Milwaukee Most Famous

Milwaukee Most Famous

It has now become quite traditional that when Global Investments introduce a new US city for fantastic buy to let investment properties, for a little bit of trivia fun we compile the top 10 most famous people that were either born or grew up in that City.

Milwaukee is the largest city in the state of Wisconsin and the fifth-largest city in the Midwestern United States, home of Harley Davidson,  Miller beer and many other great US companies. Milwaukee is following in the footsteps of other categorised rust belt cities like Pittsburgh, Buffalo and Cleveland to name a few. These cities have seen large-scale investment, rising house prices and high rental demand and Milwaukee is no exception to this.

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This time around rather than just pick 10 people that most people have heard of I have decided to mix it up a little. Below is the final top 10!

Some obviously most people would recognise immediately however some nearly everyone would have never heard of. These others have incredibly interesting stories and they all were either born or grew up in Milwaukee. If you do manage to read til the end then you will have definitely not wasted 5 minutes of your life and will be safe in the knowledge that Global Investments have enriched your brain with completely useless trivia facts that you can without doubt bore someone with one day 😉 So let’s begin….

10. Eric Benet

Eric Benét Jordan (born October 15, 1966), known professionally as Eric Benét, is an American R&B and neo soul singer-songwriter and actor, who has received a total of four Grammy nominations to date for his musical work. Benét was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He attended the Milwaukee Trade and Technical High School. Benét signed a record deal with Warner Bros. Records in 1994 and released his first studio album, True to Myself, in 1996. His second album, A Day in the Life, was released in 1999 and featured his smash hit “Spend My Life With You (featuring Tamia)”. The song rose to #1 on the US Billboard R&B charts (for 3 weeks), was certified gold, and nominated for a 2000 Grammy Award for “Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group”. Impressive enough you would think to reach number 10 on my list however what clinched it was the fact that Eric married actress Halle Berry in January 2001 and anyone that can pull that off deserves my upmost respect and jealousy. Actually I should take him off the list as they divorced in 2005, what was he thinking ??

9. Mildred Harnack

Mildred Elizabeth Fish Harnack. Born in Milwaukee 16th of September 1902 and died on 16th February 1943. Mildred is the first of our list of most famous that most people would have never heard of, however her story and connection to Milwaukee deserves telling and definitely deserves our number 9. Mildred attended West Division High School (now Milwaukee High School of the Arts), In 1926, she was studying and working as a lecturer on German literature at the Milwaukee State Normal School (now the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee). Alarmed by the rise of Hitler and the Nazi regime, Mildred and her husband joined a small resistance group. Their group published an underground newsletter, and fed economic information to the U.S. and Soviet embassies in Berlin. After Germany invaded Russia, the group transmitted military intelligence to Moscow via radio “concerts,” prompting the Gestapo to call them the “Red Orchestra.”
The group was discovered and arrested in September of 1942. Mildred Fish-Harnack was initially given six years in prison, but Hitler refused to endorse the sentence and ordered a new trial, which ended with a sentence of death on 16 January 1943. She was beheaded on 16 February 1943. Her last words were purported to have been: “Ich habe Deutschland auch so geliebt” (“I loved Germany so much as well”). She was the only American woman executed on the orders of Adolf Hitler.

8. Golda Meir

Golda Meir (born Golda Mabovitch) May 3, 1898 – December 8, 1978) was an Israeli teacher, stateswoman, politician. Meir was elected prime minister of Israel on March 17, 1969, after serving as Minister of Labour and Foreign Minister. The world’s fourth and Israel’s first and only woman to hold the office, she has been described as the “Iron Lady” of Israeli politics, the term was later applied to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. In 1905, In her early years Moshe moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in search of higher-paying work, and found employment in the workshops of the local railroad yard. Golda’s mother Blume Mabovitch ran a grocery store on Milwaukee’s north side. Golda attended the Fourth Street Grade School (now Golda Meir School) from 1906 to 1912. At 14, she studied at North Division High School and worked part-time. Her employers included Schuster’s department store and the Milwaukee Public Library. In 1948, Israel declared its independence and Golda Meir was one of the signers of Israel’s declaration. In 1974, Meir was awarded the honor of World Mother by American Mothers.

7. Jerry Zucker

Jerry G. Zucker (born March 11, 1950) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is an American film producer, director, and writer known for his role in directing comedy spoof films such as Airplane! and Top Secret!, and the Best Picture-nominated supernatural drama film Ghost. Zucker’s early career work started with Jim Abrahams and brother David Zucker. The trio performed in Madison, Wisconsin as a sketch and comedy troupe called “Kentucky Fried Theater”. From there the three went on and together co-directed Airplane! in 1980 and then went on to do Top Secret! in 1984, and Ruthless People in 1986. In 1990, he lent his directorial skills to the dramatic genre with Ghost, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. The Airplane movies were hilarious so definitely earns our number 7 spot.

6. Phil Katz

Phillip Walter Katz (November 3, 1962 – April 14, 2000) born in Milwaukee, Phil is another person that changed all our lives and you never heard of him. Phil was a computer programmer best known as the co-creator of the Zip file format for data compression, and the author of PKZIP, a program for creating zip files that ran under DOS. Katz graduated from the Computer Science Engineering program at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. After his graduation, he was hired by the Allen-Bradley company as a programmer. Katz left Allen-Bradley in 1986 to work for Graysoft, a Milwaukee-based software company. Katz founded PKWARE, Inc. (Phil Katz Software) in 1986, with the company’s operations located in his home in Glendale, close to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. PKZIP made Katz one of the most well-known shareware authors of all time. So a small piece of computer software most of us use every day stemmed from Phil and Milwaukee, a deserved place @ number 6.

5. Jim Lovell

James Arthur Lovell Jr. was born March 25, 1928. James is a former NASA astronaut, Naval Aviator, mechanical engineer, and retired Navy captain. In 1968, as command module pilot of Apollo 8, he became one of the first three humans to fly to and orbit the Moon. He then commanded the 1970 Apollo 13 lunar mission which obviously became famous with the recent movie Apollo 13 which starred Tom Hanks. James was actually born in Cleveland Ohio ( Ironically Tom Hanks began his career in Cleveland and was number 3 in Global Investments “ Cleveland Most Famous “ ) For more information regarding the best investment properties in Cleveland visit ( did you see what I did there 😉
Anyway back to James Lovell and why Milwaukee ? Well in Lovell’s younger years he relocated with his mother to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After graduating from high school, he attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison for two years under the “Flying Midshipman” program from 1946 to 1948. The rest as they say is history and James Lovell certainly gets the number 5 spot.


4. Carlos Glidden

Carlos Glidden (November 8, 1834 – March 11, 1877), Along with Christopher Sholes, Frank Haven Hall, and Samuel W. Soule, invented the first practical typewriter at a machine shop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He kept on improving the typewriter until he died. So one of the most important inventions to exist came from Milwaukee, if you happen to visit Milwaukee you can see the landmark historical marker today At 318 State Street, Milwaukee. Another historical fact and prominent person to change all our lives from Milwaukee you never heard of, a worthy number 4 I think.

3. Spencer Tracy

Spencer Bonaventure Tracy (April 5, 1900 – June 10, 1967) was an American actor, noted for his natural performing style and versatility. One of the major stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Tracy won two Academy Awards fo Best Actor from nine nominations, sharing the record for nominations in the category with Laurence Olivier. Tracy was born on April 5, 1900, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Tracy attended St. Rosa’s Parochial School and West Side High School (later West Division Sr. High School. The original building was replaced in the 1950s with the building that is now home to Milwaukee High School of the Arts.) During his career, Tracy appeared in 75 films and developed a reputation among his peers as one of the screen’s greatest actors. a true legend as has to be our number 3.

2. Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Gail Winfrey (born Orpah Gail Winfrey, January 29, 1954) is an American media executive, actress, talk show host, television producer and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, broadcast from Chicago, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and ran in national syndication for 25 years from 1986 to 2011. Winfrey was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother and later raised in inner-city Milwaukee. She said her best Christmas ever was in Milwaukee when she was 12 and living on North 10th Street. She began attending Lincoln High School in Milwaukee, but after early success in the Upward Bound program, was transferred to the affluent suburban Nicolet High School, where she says her poverty was constantly rubbed in her face as she rode the bus to school. Winfrey was called “arguably the world’s most powerful woman” by CNN and, “arguably the most influential woman in the world” by The American Spectator, “one of the 100 people who most influenced the 20th Century” and “one of the most influential people” from 2004 to 2011 by TIME. Winfrey is the only person in the world to have appeared in the latter list on ten occasions. As of 2019 Forbes classifies Oprah as having a net worth today of over $3 billion, I think she’s made her point to her old school friends don’t you ?

1 Gene Wilder

You’re probably asking who could possibly top Oprah Winfrey as Global Investments number 1 “ Milwaukee Most famous “. Well as I have repeated before, this list is not a democracy, Gene Wilder was one of my all time acting heroes. Jerome Silberman (June 11, 1933 – August 29, 2016), known professionally as Gene Wilder, was an American actor, screenwriter, director, producer, singer-songwriter and author. Wilder was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He grew up in the Sherman Park and N. 51st Blvd. (originally Sheridan Blvd.) Silberman successfully auditioned for the Milwaukee Players, part of Municipal Recreation (now Milwaukee Recreation), and made his acting debut playing Balthasar in Romeo and Juliet on April 7th, 1949 at the Wisconsin Avenue School. In addition to high school plays, he performed for the Van Buren Players and Wisconsin College of Music (now Wisconsin Conservatory of Music). Although his first film role was portraying a hostage in the 1967 motion picture Bonnie and Clyde, Wilder’s first major role was as Leopold Bloom in the 1967 film The Producers for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. This was the first in a series of collaborations with writer/director Mel Brooks. Wilder is known for his portrayal of Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) and for his four films with Richard Pryor: Silver Streak (1976), Stir Crazy (1980), See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989), and Another You (1991). Wilder directed and wrote several of his own films, including The Woman in Red (1984).

The reason Wilder is my Number 1 is because of one film, Blazing Saddles. Blazing Saddles was one of Gene Wilder’s greatest, funniest movies, even if he seemed to not quite belong in it. As the Waco Kid, a washed-up gunslinger with the “fastest hands in the west”. Mel Brooks’ politically incorrect, flatulent comedy classic would turn todays snowflake Millennials to literal suicide. In my eyes one of the greatest comedy movies ever made and has the best camp fire scene ever !!!!

R I P Gene, an amazing funny kind man and a true Legend and my Number 1.

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