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List of famous people from Brooklyn, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Brooklyn, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Brooklyn you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Brooklyn, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

This list contains people like Leonard Rosenman and Arthur Piantadosi.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Brooklyn?" or "Which celebrities were born in Brooklyn?" then this list is a great resource for you.
Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Age: 36

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

Anne Jacqueline Hathaway (born November 12, 1982) is an American actress. One of the highest-paid actresses in the world in 2015, she has received multiple awards, including an Academy Award, a ...more

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Joan Rivers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Dec. at 81 (1933-2014)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Joan Alexandra Molinsky (June 8, 1933 – September 4, 2014), known professionally as Joan Rivers, was an American comedian, actress, writer, producer, and television host. She was noted for her ...more

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Adam Sandler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Age: 52

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Adam Richard Sandler (born September 9, 1966) is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, film producer, and musician. After becoming a Saturday Night Live cast member, Sandler went on to star ...more

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Eddie Murphy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Age: 57

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

Edward Regan Murphy (born April 3, 1961) is an American actor, comedian, and singer. Murphy was a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1980 to 1984. He has worked as a stand-up ...more

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Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Age: 64

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

Jerome Allen Seinfeld ( SYNE-feld; born April 29, 1954) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, producer, and director. He is known for playing a semi-fictionalized version of himself ...more

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Rita Hayworth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Dec. at 69 (1918-1987)

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Rita Hayworth (born Margarita Carmen Cansino; October 17, 1918 – May 14, 1987) was an American actress and dancer. She achieved fame during the 1940s as one of the era's top stars, appearing in ...more

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Mickey Rooney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Dec. at 94 (1920-2014)

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Mickey Rooney (born Joseph Yule Jr.; September 23, 1920 – April 6, 2014) was an American actor, vaudevillian, comedian, producer and radio personality. In a career spanning nine decades and ...more

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Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Age: 44

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

Kimberly Denise Jones (born July 11, 1974 or 1975), known professionally as Lil' Kim, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, model, and actress. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she ...more

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Larry David is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Age: 71

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

Lawrence Gene David (born July 2, 1947) is an American comedian, writer, actor, director, and television producer. He and Jerry Seinfeld created the television series Seinfeld, of which David ...more

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Larry King is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Age: 85

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

Larry King (born Lawrence Harvey Zeiger; November 19, 1933) is an American television and radio host, whose work has been recognized with awards including two Peabodys, an Emmy award, and 10 ...more

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Nia Long is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Age: 48

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Nia Talita Long (born October 30, 1970) is an American actress. She is known for her roles in the television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Third Watch and Empire, and the films Boyz n the ...more

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Jennifer Esposito is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Age: 45

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

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Tony Danza is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Age: 67

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

Tony Danza (born April 21, 1951) is an American actor, comedian, singer, television personality, tap dancer, boxer and teacher who starred on the TV series Taxi and Who's the Boss?, for which he ...more

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Lena Horne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Dec. at 93 (1917-2010)

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York, Bedford-Stuyvesant

Lena Mary Calhoun Horne (June 30, 1917 – May 9, 2010) was an American singer, dancer, actress, and civil rights activist. Horne's career spanned over 70 years appearing in film, television, and ...more

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Scott Baio is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Age: 58

Birthplace: New York City, USA, Bensonhurst, New York

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Dom DeLuise is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Dec. at 76 (1933-2009)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

Dominick DeLuise (August 1, 1933 – May 4, 2009) was an American actor, voice actor, comedian, director, producer, chef and author. He was the husband of actress Carol Arthur and the father of ...more

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Harvey Keitel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Age: 79

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

Harvey Keitel ( ky-TEL; born May 13, 1939) is an American actor and producer. He has starred in films such as Mean Streets (1973), Taxi Driver (1976), The Duellists (1977), Bugsy (1991), Thelma ...more

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Buddy Hackett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Dec. at 79 (1924-2003)

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

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Judy Sheindlin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Age: 76

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

Judith Susan Sheindlin (née Blum; October 21, 1942), known professionally as Judge Judy, is an American prosecution lawyer, former Manhattan family court judge, television personality, ...more

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Steve Guttenberg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Age: 60

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

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David Geffen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Age: 76

Birthplace: New York City, New York

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David Blaine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Age: 45

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

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John Turturro is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Age: 61

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

John Michael Turturro (born February 28, 1957) is an American character actor, writer and filmmaker known for his roles in the films Do the Right Thing (1989), Miller's Crossing (1990), Barton ...more

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Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Age: 34

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

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Barbara Stanwyck is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Brooklyn
Dec. at 83 (1907-1990)

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

Barbara Stanwyck (born Ruby Catherine Stevens; July 16, 1907 – January 20, 1990) was an American actress, model, and dancer. Starting as a Ziegfeld girl in the 1920s, she was a film and ...more

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