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1. Alyssa Milano Alyssa Milano Actress, Commando Alyssa Milano comes from an Italian-American family; her mother Lin Milano is a fashion designer and father Thomas Milano is a film music editor. Alyssa was born in a working-class neighborhood in Brooklyn and grew up in a modest house on Staten Island. One day her babysitter, who was an aspiring dancer...
2. Anne Hathaway Anne Hathaway Actress, Les Misérables Anne Hathaway was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Kathleen Ann (McCauley), an actress, and Gerald Thomas Hathaway, a lawyer, both originally from Philadelphia. She is of mostly Irish descent, along with English, German, and French. Her first major role came in the short-lived television series Get Real...
3. Adam Sandler Adam Sandler Actor, Grown Ups 2 Adam Sandler was born on September 9, 1966, in Brooklyn, New York, to Judy, a teacher at a nursery school, and Stanley Sandler, an electrical engineer. He is of Russian Jewish descent. At 17, he took his first step towards becoming a stand-up comedian when he spontaneously took the stage at a Boston comedy club...
4. Lana Parrilla Lana Parrilla Actress, Spiders
5. Steve Buscemi Steve Buscemi Actor, Fargo Steve Buscemi was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Dorothy (Wilson), a restaurant hostess, and John Buscemi, a sanitation worker. He is of Italian (father) and English, Dutch, and Irish (mother) descent. He became interested in acting during his last year of high school. After graduating, he moved to Manhattan to study acting with John Strasberg...
6. Marisa Tomei Marisa Tomei Actress, The Wrestler Marisa Tomei was born on December 4, 1964, in Brooklyn, New York, to Patricia Adelaide "Addie" (Bianchi), an English teacher, and Gary A. Tomei, a lawyer. Marisa has a brother, actor Adam Tomei. Her parents are both of Italian descent, with roots in Tuscany and Sicily. As a child, Marisa's mother frequently corrected her speech so as to eliminate her heavy Brooklyn accent...
7. Danny Kaye Danny Kaye Soundtrack, White Christmas Danny Kaye left school at the age of 13 to work in the so-called Borscht Belt of Jewish resorts in the Catskill Mountains. It was there he learned the basics of show biz. From there he went through a series of jobs in and out of the business. In 1939, he made his Broadway debut in "Straw Hat Revue,"...
8. Mickey Rooney Mickey Rooney Actor, Night at the Museum Mickey Rooney was born Joe Yule Jr. on September 23, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York. He first took the stage as a toddler in his parents vaudeville act at 17 months old. He made his first film appearance in 1926. The following year, he played the lead character in the first Mickey McGuire short film. It was in this popular film series that he took the stage name Mickey Rooney...
9. Woody Allen Woody Allen Writer, Midnight in Paris Woody Allen was born on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewelry engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish and Lithuanian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy, he became intrigued with magic tricks and playing the clarinet, two hobbies that he continues today...
10. Barbra Streisand Barbra Streisand Soundtrack, A Star Is Born Barbra Streisand is an American singer, actress, director and producer and one of the most successful personalities in show business. She is the only person ever to receive all of the following: Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, Cable Ace, National Endowment for the Arts, and Peabody awards,...
11. Eli Wallach Eli Wallach Actor, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly One of Hollywood's finest character / "Method" actors, Eli Wallach has been in demand for over 60 years (first film/TV role was 1949) on stage and screen and has worked alongside the biggest stars, including Clark Gable, Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, Marilyn Monroe, Yul Brynner, Peter O'Toole, and Al Pacino, to name but a few...
12. Gabourey Sidibe Gabourey Sidibe Actress, Precious Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe, the star of Precious, born in the Bedford-Stuyvesant community in Brooklyn, New York. Her mother, Alice Tan Ridley, is a former special education teacher who gave up her career and became a street performer/singer, while her father, Ibnou Sidibe, is a cab driver. Her mother is African-American and her father is Senegalese...
13. Eddie Murphy Eddie Murphy Actor, Beverly Hills Cop Eddie Murphy was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1961, to Lillian, a telephone operator, and Charles Edward Murphy, a transit police officer, and amateur comedian and actor. After his father died, his mother married Vernon Lynch, a foreman at a Breyer's Ice Cream plant. His siblings are Charlie Murphy and Vernon...
14. Michael Angarano Michael Angarano Actor, Almost Famous
15. John Turturro John Turturro Actor, O Brother, Where Art Thou? Highly talented, lightly built American actor who always looks unsettled and jumpy has become a favourite of cult/arthouse film aficionados with his compelling performances in a broad range of cinematic vehicles. Turturro was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Italian-American parents, Katherine, a jazz singer...
16. Leah Remini Leah Remini Actress, Old School
17. Mia Sara Mia Sara Actress, Ferris Bueller's Day Off
18. Jimmy Smits Jimmy Smits Actor, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
19. Michael Kenneth Williams Michael Kenneth Williams Actor, 12 Years a Slave
20. Vincent D'Onofrio Vincent D'Onofrio Actor, Full Metal Jacket Vincent D'Onofrio is known as an "actor's actor". The wide variety of roles he has played and the quality of his work have earned him a reputation as a versatile talent. Vincent was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Phyllis, a restaurant manager and waitress, and Gene D'Onofrio, a theater production assistant and interior designer...
21. Jimmy Fallon Jimmy Fallon Actor, Fever Pitch Jimmy Fallon was born in 1974 in Brooklyn, New York, to Gloria (Feeley) and Jimmy Fallon. He is of Irish, German, and Norwegian descent. He was raised in Saugerties, New York, which is in upstate New York. He has performed stand up, impressions and characters across the country, in some of the biggest comedy clubs...
22. Carla Gallo Carla Gallo Actress, Neighbors
23. Mel Brooks Mel Brooks Actor, The Producers Melvin James Kaminsky was born on June 28th, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York, to Russian Jewish immigrants, Kate and James Kaminsky. His father died when Mel was twelve years old, and he has said that his angry humor stems from that event. As a young boy, he learned how to play the drums. After brief education...
24. Lauren Bacall Lauren Bacall Actress, The Big Sleep Lauren Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924, in New York City. She is the daughter of Natalie Weinstein-Bacal, a Romanian Jewish immigrant, and William Perske, who was born in New Jersey, to Polish Jewish parents. Her family was middle-class, with her father working as a salesman and her mother as a secretary...
25. Bonnie Somerville Bonnie Somerville Actress, The Ugly Truth Bonnie was raised by her mother, and her mother's large Irish Catholic family in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Her mother is one of 9 children! Bonnie started acting and singing at a young age, appearing in all the high school plays at Poly Prep Country Day School in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. She attended Boston College as a Musical Theater major...
26. Monica Keena Monica Keena Actress, Freddy vs. Jason Monica Keena was born in New Jersey on May 28, 1979, to Bill and Mary Keena and was little sister to Samantha, the Keenas' first daughter. Growing up, Monica shone in all things arts. Dance, singing, acting, and drawing. At 13, Keena enrolled in the prestigious LaGuardia school for acting and made it...
27. Aaliyah Aaliyah Soundtrack, Boyhood Talented. Beautiful. Modest. These three words described R&B singer-turned-actress Aaliyah perfectly. Born in Brooklyn, New York but raised in Detroit, Aaliyah got her first major exposure appearing on the syndicated television series Star Search where she awed the audience with her amazing voice and talent...
28. Harold Perrineau Harold Perrineau Actor, Zero Dark Thirty
29. Deborah Ann Woll Deborah Ann Woll Actress, Ruby Sparks Deborah was born in 1985, in Brooklyn, New York, from Irish and German heritage. She took acting, piano and dance classes. She went to high school at Packer Collegiate Institute and graduated from the BFA program at the USC School of Theatre at the University of Southern California. Deborah started to work as an actress on television and her breakout was in the highly-acclaimed HBO vampire drama...
30. Lorraine Bracco Lorraine Bracco Actress, Goodfellas Lorraine was voted the "ugliest girl in the 6th grade" at her Long Island grade school. She moved to France in 1974 where she became a fashion superstar for Jean-Paul Gaultier. Her sister is Elizabeth Bracco. Has two daughters, Stella Keitel by ex-boyfriend Harvey Keitel and Margaux Guerard by ex-husband Daniel Guerard.
31. Mary Tyler Moore Mary Tyler Moore Actress, Ordinary People Mary Tyler Moore was born on December 29, 1936 in Flatbush, Brooklyn, to Marjorie (Hackett) and George Tyler Moore, a clerk. Her maternal grandparents were English immigrants, and her father was of English, Irish, and German descent. Moore's family relocated to California when she was eight. Her childhood was troubled...
32. Darren Aronofsky Darren Aronofsky Director, Requiem for a Dream Darren Aronofsky was born February 12, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up, Darren was always artistic: he loved classic movies and, as a teenager, he even spent time doing graffiti art. After high school, Darren went to Harvard University to study film (both live-action and animation). He won several film awards after completing his senior thesis film...
33. Debra Messing Debra Messing Actress, The Ex-Files Messing was born in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, the daughter of Jewish American parents, Sandra (née Simons), who has worked as a professional singer, banker, travel and real estate agent, and Brian Messing, a sales executive for a jewelry manufacturer. When Messing was three, she moved with her parents and her older brother...
34. Talisa Soto Talisa Soto Actress, Licence to Kill Born to a Puerto Rican family in Brooklyn, Talisa was raised there and in Massachusetts. She started modeling at age 15 and has appeared on the covers of "Vogue," "Mademoiselle," "Glamour," and "Self," as well as in a "Sports Illustrated" swimsuit issue. She has been making film appearances since 1988, beginning with Spike of Bensonhurst.
35. Nia Long Nia Long Actress, Big Momma's House Stunning pop culture icon, Hollywood leading lady and three-time NAACP award winner Nia Long returns to the big screen this fall in the highly anticipated Universal Pictures sequel The best man holiday (in theaters November 15th) where she reunites with original castmates Taye Diggs ("Private Practice")...
36. William Hickey William Hickey Actor, The Nightmare Before Christmas Son of Edward & Nora Hickey. Best known as the ancient Mafia don in Prizzi's Honor, Hickey had a long, distinguished career in film, television, and the stage. Began career as a child actor on the variety stage. Made Broadway debut as walk-on in George Bernard Shaw's "Saint Joan" (1951 production, starring Uta Hagen)...
37. Michael Jai White Michael Jai White Actor, The Dark Knight
38. Xander Berkeley Xander Berkeley Actor, Terminator 2: Judgment Day Xander's father was a painter and his mother a school teacher who sewed, providing him with costumes (his preference over toys). School plays and Community Theater were next. An experimental theater troupe in the area (which was an offshoot from Joseph Chaikin's Open Theater in New York) took Xander under their wing when he was 16...
39. Nancy Valen Nancy Valen Actress, Loverboy
40. Margaret Colin Margaret Colin Actress, Independence Day Margaret Colin was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised on Long Island. She graduated from Baldwin Senior High School in 1976. Margaret began acting in The Edge of Night (her character was a heiress and former terrorist, with seven murder attempts), and was employed next on As the World Turns, portraying character Margo Montgomery...
41. Harvey Keitel Harvey Keitel Actor, Reservoir Dogs Came to prominence in the early films of Martin Scorsese after working in theatre for around a decade, particularly Mean Streets and Taxi Driver. Faded into anonymity in the 1980s even though he turned in some impressive performances in films by some of America's leading directors. He reemergered into star status with his role as Mr...
42. Richard Dreyfuss Richard Dreyfuss Actor, Close Encounters of the Third Kind Richard Dreyfuss is an American leading man, who has played his fair share of irritating pests and brash, ambitious hustlers. He was born Richard Stephen Dreyfus in Brooklyn, New York, to Geraldine (Robbins), an activist, and Norman Dreyfus, a restaurateur and attorney. His paternal grandparents were Austro-Hungarian Jewish immigrants, and his mother's family was Russian Jewish...
43. Lou Ferrigno Lou Ferrigno Actor, The Incredible Hulk An internationally famous and well respected bodybuilder / actor, Lou Ferrigno first appeared on TV screens in 1977 as the musclebound The Incredible Hulk, the alter ego of meek scientist Bruce Banner. Ferrigno was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1951 and as a child suffered from an ear infection that resulted in permanent partial hearing loss...
44. Michael C. Maronna Michael C. Maronna Camera and Electrical Department, Men in Black 3 Michael C. Maronna was born in Brooklyn, the oldest of 3 children, and began acting at the tender age of 5. He attended public schools in Brooklyn and Queens while working on commercials, soap operas, and eventually on Broadway. After beginning 7th grade at Hunter College High School in Manhattan, Michael...
45. Aisha Hinds Aisha Hinds Actress, Star Trek Into Darkness When Aisha Hinds' junior high school tap dance instructor observed that she needed an outlet for expression that surpassed her tap shoes, she was guided to the High School of Performing Arts in New York - where her formal acting training began. Hinds' numerous television credits include a supporting role on "Detroit 1-8-7"...
46. Ricky Schroder Ricky Schroder Actor, The Lost Battalion
47. Jerry Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld Writer, Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Betty (Hesney) and Kalman Seinfeld. His father was of Hungarian Jewish descent, while Jerry's maternal grandparents, Salha and Selim Hosni, were Syrian Jewish immigrants (from Aleppo). He moved with his family, including sister Carolyn, to suburban Massepequa...
48. Kirk Acevedo Kirk Acevedo Actor, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Born and raised in Bronx and spent most of his formative years hanging out in New York City, Kirk Acevedo, who is of Puerto Rican/Chinese descent, received his BFA from SUNY Purchase and founded a theater company called The Rorschach Group. After guest-starring on several television shows like New York Undercover and Law & Order...
49. Rita Hayworth Rita Hayworth Actress, Gilda Spanish dancer Eduardo Cansino's daughter Margarita studied dancing beginning in her girlhood. At age 12, the mature-looking Rita joined Eduardo's stage act, in which she was spotted three years later by Fox studio head Winfield R. Sheehan, leading to her first studio contract and film debut at age 16 in Dante's Inferno...
50. Carol Ann Susi Carol Ann Susi Actress, Just Go with It Carol Ann Susi (February 2, 1952 - November 11, 2014) was an American actress best known for her portrayal of the voice of recurring unseen character Mrs. Wolowitz on the television series The Big Bang Theory. Susi was born in Brooklyn and was of Italian descent. She studied acting at HB Studio in New York City before moving to Los Angeles in the 1970s...
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