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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.

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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 Heywood "Woody" Allen is an American actor, writer, director, comedian and playwright, whose career spans more than 50 years. He worked as a comedy writer in the 1950s, writing jokes ...more

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Tony Curtis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Painter, Actor Tony Curtis was an American film actor whose career spanned six decades, but had his greatest popularity during the 1950s and early 1960s. He acted in more than 100 films in roles covering a ...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 Colin Luther Powell is an American statesman and a retired four-star general in the United States Army. He was the 65th United States Secretary of State, serving under U.S. President George W. ...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 Jackie Mason is an American stand-up comedian and film and television actor.

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Paul Goodman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Writer Paul Goodman was an American novelist, playwright, poet and psychotherapist, although now best known as a social critic, anarchist philosopher, and public intellectual. Though often thought of ...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 Henry Alfred Kissinger is an American diplomat and political scientist. He served as National Security Advisor and later concurrently as Secretary of State in the administrations of Presidents ...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 Leonard Kleinrock is an American engineer and computer scientist. A computer science professor at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, he made several important ...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 Daniel Patrick Moynihan was an American politician and sociologist. A member of the Democratic Party, he was first elected to the United States Senate for New York in 1976, and was re-elected ...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 Sheldon Gary Adelson is an American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is the chairman and chief executive officer of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, which owns the Marina Bay ...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 Herman Hollerith was an American statistician and inventor who developed a mechanical tabulator based on punched cards to rapidly tabulate statistics from millions of pieces of data. He was the ...more

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Edward G. Robinson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Actor Edward Goldenberg Robinson was a Romanian-born American actor. A popular star during Hollywood's Golden Age, he is best remembered for his roles as gangsters, such as Rico in his star-making ...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 Norman Gaylord was an American industrial chemist and research scientist credited with playing a key role in the development of the gas-permeable rigid contact lens which allows oxygen to reach ...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 Cornel Wilde was a Hungarian-American actor and film director.

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Leonard Greene is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Inventor, Engineer Leonard Michael Greene was an American inventor and aerodynamics engineer who held more than 200 patents, many of which are aviation-related. He is most well known for his contributions to ...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 Yip Harburg was a lyricist, screenwriter, and film score composer.

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Bayard Rustin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Bayard Rustin was an American leader in social movements for civil rights, socialism, nonviolence, and gay rights. He was born and raised in Pennsylvania, where his family was involved in civil ...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 Samuel Ray Delany, Jr., Chip Delany to his friends, is an American author, professor and literary critic. His work includes fiction, memoir, criticism, and essays on sexuality and society. His ...more

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Gabourey Sidibe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Actor Gabourey Sidibe is an American actress who made her acting debut in the 2009 film Precious, a role that brought her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. From 2010 to 2013, she ...more

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Eli Wallach is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Film Producer, Actor Eli Herschel Wallach was an American film, television and stage actor whose career spanned more than six decades, beginning in the late 1940s. Trained in stage acting, which he enjoyed doing ...more

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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 Jonas Edward Salk was an American medical researcher and virologist. He discovered and developed the first successful inactivated polio vaccine. Born in New York City, he attended New York ...more

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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 Richard Schiff is an American actor and comedian. He played Toby Ziegler on The West Wing, a role for which he received an Emmy Award. Schiff made his directorial debut with The West Wing, ...more

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Felix Frankfurter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Politician, Professor, Jurist Felix Frankfurter was an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Frankfurter was born in Vienna and immigrated to New York at the age of 12. He graduated from Harvard Law School ...more

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Ira Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Lyricist, Author Ira Gershwin was an American lyricist who collaborated with his younger brother, composer George Gershwin, to create some of the most memorable songs of the 20th century. With George he wrote ...more

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Henry Miller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Painter, Novelist, Author Henry Valentine Miller was an American writer. He was known for breaking with existing literary forms, developing a new sort of semi-autobiographical novel that blended character study, social ...more

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Alfred Stieglitz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Artist, Photographer Alfred Stieglitz was an American photographer and modern art promoter who was instrumental over his fifty-year career in making photography an accepted art form. In addition to his photography, ...more

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Herbert Sandler is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Businessperson, Banker Herbert Sandler is the former CO-CEO of Golden West Financial Corporation and World Savings Bank.

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Frank Loesser is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Songwriter, Screenwriter, Lyricist Frank Henry Loesser was an American songwriter who wrote the lyrics and music to the Broadway hits Guys and Dolls and How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, among others. He won ...more

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Sapphire is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Poet, Author, Writer Ramona Lofton, better known by her pen name Sapphire, is an American author and performance poet.

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Garry Winogrand is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Photographer Garry Winogrand was a street photographer from the Bronx, New York, known for his portrayal of American life, and its social issues, in the mid-20th century. Though he photographed in Los ...more

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Julian Schwinger is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Physicist, Theoretical Physicist Julian Seymour Schwinger was a Nobel Prize winning American theoretical physicist. He is best known for his work on the theory of quantum electrodynamics, in particular for developing a ...more

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Upton Sinclair, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Politician, Journalist, Novelist Upton Beall Sinclair, Jr., was an American author who wrote nearly 100 books across a number of genres. He achieved popularity in the first half of the twentieth century, acquiring particular ...more

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Bernard Baruch is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Businessperson, Politician, Investor Bernard Mannes Baruch was an American financier, stock investor, philanthropist, statesman, and political consultant. After his success in business, he devoted his time toward advising U.S. ...more

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Harry Magdoff is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Economist, Writer Henry Samuel Magdoff, was a prominent American socialist commentator. He held several administrative positions in government during the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt and later became ...more

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Andrew Grove is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Writer Andrew Stephen Grove, is a Hungarian-born American businessman, engineer, and author. He is a science pioneer in the semiconductor industry. He escaped from Communist-controlled Hungary at the ...more

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Zero Mostel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Performer, Comedian, Actor Samuel Joel "Zero" Mostel was an American actor and comedian of stage and screen, best known for his portrayal of comic characters such as Tevye on stage in Fiddler on the Roof, ...more

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Judd Hirsch is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Actor Judd Seymore Hirsch is an American actor known for playing Alex Rieger on the television comedy series Taxi, John Lacey on the NBC series Dear John, and Alan Eppes on the CBS series Numb3rs. He ...more

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Roy Innis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Roy Emile Alfredo Innis is an American activist and politician. He has been National Chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality since his election to the position in 1968. One of his sons, ...more

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Butterfly McQueen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Actor Thelma "Butterfly" McQueen was an American actress. Originally a dancer, McQueen first appeared as Prissy, Scarlett O'Hara's maid in the 1939 film Gone with the Wind. She continued as ...more

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Ernest Lehman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Film Director Ernest Paul Lehman was an American screenwriter. He received six Academy Award nominations during his career, without a single win. At the 73rd Academy Awards in 2001, he received an Honorary ...more

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Robert Scheer is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Editor, Journalist, Professor Robert Scheer is an actor.

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Deborah Lipstadt is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Historian, Professor, Author Deborah Esther Lipstadt is an American historian and author of the books Denying the Holocaust and The Eichmann Trial. She is the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory ...more

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Barbara Herrnstein Smith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Barbara Herrnstein Smith is an American literary critic and theorist, best known for her work Contingencies of Value: Alternative Perspectives for Critical Theory. She is currently the Braxton ...more

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Morton Sobell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Morton Sobell Morton Sobell is an American former engineer with General Electric and Reeves Electronics who worked on military and government contracts, and who was subsequently found guilty of spying for the ...more

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Joel Barr is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Joel Barr Engineer Joel Barr, also Iozef Veniaminovich Berg and Joseph Berg, was part of the Soviet Atomic Spy Ring

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William Perl is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
William Perl Scientist William Perl, whose real name was William Mutterperl, was an American physicist and Soviet spy. While a student at the City College of New York, Perl joined the Steinmetz Club, the campus branch ...more

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Seymour Martin Lipset is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Sociologist, Political scientist Seymour Martin Lipset was an American political sociologist, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and the Hazel Professor of Public Policy at George Mason ...more

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Irving Kahn is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Investor, Financial adviser, Financial Analyst Irving Kahn was an American businessman and investor. He was the oldest living active investment professional. He was an early disciple of Benjamin Graham, the creator of the value investing ...more

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Robert E. Kahn is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Engineer Robert Elliot "Bob" Kahn is an American electrical engineer, who, along with Vint Cerf, invented the Transmission Control Protocol and the Internet Protocol, the fundamental ...more

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Asa Philip Randolph is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Trade unionist, Social activist Asa Philip Randolph was a leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, the American labor movement, and socialist political parties. He organized and led the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car ...more

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Arno Allan Penzias is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous City College Of New York Alumni
Physicist, Scientist, Astronomer Arno Allan Penzias is an American physicist, radio astronomer and Nobel laureate in physics who is co-discoverer of the cosmic microwave background radiation, which helped establish the Big Bang ...more