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Famous City College Of New York Alumni

Updated September 23, 2019 15.3k views321 items

List RulesPeople 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?”
  • Woody Allen1

    Woody Allen

    Film Score Composer, Comedian


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Heywood "Woody" Allen (born December 1, 1935) is an American director, writer, actor, and...  more

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  • Tony Curtis2

    Tony Curtis

    Painter, Actor

    AgeDied at 85 (1925-2010)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Tony Curtis (born Bernard Schwartz; June 3, 1925 – September 29, 2010) was an American film...  more

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  • Colin Powell3

    Colin Powell

    Statesman, Politician


    BirthplaceHarlem, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Colin Luther Powell (; born April 5, 1937) is an American politician and retired four-star...  more

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  • Jackie Mason4

    Jackie Mason

    Rabbi, Comedian


    BirthplaceSheboygan, Wisconsin, United States of America

    Jackie Mason (born Yacov Moshe Maza; June 9, 1928) is an American stand-up comedian and film...  more

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  • Paul Goodman5

    AgeDec. at 61 (1911-1972)

    BirthplaceManhattan, Greenwich Village, Contiguous United States, New York, 10014

    Paul Goodman (September 9, 1911 – August 2, 1972) was an American novelist, playwright, poet,...  more

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  • Henry Kissinger6

    Henry Kissinger

    Statesman, Businessperson


    BirthplaceFürth, Germany

    Henry Alfred Kissinger (; German: [ˈkɪsɪŋɐ]; born Heinz Alfred Kissinger; May 27, 1923) is an...  more

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  • Leonard Kleinrock7

    Leonard Kleinrock

    Professor, Inventor


    BirthplaceHarlem, New York City, New York

    Leonard Kleinrock (born June 13, 1934) is an American computer scientist. A professor at...  more
  • Daniel Patrick Moynihan8

    Daniel Patrick Moynihan

    Sociologist, Politician

    AgeDec. at 76 (1927-2003)

    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma, United States of America

    Daniel Patrick "Pat" Moynihan (March 16, 1927 – March 26, 2003) was an American politician,...  more

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    #23 of 137 Famous People Buried at Arlington National Cemetery#32 of 249 Famous Irish Americans

  • Sheldon Adelson9

    Sheldon Adelson

    Businessperson, Real estate development


    BirthplaceDorchester, Boston, Massachusetts

    Sheldon Gary Adelson (pronounced ; born August 4, 1933) is an American business magnate,...  more
  • Herman Hollerith10

    Herman Hollerith

    Businessperson, Inventor

    AgeDec. at 69 (1860-1929)

    BirthplaceBuffalo, New York

    Herman Hollerith (February 29, 1860 – November 17, 1929) was an American inventor who...  more
  • Edward G. Robinson11

    AgeDec. at 80 (1893-1973)

    BirthplaceBucharest, Romania

    Edward G. Robinson (born Emanuel Goldenberg; Yiddish: ײמאַנועל גאָלדענבערג‎; December 12, 1893...  more

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    Norman Gaylord

    Chemist, Inventor

    AgeDec. at 84 (1923-2007)

    Norman Grant Gaylord (born Norman Gershon Goldstein; February 16, 1923 – September 18, 2007)...  more
  • Cornel Wilde13

    Cornel Wilde

    Film Producer, Screenwriter

    AgeDec. at 77 (1912-1989)

    BirthplacePrievidza, Slovakia

    Cornel Wilde (born Kornél Lajos Weisz; October 13, 1912 – October 16, 1989) was a...  more
  • Leonard Greene14

    Leonard Greene

    Inventor, Engineer

    AgeDec. at 88 (1918-2006)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Leonard Michael Greene (June 8, 1918 – November 30, 2006) was an American inventor and...  more
  • Yip Harburg15

    Yip Harburg

    Film Score Composer, Screenwriter

    AgeDec. at 85 (1896-1981)

    BirthplaceLower East Side, New York City, New York

    Edgar Yipsel "Yip" Harburg (born Isidore Hochberg, Yiddish: איסידור הוכברג‎; April 8, 1896 –...  more
  • Bayard Rustin16
    Bayard Rustin (; March 17, 1912 – August 24, 1987) was an American leader in social movements...  more
  • Samuel R. Delany17

    Samuel R. Delany

    Editor, Literary critic


    BirthplaceNew York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America

    Samuel R. Delany (; born April 1, 1942), Chip Delany to his friends, is an African-American...  more

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  • Gabourey Sidibe18


    BirthplaceBedford-Stuyvesant, New York City, New York, USA

    Gabourey Sidibe ( GAB-ə-ray SID-i-bay; born May 6, 1983) is an American actress. Sidibe made...  more

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  • Eli Wallach19

    Eli Wallach

    Film Producer, Actor

    AgeDec. at 99 (1915-2014)

    BirthplaceRed Hook, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Eli Herschel Wallach (; December 7, 1915 – June 24, 2014) was an American film, television and...  more

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    #112 of 302 The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)#153 of 310 The Coolest Actors Ever

  • Jonas Salk20

    Jonas Salk

    Medical researcher, Virologist

    AgeDec. at 81 (1914-1995)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Jonas Edward Salk (; October 28, 1914 – June 23, 1995) was an American medical researcher and...  more

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  • Richard Schiff21

    Richard Schiff

    Television director, Television producer


    BirthplaceBethesda, Maryland, United States of America

    Richard Schiff (born May 27, 1955) is an American actor and comedian. He is best known for...  more

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  • Felix Frankfurter22

    Felix Frankfurter

    Politician, Professor

    AgeDec. at 83 (1882-1965)

    BirthplaceVienna, Austria

    Felix Frankfurter (November 15, 1882 – February 22, 1965) was an Austrian-American lawyer,...  more
  • Ira Gershwin23

    Ira Gershwin

    Lyricist, Author

    AgeDec. at 87 (1896-1983)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Ira Gershwin (born Israel Gershowitz, December 6, 1896 – August 17, 1983) was an American...  more

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  • Henry Miller24

    Henry Miller

    Painter, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 89 (1891-1980)

    BirthplaceYorkville, New York City, New York

    Henry Valentine Miller (December 26, 1891 – June 7, 1980) was an American writer. He was known...  more


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  • Alfred Stieglitz25

    Alfred Stieglitz

    Artist, Photographer

    AgeDec. at 82 (1864-1946)

    BirthplaceHoboken, New Jersey

    Alfred Stieglitz HonFRPS (January 1, 1864 – July 13, 1946) was an American photographer and...  more