List of people from New York facts for kids

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The following is a list of prominent people who were born in the U.S. state of New York, lived in New York, or for whom New York is a significant part of their identity.


Public office

See also: List of Governors of New York, List of New York State Assembly members (2005–06), List of political figures of Upstate New York, List of New York State Senators, List of United States Representatives from New York, and List of United States Senators from New York

Presidents

Vice presidents

Other

  • Parmenio Adams, sheriff and United States Congressman
  • Shirley Chisholm, Congresswoman and 1972 Democratic presidential candidate
  • Dewitt Clinton, governor, built the Erie Canal
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State; former U.S. Senator; former First Lady; 2008 Democratic presidential candidate
  • J. J. Dewey (died 1891), territorial legislator in Minnesota
  • William H. Donaldson (born 1931), 27th Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Boris Johnson, present Mayor of London
  • William Loeb, Jr., secretary to President Theodore Roosevelt
  • Chuck Schumer, United States Senator

Entertainment

Film, theater, dance, and modeling

Eaddy Mays in 2012
Eaddy Mays

Comedians and humorists

  • Woody Allen (born 1935), comedian, screenwriter, director, actor, author, playwright, musician
  • Lucille Ball (1911–1989), comedian, actress
  • George Carlin (1937–2008), comedian, actor
  • Jimmy Fallon (born 1974), comedian, actor, host of The Tonight Show
  • Jay Leno (born 1950), comedian, host of The Tonight Show
  • Demetri Martin (born 1973), comedian
  • Chico Marx (1887–1961), vaudeville comedian, with the Marx Brothers
  • Groucho Marx (1890–1977), vaudeville comedian, with the Marx Brothers
  • Gummo Marx (1892–1977), vudeville comedian, with the Marx Brothers
  • Harpo Marx (1888–1964), vaudeville comedian, with the Marx Brothers
  • Zeppo Marx (1901–1979), vaudeville comedian, with the Marx Brothers
  • Rosie O'Donnell (born 1962), comedian, actress, television personality
  • Chris Rock (born 1965), comedian, actor
  • Jerry Seinfeld (born 1954), comedian, actor
  • John Valby (born 1944), comedian, musician

Music

  • Aaliyah (1979–2001), Singer, actress, model, dancer
  • Vinnie Amico, drummer
  • Fiona Apple (born 1977), singer
  • Harold Arlen (1905–1986), composer
  • Christina Aguilera (born 1980), singer, songwriter, actress
  • Adrienne Bailon(born 1983), singer
  • David Baker, singer
  • Chris Barnes, musician
  • Count Basie (1904–1984), jazz musician
  • Jay Beckenstein (born 1951), saxophonist
  • Pat Benatar (born 1953), singer
  • Mary J. Blige (born 1971), singer, songwriter, actress
  • Laura Branigan (1952–2004), singer
  • Keith Buckley (born 1979), musician
  • Maria Callas (1923–1977), opera singer
  • Mariah Carey (born 1970), pop and R&B singer and songwriter
  • Peter Case (born 1954), singer-songwriter
  • Peter Cincotti (born 1983), singer, songwriter, pianist
  • Coko (born 1973), singer (SWV)
  • John Coltrane (1926–1967), jazz musician
  • Aaron Copland (1900–1990), composer
  • Warren Cuccurullo (born 1956), rock guitarist
  • Vic Dana (born 1942), singer
  • Blossom Dearie (1924–2009), jazz singer and pianist
  • Lana Del Rey (born 1986), singer, songwriter
  • Rob Derhak (born 1968), bass guitarist
  • Lance Diamond, singer
  • Neil Diamond (born 1941), singer, songwriter
  • Ani DiFranco (born 1970), singer-songwriter
  • Jonathan Donahue (born 1966), rock musician
  • JoAnn Falletta (born 1954), classical guitarist, orchestral conductor
  • Morton Feldman (1926–1987), composer
  • Ella Fitzgerald (1918–1996), singer
  • John Flansburgh (born 1960), singer-songwriter
  • Lukas Foss (1922–2009), composer, orchestral conductor
  • Dave Fridmann, producer
  • Chuck Garvey, guitarist
  • George Gershwin (1898–1937), composer
  • Kim Gordon (born 1953), bass guitarist, guitarist, singer, songwriter, visual artist (Sonic Youth)
  • Grasshopper (born 1967), born Sean Mackowiak, rock musician
  • Joel Hirschhorn (1938–2005), songwriter
  • Billie Holiday (1915–1959), jazz and blues singer
  • Jim Hall (born 1930), jazz guitarist
  • Alan Heatherington (born 1945), orchestral conductor
  • Ray Henderson (1897–1970), songwriter
  • Lady Gaga (born 1986), born Stefani Germanotta, singer and songwriter
  • Lena Horne (1917–2010), singer, actress
  • Freddie Jackson (born 1956), singer
  • Rick James (1948–2004), singer
  • Billy Joel (born 1949), pianist, singer and songwriter
  • Jerome Kern (1885–1945), composer
  • Alicia Keys (born 1981), singer-songwriter
  • Carole King (born 1942), singer-songwriter
  • Cyndi Lauper (born 1953), singer
  • Mel Lewis (1929–1990), drummer
  • John Linnell (born 1959), singer-songwriter
  • Joe Locke (born 1959), jazz artist
  • John Lombardo (born 1952), musician, songwriter
  • Jennifer Lopez (born 1969), singer, actress, dancer
  • David Lucas (born 1937), composer
  • Gary Mallaber (born 1946), drummer
  • Constantine Maroulis (born 1975), singer
  • Brian McKnight (born 1969), R&B singer
  • Don Menza (born 1936), saxophonist
  • Natalie Merchant(1962?-),singer-songwriter
  • Stephanie Mills (born 1957), singer
  • Gurf Morlix, musician
  • Josh Newton (born 1973), bassist
  • Willie Nile (born 1948), singer-songwriter
  • Laura Nyro (1947–1997), singer-songwriter
  • Jack Owen (born 1967), guitarist (Cannibal Corpse)
  • Tina Parol, singer-songwriter
  • Joey Ramone (1952–2001), singer, songwriter (Ramones)
  • Mary Ramsey (born 1963), musician
  • Sharon Redd (1945–1992), singer
  • Lou Reed (born 1942), singer, songwriter, guitarist
  • Neil Rosenshein (born 1947), operatic singer, lyric tenor
  • Jason Sebastian Russo (born 1973), rock musician
  • Justin Russo (born 1976), rock musician
  • John Rzeznik (born 1965), musician (Goo Goo Dolls)
  • Adam Schlesinger (born 1967), musician (Fountains of Wayne), songwriter, producer, arranger
  • Al Schnier (born 1968), guitarist
  • Billy Sheehan (born 1953), bass guitarist
  • Paul Simon (born 1941), singer-songwriter, guitarist
  • Lonnie Smith (born 1942), jazz organist
  • Ronnie Spector (born 1943), singer (The Ronettes)
  • John Stevens (born 1987), singer
  • Stevie J. (born Steve Jordan), musician
  • Barbra Streisand (born 1942), singer, actress
  • Stan Szelest (1943–1991), musician
  • Robby Takac (born 1964), musician (Goo Goo Dolls)
  • George Tutuska, musician (Goo Goo Dolls, Jackdaw)
  • Luther Vandross (1951–2005), singer
  • Jeremy Wall, jazz musician
  • Luke Walter Jr. (1947–1996), Belgian musician
  • Grover Washington, Jr. (1943–1999), saxophonist
  • Alex Webster (born 1969), bassist (Cannibal Corpse)
  • Mary Weiss (born 1948), singer (The Shangri-Las)
  • Cory Wells (born 1942), singer
  • Patrick Wilson (born 1969), drummer
  • Jack Yellen (1892–1991), lyricist, composer

Rappers

  • 50 Cent
  • KRS-One
  • Jay Z
  • LL Cool J
  • Mos Def
  • Nas
  • The Notorious B.I.G.
  • Rakim
  • Run DMC
  • Lil' Kim
  • Beastie Boys
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Juelz Santana
  • Jim Jones
  • Cam'ron
  • ASAP Rocky
  • Busta Rhymes
  • Big L
  • Mobb Deep
  • Wu-Tang Clan
  • 2Pac
  • Sean Combs
  • Onyx
  • A Tribe Called Quest

Business

Sanford Weill 2 Shankbone Metropolitan Opera 2009
Sanford Weill
  • John Jacob Astor, fur trader, company founder
  • Nicholas F. Brady, former CEO of Dillon Read; 68th United States Secretary of the Treasury
  • C. Douglas Dillon, former CEO of Dillon Read; US Ambassador to France (1953–1957); 57th United States Secretary of the Treasury
  • George Eastman (1854–1932), founder of Eastman Kodak
  • Joseph Ellicott (1760–1826), surveyor and city planner
  • William G. Fargo (1818–1881), co-founder of American Express Company and Wells Fargo; mayor of Buffalo
  • Debra Fox, founder of Fox Learning Systems
  • E.H. Harriman, errand boy, broker, railroader
  • George A. Hormel (1860–1946), founder of Hormel
  • Jeremy Jacobs (born 1940), owner of Delaware North and the Boston Bruins
  • John J. Kennedy (1857–1914), financier, 45th New York State Treasurer
  • Seymour H. Knox I (1861–1915), businessman, co-founder of F. W. Woolworth Company
  • Seymour H. Knox II (1898–1990), former director of Marine Midland Bank; philanthropist
  • Jon L. Luther, food service executive
  • Sherman J. Maisel (1918–2010), economist
  • Jeremiah Milbank, banker, co-founder of Borden Milk Co., 1857
  • J.P. Morgan, banker, co-founder of J.P. Morgan & Co.
  • Jacquelyn Ottman, marketing consultant
  • Henry Paulson, former CEO of Goldman Sachs; United States Secretary of the Treasury
  • Joseph R. Perella, financier
  • Pat Powers (1870–1948), movie producer
  • Donald Regan, former CEO of Merrill Lynch; 66th United States Secretary of the Treasury
  • Robert E. Rich, Sr. (1913–2006), inventor, foodservice executive
  • John D. Rockefeller (1839–1937), founder of Standard Oil, philanthropist
  • Robert Rubin, former CEO of Goldman Sachs; 70th United States Secretary of the Treasury
  • Scott Rudin, movie producer
  • Jacob Schiff, Wall Street executive, banker
  • Edward Selzer (1893–1970), movie producer
  • Ellsworth Milton Statler (1863–1928), hotelier
  • Jill Stuart, fashion designer
  • Donald Trump (born 1946), entrepreneur
  • Cornelius Vanderbilt, ferry and tugboat captain; company founder; railroader
  • Sanford Weill, former CEO of Citigroup
  • Henry Wells (1805–1878), businessman
  • John G. Wickser (1858–1928), businessman; New York State Treasurer (1903–1904)
  • Bob Weinstein, movie producer, co-founder of Miramax Films
  • Harvey Weinstein, movie producer, co-founder of Miramax Films
  • Robert G. Wilmers (born 1935), CEO of M&T Bank
  • Christopher Woodrow, movie producer

Art, literature, journalism, and philosophy

  • Samuel Hopkins Adams, muckraker, born in Dunkirk
  • Scott Adams (born 1957), cartoonist, creator of Dilbert
  • Susan B. Anthony, women's rights activist
  • Cory Arcangel (born 1978), artist
  • William Bliss Baker (1859–1886), landscape painter
  • Lauren Belfer, author
  • J. Bowyer Bell (1931–2003), historian, artist and art critic
  • Timothy D. Bellavia (born 1971), artist and illustrator
  • Louise Blanchard Bethune (1856–1913), architect
  • Wolf Blitzer (born 1948), CNN journalist, host of The Situation Room
  • Lawrence Block (born 1938), author
  • Howard Bloom (born 1943), author
  • Joseph Brodsky (1940–1996), Russian-American poet
  • Dale Brown (born 1956), author
  • Gordon Bunshaft (1909–1990), architect
  • Charles E. Burchfield (1893–1967), artist
  • Charles Clough (born 1951), artist
  • Burton Crane (1901–1963), journalist
  • Robert Creeley (1926–2005), poet
  • Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823–1900), artist
  • Arthur B. Davies (1863–1928), artist
  • Don DeLillo (born 1936), author
  • Melvil Dewey (1851–1931), originator of Dewey Decimal System
  • Amy Dickinson, Chicago Tribune advice columnist, from Freeville
  • Amanda Minnie Douglas (1831–1916), writer
  • Frederick Douglass (1818–1895), editor and publisher of abolitionist newspapers such as The North Star
  • Arthur Dove (1880–1946), artist
  • Philip Evergood (1901–1973), artist
  • Leslie Fiedler (1917–2003), literary critic
  • Steve Fiorilla (1961–2009), artist
  • Ira Joe Fisher, author and weatherman, who was born and raised in Little Valley
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald, author, raised in Buffalo
  • Helen Frankenthaler (born 1928), artist
  • Kelly Freas (1922–2005), artist
  • Anna Katharine Green (1846–1935), author
  • E.B. Green (1855–1950), architect
  • Terry Gross (born 1951), radio host, Fresh Air
  • Alfred Harvey (1913–1994), writer and publisher, founder of Harvey Comics
  • Richard Hofstadter (1916–1970), author and philosopher
  • Paul Horgan (1903–1995), author
  • Roni Horn (born 1955), artist
  • Elbert Hubbard (1856–1915), philosopher and writer
  • Idil Ibrahim, director
  • Washington Irving (1783–1859), author, Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • Henry James (1843–1916), author
  • William James (1842–1910), philosopher
  • James A. Johnson (1865–1939), architect
  • Ellsworth Kelly (born 1923), artist
  • John Kessel (born 1950), author
  • Verlyn Klinkenborg, member of New York Times editorial board; writer and farmer
  • Nancy Kress (born 1948), author
  • Matt Lauer (born 1957), anchor of The Today Show
  • Zoe Leonard (born 1961), photographer and visual artist
  • Robert Longo (born 1953), artist
  • Mabel Dodge Luhan (1879–1962), writer and patron
  • Norman Mailer (1923–2007), author
  • Francis Mallison, journalist, helped organize the Great Civil War Gold Hoax; from Rome
  • Brice Marden (born 1938), artist
  • Herman Melville (1819–1891), author of Moby-Dick
  • Ogden Nash (1902–1971), poet
  • Joyce Carol Oates (born 1938), author
  • William Ordway Partridge (1861–1930), sculptor
  • Tim Powers (born 1952), author
  • Thomas Pynchon (born 1937), author
  • Ishmael Reed (born 1938), poet
  • John Reed (born 1969), author, Snowball's Chance
  • Seymour Reit (1918–2001), writer and cartoonist
  • Norman Rockwell (1894–1978), painter
  • Spain Rodriguez (born 1940), cartoonist
  • Milton Rogovin (1909–2011), photographer
  • Charles Rohlfs (1853–1936, craftsman
  • Tim Russert (1950–2008), host of NBC's Meet the Press
  • David Sedaris (born 1956), humorist and author
  • Tony Sisti (1901–1983), painter
  • Eugene Speicher (1883–1962), painter
  • Fran Striker (1903–1962), creator of the Lone Ranger and Green Hornet
  • Elizabeth Swados (born 1951), author
  • Dorothy Thompson, born in Lancaster
  • Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933), artist
  • Tom Toles (born 1951), cartoonist
  • Israel Tsvaygenbaum (born 1961), Russian-American artist
  • Mark Twain (1835–1910), author
  • Andrew Vachss (born 1942), author, activist, and lawyer
  • Richard A. Waite (1848–1911), architect
  • J. Alden Weir (1852–1919), painter
  • Edith Wharton (1862–1937), author
  • Walt Whitman (1819–1892), poet
  • Brian Williams (born 1959), anchor of NBC Nightly News
  • John Zogby, pollster and blogger from Utica

Science and medicine

Athletics

Hank Greenberg 1937 cropped
Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg
Sandy Koufax
Sandy Koufax
Eric Nystrom 2011-11-11
Eric Nystrom
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born 1947), NBA player
  • Lisa Aukland (born 1957), professional bodybuilder and powerlifter
  • Moe Berg (1902–72), Major League Baseball baseball player, and spy (New York City)
  • Sue Bird (born 1980), Women's National Basketball Association point guard; two-time Olympic champion; four-time All-Star (Seattle Storm) (Syosset)
  • Andrulla Blanchette (born 1966), British professional bodybuilder
  • Andy Bloom (born 1973), Olympic shot putter
  • Laura Creavalle (born 1959), Guyanese-born Canadian/American professional bodybuilder
  • Lisa Cross (born 1978), British professional bodybuilder
  • Al "Bummy" Davis (1920–45), professional boxer (Brooklyn)
  • Shay Doron (born 1985), professional basketball player
  • Tommy Dreamer (born 1971), professional wrestler (Yonkers)
  • Julius Erving (born 1950), NBA player
  • Mick Foley (born 1965), professional wrestler and author
  • Whitey Ford, baseball player
  • Heather Foster (born 1966), Jamaica-born American professional bodybuilder
  • Bev Francis (born 1955), Australian professional bodybuilder, powerlifter, and national shot put champion
  • John Franco, baseball player
  • Lou Gehrig (1903–1941), Baseball Hall of Famer
  • Sid Gordon (1917–75), two-time All Star major league baseball player
  • Hank Greenberg (1911–1986), Baseball Hall of Famer (Greenwich Village)
  • Jon Jones (born 1987), UFC champion
  • Seymour H. Knox III (1926–1996), co-founder of the Buffalo Sabres
  • Sandy Koufax (born 1935), Baseball Hall of Famer
  • Scott Lipsky (born 1981), tennis player
  • Boyd Melson, boxer
  • Joe Nathan (born 1974), baseball player, Minnesota Twins; born in Pine Bush)
  • Colette Nelson (born 1974), professional bodybuilder
  • Eric Nystrom (born 1983), NHL player
  • Beth Phoenix (born 1980), professional wrestler (born in Elmira, New York)
  • A. J. Pierzynski (born 1976), baseball player (Chicago White Sox) (born in Bridgehampton)
  • Lipman Pike (1845–93), Major League Baseball baseball player, 4x home run champion (New York City)
  • Alex Rodriguez (born 1975), MLB player
  • Alana Shipp (born 1982), Barbadian-born Israeli/American professional bodybuilder
  • Carl Yastrzemski (born 1939), Baseball Hall of Famer

Infamous New Yorkers

  • Eric Harris (1981–1999), Columbine High School massacre co-perpetrator
  • Timothy McVeigh (1968–2001), convicted terrorist responsible for the Oklahoma City bombing
  • Jimmy Walker (1881–1946), NYC mayor forced into resigning by the Seabury Commission

Lawyers and jurists

Religious leaders

  • Avraham Qanai, leader of one of the first Karaite Jewish congregations in the United States
  • Menachem Mendel Schneerson

Other

  • Lina Beecher (1841–1915), roller coaster designer and inventor
  • Grace Brown (1886–1906, murder victim)
  • Mary Therese Friel (born 1960), Miss USA 1979, model, businesswoman
  • Wilson Greatbatch (1919–2011), inventor
  • Harry Houdini (1874–1926), magician
  • Kimberly Pressler (born 1977), Miss USA 1999
  • Margaret Sanger (1879–1966), activist
  • Frances Shimer (1826–1901), founder of Shimer College
  • Richard Stallman (born 1953), programmer of Emacs, founder of GNU
  • Josephine Terranova (1889–1981), criminal defendant

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