Harley Davidson, beer, and the Major League are just a few of the things that spring to mind when you mention Milwaukee. The creamy city is famous for many things except its golden boys and girls.
Unknown to many, there are more than a dozen famous people who call Milwaukee home, including authors, gifted artists, musicians, and actors, among others.
For these famous people listed below, Milwaukee proudly features in the story of their life. It is where it all began, and probably where it ends.
So let’s get on with the list.
Born Jerome Siberman in 1933, Gen Wilder – as he was known professionally – is one of Milwaukee’s most famous entertainment exports. Wilder is best known for his role as Willy Wonka in the musical Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Although he learned to talk and walk in St. Louis Missouri, David Giuntoli is a Milwaukeean for life by birth. Giuntoli is best known for his role as detective Nick Burkhardt in Grimm.
Halle Berry’s ex-husband Eric Benet is another famous son of the world’s beer capital. Now married to Prince’s ex wife Manuela Testolini, Eric has also dabbled in several acting roles since 2001.
Bedazzled actor Jeff Doucette is famously from Milwaukee and has appeared in more than 90 movies. He’s also one of the few Hollywood actors who have moonlighted in Bollywood.
Despite his unenviable role as recurring villain Gul Dukat in the Star Trek series, Milwaukee is proud to call him son. Marc’s acting career has mostly revolved around various villainous characters in a number of television shows including Texas Ranger, Family Guy, The Doctors, and the Incredible Hulk, among many others.
Peter starred in The Bob Newhart show as Dr. Jerry Robinson. Peter is an adopted son of Milwaukee as he was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire but made the creamy city his home.
Rachel Brosnahan is the new girl on the block in Hollywood. While her acting talent was honed in Illinois, Chicago, it was certainly born and bred in Milwaukee, the city of her birth.
Thrust to fame by her call girl role (Rachel Posner) in House of Cards, Rachel has steadily built an impressive portfolio with solid roles in other successful films and TV series including Manhattan, The Dove Keepers, Louder Than Bombs, Burn Country, and The Finest Hours, among others. For now, it seems like the sky is the limit for this amazing Milwaukeean talent.
Arguably the most famous jazz artist from Milwaukee. Al has done a great job representing his city of birth through great music.
Another rising starlet who is sure to make her hometown proud. At the tender age of 18, Ariel has already won 3 awards (out of six nominations). Most notable for her role in TV show Modern Family.
She may not have lived there long but Heather Graham’s birthplace is proudly Milwaukee. Heather’s acting career started way back in 1984 but it wasn’t until 1988 when her raw talent started to get noticed, particularly when she starred as Nadine in Gus Van Sant’s 1989 crime drama film Drugstore Cowboy.
Younger sister to Heather Graham, Aimee has followed in her sister’s footsteps as an actress and has appeared in a plethora of movies including 100 Girls, Jackie Brown, Perdita Durango, and many others. And many others. The list is endless.
American female cyclist Dierdre Barry made Spain her second home but there’s no doubt that a part of her heart is in Milwaukee, where she was born and bred.
Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer
Perhaps no other name in Milwaukee evokes much horror and anguish like the famous serial killer Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer. Born in Milwaukee, Dahmer became famous for his killing sprees that lasted 13 years. Eventually, karma caught up with him when he was hacked to death by a fellow inmate when he was serving his sentence in jail for committing the crime.
So there you have it; a list of famous people from the brew city of Milwaukee. Feel free to suggest more famous names that you feel should be on this list.
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