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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.
  • BirthplaceCranston, Rhode Island, USA

    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. She attended...  more

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  • Pauly D

    Age: 40

    BirthplaceProvidence, Rhode Island, USA

    Alternative NameDJ Pauly D, Paul Del Vecchio, Paul "Pauly D" DelVecchio, Pauly Del Vecchio, Paul "Pauly D" Del Vecchio

    Paul D. DelVecchio Jr. (born July 5, 1980), publicly known as Pauly D and DJ Pauly D, is an American television personality and DJ. He is best known for being a cast member of MTV's reality show...  more

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  • 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. Cohan, was an American entertainer, playwright, composer, lyricist, actor, singer, dancer and theatrical...  more

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  • BirthplaceProvidence, 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 post-apocalyptic...  more

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  • Van Johnson

    Dec. at 92 (1916-2008)

    BirthplaceNewport, Rhode Island, USA

    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
  • BirthplaceWarwick, 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, he...  more
  • 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 serving as the junior United States Senator from Pennsylvania since 2011. A member of the Republican...  more
  • BirthplaceUSA, Providence, Rhode Island

    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 and...  more

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  • Ruth Buzzi

    Age: 84

    BirthplaceWesterly, 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 comedy-variety...  more

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  • Gary Albright

    Dec. at 37 (1963-2000)
    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 (AJPW)....  more
  • BirthplaceQuonset 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 Clinton...  more
  • BirthplaceProvidence, 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
  • BirthplaceProvidence, Rhode Island, USA

    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 the...  more
  • BirthplaceWarwick, Rhode Island, USA

    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 Karn on...  more
  • BirthplaceCentral 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 1969...  more
  • BirthplaceProvidence, Rhode Island, USA

    Alternative NameAl Hedison

    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 role...  more
  • Zachariah Allen

    Dec. at 87 (1795-1882)

    BirthplaceProvidence, 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

    Dec. at 90 (1916-2006)

    BirthplaceWarren, 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 his...  more
  • Joyce Jillson

    Dec. at 59 (1945-2004)

    BirthplaceCranston, Rhode Island, USA

    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 papers...  more
  • 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, producer, and screenwriter. His notable credits include Vera Cruz (1954), Kiss Me Deadly (1955), The Big...  more

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  • Nicholas Colasanto

    Dec. at 61 (1924-1985)

    BirthplaceProvidence, Rhode Island, USA

    Alternative NameNick Colasanto

    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 served in the...  more

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  • Joe Nocera

    Age: 68

    BirthplaceProvidence, 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 about business...  more
  • 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 attorney from the U.S. state of Rhode Island. McGrath, a Democrat, served as U.S. Attorney for Rhode...  more
  • BirthplaceProvidence, Rhode Island

    James (Jim) F. Bell III (born July 23, 1965) is a Professor of Astronomy at Arizona State University, specializing in the study of planetary geology, geochemistry and mineralogy using data obtained...  more
  • BirthplaceProvidence, 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 for...  more