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Famous People From Rhode Island

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List of famous people from Rhode Island, 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 Rhode Island, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island, 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 Rhode Island?" or "Which celebrities were born in Rhode Island?" then this list is a great resource for you.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Age: 41

Birthplace: Cranston, Rhode Island, United States of America

Elisabeth DelPadre Hasselbeck (née Filarski; born May 28, 1977) is a retired American television personality and talk show host. Hasselbeck was born and raised in Cranston, Rhode Island. ...more

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Pauly D is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Age: 38

Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America

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George M. Cohan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Dec. at 64 (1878-1942)

Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America

George Michael Cohan (July 3, 1878 – November 5, 1942), known professionally as George M. Cohan, was an American entertainer, playwright, composer, lyricist, actor, singer, dancer and theatrical ...more

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Cormac McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Age: 85

Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island

Cormac McCarthy (born Charles McCarthy; July 20, 1933) is an American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. He has written ten novels, spanning the Southern Gothic, Western, and ...more

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Van Johnson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Dec. at 92 (1916-2008)

Birthplace: Newport, USA, Rhode Island

Charles Van Dell Johnson (August 25, 1916 – December 12, 2008) was an American film, television theatre and radio actor, singer, and dancer. He was a major star at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer during and ...more
Walt Mossberg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Age: 71

Birthplace: Warwick, Rhode Island

Walter S. Mossberg (born March 27, 1947) is an American journalist. He is widely credited with pioneering the modern, consumer-focused, technology review and commentary. From 1991 through 2013, ...more
Pat Toomey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Age: 57

Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Patrick Joseph Toomey Jr. (born November 17, 1961) is an American businessman and politician serving as the junior United States Senator from Pennsylvania since 2011. A member of the Republican ...more
Claudia Jordan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Age: 45

Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Claudia Angela Jordan (born April 12, 1973) is an American actress, model, reality television and radio personality. She is known for appearing as a model on the U.S. version of Deal or No Deal ...more

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Ruth Buzzi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Age: 79

Birthplace: Westerly, Rhode Island, USA

Ruth Ann Buzzi (born July 24, 1936) is an American actress, comedian, and singer. She has appeared on stage, in films, and on television. She is best known for her performances on the ...more

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Gary Albright is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Dec. at 37 (1963-2000)

Birthplace: Rhode Island, United States of America

Gary Albright (May 18, 1963 – January 7, 2000) was an American professional wrestler best known for his work in Japan, first with UWF International (UWFi), and later All Japan Pro Wrestling ...more
Dee Dee Myers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Age: 57

Birthplace: Quonset Point

Margaret Jane "Dee Dee" Myers (born September 1, 1961) is an American political analyst who served as the seventeenth White House Press Secretary during the first two years of the ...more
Aaron Fricke is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Age: 57

Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island

Aaron Fricke is an American gay rights activist and author. He was born on January 25, 1962, in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He is best known for the pivotal case in which he won his first amendment ...more
Grant Wilson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Age: 44

Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America

Grant Steven Wilson (born July 3, 1974) is an Art Director & Developer for Rather Dashing Games (now a division of Kalmbach Publishing), a game company he founded with Michael Richie, and ...more
Michaela McManus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Age: 35

Birthplace: Warwick, Rhode Island, United States of America

Michaela McManus (born May 20, 1983) is an American actress, known for her portrayals of Lindsey Strauss on One Tree Hill, A.D.A. Kim Greylek on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Grace ...more
Lincoln Almond is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Age: 82

Birthplace: Central Falls, Rhode Island, United States of America

Lincoln Carter Almond (born June 16, 1936) is an American attorney, politician and member of the Republican Party. Almond served as United States Attorney for the District of Rhode Island from ...more
David Hedison is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Age: 91

Birthplace: USA, Providence, Rhode Island

Albert David Hedison Jr. (May 20, 1927 – July 18, 2019) was an American film, television, and stage actor. He was billed as Al Hedison in his early film work until 1959 when he was cast in the ...more
Zachariah Allen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Dec. at 87 (1795-1882)

Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island

Zachariah Allen (September 15, 1795 – March 17, 1882) was an American textile manufacturer, scientist, lawyer, writer, inventor and civil leader from Providence, Rhode Island. He was educated at ...more
Luther Blount is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Dec. at 90 (1916-2006)

Birthplace: Warren, Rhode Island

Luther H. Blount (September 5, 1916 – September 24, 2006) was an American entrepreneur, inventor, and philanthropist. Blount was a shipbuilder and holds 22 patents, most of which are relating to ...more
Joyce Jillson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Dec. at 59 (1945-2004)

Birthplace: Cranston, Rhode Island, United States of America

Joyce Jillson (December 26, 1945 – October 1, 2004) was a syndicated newspaper columnist, best-selling author, actress, and astrologer, whose column was syndicated worldwide in more than 200 ...more
Robert Aldrich is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Dec. at 65 (1918-1983)

Birthplace: Cranston, Rhode Island, United States of America

Robert Burgess Aldrich (August 9, 1918 – December 5, 1983) was an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. His notable credits include Vera Cruz (1954), Kiss Me Deadly (1955), The Big ...more
Nicholas Colasanto is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Dec. at 61 (1924-1985)

Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America

Nicholas Colasanto (January 19, 1924 – February 12, 1985) was an American actor and television director, known for his role as "Coach" Ernie Pantusso in the American sitcom Cheers. He ...more

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Joe Nocera is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Age: 66

Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island

Joseph "Joe" Nocera (born May 6, 1952 in Providence, Rhode Island) is an American business journalist and author. He writes about sports at The New York Times where he previously wrote ...more
J. Howard McGrath is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Dec. at 63 (1903-1966)

Birthplace: Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA

James Howard McGrath (November 28, 1903 – September 2, 1966) was an American politician and attorney from the U.S. state of Rhode Island. McGrath, a Democrat, served as U.S. Attorney for Rhode ...more
James F. Bell, III is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Age: 53

Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island

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Galway Kinnell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Age: 92

Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island

Galway Mills Kinnell (February 1, 1927 – October 28, 2014) was an American poet. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his 1982 collection, Selected Poems and split the National Book Award ...more