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Famous People From New Jersey

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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.

List includes Fred Scheiwiller, Charles Samuel Joelson, more.

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.
  • Jeff Ross

    Jeff Ross

    Age: 55

    BirthplaceSpringfield Township, New Jersey, United States of America

    Jeffrey Ross Lifschultz (born September 13, 1965), known professionally as Jeff Ross, is an... more on Wikipedia

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  • Sandra Dee

    Sandra Dee

    Dec. at 63 (1942-2005)

    BirthplaceBayonne, New Jersey, United States of America

    Sandra Dee (born April 23, 1942 – February 20, 2005) was an American actress. Dee began her... more on Wikipedia

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  • Fred Hampton

    Fred Hampton

    Dec. at 21 (1948-1969)

    BirthplaceSummit, New Jersey

    Fred Hampton (August 30, 1948 – December 4, 1969) was an American activist and revolutionary,... more on Wikipedia
  • Kal Penn

    Kal Penn

    Age: 43

    BirthplaceMontclair, New Jersey, USA

    Kalpen Suresh Modi (born April 23, 1977), known professionally as Kal Penn, is an American... more on Wikipedia

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  • Wendy Williams

    BirthplaceAsbury Park, New Jersey, United States of America

    Wendy Joan Williams Hunter (born July 18, 1964) is an American television and radio presenter,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Keshia Knight Pulliam

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, USA

    Keshia Knight Pulliam (born April 9, 1979) is an American actress. She is known for her... more on Wikipedia

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  • J. Michael Straczynski

    BirthplacePaterson, New Jersey, United States of America

    Joseph Michael Straczynski (; born July 17, 1954) is an American television and film... more on Wikipedia

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  • Malcolm-Jamal Warner

    Malcolm-Jamal Warner

    Age: 50

    BirthplaceJersey City, New Jersey, USA

    Malcolm-Jamal Warner (born August 18, 1970) is an American actor, director, producer,... more on Wikipedia


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  • Flip Wilson

    Flip Wilson

    Dec. at 65 (1933-1998)

    BirthplaceJersey City, New Jersey, United States of America

    Clerow "Flip" Wilson Jr. (December 8, 1933 – November 25, 1998) was an American comedian and... more on Wikipedia
  • Alice Stokes Paul

    Alice Stokes Paul

    Dec. at 92 (1885-1977)

    BirthplaceMount Laurel Township, New Jersey

    Alice Stokes Paul (January 11, 1885 – July 9, 1977) was an American suffragist, feminist, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Joan Caulfield

    Joan Caulfield

    Dec. at 69 (1922-1991)

    BirthplaceWest Orange, New Jersey, United States of America

    Beatrice Joan Caulfield (June 1, 1922 – June 18, 1991) was an American actress and model.... more on Wikipedia
  • Patrick Warburton

    BirthplacePaterson, New Jersey, USA

    Patrick Warburton (born November 14, 1964) is an American actor and voice artist. On... more on Wikipedia

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  • Richie Sambora

    BirthplacePerth Amboy, New Jersey, USA

    Richard Stephen Sambora (born July 11, 1959) is an American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter... more on Wikipedia

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  • Norma Talmadge

    Norma Talmadge

    Dec. at 63 (1894-1957)

    BirthplaceJersey City, New Jersey, United States of America

    Norma Marie Talmadge (May 2, 1894 – December 24, 1957) was an American actress and film... more on Wikipedia
  • Ken Cuccinelli

    BirthplaceEdison, New Jersey, United States of America

    Kenneth Thomas Cuccinelli II ( KOO-chi-NEL-ee; born July 30, 1968) is an American politician... more on Wikipedia
  • Jane Wyatt

    Jane Wyatt

    Dec. at 96 (1910-2006)

    BirthplaceMahwah, New Jersey, United States of America

    Jane Waddington Wyatt (August 12, 1910 – October 20, 2006) was an American actress. She... more on Wikipedia
  • Marc Shaiman

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, United States of America

    Marc Shaiman (; born October 22, 1959) is an American composer and lyricist for films,... more on Wikipedia
  • Ernie Kovacs

    Ernie Kovacs

    Dec. at 43 (1919-1962)

    BirthplaceUSA, Trenton, New Jersey

    Ernest Edward Kovacs (January 23, 1919 – January 13, 1962) was an American comedian, actor,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Brian Keith

    Brian Keith

    Dec. at 76 (1921-1997)

    BirthplaceBayonne, New Jersey, USA

    Brian Keith (born Robert Alba Keith, November 14, 1921 – June 24, 1997) was an American film,... more on Wikipedia
  • Bill Bellamy

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, USA

    William Bellamy (born April 7, 1965) is an American actor and stand-up comedian. Bellamy first... more on Wikipedia

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  • Sherwood Schwartz

    Sherwood Schwartz

    Dec. at 95 (1916-2011)

    BirthplacePassaic, New Jersey, United States of America

    Sherwood Charles Schwartz (; November 14, 1916 – July 12, 2011) was an American television... more on Wikipedia
  • Virginia Apgar

    Virginia Apgar

    Dec. at 65 (1909-1974)

    BirthplaceWestfield, New Jersey

    Virginia Apgar (June 7, 1909 – August 7, 1974) was an American obstetrical anesthesiologist,... more on Wikipedia

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  • John Amos

    John Amos

    Age: 80

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, United States of America

    John Allen Amos Jr. (born December 27, 1939) is an American actor known for his roles as... more on Wikipedia

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  • Michael Spence

    BirthplaceMontclair, New Jersey

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  • Robert Pastorelli

    Robert Pastorelli

    Dec. at 50 (1954-2004)

    BirthplaceNew Brunswick, USA, New Jersey

    Robert Joseph Pastorelli (June 21, 1954 – March 8, 2004) was an American actor. Having... more on Wikipedia