List of people from Norwalk, Connecticut

List of people from Norwalk, Connecticut

Norwalk, Connecticut, has been home to numerous notable people, residents and others, past and present:

Authors, writers

*Faith Baldwin (1893-1978), popular novelist who published more than 60 books and later worked with the Famous Writers School, lived in the Silvermine neighborhood and died in Norwalk.
*A. Scott Berg (b. 1949) an award-winning biographer of Katharine Hepburn, Maxwell Perkins, Samuel Goldwyn, Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, was born in Norwalk.

*Philip Caputo (b. 1941), author whose best-known work is "A Rumor of War" (1977)
*Jerry Craft, cartoonist who draws the [ Mama's Boyz] strip which is syndicated in more than 1500 newspapers.
*Peter De Vries (1910-1983), writer, editor, novelist, worked on The New Yorker magazine for many years.
*Johnny Gruelle (1880-1938), artist and author, creator of Raggedy Ann, lived in town and later moved to Wilton.
*Alyse Gregory (1884-1967), suffragist, journalist, novelist and friend to such eminent writers as Theodore Dreiser, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Marianne Moore, was born in Norwalk.
*Warren E. Preece, (1921–2007) was editor of Encyclopædia Britannica 15th edition.
*Andy Rooney (b. 1919), commentator on "60 Minutes" television newsmagazine on CBS
*Stephen W. Sears (b. 1932), a Civil War historian whose works include "Landscape turned Red: The Battle of Antietam", lives in Norwalk.
*Sloan Wilson (1920–2003), author of "The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit" was born in the city.
*Wayne Winsley (b. 1963), broadcaster and author is a former resident.cite news|publisher=The Hour|url=|title=Author in search of real life character for next novel|date=2008-07-28|first=Steve|last=Kobak|page=A3]

Actors, musicians, entertainers

*Elizabeth Cuttner, (b. 1988) was born in Norwalk, made her way from street performances on Broadway and has won the past 3 Tony's for Best Vocal Perfomance by a Female Artist
*Roger Bart, (b. 1962) was born in Norwalk and made his Broadway debut in Big River as Tom Sawyer in 1987.
*Jesse Bradford (b. 1979), a film actor, was born in Norwalk.
*Aynsley Bubbico, film and television actress, was born in Stamford and raised in Norwalk.cite web|url=|title=Aynsley Bubbico|publisher=Internet Movie Database|accessdate=2008-07-04]
*Ruth Chatterton (1893-1961), actress, writer and aviatrix, died in the city in 1961.
*Robin de Jesús (b. 1984), film and theatre actor, Tony award nominee.
*Frances Dee (1909-2004), an actress, died in the city.
*Mat Devine (b. 1974), lead singer of Kill Hannah
*Ellen Hanley (1926-2007), was a musical theater performer.
*Eileen Heckart (1919-2001), an Academy Award-winning actress, died (2001) in her home in the city.
*Sarah Jacobson (1971-2004), independent filmmaker, was born in Norwalk.
*Mitch Longley (b. 1965), television actor who has appeared on Port Charles, Joan of Arcadia, Judging Amy, and Las Vegas; lived in Rowayton and graduated from Brien McMahon High School.
*Vince Mendoza (b. 1961), a music arranger and composer, was born in Norwalk.
*Artie Shaw (1910-2004), Big Band composer, made famous Frenesi and Begin the Beguine, lived in Norwalk in 1950's [ [] Grudens, Richard, "Jukebox Saturday Night: More Memories of the Big Band Era and Beyond," (1999) Pine Hill Press, Freeman, S.D., ISBN 1-57579-142-0, page 29, accessed through Google Books (free registration required) on August 4, 2006]
*Horace Silver (b. 1928), jazz pianist and composer, was born in the city.
*John Simon (b. 1941) a musician, record producer, and composer best known for his work with The Band, was born in Norwalk.
*Joan Wasser (b. 1970), violinist and singer/songwriter in the indie rock world, was raised in the city.
*Bruce Weitz (b. 1943), actor best known for playing Sgt. Michael "Mick" Belker on the 1980s television program "Hill Street Blues", was born in Norwalk.
*Treat Williams (b. 1951), actor, Rowayton resident.
*Lawrence Timothy Wrentz (1954-1997), film actor, was born in Norwalk, Connecticut in 1954. He was in such movies as The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, Congo, Junior, and White Man's Burden; along with doing several documentaries about Connecticut including Purdy's Station about an underground Railroad which ran through Connecticut.
*Remy Zaken (b. 1989) stage and television actress has appeared on Broadway.cite web|url=|title=Remy Zaken|publisher=Internet Movie Database|accessdate=2008-07-04]


*Erik Bedard (b. 1979), left-handed starting pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles, went to Norwalk Community College.
*Mickey Kydes, former soccer player for the NY/NJ MetroStars of Major League Soccer.
*Randy LaJoie (b. 1961), NASCAR driver.
*Bob Miller (1929-2006), NFL Detroit Lions football player (1952-1958) was born in the city.
*Marie Corridon Mortell (b. 1930), won a gold medal in the 4 x 100 m relay in Swimming at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London.cite news|title=Norwalk honors its Olympian|work=The Hour|date=2008-09-25|last=Geoghegan|first=Steve|page=B1]
*Kevin Morton, former pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, selected in the 1st Round, 29th overall in the 1989 amateur draft.
*Calvin Murphy (b. 1948), former NBA basketball player and Hall of Famer, grew up in town.
*Idris Price (b. 1976), football player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
*Leif Shiras (b. 1959), former tennis player and now a tennis journalist.
*Tarvis Simms (b. 1971), middleweight boxer, Golden Gloves champion, South Norwalk native, and brother of Travis.
*Travis Simms (b. 1971), welterweight champion of the World Boxing Association (as of January 2007), South Norwalk native, and brother of Tarvis.
*Luke Vercollone (b. 1982), a professional soccer player with the Charleston Battery of the USL First Division (b. 1982), grew up in Norwalk.
*Mo Vaughn (b. 1967), former baseball player for the Boston Red Sox, Anaheim Angels and New York Mets; American League MVP for 1995.
*Daniel Walsh (b. 1979), rower and winner of a Bronze medal in rowing at the 2008 Summer Olympics for Men's eight with coxswain..cite journal|title=Summer Bronze: Norwalk's Walsh Garners Olympic Medal|last=Hine|first=Tommy|journal=Norwalk Citizen~News|volume=12|issue=34|pages=A1,A15|date=2008-08-22|url=|accessdate=2008-08-27]

Government and politics

*William Benton (1900-1973), U.S. Senator and later publisher of the Encyclopedia Britannica, lived in the city.
*Thaddeus Betts (1789-1840), was a United States Senator from Connecticut.
*William Thomas Clark (1831–1905), was an American Civil War general, U.S. Congressman, and abolitionist.
*Darius N. Couch (1822–1897), a naturalist and Union general in the Civil War, died in Norwalk.
*Jeremiah Donovan (1857-1935), nineteenth century mayor and U.S. congressman; proprietor of a saloon still in business at the corner of Washington and Water streets
*Thomas Fitch (1696-1774), colonial governor of Connecticut.
*Alex Knopp, was the two-term mayor of Norwalk from 2001-2005.
*Brien McMahon (1903-1952), United States Senator (D-CT), authored the Atomic Energy Act of 1946. McMahon was born, raised, and is buried in Norwalk. One of the city's high schools is named after him.
*Dick Moccia, was elected mayor of Norwalk, Connecticut on November 8, 2005.
*Isaac Sears (1729 or 1730-1786), a merchant, sailor, and political figure nicknamed "King Sears" for his influential role in organizing and leading Patriot mobs before and during the American Revolution, was raised in Norwalk (though his being born in the city or Massachusetts is disputed).
*Levi Warner (1831-1911), was a United States Representative from Connecticut.
*Peter Willcox (b. 1953), a Greenpeace activist who was captain of the "Rainbow Warrior" when it was bombed by French agents, was raised in the city.


*Daniel T. Barry (b. 1953), a retired NASA astronaut who spent 30 days in space, was born in Norwalk.
*D. J. Caruso (b. 1965), a movie and television director (of films such as Disturbia) and producer, was born in the city and attended Norwalk High School.
*Sarah Louise Bouton Felt (1850—1928), was the first general president of the children's Primary organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
*Francis Gregory (1780–1866), a U.S. Navy officer in the War of 1812 and the American Civil War, who rose to the rank of Rear Admiral, was born in Norwalk.
*Edward Calvin Kendall (1886-1972), a chemist who, together with Philip S. Hench and Tadeus Reichstein, won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1950, was born in South Norwalk.
*John D. Magrath (1924-1945), a World War II Medal of Honor recipient was born in East Norwalk and is buried in Norwalk.
*Alexander Rummler (1867-1959), American painter, lived in the city for 35 years painting many scenes of Norwalk life.
*Daniel J. Shea (1947–1969), a recipient of the Medal of Honor in the Vietnam War. Shea Island in the Norwalk Islands has been renamed in his honor.
*Charles Robert Sherman (1788–1829), a lawyer, Ohio public servant, and the father of William Tecumseh Sherman was born in Norwalk. [Hirshson, Stanley P., "The White Tecumseh: A Biography of General William T. Sherman", John Wiley & Sons, 1997, ISBN 0-471-17578-1]
*Mary Emma Woolley (1863–1947), president of Mount Holyoke College, 1901-1937, born in South Norwalk. [ [] Web page titled "Mary Emma Wolley" at Encyclopedia Britannica Web site, accessed May 4, 2007]

ee also

* List of people from Connecticut
* List of people from Bridgeport, Connecticut
* List of people from Darien, Connecticut
* List of people from Greenwich, Connecticut
* List of people from New Canaan, Connecticut
* List of people from Ridgefield, Connecticut
* List of people from Redding, Connecticut
* List of people from Stamford, Connecticut
* List of people from Westport, Connecticut


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