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Famous Townsend Harris High School Alumni

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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Townsend Harris High School and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Townsend Harris High School, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Townsend Harris High School include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Townsend Harris High School alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Townsend Harris High School are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Townsend Harris High School.

This list is made up of a variety of graduates, including Edward G. Robinson and Army Archerd.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Townsend Harris High School?” and “Which celebrities are Townsend Harris High School alumni?”
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Edward G. Robinson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Townsend Harris High School Alumni
Actor
Edward G. Robinson (born Emanuel Goldenberg; Yiddish: ײמאַנועל גאָלדענבערג‎; December 12, 1893 – January 26, 1973) was a Romanian American actor of stage and screen during Hollywood's Golden ...more

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#137 of 330 The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting) #216 of 2,003 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Cornel Wilde is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Townsend Harris High School Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor
Cornel Wilde (born Kornél Lajos Weisz; October 13, 1912 – October 16, 1989) was a Hungarian-American actor and film director. Wilde's acting career began in 1935, when he made his debut ...more
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Jonas Salk is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Townsend Harris High School Alumni
Medical researcher, Virologist, Scientist
Jonas Edward Salk (; October 28, 1914 – June 23, 1995) was an American medical researcher and virologist. He discovered and developed one of the first successful polio vaccines. Born in New York ...more

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#121 of 2,830 The Most Influential People of All Time #22 of 796 Famous American Inventors List

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Army Archerd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Townsend Harris High School Alumni
Journalist, Actor
Armand Andre "Army" Archerd (January 13, 1922 – September 8, 2009) was an American columnist for Variety for over fifty years before retiring his "Just for Variety" column in ...more
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Ira Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Townsend Harris High School Alumni
Lyricist, Author
Ira Gershwin (born Israel Gershowitz, December 6, 1896 – August 17, 1983) was an American lyricist who collaborated with his younger brother, composer George Gershwin, to create some of the most ...more
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Julian Schwinger is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Townsend Harris High School Alumni
Physicist, Theoretical Physicist
Julian Seymour Schwinger (; February 12, 1918 – July 16, 1994) was a Nobel Prize winning American theoretical physicist. He is best known for his work on quantum electrodynamics (QED), in ...more
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Bennett Cerf is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Townsend Harris High School Alumni
Humorist, Publisher, Screenwriter
Bennett Alfred Cerf (May 25, 1898 – August 27, 1971) was an American publisher, one of the founders of American publishing firm Random House. Cerf was also known for his own compilations of ...more
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Kenneth Arrow is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Townsend Harris High School Alumni
Scientist, Economist, Teacher
Kenneth Joseph Arrow (23 August 1921 – 21 February 2017) was an American economist, mathematician, writer, and political theorist. He was the joint winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic ...more
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Leon Levy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Townsend Harris High School Alumni
Banker
Leon Levy (September 13, 1925 – April 6, 2003) was an American investor, mutual fund manager, and philanthropist.
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Arnold H. "Buzz&quo... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Townsend Harris High School Alumni
Architect, Engineer
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Maurice Paprin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Townsend Harris High School Alumni
Maurice Paprin
Businessperson
Maurice Paprin (August 26, 1920 - November 29, 2005) was a New York City real estate developer and social activist.