List of people from Jersey City, New Jersey

List of people from Jersey City, New Jersey

Notable people from Jersey City, New Jersey include:

Notable residents

*Akon, rap artist and R&B singer. [Jones, Steve. [http://www.usatoday.com/life/music/news/2004-10-04-otv-akon_x.htm "Akon, not 'Trouble,' is his middle name"] , "USA Today", October 4, 2004. Accessed June 12, 2007. "Akon (real name: Allaune Thiam) is the son of acclaimed Senegalese percussionist Mor Thiam, who came to the USA to tour with dancers Katherine Dunham and Alvin Ailey. Growing up, Akon had a hard time getting along with kids in New Jersey. When he and his older brother reached high school, his parents left them on their own in Jersey City and moved the family to Atlanta."]
*John Bachmann, lithographer, pioneered "bird's-eye view" prints, especially of New York City
*Paul Banks, lead singer, lyricist and guitarist of the New York City based band Interpol
*Carl Barisich (1951-), former defensive tackle for nine seasons between 1973 and 1981 for four different NFL teams. [ [http://www.databasefootball.com/players/playerpage.htm?ilkid=BARISCAR01 Carl Barisich] , database Football. Accessed August 28, 2007.]
*Robert "Kool" Bell, musician and founder of Kool & the Gang
*Joe Budden, rap artist
*Heather Gardner, hip-hop music artist who was a castmember on the of the MTV reality television show, "The Real World".
*George Catlin, painter
*Orestes Cleveland, Mayor of Jersey City 1864-1867; 1886-1892, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey's 5th congressional district from 1869-1871. [ [http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=C000514 Orestes Cleveland biography] , United States Congress. Accessed June 12, 2007.]
*Alphaeus Philemon Cole (1876-1988), artist, engraver and etcher, who died at age 112 and was the son of noted engraver Timothy Cole.Kimmelman, Michael. [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=940DE5D81639F935A15752C1A96E948260 "Alphaeus Cole, a Portraitist, 112"] , "The New York Times", November 26, 1988. Retrieved December 5, 2007.]
*Danny Dayton (1923-1999), character actor. [ [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B07E6DC163AF931A25751C0A96F958260 "Danny Dayton, 75, Actor and Director"] , "The New York Times", February 12, 1999. Accessed November 6, 2007.]
*Terry Dehere, NBA basketball player
*Al Di Meola, fusion jazz guitarist
*Dom Flora, All-America basketball player, late 1950s, at Washington & Lee; holds their scoring record.
*Arturo Gatti, Professional Boxer.
*Paul Gleason, film and television actor
*Andrew Hill (1931-2007), jazz pianist and composer. [Ratliff, Ben. [http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/21/arts/21hill.html "Andrew Hill, 75, Jazz Artist Known for His Daring Style, Dies"] , April 21, 2007. Accessed January 2, 2008. "Andrew Hill, a pianist and composer of highly original and sometimes opaquely inner-dwelling jazz whose work only recently found a wide audience, died yesterday at his home in Jersey City. He was 75."]
*Bobby Hurley (1971-), NBA and Duke University basketball player
*Malcolm-Jamal Warner (1970-), "The Cosby Show"
*Dennis James (1917-1997), television game show host and telethon emcee.
*Joseph Krumgold (1908-1980), winner of two Newbery Awards
*Nathan Lane (1956-), actor
*James Jonas Madison, awarded the Medal of Honor for service in World War I
*Louis Manna, known as "Bobby"; former Consiglere of the Genovese Crime Family
*Roshown McLeod, NBA basketball player
*Marilyn McCoo, singer, was with group "The Fifth Dimension."
*Walter Dean Meyers, bestselling author of young adult/children's books.
*Christina Milian, singer
*"Newsboy" Moriarty who ran the numbers game in Hudson County, New Jersey and left $2.5 million dollars in the trunk of a car while he was in The New Jersey State Prison.
*Shaquille O'Neal (1972-), NBA All-Star, Center for the Miami Heat. [Adamek, Steve. [http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P1-108276157.html " Shaq ready to sack Nets"] , "The Record (Bergen County)", April 30, 2005. Accessed June 12, 2007. "No gentrified waterfront project stood along the Hudson River when Shaquille O'Neal spent part of his childhood in this city, living in a house he tried to buy last summer. Although born in Newark, he split his formative years between there and Jersey City, where he knew he'd quickly become a 7-foot-2 Pied Piper if he chose to step out of his hotel Friday afternoon."]
*Patrice Oneal (1969-), comedian
*Bernie Parmalee (1967-) former NFL running back for the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets. [ [http://www.databasefootball.com/players/playerpage.htm?ilkid=PARMABER01 Bernie Parmalee] , database Football. Accessed January 3, 2008.]
*Mary Philbrook (1872-1958), champion of equal rights for women.
*Stanley Poreda, heavyweight boxer in the 1930s.
*Kevin Powell, journalist, poet, author and activist who was a castmember on the of the MTV reality television show, "The Real World".
*Rodrick Rhodes, NBA basketball player
*David Rivers, NBA basketball player
*Michelle Rodriguez, Actress
*Eddie August Schneider, pilot who set airspeed records
*Martha Stewart, entrepreneur
*Nadine Strossen, Professor of Law, head of the ACLU
*Paul Tagliabue, Commissioner of the National Football League from 1989-2006
*Charles H. Voorhis, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey 1879-1881. [ [http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=V000117 Charles Henry Voorhis] , United States Congress. Accessed November 11, 2007.]
*Flip Wilson, comedian
*Members of the band My Chemical Romance, even though they formed in Belleville, New Jersey, they consider Jersey City their hometown, and the main base for their band.

Notable people born in Jersey City

*Elizabeth Allen, stage and screen actress
*Charles Balcer, actor
*Willie Banks (baseball), former Major League Baseball pitcher
*Louis Beachner, actor
*Jim Bishop, writer and journalist
*Philip Bosco, stage and acreen actor who was nominated for a Tony Award in 1996 for Best Actor in "Moon Over Buffalo"
*Kenny Bowers, actor from the 1940s
*Robert Burr, TV and screen actor
*John Calley, movie producer who was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture in 1993 for "The Remains of the Day"
*Tom Cappadona, TV and screen actor
*George Catlin, 18th century American painter, author and traveler who specialized in portraits of Native Americans in the Old West
*Westcott Clarke, screen actor of the 1920s
*George G. Colucci, soap opera actor who appeared in episodes of "Law & Order"
*Richard Conte, actor from the 50's, 60's and 70's who appeared in "The Godfather" as Don Barzini
*Alex Corrado, actor
*Glenn Cunningham, first African-American mayor of Jersey City
*William Davis Daly, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1899 to 1900
*Dino Danelli, drummer for the 1960s rock group The Rascals
*Dominick V. Daniels, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1959 to 1977
*Danny Dayton, stage, screen and TV actor from 1940's to the 1990s
*Al Di Meola, jazz fusion guitarist
*Fannie Angelina Eilshemius Hesse, inventor of Agar-Agar as a bacteria culture medium, wife of Walter Hesse
*Edward I. Edwards, 37th Governor of New Jersey
*James F. Fielder, 35th Governor of New Jersey
*Louis J. Freeh, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1993 to 2001
*Marie L. Garibaldi, Associate justice of New Jersey state Supreme Court and first woman to serve on New Jersey's highest court
*Paul Gleason, screen and TV actor who appeared in "Trading Places", "The Breakfast Club" and "Die Hard"
*Edward W. Gray, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1915 to 1919
*Frank J. Guarini, Jr., member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 1999
*Paul Guilfoyle, American character actor who tries to kill James Cagney in "White Heat"
*Frank Hague, long time mayor of Jersey City
*James A. Hamill, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1907 to 1921
*Jules Hanft, silent movie actor of the 1920s
*Edward J. Hart, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1935 to 1955
*Tommy Heinsohn, Professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics and a member of 8 NBA Championship teams (1957, 1959-65)
*Karl Held, TV and movie actor
*Jesse Hlubik, soap opera actor
*Bobby Hurley, professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings and the Vancouver Grizzlies
*Malcolm-Jamal Warner, actor who appeared on the "The Cosby Show"
*Dennis James, TV and screen actor who was one of America's first television game show hosts
*Anthony Jochim, TV and screen actor from the 1940s to the 1970s
*Victor Kilian, American character actor of the 1930s and 40's and later played the libidinous grandfather on "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman"
*Donald Kirke, TV and screen actor of the 1930s through 60's who mostly appeared in Westerns
*Nathan Lane, actor who appeared on screen in "The Birdcage" and on stage in "The Producers"
*Eugene W. Leake, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1907 to 1909. [ [http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=L000175 Eugene Walter Leake] , United States Congress. Accessed November 11, 2007.]
*Norman Lloyd, actor, producer and director who appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's "Saboteur" in 1942 and "Dead Poets Society" in 1989
*Derek Luke, actor who won the Independent Spirit Award for his performance in "Antwone Fisher"
*John McMullen (1918-2005), naval architect and marine engineer, and former owner of the New Jersey Devils and Houston Astros. [Goldstein, Richard. [http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/18/sports/18mcmullen.html "John J. McMullen Dies at 87; Ex-Owner of Devils and Astros"] , "The New York Times", September 18, 2005. Accessed December 25, 2007.]
*Marilyn McCoo, singer and one of the five members of the The Fifth Dimension
*Jim McGreevey, 52nd Governor of New Jersey
*Gil Melle, recording artist, song writer, jazz musician and composer whose score for "The Andromeda Strain" was the 1st all-electronic film score
*John Milton, U.S. Senator in 1938
*A. Harry Moore, 39th Governor of New Jersey
*Franklin Murphy, 31st Governor of New Jersey
*Oswald George "Ozzie" Nelson, actor who originated and starred in "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" radio and television series with his wife and two sons
*Phyllis Newman, Tony Award-winning American actress and singer
*Mary Teresa Norton, first woman Democrat elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from 1925 to 1951
*Charles F.X. O'Brien, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1921 to 1925
*Priscilla Presley, wife of Elvis Presley.
*Stanley Poreda, heavyweight boxer in the 1930s.
*Billy Quirk, silent movie actor who appeared in 180 films
*Michael Raso, writer and producer
*Grandon Rhodes, actor who appeared in "All the King's Men" and "Them!" and as a judge in a number of "Perry Mason" episodes
*Rodrick Rhodes, Professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets, Vancouver Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks
*Michael Rodrick, actor
*Jose Rosado, two time All-Star pitcher for the Kansas City Royals
*David Rivers, Professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers
*Basil Ruysdael, character actor on stage, films and radio and was a star bass-baritone with the Metropolitan Opera Company
*Joseph Sargent, actor, producer and television director who won four Emmys
*Michael Shaara, author of the Civil War book, "The Killer Angels"
*Alfred D. Sieminski, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1951 to 1959
*Frank Sinatra Jr., actor and musician, he is the son of Frank Sinatra
*Nancy Sinatra, singer and actress, she is the daughter of Frank Sinatra
*Claydes Smith, co-founder and lead guitarist of Kool & The Gang
*Thomas F. X. Smith, Professional basketball player for the New York Knicks in 1951 and mayor of Jersey City from 1977 to 1981
*Jim Spanarkel, Professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers and the Dallas Mavericks
*Edward J. Sparks, U.S. Ambasador to Bolivia, Guatemala, Venezuela and Uruguay
*Martha Stewart, business magnate, author, editor and homemaking advocate
*Paul Tagliabue, Commissioner of the National Football League from 1989 to 2006
*Albert John Tesch, minor leaguer except for an 8 game stint in the Major Leagues with the 1915 Brooklyn Tip-Tops
*J. Parnell Thomas (1895-1970), member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1937 to 1950. [ [http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=T000175 John Parnell Thomas] , "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress". Accessed May 23, 2008.]
*Harry L. Towe, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1943 to 1951
*Frank William Towey, Jr., member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1937 to 1939
*Joseph P. Tumulty, politician and private secretary to Woodrow Wilson
*T. James Tumulty, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1955 to 1957
*Tracey Walter, character actor who has appeared in over 100 films and television shows

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