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Famous people with ties to Wisconsin

Posted by Daniel Mitchell on September 18, 2010 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (13)

Here's a short list of famous people who have ties to Wisconsin:


  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
    • Business degree from UW-Madison or UW-Superior
  • Chris Farley - (submitted by Kyletall)
    • Born in Madison, WI and attended University of Marquette.
  • Frank Caliendo
    • From Waukesha, WI
    • I actually attended UW-Milwaukee with Frank and was friends with him before he became famous
  • Fred MacMurray (Actor) - (submitted by John B)
    • Attended Carroll College
  • Gary Burghoff (Actor) - (submitted by John B)
    • Attended high school in Delevan, WI
  • Harrison Ford
    • Attended Ripon College
  • Harry Houdini
    • Lived part of his childhood in Appleton, WI.
  • Harry Selfridge (submitted by Kyletall)
    • Harry Selfridge who founded Selfridges in London, was born in Ripon, Wisconsin. Selfridge's department store was twice voted the best department store in the world and the TV show Masterpiece on PBS produced a series entitled Mr. Selfridge starring Jeremy Piven as Harry Selfridge
  • Jane Kasmerick (Actress)
    • Born in Milwaukee, WI
  • Joan Cusack 
    • Attended UW-Madison
  • Les Paul (Musician) - (submitted by John Berg)
    • Born in Waukesha, WI
  • Michael Moore
    • Attended UW-Madison
  • Willem Dafoe (submitted by Josh K)
    • Born in Appleton, WI and attended UW-Milwaukee for short time.