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List Rules People on this list must have gone to City College of New York and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from City College of New York, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from City College of New York include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished City College of New York alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended City College of New York are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from City College of New York.

The list you're viewing contains graduates like Woody Allen and Eli Wallach.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to City College of New York?” and “Which celebrities are City College of New York alumni?”
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Woody Allen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Film Score Composer, Comedian, Musician

Age: 83

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Heywood "Woody" Allen (born December 1, 1935) is an American director, writer, actor, and comedian whose career spans more than six decades. He began his career as a comedy writer in ...more

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Tony Curtis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Painter, Actor

Age: Died at 85 (1925-2010)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

Tony Curtis (born Bernard Schwartz; June 3, 1925 – September 29, 2010) was an American film actor whose career spanned six decades but who achieved the height of his popularity in the 1950s and ...more

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Colin Powell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Statesman, Politician, Soldier

Age: 81

Birthplace: Harlem, New York City, New York, United States of America

Colin Luther Powell (; born April 5, 1937) is an American politician and retired four-star general in the United States Army. During his military career, Powell also served as National Security ...more

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Jackie Mason is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Rabbi, Comedian, Screenwriter

Age: 87

Birthplace: USA, Wisconsin, Sheboygan

Jackie Mason (born Yacov Moshe Maza; June 9, 1928) is an American stand-up comedian and film and television actor. He is ranked #63 on Comedy Central's 100 greatest stand-up comedians of ...more

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Paul Goodman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Writer

Age: Dec. at 61 (1911-1972)

Birthplace: Manhattan, Greenwich Village, Contiguous United States, New York, 10014, + more

Paul Goodman (September 9, 1911 – August 2, 1972) was an American novelist, playwright, poet, literary critic, and psychotherapist, although now best known as a social critic and anarchist ...more

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Henry Kissinger is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Statesman, Businessperson, Politician

Age: 95

Birthplace: Fürth, Germany

Henry Alfred Kissinger (; German: [ˈkɪsɪŋɐ]; born Heinz Alfred Kissinger; May 27, 1923) is an American politician, diplomat, and geopolitical consultant who served as United States Secretary of ...more

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Leonard Kleinrock is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Professor, Inventor, Computer scientist

Age: 84

Birthplace: Harlem, New York City, New York

Leonard Kleinrock (born June 13, 1934) is an American computer scientist. A professor at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, he made several important contributions ...more
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Daniel Patrick Moynihan ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Sociologist, Politician

Age: Dec. at 76 (1927-2003)

Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States of America

Daniel Patrick "Pat" Moynihan (March 16, 1927 – March 26, 2003) was an American politician, sociologist, and diplomat. A member of the Democratic Party, he represented New York in the ...more

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Sheldon Adelson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Businessperson, Real estate development, Entrepreneur

Age: 85

Birthplace: Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts

Sheldon Gary Adelson (pronounced ; born August 4, 1933) is an American business magnate, investor, philanthropist, and political donor. He is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of ...more
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Herman Hollerith is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Businessperson, Inventor, Statistician

Age: Dec. at 69 (1860-1929)

Birthplace: Buffalo, New York

Herman Hollerith (February 29, 1860 – November 17, 1929) was an American inventor who developed an electromechanical punched card tabulator to assist in summarizing information and, later, ...more
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Edward G. Robinson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Actor

Age: Dec. at 80 (1893-1973)

Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania

Edward G. Robinson (born Emanuel Goldenberg; Yiddish: ײמאַנועל גאָלדענבערג‎; December 12, 1893 – January 26, 1973) was a Romanian American actor of stage and screen during Hollywood's Golden ...more

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Norman Gaylord is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Chemist, Inventor, Engineer

Age: Dec. at 84 (1923-2007)

Norman Grant Gaylord (born Norman Gershon Goldstein; February 16, 1923 – September 18, 2007) was an American industrial chemist and research scientist. He was credited with playing a key role in ...more
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Cornel Wilde is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: Dec. at 77 (1912-1989)

Birthplace: Prievidza, Slovakia

Cornel Wilde (born Kornél Lajos Weisz; October 13, 1912 – October 16, 1989) was a Hungarian-American actor and film director. Wilde's acting career began in 1935, when he made his debut ...more

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Leonard Greene is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Inventor, Engineer

Age: Dec. at 88 (1918-2006)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Leonard Michael Greene (June 8, 1918 – November 30, 2006) was an American inventor and aerodynamics engineer who held more than 200 patents, many of which are aviation-related. He is most well ...more
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Yip Harburg is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Film Score Composer, Screenwriter, Lyricist

Age: Dec. at 85 (1896-1981)

Birthplace: Lower East Side, New York City, New York

Edgar Yipsel "Yip" Harburg (born Isidore Hochberg, Yiddish: איסידור הוכברג‎; April 8, 1896 – March 5, 1981) was an American popular song lyricist and librettist who worked with many ...more

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Bayard Rustin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni

Age: Dec. at 75 (1912-1987)

Birthplace: West Chester, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Bayard Rustin (; March 17, 1912 – August 24, 1987) was an American leader in social movements for civil rights, socialism, nonviolence, and gay rights. Rustin worked with A. Philip Randolph on ...more
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Samuel R. Delany is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Editor, Literary critic, Educator

Age: 76

Birthplace: New York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America, + more

Samuel R. Delany (; born April 1, 1942), Chip Delany to his friends, is an African-American author and literary critic. His work includes fiction (especially science fiction), memoir, criticism ...more

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Gabourey Sidibe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Actor

Age: 35

Birthplace: Bedford-Stuyvesant, New York City, New York, United States of America

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Eli Wallach is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Film Producer, Actor

Age: Dec. at 99 (1915-2014)

Birthplace: Red Hook, New York City, New York, United States of America

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Jonas Salk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Medical researcher, Virologist, Scientist

Age: Dec. at 81 (1914-1995)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

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Richard Schiff is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Actor

Age: 60

Birthplace: Bethesda, Maryland, USA

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Felix Frankfurter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Politician, Professor, Jurist

Age: Dec. at 83 (1882-1965)

Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

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Ira Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Lyricist, Author

Age: Dec. at 87 (1896-1983)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Ira Gershwin (born Israel Gershowitz, December 6, 1896 – August 17, 1983) was an American lyricist who collaborated with his younger brother, composer George Gershwin, to create some of the most ...more

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Henry Miller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Henry Miller Painter, Novelist, Author

Age: Dec. at 89 (1891-1980)

Birthplace: Yorkville, New York City, New York

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Alfred Stieglitz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Artist, Photographer

Age: Dec. at 82 (1864-1946)

Birthplace: Hoboken, New Jersey

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