Actors From Wisconsin

Wisconsin has produced a number of Actors who have made it big. These include Willem Dafoe, Chris Farley, Mark Ruffalo, Orson Welles, Gene Wilder and others.

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 1 Mark Ruffalo

Mark Ruffalo
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 2 Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 3 Willem Dafoe

Willem Dafoe
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 4 Chris Farley

Chris Farley
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Famous As: Actor
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!

 5 Spencer Tracy

Spencer Tracy
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 6 Tony Shalhoub

Tony Shalhoub
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 9, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra

 7 Bradley Whitford

Bradley Whitford
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Famous As: Actor
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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 8 Liberace

Liberace
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Famous As: Pianist, Singer
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.

 9 Orson Welles

Orson Welles
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Famous As: Actor, Director
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.

 10 Dan Harmon

Dan Harmon
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Producer, Actor
Birthdate: January 3, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Dan Harmon is best known for writing the comedy series Community. He co-created Channel 101, hosted the podcast Harmontown, and wrote the animated series Rick and Morty. He also invented a storytelling method known as the Story Circle. His work on the 81st Annual Academy Awards won him an Emmy.

 11 Chris Noth

Chris Noth
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 12 Kurtwood Smith

Kurtwood Smith
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 13 John Matuszak

John Matuszak
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 25, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: June 17, 1989

 14 Peter Weller

Peter Weller
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 15 David Giuntoli

David Giuntoli
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 16 Kato Kaelin

Kato Kaelin
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 9, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces

 17 Tom Hulce

Tom Hulce
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 6, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

 18 Don Ameche

Don Ameche
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 19 Eric Benét

Eric Benét
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 15, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra

 20 Ross Bagley

Ross Bagley
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Famous As: Former Child Actor
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.  

 21 Kevin Gage

Kevin Gage
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 26, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini

 22 Dan Haggerty

Dan Haggerty
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 19, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: January 15, 2016

 23 Nick Viall

Nick Viall
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 29, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra

 24 Tom Wopat

Tom Wopat
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 9, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo

 25 Lamont Bentley

Lamont Bentley
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 25, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: January 19, 2005

 26 Jacob Latimore

Jacob Latimore
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Famous As: Actor, Television actor, Singer
Birthdate: August 10, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo

 27 Fredric March

Fredric March
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 31, 1897
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: April 14, 1975

 28 Tom Laughlin

Tom Laughlin
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 10, 1931
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: December 12, 2013

 29 Paul Shenar

Paul Shenar
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 12, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: October 11, 1989

 30 James Daly

James Daly
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 23, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: July 3, 1978

 31 Daniel J. Travanti

Daniel J. Travanti
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 7, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces

 32 Max Hardcore

Max Hardcore
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 10, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo

 33 David Leitch

David Leitch
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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: February 7, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius

 34 Thom Bierdz

Thom Bierdz
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 25, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
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 35 Chris Tallman

Chris Tallman
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 22, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo

 36 Elroy Hirsch

Elroy Hirsch
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: June 17, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: January 28, 2004

 37 Robert Homme

Robert Homme
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 8, 1919
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: May 2, 2000

 38 Armani Jackson

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 23, 2003
Sun Sign: Libra

 39 Brady Tutton

Brady Tutton
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 7, 2001
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

 40 Paul Kruger

Paul Kruger
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 24, 1895
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: November 6, 1960

 41 John Stephenson

John Stephenson
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Famous As: Actor, Soldier
Birthdate: August 9, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: May 15, 2015

 42 Jim Ameche

Jim Ameche
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Famous As: Actor, Radio personality
Birthdate: August 6, 1915
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: February 4, 1983