21 celebrities with ties to Bloomington-Normal THE PANTAGRAPH Jun 9, 2021 Jun 9, 2021 Updated Jun 9, 2021 1 Meet the famous people with links to our community. Did we miss someone? Email email@example.com. David Foster Wallace David Foster Wallace with his dog, Jeeves, in the study of his south Bloomington home where his epic novel “Infinite Jest” was hatched. CHARLIE HARRIS PHOTO Colton Underwood Colton Underwood is an Illinois State alumni and former football player. He currently stars on on the reality series, "The Bachelor." Cloris Leachman Famed actress Cloris Leachman, famous for roles in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Raising Hope, Young Frankenstein and much more, majored in drama at Illinois State. https://www.facebook.com/ClorisLeachmanOfficial/ Pokey LaFarge Andrew Heissler, better known as Pokey LaFarge, is a blues and folk singer/songwriter. Though currently active in Los Angeles, California, Pokey was born and raised in Bloomington. https://www.facebook.com/PokeyLaFarge Gary Sinise Gary Sinise is an American actor, director, and musician best known for his iconic role as Lt. Dan in the 1994 film Forrest Gump. After graduating from Illinois State University, Mr. Sinise went on to co-found the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, IL. MC1 Chad J. McNeeley Jake from State Farm As the home of State Farm, Central Illinois gets to claim this character as our own. It started with a commercial back in 2011. Read more about Jake's story here. For The Pantagraph Judith Ivey Judith Ivey is an actress and director. She attended Illinois State University and graduated in 1973. Ivey is often associated with her one-year run on the CBS series Designing Women in its final season, playing the Texan B.J. Poteet. She also played a notable role on the NBC series Will & Grace and also appeared on Grey's Anatomy, Person of Interest, White Collar, and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. Charles Sykes Terry Kinney Terry Kinney is an American actor and theatre director, born in Lincoln, Illinois. He is a founding member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, with Gary Sinise and Jeff Perry. Kinney is best known for his role as Emerald City creator Tim McManus on HBO's prison drama Oz.He attended Illinois State University, where he became friends with Jeff Perry, who took him to see a performance of Grease featuring Gary Sinise, bringing the three Steppenwolf Theatre Company co-founders together for the first time. Charles Sykes Chris Harding Chris Harding, son of C.P. and Ann Harding of Normal and a member of University High School's Class of 2001. His entry into the film business came when he was a student at DePaul University in Chicago, studying business and film. Read more about Chris here. McLean Stevenson Edgar McLean Stevenson, Jr. (November 14, 1927–February 15, 1996) was an American actor most recognized for his role as Lt. Colonel Henry Blake on the TV series M*A*S*H. He was also recognized for his role as Michael Nicholson on The Doris Day Show. Wikimedia Commons Frankie Faison Frankie Faison attended Illinois Wesleyan University and graduated in 1971. He is known for his roles in The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Hannibal (2001) and The Wire (2002). Faison delivered the commencement address at IWU's 152nd commencement on May 5, 2002. Mark Mainz Laurie Metcalf Laurie Metcalf attended Illinois State University and graduated in 1976. She is perhaps most widely known for her performance as Jackie Harris on the ABC sitcom Roseanne. She also has had TV roles in Desperate Housewives and on The Big Bang Theory. Her film work critically acclaimed roles in Making Mr. Right, JFK, and Mistress. Metcalf frequently works in Chicago theater. She is a three-time Emmy Award winner, and has been nominated four other times, as well as having been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, two Tony Awards, a Satellite Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award; she has won both a Theatre World Award and two Obie Awards for her work on the stage. Jonathan Short Kevin Dunn Kevin Dunn attended Illinois Wesleyan University and graduated in 1977. An actor, Dunn's work includes Samantha Who?, a series appearing on ABC from 2007 to 2009, as well as playing Ron Witwicky in the Transformers film series. His film appearances include Small Soldiers, Stir of Echoes, Godzilla, Snake Eyes, Nixon, Mad Love, Ghostbusters II, Dave, Beethoven's 2nd, Hot Shots!, and 1492: Conquest of Paradise. Richard Shotwell Richard Jenkins Richard Jenkins attended Illinois Wesleyan University and graduated in 1969. He began his career in the theater and made his film debut in 1974. He has played supporting roles in films almost every year since 1985 and had lead roles in The Cabin in the Woods and The Visitor, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor. He played the deceased patriarch Nathaniel Fisher on the HBO drama series Six Feet Under. Danny Moloshok John Malkovich John Malkovich, 61, is an acclaimed actor, producer, director, and fashion designer. Over the last 30 years, Malkovich has appeared in more than 70 films, including Places in the Heart and In the Line of Fire, for which he received Academy Award nominations. Malkovich was awarded a degree from ISU in 2005. Jordan Strauss Cecilia Suárez Cecilia Suarez attended Illinois State University and graduated in 1995. She spoke at Illinois State's Latino Cultural Dinner in 2012. She starred on the Lifetime TV series For the People and also starred in the Adam Sandler movie, Spanglish. Suárez is the first Spanish-speaking actress ever to be nominated for an International Emmy in the category for Best Actress for her performance in the HBO series Capadocia. Eduardo Verdugo Gary Cole Gary Cole attended Illinois State University. A notable lead actor from various TV series, including a recurring role on The Good Wife. He has also starred in numerous films including Win A Date With Tad Hamilton!, The Brady Bunch Movie, Office Space, and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Richard Shotwell Sean Hayes Sean Hayes attended Illinois State University. He is an Emmy award-winning actor who starred as Jack McFarland on the hit NBC series Will & Grace. He also was nominated for a Tony Award for Promises, Promises. He can also be seen in the movies Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, Bucket List and heard in The Cat in the Hat and Cats and Dogs. Matt Sayles Craig Robinson Craig Robinson attended Illinois State University and graduated in 1994. You may recognize him from his role as Darryl Philbin on the American version of The Office; he was promoted to a starring role in the fourth season. He has appeared on other television shows, including Arrested Development, Lucky, Friends, Halfway Home, and Reno 911!; he has also appeared in Hot Tub Time Machine and Pineapple Express. Brad Barket Jane Lynch Jane Lynch attended Illinois State University and graduated in 1982. She has appeared in such films as Best of Show, A Mighty Wind, and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. She is more recently recognized for her Emmy-award winning portrayal as Sue Sylvester on the hit TV series Glee and as host of NBC's Hollywood Game Night. John Shearer Suzy Bogguss Susan Kay "Suzy" Bogguss (born December 30, 1956) is an American country music singer and songwriter. Bogguss began her career in the early 1980s as a solo singer. In the 1990s, she released one platinum and three gold albums and charted six top ten singles, winning the Academy of Country Music's award for Top New Female Vocalist and the Country Music Association's Horizon Award.In the 70s, she enrolled at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, but later transferred to Illinois State University. She graduated from ISU in 1980 with a bachelor's degree in metalsmithing. She would later use these skills to design her own jewelry. For The Pantagraph 1 comment Tags Hollywood Central Illinois Bloomington And Normal Illinois Blono Famous People Movie Stars Film And Television Celebrities Evergreen Look-back Related to this collection Answer to Location 10 Aug 12, 2020 Scroll down for the answer. Columnists Flick: Has 2020 been a royal flush? Nov 14, 2020 The latest batch of sites, sights and insights, offered as always by the readers and longtime Pantagraph columnist Bill Flick. 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