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1. Sammy Davis Jr. Sammy Davis Jr. Actor, The Cannonball Run Sammy Davis Jr. was often billed as the "greatest living entertainer in the world". He was born in Harlem, Manhattan, the son of dancer Elvera Davis (née Sanchez) and vaudeville star Sammy Davis Sr.. His father was African-American and his mother was of Puerto Rican ancestry. Davis Jr. was known as someone who could do it all--sing...
2. Keith David Keith David Actor, The Princess and the Frog Keith David was born Keith David Williams in New York City's Harlem district, and was raised in East Elmhurst, in the Queens section of the city. He is the son of Dolores (Dickenson), a New York Telephone manager, and Lester Williams, a payroll operations director. As a child, he realized he wanted...
3. Mekhi Phifer Mekhi Phifer Actor, ER Mekhi Phifer was born in Harlem, Manhattan, and was raised by his mother, Rhoda, a high school teacher. Phifer's acting career began when he auditioned at an open casting call for director Spike Lee's Clockers and was selected for the leading role. Working alongside Harvey Keitel and Delroy Lindo...
4. Yaya DaCosta Yaya DaCosta Actress, Lee Daniels' The Butler Yaya DaCosta was born and raised in New York City along with her sister and two brothers. She got her first acting gig at the age of eleven when her junior high school drama teacher, Ann Willis Ratray, encouraged her to audition for educational films. She continued to perform in school shows throughout high school and college and in 2005...
5. Kathrine Narducci Kathrine Narducci Actress, The Sopranos
6. Tupac Shakur Tupac Shakur Actor, Poetic Justice Born in New York City, Tupac grew up primarily in Harlem. In 1984, his family moved to Baltimore, Maryland where he became good friends with Jada Pinkett Smith. His family moved again in 1988 to Oakland, California. His first breakthrough in music came in 1991 as a member of the group Digital Underground...
7. Joe Morton Joe Morton Actor, Terminator 2 Joe Morton was born on October 18, 1947 in New York, New York, USA. He is a television, film, and theater actor, best known for The Brother from Another Planet, Terminator 2, Eureka, and Scandal. He also writes and directs, and is a singer/songwriter.
8. Rob Brown Rob Brown Actor, Finding Forrester Rob Brown was born in Harlem and raised in Brooklyn, New York. A natural who never studied acting and who had no professional acting experience, made his acting and motion picture debut in Finding Forrester. Rob celebrated his 16th birthday just before the start of production. He is a talented athlete in high school playing both basketball and football.
9. John Marley John Marley Actor, The Godfather Veteran character actor John Marley was one of those familiar but nameless faces that television and filmgoers did not take a shine to until the late 1960s, when he had hit middle age. Distinctive for his craggy face, dark bushy brows and upswept silvery hair, his life (born in 1907) started out amid tough surroundings in Harlem...
10. Tony Denison Tony Denison Actor, The Closer Award-winning actor Tony Denison joined the cast of The Closer, starring Kyra Sedgwick, as Det. Andy Flynn in 2005, which quickly became TNT's # 1 Drama. Transitioning his role onto the spin-off series Major Crimes, Lt. Flynn is a consistent fan-favorite known for his antics opposite GW Bailey's Lt...
11. Allen Payne Allen Payne Actor, New Jack City
12. Joan Hackett Joan Hackett Actress, The Last of Sheila Joan Hackett was never one of your conventional leading ladies. Directors sometimes found her difficult to work with. Yet this strong-minded perfectionist had an unquenchable individuality that came through in her performances, and she never hesitated to appear unglamorous whenever the role demanded...
13. Rakim Mayers Rakim Mayers Actor, Dope American rapper from Harlem, New York City. Rakim is a member of the hip hop collective ASAP Mob, from which he adopted his moniker. Rocky released his debut mix-tape Live. Love. ASAP, in 2011. The success of his mix-tape led to a record deal with Polo Grounds Music, RCA Records, and Sony Music Entertainment...
14. Arthur Miller Arthur Miller Writer, The Crucible Arthur Asher Miller was born on October 17, 1915, in New York City, to Augusta (Barnett) and Isidore Miller. His family was of Austrian Jewish descent. His father manufactured women's coats, but his business was devastated by the Depression, seeding his son's disillusionment with the American Dream...
15. Dolores Hope Dolores Hope Actress, Soup for Nuts
16. Azealia Banks Azealia Banks Soundtrack, Pitch Perfect
17. Seth Peterson Seth Peterson Actor, Godzilla Seth Peterson was born on August 16, 1970 in Harlem, New York. He is an actor known for Burn Notice, Providence and Godzilla. He has appeared on such hit TV series as NCIS, CSI: NY, Deadwood, Bones and many more. He has three children, including actor Lennon Henry of American Horror Story: Hotel fame...
18. Cam'ron Cam'ron Actor, Killa Season Rapper Cam'ron was born and raised in Harlem, attending Manhattan Center High School, where one of his basketball teammates was Mason "Mase" Betha, who also became a successful rapper. Though his playing earned him scholarship offers from top colleges, Cam'ron was unable to take advantage of them because of his poor academic record...
19. Frank Pellegrino Frank Pellegrino Actor, Goodfellas
20. Lil Mama Kirkland Niatia Lil Mama Kirkland Niatia Soundtrack, Dance Flick Niatia Kirkland, better known as Lil Mama, is a multifaceted and dynamic entertainer, singer, rapper, songwriter, actress, and exceptional dancer. Lil Mama is known for her keen spirit, and in addition to her artistic abilities, she is an inspirational speaker and entrepreneur. Born in Harlem, NY, Lil Mama took to music and dance at an early age...
21. Tommy Savas Tommy Savas Actor, State of Affairs
22. Tony Palladino Tony Palladino Actor, Born Yesterday
23. James Baldwin James Baldwin Writer, I Am Not Your Negro
24. Vanessa del Rio Vanessa del Rio Actress, Dracula Exotica
25. Biz Markie Biz Markie Actor, Men in Black II
26. Shorty Mac Shorty Mac Actor, Little Red Rides the Hood 2 It goes without saying that Shorty Mac is quite diminutive. However, this performer, hailing from the streets of Harlem, New York has made an distinctively-colossal mark in the adult film industry. Big things come in small packages, as the old expression goes and it is undoubtedly true when women come face-to-face with Shorty Mac...
27. Norma Miller Norma Miller Actress, Malcolm X
28. Leo O'Brien Leo O'Brien Actor, The Last Dragon
29. Paul Bogart Paul Bogart Director, CBS Playhouse
30. Noel MacNeal Noel MacNeal Actor, Bear in the Big Blue House
31. Gerald Kelly Gerald Kelly Actor, After Church Gerald Kelly was born in the Bronx, New York, the eldest of four and raised by a single mom. As a youngster, his point of view about life made him a class favorite. Kelly would often captivate the students and teachers by telling stories, spontaneously poking fun at anyone who dared to challenge his comic ability...
32. Ronnie Spector Ronnie Spector Actress, Zoo
33. Perry Moore Perry Moore Actor, NYPD Blue
34. Joe Budden Joe Budden Soundtrack, Fast Five
35. Darryl McDaniels Darryl McDaniels Soundtrack, Die Hard Darryl Matthews McDaniels was born on May 31, 1964, in Queens, New York. His birth parents are unknown. At the age of 3 months, Byford and Banna McDaniels adopted him. He attended Catholic schools in New York City and after graduation, he attended St. John's University in Queens, New York. During this...
36. Kelis Kelis Soundtrack, xXx
37. Jim Jones Jim Jones Actor, Righteous Kill
38. Sasha Allen Sasha Allen Actress, Camp
39. Kurtis Blow Kurtis Blow Soundtrack, It's Kind of a Funny Story
40. Kent Williams Kent Williams Actor, WarGames Born in Manhattan, son of big band leader Glenn Williams and Marilyn Williams, a former June Taylor dancer. Studied music and theatre at SUNY Oswego where he graduated in 1973 along with classmate Christine Estabrook ("Desperate Housewives"). Studied acting at the American Conservatory Theatre in San...
41. Fritzi Jane Courtney Fritzi Jane Courtney Actress, Jaws 2
42. Alberto Vazquez Alberto Vazquez Actor, Michael Clayton Alberto Vazquez was born in Spanish Harlem, New York. His parents are from Puerto Rico. Alberto was interested in acting since his childhood. He was a television junkie and would imitate characters from popular TV shows in the sixties. He started studying acting in 1975 with Julie Bovasso (Travolta's mother in Saturday Night Fever)...
43. Juelz Santana Juelz Santana Soundtrack, End of Watch
44. Joe Suba Joe Suba Actor, Blue Underground Joe Suba had no intentions of being an actor. An only child, Suba was born and raised in Harlem, New York. A super productive, type A over-achiever who was never known to do anything half-heartedly, boxing and martial arts came naturally to him, and he became a black belt in karate at a young age. Suba...
45. Frankie Lymon Frankie Lymon Soundtrack, American Graffiti
46. Shabazz Ray Shabazz Ray Actor, Person of Interest Shabazz Ray was born in Harlem New York. He moved to South Carolina with his parents at a young age. He lived between Bronx, New York and South Carolina until he was 17. This is when he went to New York for a summer vacation with no plans of returning to South Carolina. He decided over the course of...
47. Bre Scullark Bre Scullark Actress, Heartfelt Bre Scullark, from America's Next Top Model, Cycle 5 is a dynamic young woman who after ANTM, did correspondent work for the Tyra Banks Show, BET and a few other outlets. Bre has been a blogger for Global Grind, Essence.com and Honey magazine while focusing on acting and continuing her correspondent work. Her latest campaigns are Garnier Fructis, Ambi Skincare and Dove Chocolate.
48. Bianca Bonnie Bianca Bonnie Self, Love & Hip Hop
49. Izzy Ruiz Izzy Ruiz Actor, The Americans On September 11, 2001, Izzy was a first responder, who witnessed the 2nd plane hit the Tower, he then Participated in the rescue of civilians before and after the collapse of the Towers. He remained on Ground Zero for the first 72 hours, recovering victim remains and providing security during the recovery process. The events of 9-11 will forever be etched in his mind and heart.
50. Derron 'Smokey' Edington Derron 'Smokey' Edington Actor, Paper Soldiers
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