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1. Mickey Rooney Mickey Rooney Actor, The Fox and the Hound 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...
2. Anne Hathaway Anne Hathaway Actress, Les Misérables Anne Hathaway's first major role came in the short-lived television series Get Real. She gained widespread recognition for her roles in The Princess Diaries and its 2004 sequel as a young girl who discovers she's a member of royalty, opposite Julie Andrews and Heather Matarazzo. She also had a notable role in Nicholas Nickleby opposite Charlie Hunnam and Jamie Bell...
3. Adam Sandler Adam Sandler Actor, Grown Ups 2 Adam Sandler was born on September 9, 1966, in Brooklyn, New York, to Judy and Stanley Sandler. At 17, he took his first step towards becoming a stand-up comedian when he spontaneously took the stage at a Boston comedy club. He found he was a natural comic. He nurtured his talent while at New York University...
4. 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...
5. Lana Parrilla Lana Parrilla Actress, Spiders
6. Eddie Murphy Eddie Murphy Actor, Beverly Hills Cop Eddie Murphy's father died when Eddie was quite young, and he, his brother, and step-brother were raised by his mother, a telephone-company employee, and his stepfather, a foreman at a Breyer's Ice Cream plant. His comic talent was evident from an early age, and by 15 he was writing and performing his own routines at youth centers and local bars...
7. 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...
8. Steve Buscemi Steve Buscemi Actor, Fargo Steve Buscemi was born in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He became interested in acting during his last year of high school. After graduating, he moved to Manhattan to study acting with John Strasberg. He began writing and performing original theatre pieces with fellow actor/writer Mark Boone Junior. This led to his being cast in his first lead role in Parting Glances...
9. Marisa Tomei Marisa Tomei Actress, The Wrestler Marisa Tomei was born on December 4, 1964, in Brooklyn, New York to mother Patricia "Addie" Tomei, an English teacher, and father Gary Tomei, a lawyer. Marisa also has a brother, actor Adam Tomei. As a child, Marisa's mother frequently corrected her speech so as to eliminate her heavy Brooklyn accent...
10. Woody Allen Woody Allen Writer, Annie Hall Woody Allen was born on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York. As a young boy he became intrigued with magic tricks and playing the clarinet, two hobbies that he continues today. He broke into show business at 15 years when he started writing jokes for a local paper, receiving $200 a week. He later moved on to write jokes for talk shows but felt that his jokes were being wasted...
11. 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.
12. Jimmy Fallon Jimmy Fallon Actor, Fever Pitch Jimmy Fallon was born in 1974 in Brooklyn, New York. He was raised in Saugerties, New York, which is in upstate New York. He's since done stand up, impressions and characters across the country, in some of the biggest comedy clubs, such as the Improv (in Los Angeles) and Caroline's Comedy Club (in New York City)...
13. 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. He studied at the Actors Studio and the American Stanislavski Theatre. His debut on stage was in 1984 in the Broadway play "Open Admissions"...
14. Mia Sara Mia Sara Actress, Ferris Bueller's Day Off
15. 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...
16. Michael Jai White Michael Jai White Actor, The Dark Knight
17. Omar Epps Omar Epps Actor, Scream 2 Epps currently appears on the ABC drama Resurrection. He previously co-starred on the critically-acclaimed FOX medical drama, House M.D., for which he received an NAACP Image Award for "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" in 2007. He was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" in 2005...
18. Michael K. Williams Michael K. Williams Actor, The Road
19. Leah Remini Leah Remini Actress, Old School
20. 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...
21. 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...
22. Mel Brooks Mel Brooks Actor, The Producers Melvin James Kaminsky was born on June 28th, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York, to Russian Jewish immigrants. 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, he served in WWII...
23. Richard Dreyfuss Richard Dreyfuss Actor, Close Encounters of the Third Kind American leading man who has played his fair share of irritating pests and brash, ambitious hustlers, Richard Dreyfuss worked his way up through bit parts (The Graduate, for one) and TV before gaining attention with his portrayal of Baby Face Nelson in John Milius' Dillinger. He gained...
24. 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...
25. 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")...
26. Barbra Streisand Barbra Streisand Soundtrack, A Star Is Born Barbra Streisand was born on April 24, 1942, in Brooklyn, New York. She is an actress, director, producer and writer. Among her many films are Hello, Dolly!, A Star Is Born, Yentl and The Mirror Has Two Faces. As a child she attended the Beis Yakov Jewish School in Brooklyn. She is good friends with singer/songwriter Neil Diamond...
27. Michael Angarano Michael Angarano Actor, Almost Famous
28. Steve Guttenberg Steve Guttenberg Actor, Police Academy Although Steve Guttenberg is firmly established as the star not only of hit motion pictures but of hit motion picture franchises, his roots are firmly in the theater. As a result, he has moved effortlessly between comedy and drama. His first film as director/producer/co-screenwriter/star, not surprisingly...
29. Carla Gallo Carla Gallo Actress, Superbad
30. Harold Perrineau Harold Perrineau Actor, Romeo + Juliet
31. 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...
32. Rosie Perez Rosie Perez Actress, Pineapple Express Born in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York City to Lydia Perez and Ismael Serrano. She attended Grover Cleveland High School located in Ridgewood, Queens, New York, and later enrolled at Los Angeles City College in Los Angeles, California. Rosie Perez was in her second year of college, and just about to move back to New York from Los Angeles...
33. Vanessa Ferlito Vanessa Ferlito Actress, Spider-Man 2
34. John Turturro John Turturro Actor, O Brother, Where Art Thou? Highly talented, lightly built Italian 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. Has become a regular in the thought provoking films of Spike Lee and the off the wall comedies of Joel Coen & Ethan Coen...
35. Jessica Walter Jessica Walter Actress, Play Misty for Me A graduate of New York's High School of the Performing Arts and the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, Walter's extensive theater credits include productions both on- and off-Broadway. On Broadway, she has appeared in Peter Ustinov's "Photo Finish" (which earned her the Clarence Derwent Award as Most Promising Newcomer)...
36. RZA RZA Soundtrack, Django Unchained
37. Gabourey Sidibe Gabourey Sidibe Actress, Precious Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe, the star of Precious, is a native of the Bedford Stuyvesant community in Brooklyn, New York. Her mother is a former special education teacher who gave up her career and became a street performer while her father is a Senegalese cab driver. Her parents split when she was a youngster and Gabby grew up in Harlem...
38. Jerry Ferrara Jerry Ferrara Actor, Lone Survivor Jerry Ferrara began studying theater in college, where he was inspired by a teacher to pursue a career in acting. An agent he met at a talent showcase encouraged him to move to Los Angeles, where he quickly landed his first role on The King of Queens. Other television parts soon followed. Jerry was then cast in the independent feature...
39. Andrew Dice Clay Andrew Dice Clay Actor, Blue Jasmine
40. Joan Rivers Joan Rivers Self, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
41. Priscilla Presley Priscilla Presley Actress, The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! Priscilla Presley was born Priscilla Ann Wagner on May 24, 1945 in Brooklyn, New York City. Her stepfather was an Air Force officer stationed in West Germany when as a teenager, she met Elvis Presley in 1959, then three years into his meteoric career in rock and roll and serving with the United States Army...
42. Corbin Bleu Corbin Bleu Actor, High School Musical Born: February 21, 1989 in Brooklyn, New York, Corbin Bleu followed in his father's footsteps and began appearing in television commercials at the age two, for products such as Life cereal, Bounty, Hasbro, and Nabisco. It was at that time he also discovered his love for dance when he began taking jazz and ballet classes...
43. Edie Falco Edie Falco Actress, Cop Land Edith Falco, called Edie, was born on July 5, 1963, grew up on Long Island and attended SUNY Purchase, where she was trained in acting at the prestigious Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film. She moved to Manhattan after graduation, auditioning for roles and supporting herself as best she could; for example...
44. 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...
45. 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...
46. 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.
47. Jimmy Smits Jimmy Smits Actor, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
48. Jerry Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld Writer, Seinfeld Born in Brooklyn, New York, to parents Kalman and Betty. Moved with family, including sister Carolyn, to suburban Massepequa, Long Island at a young age. His dad, who had a terrific sense of humor, was a commercial sign maker. Attended Oswego College in upstate New York but transferred to Queens College back in New York City...
49. 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...
50. Mary Tyler Moore Mary Tyler Moore Actress, Ordinary People Mary Tyler Moore was born in Flatbush, Brooklyn, on December 29, 1936, though Moore's family relocated to California when she was eight. Her childhood was troubled, due in part to her mother's alcoholism. The oldest of three siblings, she attended a Catholic high school and married upon her graduation, in 1955. Her only child, Richie, was born soon after...
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