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Ethan Allen (1738 - 1789) He was an American Revolutionary War patriot, hero, politician as well as a farmer, businessman, land speculator, philosopher and writer. Best known as one of the founders of the state of Vermont and the capture of Fort Ticonderoga and Benedict Arnold. Born in Litchfield, CT (69)

Lauren Ambrose (1978 - ) Born Lauren Anne D'Ambruoso. An American film, television and stage actress and singer. Known for her role in the series Six Feet Under and Torchwood: Miracle Day. She is the lead singer of Lauren Ambrose and the Leisure Class, a ragtime dixieland jazz band. Born in New Haven, CT (900)

Benedict Arnold (1741 - 1801) A captain of the Colonial Army turned British spy. He is famous for burning down the town of New London; since then, his name has meant "traitor;". Born in Norwich, CT (66)

William Atherton (1947 - ) Born William Atherton Knight. An American film, stage and television actor. Some of his films include Ghostbusters, Die Hard, The Pelican Brief and The Sugarland Express. He has also had guest appearances on the TV shows Boston Legal, The Twilight Zone and Monk. Born in Orange, CT (902)

Horace Austin (1831 - 1905) An American politician. He served as the sixth Governor of Minnesota from 1870 to 1874. Born in Canterbury, CT (1225)

Abraham Baldwin (1754 - 1807) An American politician, Patriot, and Founding Father. Baldwin was a Georgia representative in the Continental Congress and served in the United States House of Representatives for 5 terms and in the Senate until his death. He was the developer and founding president of the University of Georgia, the first state-chartered public institution of higher education in the U.S. Born in Guilford, CT (1189)

Phineas Taylor Barnum (1810 - 1891) An American showman, businessman, author, publisher, philanthropist and politician. He founded the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Born in Bethel, CT (67)

Roger Bart (1962 - ) An American actor and singer. He made his Broadway debut as Tom Sawyer in Big River. Outside of Broadway some of his roles include the singing voice for Hercules in Disney's Hercules as well as the singing voice of Scamp in Lady and the Tramp II. Born in Norwalk, CT (904)

Graham S. Beckel (1949 - ) An American character actor. He is known for his prolific guest appearances on television but has had prominent roles in several major films as well. Born in Old Lyme, CT (906)

Edward James Begley, Sr. (1901 - 1970) An American actor of theatre, radio, film and television. Born in Hartford, CT (907)

Richard Jay Belzer (1944 - ) An American stand-up comedian, writer, and actor. He is best known for his work as Sgt. John Munch on Homicide: Life on the Street and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Born in Bridgeport, CT (908)

Ernest Borgnine (1917 - 2012) Born Ermes Effron Borgnino. An American film and television actor whose career spanned more than six decades. He starred in McHale's Navy, Airwolf and he received an Emmy nomination at age 92 for his work on the series ER. He was also the voice of Mermaid Man on SpongeBob SquarePants from 1999 to 2012. Born in Hamden, CT (912)

Jesse Bradford (1979 - ) Born Jesse Bradford Watrouse. He is an American actor who began his acting career at 8 months when he appeared in a commercial. He has been in several movies including Presumed Innocent, Bring It On and King of the Hill. Born in Norwalk, CT (913)

Amy Frederica Brenneman (1964 - ) An American actress, writer and producer. She is best known for her roles in the television series NYPD Blue, Judging Amy and Private Practice. Born in New London, CT (914)

John Brown (1800 - 1859) Infamous abolitionist during the Civil War. He believed armed insurrection was the only way to overthrow the institution of slavery. He led an unsuccessful raid on the federal armory at Harpers Ferry that ended with his capture. Born in Torrington, CT (185)

George W. Bush (1946 - ) 43rd U.S. President serving from 2001 to 2009. Because of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, many claimed that he "faced the greatest challenge of any president since Abraham Lincoln. He was also the 47th governor of Texas. Born in New Haven, CT (551)

Glenn Close (1947 - ) An American film, television and stage actress. She is regarded as one of the finest actresses of her generation. Some of her films include Fatal Attraction, 101 Dalmatians, Air Force One and Guardians of the Galaxy. Born in Greenwich, CT (917)

Samuel Colt (1814 - 1862) American inventor and industrialist. He founded Colt's Patent Fire-Arms Manufacturing Company and made the mass production of the revolver commercially viable. Born in Hartford, CT (71)

Bob Crane (1928 - 1978) Born Robert Edward Crane. An American actor, drummer, radio host and disc jockey. Best known for his role as Colonel Robert E. Hogan in the television sitcom Hogan's Heroes from 1965 to 1971. Born in Waterbury, CT (918)

Jules Dassin (1911 - 2008) Born Julius Dassin. An American film director. He was a subject of the Hollywood blacklist in the McCarthy era, and subsequently moved to France where he revived his career. Born in Middletown, CT (919)

Brian Mannion Dennehy (1938 - ) An American actor of film, stage and television. Some of his films include Foul Play, First Blood, and The Man from Snowy River. He had guest appearances in the TV series Kojak, Dallas and Dynasty. Born in Bridgeport, CT (920)

George Ralph DiCenzo (1940 - 2010) An American character actor. He appeared in more than 30 films including Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Back to the Future and Helter-Skelter. He also appeared in the TV series Murder, She Wrote and NYPD Blue. Born in New Haven, CT (921)

Abby Elliott (1987 - ) An American actress, voice actress and comedienne. Best known for her four seasons as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2008-2012. Born in Wilton, CT (922)

Linda Evans (1942 - ) Born Linda Evenstad. An American actress known primarily for her roles on television. Best known for her role as Krystle Carrington on the television series Dynasty. She also appeared on The Rockford Files, McCloud and McMillan & Wife to name a few of her many appearances. Born in Hartford, CT (923)

Will Friedle (1976 - ) Born William Alan Friedle. An American actor, voice actor and comedian. Best known for his role on the TV sitcom, Boy Meets World. He has voiced a number of animated characters such as Ron Stoppable of Kim Possible and Deadpool in Ultimate Spider-Man. Born in Hartford, CT (925)

Paul Fusco (1953 - ) An American puppeteer, voice-over artist and character actor. Best known as the voice, creator, and puppeteer of ALF. Born in New Haven, CT (926)

Charles Goodyear (1800 - 1860) An American self-taught chemist and manufacturing engineer who invented and developed a process to vulcanize rubber. Born in New Haven, CT (77)

Ella Grasso (1919 - 1981) Born Ella Rose Tambussi. The first woman to be elected governor of a state. She served as the Governor of Connecticut from 1975 to 1980. Born in Windsor Locks, CT (79)

Nathan Hale (1755 - 1776) A soldier for the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. He was captured by the British and hanged. He is known for the saying, "I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country." Born in Coventry, CT (72)

Katharine Hepburn (1907 - 2003) Famous actress who won four Academy Awards for best actress. She was a leading lady in Hollywood for more than 60 years. Some of her films include The African Queen, On Golden Pond and The Lion in winter. Born in Hartford, CT (73)

Naughton James (1945 - ) An American director, theater, film and television actor. His first love is the theater where he won the Theatre World Award for his performance in Long Day's Journey into Night. Some of his films include, The Paper Chase, The First Wives Club and The Devil Wears Prada. Born in Middletown, CT (934)

Mary Dixon Kies (1752 - 1837) The first woman to receive a US patent, received on May 5, 1809 for a method of weaving straw with silk and thread. Born in , CT (74)

Eriq Ki La Salle (1962 - ) An American actor, director, writer and producer. Known for his portrayals of Darryl in the 1988 comedy film Coming to America and Dr. Peter Benton on the NBC drama series ER. Born in Hartford, CT (930)

Hope Elise Ross Lange (1933 - 2003) An American stage, film, and television actress. Known for her role of Selena Cross in the movie Peyton Place and her role as Carolyn Muir in the TV sitcom The Ghost & Mrs. Muir. Born in Redding, CT (929)

Christopher Allen Lloyd (1938 - ) An American actor. Best known for his roles as Doc Brown in the Back to the Future trilogy, Jim Ignatowski in the TV series Taxi and Uncle Fester in The Addams Family. Born in Stamford, CT (932)

Justin Jacob Long (1978 - ) An American film and television actor. Known for his roles in the movies Jeepers Creepers, Galaxy Quest, Alvin and the Chipmunks and Live Free or Die Hard. Born in Fairfield, CT (931)

Robert Mitchum (1917 - 1997) Born Robert Charles Durman Mitchum. An American film actor, author, composer and singer. Best known for his roles in the films The Story of G.I. Joe, Crossfire, Out of the Past, The Night of the Hunter and Cape Fear. Born in Bridgeport, CT (933)

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. (1908 - 1972) Baptist pastor and the first person from New York of African-American descent to be elected to Congress. He served in the House of Representatives from 1945 to 1971. Born in New Haven, CT (78)

Meg Ryan (1961 - ) Born Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra. An American actress and film producer. She played the leading roles in several romantic-comedy films including Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail and Kate & Leopold. Born in Fairfield, CT (803)

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811 - 1896) An American abolitionist and author. Her most famous book was Uncle Tom's Cabin but she published more than 20 books. Born in Litchfield, CT (233)

Noah Webster (1758 - 1843) An American lexicographer, textbook pioneer, English-language spelling reformer, political writer, editor and author. Author of the first dictionary published in 1806. One of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Born in Hartford, CT (76)

Eleazar Wheelock (1711 - 1779) An American Congregational minister, orator, and educator. Founded Dartmouth College in 1769 in the city of Hanover, and served as the first president. He also founded and ran the Moor's Charity School in Connecticut to educate Native Americans. Born in Windham, CT (367)

Madeline Rose Zima (1985 - ) An American actress. Best known for playing Grace Sheffield on the sitcom The Nanny. Born in New Haven, CT (938)