List of people from Joliet, Illinois

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The following list includes notable people who were born or have lived in Joliet, Illinois. For a similar list organized alphabetically by last name, see the category page People from Joliet, Illinois.


Academics, arts, and writing[edit]

  • D'Wayne Edwards, legendary footwear designer, founder of PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy
  • Ann Bannon (born 1932), pulp fiction writer
  • William Lincoln Bakewell (1888–1969), able seaman on Shackleton Antarctic expedition
  • Charles Bowden (1945–2014), educator and writer
  • Robert Todd Carroll (born 1945), publisher of The Skeptic's Dictionary and fellow of Committee for Skeptical Inquiry
  • James Downey (born 1952), head writer for Saturday Night Live
  • John Houbolt (1919–2014), aerospace engineer
  • Mort Kondracke (born 1939), political commentator and journalist
  • Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (born 1933), children's and young adult fiction author
  • Robert Novak (1931–2009), syndicated columnist, author, conservative political commentator
  • Adam Rapp (born 1968), novelist, playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker and musician
  • Johan Reinhard (born 1943), anthropologist, archaeologist
  • James J. Stukel (born 1937), 15th President of the University of Illinois (born in Joliet)
  • Edwin Way Teale (1899–1980), naturalist, photographer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
  • Adele Fay Williams (1859–1937), artist and newspaper writer, born in Joliet



  • Earl N. Franklin (1917–2003), colonel of the United States Air Force and Tuskegee Airman



Politics and law[edit]


  • Lawrence Jenco (1934–1996), Roman Catholic priest and author; taken hostage in Beirut on January 1985, held for 564 days
  • Roger Kaffer (1927–2009), auxiliary Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet (1985–2002)
  • Tamara Siuda (born 1969), founder and current head of Kemetic Orthodoxy and the House of Netjer





Martial arts[edit]


  • CJ Parker, professional wrestler on independent circuit, ring name Juice Robinson


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  5. ^ 'Illinois Blue Book 1969-1970,' Biographical Sketch of William G. Barr, pg. 270-271
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