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Famous People From New York

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

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Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From New York
age 64
Jerome Allen "Jerry" Seinfeld is an American comedian, actor, writer, and producer. He is best known for playing a semi-fictional version of himself in the sitcom Seinfeld, which he ...more
Kerry Washington is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From New York
age 42
Kerry Marisa Washington is an American actress. Since 2012, Washington has gained wide public recognition for starring in the ABC drama Scandal, a Shonda Rhimes series in which she plays Olivia ...more
Bill Maher is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From New York
age 63
William "Bill" Maher, Jr. is an American political satirist, writer, producer, political commentator, television host, actor, media critic, and stand-up comedian. Before his role as ...more
Marisa Tomei is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From New York
age 54
Marisa Tomei is an American and Italian actress and producer. In a career spanning three decades, she had initial success in movies as a young actress, followed by a series of unsuccessful ...more
Vanessa Williams is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From New York
Sylvester Stallone is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From New York
age 72
Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone, nicknamed Sly Stallone, is an American actor, screenwriter and film director. Stallone is well known for his Hollywood action roles. Two notable characters he has ...more
Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From New York
age 63
Whoopi Goldberg is an American actress, comedienne, political activist, writer, producer, and television host. Although Goldberg made her film debut in the avant-garde ensemble film Citizen: I'm ...more
Rita Hayworth is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From New York
Dec. at 69 (1918-1987)
Rita Hayworth was an American actress and dancer. She achieved fame during the 1940s as one of the era's top stars, appearing in a total of 61 films over 37 years. She is perhaps best known for ...more
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From New York
age 64
Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. is an American actor and filmmaker. Washington has received much critical acclaim for his film work since the 1990s, including his portrayals of real-life figures ...more
Sarah Hyland is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From New York
age 28
Sarah Jane Hyland is an American actress. She is perhaps best known for her role as oldest sibling Haley Dunphy on the ABC sitcom Modern Family.
Amanda Peet is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From New York
age 47
Amanda Peet is an American actress who has appeared in film, stage, and television. After studying with Uta Hagen at Columbia University, Peet began her career in television commercials, and ...more
Lauren Bacall is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From New York
Dec. at 90 (1924-2014)
Lauren Bacall was an American actress known for her distinctive voice and sultry looks. She was named the 20th greatest actress of the 20th century by the American Film Institute and received an ...more
Sean Hannity is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From New York
age 57
Sean Patrick Hannity is an American television host, author, and conservative political commentator. He is the host of The Sean Hannity Show, a nationally syndicated talk radio show that airs ...more
Mickey Rourke is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From New York
age 66
Philip Andre Rourke, Jr., known as Mickey Rourke, is an American actor, screenwriter, and retired boxer, who has appeared primarily as a leading man in drama, action, and thriller films. During ...more
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From New York
age 78
Alfredo James "Al" Pacino is an American actor and filmmaker. He is well known for playing Michael Corleone in The Godfather films and Tony Montana in Scarface, and often appeared on ...more
Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From New York
age 53
Benjamin Edward Meara "Ben" Stiller is an American actor, comedian, and filmmaker. He is the son of veteran comedians and actors Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. After beginning his ...more
Asa Akira is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From New York
age 33
Asa Akira is an American actress and director.
Keith Olbermann is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From New York
age 60
Keith Theodore Olbermann is an American sports and political commentator and writer. As of 2013 he hosts a late-night show on ESPN2 and TSN2 called Olbermann, as well as being the studio host of ...more
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From New York
age 58
Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus is an American actress, comedian, and producer. She is known for her television work on Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and Veep, which she ...more
Julia Stiles is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From New York
age 37
Julia O'Hara Stiles is an American actress. She first gained prominence for her lead roles in teen films such as 10 Things I Hate About You, Down to You and Save the Last Dance. Her career ...more
Mickey Rooney is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From New York
Dec. at 94 (1920-2014)
Mickey Rooney was an American actor of film, television, Broadway, radio, and vaudeville. Beginning as a child actor, Rooney's career spanned nearly nine decades. He appeared in more than 300 ...more
Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From New York
age 69
Sigourney Weaver is an American actress and film producer, known for playing Ellen Ripley in the Alien franchise. Following her film debut as a minor character in Annie Hall, Weaver quickly came ...more
Carol Alt is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From New York
age 58
Carol Ann Alt is an American model and actress.
Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From New York
age 44
Kimberly Denise Jones known by her stage name Lil' Kim, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, model, and actress. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, living much of her ...more
Stacey Dash is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From New York
age 52
Stacey Lauretta Dash is an American actress, known for starring in the 1995 feature film Clueless and the television spinoff of the same name. She has also appeared in films such as Moving, Mo' ...more