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75+ Famous People Buried in New York City

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This is a list of famous people buried in New York City. Celebrities are often buried in the highest caliber cemeteries, mausoleums and tombs, which is why we've created this list of celebrities buried in New York City. If you're ever visiting New York City and want to check out historic graves, then this could be a jumping off point as to which burial locations you want to see.

This list answers the questions "Which famous people are buried in New York City?" and "Which celebrities are buried in New York City?" For example, Montgomery Clift is one of the celebrities buried in a famous cemetery in New York. There are a number of famous cemeteries in NYC, such as Green-Wood Cemetery, Woodlawn Cemetery, and St. John Cemetery. 

From celebrity tombs at New York City to legendary locals, these are the most well-known people whose final resting place is New York City. You can find useful information below for these notable people buried in New York City, like what year and where the person was born.

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  • BirthplaceOmaha, Nebraska, United States of America

    Edward Montgomery "Monty" Clift (; October 17, 1920 – July 23, 1966) was an American actor. A four time Academy Award nominee, The New York Times said he was known for his portrayal of "moody,...  more

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  • 1758-04-28

    BirthplaceMonroe Hall, Virginia, United States of America

    James Monroe (; April 28, 1758 – July 4, 1831) was an American statesman, lawyer, diplomat and Founding Father who served as the fifth president of the United States from 1817 to 1825. A member of...  more

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  • 1890-06-01

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Francis Phillip Wuppermann (June 1, 1890 – September 18, 1949), known professionally as Frank Morgan, was an American character actor on radio, stage and film. He was best known for his appearances...  more

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  • 1897-11-08

    BirthplaceBath Beach, New York City, New York

    Dorothy Day (November 8, 1897 – November 29, 1980) was an American journalist, social activist, and Catholic convert. Day initially lived a bohemian lifestyle before gaining public attention as a...  more
  • 1803-07-31

    BirthplaceLångbanshyttan

    John Ericsson (born Johan) (July 31, 1803 – March 8, 1889) was a Swedish-American inventor. He was active in England and the United States. Ericsson collaborated on the design of the steam...  more
  • 1931-08-27

    BirthplaceChittagong District, Bangladesh

    Chinmoy Kumar Ghose, better known as Sri Chinmoy (27 August 1931 – 11 October 2007), was an Indian spiritual leader who taught meditation in the West after moving to New York City in 1964. Chinmoy...  more
  • BirthplaceRussian Empire

    Menachem Mendel Schneerson (Hebrew: מנחם מענדל שניאורסאהן‎; April 18, 1902 OS – June 12, 1994; AM 11 Nissan 5662 – 3 Tammuz 5754), known to many as the Lubavitcher Rebbe or simply as the Rebbe, was a...  more
  • 1976-03-14

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Merlin Santana (March 14, 1976 – November 9, 2002) was an American actor and rapper. Santana was best known for his roles as Rudy Huxtable's boyfriend Stanley on The Cosby Show, Marcus Dixon on...  more
  • David Sherwood Jackson (1813 – January 20, 1872) was a U.S. Representative from New York. Born in New York City in 1813, Jackson grew up attending public schools. He served as an alderman in the...  more
  • 1740-07-31

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

    Marinus Willett (July 31, 1740 – August 22, 1830) was an American soldier and political leader from New York. He was characterized by historian Mark M. Boatner as "one of the truly outstanding...  more
  • BirthplaceSwords, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

    Richard Montgomery (December 2, 1738 – December 31, 1775) was an Irish soldier who first served in the British Army. He later became a major general in the Continental Army during the American...  more
  • 1915-06-26

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Constantino Paul "Big Paul" Castellano (Italian: [kastelˈlaːno]; June 26, 1915 – December 16, 1985), also known as "The Howard Hughes of the Mob" and "Big Paulie" (or "PC" to his family), was an...  more

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  • BirthplaceLyubavichi, Rudnyansky District, Smolensk Oblast, Russia

    Yosef Yitzchak (Joseph Isaac) Schneersohn (Hebrew: יוסף יצחק שניאורסאהן; 21 June 1880 – 28 January 1950) was an Orthodox rabbi and the sixth Rebbe (spiritual leader) of the Chabad Lubavitch chasidic...  more
  • BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Estelle Emma Skidmore Doremus was the daughter of Hubbard Skidmore, who served in the American Revolutionary War, and became a charter member and honorary vice president general of the National...  more
  • BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Charles Kinnaird Graham (June 3, 1824 – April 15, 1889) was a sailor in the antebellum United States Navy, attorney, and later a brigadier general in the Union Army during the American Civil War. As...  more
  • BirthplaceKentucky

    Ormsby MacKnight (or McKnight) Mitchel (August 28, 1810, or possibly 1809, – October 31, 1862) was an American astronomer and major general in the American Civil War. A multi-talented man, he was...  more
  • 1866-03-17

    BirthplaceRosebank, New York City, New York

    Elizabeth Alice Austen (March 17, 1866 – June 9, 1952) was an American photographer working in Staten Island....  more
  • 1884-04-17

    BirthplaceCuero, Texas

    Leo Max Frank (April 17, 1884 – August 17, 1915) was an American factory superintendent who was convicted in 1913 of the murder of a 13-year-old employee, Mary Phagan, in Atlanta, Georgia. His trial,...  more
  • BirthplacePortsmouth, New Hampshire

    Fitz John Porter (August 31, 1822 – May 21, 1901) (sometimes written FitzJohn Porter or Fitz-John Porter) was a career United States Army officer and a Union general during the American Civil War. He...  more
  • BirthplaceNew Brunswick, New Jersey

    William Henry "Billy" Vanderbilt (May 8, 1821 – December 8, 1885) was an American businessman and philanthropist. He was the eldest son of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, an heir to his fortune and a...  more
  • BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Brigadier General Cornelius "Neily" Vanderbilt III (September 5, 1873 – March 1, 1942) was an American military officer, inventor, engineer, and yachtsman. He was a member of the Vanderbilt family....  more
  • 1770-10-10

    BirthplaceWethersfield, Connecticut

    Benjamin Wright (October 10, 1770 – August 24, 1842) was an American civil engineer who was chief engineer of the Erie Canal and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. In 1969, the American Society of Civil...  more
  • BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Francis Jay Herron (February 17, 1837 – January 8, 1902), was a Union general during the American Civil War....  more
  • 1815-01-16

    BirthplaceNew York

    Henry Wager Halleck (January 16, 1815 – January 9, 1872) was a United States Army officer, scholar, and lawyer. A noted expert in military studies, he was known by a nickname that became derogatory:...  more
  • BirthplaceStockbridge, Vermont

    George Crockett Strong (October 16, 1832 – July 30, 1863) was a Union brigadier general in the American Civil War....  more