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List of famous people from Brooklyn, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Brooklyn, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Brooklyn you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Brooklyn, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

This list contains people like Leonard Rosenman and Arthur Piantadosi.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Brooklyn?" or "Which celebrities were born in Brooklyn?" then this list is a great resource for you.

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Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Anne Hathaway age 34 - Anne Jacqueline Hathaway is an American actress, singer, and producer. After several stage roles, Hathaway appeared in the 1999 television series Get Real. She came to prominence after playing ...more

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Joan Rivers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Joan Rivers Died at 81 (1933-2014) - Joan Alexandra Molinsky, known as Joan Rivers, was an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and television host noted for her often controversial comedic persona — where she was ...more

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Adam Sandler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Adam Sandler age 50 - Adam Richard Sandler is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, entrepreneur, film producer, and musician. After becoming a Saturday Night Live cast member, Sandler went on to star in many ...more

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Eddie Murphy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Eddie Murphy age 56 - Edward Regan "Eddie" Murphy is an American comedian, actor, writer, singer, and director. Box-office takes from Murphy's films make him the 4th-highest grossing actor in the United ...more

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Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Jerry Seinfeld age 62 - Jerome Allen "Jerry" Seinfeld is an American comedian, actor, writer, and producer. He is best known for playing a semi-fictional version of himself in the sitcom Seinfeld, which he ...more

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Rita Hayworth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Rita Hayworth Died at 69 (1918-1987) - Rita Hayworth was an American actress and dancer. She achieved fame during the 1940s as one of the era's top stars, appearing in a total of 61 films over 37 years. She is perhaps best known for ...more

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Mickey Rooney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Mickey Rooney Died at 94 (1920-2014) - Mickey Rooney was an American actor of film, television, Broadway, radio, and vaudeville. Beginning as a child actor, Rooney's career spanned nearly nine decades and continued until shortly ...more

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Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Lil' Kim age 41 - Kimberly Denise Jones known by her stage name Lil' Kim, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, model, and actress. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, living much of her ...more

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Larry David is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Larry David age 69 - Lawrence Gene "Larry" David is an American comedian, writer, actor, and television producer. He was the co-creator, with Jerry Seinfeld, of the television series Seinfeld, and was its ...more

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Larry King is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Larry King age 83 - Larry King is an American television and radio host, actor, voice artist, and comedian whose work has been recognized with awards including two Peabodys and 10 Cable ACE Awards. He began as a ...more

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Nia Long is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Nia Long age 46 - Nia Long is an American actress. She is best known for her roles in the television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Third Watch, and the films In Too Deep, Boyz n the Hood, Friday, Boiler ...more

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Jennifer Esposito is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Jennifer Esposito age 43 - Jennifer Esposito is an American actress, dancer and model, known for her appearances in the films I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, Summer of Sam and Crash, and in the television series ...more

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Tony Danza is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Tony Danza age 65 - Tony Danza is an American actor known for starring on the TV series Taxi and Who's the Boss?, for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award and four Golden Globe Awards. In 1998, Danza won the ...more

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Lena Horne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Lena Horne Died at 93 (1917-2010) - Lena Mary Calhoun Horne was an American singer, dancer, actress, and civil rights activist. Horne joined the chorus of the Cotton Club at the age of sixteen and became a nightclub performer ...more

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Scott Baio is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Scott Baio age 56 - Scott Baio is a film actor and television director.

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Dom DeLuise is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Dom DeLuise Died at 76 (1933-2009) - Dominick "Dom" DeLuise was an American actor, comedian, film director, television producer, chef, and author. He was the husband of actress Carol Arthur from 1965 until his death and ...more

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Harvey Keitel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Harvey Keitel age 77 - Harvey Keitel is an American actor and producer. Some of his most notable starring roles were in Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets and Taxi Driver, Ridley Scott's The Duellists and Thelma & ...more

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Buddy Hackett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Buddy Hackett Died at 79 (1924-2003) - Buddy Hackett was an American comedian and actor. His best remembered roles include Marcellus Washburn in The Music Man, Benjy Benjamin in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Tennessee Steinmetz in ...more

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Judith Sheindlin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Judith Sheindlin age 74 - Judith Susan Sheindlin, better known as Judge Judy, is an American lawyer, judge, television personality, and author. Since 1996, Sheindlin has presided over her own successful Daytime Emmy ...more

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Steve Guttenberg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Steve Guttenberg age 58 - Steven Robert "Steve" Guttenberg is an American actor and comedian. He became well known during the 1980s starting with his breakthrough role in 1984's Police Academy and subsequent ...more

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David Geffen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
David Geffen age 74 - David Lawrence Geffen is an American business magnate, producer, film studio executive, and philanthropist. Geffen created or co-created Asylum Records in 1970, Geffen Records in 1980, and DGC ...more

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David Blaine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
David Blaine age 44 - David Blaine is an American magician, illusionist and endurance artist. He is best known for his high-profile feats of endurance, and has made his name as a performer of street and close-up ...more

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John Turturro is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
John Turturro age 60 - John Michael Turturro is an American actor, writer and director known for his roles in the films Do the Right Thing, Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, Quiz Show, The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where ...more

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Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Carmelo Anthony age 32 - Carmelo Kyam Anthony is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association. Anthony attended Towson Catholic High ...more

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Barbara Stanwyck is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Barbara Stanwyck Died at 83 (1907-1990) - Barbara Stanwyck was an American actress. She was a film and television star, known during her 60-year career as a consummate and versatile professional with a strong, realistic screen presence, ...more

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Howard Zinn is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Howard Zinn Died at 88 (1922-2010) - Howard Zinn was an American historian, author, playwright, and social activist. He was a political science professor at Boston University. Zinn wrote more than 20 books, including his ...more

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Aaron Copland is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Aaron Copland Died at 90 (1900-1990) - Aaron Copland was an American composer, composition teacher, writer, and later in his career a conductor of his own and other American music. Instrumental in forging a distinctly American style ...more

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Annabella Sciorra is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Annabella Sciorra age 53 - Annabella Gloria Philomena Sciorra is an American actress.

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Jimmy Durante is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Jimmy Durante Died at 87 (1893-1980) - James Francis "Jimmy" Durante was an American singer, pianist, comedian, and actor. His distinctive clipped gravelly speech, New York accent, comic language butchery, jazz-influenced ...more

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Joe Paterno is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Joe Paterno Died at 86 (1926-2012) - Joseph Vincent "Joe" Paterno, sometimes referred to as "JoePa", was an American college football player and coach who was the head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions from ...more

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Celeste Holm is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Celeste Holm Died at 95 (1917-2012) - Celeste Holm was an American stage, film and television actress. Holm won an Academy Award for her performance in Gentleman's Agreement, and was Oscar nominated for her roles in Come to the ...more

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Phil Silvers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Phil Silvers Died at 74 (1911-1985) - Phil Silvers was an American entertainer and comedy actor, known as "The King of Chutzpah." He is best known for starring in The Phil Silvers Show, a 1950s sitcom set on a U.S. Army ...more

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Clara Bow is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Clara Bow Died at 60 (1905-1965) - Clara Gordon Bow was an American actress who rose to stardom in silent film during the 1920s. It was her appearance as a plucky shopgirl in the film It that brought her global fame and the ...more

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Phil Rizzuto is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Phil Rizzuto Died at 90 (1917-2007) - Philip Francis "Phil" Rizzuto, nicknamed "The Scooter", was an American Major League Baseball shortstop. He spent his entire 13-year baseball career with the New York ...more

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Vic Tayback is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Vic Tayback Died at 60 (1930-1990) - Victor "Vic" Tayback was an American actor.

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Nas is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Nas age 43 - Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, better known as Nas, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer and actor. He is the son of jazz musician Olu Dara. Since 1994, Nas has released eight ...more

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Curly Howard is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Curly Howard Died at 49 (1903-1952) - Jerome Lester Horwitz, better known by his stage name Curly Howard, was an American comedian and vaudevillian actor. He was best known as the most outrageous member of the American farce comedy ...more

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Suzanne Pleshette is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Suzanne Pleshette Died at 71 (1937-2008) - Suzanne Pleshette was an American actress and voice actress. After beginning her career in the theatre, she began appearing in films in the early 1960s, such as Rome Adventure and Alfred ...more

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Jeff Chandler is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Jeff Chandler Died at 43 (1918-1961) - Jeff Chandler was an American film actor and singer in the 1950s, best remembered for playing Cochise in Broken Arrow, and for being one of Universal International's most popular male stars of ...more

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Marion Davies is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Marion Davies Died at 64 (1897-1961) - Marion Davies was an American film actress, producer, screenwriter, and philanthropist. Davies was already building a solid reputation as a film comedienne when newspaper tycoon William Randolph ...more

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Maurice Sendak is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Maurice Sendak Died at 84 (1928-2012) - Maurice Sendak was a writer, illustrator, TV and film producer.

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Jack Lord is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Jack Lord Died at 78 (1920-1998) - Jack Lord is a film director, actor and a producer.

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James E. Davis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
James E. Davis Died at 41 (1962-2003) - James E. Davis was a New York City police officer, corrections officer and council member. He was killed by a fellow politician in New York City Hall, in a bizarre instance of political rivalry ...more

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Frank McCourt is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Frank McCourt Died at 79 (1930-2009) - Francis "Frank" McCourt was an Irish-American teacher and writer. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his novel Angela's Ashes, a tragicomic memoir of the misery and squalor of his childhood.

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Barry Commoner is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Barry Commoner Died at 95 (1917-2012) - Barry Commoner was an American biologist, college professor, and politician. He was a leading ecologist and among the founders of the modern environmental movement. He ran for president of the ...more

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Rosie Perez is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Rosie Perez age 52 - Rosa Maria "Rosie" Perez is an American actress, community activist, talk show host, author, dancer, and choreographer. Her film breakthrough was in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing. She ...more

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William Rubin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
William Rubin Died at 79 (1927-2006) - William Rubin was the director of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, which he first joined in 1967.

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Bruce Paltrow is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Bruce Paltrow Died at 59 (1943-2002) - Bruce Weigert Paltrow was an American television and film director and producer. He was the husband of actress Blythe Danner, and was the father of actress Gwyneth Paltrow and director Jake

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Robert Metcalfe is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Robert Metcalfe age 71 - Robert Melancton "Bob" Metcalfe is an electrical engineer from the United States who co-invented Ethernet, founded 3Com and formulated Metcalfe's Law. As of January 2006, he is a ...more

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Art Modell is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Art Modell Died at 87 (1925-2012) - Arthur Bertram "Art" Modell was an American businessman, entrepreneur and National Football League team owner. He owned the Cleveland Browns franchise from 1961 to 1995 and the ...more