NJ Hall of Fame Honorees

by Sylviastel | created - 17 Jun 2014 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

There are plenty of others that should be included in this list. If you would like to nominate a potential inductee. They must have about 5 years residency in New Jersey and did something honorable in accomplishments to history, arts, literature, enterprise, etc. You can nominate somebody on the website at http://www.njhalloffame.org/

Honorees missing from this list include General Robert Wood Johnson (Class of 2008). Lieutenant Brian Brennan (Class of 2009). Michael Graves (Class of 2010). James D'Heron (Class of 2010). Detective Marc DiNardo (Class of 2010). Former New Jersey Governor Brendan Byrne (Class of 2011). Leon Hess (Class of 2011). Victims of the September 11, 2001 (Class of 2011). Samuel Newhouse (Class of 2012). Raymond G. Chambers (Class of 2013). Joetta Clark Diggs (Class of 2013). J. Seward Johnson (Class of 2013) Thomas Paine (Class of 2013). Kathleen DiChiara (Class of 2013). Elizabeth Cady Stanton (Class of 2014). Maud Dahme (Class of 2014). Bernard Marcus (Class of 2015) Carol Blazejowski (Class of 2016) Alfred Koeppe (Class of 2016) Philip Kearny (Class of 2016)

1. Buzz Aldrin

Actor | Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Buzz Aldrin was born on January 20, 1930 in Montclair, New Jersey, USA as Edwin Eugene Aldrin Jr. He is known for his work on Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), Apollo 11 (2019) and Space Brothers (2012). He was previously married to Lois Driggs Cannon, Beverly Van Zile and Joan Ann Archer.


2. Clara Barton

She was inducted in the 2007 New Jersey Hall of Fame for her services to nursing in New Jersey.


3. Yogi Berra

Actor | The Phil Silvers Show

One of baseball's greatest catchers of all time, Yogi Berra appeared in a record 14 World Series while calling the games for the New York Yankees. Berra proved invaluable to the Yankees as evidenced by his three Americal League Most Valuable Player awards. Berra was also one of the games ...


4. Bill Bradley

Actor | The Cosby Show

Bill Bradley was born on July 28, 1943 in Crystal City, Missouri, USA as William Warren Bradley. He is an actor, known for The Cosby Show (1984), The American Ruling Class (2005) and The Reagan Presidency (2012). He has been married to Ernestine Schlant since January 14, 1974. They have one child.


5. Thomas A. Edison

Director | The Trick Cyclist

Thomas A. Edison was born on February 11, 1847 in Milan, Ohio, USA as Thomas Alva Edison. He was a producer and director, known for The Trick Cyclist (1901), The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914) and Bicycle Trick Riding, No. 2 (1899). He was married to Mina Miller and Mary Stilwell. He died on October ...


6. Albert Einstein

Self | Champagne for Caesar

Albert Einstein was born in Ulm, Kingdom of Württemberg, to a German Jewish family. He was the son of Pauline (Koch) and Hermann Einstein, a featherbed salesman. Albert began reading and studying science at a young age, and he graduated from a Swiss high school when he was 17. He then attended a ...


7. Malcolm S. Forbes

Writer | Some Call It Greed

Malcolm S. Forbes was born on August 19, 1919 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a writer and actor, known for Some Call It Greed (1977), The Lions of Capitalism (1977) and Biography (1987). He was married to Roberta Remsen Laidlaw. He died on February 24, 1990 in Far Hills, New Jersey, USA.


8. Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Ross, c. March 1822) was an American abolitionist and political activist. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made some 13 missions to rescue approximately 70 enslaved people, including family and friends, using the network of antislavery activists and ...


9. Vincent Lombardi

Actor | Paper Lion

Vincent Lombardi was born on June 11, 1913 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Vincent Thomas Lombardi. He was an actor, known for Paper Lion (1968), Second Effort (1968) and The NFL on CBS (1956). He was married to Marie Lombardi. He died on September 3, 1970 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA.


10. Toni Morrison

Writer | Beloved

Toni Morrison was born on February 18, 1931 in Lorain, Ohio, USA as Chloe Ardelia Wofford. She was married to Harold Morrison. She died on August 5, 2019 in Bronx, New York City, New York, USA.


11. Norman Schwarzkopf

Self | The American President

Norman Schwarzkopf was born on August 22, 1934 in Trenton, New Jersey, USA as Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. He was an actor, known for The American President (2000), Liberty's Kids: Est. 1776 (2002) and Brats: Our Journey Home (2006). He was married to Brenda Holsinger. He died on December 27, ...


12. Frank Sinatra

Actor | From Here to Eternity

Frank Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, to Italian immigrants Natalina Della (Garaventa), from Northern Italy, and Saverio Antonino Martino Sinatra, a Sicilian boxer, fireman, and bar owner. Growing up on the gritty streets of Hoboken made Sinatra determined to work hard to get ahead. ...


13. Bruce Springsteen

Soundtrack | The Wrestler

Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen was born September 23, 1949 in Long Branch, New Jersey, USA. His father, Douglas Frederick Springsteen, worked as a bus driver, and was of Irish and Dutch ancestry. His mother, Adele Ann (Zerilli), worked as a legal secretary, and was of Italian descent. He has an...


14. Meryl Streep

Actress | Out of Africa

Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 21 times, and has won it three times. Meryl was born Mary Louise Streep in 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, to Mary Wolf (Wilkinson), a commercial artist, and Harry William ...


15. Bud Abbott

Actor | Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein

Long acknowledged as one of the best "straight men" in the business, Bud Abbott was born William Alexander Abbott in Reading, Pennsylvania to Rae (Fisher) and Harry Abbott, who had both worked for the Barnum and Bailey Circus. When Bud was three his family moved to Asbury Park, New Jersey, which he...


16. Lou Costello

Actor | Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein

Lou Costello was born Louis Francis Cristillo in Paterson, New Jersey, to Helen (Rege) and Sebastiano Cristillo. His father was from Calabria, Italy, and his mother was an American of Italian, French, and Irish ancestry. Raised in Paterson, Costello dropped out of high school and headed west to ...


17. F. Scott Fitzgerald

Writer | The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

"There are no second acts in American lives," wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald, who himself went from being the high priest of the Jazz Age to a down-and-out alcoholic within the space of 20 years, but not before giving the world several literary masterpieces, the most famous of which is "The Great Gatsby...


18. Althea Gibson

Actress | The Horse Soldiers

She was the first to break the color barrier of the American Lawn Tennis League in 1950 and played in the U.S. National Tennis Championship in Forest Hills. She became the first African-American player to play in Wimbledon in 1951. She won the French Championship in 1956. She won in Wimbledon in ...


19. Jon Bon Jovi

Soundtrack | Young Guns II

Jon Bon Jovi, was born John Francis Bongiovi, Jr. On March 2, 1962, in Perth Amboy, New Jersey to parents John Francis Bongiovi, Sr. and Carol Sharkey.

Family: Jon's mother, Carol Sharkey, was a former model and one of the first Playboy Bunnies. She met Bon Jovi's father after she enlisted in the ...


20. Jerry Lewis

Actor | The Nutty Professor

Jerry Lewis (born March 16, 1926) was an American comedian, actor, singer, film producer, screenwriter and film director. He is known for his slapstick humor in film, television, stage and radio. He was originally paired up with Dean Martin in 1946, forming the famed comedy team of Martin and Lewis...


21. Guglielmo Marconi

Self | Cavalcade of Faith

Guglielmo Marconi was born on April 25, 1874 in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. He was married to Maria Bezzi-Scali and Beatrice O'Brien. He died on July 20, 1937 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.


22. Shaquille O'Neal

Actor | Steel

Shaquille O'Neal was born on March 6, 1972 in Newark, New Jersey, USA as Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal. He is an actor and producer, known for Steel (1997), The Lego Movie (2014) and Kazaam (1996). He was previously married to Shaunie O'Neal.


23. Phil Rizzuto

Actor | Summer of Sam

Phil Rizzuto was the NY Yankees star shortstop for 13 seasons between 1941 and 1956. A Hall of Famer, Rizzuto was the American League Most Valuable Player in 1950. After his playing career, Rizzuto was a popular long-time TV/radio announcer for the Yankees. He called the action for 40 seasons from ...


24. Paul Robeson

Actor | King Solomon's Mines

This handsome, eloquent and highly charismatic actor became one of the foremost interpreters of Eugene O'Neill's plays and one of the most treasured names in song during the first half of the twentieth century. He also courted disdain and public controversy for most of his career as a staunch Cold ...


25. Carl Sagan

Writer | Contact

Astronomer, educator and author Carl Sagan was perhaps the world's greatest popularizer of science, reaching millions of people through newspapers, magazines and television broadcasts. He is well-known for his work on the PBS series Cosmos (1980), the Emmy Award and Peabody Award-winning show that ...


26. Walt Whitman

Writer | Messengers

Walt Whitman was born on May 31, 1819 in Long Island, New York, USA. He was a writer, known for Messengers (2004), Your Favorite Story (1953) and American Torso (1975). He died on March 26, 1892 in Camden, New Jersey, USA.


27. William Carlos Williams

Writer | Paterson

After graduating from medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, William Carlos Williams had a serious medical career in pediatrics, setting up private practice in his native town of Rutherford, New Jersey. Eventually he became head pediatrician of the General Hospital in Paterson. But ...


28. Count Basie

Soundtrack | Pearl Harbor

The famed composer ("One O'Clock Jump", "Two O'Clock Jump", "Jumpin' at the Woodside"), pianist, songwriter and bandleader began as an accompanist to vaudeville acts. He joined the Bennie Moten orchestra in Kansas City, later organizing his own orchestra and performing on radio. In 1936 he came to ...


29. Judy Blume

Writer | Tiger Eyes

Judy Blume was born on February 12, 1938 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA as Judith Sussman. She is a writer and producer, known for Tiger Eyes (2012), Wifey and Summer Sisters. She has been married to George Cooper since June 6, 1987. She was previously married to Thomas A. Kitchens and John Blume.


30. William Brennan

Self | Super Chief: The Life and Legacy of Earl Warren

William Brennan was born on April 25, 1906 in Newark, New Jersey, USA as William Joseph Brennan Jr. He was married to Mary Fowler and Marjorie Leonard. He died on July 24, 1997 in Arlington, Virginia, USA.


31. Danny DeVito

Actor | Matilda

Danny DeVito has amassed a formidable and versatile body of work as an actor, producer and director that spans the stage, television and film.

Daniel Michael DeVito Jr. was born on November 17, 1944, in Neptune, New Jersey, to Italian-American parents. His mother, Julia (Moccello), was a homemaker. ...


32. Larry Doby

Actor | The Kid from Cleveland

Larry Doby, the 7-time All-Star and 2-time American League home run leader, became the first African American to play in the A.L. when he made his debut on July 5, 1947. Doby's first appearance occurred less than three months after Jackie Robinson had become the first African American major leaguer...


33. Carl Lewis

Actor | Alien Hunter

Frederick Carlton "Carl" Lewis (born July 1, 1961) is an American former track and field athlete, who won 10 Olympic medals, including nine gold, and 10 World Championships medals, including eight gold. His career spanned from 1979 to 1996 when he last won an Olympic title and subsequently retired.



34. Jack Nicholson

Actor | Chinatown

Jack Nicholson, an American actor, producer, director and screenwriter, is a three-time Academy Award winner and twelve-time nominee. Nicholson is also notable for being one of two actors - the other being Michael Caine - who have received an Oscar nomination in every decade from the 1960s through ...


35. Alice Paul

Alice Paul was born on January 11, 1885 in Moorestown, New Jersey, USA as Alice Stokes Paul. She died on July 9, 1977 in Moorestown.


36. Les Paul

Soundtrack | This Boy's Life

Les Paul was born on June 9, 1915 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA as Lester William Polfuss. He was married to Mary Ford and Virginia Webb. He died on August 12, 2009 in White Plains, New York, USA.


37. Philip Roth

Writer | The Human Stain

Philip Roth was born on March 18, 1933 in Newark, New Jersey, USA as Philip Milton Roth. He was a writer and producer, known for The Human Stain (2003), Indignation (2016) and American Pastoral (2016). He was married to Claire Bloom and Margaret Martinson. He died on May 22, 2018 in Manhattan, New ...


38. Susan Sarandon

Actress | Thelma & Louise

Susan Sarandon was born Susan Abigail Tomalin in New York City, NY, to homemaker Lenora Marie (Criscione) and Phillip Leslie Tomalin, an advertising executive. She is of Italian descent on her mother's side and English, Irish, Welsh, and German on her father's.

After the 1968 Democratic convention ...


39. Wally Schirra

Actor | The Astronaut

Wally Schirra was born on March 12, 1923 in Hackensack, New Jersey, USA as Walter Marty Schirra Jr. He was an actor, known for The Astronaut (1972), Outdoor Rambling (1972) and The Bob Hope Show (1950). He was married to Josephine Cook Fraser. He died on May 3, 2007 in La Jolla, California, USA.


40. Frankie Valli

Soundtrack | Grease

Frankie Valli was born on May 3, 1934 in Newark, New Jersey, USA as Francis Stephen Castelluccio. He was previously married to Randy Clohessy, MaryAnn Hannigan and Mary Mandel.


41. Woodrow Wilson

Self | The Adventures of a Boy Scout

Woodrow Wilson was born on December 28, 1856 in Staunton, Virginia, USA as Thomas Woodrow Wilson. He was married to Edith Galt Wilson and Ellen Axson Wilson. He died on February 3, 1924 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA.


42. John Basilone

John Basilone was born on November 4, 1916 in Buffalo, New York, USA. He was married to Lena Mae Riggs. He died on February 19, 1945 in IwoJima.


43. Tony Bennett

Actor | Muppets Most Wanted

Tony Bennett, one of the legends of jazz and popular music who served during the Second World War and then developed a career spanning over half a century, is now giving another concert tour across the United States and Europe.

He was born Anthony (Antonio) Dominick Benedetto on August 3, 1926, in ...


44. Mary Higgins Clark

Writer | Where Are the Children?

In 2002 Mary Higgins Clark published her memoir "Kitchen Privileges". The book describes her upbringing, first marriage and how she became such a famous author. Meanwhile 36 movies have been made that are based on Mary Higgins Clark's thrillers. For a while Mary Higgins Clark and her daughter ...


45. William F. Halsey

Self | The Ken Murray Show

US Admiral William "Bull" Halsey was born William Frederick Halsey Jr., in Elizabeth, New Jersey, on October 30, 1882, the son of the late Capt. William F. Halsey, US Navy. President William McKinley appointed Halsey to the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, in 1900. While at the Academy Halsey ...


46. Franco Harris

Actor | Monsters

he would have been 6 in 1956 when it said he was on NFL on CBS. he played in the nfl much later than that. without checking all the other data, this can't be an accurate date for him to have been on the show as the show didn't exist yet.


47. Queen Latifah

Actress | Hairspray

Often considered hip-hop's first lady (though some would attribute that to Roxanne Shanté), the woman behind the moniker Queen Latifah was born Dana Elaine Owens on March 18, 1970, in East Orange, New Jersey. She is the daughter of Rita (Bray), a teacher, and Lancelot Owens Sr. She came from a ...


48. Bucky Pizzarelli

Music_department | Sweet and Lowdown

Bucky Pizzarelli was born on January 9, 1926 in Paterson, New Jersey, USA as John Paul Pizzarelli. He is known for his work on Sweet and Lowdown (1999), Mighty Aphrodite (1995) and Two Family House (2000). He was married to Ruth Litchult. He died on April 1, 2020 in Saddle River, New Jersey.


49. Martha Stewart

Actress | Bad Moms

Martha Stewart was born on August 3, 1941 in Nutley, New Jersey, USA as Martha Helen Kostyra. She is a producer and actress, known for Bad Moms (2016), Men in Black II (2002) and Pixels (2015). She was previously married to Andrew Stewart.


50. Joe Theismann

Self | ESPN's Sunday Night Football

Joe Theismann was born on September 9, 1949 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA as Joseph Robert Theismann. He is an actor, known for ESPN's Sunday Night Football (1987), Cannonball Run II (1984) and The Man with Bogart's Face (1980). He has been married to Robin Smith since 1996. He was previously ...


51. John Travolta

Actor | Pulp Fiction

John Joseph Travolta was born in Englewood, New Jersey, one of six children of Helen Travolta (née Helen Cecilia Burke) and Salvatore/Samuel J. Travolta. His father was of Italian descent and his mother was of Irish ancestry. His father owned a tire repair shop called Travolta Tires in Hillsdale, ...


52. Bruce Willis

Actor | Die Hard

Actor and musician Bruce Willis is well known for playing wisecracking or hard-edged characters, often in spectacular action films. Collectively, he has appeared in films that have grossed in excess of $2.5 billion USD, placing him in the top ten stars in terms of box office receipts.

Walter Bruce ...



54. Patti Scialfa

Soundtrack | No Looking Back

Patti Scialfa was born on July 29, 1953 in Deal, New Jersey, USA as Vivienne Patricia Scialfa. She has been married to Bruce Springsteen since June 8, 1991. They have three children.

2012 recipient as a member of the E Street Band.

55. Clarence Clemons

Actor | Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

Clarence Clemons was mostly known as being the dynamic saxophone player in Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band. He was a pivotal part of the E-street band's persona and was a featured member of the band. His legacy teaming up with Bruce was a pivotal part of the success of the back up band. After ...

2012 recipient as a member of the E Street Band.

56. Max Weinberg

Soundtrack | Bewitched

Max Weinberg is the drummer of E Street Band, Bruce Springsteen's major band. His snare drum from the "Born In The USA" tour, "The Big Beat", is on display at the Hard Rock Cafe in NYC. Max started up his own record label and production company in 1990 called Hard Ticket Entertainment. He produced ...

2012 recipient as a member of the E Street Band.

57. Milt Campbell

Self | 1957 NFL Championship Game

Milt Campbell was born on December 9, 1933 in Plainfield, New Jersey, USA as Milton Gray Campbell. He died on November 2, 2012 in Gainesville, Georgia, USA.


58. John Dorrance

Actor | Miracle of the Heart: A Boys Town Story

John Dorrance was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, where he was tapped to play Glenn in the little-known TV movie "A Miracle of the Heart: A Boys' Town Story," his first professional acting credit. He obtained a degree in English Literature from the University of ...


59. Michael Douglas

Actor | Behind the Candelabra

An actor with over forty years of experience in theatre, film, and television, Michael Douglas branched out into independent feature production in 1975 with the Academy Award-winning One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). Since then, as a producer and as an actor-producer, he has shown an uncanny ...


60. Bob Hurley

Producer | The Drifter

Bob Hurley is a producer and actor, known for The Drifter (2009), Bu Lai'a the Hawaiian Superman (1994) and Remember a Day (2000).


61. Wellington Mara

Self | ESPN 25: Who's #1?

Wellington Mara was born on August 14, 1916 in New York City, New York, USA as Wellington Timothy Mara. He was married to Ann Maria Teresa Mumm. He died on October 25, 2005 in Rye, New York.


62. Annie Oakley

Self | Actors' Fund Field Day

Annie Oakley was born on August 13, 1860 in Darke County, Ohio, USA as Phoebe Anne Oakley Mozee. She was married to Frank E. Butler. She died on November 3, 1926 in Greenville, Ohio.


63. Joyce Carol Oates

Writer | Vengeance: A Love Story

Joyce Carol Oates was born on June 16, 1938 in Lockport, New York, USA. She is a writer, known for Vengeance: A Love Story (2017), Smooth Talk (1985) and Creme Noir (2017). She was previously married to Charles Gross and Raymond Smith.


64. Christopher Reeve

Actor | Superman

Christopher D'Olier Reeve was born September 25, 1952, in New York City, to journalist Barbara Johnson (née Barbara Pitney Lamb) and writer/professor F.D. Reeve (Franklin D'Olier Reeve). He came from an upper-class family; his paternal grandfather was CEO of Prudential Financial, and one of his ...


65. Sarah Vaughan

Soundtrack | The Adjustment Bureau

Sarah Vaughan was born March 27, 1924 in Newark, NJ, and died April 3, 1990, in Los Angeles of lung cancer. Her parents were Asbury, a carpenter, and Ada, a laundress. She began studying music when she was seven, taking eight years of piano lessons and two years of organ. As a child she sang in the...


66. Eric LeGrand

Writer | Mission Possible with Eric LeGrand

In October 2010, Rutgers University football star, Eric LeGrand, sustained a spinal cord injury at his C3 and C4 vertebrae during a fourth quarter play at MetLife Stadium. While the initial prognosis was grim, Eric demonstrated his titan strength by shattering all expectations for his recovery and ...


67. Alice Guy

Director | The Woman of Mystery

The world's first motion picture director, French-born Alice Guy entered the film business in 1896 as a secretary at Gaumont, a manufacturer of movie cameras and projectors who had purchased the invention from the Lumiere brothers. The next year Gaumont became the world's first motion picture ...


68. Bobbi Brown

Make_up_department | The Red Dress Collection 2007 Fashion Show

Bobbi Brown was born on April 14, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She is known for her work on The Red Dress Collection 2007 Fashion Show (2008), The Untold Story of Kimberly Noel (2019) and The Naked Truth of Kimberly Noel (2017). She has been married to Steven Plofker since September 10, 1988. ...


69. Grover Cleveland

Self | President Cleveland and President McKinley

Grover Cleveland was born on March 18, 1837 in Caldwell, New Jersey, USA as Stephen Grover Cleveland. He was married to Frances Folsom. He died on June 24, 1908 in Princeton, New Jersey.


70. Celia Cruz

Soundtrack | Carlito's Way

Celia Cruz was born on October 21, 1925 in Havana, Cuba as Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso. She was married to Pedro Knight. She died on July 16, 2003 in Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA.


71. Whitney Houston

Soundtrack | The Bodyguard

Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born into a musical family on 9 August 1963, in Newark, New Jersey, the daughter of gospel star Cissy Houston, cousin of singing star Dionne Warwick and goddaughter of soul legend Aretha Franklin.

She began singing in the choir at her church, The New Hope Baptist ...


72. Thomas Kean

Producer | The Path to 9/11

Thomas Kean was born on April 21, 1935 in New York City, New York, USA as Thomas Howard Kean. He is a producer, known for The Path to 9/11 (2006), Olympia (2018) and Inside the Twin Towers (2006). He is married to Deborah Kean. They have three children.


73. Joe Piscopo

Actor | Saturday Night Live

Joe Piscopo was cast on Saturday Night Live (1975) in 1980 as part of an overall replacement of the original cast. However his team of players was not up to par in comedy and was quickly replaced except for him and Eddie Murphy. Together they dominated the show for the next three years. Since then ...


74. David Sarnoff

Actor | Susan and God

David Sarnoff was one of the giants of 20th Century mass media as the head of Radio Corp. of America (RCA) and the National Broadcasting System (MBC). Sarnoff, who was of Jewish descent, was born on February 27, 1891 in Belarus in the old Russian Empire and emigrated with his family to the United ...


75. Jersey Joe Walcott

Actor | The Harder They Fall

Jersey Joe Walcott was born on January 31, 1914 in Merchantville, New Jersey, USA as Arnold Raymond Cream. He was an actor, known for The Harder They Fall (1956), Cain's Hundred (1961) and World's Heavyweight Championship: Joe Louis vs. Jersey Joe Walcott (1947). He died on February 25, 1994 in ...


76. Dionne Warwick

Soundtrack | Alive

Dionne Warwick was born on December 12, 1940 in East Orange, New Jersey, USA as Marie Dionne Warrick. She was previously married to William Elliott.


77. James Gandolfini

Actor | The Sopranos

James Gandolfini was born in Westwood, New Jersey, to Santa (Penna), a high school lunchlady, and James Joseph Gandolfini, Sr., a bricklayer and head school janitor. His parents were both of Italian origin. Gandolfini began acting in the New York theater. His Broadway debut was in the 1992 revival ...

2014: Westwood/Tewksbury, New Jersey

78. Patrick Ewing

Actor | Space Jam

Patrick Ewing was born on August 5, 1962 in Kingston, Jamaica as Patrick Aloysius Ewing. He is an actor, known for Space Jam (1996), The Exorcist III (1990) and Forget Paris (1995). He was previously married to Rita Williams.

2014: Alpine, NJ

79. Dorothy Parker

Writer | A Star Is Born

Dorothy Rothschild was born on August 22, 1893 into a family of comfortable financial means. Raised by her father and Stepmother after her mother's death, she was given an excellent education for the times. Highly intelligent, she pursued a career after her formal education and proved herself to be...


80. The Shirelles

Soundtrack | True Romance

The long term popularity of their 1961 hit Big John (Get Up)", #21 US Pop, was hindered by Jimmy Dean's eventual Country and Pop standard, "Big Bad John", which was released shortly after The Shirelles' "Big John" song. Suddenly, The Shirelles entry stopped receiving airplay, as DJs preferred not ...


81. Beverly Lee

Soundtrack | Because I Said So

Beverly Lee was born on August 3, 1941 in Passaic, New Jersey, USA.

2014: A Member of the Shirelles

82. Doris Kenner-Jackson

Soundtrack | Because I Said So

Doris Kenner-Jackson was born on August 2, 1941 in Goldsboro, North Carolina, USA as Doris Coley. She was an actress, known for Because I Said So (2007), It's Little Richard (1964) and 20 Years of Rock & Roll (1975). She was married to Alfonza Kenner and Wallace Jackson. She died on February 4,...

2014: A Member of the Shirelles

83. Shirley Alston

Soundtrack | Because I Said So

Shirley Alston was born on June 10, 1941 in Passaic, New Jersey, USA as Shirley Owens.

2014: A Member of the Shirelles

84. Micki Harris

Soundtrack | Because I Said So

Micki Harris was born on January 22, 1940 in Passaic, New Jersey, USA. She died on June 10, 1982 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

2014: A Member of the Shirelles

85. Jim Florio

Jim Florio was born on August 29, 1937 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as James Joseph Florio.


86. Dizzy Gillespie

Soundtrack | The Talented Mr. Ripley

John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie, along with Charlie Parker, ushered in the era of Be-Bop in the American jazz tradition. He was born in Cheraw, South Carolina, and was the youngest of nine children. He began playing piano at the age of four and received a music scholarship to the Laurinburg Institute ...


87. Brian Williams

Editorial_department | NBC Nightly News

Brian Williams was born on May 5, 1959 in Ridgewood, New Jersey, USA as Brian Douglas Williams. He is an actor and writer, known for NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (1970), 30 Rock (2006) and Family Guy (1999). He has been married to Jane Gillian Stoddard since June 7, 1986. They have two ...


88. Alice Waters

Self | Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers

Alice Waters was born on April 28, 1944 in Chatham, New Jersey, USA.


89. Howard Katz

Producer | Stroh's Circle of Sports

Howard Katz was born in 1949 in Livingston, New Jersey, USA. He is a producer and production manager, known for Stroh's Circle of Sports (1985), Games People Play (1980) and Orange Bowl Parade (1985).


90. James Fenimore Cooper

Writer | The Last of the Mohicans

Favorite writer of generations of Americans, Cooper was born on Tuesday, September 15th, 1789, and grew up on his family's huge wooded settlement, in Cooperstown, New York, which his father, William Cooper, a prominent Federalist, had founded before this son's birth. His days as a Yale student were...


91. Anna Quindlen

Writer | One True Thing

Anna Quindlen was born on July 8, 1953. She is a writer and producer, known for One True Thing (1998), Black and Blue (1999) and Matter & Manner (2017).


92. William Fox

Producer | 7th Heaven

Starting at the age 8 he had a series of jobs before starting his own business in 1900, which was sold to buy a Brooklyn nickelodeon in 1904. As the new owner with an empty house, Fox hired a coin manipulator and a barker to attract patrons into the dark 146-seat theatre. Once audiences adequately ...


93. Lewis Katz

Producer | Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story

He was inducted into the 2015 New Jersey Hall of Fame for his services to Enterprise. He is a philanthropist.


94. Kool & The Gang

Soundtrack | The Nice Guys

Kool & the Gang are an American band formed in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1964 by brothers Robert "Kool" Bell and Ronald Bell, with Dennis "D.T." Thomas, Robert Mickens, Charles Smith, George Brown, and Ricky West. They have undergone numerous changes in personnel and have explored many musical ...


95. Robert Kool Bell

Soundtrack | 2 Fast 2 Furious

Robert Kool Bell was born on October 8, 1950 in Youngstown, Ohio, USA as Robert Earl Bell. He has been married to Deborah Jones since 1971. They have two children.

With Kool & The Gang in 2015.

96. George Funky Brown

Soundtrack | 2 Fast 2 Furious

George Funky Brown was born on January 15, 1949 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA as George Melvin Brown.

With Kool & The Gang in 2015.

97. Claydes Smith

Soundtrack | 2 Fast 2 Furious

Claydes Smith was born on September 6, 1948 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA as Claydes Charles Smith. He died on June 20, 2006 in Maplewood, New Jersey.

With Kool & The Gang in 2015.

98. Dennis D.T. Thomas

Soundtrack | 2 Fast 2 Furious

Dennis D.T. Thomas was born on February 9, 1951 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA. He is married to Phynjuar. They have two children.

With Kool & The Gang in 2015.

99. Ronald Bell

Soundtrack | The Nice Guys

Ronald Bell was born on November 1, 1951 in Youngstown, Ohio, USA as Ronald Khalis Bell. He was married to Tia Sinclair Bell, Pamela Nasim Bell and Yasin. He died on September 9, 2020 in Virgin Islands, USA.

With Kool & The Gang in 2015.

100. J.T. Taylor

Soundtrack | The Nice Guys

JT's vocal talents were discovered at the age of seven while singing in his church choir, rapidly inspiring praise for him throughout his neighborhood. At the age of thirteen, JT formed his first band, gaining New York state recognition with an appearance at the world famous Apollo Theater. During ...

With Kool & The Gang in 2015.

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