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100 people you may not have known were Wisconsin folks




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Everybody knows about Laverne, Shirley and Fonzie. To say nothing of the Violent Femmes and Bodeans. But here's a list of folks with strong Wisconsin ties -- they were either born here or lived here for a while -- that you might not know were your fellow statesmen. Now get out there and boast!

  1. Charlotte Rae
  2. Spencer Tracy
  3. Zucker Brothers
  4. Gene Wilder
  5. Chris Farley
  6. Jane Kaczmarek
  7. Liberace
  8. Orson Welles
  9. Daniel J. Travanti
  10. Harry Houdini
  11. Bradley Whitford
  12. Don Ameche
  13. Mark Ruffalo (from "You Can Count on Me")
  14. Jerry Harrison
  15. Eric Benet
  16. John Ridley (author, wrote "Stray Dogs")
  17. Willem Dafoe
  18. Douglas MacArthur
  19. Campbell Scott
  20. Joe McCarthy
  21. Oprah Winfrey
  22. Iceberg Slim
  23. Kato Kaelin
  24. Jackie Mason
  25. Latrell Sprewell
  26. Nick Van Exel
  27. Kristen Johnston
  28. Chris Noth (Mr. Big in Sex & the City)
  29. Al Molinaro
  30. Les Paul
  31. Steve Miller
  32. Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum)
  33. Al Jarreau
  34. Tony Shalhoub
  35. Tom Snyder
  36. Kurtwood Smith (dad on That '70s Show)
  37. D.B. Sweeney
  38. Howie Epstein (one of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers)
  39. Frank Lloyd Wright
  40. Joe Puerta (of '70s popsters Ambrosia)
  41. Tom Wopat
  42. Peter Weller (Robocop!)
  43. Chip Zein (Howard the Duck!)
  44. Jane Hamilton
  45. Jacquelyn Mitchard
  46. Larry Watson
  47. Tyne Daly
  48. Fred MacMurray
  49. Psychic Jeane Dixon
  50. Lynn Fontaine
  51. Alfred Lunt
  52. Uta Hagen
  53. Deidre Hall
  54. Susan Hawk (from Survivor)
  55. Julie Stoffer (of Real World)
  56. Kathy Kinney (of Drew Carey Show)
  57. Timbuk 3 (The Future's So Bright...)
  58. Miss America Terry Meeusen (1973)
  59. Gena Rowlands
  60. Concetta Tomei (from Providence)
  61. B-movie star Shannon Whirry
  62. Da Crusher
  63. Georgia O'Keeffe
  64. Laura Ingalls Wilder
  65. Judge William H. Renquist
  66. Golda Meir
  67. John Muir
  68. Thornton Wilder
  69. Owen Gromme
  70. Amy Pietz (of Caroline in the City)
  71. Father James Groppi
  72. Leland Sklar (Jackson Browne's bassist)
  73. Bill Berry (REM)
  74. Chordettes (Mr. Sandman)
  75. Butch Vig and Garbage
  76. Bobby Hatfield (Righteous Brothers)
  77. Woody Herman
  78. Kevn Kinney (Drivin' N Cryin')
  79. Speech (Arrested Development)
  80. Jane Wiedlin (The Go Go's)
  81. Colleen Dewhurst
  82. Sean Duffy (The Real World)
  83. Jill Eikenberry (LA Law)
  84. Peter Graves
  85. Robert Bloch (he wrote Psycho)
  86. Ron Kovic (Born on the Fourth of July)
  87. Aldo Leopold
  88. Carl Sandburg
  89. Peter Straub
  90. Greta Van Susteren (Fox News Network)
  91. James Lovell
  92. NPR's Jackie Lyden
  93. Skater Dan Jansen
  94. Racing driver Dick Trickle
  95. Golfer Andy North
  96. Tom Hulce (Amadeus Oscar nominee)
  97. The Ringling Brothers
  98. Edna Ferber
  99. Skater Eric Heiden
  100. Red Wilson

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OMCreader | Feb. 11, 2006 at 1:33 p.m. (report)

Cozen Beguile said: Bonnie Blair!

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OMCreader | Jan. 28, 2006 at 11:51 a.m. (report)

Kristy said: Heather Graham was born in Milwaukee

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OMCreader | Dec. 28, 2005 at 7:22 a.m. (report)

Joe said: Tom Laughlin of "Billy Jack" fame. Went to Milw. Washington HS.

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