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Famous Townsend Harris High School Alumni

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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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    AgeDec. at 79 (1893-1973)

    BirthplaceBucharest, Romania

    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 Age. He...  more

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    Cornel Wilde

    Film Producer, Screenwriter

    AgeDec. at 77 (1912-1989)

    BirthplacePrievidza, Slovakia

    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 on Broadway....  more
  • 3

    Jonas Salk

    Medical researcher, Virologist

    AgeDec. at 80 (1914-1995)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    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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    Army Archerd

    Journalist, Actor

    AgeDec. at 87 (1922-2009)

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    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 September 2005. In...  more
  • 5

    Ira Gershwin

    Lyricist, Author

    AgeDec. at 86 (1896-1983)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    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

    Physicist, Theoretical Physicist

    AgeDec. at 76 (1918-1994)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    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 particular...  more
  • 7

    Bennett Cerf

    Humorist, Publisher

    AgeDec. at 73 (1898-1971)

    BirthplaceNew York City, Manhattan, USA, New York

    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 jokes and...  more
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    Kenneth Arrow

    Scientist, Economist


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    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
  • 9

    Leon Levy


    AgeDec. at 77 (1925-2003)

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York

    Leon Levy (September 13, 1925 – April 6, 2003) was an American investor, mutual fund manager, and philanthropist....  more
  • 10

    Arnold H. "Buzz" Vollmer

    Architect, Engineer

    BirthplaceWashington Heights, New York City, New York

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    Maurice Paprin



    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Maurice Paprin (August 26, 1920 - November 29, 2005) was a New York City real estate developer and social activist....  more