Chicago is one of the oldest cities of United States of America and is presently the third populous one as well. The city has a deep and celebrated tradition in arts and culture, and since the beginning of the modern era, it has made its presence felt in popular culture, including novels, plays, movies, songs, various types of journals and media.
Home to the current American president Barrack Obama, the Windy City has produced some of the finest actors, actresses, models and fashion designer that the country has seen. In this article, we will pay tribute to some of the very best, while highlighting the new and upcoming talent all the while;
Harrison Ford is one of the most famous and successful actors of all time. In 1997, Emoire magazine ranked him number 1 in the top 100 movie stars of all time list. At one point in his career, four of the top six grossing films included him in the cast. As of 2008, the box office collection of Ford’s films is over $3.5 billion in the domestic market, and has surpassed $6 billion in the international market, making him the third highest grossing actor of all time in the domestic market. Some of his most famous roles include the character of Han Solo in the original Star Wars trilogy, the title character of the Indiana Jones film series, as well as the lead actor in successful blockbuster movies such as Air Force One, The Fugitive and What Lies Beneath.
Terrence Howard is a singer and actor hailing from Chicago, who is most famous for his performance in the feature film “Crash”. Howard got his first major film role in the 1995 film “Mr. Holland’s Opus”, but broke into the main stream through a list of television appearances and film roles between 2004 and 2006. Some of the successful films he has appeared in include “Ray”, “Crash”, “Four Brothers”, “Hustle and Flow” and “The Brave One”. He was also one of the cast members of the first Iron Man movie.
Hailing from the Windy City, Cindy Crawford went on to become one of the most famous models of all time, and was the most popular and highest paid model of the 1990’s. Crawford has modelled for some of the biggest fashion names as well as magazines during the course of her illustrious career. She is still considered one of the best models of all time, and till this date makes appearances on fashion magazines or shoots.
Crawford officially quit modelling in 2000, and has since then taken up entrepreneurship, launching a number of products in collaboration with some of the biggest names in beauty and care. Her fame and success in modelling helped her land a number of roles in film and television. Her first film role came in the feature film “Unzipped”. Since then, she has done a number of films, the most famous of which is “Fair Game” in which she was cast opposite famous actor Richard Gere. She has also released a couple of fitness and workout videos, and was the host of MTV’s “House of Style” from 1989 to 1995.
John Cusack is an actor, screenwriter and producer, considered as one of the most versatile personalities in Hollywood at present. Cusack started his acting career in the 1980’s as a teen, and appeared in “Better Off Dead”, “The Sure Thing” and “One Crazy Summer”. He began to become popular in the 1990’s when he appeared in movies such as “Money For Nothing”, “Bullets over Broadway” and “Grosse Pointe Blank”.
His break out performance came in 1997, when he was cast as a FBI agent in the hit action movie “Con Air”. The movie was a huge success as introduced Cusack as a main stream actor. Since then, he has done versatile and wide ranging roles including a Screen Actors Guild Award nominated role in the 1999 drama “Being John Malkovich”. His performance in that film is considered one of the best of his career.
Malkovich has appeared in more than 50 films over the course of his career, including hits such as “Serendipity”, “Runaway Jury”, “1408”, “War Inc” and “2012”.