Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis on June 7, 1958, and passed away on April 21, 2016. He was as an international recording star, musician and actor whose fame rose in the early 1980s with the release of "Purple Rain," which was filmed at Minneapolis' First Avenue. The “Minneapolis sound” was truly pioneered by Prince’s hybrid mixture of funk, rock, pop, R&B and New Wave. It has influenced many other musicians.
Bob Dylan, born Robert Zimmerman in Duluth in 1941, and raised in Hibbing, Minn., attended a year at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, then dropped out, assumed the name Bob Dylan, and continues to perform today. Dylan won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2016. A mural depicting Dylan in several stages of his career was painted by muralist Eduardo Kobra on a building on 5th Street near Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis in 2015.
Actor Jessica Lange, winner of an Academy Award and Tony Award, was born in Cloquet, Minn., and once owned a home in Stillwater, Minn., a suburb east of Saint Paul.
Joel and Ethan Coen, writers/directors/producers of such movies as Fargo, No Country for Old Men, The Big Lebowski, A Serious Man, Burn After Reading and True Grit, grew up in the Minneapolis suburb St. Louis Park and filmed Fargo and A Serious Man in the area.
Josh Hartnett, the heart-throb movie star of films such as "The Black Dahlia" and "Pearl Harbor," grew up in Saint Paul and lived in Minneapolis for several years in the early 2000s.
Hailing from Minneapolis, Louis Perry "Louie" Anderson (March 24, 1953 – Jan. 21, 2022) was an American stand-up comedian. Anderson created the cartoon series "Life with Louie," won an Emmy Award for his role as Christine Baskets in the comedy series "Baskets," wrote three books, and was the initial host of the second revival of the game show "Family Feud," from 1999 to 2002.
Melissa Peterman, a product of the Brave New Workshop, wrapped a successful run on the TV show “Reba” in 2007. She’s also known for her memorable prostitute role in the movie "Fargo."
“Six Feet Under,” “Dirty Sexy Money” and “Parenthood” star Peter Krause, grew up in Alexandria, west of Minneapolis.
T.R. Knight, known to his fans as George O’Malley on the Emmy-winning “Grey’s Anatomy,” is a Stillwater, Minn., native. For many years, he was a member of the Guthrie Theater’s acting company.