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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.

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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
age 42
Alison Elizabeth Larter (born February 28, 1976) is an American actress and model. She portrayed fictional model Allegra Coleman in a 1996 Esquire magazine hoax and took on guest roles on ...more
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
age 66
Mary Louise "Meryl" Streep (born June 22, 1949) is an American actress. Often described as the "best actress of her generation", Streep is particularly known for her ...more
John Travolta is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
age 65
John Joseph Travolta (born February 18, 1954) is an American actor, film producer, dancer, and singer. Travolta rose to fame during the 1970s, appearing on the television series Welcome Back, ...more
Tara Reid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
age 43
Tara Donna Reid (born November 8, 1975) is an American actress. She played Vicky in the films American Pie (1999), American Pie 2 (2001) and American Reunion (2012), and Bunny Lebowski in The ...more
Christina Milian is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
age 37
Christine Flores (born September 26, 1981), better known as Christina Milian (), is an American actress, singer and songwriter. Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, and raised in Maryland, Milian ...more
Laura Prepon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
age 35
Laura Helene Prepon hedonist (born March 7, 1980) is an American actress, director and author. She rose to fame with her role as Donna Pinciotti in the Fox sitcom That '70s Show (1998–2006). She ...more
Chelsea Handler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
age 43
Chelsea Joy Handler (born February 25, 1975) is an American comedian, actress, writer, television host, producer, and activist. She hosted the late-night talk show Chelsea Lately on the E! ...more
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
age 74
Michael Kirk Douglas (born September 25, 1944) is an American actor and producer. He has received numerous accolades, including two Academy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, a Primetime Emmy ...more
Paul Rudd is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
age 49
Paul Rudd (born April 6, 1969) is an American actor, comedian, writer, and film producer. Rudd studied theater at the University of Kansas and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, before ...more
Derek Jeter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
age 44
Derek Sanderson Jeter ( JEE-tər; born June 26, 1974) is an American former professional baseball shortstop, businessman, and baseball executive. He has been the chief executive officer (CEO) and ...more
Joe Pesci is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
age 72
Joseph Frank Pesci ( PESH-ee, Italian pronunciation: [ˈpeʃːi]; born February 9, 1943) is an American actor and singer who is known for portraying tough, volatile characters in a variety of ...more
Danny DeVito is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
age 71
Daniel Michael DeVito Jr. (born November 17, 1944) is an American actor, director, producer, and filmmaker. He gained prominence for his portrayal of the taxi dispatcher Louie De Palma in the ...more
Mira Sorvino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
age 48
Mira Katherine Sorvino (; born September 28, 1967) is an American actress. She won 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
age 74
Lorne Michaels, (born Lorne David Lipowitz; November 17, 1944), is a Canadian-American television producer, writer, actor and comedian best known for creating and producing Saturday Night Live ...more
Joe Rogan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
age 51
Joseph James Rogan (born August 11, 1967) is an American stand-up comedian, mixed martial arts color commentator, podcast host, and former actor and television host. Rogan began a career in ...more
Kevin Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
age 48
Kevin Patrick Smith (born August 2, 1970) is an American filmmaker, actor, comedian, comic book writer, author, and podcaster. He came to prominence with the low-budget comedy film Clerks ...more
Kevin Jonas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
age 31
Paul Kevin Jonas II (born November 5, 1987) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor, contractor, and entrepreneur. He rose to fame as a member of the pop rock band the Jonas Brothers, ...more
Buzz Aldrin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
age 89
Buzz Aldrin (; born Edwin Eugene Aldrin Jr.; January 20, 1930) is an American engineer and a former astronaut and fighter pilot. Aldrin made three spacewalks as pilot of the 1966 Gemini 12 ...more
Zach Braff is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
age 40
Zachary Israel Braff (born April 6, 1975) is an American actor, director, screenwriter and producer. He is best known for his role as J. D. on the television series Scrubs (2001–2010), for which ...more
Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
age 77
Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. Simon's musical career has spanned seven decades with his fame and commercial success beginning as half of ...more
Brian Williams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
age 59
Brian Douglas Williams (born May 5, 1959) is an American journalist at NBC News, currently serving as the chief anchor for the network's cable news channel MSNBC and as host of the network's ...more
Bud Abbott is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Dec. at 79 (1895-1974)
William Alexander "Bud" Abbott (October 2, 1897 – April 24, 1974) was an American actor, best known for his film comedy double act, as straight man to Lou Costello. Groucho Marx ...more
Chris Christie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
age 56
Christopher James Christie (born September 6, 1962) is an American politician, former federal prosecutor, and political commentator who served as the 55th Governor of New Jersey from 2010 to ...more
Nathan Lane is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
age 63
Nathan Lane (born Joseph Lane; February 3, 1956) is an American actor and writer. He has played the roles of Albert in The Birdcage, Max Bialystock in the musical The Producers, Ernie Smuntz in ...more
Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Dec. at 80 (1904-1984)
William James "Count" Basie (; August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. In 1935, Basie formed his own jazz orchestra, the ...more