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1. 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...
2. 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...
3. Lana Parrilla Lana Parrilla Actress, Breaking Glass
4. 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...
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. 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...
7. Woody Allen Woody Allen Writer, Annie Hall 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...
8. 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...
9. 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...
10. 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...
11. Michael Angarano Michael Angarano Actor, Almost Famous
12. 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...
13. Leah Remini Leah Remini Actress, Old School
14. 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"...
15. Harold Perrineau Harold Perrineau Actor, Romeo + Juliet
16. Michael Kenneth Williams Michael Kenneth Williams Actor, The Road
17. 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,...
18. 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...
19. Jimmy Smits Jimmy Smits Actor, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
20. 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...
21. Carla Gallo Carla Gallo Actress, Neighbors
22. Curly Howard Curly Howard Actor, Disorder in the Court Jerome "Curly" Howard, the rotund, bald Stooge with the high voice was the most popular member of The Three Stooges. His first stage experience was as a comedic conductor for the Orville Knapp Band in 1928. Curly joined The Three Stooges in 1932, replacing his brother Shemp Howard. He made more than...
23. 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...
24. 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...
25. 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...
26. Annie Golden Annie Golden Actress, Hair
27. 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...
28. 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...
29. Mia Sara Mia Sara Actress, Ferris Bueller's Day Off
30. 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")...
31. Michael Jai White Michael Jai White Actor, The Dark Knight
32. 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...
33. 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...
34. 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...
35. Dan Fogler Dan Fogler Actor, Kung Fu Panda Dan Fogler, the cherubic actor and singer, was born Oct. 20, 1976 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of a surgeon and his English teacher mother. His brother Jason is a clinical-psychologist. Fogler established himself with his role of William Barfee in the Broadway musical hit "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." His performance brought Fogler a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor (Musical)...
36. 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.
37. Rita Hayworth Rita Hayworth Actress, Gilda Margarita Carmen Cansino was born on October 17, 1918, in Brooklyn, New York, into a family of dancers. Her father, Eduardo was a dancer as was his father before him. He emigrated from Spain in 1913. Rita's mother met Eduardo in 1916 and were married the following year. Rita, herself, studied as a dancer in order to follow in her family's footsteps...
38. 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...
39. 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...
40. Vanessa Ferlito Vanessa Ferlito Actress, Death Proof
41. 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...
42. Rosie Perez Rosie Perez Actress, Pineapple Express Rosie Perez was born in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York City to Lydia Perez and Ismael Serrano, a merchant marine. She is of Puerto Rican descent. Rosie attended Grover Cleveland High School located in Ridgewood, Queens, New York, and later enrolled at Los Angeles City College in Los Angeles, California...
43. Aaliyah Aaliyah Soundtrack, Anastasia On January 16th 1979 the world was blessed with the birth of Aaliyah Dana Haughton in Brooklyn, New York. Aaliyah was raised by her father, mother and brother Rashad Haughton in Detroit. At age 9 she appeared on Star Search, the TV program and sang "My Funny Valentine", a song which her mother had sung years earlier...
44. Amy Linker Amy Linker Actress, D.A.R.Y.L.
45. Omar Epps Omar Epps Actor, Scream 2 Omar Epps is an American actor, starring on the ABC drama Resurrection. Epps was born in Brooklyn, New York, and was raised by his mother, Bonnie Maria Epps, an elementary school principal. No stranger to the big screen, Epps has appeared in lead roles in feature films, including Paramount's Against the Ropes...
46. 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...
47. Judy Sheindlin Judy Sheindlin Self, Judge Judy: Justice Served
48. Neil Diamond Neil Diamond Soundtrack, Shrek Neil Leslie Diamond was born in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, New York City, on January 24, 1941. His father, Akeeba "Kieve" Diamond, was a dry-goods merchant. Both he and wife Rose were Jewish immigrants from Poland. The Diamond family temporarily relocated to Cheyenne, Wyoming, because of Kieve Diamond's military service during World War II...
49. 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...
50. Jerry Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld Writer, Bee Movie 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...
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