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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
Elisabeth Hasselbeck age 40 - 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
Pauly D age 37 - 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
George M. Cohan Died 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
Cormac McCarthy age 84 - 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
Van Johnson Died 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
Walt Mossberg 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
Pat Toomey age 56 - 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
Claudia Jordan age 44 - 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
Ruth Buzzi age 81 - 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
Gary Albright Died 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
Dee Dee Myers age 56 - 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
Aaron Fricke age 56 - 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
Grant Wilson age 43 - 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
Marilyn Chambers Died 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

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Michaela McManus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Michaela McManus age 34 - 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
Lincoln Almond age 81 - 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
David Hedison age 90 - 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
Zachariah Allen Died 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
Luther Blount Died 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
Joyce Jillson Died 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
Robert Aldrich Died 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

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Nicholas Colasanto is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Nicholas Colasanto 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
Joe Nocera age 65 - 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
J. Howard McGrath Died 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
James F. Bell, III age 52 - 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

Galway Kinnell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Galway Kinnell age 91 - Galway Kinnell was an American poet. For his 1982 Selected Poems he won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and split the National Book Award for Poetry with Charles Wright. From 1989 to 1993 he was ...more

Ogden L. Mills is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Ogden L. Mills Died at 53 (1884-1937) - Ogden Livingston Mills was an American lawyer, businessman and politician. He served as United States Secretary of the Treasury in President Herbert Hoover's cabinet.

Pat Abbruzzi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Pat Abbruzzi Died at 66 (1932-1998) - Pasquale "Pat" Abbruzzi, was an American college and professional Canadian football running back and a successful high school football coach. Abbruzzi played collegiately for the ...more

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Spike Dudley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Spike Dudley age 47 - Matthew "Matt" Hyson is an American professional wrestler, best known for his performances in Extreme Championship Wrestling and World Wrestling Entertainment under the ring name Spike ...more

Lou Abbruzzi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Lou Abbruzzi Died at 65 (1917-1982) - Louis John "Duke" Abbruzzi was an American football player. He spent one season for the Boston Yanks of the National Football League as a special teams player and tailback. He ...more

Charles J. Fogarty is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Charles J. Fogarty age 62 - Charles Joseph Fogarty, Jr., also known as Charlie Fogarty was the 67th Lieutenant Governor of the U.S. State of Rhode Island. He is a Democrat. Fogarty served two full terms as Lt. Governor, ...more

Mark Famiglietti is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Mark Famiglietti age 38 - Mark Famiglietti is an American actor.

Gabby Hartnett is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Gabby Hartnett Died at 72 (1900-1972) - Charles Leo "Gabby" Hartnett was an American professional baseball player and manager. He played almost his entire career in Major League Baseball as a catcher for the Chicago Cubs ...more

Mark Thompson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Mark Thompson age 65 - Mark Thompson is an American investigative reporter who won the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for public service journalism. Thompson graduated from Boston University in 1975 and began his career where he ...more

George Schuyler is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
George Schuyler Died at 82 (1895-1977) - George Samuel Schuyler was an African-American author, journalist and social commentator known for his conservative views.

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Clarence King is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Clarence King Died at 59 (1842-1901) - Clarence Rivers King was an American geologist, mountaineer, and author. He served as the first director of the United States Geological Survey from 1879 to 1881. King was noted for his ...more

Aaron T. Beck is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Aaron T. Beck age 96 - Aaron Temkin Beck is an American psychiatrist and a professor emeritus in the department of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. He is regarded as the father of cognitive therapy, and ...more

Art Merewether is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Art Merewether Died at 95 (1902-1997) - Arthur Francis Merewether was a pinch hitter in Major League Baseball. Nicknamed "Merry", he played for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Stephen Wilcox is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Stephen Wilcox Died at 63 (1830-1893) - Stephen Wilcox, Jr. was an American inventor, best known as the co-inventor of the water-tube boiler. They went on to found the Babcock & Wilcox Company. He was born in Westerly, Rhode

Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Nap Lajoie Died at 85 (1874-1959) - Napoléon "Nap" Lajoie, also known as Larry Lajoie and nicknamed "The Frenchman", was an American professional baseball second baseman and player-manager. He played in ...more

Will Blackmon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Will Blackmon age 33 - William Edwards Blackmon is an American football cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Green Bay ...more

Tom Garrick is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Tom Garrick age 51 - Thomas S. "Tom" Garrick is a retired American professional basketball player who was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2nd round of the 1988 NBA Draft. He played guard in ...more

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Irving R. Levine is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Irving R. Levine Died at 87 (1922-2009) - Irving Raskin Levine was an American journalist and longtime correspondent for NBC News. During his 45-year career, Levine reported from more than two dozen countries. He was the first American ...more

Lukasz Gottwald is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Lukasz Gottwald age 44 - Lukasz Sebastian "Luke" Gottwald, better known as Dr. Luke, is an American songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist, and remixer. Dr. Luke's professional music career began ...more

Dicky Barrett is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Dicky Barrett age 53 - Richard Michael Barrett, better known as Dicky Barrett, is the frontman of Ska punk band The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and the announcer for Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Barrett is known for his ...more

Daniel Sully is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Daniel Sully Died at 55 (1855-1910) - Daniel Sully, born Daniel Sullivan, was an American circus performer, stage actor and playwright, who gained popularity during the latter years of the nineteenth century.

Mike Renzi is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Mike Renzi age 71 - Mike Renzi is an American pianist, arranger, and musical director. He is best known for his collaborations with some of the legends of pop-jazz singing, notably Peggy Lee, Lena Horne, Mel ...more

Benjamin Waterhouse is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Benjamin Waterhouse Died at 92 (1754-1846) - Benjamin Waterhouse was a physician, co-founder and professor of Harvard Medical School. He is most well known for being the first doctor to test the smallpox vaccine in the United States, which ...more

Marcel Desaulniers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Marcel Desaulniers age 73 - Marcel Desaulniers is an American chef who was part-owner of the Trellis Restaurant in Williamsburg, Virginia, a cookbook author, director Emeritus of the Culinary Institute of America, and ...more

Jon B. is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Rhode Island
Jon B. age 43 - Jon B. is an American blue-eyed soul singer and songwriter.