Who is the Best Actor from the State of Illinois?
I have put together a ranking of the 10 best actors who are from Illinois, not just the most famous, but who are the BEST actors from the Land of Lincoln.
Here is my definitive list of the Best Actors who are from Illinois, I found two large lists of actors who are from Illinois, (Stacker.com & who2.com) and will be ranking the actors 10 to 1. Now you may be saying "you're just some radio morning show host, what do you know about acting" that's fair BUT I actually have a BFA in Acting from Northern Illinois University, graduated from the Conservatory at Second City in Chicago, I acted for years in Chicago before getting into radio, and still currently act here at Quincy Community Theatre. All that being said...this is still just my opinion and would love to hear your list of the best actors from Illinois!
Honorable mention: Vince Vaughn (Technically he is from Minnesota so he can't make this list, even though he is a big-time Chicago guy), Gary Sinise, Ronald Reagan, Harold Ramis, Betty White, Richard Pryor, Bob Odenkirk, Bob Newhart, Bonnie Hunt, John Cusak, Richard Jenkins, and Nick Offerman.
10. Bruce Dern - 2 Oscar nominations, and just watch Nebraska he is brilliant in that film.
9. John C. Reilly - 1 Oscar nomination, Step Brothers, Chicago, Talladega Nights.
8. John Belushi - Blues Brothers, SNL, Animal House, and on my personal Mount Rushmore of comedic actors.
7. Jennifer Hudson - Won an Oscar, Dream Girls, Respect, could eventually be higher on this list.
6. John Malkovich - 2 Oscar nominations, Being John Malkovich gets him on this list, his film career is huge, and is a prolific stage actor as well.
5. Harrison Ford - 1 Oscar nomination, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, The Fugitive, wanted to put him higher, he is one of my all-time favorites.
4. Charlton Heston - 1 Oscar win, Ben Hur, Planet of the Apes, one of the classic leading men of the golden age of Hollywood.
3. Robin Williams - 1 Oscar win, Mrs. Doubtfire, Goodwill Hunting, Jack, truly one of the all-time greats, so sad he isn't still with us.
2. Bill Murray - 1 Oscar nomination, Lost in Translation, Ghostbusters, Stripes, Bill Murray has shot up this list in recent years with performances in movies like St. Vincent, and everything he does with director Wes Anderson.
1. Frances McDormand - 4 Oscar wins. She is a force from Fargo to Nomandland, Three Billboards, and so much more. One of the greatest actors of all time and deserves to be in the #1 spot.
Ok where did I screw up the list and where did I get it right?
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