Are Any Famous Celebrities from Madison, WI?

Have you ever wondered if any famous celebrities were born in, lived in, or went to school in Madison, WI? Of course, with the success of the University of Wisconsin's football program, there have been some star athletes.

What about other celebrities? Let's look at some of the famous celebrities from Madison, WI.

Artists and Architects

New York World-Telegram and the Sun staff photographer: Al Ravenna [Public domain]

New York World-Telegram and the Sun staff photographer: Al Ravenna [Public domain]

Whether you consider these famous people to be celebrities or not, they are all from Madison, WI. The list includes some of the most famous artists and architects in the world. Famous artists and architects from Madison include:

  • Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Georgia O'Keeffe
  • Vinnie Ream
  • Ruth Ball
  • Michael Velliquette

Anybody that cares about architecture knows the name, Frank Lloyd Wright. Georgia O'Keeffe is a very famous artist and attended high school at the Sacred Heart Academy in Madison, which is now known as Edgewood High School of the Sacred Heart.


Madison, WI has ties to Hollywood, as well. Plenty of famous celebrities seen in movies, on TV, and on the stage were born in or spent time living in Madison, WI. The list includes:

  • Chris Farley
  • Michael Feldman
  • Otis Redding
  • Chris Noth
  • Imran Khan
  • Tyne Daly
  • Randy Chestnut
  • Rob Marshall
  • Melvyn Douglas
  • Zorba Paster
  • And Many More!

Many award-winning entertainers and very famous names were born in or live in Madison, WI.

Writer and Journalists

Along with the many entertainers and artists, Madison has been the home of several authors, writers, and journalists. Some have gone on to incredible fame including:

  • Mike Baron
  • David Maraniss
  • Lorrie Moore
  • Kevin Henkes
  • Scott Stantis
  • Thornton Wilder
  • Ed Janus
  • Richard Quinney

Multiple names on this list have one Pulitzer Prizes and many others have won awards for their writing, as well.


Keith Lovett [CC BY (]

The list of athletes from Madison gaining fame and playing professionally is rather long. Some of the most famous and most successful names include:

  • Sam Barry
  • Peter Barrett
  • Reece Gaines
  • Carie Graves
  • Beth Heiden
  • Eric Heiden
  • Mark Johnson
  • Amanda Kessel
  • George Kittle
  • Pat Neshek
  • Andy North
  • Gabe Carimi
  • Adam Burish
  • Frank Baker

Many other Olympic athletes and professional athletes were born in or came from Madison, WI. The list is about a mile long as several famous athletes have ties to the city.

Other Famous People from Madison

Along with the lists above, several other famous people have ties to Madison, WI including:

  • Oscar G. Mayer, Sr. Chairman of Oscar Mayer
  • Oscar G. Mayer, Jr. Chairman of Oscar Mayer
  • Odessa Piper, Chef and co-founder of L ‘Etoile
  • Paul Ryan, Politician
  • Stuart Nash Scott, U.S. Diplomat
  • Liz Cheney, Politician
  • Earnest J. Briskey, creator of the American Meat Science Association
  • Harvey Goldberg, Historian and Professor
  • James Thomson, Leading stem cell Researcher
  • Ira Loren Wiggins, Botanist

While some of these names may not be as familiar as others, they are all celebrities in their respective fields.

Madison, WI has been the home of many famous celebrities from actors to athletes to scholars to authors. The city has plenty of ties to famous celebrities and many of the names on this list are well-known across the country and even the world.

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