The Indiana Connection

by BrendaJoReutebuch | created - 08 Nov 2013 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

Various actors, writers, directors, etc., in the entertainment industry that were born in or are connected to the state of Indiana.

1. Brenda Jo Reutebuch

Actress | The Text

Chameleon actress, Brenda Jo Reutebuch, was born Brenda Joan Sisson, October 25, 1961, 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...

Brenda is a graduate of Logansport High School, Logansport, Indiana. Born October 25, 1961.

2. Ken Kercheval

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.

4. Michael Dorn

Actor | Star Trek: First Contact

Michael Dorn was born on December 9, 1952 in Luling, Texas, USA as Michiel Dorn. He is an actor and director, known for Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) and Star Trek: Nemesis (2002).

5. Mary Norwood

Actress | Sand Castles

Mary Norwood is known for her work on Sand Castles (2014), At the Foot of the Rainbow (2017) and The Wish (2015).

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".

6. Kimberly J. Richardson

Actress | The 2:11 Home

With a natural talent and passion for acting, award winning actress Kimberly J. Richardson has had opportunities in lead and supporting roles to bring a diverse variety of characters to life. Born in a small mid-western town in Indiana, she developed a love for the arts at a young age, 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

Producer | Fertility 2.0

David Ross is an actor and producer, known for Fertility 2.0 (2011), Flash of Wire (2013) and Unrequited Part 1: Gyre (2017).

David & Brenda Jo have performed together in film projects - "This Promise I Made" and "Old Folks Like Us".

8. Russ Siler

Actor | Gunsmoke

Russ Siler is an actor, known for Gunsmoke (1955).

Russ Siler, originally from Kokomo, Indiana. He got his first shot in Hollywood with James Arness' "Gunsmoke". He is also a budding screenwriter.

9. Kermit Maynard

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 Fighting Legion

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

Director | The 3

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 | I Only Want You

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 Kendall is an actor, known for Wishmaster (1997), Profiler (1996) and Renegade (1992).

Tom is a graduate of Logansport High School, Logansport, Indiana.

15. Michael Mandell

Actor | I Love You Phillip Morris

Michael Mandell was an actor, known for I Love You Phillip Morris (2009), New Year's Eve (2011) and Person of Interest (2011). He died on July 26, 2020.

Mike is a graduate of Logansport High School, Logansport, Indiana. Fun, fun guy. Super sweet. And very gifted.

16. Autumn Libengood

Writer | From Ashes

Autumn Libengood is a writer and producer, known for From Ashes (2015) and Shatter the Silence (2008).

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

Paul Mishler is an actor and writer, known for From Ashes (2015), P.O.V. (1988) and Shatter the Silence (2008).

Actor/Director Paul, "From Ashes".

18. Greg Kinnear

Actor | As Good as It Gets

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 D. Carver is an actor, known for The Things We've Seen (2017), Echo Rhyme (2016) and Sand Castles (2014).

John & Brenda Jo worked together on a few film projects, including "Old Folks Like Us" and "Homefront"

22. Glenna Reinhardt

Actress | Proxy

Glenna Reinhardt is known for her work on Proxy (2013), Fertility 2.0 (2011) and Ingénue (2013).

Glenna & Brenda Jo, both talent for the Helen Wells Agency, have worked on commercials together, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

23. Mariah Francis

Actress | Vanished

Mariah Francis is known for her work on Vanished (2014) and From Ashes (2015).

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 Lasbury is an actress, known for Frieght, The Sound of the Spirit (2012) and From Ashes (2015).

Anna and Brenda worked together on "From Ashes", a poignant film about the very real problem of human trafficking in the US.

25. Michaele Salazar-Curiel

Actress | Vanished

Michaele Salazar-Curiel is an actress and producer, known for Vanished (2014), The Promise (2017) and T.R.A.F.F.I.C. (2013).

Michaele & Brenda have worked together on several projects, including "Smoke & Mirrors", "This Promise I Made" and "Old Folks Like Us".

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.

35. Jermaine Jackson

Soundtrack | Beverly Hills Cop II

Jermaine Jackson was born on December 11, 1954 in Gary, Indiana, USA as Jermaine LaJuane Jackson. He has been married to Halima Rashid since August 11, 2004. He was previously married to Alejandra Genevieve Oiaza and Hazel Gordy.

36. Tito Jackson

Soundtrack | An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn

Tito Jackson was born on October 15, 1953 in Gary, Indiana, USA as Toriano Adaryll Jackson. He was previously married to Dee Dee Jackson.

37. La Toya Jackson

Actress | Counterstrike

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),...

38. Marlon Jackson

Actor | Nell

Marlon Jackson was born on March 12, 1957 in Gary, Indiana, USA as Marlon David Jackson. He is an actor and producer, known for Nell (1994), Cronies (2015) and Student Confidential (1987). He has been married to Carol Parker since August 16, 1975. They have three children.

39. Jackie Jackson

Soundtrack | The Running Man

Jackie Jackson was born on May 4, 1951 in Gary, Indiana, USA as Sigmund Esco Jackson. He has been married to Emily Besselink since 2012. They have two children. He was previously married to Victoria Triggs and Enid Adren.

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 Beesly 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.

48. Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds

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.

49. Florence Henderson

Actress | The Brady Bunch

Florence Henderson was considered by protocol executive Jerold Franks, CSA to be " 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 40 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 | Blast-Off Girls

Harland Sanders was born on September 9, 1890 in Henryville, Indiana, USA as Harland David Sanders. He was an actor, known for Blast-Off Girls (1967), The Phynx (1970) and I've Got a Secret (1952). 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.

54. Orville Redenbacher

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), Ice Princess (2005) and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004). 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's Babes and Bullets

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's Babes and Bullets (1989), Garfield in Disguise (1985) and Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006). He has been married to Jill Davis since July 16, 2000. They have two...

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), Friday After Next (2002) and Resident Evil: Extinction (2007). He has been married to Kyra Robinson since June 23, 2019. They have ...

This Indianapolis, Indiana born actor has made quite a prolific career for himself in Hollywood.

59. Nicole Gale Anderson

Actress | Red Line

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 the Philippines. She was a national gymnast ...

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 Journey the Goodman Family (1994). He has been married to Gloria Gaither since December 22, 1962. They...

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 | To Be or Not to Be

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, 1923 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.

71. James Whitcomb Riley

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

Actor | David Lee Roth: Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody

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 as Christopher Eugene Schenkel. He was an actor and writer, known for Kingpin (1996), Goodbye, Columbus (1969) and ABC's College Football (2001). He was married to Francesca Delfino (Fran Paige). He died on September 11, 2005 in ...

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 1920s. 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 | Robin Hood

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 Wide Wide World (1955). He was married to Sandra Warfield and Shirley Fender. He died on April 30, 1988 in New York City, New ...

83. Paul Osborn

Writer | East of Eden

The cast of "Morning's at Seven" at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California was awarded the 2002 Back Stage Garland Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance.

84. Ned Rorem

Composer | Ned Rorem: Word & Music

Ned Rorem was born on October 23, 1923 in Richmond, Indiana, USA. He is a composer, known for Ned Rorem: Word & Music (2005), Furies (1978) and Nuit américaine (2005).

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 Nero Wolfe (1981). He was married to Pola Weinbach Hoffmann and Fay Kennedy. He died on October 27, 1975 in Danbury, ...

86. Booth Tarkington

Writer | The Magnificent Ambersons

Born at 10:00am-LMT

87. Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp was born on July 1, 1941 in Portland, Indiana, USA. She is known for her work on Hair (1979), Amadeus (1984) and Great Performances: Dance in America (1976).

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".

89. Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

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.

91. Lillian Albertson

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), Summer Theatre (1953) and Your Favorite Story (1953). 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 ...

94. Rhonda Bates

Actress | Roadie

Rhonda Bates was born on August 15, 1948 in Terre Haute, Indiana, USA as Rhonda Loge. She is an actress, known for Roadie (1980), Harry O (1973) and Police Story (1973).

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 Wyoming Wildcat

Billie Bennett was born on October 23, 1874 in Evansville, Indiana, USA as Emily B. Haynie. She was an actress, known for The Wyoming Wildcat (1925), The Sonora Kid (1927) and The New Butler (1925). She was married to August M. "Gus" Muhlhausen. She died on May 19, 1951 in Los Angeles, California, ...

97. Abraham Benrubi

Actor | ER

Abraham Benrubi was born on October 4, 1969 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA as Abraham Rubin Hercules Benrubi. He is an actor, known for ER (1994), Parker Lewis Can't Lose (1990) and The Program (1993).

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 ...

100. Ezra Buzzington

Actor | Law & Order True Crime

Ezra Buzzington was born in Muncie, Indiana, USA as Jonathan Harris. He is an actor and producer, known for Law & Order True Crime (2017), Fight Club (1999) and The Artist (2011).

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