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For a list of people from New York City, New York, see List of people from New York City.

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The following is a list of prominent people who were born in/lived in or around the U.S. state of New York, or for whom New York is a significant part of their identity.

This is a dynamic list and may never be able to satisfy particular standards for completeness. You can help by expanding it with reliably sourced entries.

Contents

Government and politics[edit]

See also: List of Governors of New York, List of New York State Assembly members (2005–06), List of political figures of Upstate New York, List of New York State Senators, List of United States Representatives from New York, and List of United States Senators from New York

Presidents[edit]

  • Chester A. Arthur (1829–1886), 20th Vice President and 21st President of the United States — Schenectady
  • Martin Van Buren (1782–1862), 8th Vice President and 8th President of the United States — Kinderhook
  • Grover Cleveland (1837–1908), 22nd and 24th President of the United States — Fayetteville
  • Millard Fillmore (1800–1874), 12th Vice President and 13th President of the United States — Moravia
  • Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919), 25th Vice President and 26th President of the United States — Manhattan
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt (1883–1945), 32nd President of the United States — Hyde Park
  • Donald Trump (born 1946), 45th President of the United States — Queens

Vice presidents[edit]

  • Aaron Burr (1756–1836), 3rd Vice President of the United States — Manhattan
  • George Clinton (1739–1812), 4th Vice President of the United States — Little Britain
  • Schuyler Colfax (1823–1885), 17th Vice President of the United States — Manhattan
  • Levi P. Morton (1824–1920), 22nd Vice President of the United States — Albany
  • Nelson Rockefeller (1908–1979), 41st Vice President of the United States — Albany
  • James S. Sherman (1855–1912), 27th Vice President of the United States — Utica
  • Daniel D. Tompkins (1774–1825), 6th Vice President of the United States — Scarsdale
  • William A. Wheeler (1819–1887), 19th Vice President of the United States — Malone

Governors[edit]

  • Andrew Cuomo, 56th Governor of New York
  • Mario Cuomo, 52nd Governor of New York
  • Howard Dean (born 1948), former Governor of Vermont (1991–2003), and 2004 Democratic candidate for president
  • Thomas E. Dewey, 47th Governor of New York, Republican nominee for president in 1944 and 1948
  • Charles Evans Hughes, 36th Governor of New York, Secretary of State, 11th Chief Justice of the United States and 1916 Republican presidential nominee
  • John Jay (1745–1829), 1st Chief Justice of the United States, 2nd Governor of New York, and 8th President of the Continental Congress
  • Horatio Seymour, 18th Governor of New York and 1868 Democratic presidential nominee
  • Al Smith, 42nd Governor of New York and 1928 Democratic presidential candidate
  • Samuel J. Tilden, 25th Governor of New York and 1876 Republican presidential candidate

Senators[edit]

  • Barbara Boxer (born 1940), longtime California Senator (1993–2017) — New York City
  • Hillary Clinton (born 1947), former U.S. Secretary of State (2009–2013), New York Senator (2000–2009), and former First Lady (1993–2000); 2016 Democratic nominee for president — Chappaqua
  • Roscoe Conkling (1829–1888), New York Senator (1867–1881) and leader of the Stalwart faction of the Republican Party — Albany
  • Al Franken (born 1951), Minnesota Senator since 2009 — New York City
  • Kirsten Gillibrand (born 1966), New York Senator since 2009 — Albany
  • Joe Lieberman (born 1942), longtime Connecticut Senator (1989–2013), and 2000 Democratic nominee for Vice President under Al Gore — New York City
  • Bob Menendez (born 1954), New Jersey Senator since 2006 — New York City
  • Chris Murphy (born 1973), former Congressman (2007–2013) and current Connecticut Senator since 2013 — White Plains
  • Bernie Sanders (born 1941), Vermont Senator since 2007, former Mayor of Burlington, Vermont (1981–1989), and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate — Brooklyn
  • Chuck Schumer (born 1950), Democratic Leader of the United States Senate since 2017 and long-time New York Senator since 1999; cousin of comedian Amy Schumer — Brooklyn
  • Robert F. Wagner (1877–1953), New York Senator (1927–1949) – Manhattan

Other politicians[edit]

  • Parmenio Adams, sheriff and United States Congressman[1]
  • Shirley Chisholm, Congresswoman and 1972 Democratic presidential candidate
  • Dewitt Clinton, governor, built the Erie Canal
  • J. J. Dewey (died 1891), territorial legislator in Minnesota[2]
  • William H. Donaldson (born 1931), 27th Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Geraldine Ferraro (1935–2011), New York Congresswoman and first female vice presidential candidate of a major political party in 1984
  • Rudy Giuliani (born 1944), 107th Mayor of New York City (1994–2001)
  • Alexander Hamilton (1757–1804), 1st United States Secretary of the Treasury
  • Jack Kemp (1935–2009), former NFL Football player queen elizabeth schiff 1940 fashion for the Buffalo Bills, Secretary of Housing under President George HW Bush, and 1996 Republican nominee for vice president under Bob Dole
  • Caroline Kennedy (born 1957), former U.S. Ambassador to Japan (2013–2017), and daughter of former president John F. Kennedy and former First Lady Jackie Kennedy
  • William Loeb, Jr., secretary to President Theodore Roosevelt
  • Harvey Milk (1930–1978), first openly gay person to be elected public office in California
  • William M. Tweed (1823–1878), known as "Boss" Tweed; Grand Sachem of Tammany Hall

First Ladies[edit]

  • Barbara Bush (born 1925), First Lady of the United States
  • Rose Cleveland (1846–1918), First Lady of the United States
  • Abigail Fillmore (1798–1853), First Lady of the United States
  • Mary Arthur McElroy (1841–1917), First Lady of the United States
  • Elizabeth Monroe (1768–1830), First Lady of the United States
  • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1929–1994), First Lady of the United States
  • Frances Folsom Cleveland Preston (1864–1947), First Lady of the United States
  • Nancy Reagan (1921–2016), First Lady of the United States
  • Eleanor Roosevelt (1884–1962), First Lady of the United States
  • Julia Gardiner Tyler (1820–1889), First Lady of the United States
  • Priscilla Cooper Tyler (1816–1889), First Lady of the United States
  • Melania Trump (born 1970), First Lady of the United States

Entertainment[edit]

Film, television, theater, and dance[edit]

  • Gia Allemand (1983–2013), actress
  • Woody Allen (born 1935), actor, director and writer
  • June Allyson (1917–2006), actress
  • Tyler Alvarez (born 1997), actor
  • Michael Angarano (born 1987), actor
  • Diane Arbus (1923–1971), photographer
  • Moisés Arias (born 1994), actor
  • Alan Arkin (born 1934), actor
  • Alison Arngrim (born 1962), actress, comedian
  • Richmond Arquette (born 1963), actor
  • Rosanna Arquette (born 1959), actress
  • Jean Arthur (1900–1991), actress
  • Jake T. Austin (born 1994), actor
  • Lauren Bacall (1924–2014), actress
  • Alec Baldwin (born 1958), actor, producer, comedian
  • Daniel Baldwin (born 1960), actor, director, producer
  • Stephen Baldwin (born 1966), actor, author, producer
  • William Baldwin (born 1963), actor, producer, writer
  • Lucille Ball (1911–1989), actress
  • Anne Bancroft (1931–2005), actress
  • Joseph Barbera (1911–2006), animator, producer, director
  • Mikhail Baryshnikov (born 1948), ballet dancer
  • Frances Bavier (1902–1989), actor
  • Barbara Bel Geddes (1922–2005), actress
  • William Bendix (1906–1964), actor
  • Constance Bennett (1904–1965), actress
  • Matt Bennett (born 1991), actor
  • Yasmine Bleeth (born 1968), actress
  • Corbin Bleu (born 1989), actor, model, singer-songwriter, dancer, and film producer, Chad Danforth from High School Musical
  • Joan Blondell (1906–1979), actress
  • Nikki Blonsky (born 1988), actress
  • Ann Blyth (born 1928), actress
  • Humphrey Bogart (1899–1957), actor
  • Shirley Booth (1898–1992), actress
  • Clara Bow (1905–1965), actress
  • Abigail Breslin (born 1996), actress
  • Spencer Breslin (born 1992), actor
  • Matthew Broderick (born 1962), actor
  • Adrien Brody (born 1973), actor
  • Mel Brooks (born 1926), actor, producer, director
  • Steve Buscemi (born 1957), actor, comedian, director
  • Edd Byrnes (born 1933), actor
  • James Caan (born 1940), actor
  • James Cagney (1899–1986), actor
  • Jeanne Cagney (1919–1984), actress
  • William Cagney (1905–1988), actor
  • Nestor Carbonell (born 1967), actor, director
  • David Castro (born 1996), actor
  • Raquel Castro (born 1994), actress, singer, songwriter
  • Harrison Chad (born 1992), actor, voice actor
  • Jeff Chandler (1918–1961), actor
  • Chevy Chase (born 1943), actor, comedian
  • Ruth Chatterton (1893–1961), actress
  • James Coco (1930–1987), actor
  • Claudette Colbert (1903–1996), actress
  • Kevin Corrigan (born 1969), actor
  • Billy Crudup (born 1968), actor
  • Tom Cruise (born 1962), actor
  • Jon Cryer (born 1965), actor, screenwriter, television director, and film producer
  • Billy Crystal (born 1948), actor
  • Kieran Culkin (born 1982), actor
  • Macaulay Culkin (born 1980), actor; Home Alone
  • Rory Culkin (born 1989), actor
  • Tony Curtis (1925–2010), actor
  • Alexandra Daddario (born 1986), actress
  • Matthew Daddario (born 1987), actor
  • Claire Danes (born 1979), actor
  • Rodney Dangerfield (1921–2004), comedian, actor
  • Marion Davies (1897–1961), actress
  • Sammy Davis, Jr. (1925–1990), actor, singer
  • Agnes de Mille (1905–1993), dancer, choreographer
  • Robert De Niro (born 1943), actor
  • Willy DeVille (1950–2009), singer
  • Don Diamont (born 1962), actor
  • Guillermo Diaz (born 1975), Cuban-American actor
  • Vin Diesel (born 1967), actor, producer, director, and screenwriter
  • Taye Diggs (born 1971), actor
  • Matt Dillon (born 1964), actor
  • Troy Donahue (1936–2001), actor
  • Kether Donohue (born 1985), actress and singer
  • Kirk Douglas (born 1916), actor and father of Michael
  • Michael Douglas (born 1944), actor, producer, and son of Kirk
  • Robert Downey Jr. (born 1965), actor, Tony Stark from the Iron Man series
  • Robert Downey Sr. (born 1936), actor, filmmaker, and father of Robert Jr.
  • Fran Drescher (born 1957), actress
  • Lena Dunham (born 1986), actress, filmmaker, writer.
  • Jimmy Durante (1893–1980), entertainer, actor, singer, comedian
  • Jesse Eisenberg (born 1983), actor
  • Peter Falk (1927–2011), actor
  • Alice Faye (1915–1998), actress
  • Jane Fonda (born 1937), actress
  • Spencer Fox (born 1993), actor
  • James Gandolfini (1961–2013), actor and producer
  • John Garfield (1913–1952), actor
  • Ben Gazzara (1930–2012), actor
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar (born 1977), actress
  • Richard Genelle (1961–2008), actor
  • Mel Gibson (born 1956), American-born Australian/Irish actor and filmmaker
  • Jackie Gleason (1916–1987), actor
  • Paulette Goddard (1910–1990), actress
  • Whoopi Goldberg (born 1955), actress, comedian, and co-host of ABC's The View
  • Cuba Gooding Jr. (born 1968), Academy Award-winning actor
  • Elliott Gould (born 1938), actor
  • Jennifer Grey (born 1960), actress
  • Jason Griffith (born 1980), voice actor
  • A. R. Gurney (born 1930), playwright
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal (born 1977), actress
  • Estelle Harris (born 1928), actress, voice actress, comedian
  • Jonathan Harris (1914–2002), actor
  • Hurd Hatfield (1917–1998), actor
  • Anne Hathaway (born 1982), actress
  • Susan Hayward (1917–1975), actress
  • Rita Hayworth (1918–1987), actress
  • Kathleen Herles (born 1990), voice actress
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967–2014), actor
  • Judy Holliday (1921–1965), actress
  • Whitney Houston (1963–2012), singer, actress, producer, and model
  • Sarah Hyland (b. 1990), actress
  • Skai Jackson (b. 2002), actress
  • Rick Jason (1923–2000), actor
  • Jason Harris Katz (born 1969), voice actor and television host
  • Danny Kaye (1911–1987), actor, singer
  • Jack Kelly (1927–1992), actor, born in Astoria, Queens
  • Moira Kelly (born 1968), actress
  • Wayne Knight (born 1955), actor, voice artist, comedian
  • Ricki Lake (born 1968), actress, talk-show host
  • Veronica Lake (1922–1973), actress
  • Adam Lamberg (born 1984), actor
  • Burt Lancaster (1913–1994), actor
  • Michael Landon (1936–1991), actor
  • Linda Larkin (born 1970), actress and voice actress
  • Fredric Lebow (born 1956), screenwriter
  • Peyton Elizabeth Lee (born 2004), actress
  • Spike Lee (born 1957), director, producer
  • Melissa Leo (born 1960), actress
  • John Lithgow (born 1945), actor, comedian
  • Ali Lohan (born 1993), actress, singer and sister of actors Lindsay and Michael Lohan Jr.
  • Lindsay Lohan (born 1986), actress, singer and sister of actors Ali and Michael Lohan Jr.
  • Michael Lohan Jr. (born 1987), actor and brother of actress Ali and Lindsay Lohan
  • Kristanna Loken (born 1979), actress
  • Steele MacKaye (1842–1894), playwright, actor
  • Vincent Martella (born 1992), actor
  • Lee Marvin (1924–1987), actor
  • James Maslow (born 1990), actor, singer, dancer
  • Alanna Masterson (born 1988), actress
  • Christopher Masterson (born 1980), actor
  • Danny Masterson (born 1976), actor
  • Walter Matthau (1920–2000), actor
  • Julianna Rose Mauriello (born 1991), actress and dancer
  • Eaddy Mays, actress
  • Jesse McCartney (born 1987), actor, singer and songwriter
  • Thomas McDonell (born 1986), actor
  • Caleb McLaughlin (born 2001), actor
  • Ethel Merman (1908–1984), actor, singer
  • Lea Michele (born 1986), actress, singer
  • Arthur Miller (1915–2005), playwright
  • Robert Montgomery (1904–1981), actor
  • Charlie Murphy (1959–2017), actor and comedian
  • Chad Michael Murray (born 1981), actor
  • Jack Nicholson (born 1937), actor and filmmaker
  • Dylan O'Brien (born 1991), actor
  • Cameron Ocasio (born 1999), actor
  • Jerry O'Connell (born 1974), actor
  • Eugene O'Neill (1888–1953), playwright
  • Al Pacino (born 1940), actor
  • Hayden Panettiere (born 1989), actress, model, singer
  • Jansen Panettiere (born 1994), actor, voice actor
  • Connor Paolo (born 1990), actor
  • Corey Parker (born 1965), actor
  • George A. Parkhurst (1841–1890), actor
  • Josh Peck (born 1986), actor
  • Amanda Peet (born 1972), actress and writer
  • Nicola Peltz (born 1995), actress
  • Will Peltz (born 1986), actor
  • Anthony Perkins (1932–1992), actor
  • Regis Philbin (born 1931), actor, singer, and television personality
  • Priscilla Presley (born 1945), actress, business magnate
  • Fátima Ptacek (born 2000), actress, voice actress
  • Bill Pullman (born 1953), actor
  • Mae Questel (1908–1998), actress
  • George Raft (1895–1980), actor
  • Gene Anthony Ray (1962–2003), actor
  • Nancy Reagan (1921–2016), actress, former First Lady of the United States
  • Alan Reed (1907–1977), actor and voice artist
  • Christopher Reeve (1952–2004), actor
  • Tara Reid (born 1975), actress
  • Leah Remini (born 1970), actress
  • Alfonso Ribeiro (born 1971), actor, television director, dancer, and television personality; host of America's Funniest Home Videos and season 19 winner of Dancing with the Stars
  • Thelma Ritter (1902–1969), actress
  • Emma Roberts (born 1991), actress, singer
  • Edward G. Robinson (1893–1973), actor
  • Ray Romano (born 1957), actor, comedian
  • Saoirse Ronan (born 1994), American-born Irish actress
  • Mickey Rooney (1920–2014), actor
  • Emmy Rossum (born 1986), actress, singer and songwriter
  • Mickey Rourke (born 1952), actor, screenwriter, and retired boxer
  • Paul Rudd (born 1969), actor, comedian, writer, and producer
  • Ernie Sabella (born 1949), actor and voice actor
  • Zoe Saldana (born 1978), American-Dominican actress and dancer
  • Ruben Santiago-Hudson (born 1956), actor and playwright
  • Ben Schwartz (born 1981), actor, comedian and writer
  • Martin Scorsese (born 1942), director
  • George Segal (born 1934), actor
  • Matthew Senreich (born 1974), screenwriter
  • Charlie Sheen (born 1965), actor
  • Sylvia Sidney (1910–1999), actress
  • Christian Slater (born 1969), actor
  • Jamil Walker Smith (born 1982), actor
  • Kevin Spacey (born 1959), actor, film director, producer, screenwriter, and singer
  • Sylvester Stallone (born 1946), actor, screenwriter, producer, and director
  • Barbara Stanwyck (1907–1990), actor
  • Rod Steiger (1925–2002), actor
  • Howard Stern (born 1954), actor, radio and television personality, author, photographer
  • Ben Stiller (born 1965), actor, comedian, and filmmaker
  • Oliver Stone (born 1946), director
  • Beatrice Straight (1914–2001), actress
  • Meryl Streep (born 1949), Academy Award- and multiple Golden Globe-winning actress and singer
  • David Strickland (1969–1999), actor
  • Veronica Taylor (born 1978), voice actress
  • Benj Thall (born 1978), actor
  • Leon Thomas III (born 1993), actor
  • Gene Tierney (1920–1991), actress
  • Ashley Tisdale (born 1985), actress, singer, and producer, Sharpay Evans from High School Musical
  • Michelle Trachtenberg (born 1985), actress
  • Claire Trevor (1910–2000), actress
  • John Turturro (born 1958), American-Italian actor, writer, and filmmaker
  • Denzel Washington (born 1954), Academy Award-winning actor
  • Kerry Washington (born 1977), actress
  • Michael Weatherly (born 1968), actor and director
  • Scott Weinger (born 1975), actor, voice actor, writer and producer
  • Tuesday Weld (born 1943), actress
  • Mae West (1893–1980), actor
  • Kristen Wiig (born 1973), actress
  • Olivia Wilde (born 1984), actress
  • Tylen Jacob Williams (born 2001), actor
  • Tyler James Williams (born 1992), actor
  • Tyrel Jackson Williams (born 1997), actor
  • Zelda Williams (born 1989), actress and daughter of late comedian and actor Robin Williams
  • Lanford Wilson (1937–2011), playwright
  • April Winchell (born 1960), actress
  • Paul Winchell (1922–2005), actor and comedian
  • Alex Wolff (born 1997), actor, musician and composer
  • Nick Zano (born 1978), actor, Nate Heywood / Steel from DC's Legends of Tomorrow

Comedians, humorists, and entertainers[edit]

  • Pamela Adlon (born 1966), actress, voice actress, producer and director
  • Carlos Alazraqui (born 1962), actor, comedian
  • Woody Allen (born 1935), comedian, screenwriter, director, actor, author, playwright, musician
  • Alec Baldwin (born 1958), actor, comedian, and producer
  • Lucille Ball (1911–1989), comedian, actress
  • Zach Braff (born 1975), actor, comedian, director, screenwriter, and producer
  • Alyson Cambridge (born 1980), operatic soprano and classical music, jazz, and American popular song singer
  • Michael Carbonaro (born 1982), actor magician
  • George Carlin (1937–2008), comedian, actor
  • Michael Cole (born 1968), WWE announcer
  • Philip DeFranco (born 1985), YouTuber and video blogger
  • Danny DeVito (born 1944), comedian, actor, producer, and director
  • John DiMaggio (born 1968), actor, comedian
  • Jimmy Fallon (born 1974), comedian, actor, television host
  • Nika Futterman (born 1969), actress, voice actress, comedian and singer
  • Curly Howard (1903–1952), comedian, vaudevillian actor, and member of The Three Stooges
  • Moe Howard (1897–1975), actor, comedian, and member of The Three Stooges
  • Kevin James (born 1965), comedian, actor, screenwriter, and producer
  • JWoww (real name Jennifer Farley) (born 1986), reality television personality
  • Tom Kenny (born 1962), actor, comedian
  • Jimmy Kimmel (born 1967), comedian, producer, voice actor, musician, and television personality
  • Jay Leno (born 1950), comedian, former host of The Tonight Show (1992–2014)
  • Demetri Martin (born 1973), comedian
  • Chico Marx (1887–1961), vaudeville comedian, with the Marx Brothers
  • Groucho Marx (1890–1977), vaudeville comedian, with the Marx Brothers
  • Gummo Marx (1892–1977), vudeville comedian, with the Marx Brothers
  • Harpo Marx (1888–1964), vaudeville comedian, with the Marx Brothers
  • Zeppo Marx (1901–1979), vaudeville comedian, with the Marx Brothers
  • Jackie Mason (born 1931), comedian and actor
  • Kate McKinnon (born 1984), comedienne, actress, and voice actress
  • Eddie Murphy (born 1961), comedian, actor, writer, singer, producer, and voice actor
  • Rosie O'Donnell (born 1962), comedian, actress, television personality
  • Jordan Peele (born 1979), comedian, actor, film director, and screenwriter
  • Melissa Rauch (born 1980), comedian and actress
  • Kevin Michael Richardson (born 1964), actor, voice actor
  • Adam Richman, television personality
  • Don Rickles (1926–2017), comedian
  • Joan Rivers (1933–2014), actress, comedian
  • Chris Rock (born 1965), comedian, actor
  • Adam Sandler (born 1966), comedian, actor, screenwriter, film producer, and musician
  • Adam Savage (born 1967), co-host of Mythbusters
  • Amy Schumer (born 1981), Stand-up comedian and actress
  • Jerry Seinfeld (born 1954), comedian, actor
  • Judy Sheindlin (born 1942), lawyer, television personality (Judge Judy)
  • Martha Stewart (born 1941), businesswoman, writer, chef, and television personality
  • Jon Stewart (born 1962), comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, media critic, and television personality; former host of The Daily Show (1999–2015)
  • Fred Tatasciore (born 1967), voice actor
  • John Valby (born 1944), comedian, musician

Musicians[edit]

  • Aaliyah (1979–2001), singer, actress, model, dancer
  • Christina Aguilera (born 1980), singer, songwriter, actress
  • Vinnie Amico, drummer
  • Fiona Apple (born 1977), singer
  • Harold Arlen (1905–1986), composer
  • Adrienne Bailon (born 1983), singer
  • David Baker, singer
  • Chris Barnes, musician
  • Count Basie (1904–1984), jazz musician
  • Bryan Bautista (born 1992), Dominican-American pop singer and contestant on NBC's The Voice season 9
  • Jay Beckenstein (born 1951), saxophonist
  • Pat Benatar (born 1953), singer
  • Tony Bennett (born 1926), jazz singer
  • Mary J. Blige (born 1971), singer, songwriter, actress
  • Jon Bon Jovi (born 1962), singer-songwriter, record producer, philanthropist, and actor (Bon Jovi)
  • Laura Branigan (1957–2004), singer
  • Keith Buckley (born 1979), musician
  • Clem Burke (born 1955), musician and drummer (Blondie)
  • Maria Callas (1923–1977), opera singer
  • Mariah Carey (born 1970), pop and R&B singer and songwriter
  • Vanessa Carlton (born 1980), pop singer-songwriter
  • Peter Case (born 1954), singer-songwriter
  • Peter Cincotti (born 1983), singer, songwriter, pianist
  • Coko (born 1973), singer (SWV)
  • John Coltrane (1926–1967), jazz musician
  • Aaron Copland (1900–1990), composer
  • Warren Cuccurullo (born 1956), rock guitarist
  • Vic Dana (born 1942), singer
  • Dawin (full name Dawin Polanco) (born 1990), hip hop-R&B singer/songwriter and record producer
  • Blossom Dearie (1924–2009), jazz singer and pianist
  • Lana Del Rey (born 1985), singer, songwriter
  • Rob Derhak (born 1968), bass guitarist
  • Lance Diamond, singer
  • Neil Diamond (born 1941), singer, songwriter
  • Ani DiFranco (born 1970), singer-songwriter
  • Jonathan Donahue (born 1966), rock musician
  • JoAnn Falletta (born 1954), classical guitarist, orchestral conductor
  • Morton Feldman (1926–1987), composer
  • Ella Fitzgerald (1918–1996), singer
  • John Flansburgh (born 1960), singer-songwriter
  • Brendan Fletcher (born 1990), pop singer-songwriter and contestant on NBC's The Voice season 11
  • Lukas Foss (1922–2009), composer, orchestral conductor
  • Sawyer Fredericks (born 1999), contemporary folk singer-songwriter, and winner of NBC's The Voice season 8
  • Dave Fridmann, producer
  • Lady Gaga (real name Stefani Germanotta) (born 1986), singer and songwriter
  • Art Garfunkel (born 1941), folk rock singer, poet, and actor (Simon and Garfunkel)
  • Chuck Garvey, guitarist
  • George Gershwin (1898–1937), composer
  • Kim Gordon (born 1953), bass guitarist, guitarist, singer, songwriter, visual artist (Sonic Youth)
  • Lesley Gore (1946–2015), singer-songwriter, actress, and activist
  • Andy Grammer (born 1983), singer-songwriter and record producer
  • Grasshopper (born 1967), born Sean Mackowiak, rock musician
  • Jim Hall (born 1930), jazz guitarist
  • Debbie Harry (born 1945), singer-songwriter, actress, and lead singer of Blondie
  • Alan Heatherington (born 1945), orchestral conductor
  • Ray Henderson (1897–1970), songwriter
  • Lauryn Hill (born 1975), singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, and actress
  • Joel Hirschhorn (1938–2005), songwriter
  • Billie Holiday (1915–1959), jazz and blues singer
  • Lena Horne (1917–2010), singer, actress
  • Freddie Jackson (born 1956), singer
  • Rick James (1948–2004), singer
  • Billy Joel (born 1949), pianist, singer and songwriter
  • Joe Jonas (born 1989), singer-songwriter, actor, former member of The Jonas Brothers, brother of Nick, and current lead singer of DNCE
  • Nick Jonas (born 1992), singer-songwriter, producer, actor, brother of Joe, and former member of The Jonas Brothers
  • Jerome Kern (1885–1945), composer
  • Alicia Keys (born 1981), singer-songwriter
  • Carole King (born 1942), singer-songwriter
  • Linda Király (born 1983), American-born Hungarian pop singer-songwriter and sister of Viktor
  • Viktor Király (born 1984), American-born Hungarian pop singer and contestant on NBC's The Voice season 9
  • Cyndi Lauper (born 1953), singer
  • Jacquie Lee (born 1997), pop singer and contestant on NBC's The Voice season 5
  • Mel Lewis (1929–1990), drummer
  • John Linnell (born 1959), singer-songwriter
  • Joe Locke (born 1959), jazz artist
  • John Lombardo (born 1952), musician, songwriter
  • Jennifer Lopez (born 1969), singer, actress, dancer
  • David Lucas (born 1937), composer
  • Gary Mallaber (born 1946), drummer
  • Barry Manilow (born 1943), singer-songwriter, musician
  • Constantine Maroulis (born 1975), singer
  • Melanie Martinez (born 1995), singer, songwriter, music/video director
  • Brian McKnight (born 1969), R&B singer
  • Don McLean (born 1945), singer
  • Don Menza (born 1936), saxophonist
  • Idina Menzel (born 1971), singer-songwriter, actress, and voice of Elsa in Frozen
  • Natalie Merchant (born 1963), singer-songwriter
  • Stephanie Mills (born 1957), singer
  • Janelle Monáe (born 1985), musician, model, and actress
  • Gurf Morlix, musician
  • Josh Newton (born 1973), bassist
  • Willie Nile (born 1948), singer-songwriter
  • Laura Nyro (1947–1997), singer-songwriter
  • Colby O'Donis (born 1989), pop-R&B singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor
  • Olivia (born 1981), R&B singer known for contributing vocals to the 50 Cent song "Candy Shop"
  • Jack Owen (born 1967), guitarist (Cannibal Corpse)
  • Tina Parol, singer-songwriter
  • Caroline Pennell (born 1996), singer-songwriter and contestant on NBC's The Voice season 5
  • Alisan Porter (born 1981), retired actress, singer-songwriter, and winner of NBC's The Voice season 10
  • Charlie Puth (born 1991), Pop singer-songwriter and record producer
  • Joey Ramone (1951–2001), Punk rock singer-songwriter and musician (Ramones)
  • Mary Ramsey (born 1963), musician
  • Sharon Redd (1945–1992), singer
  • Lou Reed (born 1942), singer, songwriter, guitarist
  • Neil Rosenshein (born 1947), operatic singer, lyric tenor
  • Kevin Rudolf (born 1983), Pop/indie rock singer, musician, and record producer
  • Jason Sebastian Russo (born 1973), rock musician
  • Justin Russo (born 1976), rock musician
  • John Rzeznik (born 1965), musician (Goo Goo Dolls)
  • Adam Schlesinger (born 1967), musician (Fountains of Wayne), songwriter, producer, arranger
  • Al Schnier (born 1968), guitarist
  • John Serry Sr. (1915–2003), concert accordionist, organist, composer, arranger, educator
  • Billy Sheehan (born 1953), bass guitarist
  • Paul Simon (born 1941), folk rock musician, guitarist, singer-songwriter, and actor (Simon and Garfunkel)
  • Frank Sinatra (1915–1998), iconic jazz/pop singer, actor, and producer
  • Lonnie Smith, jazz organist
  • Ronnie Spector (born 1943), singer (The Ronettes)
  • Bruce Springsteen (born 1949), musician, singer-songwriter, and humanitarian
  • John Stevens (born 1987), singer
  • Stevie J. (born Steve Jordan), musician
  • Barbra Streisand (born 1942), singer, actress
  • Stan Szelest (1943–1991), musician
  • Robby Takac (born 1964), musician (Goo Goo Dolls)
  • George Tutuska, musician (Goo Goo Dolls, Jackdaw)
  • Steven Tyler (born 1948), Hard rock musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, former television music competition judge, and lead singer of the rock band Aerosmith
  • Sal Valentinetti (born 1995), Italian-American jazz singer and contestant on America's Got Talent season 11
  • Grace VanderWaal (born 2004), singer-songwriter, ukuleleist, and winner of America's Got Talent season 11
  • Luther Vandross (1951–2005), singer
  • Jeremy Wall, jazz musician
  • Luke Walter Jr. (1947–1996), Belgian musician
  • Grover Washington, Jr. (1943–1999), saxophonist
  • Gerard Way (born 1977), pop punk-alternative/punk/emo rock musician, singer-songwriter, comic book writer, actor, and former lead singer of My Chemical Romance
  • Alex Webster (born 1969), bassist (Cannibal Corpse)
  • Mary Weiss (born 1948), singer (The Shangri-Las)
  • Cory Wells (born 1942), singer
  • Patrick Wilson (born 1969), drummer
  • Jack Yellen (1892–1991), lyricist, composer

Rappers[edit]

  • 2Pac (1971–1996), rapper, record producer, actor, and poet
  • 50 Cent (born 1975), rapper, actor, businessman, and actor
  • ASAP Rocky (born 1988), rapper, record producer, director, actor and model
  • Beastie Boys
  • Big L (1974–1999), hip-hop recording artist
  • Busta Rhymes (born 1972), hip hop recording artist, actor, record producer and record executive.
  • Cam'ron (born 1976), rapper, actor, and entrepreneur
  • Sean Combs (born 1969), rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, record producer and entrepreneur also known as P. Diddy, Puff Daddy, or Diddy
  • Desiigner (born 1997), rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, record executive and actor
  • DMX (born 1970), rapper, record producer, and actor
  • Jay Z (born 1969), rapper, businessman, investor, and actor
  • Jim Jones (1931–1978), hip-hop recording artist
  • KRS-One (born 1965), rapper and occasional producer
  • Lil' Kim (born 1975), rapper, songwriter, record producer, model, and actress
  • LL Cool J (born 1968), rapper, actor, and host of Spike TV's Lip Sync Battle
  • Matisyahu (1979), rapper, reggae vocalist, beatboxer, and alternative rock musician
  • MF Doom (born 1971), rapper and record producer
  • Mobb Deep
  • Mos Def (born 1973), hip hop recording artist, actor and activist
  • Nas (born 1973), hip hop recording artist, record producer, actor and entrepreneur
  • The Notorious B.I.G. (1972–1997), rapper and actor also known as 'Biggie Smalls or Biggie
  • Onyx
  • Post Malone (born 1995), rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer
  • Rakim (born 1968), rapper
  • Run DMC
  • Juelz Santana (born 1982), rapper and actor
  • A Tribe Called Quest
  • Freaky Tah (1971–1999), rapper
  • Wu-Tang Clan
  • Adam Yauch (1964–2012), rapper, singer, musician, songwriter, director and film distributor

Bands[edit]

  • AJR (2005–), indie pop band
  • American Authors (2006–), pop rock band
  • Beastie Boys (1979–2014), hip hop/hardcore punk band
  • Blondie (1974–), new wave-punk rock band
  • Cobra Starship (2006–2015), dance-pop band
  • KISS (1973–), hard rock band
  • Goo Goo Dolls (1985–), alternative-pop rock band
  • Ramones (1974–1996), punk rock band
  • Steely Dan (1972–), jazz rock band
  • Twisted Sister (1972–), heavy metal band
  • X Ambassadors (2009–), alternative/pop rock band

Art, literature, journalism, and philosophy[edit]

  • Samuel Hopkins Adams, muckraker, born in Dunkirk
  • Scott Adams (born 1957), cartoonist, creator of Dilbert
  • George Worsley Adamson (1913–2005), illustrator and cartoonist
  • Marv Albert (born 1941), basketball announcer on TNT
  • Nahshon Dion Anderson (born 1978), actor and writer; lives in the Bronx
  • Susan B. Anthony, women's rights activist
  • Cory Arcangel (born 1978), artist
  • William Bliss Baker (1859–1886), landscape painter
  • Lauren Belfer, author
  • J. Bowyer Bell (1931–2003), historian, artist and art critic
  • Timothy D. Bellavia (born 1971), artist and illustrator
  • Louise Blanchard Bethune (1856–1913), architect
  • Wolf Blitzer (born 1948), CNN journalist, host of The Situation Room
  • Lawrence Block (born 1938), author
  • Howard Bloom (born 1943), author
  • Joseph Brodsky (1940–1996), Russian-American poet
  • Dale Brown (born 1956), author
  • Gordon Bunshaft (1909–1990), architect
  • Charles E. Burchfield (1893–1967), artist
  • Charles Clough (born 1951), artist
  • Anderson Cooper (born 1967), CNN journalist and television personality
  • Bob Costas (born 1952), longtime broadcaster on NBC Sports, television host of twelve Olympic Games
  • Burton Crane (1901–1963), journalist
  • Robert Creeley (1926–2005), poet
  • Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823–1900), artist
  • Arthur B. Davies (1863–1928), artist
  • Don DeLillo (born 1936), author
  • Melvil Dewey (1851–1931), originator of Dewey Decimal System
  • Amy Dickinson, Chicago Tribune advice columnist, from Freeville
  • Amanda Minnie Douglas (1831–1916), writer
  • Frederick Douglass (1818–1895), editor and publisher of abolitionist newspapers such as The North Star
  • Arthur Dove (1880–1946), artist
  • Philip Evergood (1901–1973), artist
  • Leslie Fiedler (1917–2003), literary critic
  • Steve Fiorilla (1961–2009), artist
  • Ira Joe Fisher, author and weatherman, who was born and raised in Little Valley
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald, author, raised in Buffalo
  • Helen Frankenthaler (born 1928), artist
  • Kelly Freas (1922–2005), artist
  • Anna Katharine Green (1846–1935), author
  • E.B. Green (1855–1950), architect
  • Terry Gross (born 1951), radio host, Fresh Air
  • Alex Haley (1921–19920, author of Roots
  • Sean Hannity (born 1961), radio and television talk show host
  • Alfred Harvey (1913–1994), writer and publisher, founder of Harvey Comics
  • Richard Hofstadter (1916–1970), author and philosopher
  • Paul Horgan (1903–1995), author
  • Roni Horn (born 1955), artist
  • Elbert Hubbard (1856–1915), philosopher and writer
  • Idil Ibrahim, director
  • Washington Irving (1783–1859), author, Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • Henry James (1843–1916), author
  • William James (1842–1910), philosopher
  • James A. Johnson (1865–1939), architect
  • Michael Kay (born 1961), play-by-play announcer for the New York Yankees
  • Ellsworth Kelly (1923–2015), artist
  • Megyn Kelly (born 1970), political commentator
  • John Kessel (born 1950), author
  • Larry King (born 1933), television and radio host
  • Verlyn Klinkenborg, member of New York Times editorial board; writer and farmer
  • Nancy Kress (born 1948), author
  • Matt Lauer (born 1957), anchor of The Today Show
  • Zoe Leonard (born 1961), photographer and visual artist
  • Robert Longo (born 1953), artist
  • Mabel Dodge Luhan (1879–1962), writer and patron
  • Bill Maher (born 1956), host on HBO political talk show Real Time with Bill Maher
  • Norman Mailer (1923–2007), author
  • Francis Mallison, journalist, helped organize the Great Civil War Gold Hoax; from Rome
  • Brice Marden (born 1938), artist
  • Herman Melville (1819–1891), author of Moby-Dick
  • Al Michaels (born 1944), longtime sportscaster for both NBC Sports and ABC Sports, play-by-play announcer on Sunday Night Football
  • David Muir (born 1973), ABC journalist and anchor
  • Ogden Nash (1902–1971), poet
  • Joyce Carol Oates (born 1938), author
  • Bill O'Reilly (born 1949), host of The O'Reilly Factor on Fox News Channel
  • William Ordway Partridge (1861–1930), sculptor
  • Tim Powers (born 1952), author
  • Thomas Pynchon (born 1937), author
  • Ishmael Reed (born 1938), poet
  • John Reed (born 1969), author, Snowball's Chance
  • Seymour Reit (1918–2001), writer and cartoonist
  • Norman Rockwell (1894–1978), painter
  • Spain Rodriguez (born 1940), cartoonist
  • Milton Rogovin (1909–2011), photographer
  • Charles Rohlfs (1853–1936), craftsman
  • Al Roker (born 1954), weather anchor on NBC's Today
  • Tim Russert (1950–2008), host of NBC's Meet the Press
  • Vin Scully (born 1927), longtime broadcaster of the Los Angeles Dodgers
  • David Sedaris (born 1956), humorist and author
  • Al Sharpton (born 1954), civil rights activist, radio talk show host
  • Tony Sisti (1901–1983), painter
  • Eugene Speicher (1883–1962), painter
  • Fran Striker (1903–1962), creator of the Lone Ranger and Green Hornet
  • Elizabeth Swados (born 1951), author
  • Jake Tapper (born 1969), news anchor on CNN
  • Dorothy Thompson, born in Lancaster
  • Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933), artist
  • Mike Tirico (born 1966), sportscaster
  • Tom Toles (born 1951), cartoonist
  • Sojourner Truth (1797–1883), slave, civil rights activist
  • Israel Tsvaygenbaum (born 1961), Russian-American artist
  • Mark Twain (1835–1910), author
  • Andrew Vachss (born 1942), author, activist, and lawyer
  • Richard A. Waite (1848–1911), architect
  • J. Alden Weir (1852–1919), painter
  • Edith Wharton (1862–1937), author
  • Walt Whitman (1819–1892), poet
  • Brian Williams (born 1959), anchor of NBC Nightly News
  • John Zogby, pollster and blogger from Utica

Athletes[edit]

Baseball[edit]

  • Moe Berg (1902–1972), Major League Baseball catcher; spy (New York City)
  • Dellin Betances (born 1988), baseball pitcher
  • Craig Biggio (born 1965), Baseball Hall of Famer
  • Ralph Branca, baseball pitcher
  • Alexander Cartwright, "father of modern baseball", founding member of the New York Knickerbockers Base Ball Club
  • Harry Eisenstat (1915–2003), baseball player
  • Mike "SuperJew" Epstein (born 1943), Major League Baseball first baseman
  • Johnny Evers, baseball Hall of Famer
  • Whitey Ford (born 1928), baseball Hall of Famer
  • John Franco, baseball pitcher
  • Lou Gehrig (1903–1941), Baseball Hall of Famer
  • Sid Gordon (1917–1975), two-time All Star major league baseball player
  • Hank Greenberg (1911–1986), Baseball Hall of Famer (Greenwich Village)
  • Sandy Koufax (born 1935), Baseball Hall of Famer
  • Jason Marquis (born 1978), Major League Baseball All Star pitcher
  • Edgar Martínez (born 1963), baseball player
  • Bob Melvin (born 1961), baseball player and manager
  • Sam Nahem (1915–2004), Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Joe Nathan (born 1974), baseball player, Minnesota Twins; born in Pine Bush)
  • Jim Palmer (born 1945), Baseball Hall of Famer
  • A. J. Pierzynski (born 1976), baseball player (Chicago White Sox); born in Bridgehampton
  • Lipman Pike (1845–93), Major League Baseball player, two-time home run champion (New York City)
  • Phil Rizzuto (1917–2007), baseball Hall of Famer
  • Alex Rodriguez (born 1975), Major League Baseball player
  • Saul Rogovin (1923–1995), Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Richie Scheinblum (born 1942), Major League Baseball All Star outfielder
  • Mose Solomon (1900–1966), the "Rabbi of Swat", Major League Baseball player
  • Warren Spahn (1921–2003), baseball Hall of Famer
  • Carl Yastrzemski (born 1939), baseball Hall of Famer

Basketball[edit]

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born 1947), NBA Hall of Fame player
  • Carmelo Anthony (born 1984), professional basketball player, New York Knicks (New York City)
  • Nate Archibald (born 1948), NBA Hall of Fame basketball player
  • Sue Bird (born 1980), Israeli-American Women's National Basketball Association point guard; two-time Olympic champion; four-time All-Star (Seattle Storm) (Syosset)[3]
  • Harry Boykoff (1922–2001), professional basketball player, Boston Celtics
  • Larry Brown (born 1940), professional All Star basketball player and coach
  • Bob Cousy (born 1928), professional basketball player, Boston Celtics
  • Shay Doron (born 1985), professional basketball player
  • Julius Erving (born 1950), NBA player
  • Marty Friedman (1889–1986), Hall of Fame pro basketball player and coach
  • Sidney Hertzberg (1922–2005), professional basketball player
  • Art Heyman (1941–2012), professional basketball player
  • Nat Holman (1896–1995), Hall of Fame basketball player
  • Red Holzman (1920–1998), NBA Hall of Fame basketball player and coach
  • Michael Jordan (born 1963), iconic NBA Hall of Fame basketball player, businessman and owner/chairman of the Charlotte Hornets; considered the best basketball player of all time (Brooklyn)
  • Sylven Landesberg (born 1990), American-Israeli basketball player
  • Rudy LaRusso (1927–2004), professional basketball player
  • Nancy Lieberman (born 1958), WNBA Hall of Fame basketball player, general manager, and coach, Olympic silver medal
  • Boris Nachamkin (born 1933), professional basketball player
  • Joakim Noah (born 1985), professional basketball player (New York Knicks) (born in New York City)
  • Lamar Odom (born 1979), former professional basketball player
  • Bernard Opper (1915–2000), professional basketball player
  • Donna Orender (née Geils) (born 1957), college basketball player and Women's Pro Basketball League All-Star; WNBA president
  • Danny Schayes (born 1959), college and professional basketball player, son of Dolph Schayes
  • Dolph Schayes (1928–2015), NBA Hall of Fame player and coach
  • Ossie Schectman (1919–2013), basketball player who scored the first basket in NBA history
  • Barney Sedran (1891–1964), NBA Hall of Fame basketball player
  • Sid Tannenbaum (1925–1986), professional basketball player
  • Kemba Walker (born 1990), professional basketball player, Charlotte Hornets (New York City)
  • Metta World Peace (born 1979), former professional basketball player
  • Max Zaslofsky (1925–1985), professional basketball player

Boxing[edit]

  • Abe "The Little Hebrew" Attell (1883–1970), boxer, World Featherweight Champion
  • Riddick Bowe (born 1967), World Heavyweight Champion
  • Al "Bummy" Davis (1920–45), professional boxer (Brooklyn)
  • Abe Goldstein (1898–1977), boxer, World Bantamweight champion
  • Zab Judah (born 1977), boxer, World Welterweight and Junior Welterweight Champion Leiner; 1896–1947), boxer, World Lightweight Champion
  • Solly Krieger (1909–1964), boxer, World Middleweight Champion
  • Jake "the Raging Bull" LaMotta (1922–2017), boxer, World Middleweight Champion
  • Boyd Melson (born 1981), boxer, World Military Boxing Champions in the 69 kg. weight class
  • Samuel Mosberg (1896–1967), boxer, Olympic light heavyweight champion
  • Maxie "Slapsie Maxie" Rosenbloom (1907–1976), World Light Heavyweight Champion
  • Charlie Phil Rosenberg (1902–1976), boxer, World Bantamweight Champion
  • Barney Ross (born Dov-Ber "Beryl" David Rosofsky; 1909–1967), boxer, world champion in three weight divisions—lightweight, light welterweight and welterweight
  • Isadore "Corporal Izzy" Schwartz (1902–1988), boxer, World Flyweight Champion
  • Al "The Bronx Beauty" Singer (1909– 1961), boxer, World Lightweight Champion
  • Mike Tyson (born 1966), former professional boxer, World Heavyweight Champion

Fencing[edit]

  • Norman C. Armitage (born Norman Cudworth Cohn; 1907–1972), Olympic medalist saber fencer, 6x Olympian
  • Albert Axelrod (1921–2004), Olympic medalist foil fencer, 5x Olympian
  • Cliff Bayer (born 1977), 2x Olympic foil fencer
  • Robert Blum (born 1928), 2x Olympic saber fencer
  • Daniel Bukantz (1917–2008), 4x Olympic foil fencer[4]
  • Herbert Cohen (born 1940), 2x Olympic foil fencer
  • Gene Glazer (born 1939), 2x Olympic foil fencer
  • Hal Goldsmith (born Hans Goldschmidt; 1930–2004), 3x Olympic foil fencer
  • Ralph Goldstein (1913–1997), 2x Olympic épée fencer
  • Julia Jones-Pugliese (1909–1993), national champion fencer and fencing coach
  • Allan Kwartler (1917–1998), 3x Olympic sabre and foil fencer, Pan American Games and Maccabiah Games champion
  • Nate Lubell (1916–2006), 3x Olympic foil fencer
  • Tim Morehouse (born 1978), Olympic medalist saber fencer, 3x Olympian
  • Soren Thompson (born 1981), 2x Olympic and team World Champion épée fencer[5]

Football[edit]

  • Doc Alexander (1897–1975), football player and coach
  • Lyle Alzado (1949–1992), former football All Pro player (Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Raiders)
  • Jim Brown (born 1936), Hall of Fame football player (Cleveland Browns)
  • Jordan Dangerfield (born 1990), NFL football player
  • Boomer Esiason (born 1961), former football player (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Jay Fiedler (born 1971), NFL football quarterback
  • Rob Gronkowski (born 1989), football player (New England Patriots)
  • Thomas Hennessy (born 1994), football player
  • Mark Ingram Jr. (born 1989), football player (New Orleans Saints)
  • Sid Luckman (1916–1998), former football player (Chicago Bears), inducted into Hall of Fame in 1965
  • John Mackey (1941–2011), former football player (Baltimore Colts), inducted into Hall of Fame in 1992
  • Ali Marpet (born 1993), football player (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Josh Miller (born 1970), football player and football analyst
  • Art Monk (born 1957), former football player (Washington Redskins), inducted into Hall of Fame in 2008
  • Ed Newman (born 1951), All-Pro football player
  • Adam Podlesh (born 1983), football player
  • Ray Rice (born 1987), former football player (Baltimore Ravens)
  • Herb Rich (1928–2008), 2x All-Pro football player
  • Allie Sherman (1923–2015), National Football League player and head coach
  • Will Smith (1981–2016), former football player (New Orleans Saints) (born in Queens)
  • Michael Strahan (born 1971), American-German actor, television personality, and retired football player (New York Giants) (lives in New York City)
  • Alan Veingrad (born 1963), NFL football player

Ice hockey[edit]

  • Ryan Callahan (born 1985), ice hockey player (Tampa Bay Lightning) (Rochester)
  • Tim Erixon (born 1991), American-born Swedish ice hockey player (Port Chester)
  • Brian Gionta (born 1979), ice hockey player (Buffalo Sabres) (Rochester)
  • Patrick Kane (born 1988), professional ice hockey player, Chicago Blackhawks (Buffalo)
  • Seymour H. Knox III (1926–1996), co-founder of the Buffalo Sabres
  • Alex "Mine Boy" Levinsky (1910–1990), NHL player (Syracuse)
  • Eric Nystrom (born 1983), NHL player
  • Max Pacioretty (born 1988), ice hockey player (Vegas Golden Knights)
  • Mathieu Schneider (born 1969), NHL player

Soccer[edit]

  • Benny Feilhaber (born 1985), soccer midfielder
  • Eddy Hamel (1902–1943), Jewish-American soccer player for Dutch club AFC Ajax who was killed by the Nazis in Auschwitz concentration camp
  • Shep Messing (born 1949), Olympic soccer goalkeeper and current broadcaster
  • Charlie Reiter (born 1988), soccer player
  • Sara Whalen (born 1976), Olympic soccer player

Tennis[edit]

  • Arthur Ashe (1943–1993), tennis player
  • Irvin Dorfman (1924–2006), tennis player
  • Herbert Flam (1928–1980), tennis player
  • Ladislav Hecht (1909–2004), tennis player
  • Scott Lipsky (born 1981), tennis player
  • Jamie Loeb (born 1995), tennis player
  • John McEnroe (born 1959), tennis player
  • Renée Richards (born 1934), tennis player
  • Noah Rubin (born 1996), tennis player
  • Julius Seligson (1909–1987), tennis player
  • Bill Tilden (1893–1953), tennis player

Other sports[edit]

  • Herman Barron (1909–1978), professional golfer
  • Andy Bloom (born 1973), Olympic shot putter
  • Tommy Dreamer (born 1971), professional wrestler (Yonkers)
  • Mick Foley (born 1965), professional wrestler and author
  • Laurie Hernandez (born 2000), artistic gymnast, gold medalist at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and winner of Dancing with the Stars season 23
  • Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce Jenner) (born 1949), retired decathlete, gold medalist at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, and television personality
  • Jon Jones (born 1987), UFC champion
  • Ryan Lochte (born 1984), competitive swimmer, gold medalist at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and contestant on Dancing with the Stars season 23 (Rochester)
  • Colette Nelson (born 1974), professional bodybuilder
  • Beth Phoenix (born 1980), professional wrestler (born in Elmira, New York)

Coaches[edit]

  • Red Auerbach (1917–2006), basketball coach
  • Tom Coughlin (born 1946), football coach
  • Billy Cunningham (born 1943), basketball coach
  • Bucky Harris (1896–1977), baseball manager
  • Vince Lombardi (1913–1970), football coach
  • Doug Marrone (born 1964), football coach
  • John McGraw (1873–1934), baseball manager
  • Joe Paterno (1926–2012), football coach
  • Matt Patricia (born 1974), football coach
  • Rick Pitino (born 1952), basketball coach
  • Pat Riley (born 1945), basketball coach
  • Allie Sherman (1923–2015), football coach
  • Joe Torre (born 1940), baseball manager
  • Jim Valvano (1946–1993), basketball coach
  • Pop Warner (1871–1954), football coach

Business[edit]

  • John Jacob Astor, fur trader, company founder
  • Nicholas F. Brady, former CEO of Dillon Read; 68th United States Secretary of the Treasury
  • C. Douglas Dillon, former CEO of Dillon Read; US Ambassador to France (1953–1957); 57th United States Secretary of the Treasury
  • George Eastman (1854–1932), founder of Eastman Kodak
  • Joseph Ellicott (1760–1826), surveyor and city planner
  • William G. Fargo (1818–1881), co-founder of American Express Company and Wells Fargo; mayor of Buffalo
  • Reggie Fils-Aimé (born 1961), President and Chief operating officer of Nintendo of America
  • Debra Fox, founder of Fox Learning Systems
  • Scott Greenstein (born 1959), President and Chief content officer of Sirius XM Radio
  • E.H. Harriman, errand boy, broker, railroader
  • George A. Hormel (1860–1946), founder of Hormel
  • Jeremy Jacobs (born 1940), owner of Delaware North and the Boston Bruins
  • John J. Kennedy (1857–1914), financier, 45th New York State Treasurer
  • Seymour H. Knox I (1861–1915), businessman, co-founder of F. W. Woolworth Company
  • Seymour H. Knox II (1898–1990), former director of Marine Midland Bank; philanthropist
  • Jon L. Luther, food service executive
  • Sherman J. Maisel (1918–2010), economist
  • Jeremiah Milbank, banker, co-founder of Borden Milk Co., 1857
  • Jacquelyn Ottman, marketing consultant
  • Henry Paulson, former CEO of Goldman Sachs; United States Secretary of the Treasury
  • Joseph R. Perella, financier
  • Pat Powers (1870–1948), movie producer
  • Donald Regan, former CEO of Merrill Lynch; 66th United States Secretary of the Treasury
  • Robert E. Rich, Sr. (1913–2006), inventor, foodservice executive
  • David Rockefeller (1915–2017), banker
  • John D. Rockefeller (1839–1937), founder of Standard Oil, philanthropist
  • William Rockefeller (1841–1941), co-founder of Standard Oil
  • Robert Rubin, former CEO of Goldman Sachs; 70th United States Secretary of the Treasury
  • Scott Rudin, movie producer
  • Jacob Schiff, Wall Street executive, banker
  • Edward Selzer (1893–1970), movie producer
  • Ellsworth Milton Statler (1863–1928), hotelier
  • Stuart Sternberg (born 1959), owner of the Tampa Bay Rays
  • Jill Stuart, fashion designer[6]
  • Donald Trump, Jr. (born 1977), businessman; eldest son of Donald Trump and brother of Eric, Ivanka, and Tiffany
  • Eric Trump (born 1984), philanthropist and businessman; son of Donald Trump and brother of Ivanka, Tiffany, and Donald Jr.
  • Ivanka Trump (born 1981), businesswoman, writer, and former fashion model; daughter of Donald Trump and sister of Eric, Donald Jr., and Tiffany
  • Tiffany Trump (born 1993), daughter of Donald Trump and sister of Ivanka, Eric, and Donald Jr.
  • Cornelius Vanderbilt, ferry and tugboat captain; company founder; railroader
  • Sanford Weill, former CEO of Citigroup
  • Henry Wells (1805–1878), businessman
  • Bob Weinstein, movie producer, co-founder of Miramax Films
  • Harvey Weinstein, movie producer, co-founder of Miramax Films
  • John G. Wickser (1858–1928), businessman; New York State Treasurer (1903–1904)
  • Robert G. Wilmers (born 1935), CEO of M&T Bank
  • Christopher Woodrow, movie producer
  • Mark Zuckerberg (born 1984), founder and CEO of Facebook

Fashion, beauty, and modeling[edit]

  • Keith Carlos (born 1987), fashion model, former football player, and winner of America's Next Top Model cycle 21
  • Nyle DiMarco (born 1989), model, actor, deaf activist, and winner of Dancing with the Stars season 22 and America's Next Top Model cycle 22
  • Tom Ford (born 1961), fashion designer, film director, screenwriter, and film producer
  • Mary Therese Friel (born 1960), beauty queen, model, businesswoman, and winner of Miss USA 1979
  • Marc Jacobs (born 1963), fashion designer and former creative director of Louis Vuitton (1997–2014)
  • Scarlett Johansson (born 1984), actress, model, and singer
  • Calvin Klein (born 1942), fashion designer and founder of Calvin Klein Inc.
  • Michael Kors (born 1959), sportswear fashion designer; founder and CEO of Michael Kors Holdings
  • Ralph Lauren (born 1939), fashion designer, philanthropist, business executive, and founder of the Ralph Lauren Corporation
  • Stacy London (born 1969), stylist, fashion consultant
  • Jackie Loughery (born 1930), actress, beauty queen, and inaugural winner of Miss USA
  • Sienna Miller (born 1981), actress, model, and fashion designer
  • Sarah Natochenny (born 1987), actress, film editor, fashion model, and voice actress
  • Rachel Nichols (born 1980), actress and model
  • Hayden Panettiere (born 1989), actress, model, singer, and activist
  • Kimberly Pressler (born 1977), model, reality television star, and first runner-up at Miss USA 1995
  • Tanya Roberts (born 1955), actress, model
  • Carmen Marc Valvo (born 1953), evening-wear and high-end cocktail dress designer

Lawyers and jurists[edit]

  • Benjamin N. Cardozo (1870– 1938), Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the US
  • Alan Dershowitz (born 1938), Harvard Law School professor and scholar of US constitutional law and criminal law
  • Felix Frankfurter (1882 – 1965), Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • Henry Friendly (1903–1986), judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Kumiki Gibson, lawyer
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • Arthur Goldberg (1908–1990), US Secretary of Labor, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the US, and US Ambassador to the United Nations
  • John Jay (1745–1829), first Chief Justice of the United States
  • Elena Kagan, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • John G. Roberts, Chief Justice of the United States
  • Antonin Scalia (1936–2016), former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

Religious leaders[edit]

Science and medicine[edit]

  • Richard Axel (born 1946), scientist, Nobel prize winner
  • Gertrude B. Elion (1918–1999), biochemist, pharmacologist, Nobel prize winner
  • Richard P. Feynman (1918–1988), physicist, Nobel prize winner
  • Carl Sagan (1934–1996), astronomer
  • Jonas Salk (1914–1995), scientist, developed first polio vaccine

Foreign-born New Yorkers[edit]

  • Andrulla Blanchette (born 1966), British-born professional bodybuilder
  • Maksim Chmerkovskiy (born 1980), Ukrainian-born Latin ballroom dancer, choreographer, and instructor from ABC's Dancing with the Stars; brother of Val
  • Valentin Chmerkovskiy (born 1986), Ukrainian-born professional dancer from ABC's Dancing with the Stars; brother of Maks
  • Laura Creavalle (born 1959), Guyanese-born Canadian/American professional bodybuilder
  • Lisa Cross (born 1978), British-born professional bodybuilder
  • Steven Derounian (1918–2007), Bulgarian-born politician and former U.S. Representative of New York (1953–1963, 1963–65)
  • Heather Foster (born 1966), Jamaican-born American professional bodybuilder
  • Bev Francis (born 1955), Australian-born professional bodybuilder, powerlifter, and national shot put champion
  • Carolina Herrera (born 1939), Venezuelan-born fashion designer; dress designer of First Ladies from Jacqueline Kennedy to Michelle Obama
  • Kyrie Irving (born 1992), Australian-born American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics (formerly for the Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • John Leguizamo (born 1964), Colombian-born actor, voice actor, producer, and stand-up comedian
  • Sean Patrick Maloney (born 1966), Canadian-born politician and U.S. Representative of New York since 2013
  • Joel McHale (born 1971), Italian-born actor, comedian, writer, television producer, and television host
  • Nicki Minaj (born 1982), Trinidadian-born rapper and actress
  • Pelé (real name Edson Arantes do Nascimento) (born 1940), Brazilian-born iconic soccer player and honorary president of the New York Cosmos; considered the best soccer player of all time
  • Keanu Reeves (born 1964), Lebanese-born Canadian/American actor, producer, and musician
  • Alana Shipp (born 1982), Barbadian-born Israeli/American professional bodybuilder
  • Gene Simmons (real name Chaim Weitz) (born 1949), Israeli-born musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, actor, television personality, and lead singer of the band KISS
  • Albio Sires (born 1951), Cuban-born politician and U.S. Representative of New Jersey since 2006
  • Snooki (real name Nicole Polizzi) (born 1987), Chilean-born reality television personality from Jersey Shore
  • Bruce Willis (born 1955), German-born American actor, producer, and singer
  • Jason Wu (born 1982), Taiwanese-born Canadian/American fashion designer and designer of First Lady Michelle Obama's dresses

Infamous New Yorkers[edit]

  • David Berkowitz (born 1953), serial killer "Son of Sam"
  • Billy the Kid (1859–1881), notorious wild west criminal
  • Robert Garrow (1936–1978), spree killer
  • David Hampton, actor and impostor who posed as Poitier's son "David" in 1983, which inspired a play and a film, Six Degrees of Separation
  • Theodore Rinaldo (1944–2000), convicted child sex offender
  • Jimmy Walker (1881–1946), New York City mayor forced into resigning by the Seabury Commission
  • Shirley Winters (born 1948), convicted arsonist and accused serial killer
  • Lina Beecher (1841–1915), roller coaster designer and inventor
  • Grace Brown (1886–1906, murder victim)
  • Wilson Greatbatch (1919–2011), inventor
  • Frances Shimer (1826–1901), founder of Shimer College[7]
  • Richard Stallman (born 1953), programmer of Emacs, founder of GNU
  • Josephine Terranova (1889–1981), criminal defendant

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607–1896. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 1963.
  2. ^ "Legislators Past & Present - John J. dewey". Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved 10 September 2013.
  3. ^ Livnat, Arie (December 16, 2010). "No. 1 WNBA Draft pick Sue Bird headed to Ramle". Haaretz. Retrieved December 20, 2010.
  4. ^ "A Righteous Recipe for Longevity" - The New York Times
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "Label overview: Jill Stuart". NY MAG. 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  7. ^ Crankshaw, Ned (1993). "Changing Images at Shimer College" (PDF). Illinois Historical Journal. 86: 168. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 4, 2010.

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