List of people from Waukegan, Illinois
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The following list includes notable people who were born or have lived in Waukegan, Illinois. For a similar list organized alphabetically by last name, see the category page People from Waukegan, Illinois.
Artists and performers
- Jack Benny, comedian, actor, violinist(?)
- David Clennon, actor (Thirtysomething)
- Steve DiGiorgio, bassist
- Neil Flynn, actor (Scrubs)
- Jon Michael Hill, actor (Detroit 1-8-7, Superior Donuts)
- Jason Kao Hwang, violinist and composer
- Mickey Kuhn, film actor of 1930s-1950s
- Justin Mentell, actor
- Jerry Orbach, actor (Law & Order)
- Adam Pearce ("Scrap Iron"), professional wrestler for Ring of Honor and the National Wrestling Alliance and producer for World Wrestling Entertainment.
- Marvin Smith, drummer on The Tonight Show
- Greg and Colin Strause, directors and visual effects supervisors of Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem and Skyline
- Brian Van Holt, actor
- Lee England, Jr., violinist/composer/producer/singer
Journalism and writing
- Diane Ackerman, author and naturalist
- Jim Bittermann, senior correspondent for CNN
- Eleanor Taylor Bland, crime fiction author
- Ray Bradbury, author, iconic science-fiction writer, wrote about 1920's Waukegan as "Green Town" in many of his novels and short stories
- James Grippando, New York Times best-selling novelist
- Ward Just, writer
- Kim Stanley Robinson, science-fiction writer; born in Waukegan in 1952
- Juan Rivera, wrongfully convicted of the 1992 murder of Holly Staker in Waukegan
Politicians and law
- Jack E. Bairstow, Illinois legislator
- Thomas J. Moran, Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court
- Charles E. Redman, US ambassador to Sweden and Germany
- Gary Bennett, catcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers
- Jarvis Brown, outfielder for the Minnesota Twins, San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves and Baltimore Orioles
- Johnny Dickshot, outfielder for with Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Giants and Chicago White Sox
- Eric Eckenstahler, pitcher for the Detroit Tigers
- Jay Hook, pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds and New York Mets
- Bill Krueger, pitcher for eight MLB teams
- Jerry Kutzler, pitcher for the Chicago White Sox
- Doc Oberlander, pitcher for the Cleveland Blues
- Bob O'Farrell, catcher for the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals and New York Giants, World Series champion, National League MVP and manager
- Ed Sedar, first base coach for the Milwaukee Brewers
- Scott Stahoviak, first baseman for the Minnesota Twins
- Jigger Statz, outfielder for the Chicago Cubs, New York Giants, Boston Red Sox and Brooklyn Robins
- Brian Traxler, first baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers
- Renae Youngberg, third basewoman in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
- Shawn Marion, small and power forward for the Phoenix Suns, Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors, and Dallas Mavericks 
- Blly McKinney, retired professional basketball player and former radio broadcaster
- Jerome Whitehead, center and power forward for several NBA teams 
- Otto Graham, award-winning quarterback for the Cleveland Browns 
- Michael Turner, running back for the Atlanta Falcons
- Mike Wagner, safety with the Pittsburgh Steelers; four time Super Bowl champion (IX, X, XIII, XIV) 
- Althea Warren, president of the American Library Association, 1943–44
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- "Jarvis Brown Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
- "Johnny Dickshot Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
- "Eric Eckenstahler Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
- "Jay Hook Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
- "Bill Krueger Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
- "Jerry Kutzler Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
- "Doc Oberlander Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
- "Shawn Marion". Basketball-Reference.Com. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
- "Billy McKinney". Basketball-Reference.Com. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
- "Jerome Clay Whitehead". Basketball-Reference.Com. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
- "Otto Graham". databaseFootball.com. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
- "Mike Wagner". databaseFootball.com. Retrieved December 3, 2012.