It’s December in Wisconsin. It’s cold, it’s boring, and it gets dark early. In an effort to kill some time and offer a distraction as we all await the promise of a new year, Milwaukee Record is excited to present the Wisconsin-Born Celebrity Bracket.

From December 2 through December 31, readers are encouraged to cast their votes in a six-round celebrity showdown. We’ve rounded up a total of 64 notable Wisconsin-born folks, doing our best to feature people who are famous for a wide variety of reasons. Did we leave out someone you feel should’ve been listed? Absolutely! Get over it. (And be sure to note the word “BORN” and at least look up a person’s place of birth before you complain. We can already see the misguided cries for the likes of non-Wisconsin natives like Harry Houdini, Tony Romo, Eric Benét, and the guy who invented Dungeons & Dragons now!)

Anyway, the competitors have been separated into the following regions: Sports, Music, TV/Film, and Other. Round 1 started December 2 and runs through December 8. Subsequent rounds will take place December 9-15, December 16-22, December 23-27, December 28-30 and the winner will be determined at 11:59 p.m. on December 31. Vote early and vote as many times as you’d like. Round 1 of Milwaukee Record‘s Wisconsin-Born Celebrity Bracket can be found below!


Curly Lambeau vs. Phil Kessel

Arike Ogunbowale vs. Harvey Kuenn

Danica Patrick vs. Latrell Sprewell

J.J. Watt vs. Steve Stricker

Colin Kaepernick vs. Ed Hochuli

Reginald "The Crusher" Lisowski vs. Amanda Kessel

Jim Gantner vs. Matt Kenseth

Bud Selig vs. Ernie Johnson


Liberace vs. Skylar Grey

Butch Vig vs. Greg Graffin

Steve Miller vs. Andy Hurley

Les Paul vs. Angie Swan

Jerry Harrison vs. Ava Max

Al Jarreau vs. Coo Coo Cal

Jane Wiedlen vs. Speech

Justin Vernon vs. Danny Gokey


Gene Wilder vs. Joel Hodgson

Tony Shalhoub vs. Rachel Brosnahan

Heather Graham vs. John Ridley

Mark Ruffalo vs. Tyne Daly

Orson Welles vs. Charlotte Rae

Willem Dafoe vs. Bradley Whitford

The Zucker Brothers vs. Dan Harmon

Chris Farley vs. Jane Kaczmarek


Bob Uecker vs. Peter Straub

Craig Culver vs. Jaida Essence Hall

Laura Ingalls Wilder vs. Dunkey

Trixie Mattel vs. Candice Michelle

Charlie Berens vs. John Gurda

Georgia O’Keeffe vs. Richard Ira Bong

John Matuszak vs. Thornton Wilder

Frank Lloyd Wright vs. Angelica Ross

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