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The following is a list of notable people from Union City, New Jersey. (B) denotes that the person was born there, though births prior to 1925 would have been in West Hoboken or Union Hill which merged in 1925 to form Union City, as noted in some of these entries.

  • Akon (born 1973), rapper and R&B singer.
  • Andy Bakjian (1914–1986), Hall of Fame Track and Field official and author.(B)
  • Fred Barakat (1939-2010), college basketball coach.
  • Jose Miguel Battle, Sr. (c. 1930–2007), former Bay of Pigs Invasion operative who became known as "Godfather of the Cuban mafia".
  • Harold Bell (1919–2009), creator of Woodsy Owl.(B)
  • Ben Blank (c. 1921–2009), television graphics innovator.
  • Steve Bula, first-season cast member on the MTV reality television series From G's to Gents.
  • James E. Buttersworth (1817–1894), British maritime painter.
  • Bobby Cannavale (born 1971), actor known for his roles on Ally McBeal, Third Watch, and Will & Grace.
  • Helen Castillo, fashion designer known as one of the cast members on season 12 of the reality television series Project Runway. Castillo was born and raised in Weehawken before later moving to Union City.
  • Rene Paul Chambellan (1893–1955), architectural sculptor, known for his work in the Art Deco and Greco Deco styles.
  • Gordon Chiesa, basketball coach, who was assistant coach for the Utah Jazz for 16 seasons from 1989–90 to 2004–05.
  • Norman Cousins (1915–1990), author and peace advocate.(B)
  • Dominick V. Daniels (1908–1987), represented New Jersey's 14th congressional district from 1959–1977.
  • Otis Davis (born 1932), Olympic track and field athlete who won two gold medals in the 400-metre dash and the 4 × 400 metres relay at 1960 Summer Olympics, setting a world record in the former event.
  • Louis Del Grande (born 1943), television writer and actor, best known for starring in the Canadian mystery/comedy series Seeing Things.
  • Vincent John Dellay (1907–1999), represented New Jersey's 14th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1957–1959.(B)
  • Pietro Di Donato (1911–1992), Italian American novelist, and author of Christ in Concrete.(B)
  • Harvey B. Dodworth (1822–1891), bandmaster.
  • Harry Donovan (born 1926), professional basketball player who played for the New York Knicks.
  • Henry Escalante, pop musician, and one of the 15 finalists from the 2007 season of the MTV reality show Making Menudo.
  • Hank Finkel (born 1942), retired NBA basketball player.(B)
  • Marshall Flaum (1925–2010), documentary filmmaker.
  • Rafael Fraguela (born 1955), member of the New Jersey General Assembly who also served on the Union City Board of Commissioners.
  • Nick Galis (born 1957), retired Greek basketball player and member of the FIBA Hall of Fame.
  • Rudy Garcia (born 1964), former Assemblyman and Mayor of Union City.
  • Anthony Vincent Genovese (born 1932), architect who practiced in the mid to late-twentieth-century New York and New Jersey as a partner in the architectural firm name Genovese & Maddalene.
  • Yekusiel Yehudah Halberstam (1905–1994), Rebbe of the Klausenberg Hasidic dynasty.
  • Frank Haubold (1906–1985), Olympic gymnast who won a Silver and Gold medal in the 1928 Summer Olympics, and who, with his wife, Irma, were the first married couple to compete in the Olympics.
  • Irma Haubold (1908–1996), Olympic gymnast who competed in the 1936 Summer Olympics, and who, with and her husband, Frank, were the first married couple to compete in the Olympics.(B)
  • Alexis Hernandez, contestant on season 6 of the Food Network's Next Food Network Star.
  • Antonio Jacobsen (1850–1921), maritime artist known as the "Audubon of Steam Vessels".
  • Paul Jappe (1898–1989), NFL player born in Union Hill who played for the New York Giants and Brooklyn Lions.(B)
  • Joe Jeanette (1879–1958), considered one of the best African American heavyweight boxers of the early 20th Century.(B)
  • Vicki Johnson, woman believed to have perpetrated a hoax in which she fabricated a boy afflicted with AIDS, whose autobiography, A Rock and a Hard Place, fooled people such Armistead Maupin, Mr. Rogers and Oprah Winfrey, and became the basis of Maupin's fictionalized novel, The Night Listener, and the feature film of the same name starring Robin Williams.
  • Eugene Jolas (1894–1952), writer, translator and literary critic born in Union Hill.(B)
  • AJ Lee (born 1987), female professional wrestler, best known for her time in WWE.(B)
  • Dennis Locorriere (born 1949), singer, and one of the two frontpersons for the Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show.(B)
  • Luigi Lucioni (1900–1988), painter known for his realistic and precisely-drawn still lifes, landscapes, and portraits. Lucioni's family emigrated from Malnate, Italy in 1911 to New York City, and after moving several more times, settled in 1929 at 403 New York Avenue in Union City.
  • Herb Maack (born 1917), head coach of the Rhode Island Rams from 1956 through 1960.(B)
  • Alicia Menendez (born 1983), TV commentator, radio host, and writer, and daughter of Senator Bob Menendez.
  • Bob Menendez (born 1954), Mayor of Union City from 1986 to 1992, and later a United States Senator.
  • W. S. Merwin (born 1927), Pulitzer Prize-winning poet. and United States Poet Laureate. In 2006 the city renamed a street near his former home W.S. Merwin Way.
  • Otto Messmer (1892–1983), creator of Felix the Cat.(B)
  • Erick Morillo (born 1971), DJ and music producer, known for producing the 1993 hit "I Like to Move It", which was features in the Madagascar film franchise.
  • Luis Moro (born 1964), actor, filmmaker and writer, best known for his history making-film Love and Suicide, which made him the first American to break the embargo on Cuba to film a feature there.
  • William Musto (1917–2006), Mayor of Union City from 1962–1970 and from 1974–1982.
  • Oscar Nunez (born 1958), Cuban American actor and comedian who stars in the American TV series The Office.
  • Mitchell Olson, songwriter and contestant on Survivor: The Australian Outback, the second season of the reality television show Survivor.
  • Joe Oriolo (1913–1985), writer and cartoon animator who co-created Casper the Friendly Ghost and animated Felix the Cat.
  • Cliff Osmond (1937–2012), character actor and television screenwriter best known for appearing in films directed by Billy Wilder.
  • Togo Palazzi (born 1932), retired NBA basketball player.
  • Carol-Lynn Parente, executive producer of Sesame Street and winner of seven Emmy Awards for her work on the program.
  • Nick Piantanida (1932–1966), amateur skydiver who died four months after barely surviving a fall from 57,000 feet, in an unsuccessful attempt to break the world parachute jump record.
  • Arthur Pinajian (1914–1999), Armenian-American artist and comic book creator, known as the creator of the characters Madame Fatal and Invisible Hood.
  • William Ranney (1813–1857), 19th Century Western painter.
  • Dan Resin (1931–2010), actor known as Dr. Beeper in the film Caddyshack, and as the Ty-D-Bol man in toilet cleaner commercials.
  • Dwayne Sabb (born 1969), football player for the New England Patriots.
  • Esther Salas, the first Hispanic woman to serve as a United States magistrate judge in the District of New Jersey, and the first Hispanic woman to be appointed a U.S. District Court judge in New Jersey.
  • Renoly Santiago (born 1974) Puerto Rican actor, singer and writer known for his appearances in films such as Dangerous Minds, Hackers and Con Air.
  • Pedro Sosa (born 1984) former American football offensive tackle for the Hartford Colonials of the defunct United Football League, and later a member of the Miami Dolphins.
  • Brian P. Stack (born 1966), Assemblyman, New Jersey state senator, and mayor of Union City since 2000.
  • Aaron Stanford (born 1976), actor known for his role as Pyro in the films X2: X-Men United and X-Men: The Last Stand.
  • Allison Strong, actress/singer known for her Broadway work in the musicals Bye Bye Birdie and Mamma Mia!
  • Alexandria Suarez, child actor who performs the voice of Backpack on Dora the Explorer, beginning with that show's fifth season.
  • Janine Pommy Vega (1942–2010), poet associated with the Beats.
  • Walter Walsh (born 1907), FBI agent and Olympic sharpshooter who participated in the capture of outlaw Arthur Barker.(B)
  • Gene Wettstone (1913–2013), gymnastics coach, known as the "Dean of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches", for leading Pennsylvania State University to a record nine N.C.A.A. championships in the sport, and for coaching the United States men's teams in the 1948 and 1956 Summer Olympics. Born in West Hoboken.(B)
  • Frank Winters (born 1964), National Football League player (1987–2002) for the Green Bay Packers.
  • Jules Witcover (born 1927), author and political journalist for The Baltimore Sun, the now-defunct Washington Star, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and Tribune Media Services.
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