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Who does not like a brush with fame?

Nicely, Wisconsinites, listed here are a few of ours. 

From Oprah Winfrey and Bon Iver to the Watt brothers and Frank Lloyd Wright, listed here are greater than 65 celebrities who’re from Wisconsin or have sturdy Wisconsin ties.

Please word: This is not a cumulative checklist; our state is fairly superior, so after all, there are various extra. 


Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder, remembered for his roles in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” “Young Frankenstein” and “Blazing Saddles,” was born on Milwaukee’s west aspect in 1933. 

Wilder (born Jerome Silberman) was a graduate of Washington Excessive College. 

Earlier than making it to Broadway and the massive display screen, he studied drama on the College of Iowa, served within the Military, then studied on the Actors Studio in New York Metropolis. 

He married late comic and actress Gilda Radner, his third spouse, in 1984 and made a number of films together with her. 

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Oprah Winfrey 

Legendary talk show host, producer, actress and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey was raised in Milwaukee.

Legendary speak present host, producer, actress and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey was raised in Milwaukee, attending Lincoln Excessive College and Nicolet Excessive College (she completed highschool in Nashville, the place her dad lived). 

“The Oprah Winfrey Show” — the highest-rated speak present in TV historical past — ran for 4,561 episodes over 25 years and Winfrey gained 16 Daytime Emmy Awards, in keeping with a USA At the moment report. The present is now accessible as a podcast. 

Oprah runs her personal TV community, journal and manufacturing firm, the report mentioned. Her performing credit embody “The Color Purple,” “A Wrinkle in Time,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and “Selma,” among many others. 

Winfrey opened a college for underprivileged women in South Africa in 2007. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013 and the Golden Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2018.

Winfrey — born in Mississippi as Orpah Gail Winfrey — as soon as mentioned her finest Christmas ever was in Milwaukee when she was 12 and dwelling on North tenth Road. Her mom, the late Vernita Lee, who was working as a housemaid in suburban Fox Level, advised Winfrey that Santa Claus was not coming that 12 months as a result of the only mom did not have a lot cash to purchase presents. However on Christmas Eve, nuns introduced meals and toys for Winfrey and her siblings.

Chris Farley

In this Sept. 18, 1990, file photo, comedian Chris Farley, a new cast member of NBC's

Comic and actor Chris Farley was a Madison native and a Marquette College graduate. 

After working at Second Metropolis in Chicago, he joined the forged of “Saturday Night Live” in 1990. 

He turned a fixture on the present and created many memorable characters, like motivational speaker Matt Foley, a Chippendales dancer-wannabe and a nervous celebrity-show interviewer. 

His film credit embody “Tommy Boy,” “Wayne’s World,” “Black Sheep,” “Coneheads” and “Beverly Hills Ninja.”

Mark Ruffalo

Award-winning actor and activist Mark Ruffalo is a Kenosha native. He grew up across the twenty first Avenue neighborhood. 

Ruffalo gained his first Golden Globe award in 2021 for finest actor in a TV film for HBO’s “I Know This Much Is True.” That efficiency additionally gained him a Primetime Emmy Award for excellent actor in a restricted collection or TV film and a Display screen Actors Guild Award. 

He had been nominated for Golden Globe awards three different occasions. 

Ruffalo’s performing credit embody enjoying Hulk in the “Avengers” movies, “Dark Waters,” “Shutter Island,” “Foxcatcher,” “Infinitely Polar Bear,” “The Normal Heart,” “13 Going on 30,” “Spotlight” and plenty of others. 

Along with performing, Ruffalo is thought for his activism. In 2020, he went on Instagram Reside with Kenosha Black Lives Matter organizers and Justin Blake, Jacob Blake’s uncle, throughout an occasion in protest to President Donald Trump’s go to to the town. He additionally helped spearhead a undertaking to encourage Wisconsinites to vote. 

Hattie McDaniel 

Hattie McDaniel, left, receives the Academy Award for best supporting actress for her performance in

Hattie McDaniel — the primary African American to be nominated for and win an Oscar — referred to as Milwaukee her “springboard to Hollywood.”

In 1929, McDaniel joined the forged of a touring manufacturing of “Show Boat.” After a stint in Chicago, the manufacturing moved to Milwaukee. Quickly after it arrived, due to losses elsewhere, the present reduce on a lot of its forged, together with McDaniel, leaving her stranded and out of a job.

She labored at Sam Decide’s Suburban Inn, also called Membership Madrid, which was at 128th Road and Blue Mound Street. She was a women’ room attendant, then later, a flooring singer. 

In 1931, she went to Los Angeles. Her massive break got here in 1935 when she performed a servant within the Shirley Temple film “The Little Colonel.” 

McDaniel turned one of the vital acquainted African American actors within the nation. In 1940, she gained the Oscar for finest supporting actress for her efficiency in “Gone With the Wind.”

Rachel Brosnahan

Rachel Brosnahan, who plays the title character in

Rachel Brosnahan, who performs the title character in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” was born in Milwaukee. 

She has been nominated for the Emmy for finest actress in a comedy collection 3 times, taking it residence in 2018. 

She’s additionally gained two Golden Globes and two Critics’ Alternative Awards, amongst others. 

Her different performing credit embody “House of Cards,” “Manhattan” and “The Unborn.” 

Willem Dafoe

Award-winning actor Willem Dafoe is an Appleton native and former University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee student.

Award-winning actor Willem Dafoe is an Appleton native and former College of Wisconsin-Milwaukee pupil. 

Dafoe went to UWM in 1973 to take some theater courses and acquired hooked. 

After a 12 months and a half, he left faculty to hitch Theatre X, on the time Milwaukee’s main experimental theater firm. 

Through the years, Dafoe has earned three Oscar nominations for finest supporting actor: For his performances in “Platoon,” “Shadow of the Vampire” and “The Florida Project.”

The Spirit Awards, the impartial movie world’s Oscars, gave Dafoe the award for finest supporting male in 2001 and 2020 for “Shadow of the Vampire” and “The Lighthouse,” respectively. 

Trixie Mattel 

Trixie Mattel, the winner of

Trixie Mattel, one of the vital well-liked and prolific drag queens on the earth, is the alter ego of Silver Cliff native Brian Firkus. Firkus acquired his begin within the Milwaukee drag scene. 

In 2015, Mattel was on season seven of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” She would go on to win season three of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” in 2018. 

Mattel, who can be a singer-songwriter, has put out three albums over the previous few years. She additionally has a cosmetics line and was the premise of the feature-length documentary “Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts.” In Might, Mattel introduced that she’ll be doing a renovation collection with Uncover+ referred to as Trixie Motel. 

Mattel additionally has a podcast, “The Bald and the Beautiful” with drag queen and fellow “Drag Race” alum Katya Zamo. They do the net reveals “UNHhhh” and “I Like to Watch,” and wrote “Trixie and Katya’s Guide to Modern Womanhood.” The 2 might be happening a dwell tour in 2022. 

Mattel turned a co-owner of That is It! — the longest-running LGBTQ+ bar in Wisconsin, and one of many oldest within the nation — earlier this 12 months after seeing many LGBTQ+ bars in Los Angeles completely shut through the pandemic. 

John Ridley

Mequon native John Ridley received an Academy Award for best adapted screenplay for “12 Years A Slave.”

Mequon native John Ridley obtained an Academy Award for finest tailored screenplay for “12 Years a Slave.” 

A author and director, his credit embody TV’s “American Crime” and “Guerrilla” and films together with “Jimi: All Is By My Side” and 2021’s “Needle in a Timestack.” 

Ridley can be lively within the comedian e-book universe. He wrote “Future State: The Next Batman,” a four-part DC Comics comic-book collection that includes a Black Caped Crusader. In Might, it was introduced that he could be writing Marvel’s new “Black Panther” comedian e-book collection. 

Ridley additionally co-founded Milwaukee’s Nō Studios, a artistic arts hub, which is overseen by his sister, Lisa Caesar. 

Nick Viall 

Nick Viall chats with Chris Harrison during

Nick Viall, a “Bachelor” franchise veteran, went to Waukesha North Excessive College and the College of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 

Viall appeared on Andi Dorfman and Kaitlyn Bristowe’s seasons of “The Bachelorette.” In each, he was despatched residence because the runner-up through the collection finale. 

Throughout his first look on the present, Viall took Dorfman on a hometown date in Milwaukee, the place they visited Lakefront Brewery and the Milwaukee Public Market. Viall launched her to his household in Waukesha.

Viall would later be on the ABC spin-off “Bachelor in Paradise” and grow to be “The Bachelor.”

Viall is the host of the favored podcast “The Viall Files” and the founder and CEO of Pure Habits Important Oils, per his Instagram bio. 

Dustin Diamond

Dustin Diamond, best known for playing Samuel

Dustin Diamond, finest identified for taking part in Samuel “Screech” Powers in “Saved by the Bell,” lived in Port Washington for practically 20 years. 

One among Diamond’s more moderen performing gigs was in 2017 when he portrayed disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein in a music video for TENLo, a band with Milwaukee roots. Over the previous 20 years, he had accomplished stand-up comedy reveals around the globe, together with a cease in Inexperienced Bay in 2018. 

Diamond made headlines in Might 2015 when he was convicted of two misdemeanors — however cleared of a felony cost — within the stabbing of a person throughout a bar struggle on Christmas 2014 on the Grand Avenue Saloon in Port Washington. 

Diamond died from carcinoma in early 2021, three weeks after being identified, his publicist Roger Paul advised USA TODAY.

Ellen Corby

Ellen Corby took home a Golden Globe for best supporting actress in a TV series in 1974 for her best-known role, as Grandma Walton on TV's

Award-winning actress Ellen Corby, finest identified for taking part in Esther “Grandma” Walton on “The Waltons” was born in Racine. 

Corby, who grew up in Philadelphia, gained Emmy awards for that position in 1973, 1974 and 1975. She additionally took residence a Golden Globe Award for it in 1974. 

She already had gained a Golden Globe, again in 1949, for finest supporting actress within the film, “I Remember Mama.”

Through the years, Corby appeared in an array of TV reveals and movies, from “The Andy Griffith Show” to “It’s a Wonderful Life.” 

Jane Kaczmarek

Actress Jane Kaczmarek reacts as actor Michael Chiklis reads her name for the outstanding lead actress in a comedy series Emmy Thursday, July 17, 2003, in the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre, in the North Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Kaczmarek was nominated for her role in

Stage, movie and tv actress Jane Kaczmarek was born in Milwaukee and raised in Greendale. 

Kaczmarek, who attended the College of Wisconsin-Madison, is best-known for taking part in mom Lois on “Malcolm in the Middle.” She was nominated for seven Emmys and three Golden Globes for her efficiency in that position. 

Kaczmarek additionally starred in “Raising the Bar” as Choose Trudy Kessler. Through the years, she’s made appearances in lots of reveals, together with “This Is Us,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

She additionally voiced characters in “The Simpsons” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates.” 

Tony Shalhoub

Tony Shalhoub, left, with Bob Newhart and Ben Stiller watching, accepts the award for supporting actor in a comedy series for his role on

Tony Shalhoub, the award-winning star of the TV present “Monk,” is from Inexperienced Bay. 

Throughout his time as Adrian Monk, Shalhoub gained three Emmys for excellent lead actor in a comedy collection. He additionally took residence a Golden Globe for finest efficiency by an actor in a tv collection: musical or comedy. 

Shalhoub additionally earned an Emmy for his position because the father of Midge Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” 

Shalhoub has appeared in lots of movies, TV reveals and stage productions. He earned a Tony Award for finest actor in a musical for his efficiency in “The Band’s Visit.” 

He is additionally voiced characters, together with Luigi within the “Cars” films. 

Allen Ludden

In this April 29, 1965 photo, Betty White and her husband, Allen Ludden, continue a two-year gin rummy battle in which she's ahead by a cumulative 6,000 points in Westchester, N.Y. White and the 'Password' game show host got married in 1963.

Allen Ludden, the unique host of the game-show “Password,” was born in Mineral Level in 1917. 

His household additionally lived briefly in Janesville, Elkhorn, Antigo and Waupaca when he was a younger little one, in keeping with the Hollywood Stroll of Fame’s web site. 

Ludden was the husband of beloved actress and comic Betty White, who was a frequent participant on “Password.”

Ludden’s star on the Stroll of Fame is positioned close to hers. 

Different notable applications Ludden was on embody “G.E. College Bowl” and “Win With the Stars.” He was on air from 1959-1980. 

Jerry and David Zucker and Jim Abrahams

Milwaukee-area natives Jerry Zucker (from left), Jim Abrahams and David Zucker take a minute in this 2014 photo, when the trio were the focus of a tribute at the Milwaukee Film Festival.

Shorewood natives and brothers David and Jerry Zucker co-created the enduring “Airplane!” and the “Naked Gun” films with Jim Abrahams, additionally from Shorewood. 

The three graduated from Shorewood Excessive College, then went to the College of Wisconsin-Madison, the place they based a sketch comedy troupe referred to as Kentucky Fried Theater. 

They moved to Los Angeles within the early ’70s and their first comedy movie (and cult traditional), “The Kentucky Fried Movie,” got here out in 1978. The trio’s works additionally embody “Top Secret!” and the TV collection “Police Squad!” And so they directed “Ruthless People.” 

Every member additionally has a lot of their very own credit. To call a number of, David co-wrote and directed “BASEketball” and directed two of the “Scary Movie” movies; Jerry directed “Ghost” and co-produced “My Best Friend’s Wedding”; and Abrahams co-produced “Cry-Baby” and directed and co-wrote “Hot Shots!”

George Tillman Jr.

Director and Milwaukee native George Tillman Jr., shown at a forum at Morehouse College, took questions after a screening of his new movie

Director, producer and author George Tillman Jr. is from Milwaukee. 

Tillman wrote and directed 1997’s “Soul Food,” which was loosely primarily based on his personal life and starred massive names, like Vanessa Williams and Vivica A. Fox. 

Since then, he is directed a variety of films, together with “Men of Honor,” “Roll Bounce,” “Notorious” and “The Longest Ride.” He directed and co-produced “Barbershop,” “Barbershop 2: Back in Business” and “The Hate U Give,” which was primarily based on a bestselling young-adult novel. 

Tillman has additionally accomplished producing and directing work for tv. 

Heather Graham

Heather Graham: American film and television actor. Graham was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Movie and tv actress Heather Graham was born in Milwaukee. 

Graham has been in lots of well-known movies together with “Boogie Nights” and “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,” “Swingers,” “Bowfinger” and “The Hangover” films. 

She’s additionally appeared on reveals together with “Twin Peaks,” “Scrubs” and “Californication.”

Graham is starring with Sam Worthington and Colson Baker (Machine Gun Kelly) in “The Last Son,” which Redbox Leisure acquired North American rights for, in keeping with a June Deadline article. 

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The actress has signed on to star with Dennis Quaid in “On a Wing and a Prayer,” a current Deadline article mentioned. 

Frank Caliendo

Waukesha-raised comedian and impressionist Frank Caliendo comes home for a Riverside Theater show Saturday.

Comic, grasp impersonator and actor Frank Caliendo grew up in Waukesha. 

He is a graduate of Waukesha South Excessive College and the College of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. 

Caliendo spent years on “MadTV” and appeared on “Fox NFL Sunday.” He had his personal TBS sketch present, referred to as “Frank TV,” from 2007-2008. 

He additionally carried out on many late night time reveals, together with “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.”

In line with Caliendo’s web site, he is happening tour. His closest stops to Wisconsin are in Illinois in March. 

Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford played Han Solo in the

Iconic actor Harrison Ford, identified for his roles as Indiana Jones, Han Solo within the “Star Wars” movies, Rick Deckard in “Blade Runner” and extra, attended Ripon School, the place he majored in philosophy.

Although he did not find yourself graduating, he took his first performing class in Ripon, acquired his first skilled performing gig in Williams Bay and married his first spouse in Mequon, in keeping with a Wisconsin Life report. 

Ford’s different performing credit embody “Witness,” “Patriot Games,” “Presumed Innocent,” “The Fugitive,” “Air Force One,” “What Lies Beneath,” amongst others. 

Through the years, he was nominated for an Academy Award, 4 Golden Globes, and gained the Cecil B. DeMille Award, in keeping with the Golden Globe Awards database. 

In 2000, he was awarded the AFI Life Achievement Award. In 2003, he obtained a star on the Hollywood Stroll of Fame. 

Gena Rowlands

Gena Rowlands: American film and television actor, Rowlands earned eight Emmy nominations. Rowlands was born in Madison, Wisconsin.

Actress Gena Rowlands, who gained three Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards, is from Madison. 

Her Emmys had been for Excellent Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Film for her efficiency as Virginia in “Hysterical Blindness,” Excellent Lead Actress in a Miniseries or particular for taking part in Pat in “Face of a Stranger” and Excellent Lead Actress in a Miniseries or particular for “The Betty Ford Story,” in keeping with the Emmys database. 

Her Golden Globes had been for “The Betty Ford Story” and “A Woman Under The Influence,” the award present’s database mentioned. She’s additionally a recipient of an Honorary Oscar. 

Her different performing credit embody Woody Allen’s “Another Woman,” “The Notebook” and “The Skeleton Key,” amongst others. 

Arnold Schwarzenegger

“The Terminator” and former governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, went to varsity in Wisconsin. 

Schwarzenegger, born in Austria, first gained fame as a bodybuilder. He gained Mr. Universe 5 occasions and Mr. Olympia six. 

When he was 31, he began faculty on the College of Wisconsin-Superior, in keeping with a Los Angeles Occasions article. He accepted a place as “cooperating faculty member,” so residency necessities may very well be waived and he might full his classwork largely from Los Angeles, the article mentioned. He earned an undergraduate diploma in enterprise administration in 1979, in keeping with the Wisconsin Alumni Affiliation’s web site. 

Schwarzenegger’s performing credit embody “The Terminator” movies, “Conan the Barbarian,” “Predator,” “Total Recall,” “The Expendables” films, amongst many others. 

Through the years, Schwarzenegger was nominated for 2 Academy Awards, successful one for “New Star Of The Year” for his efficiency in “Stay Hungry,” the Golden Globe Awards database mentioned. 

Schwarzenegger was the governor of California from 2003 to 2011. 

Deidre Corridor 


Longtime “Days of Our Lives” staple Dr. Marlena Evans is performed by Deidre Corridor, who was born in Milwaukee. 

Corridor performed Evans on and off (totally on) beginning in 1976. She was let go in 2009 resulting from extreme budgets cuts, however reprised her position in 2011. 

Her different performing credit embody “Electra Woman and Dyna Girl,” “Our House,” “Emergency!,” “Lucky in Love” and “My Christmas Dream,” amongst many different reveals and movies. 

Corridor additionally government produced and starred in “Never Say Never: The Deidre Hall Story,” a film that shed gentle on Corridor’s fertility struggles and the way she ended up going with surrogacy. 

She has additionally authored books, like “Deidre Hall’s Kitchen Closeup,” which she co-wrote with Lynne Parmiter Bowman. 

In 2016, Corridor was honored with a star on the Hollywood Stroll of Fame. 

Spencer Tracy

Actor Spencer Tracy is honored at Ripon College in 1940.

Spencer Tracy, who was acclaimed as America’s best film actor for 3 generations, was born within the Merrill Park neighborhood of Milwaukee. 

His household additionally frolicked in Bay View, on Prospect Avenue, Grand (now Wisconsin) Avenue and the Story Hill neighborhood. Tracy was drawn to neighborhood film homes, just like the Comique on Kinnickinnic Avenue, Milwaukee’s first motion-picture theater.

He attended Ripon School, the place his ardour for performing exploded. He went on to win Oscars for “Captains Courageous” and “Boys Town.”

He is additionally identified for his decadeslong love affair with Katharine Hepburn. 

Charlotte Rae

Actress and comedian Charlotte Rae, known for playing Mrs. Garrett on TV's

Actress and comic Charlotte Rae, identified for taking part in Mrs. Garrett on TV’s “Facts of Life” and “Diff’rent Strokes,” was born in Milwaukee, in keeping with a USA At the moment report. 

Rae turned Edna Garrett in 1978 on “Diff’rent Strokes,” then carried the half over to the spinoff “Facts of Life.” She was nominated for an Emmy Award for finest actress in a comedy in 1982. 

She additionally appeared in “ER,” “Pretty Little Liars” and “Girl Meets World.” Her final position was within the 2015 film “Ricki and the Flash.”

Orson Welles

Kenosha-born Orson Welles is shown in a 1937 photo, the same year the 22-year-old actor first appeared on the radio in

Orson Welles, identified for his iconic radio broadcast of “The War of the Worlds” and the famend movie “Citizen Kane,” was born in Kenosha, in keeping with a earlier Journal Sentinel report. 

By the age of 19, Welles had appeared in a whole lot of radio applications. 

“The War of the Worlds” broadcast, primarily based on H.G. Wells’ story of invading Martians and created within the fashion of a pretend newscast, “disrupted households, interrupted religious services, created traffic jams and clogged communications systems,” The New York Occasions wrote. 

In later years, Welles made wine commercials, appeared on speak reveals and offered a voice in an animated “Transformers” film to assist fund smaller initiatives.

A small plaque outdoors a house within the 6000 block of seventh Avenue marks his birthplace.

Tyne Daly

Tyne Daly, who has won six Emmy Awards for roles in three TV shows, is a Madison native.

Tyne Daly, who has gained six Emmy Awards for roles in three TV reveals, is a Madison native. 

Daly gained Emmys for her performances in “Cagney and Lacey,” “Judging Amy” and “Christy,” in keeping with the award present’s database. 

She’s additionally a Broadway veteran who was in the 1989 Broadway revival of “Gypsy,” which she gained a Tony for, “Master Class” and different productions.

Jackie Mason

Comedian Jackie Mason was born in Sheboygan.

Comic Jackie Mason was born in Sheboygan, in keeping with an Related Press article. 

He carried out on Steve Allen’s weekly tv selection present, “The Ed Sullivan Show” and different applications. Later TV appearances included “30 Rock” and “The Simpsons.”

He placed on a number of one-man reveals on Broadway, together with “Freshly Squeezed,” “Love Thy Neighbor” and “The World In line with Me,” for which he received a special Tony Award. 

He also performed in front of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. 

Bradley Whitford

Emmy-winning actor Bradley Whitford, who was on 

Emmy-winning actor Bradley Whitford, who was on “The West Wing” and other popular programs, is a Madison native. 

Whitford won Emmys for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series in 2001 for his performance as Josh Lyman in “The West Wing”; Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series in 2015 for his performance as Marcy in “Clear,” for which he also won a Critics’ Choice Television Award; and Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series in 2019 for his performance of Commander Joseph Lawrence in “The Handmaid’s Story.” 

His other acting credits include TV’s “Brooklyn 9-9,” “The Mentalist,” “The Good Guys,” “Studio 60 on the Sundown Strip” and “All My Kids,” among many other shows, as well as films. 

He also has done voice work, like in “Tangled: The Collection.”

Chris Noth

Accomplished actor Chris Noth, who's been in 

Accomplished actor Chris Noth, who’s been in “Intercourse and the Metropolis,” “Regulation & Order” and other hit shows and films, is from Madison. 

Other acting credits include, “The Equalizer,” “Physician Who,” “The Good Spouse” and “Gone,” among many others. 

Over the years, Noth has been nominated for two Golden Globes, one for “The Good Spouse” and the other for “Intercourse and the Metropolis.”

Fredric March

Two-time Oscar winner Fredric March, who was born in Racine, collected a Golden Globe for his performance as Willy Loman in the 1951 big-screen production of

Fredric March, known for his starring role in “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” is a Racine native and a University of Wisconsin-Madison alum. 

He won his first Oscar for best actor for that performance. (He shared the award due to a tie vote with Wallace Beery.) March received a second Academy Award for best actor for his performance in “The Greatest Years of Our Lives.”

March was also the recipient of two Tony Awards, for his performances in the plays “Lengthy Day’s Journey Into Evening” and “Years In the past,” according to the Tonys database. 

He was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards and won one for best actor in “Loss of life of a Salesman,” the Golden Globes database said. 

Decades after his death, March found himself in controversy. During college, he belonged to a student interfraternity society that, for a time, was named the Ku Klux Klan, according to a previous Journal Sentinel report. The Fredric March Play Circle, a theater named after March at his alma mater, was changed after a student filed a hate-bias complaint against the school a few years ago. 

Zack Snyder

Director and Green Bay native Zack Snyder (left) joins the cast of his movie

Director, writer and producer Zack Snyder, who directed iconic films like “300” and “Watchmen,” is from Green Bay.  

His other directing credits include “Justice League,” “Military of the Lifeless,” which he co-wrote,” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” amongst many others. 

Snyder additionally government produced films, together with “Suicide Squad” and “Aquaman,” and was a producer for “Wonder Woman 1984.” 

Danny Pudi

Donald Glover and Danny Pudi on 'Community.'

Danny Pudi, identified for taking part in Abed Nadir on “Community,” is a Marquette College grad. 

Throughout faculty at Marquette, he lived in Schroeder Corridor, labored as a campus tour information and met his future spouse, Bridget Showalter, in keeping with the college’s web site. 

Pudi’s different performing credit embody TV’s “The Book Club” and “Gilmore Ladies,” among many others. 

He additionally voiced Huey Duck within the animated TV collection “DuckTales” and Brainy Smurf in “Smurfs: The Lost Village.” 



World-renowned entertainer Liberace was born in West Allis as Wladziu Valentino Liberace in 1919. 

When he was an toddler, Liberace’s household moved to West Milwaukee, the place he’d find yourself graduating from West Milwaukee Intermediate College. 

In his heyday, Liberace was the highest-paid entertainer in america. His syndicated tv present — principally, him enjoying piano and bantering straight on the digicam — was one of many nation’s most-watched applications within the mid-Fifties.

Liberace — who died in 1987 — left a long-lasting mark on the world, from being an early position mannequin for homosexual males to creating pop-classical music a factor. 

Bon Iver

Justin Vernon of Bon Iver performs at Radio City Music Hall in New York in 2012.

World-renowned band Bon Iver, led by Justin Vernon, is Eau Claire born and primarily based. 

Whereas attending Memorial Excessive College in Eau Claire, Vernon fashioned his first band. As a pupil on the College of Wisconsin- Eau Claire, he established an various nation act, which ended up relocating to Raleigh, North Carolina, in 2005. 

After the band cut up up in 2006, Vernon moved to Dunn County, Wisconsin, the place he wrote and recorded the songs for Bon Iver’s first album, “For Emma, Forever Ago.” 

That album, which featured the ever-popular “Skinny Love,” launched the act to stardom. It was re-released with impartial document label Jagjaguwar in 2008. 

Bon Iver has put out three albums since and took residence two Grammy awards (and has earned quite a few nominations). 

In 2015, Vernon, together with Aaron Dessner from the Nationwide, based Eaux Claires, a music pageant that includes one-of-a-kind musical collaborations and immersive artwork. 

Les Paul

Les Paul holds his

In the event you’ve ever been to Waukesha, it is no secret that music legend Les Paul is from there. 

A significant street via the town that is a part of the West Waukesha Bypass and a center faculty — which Paul had attended when it was referred to as Waukesha Junior Excessive — bear his identify. 

He dropped out of Waukesha Excessive College to pursue his music desires. 

The “Wizard of Waukesha” was lauded as a pioneer for his creation of the stable physique electrical guitar and for inventing overdubbing and multitrack recording strategies. A Gibson government as soon as figured that the six-string Les Paul guitar — launched in 1952 — accounted for half the corporate’s gross sales. 

Paul was additionally a TV and radio star within the early ’50s along with his spouse, singer and guitarist Mary Ford. 

Waukesha can be Paul’s closing resting place; there is a monument the place he is buried at Prairie House Cemetery. 

Al Jarreau

Grammy Award-winning singer and musician Al Jarreau was born in Milwaukee and attended Lincoln Excessive College. The “acrobat of scat” fashioned his first vocal group at Ripon School. 

In 1975, his profession was launched when he signed with Warner Bros.’ Reprise Information, launched his debut album, “We Got By,” and carried out on the inaugural season of “Saturday Night Live.”

Jarreau would go on to document 20 extra albums, along with his bestselling one being 1981’s “Breakin’ Away,” which featured his signature tune, “We’re In This Love Together.”

Through the years, he earned seven Grammys. He is the one vocalist in Grammy historical past to win within the jazz, pop and R&B classes. In 2001, he obtained a star on the Hollywood Stroll of Fame. 

The Wisconsin Basis for College Music honored Jarreau with a Lifetime Achievement Award and established an endowment in his identify to supply monetary help to Milwaukee Public Faculties college students in must take part in music applications.

Violent Femmes

The Violent Femmes meet with Chrissie Hynde from the Pretenders before the latter band's gig at the Oriental Theatre in Milwaukee in 1981. The Femmes were invited to open for the Pretenders' show after they were spotted busking for fans lined up outside.

The legendary and longtime band Violent Femmes has Milwaukee roots. 

The unique group was made up of singer, lyricist and guitarist Gordon Gano, bassist Brian Ritchie and drummer Victor DeLorenzo. (Milwaukee native John Sparrow is the Femmes’ present percussionist). 

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Ritchie and Gano met on the defunct Beneath it All Cafe on Downer Avenue. They performed their first gig collectively that spring at Rufus King Worldwide College, then busked round Milwaukee that summer season with DeLorenzo.

Whereas the band performed for followers lined up for a Pretenders present on the Oriental Theatre in 1981, Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott invited them to open for them that night time. 

The Femmes would later strike a cope with Slash Information, which launched “Violent Femmes” in ’83. 

The band has put out 10 studio albums over time, with two of them being launched previously decade. And this 12 months, they reissued a one-of-a-kind compilation album, “Add It Up (1981 to 1993),” along side their fortieth anniversary.


Formed in Madison, alternative rock band Garbage releases its latest studio album, “Strange Little Birds,” on Friday.

One of the crucial commercially and critically completed bands from Wisconsin is Rubbish.

The Madison-born various rock group fashioned within the ’90s with Butch Vig, Steve Marker, Duke Erikson and Shirley Manson. One among their most-famous songs is “Only Happy When It Rains.”

Rubbish launched its seventh album, “No Gods No Masters,” in 2021; it is third album because the authentic foursome reunited in 2009. 

Earlier than happening a hiatus in 2005, the band had earned a Grammy nomination, carried out the theme tune for the James Bond Movie “The World Is Not Enough” and offered greater than 13 million information. 

Vig, a Viroqua native, is certainly one of rock’s most completed producers. He produced Nirvana’s world-changing “Nevermind” album, which launched his profession. 

He honed his manufacturing strategies on the iconic and since-shuttered Sensible Studios in Madison, which he opened within the ’80s with Marker. It is the place Nirvana went in April 1990 to document the demos that led to “Nevermind.” The band insisted Vig work with them once they recorded the album in Studio Metropolis in 1991, which launched his profession. 

Andy Hurley

Pop rock band Fall Out Boy, featuring (L-R)  Joe Trohman, Menomonee Falls native Andy Hurley, Pete Wentz, and Patrick Stump, was nominated for a best rock album Grammy Friday, its first Grammy nomination since 2006.

Andy Hurley, the drummer for one of the vital well-liked rock bands on the earth, Fall Out Boy, is from Menomonee Falls. 

Hurley knew he wished to be in a band since he was a pupil at Menomonee Falls North Center College. 

When he was 15, he immersed himself within the hard-core punk scene in Milwaukee, then would journey to Chicago to do the identical. He performed drums in bands, like Racetraitor and Killtheslavemaster, with Pete Wentz as an occasional bandmate.

Bassist Wentz and lead guitarist Joe Trohman established Fall Out Boy, and Hurley joined proper earlier than the band recorded its debut album, “Take This To Your Grave,” in 2003 at Madison’s Sensible Studios. 

Since then, the band, with frontman Patrick Stump, has put out six extra full-length studio albums and has gained an array of awards, together with a Folks’s Alternative for Favourite Different Band. 

Even after the band turned a world sensation, Hurley stayed in Milwaukee for years. He left his North Lake Drive home to transfer to Portland, Oregon, round 2015. 

Steve Miller Band 

Steve Miller is a Milwaukee native and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.

Milwaukee native and Rock and Roll Corridor of Famer Steve Miller realized his first chords on the age of 4 from Les Paul on East Ogden Avenue in Milwaukee. 

Paul was Miller’s godfather; Miller’s father, George, was a detailed pal his. 

Miller’s household moved to Dallas, however he returned to attend the College of Wisconsin- Madison, the place he performed in certainly one of his first bands. He ended up shifting to Chicago, then San Francisco, the place he established the Steve Miller Band in 1966. 

His debut album, “Children of the Future,” was launched in 1968. 5 years later got here “The Joker,” which had successful with the identical identify. Miller’s different classic-rock staples, embody “Take the Money and Run,” “Rock’n Me,” “Fly Like an Eagle” and “Abracadabra.”

Miller was inducted within the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame in 2016. In 2015, on the day he discovered he could be inducted, he referred to as for a “revolution” on the establishment for extra transparency and for it to work extra on music teaching programs. 

Jerry Harrison

Jerry Harrison with Turkuaz perform Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, at UScellular Connection Stage at Summerfest. Ebony Cox / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Keyboardist, guitarist, songwriter and producer Jerry Harrison, who was in Speaking Heads, is a Milwaukee native and Shorewood Excessive College graduate. Even after the band’s success, he lived in Milwaukee till the early ’90s. 

Harrison was requested to hitch Speaking Heads in 1977. He had beforehand been in Trendy Lovers. 

Rolling Stone proclaimed the Speaking Heads’ “Remain in Light” album because the Thirty ninth-greatest album of all time by Rolling Stone. The Library of Congress preserved the album within the Nationwide Recording Registry. 

These days, Harrison nonetheless produces music and films, and is concerned in tech enterprises, together with Ophirex, an organization he co-founded that is looking for an antidote for snake bites. 

He additionally performs within the Brooklyn-based funk group Turkuaz. Turkuaz, that includes Harrison and Adrian Belew, carried out “Remain in Light” at Summerfest on Sept. 18. It was the primary time Harrison performed the fest since 1990 and his first Milwaukee live performance in additional than a decade. 

Bobby Hatfield

Bobby Hatfield (left) of the Righteous Brothers was born in Beaver Dam.

Bobby Hatfield of the Righteous Brothers was born in Beaver Dam. 

He sang tenor within the duo and Invoice Medley sang bass-baritone. 

The Righteous Brothers’ massive hits embody “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin,’ ” and “Unchained Melody.” 

The performers had been inducted into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame in 2003. 

Howie Epstein

A 1983 photo of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Howie Epstein (far left) is a Nicolet High School graduate.

Rock and Roll Corridor of Famer Howie Epstein graduated from Nicolet Excessive College and attended the College of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for 2 years earlier than heading to Los Angeles, in keeping with a earlier Journal Sentinel report. 

Epstein performed by Tom Petty’s aspect for 20 years because the bassist for the Heartbreakers. He appeared on six Heartbreakers albums and recorded two Petty solo albums. 

He additionally recorded with Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks and Warren Zevon, and acquired a Grammy for producing John Prine’s album “The Missing Years.” 

Years after Epstein’s demise, his youthful brother Craig unearthed and launched recordings Epstein had made in Wisconsin earlier than catching his massive break.


Watt brothers

Brothers and NFL gamers J.J., T.J. and Derek Watt attended Pewaukee Excessive College and the College of Wisconsin-Madison. 

The Houston Texans drafted J.J. eleventh general in 2011. Since then, he is been the defensive participant of the 12 months 3 times. In February, he introduced that he would not be returning to the franchise. He now performs for the Arizona Cardinals. 

T.J. was drafted thirtieth by the Steelers in 2017. He is had three Professional Bowl picks and two first-team All-Professional picks the earlier two seasons. In 2020, he posted a league-best 15 sacks and 23 tackles for loss, placing him second within the league’s defensive participant of the 12 months voting. 

Derek was drafted by the San Diego Chargers within the sixth spherical of the 2016 draft. The particular groups ace joined the Steelers in 2020. He was named particular groups captain in 2021. 

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Bonnie Blair-Cruikshank and Dave Cruikshank

Five-time Olympic gold medalist Bonnie Blair skates with her husband, Dave Cruikshank and son, Grant B. Cruikshank, 1, at the Pettit National Ice Center on  Feb. 1, 2000. Cruikshank was practicing for the World Speed Skating Championships.

Speedskater Bonnie Blair-Cruikshank, one of the vital adorned U.S. Olympic athletes, lived within the Milwaukee space throughout her rise and now lives in Lake Nation. 

She competed in 4 Olympics, successful 5 gold medals and a bronze. She is a member of the Olympic Corridor of Fame and Wisconsin Athletic Corridor of Fame. 

Blair’s husband, speedskater Dave Cruikshank, competed in 4 Olympic Video games. He was inducted into the US Speedskating Corridor of Fame in 2008. Cruikshank owns DC Hyrbrid Skating and is a skating coach for the Los Angeles Kings. 

Colin Kaepernick

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (middle) kneels on Sept. 1 during the national anthem before the team's NFL preseason football game against the San Diego Chargers in San Diego.

Colin Kaepernick, a civil rights activist and former NFL soccer participant, is a Milwaukee native. 

Kaepernick spent six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. In 2016, to protest racial inequality and the oppression of Black individuals in America, he knelt through the nationwide anthem, in keeping with a USA At the moment report. 

The beginning quarterback’s motion caught the eye of the world, together with former President Barack Obama, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and then-President Donald Trump. 

In March 2017, Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers. After greater than seven months as a free agent, he filed a collusion grievance in opposition to league house owners below the collective bargaining settlement, in keeping with a USA At the moment report. 

In 2019, he settled his collusion grievances in opposition to the NFL. 

Kaepernick’s protest impressed different athletes to take a knee as nicely and to make use of their platforms to precise their need for change. 

Kaepernick has donated to Milwaukee teams, together with the I Will Not Die Younger Marketing campaign and City Underground, in keeping with a earlier Journal Sentinel report. 

Reggie ‘The Crusher’ Lisowski


Reggie “The Crusher” Lisowski, who wrestled professionally for greater than 40 years, was from South Milwaukee. 

He earned many championships, together with being a three-time American Wrestling Affiliation (AWA) Heavyweight Champion and a five-time AWA Tag Crew Champion with Dick the Bruiser. Lisowski was inducted into the World Championship Wrestling (WCW) Corridor of Fame. 

The Crusher was a part of the All-Star Wrestling forged of characters that was a staple on UHF TV stations in Milwaukee, and elsewhere, through the Sixties and Seventies. 

The Crusher typically mentioned that he acquired in form by operating alongside the lakefront whereas carrying a big full beer barrel over both shoulder. 

The Crusher has been commemorated with a life-size bronze statue in South Milwaukee, a day in his honor and Crusherfest. 

Steve Stricker

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker tears up during the trophy presentation after winning the 43rd Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits, in Haven

Steve Stricker, who has constructed probably the most completed résumé in state golf historical past, is an Edgerton native. 

As a proficient teen, he gained the State Beginner title and WIAA medalist honors. He claimed the State Open as soon as as an novice and 4 occasions as an expert. On the PGA Tour, he earned 12 victories after which added seven extra on the Champions circuit, in keeping with a earlier Journal Sentinel report. 

He has additionally organized the American Household Insurance coverage Championship in Madison. 

Within the 2021 Ryder Cup, which came about in his residence state, Stricker led 12 People to victory because the U.S. captain. He gained the Ryder Cup as a participant in 2008. 

Danica Patrick

Groundbreaking racing legend Danica Patrick, the only female winner of an IndyCar Series race, was born in Beloit.

Groundbreaking racing legend Danica Patrick, the one feminine winner of an IndyCar Collection race, was born in Beloit. 

In 2005, Patrick competed in her first Indianapolis 500. She led the race, completed fourth and shortly turned a type of athletes who transcend sports activities.

After seven years in IndyCar, Patrick spent six seasons in NASCAR.

In fall of 2017, she introduced she would retire after a “Danica Double” within the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500. She ended up crashing throughout each. 

In 2017, Patrick got here out with a e-book referred to as “Pretty Intense: The 90-Day Mind, Body and Food Plan That Will Absolutely Change Your Life.” 

In 2019, she launched the profitable Fairly Intense Podcast. Her first visitor was Alex Rodriguez. Since then, she’s had a ton of different massive names on her present, together with Matthew McConaughey, Jenny McCarthy, Michael Strahan, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Alanis Morissette and her ex, Inexperienced Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. 

Danica was named to TIME’s “100 Most Influential People” checklist and has appeared in a record-setting 14 Tremendous Bowl commercials, in keeping with her web site. 

Molly Seidel 

Bronze medalist Molly Seidel celebrates after the women's marathon at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Sapporo on Aug. 7, 2021.

Molly Seidel, the third U.S. lady to win an Olympic medal within the marathon, is a Nashotah native and former standout at College Lake College in Hartland. 

Seidel made headlines again in February 2020 when she ran her first marathon ever on the U.S. Trials and took second place to qualify for the Video games.

Seidel’s third marathon ever was on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games. She completed with a bronze medal. 

Whereas she was a pupil at College Lake College, she gained 4 state cross nation titles and eight monitor championships. She went on to win the NCAA cross nation title (together with three monitor crowns) at Notre Dame.

Kenny Bednarek

Kenny Bednarek, who took silver in the 200 meters at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, was a Rice Lake High School track and field star.

Rice Lake Excessive College monitor and discipline star Kenny Bednarek took silver within the 200 meters on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, operating a personal-best time. 

He is the WIAA Division 2 record-holder within the 100 (10.42 seconds), 200 (20.43) and 400 (46.73), all set in 2018.

The 200 and 400 occasions are the perfect in any division, with the 200 time simply forward of the legendary 1998 race put in by Bradley Tech and future NFL operating again Michael Bennett (20.68), in keeping with a earlier Journal Sentinel report. 

Ben Askren

Ben Askren

Earlier than he was a U.S. Olympic wrestler, Ben Askren was an Arrowhead Excessive College standout. 

The Hartland native gained two nationwide titles on the College of Missouri and competed within the 2008 Beijing Olympics with america wrestling group.

He is a former champion in Bellator and ONE Championship, amongst different accolades.

Following a prolonged profession within the ONE Championship collection, he briefly competed within the UFC. He retired from MMA in 2019 and underwent profitable hip substitute surgical procedure in 2020. 

In 2011, Askren co-founded Askren Wrestling Academy, which has a number of areas, together with ones in Hartland, Mequon and Inexperienced Bay. 

Askren made headlines in 2021 for boxing YouTube star-turned boxer Jake Paul, who gained the struggle. 

Tony Romo

Tony Romo, who spent 13 years in the NFL, grew up in Burlington.

Tony Romo, who spent 13 years within the NFL, grew up in Burlington.

The quarterback threw for 34,183 yards and 248 touchdowns throughout his profession, which he spent completely with the Dallas Cowboys. 

After accidents, he retired because the fourth-rated quarterback in league historical past. 

Following his soccer profession, Romo was employed as a CBS NFL broadcaster and likewise threw himself into his golf recreation. 

Rose Lavelle

United States' Rose Lavelle, left, and Sweden's Caroline Seger, right, battle for the ball during a women's soccer match at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, July 21, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

Olympian Rose Lavelle, who attended the College of Wisconsin-Madison, turned a World Cup sensation and scored a aim within the championship match in 2019. 

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Throughout her time as a Badgers star, she was a four-time first group all-Large Ten choice, the Large Ten midfielder of the 12 months in 2016, and the primary participant within the historical past of the award to earn the dignity in two consecutive years, in keeping with a earlier Journal Sentinel report. 

She was the No. 1 decide within the 2017 NSWL Draft by the Boston Breakers.

Lavelle began six video games for the U.S. on the 2019 FIFA Girls’s World Cup in France, scored three targets and was awarded the Bronze Ball on the FIFA Girls’s World Cup awards because the third-best participant within the match.

She competed with Crew USA within the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Video games, taking residence bronze. 

Tyler Herro

Miami Heat basketball player Tyler Herro is just a few years removed from his time as a superstar at Whitnall High School in Greenfield.

Miami Warmth basketball participant Tyler Herro is only a few years faraway from his time as a celebrity at Whitnall Excessive College in Greenfield. 

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Herro performed solely 13 video games in his junior season after a knee damage, however nonetheless scored 2,036 profession factors, reaching a 2,000-point threshold that is been achieved by solely 42 gamers in state historical past, in keeping with a earlier Journal Sentinel report. Though he missed time early in his senior 12 months with a calf damage, he nonetheless averaged 32.9 factors per recreation. 

He flourished in a single season at John Calipari at Kentucky and wound up taken No. 13 general within the 2019 NBA Draft by the Warmth. 

The Warmth made it to the NBA Finals in 2020. They had been taken out by the Milwaukee Bucks within the first spherical of the 2021 NBA playoffs. 

Dan Jansen

Greenfield's Dan Jansen carries his child and flowers after a race in the 1994 Olympics.

Dan Jansen, a four-time Olympian who gained a gold medal in speedskating, grew up in West Allis and Greenfield. 

Jansen was a seven-time general world cup champion and two-time world dash champion with eight world information and over 75 world cup medals, in keeping with his Crew USA bio. 

He competed in his first Olympics in 1984. Going into the 1988 Winter Olympics, Jansen was a favourite to win the five hundred meters and a contender within the 1,000 meters, in keeping with a earlier Journal Sentinel report. However on the day of his first race, the five hundred, he obtained phrase that his older sister Jane Beres had died after her yearlong battle with leukemia. He fell through the race. Days later, he’d fall through the 1,000 and once more within the 800. 

His first medal got here through the 1994 Winter Olympics, his closing Video games. He gained gold within the 1,000 with a world-record time, and subsequently gained the 1994 James E. Sullivan Award for the nation’s most excellent novice athlete, his bio mentioned. 

Shortly after, he based the Dan Jansen Basis, which helps charities that assist individuals affected by most cancers, in addition to youth sports activities applications and academic scholarships, the group’s web site mentioned. 

Following his speedskating profession, Jansen turned a motivational speaker, a speedskating tv commentator and a coach, in keeping with a earlier Journal Sentinel report. 

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade goes to the basket against Milwaukee's John Henson during a game in 2016.

Earlier than Dwyane Wade was an NBA celebrity, he performed basketball for Marquette College in Milwaukee. 

Throughout Wade’s two seasons at MU, he scored 1,281 factors and likewise led the varsity to the 2003 Closing 4. He was drafted fifth general by the Miami Warmth within the 2003 NBA Draft. 

Wade introduced that the 2018-19 season — his sixteenth within the NBA — could be his closing one. Throughout his time within the NBA, he scored greater than 23,000 factors and three,954 playoff factors. In his final recreation, he secured his fifth profession triple-double.  

Throughout his NBA profession, Wade performed 1,054 regular-season video games, 177 playoff video games and three NBA championships, in keeping with a earlier USA At the moment report. 

He earned one Finals MVP award, 13 All-Star picks, eight all-NBA honors and two Olympic medals (one gold, one bronze). 

Jeffrey ‘Duke’ Roufus

Four-time world heavyweight kickboxing champion Jeffrey

4-time world heavyweight kickboxing champion Jeffrey “Duke” Roufus is from Milwaukee and co-founded Roufusport, a MMA/Blended Martial Arts academy, which is headquartered there. 

The gymnasium is without doubt one of the most extremely regarded blended martial arts gyms within the nation and Roufus is thought for coaching elite fighters, a earlier Journal Sentinel report mentioned. 

He operates the varsity with Scott Joffe and former UFC light-weight champion Anthony Pettis, who educated there, in accordance the varsity’s web site. 

A number of years in the past, Roufus made headlines after a 24-year-old kickboxer who educated on the academy died following an unregulated novice bout on the Eagles Membership, which was an occasion promoted by Roufusport, in keeping with a earlier Journal Sentinel report. 

The kickboxer’s household filed a lawsuit and named promoters Roufus and Joffe, ringside physician Carlos Feliciano, amongst others. All of the events besides Feliciano settled with the household for an undisclosed amount of cash in August 2018.

Anthony Pettis

Anthony Pettis fights Stephen Thompson in their welterweight bout during UFC Fight Night 148 at Bridgestone Arena Saturday, March 23, 2019 in Nashville, Tenn.

Former UFC light-weight champion Antony Pettis, who’s at the moment within the Skilled Fighters League, is from Milwaukee. 

Throughout his time within the UFC, he competed in welterweight, featherweight and light-weight divisions. He gained the light-weight title at UFC 164 in Milwaukee on Aug. 31, 2013.

Earlier than dropping his title belt in March of 2015, he had not misplaced a struggle since June 2011.

In 2010, Pettis additionally turned the World Excessive Cagefighting light-weight champion. Enjoyable truth, he was additionally the primary blended martial arts fighter to seem on the quilt of a Wheaties field. 

Pettis is a kickboxing and MMA coach at Roufusport, in keeping with the academy’s web site. 

Lauren Sesselmann

Lauren Sesselmann represented Canada in the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada in 2015.

Earlier than she was an expert soccer participant and an Olympian, Lauren Sesselmann was a star athlete at Inexperienced Bay’s Notre Dame Academy.    

Throughout her highschool profession, she was named all-state 4 occasions and was a first-team choice 3 times, in keeping with the Inexperienced Bay Press-Gazette. She additionally excelled at basketball, serving to the academy go 27-0 and win the D2 state title in 2001 to grow to be the primary women basketball group from Inexperienced Bay to win a championship.

She earned a soccer scholarship to Purdue College. When she graduated from there, she was the varsity’s all-time chief in targets, assists and factors. 

Sesselmann would go on to earn a bronze medal for Canada on the 2012 Summer time Olympics in London.

After a lengthy skilled profession with a number of groups, Sesselmann has continued to play the sport, with the Santa Clarita Blue Warmth. She’s additionally a bunch, FIFA agent and mentor and a psychological well being advocate, in keeping with her Instagram web page.


Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright, who's considered the greatest American architect, was born in Richland Center and spent much of his life in Wisconsin.

Frank Lloyd Wright, who’s thought-about the best American architect, was born in Richland Heart and spent a lot of his life in Wisconsin. 

After shifting round, Wright’s household settled in Madison and Wright spent summers in Spring Inexperienced. Wright went on to attend the College of Wisconsin- Madison, however left to work for architectural corporations in Chicago, in keeping with Wright’s web site.  

Throughout his 70-year profession, Wright created grand constructions, like the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the S.C. Johnson and Son Co. Administration Constructing in Racine and the Taliesin — his own residence and workspace that burned down and was rebuilt twice — close to Spring Inexperienced. 

However a few of his most “lasting and relevant ideas” are discovered within the reasonably priced, precut houses for the center class, in keeping with a earlier Journal Sentinel report. 

Wright was additionally a author, trainer and founding father of the Taliesin Fellowship — architectural coaching with a holistic, study by doing method — on the Taliesin property, the Taliesin Preservation’s web site mentioned. 

Ayad Akhtar

Playwright and novelist Ayad Akhtar, who won a Pulitzer Prize, is a Brookfield Central High School graduate.

Playwright and novelist Ayad Akhtar, who gained a Pulitzer Prize, is a Brookfield Central Excessive College graduate. 

Akhtar fell in love with nice European modernists, like Robert Musil, throughout highschool, in keeping with a earlier Journal Sentinel report. He additionally started going to performs staged by the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, which a number of a long time later would carry out his works, together with the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Disgraced.”

His different works embody the novels “Homeland Elegies” and “American Dervish” and performs, like “Junk” and “The Who & The What.”

In 2020, he turned president of the advocacy group PEN America, whose mission is to face up for writers and journalists punished for talking fact to energy, and rejoice literature. 

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder, pictured at age 27.

Laura Ingalls Wilder of the well-known “Little House” books, which shared the story of her life as an American pioneer, was born outdoors of Pepin. 

Her first printed e-book was “Little House in the Big Woods,” which recounted her time in Wisconsin. 

The collection went on to incorporate eight extra, together with “Little House on the Prairie,” “Farmer Boy,” “On the Banks of Plum Creek,” “By the Shores of Silver Lake,” “The Long Winter,” “Little Town on the Prairie” and “These Happy Golden Years.” 

Her writings impressed the favored tv present “Little House on the Prairie.”

Harry Houdini 

Legendary escape artist Harry Houdini is shown in chains in this 1899 photo.

Legendary illusionist and escape artist Harry Houdini frolicked dwelling in Appleton and Milwaukee when he was rising up. 

Though he was born in Budapest, Hungary, he continuously claimed Appleton as his birthplace, in keeping with a earlier Journal Sentinel report. 

In Milwaukee, he turned fascinated with magic and realized maintain his breath whereas swimming within the Milwaukee River, the report mentioned. He ran away from residence at age 12 and returned two years later earlier than shifting to New York. 

He continuously returned to the town to carry out, escaping handcuffs at a police station, performing his milk can escape and lecturing at Marquette College. He was as soon as suspended in a straitjacket from The Milwaukee Journal constructing and later gave a free matinee efficiency of his act for Milwaukee Journal newsboys, the article mentioned. 

Georgia O’Keeffe

Georgia O'Keeffe,

Georgia O’Keeffe, “the mother of American modernism,” was born and raised on a dairy farm in Solar Prairie. 

She’s finest identified for her canvases depicting flowers, skyscrapers, animal skulls and southwestern landscapes, in keeping with the Georgia O’Keeffe Biography on 

O’Keeffe obtained the Medal of Freedom and the Nationwide Medal of Arts, the biography mentioned. 

O’Keeffe’s former caretaker Margaret Wooden mentioned the artist was additionally a “foodie.” Her recipes could be present in “A Painter’s Kitchen: Recipes from the Kitchen of Georgia O’Keeffe,” which Wooden authored. 

There is a museum, The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, devoted to the artist in New Mexico, the place she spent a lot of her life. 

Thornton Wilder

Author Thornton Wilder was a Madison native.

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and novelist Thornton Wilder is a Madison native. 

He gained the awards for the legendary performs “Our Town” and “The Skin of Our Teeth,” and the novel “The Bridge of San Luis Rey,” in keeping with a earlier Journal Sentinel report. 

He wrote many extra books and dramas, together with “The Matchmaker,” which was tailored into the musical “Hello, Dolly!”

Ringling Brothers 

The 106th edition of the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus is performing before a sold-out Municipal Auditorium on opening night Sept. 28, 1977 of a five-day run. The ÒGreatest Show on EarthÓ returns to Nashville after a two-years absented.

The Ringling brothers carried out their first circus on Might 19, 1884, within the yard of the county jail property on Broadway Road in Baraboo, in keeping with an Related Press report. Inside a number of years, the household created the well-known circus. 

Whereas the brothers carried out juggling acts and skits from their residence base in Wisconsin, Phineas Taylor Barnum made a touring spectacle of animals and human oddities well-liked. Finally, they merged and traveled round America. 

After 146 years, in 2017, the proprietor of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus introduced it was ending. Declining attendance mixed with excessive working prices, together with altering public tastes and extended battles with animal rights teams all contributed to its demise, the report mentioned. 

Circus World Museum in Baraboo continues to be in operation and options a big sampling of the circus’ historical past. 

Aldo Leopold

Aldo Leopold holds a ring-necked pheasant during a Nov. 1943 hunt at Riley Preserve in Riley, Wisconsin.

Aldo Leopold, who moved to Wisconsin in 1924, is taken into account “the father of wildlife ecology and the United States’ wilderness system,” in keeping with his basis’s web site. 

Leopold wore many hats, together with conservationist, author and educator. 

His e-book “A Sand County Almanac” occupies a spot of honor amongst ecological writings and will nicely function the unofficial Earth Day handbook, in keeping with a earlier Journal Sentinel report. 

Leopold’s exploration of relation of individuals to one another and other people to land, and his descriptions of his personal life and interactions with nature, fashioned the premise of his “land ethic,” the report mentioned. 

Leopold continues to supply a holistic, genuine instance to these striving to dwell in live performance with the land.

The Aldo Leopold Basis, headquartered close to Baraboo, is devoted to Leopold’s teachings and surrounded by artifacts of his life. 

Chris Foran, Piet Levy, Sarah Hauer, Chris Kuhagen, Jim Higgins, JR Radcliffe, Ben Steele, Dave Kallmann, John Diedrich, Mike Hart and Paul Smith of the Journal Sentinel; Erik Hanley of Now Information Group;Scott Venci of the Inexperienced Bay Press-Gazette; former Journal Sentinel writers Gary D’Amato, Kathy Flanigan, Jan Uebelherr, Jackie Loohauis-Bennett, Duane Dudek and Mary Louise Schumacher; the late Meg Jones; USA At the moment reporters; and the Related Press contributed to this report. 

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