Who are the greatest Wisconsin-born actors and directors of all time?

Who are the greatest Wisconsin-born actors and directors of all time?

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We’re 88Nine’s Justin Barney and Milwaukee Film’s Kpolly. We’re buds, we like cinema — we’re Cinebuds.

Today! We are talking about famous, or not so famous, or really really famous filmmakers, actresses, directors, actors and other film people who were born right here in the greatest state of ’em all, Wisconsin. Stream the episode below.

Orson Welles | Photo credit: Central Press

For me, my favorite filmmaking Wisconsinite is Orson Welles. He is possibly my favorite director of all time. His eye for composition, knack for story, and incredible voice and mystique have always drawn me to him. (My favorite Welles film is “F for Fake”) And I can’t believe that this treasure was born in Kenosha.

Kpolly was not impressed.

He was more drawn to Michael Schultz, the Milwaukee born director of such classics as “Car Wash,” Which Way Is Up?,” and “Starsky and Hutch.”Of course we talk about Appleton legend Willem Dafoe, and Greendale’s own Jane Kaczmarek. Also, did you know Mark Ruffalo is from Milwaukee?

It’s more than a listicle, but, it’s basically a listicle, culminating in the greatest actor who has ever called Milwaukee home, our very own KRISTOPHER POLLARD. Yes, Kpolly is a credited actor. Listen to his long and illustrious career on the silver screen in this week’s episode of Cinebuds.

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