Famous NJ


Note: All of the individuals listed here were either born in New Jersey or moved to New Jersey and spent many years living in the Garden State.
 
Bud Abbot – Comedian (Asbury Park)
Val Ackerman – WNBA Founding President (Pennington)
Edie Adams – Actress (Tenafly)
Nick Adams – Actor (Garfield)
Charles Addams – Cartoonist (Westfield)
Danny Aiello – Actor (Saddle River)
Akon – Rapper (Jersey City)
Alan Alda – Actor (Leonia)
Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin – Astronaut (Montclair)
Samuel Alito - Supreme Court Justice (Trenton)
Jason Alexander – Actor (Livingston)
John Amos – Actor (Newark)
Trey Anastasio – Musician (Princeton)
Rocky Aoki - Entrepreneur (Tenafly)
A-Team - Rap Group (Jersey City)
James Avery – Actor (Atlantic City)
Amiri Baraka – Author (Newark)
Rick Barry – Basketball Player (Roselle Park)
Clara Barton – Social Activist (Bordentown)
Bam Bam Bigelow – Wrestler (Asbury Park)
William "Count" Basie – Musician (Red Bank)
John Basilone – Medal of Honor Recipient in WWII (Raritan)
Lisa Beamer – Author (Cranbury)
Laura Benanti – Actress/Singer (Kinnelon)
Peter Benchley – Author (Princeton)
Joan Bennett – Actress (Palisades Park)
Yogi Berra – Baseball Player (Montclair)
Jason Biggs – Actor (Pompton Plains)
Clint Black - Musician (Long Branch)
Joe Black – Baseball Player (Plainfield)
Michael Ian Black – Comedian (Hillsborough)
Robert Blake – Actor (Nutley)
Blues Traveler – Music Group (Princeton)
Judy Blume – Author (Elizabeth)
Jon Bon Jovi - Singer/Musician (Sayreville)
Debby Boone – Singer/Actress (Hackensack)
Pat Boone – Singer (Leonia)
Bouncing Souls – Music Group (New Brunswick)
Anthony Bourdain – Professional Chef (Leonia)
Joe Borowski – Baseball Player (Bayonne)
James J. Braddock – Boxer (West New York)
Bill Bradley – Basketball Player, Senator (Verona)
Will Bradley – Musician/Bandleader (Newton)
Zack Braff – Actor/Director (South Orange)
Andre Braugher – Actor (South Orange)
William J. Brennan – Supreme Court Justice (Newark)
Jim Breuer – Comedian/Actor (Chester)
Van Wyck Brooks – Author / Literary Critic (Plainfield)
Bobbi Brown – Makeup Executive (Montclair)
Joe Budden – Rapper (Jersey City)
Aaron Burr – Politician (Newark)
Dick Button – Figure Skater, Olympic Medalist (Englewood)
Samuel Prescott Bush – Industrialist/Entrepreneur (Orange)
Brendan Byrne – Governor (Roseland)
Milt Campbell - Decathlete, Olympic Medalist (Plainfield)
Tisha Campbell-Martin – Actress (Newark)
Ron Carey – Actor (Newark)
Tucker Carlson – Media Anchor (Madison)
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter – Boxer (Clifton)
Joanna Cassidy – Actress (Haddonfield)
Rick Cerone – Baseball Player (Newark)
Mary Chapin Carpenter – Musician (Princeton)
Wayne Chrebet – Football Player (Garfield)
Mary Higgins Clark – Author (Saddle River)
Grover Cleveland – 22nd US President (Caldwell)
George Clinton – Musician (Plainfield)
Harlan Coben – Author (Livingtston)
Steven Colbert – Comedian / Actor (Montlcair)
William Colgate – Entrepreneur / Philanthropist (Jersey City)
Junot Diaz – Author (Paterson)
Sean "P. Diddy" Combs – Rapper/Producer (Alpine)
Richard Conte – Actor (Jersey City)
James Fenimore Cooper – Novelist (Burlington)
Robin Cook – Author (Leonia)
David Copperfield – Magician (Metuchen)
Lou Costello – Comedian (Paterson)
Jim Cramer – Investment Expert (Summit)
Stephen Crane – Author (Newark)
Bob Crewe – Songwriter/Producer (Belleville)
Tom Cruise – Actor (Glen Ridge)
Vincent Curatola – Actor (Upper Saddle River)
Stacy Dash – Actress (Paramus)
Ron Dayne – Football Player (Berlin)
Sandra Dee – Actress (Bayonne)
Robert & Dean DeLeo – Musicians (Point Pleasant Beach)
Danny DeVito – Actor (Neptune)
Dillinger Escape Plan – Music Group (Morris Plains)
Peter Dinklage – Actor (Morristown)
Lou Dobbs - Media Anchor (Sussex)
Larry Doby – Baseball Player (Paterson)
Tate Donovan – Actor (Tenafly)
Michael Douglas – Actor (New Brunswick)
Jim Dowd – Hockey Player (Brick)
DMX – Rapper (Teaneck)
Karen Duffy – Model/Actress (Park Ridge)
Olympia Dukakis – Actress (Montclair)
Doris Duke – Tobacco Heiress (Hillsoborough)
Kirsten Dunst – Actress (Point Pleasant)
Dr. Hook – Music Group (Union City)
Mark Ecko – Fashion Designer/Entrepreneur (Lakewood)
Frank Edgar - UFC fighter (Toms River)
Thomas Edison – Inventor (West Orange)
Albert Einstein – Scientist (Princeton)
Janet Evanovich – Author (South River)
Bill Evans – Musician (Plainfield)
Greg Evigan – Actor (Sayreville)
Jon Faddis – Trumpeter (Teaneck)
Fat Joe – Rapper (Paramus)
Linda Fiorentino – Actress (Turnersville)
Joe Flacco – Football Player (Audubon)
Calista Flockhart – Actress (Medford)
Steve Forbes – Forbes Magazine (Morristown)
John Forsythe – Actor (Penns Grove)
Fountains of Wayne – Music Group (Montclair)
Connie Francis – Singer (Newark)
Lawrence Frank – NBA Coach (Teaneck)
Thomas Franklin – Photographer (Hackensack ??)
Louis Freeh – FBI Director (Jersey City)
Milton Friedman – Economist (Rahway)
Jenna Fryer – Sports Writer (??)
Daisy Fuentes – Model (Newark)
James Gandolfini – Actor (Park Ridge)
Janeane Garofalo – Actress/Comedian (Newton)
Arturo Gatti – Boxer (Jersey City)
Bob Gaudio – Singer, Songwriter (Bergenfield)
Gloria Gaynor – Singer (Newark)
Brian GeraghtyActor (Toms River)
Dizzy Gillespie – Musician (Englewood)
Allen Ginsberg – Poet (Newark)
Savion Glover – Actor / Choreographer (Newark)
Scott Goldblatt – Olympian (Scotch Plains)
Francis Goodrich – Screenwriter (Belleville)
Lesley Gore – Singer (Tenafly)
Goose Goslin – Baseball Player (Salem)
Kelsey Grammar – Actor (Colonia – Woodbridge Township)
David Grisman – Musician (Passaic)
Vida Guerra – Model (Perth Amboy)
Buddy Hackett – Comedian (Fort Lee)
William Halsey – Admiral (Elizabeth)
Ed Harris – Actor (Tenafly)
Franco Harris – Football Player (Pine Hill)
Mel Harris – Actress (North Brunswick)
Deborah Harry a.k.a. Blondie – Singer (Hawthorne)
Anne Hathaway – Actress (Short Hills)
Ethan Hawke – Actor (Princeton Junction)
Orel Hershiser – Baseball Player (Cherry Hill)
Lauryn Hill – Singer (South Orange)
Celeste Holm – Actress (Long Valley)
Cissy Houston – Singer (Newark)
Whitney Houston – Singer (Newark)
Tim Howard – Soccer Player (North Brunswick)
Charles Evans Hughes – Supreme Ct Justice (Newark)
Linda Hunt – Actress (Morristown)
Ice-T – Rapper (Newark)
Frank Iero – Musician (Belleville)
George Inness – Artist (Newark)
Washington Irving – Author (Newark)
Ja Rule – Rapper (Saddle River)
Derek Jeter – Baseball Player (Pequannock)
Rodney Jerkins – Songwriter/Producer (Pleasantville)
James P. Johnson - Jazz Musician (New Brunswick)
Jonas Brothers – Music Group (Wyckoff)
Eric Karros – Baseball Player (Hackensack)
Danny Kass - Professional Snowboarder (Vernon)
Tom Kean – Governor (??)
Jerome Kearn – Composer (Newark)
Philip Kearny – Military General
Jason Kidd – Basketball Player (Saddle River)
Alfred Joyce Kilmer – Poet (New Brunswick)
Kool & the Gang – Music Group (Jersey City)
Ed Koch – NYC Mayor (Newark)
Ernie Kovacs – Comedian (Trenton)
Jane Krakowski – Actress (Parsippany)
KRS One – Rapper (Englewood)
Michael Landon – Actor (Collingswood)
Nathan Lane – Actor (Jersey City)
Artie Lange - Comedian (Union)
Ali Larter - Actress (Cherry Hill)
Al Leiter – Baseball Player (Bayville)
Robert Sean Leonard – Actor (Ridgewood)
Tea Leone – Actress (Englewood)
Carl Lewis - Runner, Olympic Medalist (Willingboro)
Huey Lewis – Singer/Musician (Livingston)
Jerry Lewis – Actor (Newark)
Richard Lewis – Actor/Comedian (Englewood)
G. Gordon Liddy – Political Official, Media Figure (Hoboken)
Lil’ Kim – Rapper (Alpine)
Charles Lindbergh – Aviation Pioneer (Englewood)
Damon Lindelof – TV Writer / Executive (Teaneck)
Ray Liotta – Actor (Union)
Tara Lipinski – Figure Skater, Olympic Medalist
John Lithgow – Actor (Princeton)
Benilde Little – Author (Newark)
Vince Lombardi – Football Coach (Englewood)
Robert Ludlum – Author (Leonia)
Karen McCullah Lutz – Screenwriter (Oakland, NJ)
Gina Lynn – Adult Film Star (Jackson)
Zdenek Macal – Orchestra Conductor (??)
Bill Maher – Comedian (River Vale)
Norman Mailer - Author (Long Branch)
Michelle Malkin – Journalist/Political Commentator (Absecon)
The Manhattans – Music Group (Jersey City)
Dawn Marie – WWE Wrestler (Woodbridge)
John Marin – Artist (Weehawken)
Andrew McCarthy – Actor (Westfield)
Marilyn McCoo – Singer (Jersey City)
Mary McCormack – Actress (Plainfield)
John McGinley – Actor (Short Hills)
Bob McGrath – TV Host (Teaneck)
Joe Medwick – Baseball Player (Carteret)
Tony Meola – Soccer Player (Kearny)
Bette Midler – Singer (Paterson)
Christina Milian – Singer / Actress (Jersey City)
Thomas Mitchell – Actor (Elizabeth)
The Misfits – Music Group (Lodi)
Jay Mohr – Actor (Verona)
Thelonius Monk – Jazz Musician (Englewood)
Monster Magnet – Music Group (Red Bank)
Tony Mottola – Musician (Kearny)
Frankie Muniz – Actor (Wood Ridge)
Brittany Murphy – Actress (Edison)
Eddie Murphy – Comedian/Actor (Englewood)
My Chemical Romance – Music Group (Belleville/Kearny)
Jim Nantz – Sports Anchor (Colts Neck)
Naughty by Nature – Rap Group (East Orange)
Frankie Negrón – Singer (Newark)
Ricky Nelson – Singer/Musician (Teaneck)
Ozzie Nelson – Band Leader / Entertainer (Ridgefield Park)
Bebe Neuwirth – Actress (Princeton)
Jack Nicholson – Actor (Neptune)
Jim Norton – Comedian (Bayonne)
Annie Oakley – Entertainer (Nutley)
Joyce Carol Oates – Author (Princeton)
Raymond Odierno – Army General (Rockaway, NJ)
Jodi Lyn O’Keefe – Actress (Cliffwood Beach, NJ)
Shaquille O’Neal – Basketball Player (Newark)
Dr. Mehmet Oz – Surgeon / Author (Cliffside Park)
P.M. Dawn – Singer/Rapper (Jersey City)
General Peter Pace – U.S. General (Teaneck)
Brian De Palma – Director (Newark)
Joe Pantoliano – Actor (Hoboken)
Charlie Papazian – Founder, Assoc. of Brewers (Watchung)
Bill Parcells – Football Coach (Oradell)
Robert Pastorelli – Actor (New Brunswick)
Les Paul – Musician (Mahwah)
Drew Pearson – Football Player (South River)
Kurt Pellegrino – UFC Fighter (Point Pleasant)
Kal Penn – Actor (Montclair)
Piper Perabo – Actress (Toms River)
Joe Pesci - Actor (Belleville)
Robert Pinsky – Poet (Long Branch)
Joe Piscopo – Comedian (North Caldwell)
John Pizzarelli – Musician (Paterson)
Laura Prepon – Actress (Watchung)
Queen Latifah – Actress/Rapper (Irvington)
Eddie Rabbitt – Country Music Singer (East Orange)
Tab Ramos – Soccer Player (Kearny)
Willie Randolph - Baseball Player / Manager (Franklin Lakes)
The Rascals - Singing Group (Garfield)
Redman – Rapper (Newark)
Christopher Reeve – Actor (Princeton)
Tara Reid – Actress (Wyckoff)
Claudio Reyna – Soccer Player (Springfield)
Christina Ricci – Actress (Montclair)
Nelson Riddle – Music Arranger (Oradell)
Kelly Ripa – Talk Show Host/Actress (Berlin)
Geraldo Rivera – News Media Figure (Red Bank)
Phil Rizzuto – Baseball Player/Broadcaster (Hillside)
Paul Robeson – Actor, Civil Rights Activist (Princeton)
Chris Rock – Comedian (Alpine)
Dennis Rodman – Basketball Player (Trenton)
Michelle Rodriguez – Actress (Jersey City)
Jeffrey Ross – Comedian (Springfield)
Philip Roth – Author (Newark)
Mike Rozier – Football Player (Camden)
Melanie Safka – Singer, Songwriter (Long Branch)
Carl Sagan – Astronomer, Astrobiologist (Rahway)
Richie Sambora – Musician (Perth Amboy)
Eva Marie Saint – Actress (Newark)
Roger SanchezProducer, DJ (Bergen County ??)
Susan Sarandon – Actress (Edison)
John Sayles – filmmaker (Hoboken)
Roy Scheider – Actor (Orange)
Wally Schirra – Astronaut (Oradell)
Norman Schwarzkopf – Army General (Trenton)
Brooke Shields – Model/Actress (Haworth)
The Shrielles – Music Group (Passaic)
Andrew Shue – Actor (South Orange)
Elizabeth Shue – Actress (South Orange)
Russell Simmons – Entrepreneur (Saddle River)
Joseph Simmons (Reverend Run) - Rapper (Saddle River)
Phil Simms – Football Player (Franklin Lakes)
Paul Simon – Singer/Musician (Hoboken)
Frank Sinatra – Singer (Hoboken)
Tony Siragusa – Football Player (Kenilworth)
Skid Row – Music Group (Toms River)
Kevin Smith ("Silent Bob") – Director (Red Bank)
Patti Smith – Musician (Woodbury)
The Smithereens - Music Group (Carteret)
Soul Generation – Singers/Musicians (Jersey City)
Mira Sorvino – Actress (Tenafly)
Paul Sorvino – Actor (Tenafly)
Southside Johnny – Musician (Neptune)
Kevin Spacey – Actor (South Orange)
Steven Spielberg – Film Director (Montclair)
Spin Doctors - Music Group (Princeton)
Bruce Springsteen – Singer/Musician (Freehold)
Elizabeth Cady Stanton – Suffragist (Tenafly)
JoJo Starbuck – Figure Skater (Madison)
Rod Steiger – Actor (Newark)
John Sterling – Sportscaster (Edgewater)
David Stern – NBA Commissioner (Teaneck)
Jon Stewart – Comedian (Lawrenceville)
Martha Stewart – Cook/Host (Nutley)
Alfred Stieglitz – Photographer (Hoboken)
Richard Stockton – Supreme Ct. Justice (Princeton)
Lucy Stone – Suffragist (Orange)
Michael Strahan - Football Player (Montclair)
Meryl Streep – Actress (Bernardsville)
Loretta Swit – Actress (Passaic)
Gay Talese – Author (Ocean City)
Joe Theismann – Football Player (South River)
Dave Thomas - Restaurateur (Atlantic City)
Tim Thomas – Basketball Player (Paterson)
Bobby Thomson – Baseball Player (Watchung)
Ashlee Tisdale – Actress / Singer (West Deal)
Ray Toro – Musician (Belleville)
John Travolta – Actor (Englewood)
Jim Trelease – Educational Reformer (Union/N. Plainfield)
Martin Truex Jr. – NASCAR Driver (Mayetta)
Harriet Tubman – Civil Rights Activist (Cape May)
Joe Lynn Turner – Singer (Hackensack)
David Tyree – Football Player (Montclair)
Frankie Valli – Singer (Newark)
Lee Van Cleef – Actor (Somerville)
William H.Vanderbilt – Financier (New Brunswick)
Casper Van Dien – Actor (Ridgewood)
Sarah Vaughn – Singer (Newark)
Ron Villone – Baseball Player (Englewood)
Floyd Vivino (Uncle Floyd) – TV Personality (Paterson)
"Jersey" Joe Walcott – Boxer (Merchantville)
Jack Warden (Actor) – Newark
Malcolm-Jamal Warner – Actor (Jersey City)
Dionne Warwick – Singer (East Orange)
Mikey Way – Musician (Bellevile)
Gerard Way – Musician (Bellevile)
Max Weinburg – Musician (South Orange)
Charlie Weis – Football Player / Coach (Middlesex)
Lenny Welch – Singer (Asbury Park)
Chuck Wepner – Boxer (Bayonne)
Valerie Wilson Wesley – Author (Montclair)
Walt Whitman – Poet (Camden)
Brian Williams – Media Anchor (Middletown)
Wendy Williams – Radio Host (Asbury Park)
William Carlos Williams – Poet (Rutherford)
Bruce Willis – Actor (Penns Grove)
Flip Wilson – Comedian (Jersey City)
Teddy Wilson – Jazz Musician (Hillsdale)
Scott Wolf – Actor (West Orange)
Stevie Wonder – Singer/Musician (Alpine)
John Woolman – Early NJ Settler/Preacher (Burlington/Mt Holly)
Robert Wuhl – Actor (Union)
Wyclef Jean – Rapper (Newark)
Zakk Wylde – Musician (Bayonne)
Frank Vincent – Actor (Jersey City)
Dick Vitale – Sports Announcer/Analyst (East Rutherford)
Eric Young – Baseball Player (New Brunswick)
Yo La Tengo – Music Group (Hoboken)
Pete Yorn – Musician (Montivlle)
Ian Zering – Actor (West Orange)
 

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