalo has been active in Hollywood for over three decades. Even though he began acting in the late 1980s, he started getting noticed for his skills only in the 2000s. He has been nominated for numerous awards, including an Academy Award.

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Willem Dafoe
(American Actor Who is Known for Portraying Several Real-Life Figures)
Willem Dafoe
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Birthdate: July 22, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer

Much loved for his distinct gravelly voice, Willem Dafoe is one of the most popular American actors. Thanks to his incredible performance as Norman Osborn in Spider-Man (2002), Willem instilled fear in the hearts of many Spider-Man fans, especially children. Willem, who holds American and Italian citizenship, is a pescatarian and practices ashtanga yoga.

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Gene Wilder
(Actor, Comedian)
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Birthdate: June 11, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: August 29, 2016

Perhaps the most loved Willy Wonka of them all, Gene Wilder was one of the main reasons for the popularity of the iconic character, which he played in the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Apart from acting and writing, Gene was also instrumental in promoting cancer awareness through his organization Gilda Radner Ovarian Cancer Detection Center.

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Chris Farley
(Actor and Comedian)
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Birthdate: February 15, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: December 18, 1997

A popular actor and comedian, Chris Farley's struggle with alcohol and drug addiction led to his suspension from the cast of Saturday Night Live (SNL) on many occasions. He eventually died of a drug overdose at the age of 33, much like his idol John Belushi, who too died of a drug overdose at the same age!

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Tony Shalhoub
(best known for playing Adrian Monk in the USA Network television series Monk)
Tony Shalhoub
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Birthdate: October 9, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra
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Liberace
(Pianist, Actor, Singer and the Highest-Paid Entertainer in the World From the 1950s to 1970s)
Liberace
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Birthdate: May 16, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: February 4, 1987
Known as “Mr. Showmanship,” pianist, singer, and actor Liberace shot to fame with The Liberace Show, which he ended regularly with his theme song I'll Be Seeing You. The highest-paid entertainer from the 1950s-1970s, he performed in concerts and tours frequently. He also released several autobiographies and cookbooks.
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Orson Welles
(One of the Greatest Filmmakers of All Time and Director of 'Citizen Kane')
Orson Welles
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Birthdate: May 6, 1915
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: October 10, 1985

American filmmaker, Orson Welles, acted in and directed the 1941 film, Citizen Kane, which is considered to be one the greatest movies ever made. Though hailed as a genius, many of his films didn’t work at the box office. The Stranger, Macbeth, Chimes at Midnight, Touch of Evil and The Trial are some of the other films that he directed.

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Bradley Whitford
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Josh Lyman’ on the Series 'The West Wing')
Bradley Whitford
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Birthdate: October 10, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra

Best known as Josh Lyman from The West Wing, Bradley Whitford is a Juilliard-trained and Primetime Emmy-winning actor. Also known for his roles in series such as The Mentalist and movies such as Billy Madison, he also launched the charity Clothes off Our Back, which mostly donates to children’s non-profits.

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Chris Noth
(American Actor Known for His Role as Detective Mike Logan in the TV Series ‘Law & Order')
Chris Noth
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Birthdate: November 13, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Chris Noth is best known as Mike Logan from Law & Order. Fans also loved him in his Golden Globe-nominated roles in Sex and the City and The Good Wife. He co-owns the New York music venue The Cutting Room. He has also been part of Broadway and off-Broadway plays.

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Kurtwood Smith
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Birthdate: July 3, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer

Kurtwood Smith is an American actor known for playing important roles in popular films and TV series, such as RoboCop and That '70s Show. Also known for his work on stage, Smith has won three Drama-Logue Awards. Also a renowned voice actor, Kurtwood Smith has voiced popular characters in TV series like Men in Black: The Series and Batman Beyond.

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Peter Weller
(Actor and Director)
Peter Weller
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Birthdate: June 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Peter Weller is best known as Robocop from the film RoboCop and its sequel. He also earned an Academy Award nomination for his 1993 short film Partners. He starred in the series 24, hosted a History Channel show, and voiced Bruce Wayne/Batman in the miniseries The Dark Knight Returns.
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David Giuntoli
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Birthdate: June 18, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
David Giuntoli is best known as Nick Burkhardt from the supernatural series Grimm. He has also starred in the films 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi and Buddymoon. An avid animal lover, he once adopted an elephant in Kenya. He is married to his Grimm co-star Bitsie Tulloch.
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Don Ameche
(Actor and Comedian Best Known for His Leading Man Roles in 1930's and 40's)
Don Ameche
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Birthdate: May 31, 1908
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: December 6, 1993
Don Ameche started as a comedian and vaudeville performer. He later gained fame on radio, too, appearing in the sketch comedy The Bickersons. He also earned a 20th Century Fox contract, appeared in movies such as Trading Places, and won an Academy Award for his role in Cocoon.
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Tom Hulce
(Actor)
Tom Hulce
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Birthdate: December 6, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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Kato Kaelin
(American Actor Who Was a Witness in the O. J. Simpson Murder Case)
Kato Kaelin
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Birthdate: March 9, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
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Kevin Gage
(Actor)
Kevin Gage
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Birthdate: May 26, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
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Dan Haggerty
(Actor best known for playing the title role in the film and television series The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams.)
Dan Haggerty
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Birthdate: November 19, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: January 15, 2016
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Ross Bagley
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Birthdate: December 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Former actor and comedian Ross Bagley is best known for his role as Nicky Banks in the TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Beginning his career as a child, he started acting when he was just five years old. A popular child actor during the mid-1990s, he appeared in many hit TV shows and received three Young Artist Awards.  

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John Matuszak
(American Football Defensive End and Actor)
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Birthdate: October 25, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: June 17, 1989
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Tom Wopat
(Actor)
Tom Wopat
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Birthdate: September 9, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
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Fredric March
(One of Hollywood's Most Celebrated, Versatile Stars of the 1930s and 1940s)
Fredric March
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Birthdate: August 31, 1897
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: April 14, 1975

Fredric March was an American actor best remembered for his versatility. One of the most celebrated actors during the 1930s and 1940s, Fredric March won two Academy Awards for Best Actor and two Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Play; he is one of two actors to have received both the Tony Award and Academy Award twice.

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Eric Benét
(Singer-songwriter)
Eric Benét
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Birthdate: October 15, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
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Lamont Bentley
(Actor)
Lamont Bentley
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Birthdate: October 25, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: January 19, 2005
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Tom Laughlin
(Actor)
Tom Laughlin
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Birthdate: August 10, 1931
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: December 12, 2013
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Paul Shenar
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Birthdate: February 12, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: October 11, 1989
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Nick Viall
(Actor)
Nick Viall
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Birthdate: September 29, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
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Jacob Latimore
(Actor, Television actor, Singer)
Jacob Latimore
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Birthdate: August 10, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
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James Daly
(Actor)
James Daly
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Birthdate: October 23, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: July 3, 1978
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Daniel J. Travanti
(Actor)
Daniel J. Travanti
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Birthdate: March 7, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
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Imran Khan
(Role as Jai Singh Rathore in the 2008 romantic comedy Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na)
Imran Khan
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Birthdate: January 13, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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Thom Bierdz
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Birthdate: March 25, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
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David Leitch
(Filmmaker)
David Leitch
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Birthdate: November 16, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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Chris Tallman
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Birthdate: September 22, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
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Elroy Hirsch
(Football Player)
Elroy Hirsch
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Birthdate: June 17, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: January 28, 2004
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Jose Pablo Cantillo
(Known for his role as Caesar Martinez on the TV series The Walking Dead)
Jose Pablo Cantillo
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Birthdate: March 30, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
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John Stephenson
(Actor, Soldier)
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Birthdate: August 9, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: May 15, 2015
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Gus Mercurio
(Australian Actor and Boxer)
Gus Mercurio
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Birthdate: August 10, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: December 7, 2010

Gus Mercurio was an actor best remembered for his energetic personality and raspy voice. Mercurio contributed to Australian radio and also appeared in many TV series like Cash and Company, Matlock Police, and Homicide. Mercurio was also a professional boxer and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. In 2008, he was inducted into the Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame.

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Jim Ameche
(Actor, Radio personality)
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Birthdate: August 6, 1915
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: February 4, 1983
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Robert Homme
(Actor)
Robert Homme
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Birthdate: March 8, 1919
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: May 2, 2000
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Max Hardcore
(Actor)
Max Hardcore
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Birthdate: August 10, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
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Armani Jackson
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Birthdate: October 23, 2003
Sun Sign: Libra
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Brady Tutton
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Birthdate: December 7, 2001
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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Paul Kruger
(Actor)
Paul Kruger
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Birthdate: July 24, 1895
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: November 6, 1960