The Indiana Connectionby BrendaJoReutebuch | created - 08 Nov 2013 | updated - 6 days ago | Public
Various actors, writers, directors, etc., in the entertainment industry that were born in or are connected to the state of Indiana.
Actress | The Promise
Born Brenda Joan Sisson in Adamsboro, Indiana, Brenda was quite the tomboy growing up. She spent most of her early childhood working with her father caring for the animals on their farm & fishing in the nearby rivers. Although Brenda Jo had been involved in the local theater and music programs in ...
Brenda is a graduate of Logansport High School, Logansport, Indiana. Born October 25, 1961.
Actor | Dallas
Ken Kercheval was born on July 15, 1935 in Wolcottville, Indiana, USA as Kenneth Marine Kercheval. He was an actor and director, known for Dallas (1978), Network (1976) and The Secret Storm (1954). He was married to Cheryl Paris, Ava Ruth Fox and Judith Peters Launt. He died on April 21, 2019 in ...
Ken grew up in a small town in southern Indiana. Brenda Jo Reutebuch was blessed to be in a film with Ken Kercheval, for her very first project, "This Promise I Made".
3. Red Skelton
Writer | The Red Skelton Show
The son of a former circus clown turned grocer and a cleaning woman, Red Skelton was introduced to show business at the age of seven by Ed Wynn, at a vaudeville show in Vincennes. At age 10, he left home to travel with a medicine show through the Midwest, and joined the vaudeville circuit at age 15....
Born Richard Bernard Skelton in 1913, this Vincennes, Indiana native is probably best known for his variety show, The Red Skelton Show, but he was also a prolific actor, writer and singer.
5. Mary Norwood
Actress | Sand Castles
Brenda Jo met Mary as a result of Facebook, and has been in two projects with Mary since - "At The Foot Of The Rainbow", and "Smoke & Mirrors".
Actress | Summer of '67
American actress Kimberly J. Richardson began her acting career on stage as a teenager and began modeling soon after high school. She made the transition from theater to film in 2012 when she appeared in the film Seven Deadly Words, and has since been involved in over 30 film, television and ...
Kimberly and Brenda Jo have been in several film & television projects together - among them - "Old Folks Like Us", "Vanished", "Smoke & Mirrors" and "How To Survive The End Of The World".
7. David Ross
Actor | 94 Feet
David & Brenda Jo have performed together in film projects - "This Promise I Made" and "Old Folks Like Us".
Russ Siler, originally from Kokomo, Indiana. He got his first shot in Hollywood with James Arness' "Gunsmoke". He is also a budding screenwriter.
Actor | Phantom Patrol
Kermit Maynard was born on September 20, 1897 in Vevay, Indiana, USA. He is known for his work on Phantom Patrol (1936), The Fighting Trooper (1934) and Valley of Terror (1937). He was married to Edith Jessen. He died on January 16, 1971 in North Hollywood, California, USA.
Kermit started his career as a stuntman.
10. Ken Maynard
Actor | The Fiddlin' Buckaroo
Studio publicity incorrectly puts his birthplace at Mission, Texas. Ken was a trick rider with the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show and later with Ringling Brothers and was also a champion rodeo rider. His movie debut, The Man Who Won (1923), was the first of many for this early cowboy movie superstar. ...
Tarzan. Ken & Kermit are brothers.
11. Chip Rossetti
Producer | God Gave Rock n' Roll to You
Chip has dedicated his career to making movies ONLY in the Christian, Faith-Based and Family genres, and has written, directed and/or produced 22 feature films in these genres. He has also developed multiple television shows and has 9 documentaries and 10 short and animated shorts to this credit. ...
Chip is a prolific writer, director, producer and cameraman in the Evansville, Indiana area. Brenda Jo has worked with Chip on his film project, "Homefront". We also have plans to work together in 2014 on a film in Ohio where Chip will be co-directing & running sound - "The Waiting Room - American Version".
12. Candy J. Beard
Producer | Vanished
Candy is the youngest of six children. Her parents divorced when she was just three years old. To earn a living, her father joined The Mighty Bluegrass Shows, a Tampa based traveling carnival that traveled nine months out of the year. In 1979, her mother took the five youngest children out of ...
Writer, Director, Producer at Dreams Come True Films. Brenda Jo's first film project, and many others since were with Dreams Come True Films, owned/operated by Candy and her family.
13. Sandy Slaven
Writer | Losing Breen
Cassandra (Sandy) Slaven was born in New Castle,Indiana on November 4th, 1968 to parents Cecil L. and Anna E. McKillip Slaven. Her father was a factory worker for Firestone out of Noblesville, Indiana and her mother was a homemaker. From the time she was six years old Sandy knew she wanted to write...
Writer. Brenda has worked with Sandy on her short, "Smoke and Mirrors".
14. Tom Kendall
Actor | Wishmaster
Tom is a graduate of Logansport High School, Logansport, Indiana.
15. Michael Mandell
Actor | I Love You Phillip Morris
Mike is a graduate of Logansport High School, Logansport, Indiana. Fun, fun guy. Super sweet. And very gifted.
16. Autumn Libengood
Writer | From Ashes
One of Brenda's favorite projects, "From Ashes" was written & directed by this Lafayette native. Autumn is a very talented young lady.
17. Paul Mishler
Actor | From Ashes
Actor/Director Paul, "From Ashes".
18. Greg Kinnear
Actor | Little Miss Sunshine
Greg Kinnear was born on June 17, 1963, in Logansport, Indiana, USA to Edward Kinnear, a career diplomat with the US State Department, and Suzanne (nee Buck) Kinnear, a homemaker. He has two brothers -- James, vice president-investments at Wachovia Securities in Arizona who was born in 1957, and ...
Greg was born in Logansport, Indiana, in 1963.
19. Kevin Kline
Actor | Wild Wild West
Kevin Kline was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to Margaret and Robert Joseph Kline, who owned several stores. His father was of German Jewish descent and his mother was of Irish ancestry. After attending Indiana University in Bloomington, Kline studied at the Juilliard School in New York. In 1972, ...
Kevin, from St. Louis, MO, attended Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
20. Jordon Hodges
Actor | The Shade Shepherd
Actor Jordon Hodges, best-known for playing Noah Daly in the award-winning Sand Castles (2014), was born in Goshen, Indiana on March 2, 1987.
Jordon's interest in acting came while studying Fine Arts at Indiana University of South Bend (IUSB). During his sophomore year he enrolled in 'Acting I: ...
21. John D. Carver
Actor | The Things We've Seen
John & Brenda Jo worked together on a few film projects, including "Old Folks Like Us" and "Homefront"
22. Glenna Reinhardt
Actress | Proxy
Glenna & Brenda Jo, both talent for the Helen Wells Agency, have worked on commercials together, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
23. Mariah Francis
Actress | Vanished
Mariah & Brenda Jo have worked together on "From Ashes" and are scheduled to work together also on "Vanished" soon.
24. Anna Lasbury
Actress | Frieght
Anna and Brenda worked together on "From Ashes", a poignant film about the very real problem of human trafficking in the US.
Actress | The Promise
Michaele & Brenda have worked together on several projects, including "Smoke & Mirrors", "This Promise I Made" and "Old Folks Like Us".
26. Chuck Budreau
Sound_department | Starship II: Rendezvous with Ramses
Chuck is from Logansport, Indiana.
27. Matthew W. Allen
He is a 1995 graduate of Frankton High School in the very small town of Frankton, Indiana. He was an avid artist and painter in high school. Matthew first started acting after a friend of his ask for help while he was making a movie in College. Matthew was asked to portray a small role and then ...
Brenda Jo and Matthew worked together for the first time on Nat Geo's "How To Survive The End Of The World."
28. Jim Dougherty
Actor | Bluff City Law
Jim is a character actor who studied theatre and film at Indiana University. He spent several years in Chicago training as a stuntman under John Hicks Pearce, and helped develop The Chicago Stunt Team. He also attended and managed The Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts for several years. Jim's early...
29. Brendan Fraser
Actor | The Mummy
Brendan James Fraser was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Canadian parents Carol Mary (Genereux), a sales counselor, and Peter Fraser, a journalist and travel executive. He is of Irish, Scottish, German, Czech, and French-Canadian ancestry. As his parents frequently moved, Brendan can claim ...
Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, 1968.
30. Crystal Gayle
Soundtrack | The Hateful Eight
Born January 9, 1951, in Paintsville, Kentucky, Crystal Gayle moved with her family to Wabash, Indiana, when she was still quite young. Her music career was given a big boost by her older sister, country superstar Loretta Lynn. Loretta thought that Crystal's real name of Brenda Gail Webb was not ...
Although born Brenda Gail Webb, in Kentucky, Crystal's family moved to Wabash, Indiana, when she was still very young. Crystal's sister may be a name you also recognize - country singer Loretta Lynn.
31. David Letterman
Writer | Late Show with David Letterman
Television would never be the same after David Letterman made his second attempt at a show in 1982. But his career before becoming host of the show was quite an interesting and long one.
Letterman was born in Broad Ripple, a neighborhood in Indianapolis, to Dorothy Marie (Hofert), a church secretary...
Born 1947 in (Broad Ripple) Indianapolis, Indiana. Graduated from Ball State University.
32. John Mellencamp
Soundtrack | The Perfect Storm
John Mellencamp was born on October 7, 1951 in Seymour, Indiana, USA. He was previously married to Elaine Irwin, Victoria L. Granucci and Priscilla Esterline.
Born 1951 in Seymour, Indiana.
33. Michael Jackson
Soundtrack | Michael Jackson: Thriller
Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana, and entertained audiences nearly his entire life. His father, Joe Jackson (no relation to Joe Jackson, also a musician), had been a guitarist, but was forced to give up his musical ambitions following his marriage to Michael's ...
Born 1958, Gary, Indiana. Part of the famous Jackson Five music group, as well as having his own successful movie career.
34. Janet Jackson
Soundtrack | Poetic Justice
Janet Damita Jo Jackson was born on May 16, 1966 in Gary, Indiana, to Katherine Jackson (née Katherine Esther Scruse) and Joe Jackson, a musician. She is the youngest of ten children. After her birth, her brothers formed a band later called The Jackson 5. She lived at home with her sisters, while ...
Actress, Singer, Writer. Another successful member of the famous Gary, Indiana Jackson family. My first recollection of Janet was as a very young girl in the TV Series, "Good Times". Loved that show.
37. La Toya Jackson
Actress | The Last Sharknado: It's About Time
La Toya Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana, USA as La Toya Yvonne Jackson. As a member of the famous Jackson family, though she was the most outspoken, she has lived in her sister Janet's and brother Michael's shadow. She is a producer, known for Playboy Celebrity Centerfold: La Toya Jackson (1994),...
40. Rebbie Jackson
Soundtrack | Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home
Rebbie Jackson was born on May 29, 1950 in Gary, Indiana, USA as Maureen Reilette Jackson. She is an actress, known for Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995), Rebbie Jackson: Plaything (1988) and Rebbie Jackson & Robin Zander: You Send the Rain Away (1986). She was previously married to ...
41. Jenna Fischer
Actress | The Office
Emmy-nominated actress Jenna Fischer, known for playing the character of receptionist Pam Beesley in The Office (2005), was born Regina Marie Fischer on March 7, 1974 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She is the daughter of Anne (Miller), a teacher, and James E. Fischer, a plastic engineer. Her ancestry ...
Born in 1974, Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
42. James Dean
Actor | East of Eden
James Byron Dean was born February 8, 1931 in Marion, Indiana, to Mildred Marie (Wilson) and Winton A. Dean, a farmer turned dental technician. His mother died when Dean was nine, and he was subsequently raised on a farm by his aunt and uncle in Fairmount, Indiana. After grade school, he moved to ...
Born in Marion, Indiana.
43. Vivica A. Fox
Actress | Independence Day
Vivica A. Fox was born in South Bend, Indiana, on July 30, 1964, and is the daughter of Everlyena, a pharmaceutical technician, and William Fox, a private school administrator. She is of Native American and African-American descent and is proud of her heritage. She is a graduate of Arlington High ...
Born in South Bend, Indiana.
44. Axl Rose
Soundtrack | Body of Lies
Born and raised in Lafayette, Indiana, W. Axl Rose is the pure embodiment of decadent late 1980s rockerdom. Brash, slightly misogynistic and notoriously wild, Rose grew up in a maniacally dysfunctional household - molested by his own father at age two; beaten by his abusive stepfather.
When Axl was ...
Born William Bruce Rose, in 1962, in Lafayette, Indiana.
45. Adam Lambert
Soundtrack | 2012
After blowing everyone away on the eighth season of American Idol, Adam Lambert went on to release his debut album 'For Your Entertainment' which included the international hit 'Whatya Want From Me' and earned him a Grammy Award nomination. Adam followed this success with his second album '...
Born 1982, Indianapolis, Indiana.
46. Shelley Long
Actress | Cheers
Shelley Lee Long was born at 7:15 am on Tuesday, August 23, 1949 in Indian Village, Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA, the only child of Ivadine (Williams), a schoolteacher, and Leland Long, a teacher who had previously worked in the rubber industry. Shelley attended school at Kekionga Junior High for ...
Born 1949 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
47. Sydney Pollack
Director | Tootsie
Sydney Pollack was an Academy Award-winning director, producer, actor, writer and public figure, who directed and produced over 40 films.
Sydney Irwin Pollack was born July 1, 1934 in Lafayette, Indiana, USA, to Rebecca (Miller), a homemaker, and David Pollack, a professional boxer turned pharmacist...
Born 1934, in Lafayette, Indiana, this director, producer, actor, writer has been so prolific. He passed away in 2008.
Soundtrack | Bad Boys
Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds was born on April 10, 1959 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA as Kenneth Brian Edmonds. He has been married to Nicole Pantenburg since May 17, 2014. They have one child. He was previously married to Tracey E. Edmonds and Denise.
Actress | The Brady Bunch
Florence Henderson was considered by protocol executive Jerold Franks, CSA to be "...one of the most generous stars I have ever worked with." Los Angeles, New York and all parts of the country, Florence has helped raise millions of dollars for various charitable organizations.
Jerold Franks, friend ...
Born in Dale, Indiana, this actress/singer has been a national icon. She also has been a regular at the Indianapolis 500 until recently.
50. Jane Pauley
Actress | Zoolander 2
Jane Pauley was born on October 31, 1950 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA as Margaret Jane Pauley. She is an actress, known for Zoolander 2 (2016), Madam Secretary (2014) and CBS News Sunday Morning (1979). She has been married to Garry Trudeau since June 14, 1980. They have three children.
Born in Indianapolis. Graduated from Indiana University. This fellow Hoosier is probably best known for her years on the Today Show.
51. Dick York
Actor | Inherit the Wind
The gangly York is best remembered as the first and most frustrated "Darrin Stephens" on the long-running TV series Bewitched (1964). He left the series in 1969 because of a chronic back ailment. He later founded Acting for Life, a private fund-raising effort for the homeless which he managed from ...
Best known for his role on Bewitched, as Darrin Stephes, this Hoosier born actor hails from Ft. Wayne. Died in 1992.
52. Steve McQueen
Actor | The Great Escape
He was the ultra-cool male film star of the 1960s, and rose from a troubled youth spent in reform schools to being the world's most popular actor. Over 25 years after his untimely death from mesothelioma in 1980, Steve McQueen is still considered hip and cool, and he endures as an icon of popular ...
Born in Beech Grove, Indiana, 1930. Died in 1980.
53. Harland Sanders
Actor | The Phynx
Harland Sanders was born on September 9, 1890 in Henryville, Indiana, USA as Harland David Sanders. He was an actor, known for The Phynx (1970), Blast-Off Girls (1967) and What's My Line? (1950). He was married to Claudia Ledington and Josephine King. He died on December 16, 1980 in Shelbyville, ...
Best known as Colonel Sanders of the famous Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise, Harland was actually born 1890 in Henryville, Indiana.
Self | Hee Haw
Orville Redenbacher was born on July 16, 1907 in Brazil, Indiana, USA as Orville Clarence Redenbacher. He was married to Nina Mills Reder and Corinne Rosemund Strate. He died on September 19, 1995 in Coronado, California, USA.
Born 1907, in Brazil, Indiana, this popcorn king carved his niche in the world.
55. Stephen Sommers
Producer | G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
Stephen Sommers was born on March 20, 1962 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Raised in St. Cloud, Minnesota, he attended St. John's University and the University of Seville in Spain. Afterward, Sommers spent the next four years performing as an actor in theater groups and managing rock bands throughout ...
This prolific Hollywood writer, best known for films like "The Scorpion King", "The Mummy", etc., was born in 1962 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
56. Meg Cabot
Writer | The Princess Diaries
Meg Cabot was born on February 1, 1967 in Bloomington, Indiana, USA as Meggin Patricia Cabot. She is a writer, known for The Princess Diaries (2001), The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004) and Ice Princess (2005). She has been married to Benjamin D. Egnatz since April 1, 1993.
Probably best known for "The Princess Diaries", this writer was born in 1967, in Bloomington, Indiana.
57. Jim Davis
Writer | Garfield in Disguise
Jim Davis was born on July 28, 1945 in Marion, Indiana, USA as James Robert Davis. He is a writer and producer, known for Garfield in Disguise (1985), Garfield's Babes and Bullets (1989) and Garfield in the Rough (1984). He has been married to Jill Davis since July 16, 2000. They have two children....
Garfield writer, Jim was born in Marion, Indiana. He started his career writing cartoons for newspapers. Graduated from Ball State University.
58. Mike Epps
Actor | Resident Evil: Apocalypse
Mike Epps was born on November 18, 1970 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA as Michael Elliot Epps. He is an actor and producer, known for Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004), Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) and The Hangover (2009). He was previously married to Mechelle McCain.
This Indianapolis, Indiana born actor has made quite a prolific career for himself in Hollywood.
Actress | Beauty and the Beast
Filipino-American actress Nicole Gale Anderson who is popular for her role in Beauty and the Beast (2012) was born in Rochester, Indiana, U.S. on August 29, 1990. Her father is an American born Commander in the United States Navy while her mother is from Filipines. She was a national gymnast when ...
This Rochester, Indiana born actress is making quite a splash.
60. Doug Jones
Actor | Hellboy II: The Golden Army
The youngest of four brothers, Doug Jones was born on May 24, 1960 in Indianapolis, Indiana, and grew up in the city's Northeastside. After attending Bishop Chatard High School, he headed off to Ball State University, where he graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor's degree in Telecommunications, with a...
Born 1960, Indianapolis, Indiana. Graduated from Ball State University in 1982.
61. Clifton Webb
Actor | Laura
Already trained in dance and theater, he quit school at age 13 to study music and painting. By 19 he was a professional ballroom dancer in New York, and by his mid-twenties he was performing in musicals, dramas on Broadway and in London, and in silent movies. His first real success in film came in ...
1889–1966, from Indianapolis, Indiana.
62. Peter Lupus
Actor | Mission: Impossible
Peter Lupus was born on June 17, 1932 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. He is known for his work on Mission: Impossible (1966), Challenge of the Gladiator (1965) and Goliath at the Conquest of Damascus (1965). He has been married to Sharon M. Hildebrand since November 27, 1960. They have one child.
63. Hoagy Carmichael
Soundtrack | To Have and Have Not
Award-winning songwriter ("Stardust", "Ole Buttermilk Sky", "Georgia on My Mind"), composer, pianist, actor and singer, educated at Indiana University (LL.B). He played piano in the college bands, and later gave up a law practice for a career in songwriting. He joined ASCAP in 1931, and his chief ...
One of the most loved composers, Hoagy was born in Bloomington, IN. (1899-1981)
64. Cole Porter
Soundtrack | At Long Last Love
Cole Porter was born June 9, 1891, at Peru, Indiana, the son of pharmacist Samuel Fenwick Porter and Kate Cole. Cole was raised on a 750-acre fruit ranch. Kate Cole married Samuel Porter in 1884 and had two children, Louis and Rachel, who both died in infancy. Porter's grandfather, J.G. Cole, was a...
One of my favorite songwriters, the Cole Porter home is just the next county over from my county.
65. Bill Gaither
Soundtrack | Bernie
Bill Gaither was born on March 28, 1936 in Alexandria, Indiana, USA as William James Gaither. He is a producer, known for Bernie (2011), Nite Song (1978) and Bill & Gloria Gaither Present: The Blackwood Brothers Family Reunion (1995). He has been married to Gloria Gaither since December 22, ...
Born in Alexandria, Indiana, Bill & his wife Gloria still live in the area, with their recording studio still located there. Probably one of their most famous songs written & sung has to be, "Because He Lives".
66. George D. Hay
Actor | Grand Ole Opry
George D. Hay was born on November 9, 1895 in Attica, Indiana, USA as George Dewey Hay. He was an actor, known for Grand Ole Opry (1940) and Hoosier Holiday (1943). He died on May 8, 1968 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA.
This founder of WSM’s Grand Ole Opry, was born in Attica, Indiana.
67. Carole Lombard
Actress | My Man Godfrey
Carole Lombard was born Jane Alice Peters in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on October 6, 1908. Her parents divorced in 1916 and her mother took the family on a trip out West. While there they decided to settle down in the Los Angeles area. After being spotted playing baseball in the street with the ...
Born in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, Carole may have died young, but she still left behind a famed career in Hollywood. She was married to Clarke Gable at the time of the plane crash that killed her. 1908-1942
68. Jon McLaughlin
Soundtrack | Bridge to Terabithia
Jon McLaughlin was born on September 27, 1982 in Anderson, Indiana, USA as Jonathan McLaughlin. He has been married to Amy since 2005.
Born in Anderson, Indiana, this musically talented Hoosier has already impacted Hollywood. He was born in 1982.
69. Wes Montgomery
Soundtrack | Anything Else
Wes Montgomery was born on March 6, 1925 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA as John Leslie Montgomery. He was married to Serene. He died on June 15, 1968 in Indianapolis.
This Hoosier musician was born into a very musical family, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Although he's been gone for several years, his music is still being used as soundtracks in a number of TV Shows & film. 1923-1968
70. Ernie Pyle
Self | From D-Day to Germany
The two greatest American war correspondents of World War II were Edward R. Murrow on radio and Ernie Pyle in print. Murrow is more famous today because he survived the war to do some of the best television journalism in the early days of that medium. However, during the war, Pyle was more popular,...
Ernie has been credited (by some) as the one who first coined the expression from which the term "Hoosier" comes. This prolific American journalist was born in Dana, Indiana. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1944, the year before his death.
Writer | An Old Sweetheart of Mine
James Whitcomb Riley was born on October 7, 1849 in Greenfield, Indiana, USA. He died on July 22, 1916 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Known as The Hoosier Poet as well as America’s Children’s Poet, this Hoosier was born in Greenfield, Indiana. 1849-1916
72. David Lee Roth
Soundtrack | The Green Hornet
David Lee Roth was born in Bloomington Indiana in 1954. A few years later, his father Nathan, a doctor, moved the family to sunny California. The move proved to be a good one because while attending Pasadena Community College, David hooked up with the Van Halen brothers and Michael Anthony to form ...
Born in Bloomington, Indiana, in 1955, this performer is probably best known as lead singer of the rock group Van Halen. He is, however, also an actor, author and radio personality.
73. Chris Schenkel
Self | Kingpin
Chris Schenkel was born on August 21, 1923 in Bippus, Indiana, USA. He was an actor, known for Kingpin (1996), ABC's College Football (2001) and Goodbye, Columbus (1969). He was married to Fran Paige. He died on September 11, 2005 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
I have always loved the fact that Chris, who I remember mostly for the Saturday commentaries of the PBA tour, was born in Bippus, Indiana, in 1923. Chris recently passed away in 2005. He will be missed.
74. Lew Wallace
Writer | Ben-Hur
The son of the governor of Indiana, Lew Wallace lived in Indianapolis as a young boy. He served in the Mexican War, and afterwards became a lawyer and was elected to the state Senate. He served again in the Union army during the Civil War, reaching the rank of major general. He was noted for ...
Best known for his historical novel, "Ben Hur", this Mexican War & Civil War general was born in Brookville, Indiana. His Crawfordsville, IN, home where he wrote this novel, is still available to visit today. He also wrote 2 other historical novels, "The Fair God" and "The Prince of India". 1827-1905
75. George Ade
Writer | Freshman Love
American writer, newspaper columnist, and playwright George Ade was first and foremost a self described Hoosier. Ade was born in Kentland, Indiana, one of seven children raised by John and Adaline Ade. While attending Purdue University, he met and started a lifelong friendship with cartoonist and ...
76. Leon Ames
Actor | Peggy Sue Got Married
Leon Ames was born Harry Wycoff in Portland, Indiana, to Cora Alice (DeMoss) and Charles Elmer Wycoff. He had always wanted to be an actor and he did it the hard way, serving a long apprenticeship in touring amateur theatre companies, even selling shoes for a while on 42nd Street in the 1920's. It ...
77. Bill Blass
Costume_department | Advise & Consent
Bill Blass was born on June 22, 1922 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA as William Ralph Blass. He is known for his work on Advise & Consent (1962), Irreconcilable Differences (1984) and The DuPont Show with June Allyson (1959). He died on June 12, 2002 in New Preston, Connecticut, USA.
78. Paul Dresser
Soundtrack | My Gal Sal
Composer, songwriter ("My Gal Sal", "On the Banks of the Wabash" [the official Indiana state song]), author, actor, singer, publisher and producer, educated at St. Meinrad's in Switz City, Indiana during training for the priesthood. He joined a medicine show at 16, then toured in vaudeville as a ...
"Back home again in Indiana. . ."
79. Phil Harris
Actor | The Jungle Book
A bandleader of the 1940s and a radio, film, and TV actor who always seemed to imply allegiance to the former Confederate States of America. Was a principal of long standing among the comedian Jack Benny's radio retinue, parlaying his popularity into his own radio series, in which his wife, Alice ...
80. Buck Jones
Actor | For the Service
Buck Jones was one of the greatest of the "B" western stars. Although born in Indiana, Jones reportedly (but disputedly) grew up on a ranch near Red Rock in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), and there learned the riding and shooting skills that would stand him in good stead as a hero of Westerns. He...
81. Marjorie Main
Actress | The Egg and I
Her father was a minister, and when she joined a local stock company as a youngster she changed her name to avoid embarrassing her family. She worked in vaudeville and debuted on Broadway in 1916. Her film debut was in A House Divided (1931). She repeated her stage role in Dead End (1937) as Baby ...
82. James McCracken
Actor | Live from the Metropolitan Opera
James McCracken was born on December 16, 1926 in Gary, Indiana, USA. He was an actor, known for The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977), The Bell Telephone Hour (1959) and The Metropolitan Opera: Centennial Gala (1983). He was married to Sandra Warfield and Shirley Fender. He died on April 30, 1988 ...
84. Ned Rorem
Composer | Ned Rorem: Word & Music
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer from Richmond, IN.
85. Rex Stout
Writer | Meet Nero Wolfe
Rex Stout was born on December 1, 1886 in Noblesville, Indiana, USA as Rex Todhunter Stout. He was a writer, known for Meet Nero Wolfe (1936), A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2001) and The President Vanishes (1934). He was married to Pola Weinbach Hoffmann and Fay Kennedy. He died on October 27, 1975 in ...
88. Forrest Tucker
Actor | The Trollenberg Terror
Forrest Tucker, best known to the Baby Boom generation as Sergeant O'Rourke on the classic TV sitcom F Troop (1965), was born on February 12, 1919, in Plainfield, Indiana. He began his performing career at age 14 at the 1933 Chicago "Century of Progress" World's Fair, pushing big wicker tourists' ...
Although Forrest was from Plainfield, IN, his aunt lived in Logansport, IN, my home town. My freshman year in high school, Mr. Tucker came to Logansport High School to co-direct the Winter Fantasy play, "The Music Man".
Writer | Slaughterhouse-Five
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was born on November 11, 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. He was a writer and actor, known for Slaughterhouse-Five (1972), General Electric Theater (1953) and Back to School (1986). He was married to Jill Krementz and Jane Marie Cox. He died on April 11, 2007 in New York City, ...
90. Jessamyn West
Writer | The Big Country
Jessamyn West was born on July 18, 1902 in Vernon, Indiana, USA as Mary Jessamyn West. She is known for her work on The Big Country (1958), Friendly Persuasion (1956) and Stolen Hours (1963). She was married to Harry Maxwell McPherson. She died on February 22, 1984 in Napa, California, USA.
Actress | The Greatest Show on Earth
Lillian Albertson was born on August 6, 1881 in Noblesville, Indiana, USA. She was an actress, known for The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), Your Favorite Story (1953) and Fireside Theatre (1949). She died on August 24, 1962 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
92. David Anspaugh
Director | Hoosiers
Best known for the inspirational sports dramas Hoosiers (1986) and Rudy (1993), David Anspaugh has enjoyed a long career as a director and producer of film and television. Born in Decatur, Indiana in 1946 to Lawrence Anspaugh, a portrait photographer, and his wife, Marie, he was a member of his ...
93. Arija Bareikis
Actress | Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo
Arija Bareikis was born on 21 July 1966 in Bloomington, Indiana. She attended Bloomington High School South from 1980-1984.
After graduating from Stanford University in 1988, she moved to Southern California to take care of horses for a brief period of time. Next, Arija moved to New York City first ...
95. Anne Baxter
Actress | All About Eve
Anne Baxter was born in Michigan City, Indiana, on May 7, 1923. She was the daughter of a salesman and his wife, Catherine, who herself was the daughter of Frank Lloyd Wright, the world-renowned architect. Anne was a young girl of 11 when her parents moved to New York City, which at that time was ...
96. Billie Bennett
Actress | The Galloping Jinx
Billie Bennett was born on October 23, 1874 in Evansville, Indiana, USA as Emily B. Haynie. She was an actress, known for The Galloping Jinx (1925), The New Butler (1925) and Memory Lane (1926). She was married to Gustov Mulhausen. She died on May 19, 1951 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
98. Monte Blue
Actor | Key Largo
Stalwart, durable Monte Blue, a romantic leading man of the silent days, was born January 11, 1887, as Gerard Monte Blue (some sources indicate 1890, but his mother's application for his admission to the Soldier's and Sailor's Orphan's Home lists his birth date as January 11, 1887). Various sources...
99. Avery Brooks
Actor | American History X
Avery Franklin Brooks was born on October 2, 1948 in Evansville, Indiana to a musically talented family. His maternal grandfather, Samuel Travis Crawford, was a tenor who graduated from Tougaloo College in Mississippi in 1901. Crawford toured the country singing with the Delta Rhythm Boys in the ...