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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.

List features people like Jayme Langford, Raymond Hood, and many more

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

    BirthplaceCranston, Rhode Island, United States of America

    Elisabeth DelPadre Hasselbeck (née Filarski; born May 28, 1977) is a retired American...  more

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  • Pauly D

    Pauly D

    Age: 40

    BirthplaceUSA, Providence, Rhode Island

    Paul D. DelVecchio Jr. (born July 5, 1980), publicly known as Pauly D and DJ Pauly D, is an...  more

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  • George M. Cohan

    George M. Cohan

    Dec. at 64 (1878-1942)

    BirthplaceProvidence, Rhode Island, United States of America

    George Michael Cohan (July 3, 1878 – November 5, 1942), known professionally as George M....  more

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  • Cormac McCarthy

    BirthplaceProvidence, Rhode Island

    Cormac McCarthy (born Charles McCarthy; July 20, 1933) is an American novelist, playwright,...  more

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  • Van Johnson

    Van Johnson

    Dec. at 92 (1916-2008)

    BirthplaceNewport, Rhode Island, United States of America

    Charles Van Dell Johnson (August 25, 1916 – December 12, 2008) was an American film,...  more
  • Walt Mossberg

    BirthplaceWarwick, Rhode Island

    Walter S. Mossberg (born March 27, 1947) is an American journalist. He is widely credited with...  more
  • Pat Toomey

    Pat Toomey

    Age: 58

    BirthplaceProvidence, Rhode Island, United States of America

    Patrick Joseph Toomey Jr. (born November 17, 1961) is an American businessman and politician...  more
  • Claudia Jordan

    BirthplaceProvidence, Rhode Island, USA

    Claudia Angela Jordan (born April 12, 1973) is an American actress, model, reality television...  more

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  • Ruth Buzzi

    Ruth Buzzi

    Age: 84

    BirthplaceWesterly, Rhode Island, United States of America

    Ruth Ann Buzzi (born July 24, 1936) is an American actress, comedian, and singer. She has...  more
  • Gary Albright

    Gary Albright

    Dec. at 37 (1963-2000)

    BirthplaceRhode Island, United States of America

    Gary Albright (May 18, 1963 – January 7, 2000) was an American professional wrestler best...  more
  • Dee Dee Myers

    BirthplaceQuonset Point

    Margaret Jane "Dee Dee" Myers (born September 1, 1961) is an American political analyst who...  more
  • Aaron Fricke

    BirthplaceProvidence, Rhode Island

    Aaron Fricke is an American gay rights activist and author. He was born on January 25, 1962,...  more
  • Grant Wilson

    BirthplaceProvidence, Rhode Island, United States of America

    Grant Steven Wilson (born July 3, 1974) is an Art Director & Developer for Rather Dashing...  more
  • Michaela McManus

    BirthplaceWarwick, Rhode Island, United States of America

    Michaela McManus (born May 20, 1983) is an American actress, known for her portrayals of...  more
  • Lincoln Almond

    BirthplaceCentral Falls, Rhode Island, United States of America

    Lincoln Carter Almond (born June 16, 1936) is an American attorney, politician and member of...  more
  • David Hedison

    BirthplaceUSA, Providence, Rhode Island

    Albert David Hedison Jr. (May 20, 1927 – July 18, 2019) was an American film, television, and...  more
  • Zachariah Allen

    Zachariah Allen

    Dec. at 87 (1795-1882)

    BirthplaceProvidence, Rhode Island

    Zachariah Allen (September 15, 1795 – March 17, 1882) was an American textile manufacturer,...  more
  • Luther Blount

    Dec. at 90 (1916-2006)

    BirthplaceWarren, Rhode Island

    Luther H. Blount (September 5, 1916 – September 24, 2006) was an American entrepreneur,...  more
  • Joyce Jillson

    Joyce Jillson

    Dec. at 59 (1945-2004)

    BirthplaceCranston, Rhode Island, United States of America

    Joyce Jillson (December 26, 1945 – October 1, 2004) was a syndicated newspaper columnist,...  more
  • Robert Aldrich

    Robert Aldrich

    Dec. at 65 (1918-1983)

    BirthplaceCranston, Rhode Island, United States of America

    Robert Burgess Aldrich (August 9, 1918 – December 5, 1983) was an American film director,...  more
  • Nicholas Colasanto

    Nicholas Colasanto

    Dec. at 61 (1924-1985)

    BirthplaceProvidence, Rhode Island, United States of America

    Nicholas Colasanto (January 19, 1924 – February 12, 1985) was an American actor and television...  more

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  • Joe Nocera

    Joe Nocera

    Age: 68

    BirthplaceProvidence, Rhode Island

    Joseph "Joe" Nocera (born May 6, 1952 in Providence, Rhode Island) is an American business...  more
  • J. Howard McGrath

    J. Howard McGrath

    Dec. at 63 (1903-1966)

    BirthplaceWoonsocket, Rhode Island, United States of America

    James Howard McGrath (November 28, 1903 – September 2, 1966) was an American politician and...  more
  • James F. Bell, III

    BirthplaceProvidence, Rhode Island

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  • Galway Kinnell

    BirthplaceProvidence, Rhode Island

    Galway Mills Kinnell (February 1, 1927 – October 28, 2014) was an American poet. He won the...  more