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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
Elisabeth DelPadre Hasselbeck is an American television personality and talk show host. Born and raised in Cranston, Rhode Island, she attended St. Mary Academy – Bay View as a teenager and ...more

Pauly D is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
age 38
Paul "DJ Pauly D" DelVecchio is an actor an actor, and a disc jockey.

George M. Cohan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Dec. at 64 (1878-1942)
George Michael Cohan, known professionally as George M. Cohan, was an American entertainer, playwright, composer, lyricist, actor, singer, dancer and producer. Cohan began his career as a child, ...more

Cormac McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
age 85
Cormac McCarthy is an American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. He has written ten novels, spanning the southern gothic, western, and post-apocalyptic genres. He won the Pulitzer Prize ...more

Van Johnson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Dec. at 92 (1916-2008)
Van Johnson was an American film and television actor and dancer who was a major star at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer during and after World War II. Johnson was the embodiment of the "boy-next-door ...more

Walt Mossberg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
age 71
Walter S. Mossberg is an American journalist who was, until January 2014, the principal technology columnist for The Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones announced on September 19, 2013, that Mossberg ...more

Pat Toomey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
age 57
Patrick Joseph "Pat" Toomey is an American businessman and politician. He is the junior United States Senator for Pennsylvania, in office since 2011, and a member of the Republican ...more

Claudia Jordan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
age 45
Claudia Angela Jordan 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 and The Price Is ...more

Ruth Buzzi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
age 82
Ruth Ann Buzzi is an American comedian and actress of theatre, film, and television. She is especially known for her performances on the comedy-variety show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In from ...more

Gary Albright is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Dec. at 37 (1963-2000)
Gary Albright was an American professional wrestler who performed most notably for Stampede Wrestling in Canada with UWF International, and All Japan Pro Wrestling in Japan. Albright was a ...more

Dee Dee Myers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
age 57
Dee Dee Myers, a political analyst, was the White House Press Secretary during the first two years of the Clinton administration, from January 1993 to December 1994. She was the first woman and ...more

Aaron Fricke is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
age 57
Aaron Fricke is an American gay rights activist. He was born January 25, 1962 in Providence, Rhode Island. He is best known for the pivotal case in which he successfully sued his high school for ...more

Grant Wilson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
age 44
Grant Steven Wilson is an American plumber and the co-founder of The Atlantic Paranormal Society, which is based in Warwick, Rhode Island. He is also the star and co-producer of SyFy's cable ...more

Marilyn Chambers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Dec. at 57 (1952-2009)
Marilyn Chambers was an American pornographic film actress, exotic dancer, model, actress and vice-presidential candidate. She was best known for her 1972 hardcore film debut Behind the Green ...more

Michaela McManus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
age 35
Michaela McManus is an American actress, best known for her portrayals of Lindsey Strauss on the television series One Tree Hill and A.D.A. Kim Greylek on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. ...more

Lincoln Almond is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
age 82
Lincoln Carter Almond is an American attorney, politician and member of the Republican Party. Almond served as United States Attorney for the District of Rhode Island from 1969 to 1978 and 1981 ...more

David Hedison is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
age 91
Albert David Hedison, Jr. is an American film, television, and stage actor. He was billed as Al Hedison in his early film work. In 1959, when he was cast in the role of Victor Sebastian in the ...more

Zachariah Allen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Dec. at 87 (1795-1882)
Zachariah Allen was an American textile manufacturer, scientist, lawyer, writer, inventor and civil leader from Providence, Rhode Island. He was educated at Philips Exeter Academy and at Brown ...more

Luther Blount is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Dec. at 90 (1916-2006)
Luther H. Blount was an American entrepreneur, inventor, and philanthropist. Blount was a shipbuilder and holds 22 patents, most of which are relating to his trade.

Joyce Jillson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Dec. at 59 (1945-2004)
Joyce Jillson was a syndicated newspaper columnist, best-selling author, actress, and astrologer, whose column was syndicated worldwide in more than 200 papers and magazines. Born Joyce Twichell ...more

Robert Aldrich is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Dec. at 65 (1918-1983)
Robert Burgess Aldrich was an American film director, writer and producer, notable for such films as Vera Cruz, Kiss Me Deadly, The Big Knife, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Hush… Hush, Sweet ...more

Nicholas Colasanto is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Died at 61 (1924-1985)
Nicholas Colasanto was an American actor and television director, known for his role, Coach Ernie Pantusso, in the American sitcom Cheers.

Joe Nocera is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
age 66
Joseph "Joe" Nocera is an American business journalist and author. He is a business columnist and an opinion columnist for The New York Times. Nocera is also a business commentator for ...more

J. Howard McGrath is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Dec. at 63 (1903-1966)
James Howard McGrath was an American politician and attorney from the U.S. state of Rhode Island. McGrath, a Democrat, served as U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island before becoming Governor, U.S. ...more

James F. Bell, III is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
age 53
James F. Bell III is a Professor of Astronomy at Arizona State University, specializing in the study of planetary geology, geochemistry and mineralogy using data obtained from telescopes and ...more