Famous People from Indiana

Leon Ames (1902 - 1993) Born Harry Wycoff. An American film and television actor. He is best remembered for playing father figures in films like Meet Me in St. Louis and Little Women. His most famous role was DA Kyle Sackett in the film The Postman Always Rings Twice. Born in Portland, IN (1316)

Arija Bareikis (1966 - ) An American actress. She starred alongside Rob Schneider as Kate in Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999) and in the first 3 seasons as LAPD police officer Chickie Brown, in the series Southland. Born in Bloomington, IN (1317)

Anne Baxter (1923 - 1985) An American Academy Award-winning actress known for her performances in films such as The Razor's Edge, The Magnificent Ambersons, All About Eve, and The Ten Commandments. Born in Michigan City, IN (905)

Abraham Rubin Hercules Benrubi (1969 - ) An American character actor known for his appearances as Jerry Markovic on the TV drama ER and for his role as Larry Kubiac on the series Parker Lewis Can't Lose. Born in Indianapolis, IN (839)

Larry Bird (1956 - ) Retired Professional basketball player who played for the Boston Celtics. He led the Boston Celtics to three NBA championships (1981, 1984, 1986). He was a member of the U.S. men's Olympic basketball team and they won the gold medal in 1992. Born in West Baden Springs, IN (156)

Monte Blue (1887 - 1963) Born Gerard Montgomery Bluefeather. A movie actor who began his career as the romantic leading man in the silent film era. He later progressed to character roles. Born in Indianapolis, IN (1318)

Avery Franklin Brooks (1948 - ) An American actor, jazz musician, opera singer and college professor. Best known for his television roles as Benjamin Sisko on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Hawk on Spenser For Hire and its spinoff A Man Called Hawk, and his film role in American History X. Born in Evansville, IN (1319)

Jim Davis (1945 - ) Creator of the comic strip GARFIELD. Guinness World Records named GARFIELD, "The most widely syndicated comic strip in the world." Born in Marion, IN (152)

James Dean (1934 - 1955) An American actor that became a cultural icon in the United States. He only appeared in 3 films, Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden and Giant. He was the first actor to receive a posthumous Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Born in Marion, IN (155)

John Herbert Dillinger Jr. (1903 - 1934) An American gangster and bank robber in the Midwest during the early 1930s. His gang robbed at least two dozen banks and four police stations, and he escaped from jail twice. Born in Indianapolis, IN (841)

Jenna Fischer (1974 - ) Born Regina Marie Fischer. An American actress and director. She has appeared in several film comedies, including Blades of Glory, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and The Promotion, but is most widely known for playing Pam Beesly on the TV show The Office. Born in Fort Wayne, IN (1320)

Ken Foree (1948 - ) An American actor. Best known for his role as Peter in the film Dawn of the Dead and as Roger Rockmore on the television sitcom Kenan & Kel. Born in Indianapolis, IN (1321)

Vivica Anjanetta Fox (1964 - ) An American actress and television producer. She is best known for her roles in the films Independence Day, Set It Off, Soul Food, Why Do Fools Fall In Love, and Kill Bill. Born in South Bend, IN (1322)

Brendan James Fraser (1968 - ) A Canadian-American actor of stage and screen. He has starred in many major Hollywood films, including The Mummy film series, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, George of the Jungle, The Quiet American and Journey to the Center of the Earth. Born in Indianapolis, IN (1323)

Sidney Patrick Grauman (1879 - 1950) An American showman who created one of Southern California's most recognizable and visited landmarks, Grauman's Chinese Theater. Born in Indianapolis, IN (1324)

Phil Harris (1904 - 1995) Born Wonga Philip Harris. An American singer, songwriter, jazz musician, actor and comedian. Though successful as an orchestra leader, he is remembered today for his recordings as a vocalist, his voice work in animation and as a pioneer in radio situation comedy, first with Jack Benny, and then in a series in which he co-starred with his second wife, singer-actress Alice Faye, for eight years. Born in Linton, IN (1325)

George Dewey Hay (1895 - 1968) An American radio personality. He is the founder of the original Grand Ole Opry radio program on WSM (AM) in Nashville, Tennessee, from which today's country music stage show of the same name evolved. Born in Attica, IN (1412)

Michael Jackson (1958 - 2009) An American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and actor. Called the King of Pop. His album Thriller is the best selling album of all time. He has won hundreds of awards, making him the most awarded recording artist in the history of popular music. Born in Gary, IN (154)

Doug Jones (1960 - ) An American actor and former contortionist best known to science fiction, fantasy, and horror fans for his various roles playing non-human characters, often in heavy makeup, in films and television series such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Born in Indianapolis, IN (1326)

Gregory Kinnear (1963 - ) An American actor and television personality. He has appeared in over 40 films and was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in As Good as It Gets. Notable TV roles include Friends, Talk Soup and Modern Family. Born in Logansport, IN (1327)

David Letterman (1947 - ) An American television host, comedian, writer, producer, and actor. He is the longest-serving late night talk show host in TV history. Born in Indianapolis, IN (158)

Elmo Lincoln (1889 - 1952) Born Otto Elmo Linkenhelt. An American film actor. Best known for his silent movie role as the first Tarzan. Born in Rochester, IN (1328)

Carole Lombard (1908 - 1942) Born Jane Alice Peters. An American film actress. She was particularly noted for her comedic roles in several classic films of the 1930s, most notably in the 1936 film My Man Godfrey. Born in Fort Wayne, IN (1329)

Shelley Lee Long (1949 - ) An American actress best known for her role as Diane Chambers in the popular sitcom Cheers, for which she won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress and two Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress. Born in Fort Wayne, IN (1330)

Marjorie Main (1890 - 1975) Born Mary Tomlinson. An American character actress, mainly at MGM, perhaps best known for her role as Ma Kettle in a series of ten Ma and Pa Kettle movies. Born in Acton, IN (1331)

Thomas R. Marshall (1854 - 1925) Served as the 28th Vice President of the United States (1913-1921) under Woodrow Wilson. He was also the 27th Governor of Indiana. Born in North Manchester, IN (1718)

Steve McQueen (1930 - 1980) Born Terrence Steven McQueen. An American movie actor nicknamed "The King of Cool." He received an Academy Award nomination for his role in The Sand Pebbles. His other popular films include The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, The Thomas Crown Affair, Bullitt, The Getaway, Papillon, and The Towering Inferno. In 1974 he became the highest paid movie star in the world. Born in Beech Grove, IN (1332)

John Cougar Mellencamp (1951 - ) An American rock singer-songwriter, musician, painter and occasional actor. Some of his top 10 singles include, "Hurts So Good," "Pink Houses," "Small Town," and "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A." Born in Seymour, IN (161)

Dalia Messick (1906 - 2005) The first woman syndicated comic strip artist in the United States. Under the pseudonym Dale Messick, she was the creator of Brenda Starr, which at its peak during the 1950s ran in 250 newspapers. Born in South Bend, IN (838)

Jane Pauley (1950 - ) Born Margaret Jane Pauley. An American television anchor and journalist. She has been involved in news reporting since 1975. Best known for her 13 years on NBC's Today program and her 12 years as co-host of Dateline NBC. Born in Indianapolis, IN (159)

Sydney Irwin Pollack (1934 - 2008) An American film director, producer and actor. Some of his best known works include The Way We Were, Out of Africa, Tootsie, The Firm and Sabrina. Born in Lafayette, IN (1333)

Dan Quayle (1947 - ) Born James Danforth Quayle. He was the 44th Vice President of the United States (1989-1993) serving under George H.W. Bush. He also served as a U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator for the state of Indiana. Born in Indianapolis, IN (1719)

Colonel Harland Sanders (1890 - 1980) An American businessman best known for founding Kentucky Fried Chicken. Born in Henryville, IN (205)

Red Skelton (1913 - 1997) Born Richard Bernard Skelton. An American entertainer who was best known as a top radio and television star from 1937 to 1971. He was also a prolific writer of both short stories and music and he painted pictures. Born in Vincennes, IN (1338)

Stephen Sommers (1962 - ) An American screenwriter and film director. Best known for The Mummy and its sequel, Disney's live action version of The Jungle Book, Van Helsing and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Born in Indianapolis, IN (840)

Max Terhune (1891 - 1973) An American film actor. He appeared in nearly 70 films, mostly B-westerns, between 1936 and 1956. Born in Franklin, IN (1334)

Forrest Tucker (1919 - 1986) An American actor in both movies and television from the 1940s to the 1980s. He appeared in nearly 100 action films in the 1940s and 1950s. Born in Plainfield, IN (1335)

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1922 - 2007) An American writer. Well-known author of books such as Slaughterhouse Five, Cat's Cradle and Breakfast of Champions. Born in Indianapolis, IN (160)

Clifton Webb (1889 - 1966) Born Webb Parmelee Hollenbeck. An American actor, dancer and singer. Best known for his roles in such films as Laura, The Razor's Edge and Sitting Pretty. He also had a career on Broadway in a number of musical revues. Born in Indianapolis, IN (1336)

Jo Anne Worley (1937 - ) An American actress. Her work covers television, movies, theater, game shows, talk shows, commercials, and cartoons. She is best known for her work on the comedy-variety show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. Born in Lowell, IN (1337)

Wilbur Wright (1867 - 1912) Invented the first airplane with his brother Orville Wright. He and his brother, also made the first controlled human air flight. Born in Milville, IN (462)