Did you know that some of the biggest names in entertainment got their start at Wisconsin high schools? From actors to musicians to TV personalities, these famous celebrities are proud graduates of the Badger State.

  • Gene Wilder: This beloved actor and comedian attended Washington High School in Milwaukee before going on to star in classic films like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
  • Charlotte Rae: Best known for her role as Mrs. Garrett on the TV show “Facts of Life,” Rae graduated from Shorewood High School in Milwaukee in 1944.
  • Spencer Tracy: This iconic actor attended Milwaukee’s West Division High School, where he participated in debate and drama club before going on to become one of Hollywood’s biggest stars.
  • Dan Harmon: This TV writer and producer, known for creating shows like “Community” and “Rick and Morty,” graduated from Brown Deer High School in suburban Milwaukee.
  • Chris Noth: This actor, best known for his roles in “Law & Order” and “Sex and the City,” graduated from Madison East High School before moving to New York to pursue his acting career.
  • Steve Miller: This legendary musician attended Shorewood High School in Milwaukee before forming the Steve Miller Band and becoming one of the most popular rock stars of the 1970s.
  • Liberace: This flamboyant pianist and entertainer attended West Allis Central High School in suburban Milwaukee before going on to become a household name in the world of music.
  • Tony Shalhoub: This actor, best known for his role on the TV show “Monk,” graduated from Green Bay East High School before attending the University of Wisconsin.
  • Frank Caliendo: This comedian and impressionist graduated from Waukesha North High School before going on to perform on shows like “MADtv” and “The Tonight Show.”

From comedy to music to TV and film, these famous Wisconsin high school graduates have left their mark on the entertainment world. Who knows? The next big star could be sitting in a Wisconsin classroom right now.