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List of famous people from New Jersey, 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 New Jersey, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from New Jersey 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 New Jersey, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

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If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from New Jersey?" or "Which celebrities were born in New Jersey?" then this list is a great resource for you.

Ali Larter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Ali Larter age 42 Alison Elizabeth "Ali" Larter is an American actress. She is best known for playing the dual roles of Niki Sanders and Tracy Strauss on the NBC science fiction drama Heroes as well as ...more

Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Meryl Streep age 68 Meryl Streep is an American actress. A three-time Academy Award winner, she is widely regarded as one of the greatest film actors of all time. Streep made her professional stage debut in The ...more

John Travolta is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
John Travolta age 64 John Joseph Travolta is an American actor, dancer, and singer. Travolta first became known in the 1970s, after appearing on the television series Welcome Back, Kotter and starring in the box ...more

Tara Reid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Tara Reid age 42 Tara Reid is an American model and actress. Reid has acted on television shows such as Saved by the Bell: The New Class, Days of Our Lives, California Dreams, and Scrubs. Her film debut came in ...more

Christina Milian is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Christina Milian age 36 Christine Flores, better known as Christina Milian, is an American actress and singer-songwriter. At the age of 19, Milian signed a contract with Def Jam. In 2001, Milian released her ...more

Laura Prepon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Laura Prepon age 38 Laura Prepon is an American actress, known for her role as Donna Pinciotti in all eight seasons of the Fox sitcom That '70s Show. She is also known for the role of Hannah Daniels on the ABC ...more

Chelsea Handler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Chelsea Handler age 43 Chelsea Handler has become one of entertainment’s most sought-after and versatile rising stars. In July 2007, Handler broke into the world of late night talk shows with her E! series, Chelsea ...more

Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Michael Douglas age 73 Michael Kirk Douglas is an American actor and producer, primarily in movies and television. He has won four Golden Globes, including the Cecil B. DeMille Award, two Academy Awards—as producer of ...more

Paul Rudd is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Paul Rudd age 48 Paul Stephen Rudd is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. He has primarily appeared in comedies, and is known for his roles in the films Clueless, Wet Hot American Summer, ...more

Derek Jeter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Derek Jeter age 43 Derek Sanderson Jeter is an American former professional baseball shortstop who played 20 seasons in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees. A five-time World Series champion, Jeter is ...more

Joe Pesci is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Joe Pesci age 75 Joe Pesci is an actor and comedian.

Danny DeVito is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Danny DeVito age 73 Daniel Michael "Danny" DeVito, Jr. is an American actor, producer and director. He first gained prominence for his portrayal of taxi dispatcher Louie De Palma on Taxi, for which he won ...more

Mira Sorvino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Mira Sorvino age 50 Mira Katherine Sorvino is an American actress. She came to prominence after winning the Academy Award and Golden Globe for best supporting actress for her performance in Woody Allen's Mighty ...more

Lorne Michaels is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Lorne Michaels age 73 Lorne Michaels, CM is a Canadian-American television producer, writer, comedian, and actor, best known for creating and producing Saturday Night Live, the Late Night series, and The Tonight

Joe Rogan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Joe Rogan age 50 Joseph James "Joe" Rogan is an American stand-up comedian, actor, martial artist, sports commentator, and podcaster. He is known for his work commentating for the Ultimate Fighting ...more

Kevin Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Kevin Smith age 47 Kevin Smith is a film producer.

Kevin Jonas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Kevin Jonas age 30 Paul Kevin Jonas II is an American musician and actor. He is the oldest member of the Jonas Brothers, a pop rock band he created with his younger brothers Joe and Nick. In 2008, he appeared on ...more

Buzz Aldrin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Buzz Aldrin age 88 Buzz Aldrin is an American engineer and former astronaut, and the second person to walk on the Moon. He was the Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing in history. He set ...more

Zach Braff is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Zach Braff age 42 Zachary Israel "Zach" Braff is an American actor, director and screenwriter. Braff first became known in 2001 for his role as Dr. John Dorian on the television series Scrubs, for which ...more

Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Paul Simon age 76 Paul Frederic Simon is an American musician, actor and singer-songwriter. Simon's fame, influence, and commercial success began as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, formed in 1964 with ...more

Brian Williams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Brian Williams age 58 Brian Douglas Williams is an American journalist best known for his ten years as anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, the evening news program of the NBC television network. Nine ...more

Bud Abbott is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Bud Abbott Died at 79 (1895-1974) William Alexander "Bud" Abbott was an American actor, producer and comedian. He is best remembered as the straight man of the comedy team of Abbott and Costello, with Lou Costello.

Chris Christie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Chris Christie age 55 Christopher James "Chris" Christie is an American politician and member of the Republican Party who has served as the 55th Governor of New Jersey since January 2010. Born in Newark in ...more

Nathan Lane is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Nathan Lane age 62 Nathan Lane is an American actor and writer. He is known for his roles as Albert in The Birdcage, Max Bialystock in the musical The Producers, Ernie Smuntz in MouseHunt, Nathan Detroit in Guys ...more

Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Count Basie Died at 80 (1904-1984) William James "Count" Basie was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. His mother taught him to play the piano and he started performing in his teens. Dropping ...more

Jeff Ross is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Jeff Ross age 52 Jeff Ross is an American stand-up comedian, insult comic, actor, director and author. His skill is doing high-profile celebrity roasts and he is best known for his appearances in Comedy ...more

Sandra Dee is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Sandra Dee Died at 63 (1942-2005) Sandra Dee was an American actress. Dee began her career as a model and progressed to film. Best known for her portrayal of ingenues, Dee won a Golden Globe Award in 1959 as one of the year's ...more

Fred Hampton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Fred Hampton Died at 21 (1948-1969) Fred Hampton was an African-American revolutionary, chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party, and deputy chairman of the national BPP. He was murdered while sleeping at his ...more

Kal Penn is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Kal Penn age 40 Kal Penn is an American actor, producer, and civil servant. As an actor, he is known for his role portraying Dr. Lawrence Kutner on the television program House, as well as the character Kumar ...more

Wendy Williams is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Wendy Williams age 53 Wendy Williams-Hunter, better known by her maiden name Wendy Williams, is an American media personality, actress, comedian, author, and a day time host. She hosts a syndicated television talk ...more

Keshia Knight Pulliam is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Keshia Knight Pulliam age 38 Keshia Knight Pulliam is an American actress. She is best known for her childhood role as Rudy Huxtable, the youngest child of Cliff and Clair Huxtable on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show and as ...more

J. Michael Straczynski is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
J. Michael Straczynski age 63 Joseph Michael Straczynski, known professionally as J. Michael Straczynski and informally as Joe Straczynski or jms, is an American writer and producer. He works in films, television series, ...more

Malcolm-Jamal Warner is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Malcolm-Jamal Warner age 47 Malcolm-Jamal Warner is an American actor, director, and musician. He is best known for his roles as Theo Huxtable on the long-running NBC sitcom The Cosby Show and as Malcolm McGee on the UPN ...more

Flip Wilson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Flip Wilson Died at 65 (1933-1998) Flip Wilson was an African American comedian and actor. In the early 1970s, Wilson hosted his own weekly variety series, The Flip Wilson Show. The series earned Wilson a Golden Globe and two ...more

Alice Stokes Paul is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Alice Stokes Paul Died at 92 (1885-1977) Alice Paul was an American suffragist, feminist, and women's rights activist, and the main leader and strategist of the 1910s campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which ...more

Joan Caulfield is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Joan Caulfield Died at 69 (1922-1991) Joan Caulfield was an American actress and former fashion model. After being discovered by Broadway producers, she began a stage career in 1943 that eventually led to signing as an actress with ...more

Patrick Warburton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Patrick Warburton age 53 Patrick John Warburton is an American actor. He is known for his several television roles, including the title role on The Tick, David Puddy on Seinfeld, Johnny Johnson on NewsRadio, Jeb Denton ...more

Carol Vitale is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Carol Vitale Died at 60 (1948-2008)

Richie Sambora is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Richie Sambora age 58 Richard Stephen "Richie" Sambora is an American rock guitarist, producer, singer and songwriter who was longtime lead guitarist of the rock band Bon Jovi for thirty years. He and ...more

Norma Talmadge is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Norma Talmadge Died at 63 (1894-1957) Norma Talmadge was an American actress and film producer of the silent era. A major box office draw for more than a decade, her career reached a peak in the early 1920s, when she ranked among ...more

Ken Cuccinelli is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Ken Cuccinelli age 49 Kenneth Thomas "Ken" Cuccinelli II is a former Attorney General of Virginia who was the Republican candidate for Governor of Virginia in the 2013 Virginia gubernatorial election. He ...more

Jane Wyatt is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Jane Wyatt Died at 96 (1910-2006) Jane Wyatt was an American actress best known for her role as the housewife and mother on the NBC and CBS television comedy series, Father Knows Best, and as Amanda Grayson, the human mother of ...more

Marc Shaiman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Marc Shaiman age 58 Marc Shaiman is an Grammy, Emmy, Tony winning, and multi Oscar nominated American composer, lyricist, arranger and performer for films, television, and theatre. He is perhaps best known for ...more

Ernie Kovacs is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Ernie Kovacs Died at 43 (1919-1962) Ernest Edward "Ernie" Kovacs was an American comedian, actor, and writer. Kovacs' uninhibited, often ad-libbed, and visually experimental comedic style came to influence numerous ...more

Brian Keith is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Brian Keith Died at 76 (1921-1997) Brian Keith was an American film, television, and stage actor who in his six decade-long career gained recognition for his work in movies such as the 1961 Disney family film The Parent Trap, the ...more

Bill Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Bill Bellamy age 52 William "Bill" Bellamy is an American actor and stand-up comedian. Bellamy first gained national notoriety on HBO's Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam, where he is credited for creating ...more

Sherwood Schwartz is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Sherwood Schwartz Died at 95 (1916-2011) Sherwood Charles Schwartz was an American television producer. He worked on radio shows in the 1940s, and created the television series Gilligan's Island on CBS and The Brady Bunch on ABC. On ...more

Virginia Apgar is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Virginia Apgar Died at 65 (1909-1974) Virginia Apgar was an American obstetrical anesthesiologist. She was a leader in the fields of anesthesiology and teratology, and introduced obstetrical considerations to the established field ...more

John Amos is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
John Amos age 78 John Amos is an American actor who played James Evans, Sr. on the 1970s television series Good Times. His television work includes roles in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, the miniseries Roots, for ...more

Michael Spence is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Michael Spence age 74 Andrew Michael Spence is an American economist and recipient of the 2001 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, along with George Akerlof and Joseph E. Stiglitz, for their work on the ...more