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Famous DeWitt Clinton High School Alumni

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List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to DeWitt Clinton High School and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from DeWitt Clinton High School, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from DeWitt Clinton High School include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished DeWitt Clinton High School alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended DeWitt Clinton High School 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 DeWitt Clinton High School.

You can rank all of these graduates, from Burt Lancaster to Tracy Morgan.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to DeWitt Clinton High School?” and “Which celebrities are DeWitt Clinton High School alumni?”
  • 1

    Tracy Morgan

    Comedian, Television producer


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Tracy Jamel Morgan (born November 10, 1968) is an American actor, voice artist, and comedian. He is best known for his seven seasons as a cast member on Saturday Night Live (1996–2003) and 30 Rock...  more

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  • 2

    James Baldwin

    Activist, Poet

    AgeDec. at 63 (1924-1987)

    BirthplaceHarlem, New York City, New York

    James Arthur Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) was an American novelist, playwright, and activist. His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son (1955), explore intricacies of racial,...  more

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  • 3

    Stan Lee

    Comic book creator, Editor

    AgeDec. at 95 (1922-2018)

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

    Alternative NamePeter Parker

    Stan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber ; December 28, 1922 – November 12, 2018) was an American comic book writer, editor, publisher, and producer. He rose through the ranks of a family-run business to...  more

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  • 4

    Ralph Lauren

    Fashion designer, Businessperson


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Ralph Lauren, KBE (né Lifshitz; born October 14, 1939) is an American fashion designer, philanthropist, and business executive, best known for the Ralph Lauren Corporation, a global...  more

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  • 5

    Robert Klein

    Comedian, Television producer


    BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA

    Alternative NameRobert Martin Klein, Robert Klein

    Robert Klein (born February 8, 1942) is an American stand-up comedian, singer, and actor. He had several comedy albums in the 1970s, was nominated for a Best Actor in a Musical Tony Award for 1979's...  more

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  • 6

    Ace Frehley

    Guitarist, Songwriter


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    Paul Daniel "Ace" Frehley (; born April 27, 1951) is an American musician and songwriter best known as the original lead guitarist, occasional lead vocalist and co-founding member of the rock band...  more

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  • 7

    Burt Lancaster

    Salesman, Soldier

    AgeDec. at 80 (1913-1994)

    BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA

    Burton Stephen Lancaster (November 2, 1913 – October 20, 1994) was an American actor and producer. Initially known for playing "tough guys", he went on to achieve success with more complex and...  more

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  • 8

    Countee Cullen

    Poet, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 42 (1903-1946)

    BirthplaceNew York

    Countee Cullen (born Countee LeRoy Porter; May 30, 1903 – January 9, 1946) was an American poet, novelist, children's writer, and playwright, particularly well known during the Harlem Renaissance....  more
  • 9

    George Cukor

    Film Director

    AgeDec. at 83 (1899-1983)

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

    George Dewey Cukor (; July 7, 1899 – January 24, 1983) was an American film director. He mainly concentrated on comedies and literary adaptations. His career flourished at RKO when David O. Selznick,...  more
  • 10

    Bill Graham

    Impresario, Businessperson

    AgeDec. at 60 (1931-1991)

    BirthplaceBerlin, Germany

    Bill Graham (born Wulf Wolodia Grajonca; January 8, 1931 – October 25, 1991) was a German-American impresario and rock concert promoter from the 1960s until his death in 1991 in a helicopter crash....  more
  • 11

    Don Adams

    Television director, Comedian

    AgeDec. at 82 (1923-2005)

    BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA

    Donald James Yarmy (April 13, 1923 – September 25, 2005), known professionally as Don Adams, was an American actor, comedian and director. In his five decades on television, he was best known as...  more


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  • 12

    Neil Simon

    Film Producer, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Marvin Neil Simon (July 4, 1927 – August 26, 2018) was an American playwright, screenwriter and author. He wrote more than 30 plays and nearly the same number of movie screenplays, mostly adaptations...  more
  • 13

    AgeDec. at 76 (1919-1996)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Alternative NameMartin Balsam

    Martin Henry Balsam (November 4, 1919 – February 13, 1996) was an American character actor. He is best known for a number of renowned film roles, including detective Milton Arbogast in Alfred...  more
  • 14

    Sherwood Schwartz

    Businessperson, Television producer

    AgeDec. at 94 (1916-2011)

    BirthplacePassaic, New Jersey, USA

    Sherwood Charles Schwartz (; November 14, 1916 – July 12, 2011) was an American television producer. He worked on radio shows in the 1940s, he is best known for creating the 1960s television series...  more
  • 15

    Bernard Herrmann

    Conductor, Film Score Composer

    AgeDec. at 64 (1911-1975)

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Bernard Herrmann (born Max Herman; June 29, 1911 – December 24, 1975) was an American composer best known for his work in composing for motion pictures. As a conductor, he championed the music of...  more

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  • 16

    Gil Scott-Heron

    Film Score Composer, Poet

    AgeDec. at 62 (1949-2011)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Gilbert Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011) was an American soul and jazz poet, musician, and author, known primarily for his work as a spoken-word performer in the 1970s and 1980s. His...  more

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  • 17

    Garry Marshall

    Television director, Television producer

    AgeDec. at 81 (1934-2016)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Alternative NameGarry K. Marshall, Gary Marshall, Garry Marshall, Gary K. Marshall

    Garry Kent Marshall (November 13, 1934 – July 19, 2016) was an American film director, film producer, screenwriter, and actor who is best known for creating Happy Days and its various spin-offs,...  more

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  • 18

    Paddy Chayefsky

    Novelist, Film Producer

    AgeDec. at 58 (1923-1981)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Sidney Aaron "Paddy" Chayefsky (January 29, 1923 – August 1, 1981) was an American playwright, screenwriter and novelist. He is the only person to have won three solo Academy Awards for Best Original...  more
  • 19


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Judd Seymore Hirsch (born March 15, 1935) is an American actor known for playing Alex Rieger on the television comedy series Taxi (1978–1983), John Lacey on the NBC series Dear John (1988–1992), and...  more

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  • 20

    Richard Condon

    Novelist, Screenwriter

    AgeDec. at 81 (1915-1996)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Richard Thomas Condon (March 18, 1915 in New York City – April 9, 1996 in Dallas, Texas) was a prolific and popular American political novelist. Though his works were satire, they were generally...  more
  • 21

    Paul Milstein


    AgeDec. at 88 (1922-2010)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Paul Milstein (May 12, 1922 – August 9, 2010) was an American real estate developer and philanthropist....  more
  • 22

    Don Lane

    Talk show host, Actor

    AgeDec. at 75 (1933-2009)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    Don Lane (born Morton Donald Isaacson, 13 November 1933 – 22 October 2009) was an American-born talk show host and singer, best known for his television career in Australia, especially for hosting...  more
  • 23

    Will Eisner

    Novelist, Cartoonist

    AgeDec. at 87 (1917-2005)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    William Erwin Eisner (March 6, 1917 – January 3, 2005) was an American cartoonist, writer, and entrepreneur. He was one of the earliest cartoonists to work in the American comic book industry, and...  more
  • 24

    Charles B. Rangel

    Politician, Attorney at law


    BirthplaceHarlem, New York City, New York, USA

    Charles Bernard Rangel (; born June 11, 1930) is an American politician who was a U.S. Representative for districts in New York from 1971 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, he was the...  more
  • 25

    Bob Kane

    Penciller, Screenwriter

    AgeDec. at 83 (1915-1998)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    Robert Kane (born Robert Kahn ; October 24, 1915 – November 3, 1998) was an American comic book writer and artist who co-created, with Bill Finger, the DC Comics character Batman. He was inducted...  more