Famous residents from our communities

 
Posted1/1/2015 12:01 AM
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  • Film director Robert Zemeckis hails from Lakemoor.

    Film director Robert Zemeckis hails from Lakemoor. AP Photo/Lois Bernstein

  • Former Illinois governor and presidential candidate Adlai E. Stevenson II lived in Mettawa.

    Former Illinois governor and presidential candidate Adlai E. Stevenson II lived in Mettawa. Courtesy of Lake County Forest Preserve District

  • Author Sara Gruen lived in Grayslake.

    Author Sara Gruen lived in Grayslake. Daily Herald File Photo

  • Guitarist Tom Morello, best known for his work with Rage Against the Machine, is from Libertyville.

    Guitarist Tom Morello, best known for his work with Rage Against the Machine, is from Libertyville. File Photo

  • Noted bird-watcher Phoebe Snetsinger lived in Lake Zurich.

    Noted bird-watcher Phoebe Snetsinger lived in Lake Zurich. File Photo

Antioch

Jim McMillian, former Chicago Bear

Julio Gomez, contestant on 8th season of "The Biggest Loser"

Henry A. Pickard, founder of Pickard China

Hiram Buttrick, operated the first major business in town.

Fox Lake

Ann-Margret Olsson, actor, singer, dancer ("Carnal Knowledge," "Tommy")

Alexander Joseph McGavick, Roman Catholic bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse.

Grayslake

Adrian Peterson, former Chicago Bear

Chevelle, alternative rock band

Sara Gruen, author ("Water for Elephants")

Tom Wittum, former NFL punter

Gurnee

Fred Foreman, former judge, U.S. Attorney.

Kevin Anderson, actor ("Risky Business," "Hoffa")

Robbie Gould, Chicago Bears kicker.

Tommie Harris, former Chicago Bear.

Hainesville

Elijah M. Haines, founder of Hainesville

Hawthorn Woods

Chelsea Jean Brummet, actress

Anthony Castonzo, pro football player

Nancy Faust, former Chicago White Sox organist

Lake Villa

E.J. Lehmann, Resort owner, noted for getting Lake Villa connected to the rail lines

William G. Stratton, governor of Illinois, 1953-1961

Lake Zurich

Phoebe Snetsinger, noted bird-watcher

Matt Blanchard, football player

Justin Tranter, musician

Lakemoor

Robert Zemekis, movie director ("Forrest Gump," "Back to the Future")

Libertyville

Brett Butler, former MLB outfielder

Tom Morello, musician, Rage Against the Machine

Adam Jones, musician, Tool

Lincolnshire

Alison LaPlaca, actress ("Friends," "The John Larroquette Show")

Kyle Brandt, actor ("Days of Our Lives")

Matt O'Dwyer, former NFL player

Robert Berland, Olympic silver medalist in judo

Mettawa

Adlai E. Stevenson II, former Illinois governor and presidential nominee

Bill Kurtis, TV journalist

Mundelein

Phil Moy, comic book artist

Philip Earl Johnson, actor

Port Barrington

Katie Ellis, former track star at Wauconda High School and for University of Iowa.

Rick Nielsen, lead guitar, primary songwriter for Cheap Trick.

Round Lake

Jose Hernandez, professional boxer

Clay Guida, UFC fighter

Round Lake Beach

John C. "Jack" Ness, former MLB player

Round Lake Heights

William McDonald, first mayor

Third Lake

Lenny Colyer, known as comedian "Mr. Specs"

Vernon Hills

Rick Tramonto, celebrity chef

Samuel Insull, founder of Commonwealth Edison

Volo

Greg, Bill and Jay Grams, founders of the World Famous Volo Auto Museum.

Wauconda

Brent Sherman, professional race car driver

Justus Bangs, village founder in 1836

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