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1. Viggo Mortensen Viggo Mortensen Actor, A History of Violence Since his screen debut as a young Amish Farmer in Peter Weir's Witness, Viggo Mortensen's career has been marked by a steady string of well-rounded performances. Mortensen was born in New York City, to Grace Gamble (Atkinson) and Viggo Peter Mortensen, Sr. His father was Danish, his mother was American...
2. Jack Nicholson Jack Nicholson Actor, The Shining Jack Nicholson, an American actor, producer, screenwriter and director, is a three-time Academy Award winner and 12-time nominee. Nicholson is also notable for being one of two actors - the other being Michael Caine - who have received Oscar nods in every decade from 1960s through the 2000s. Nicholson was born on April 22...
3. Maggie Gyllenhaal Maggie Gyllenhaal Actress, The Dark Knight Academy Award-nominated actress Maggie Gyllenhaal was born on November 16, 1977, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City. Her parents, Naomi Foner (née Achs) and Stephen Gyllenhaal, are both filmmakers, and her brother is actor Jake Gyllenhaal. Her mother is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, while her father has Swedish, English, Swiss-German, and German ancestry...
4. Lady Gaga Lady Gaga Self, A Very Gaga Thanksgiving Lady Gaga, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (born March 28 1986), is an American songwriter, singer, actress, philanthropist, dancer and fashion designer. Gaga was born in Manhattan, New York, to Cynthia Louise (Bissett) and Joseph Anthony Germanotta, Jr., an internet entrepreneur. Her father is of Italian descent...
5. Reeve Carney Reeve Carney Soundtrack, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 Reeve Carney originated the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man, in the record-breaking Broadway musical, "Spider-Man: Turn Off Thee Dark" in 2010. A lifelong musician, Reeve jumped at the opportunity to perform a score by U2's Bono and The Edge--not to mention re-team with director Julie Taymor, who he'd worked with in her film, "The Tempest"...
6. Alfonso Ribeiro Alfonso Ribeiro Actor, Love Wrecked Alfonso Ribeiro was born in New York on September 21, 1971. Alfonso's family is from Trinidad & Tobago. Although rumor has been that he is of Dominican descent, he has stated in an interview that this is false. Neither he nor his family are from the Dominican Republic; they originate from Trinidad & Tobago...
7. Adrienne Bailon Adrienne Bailon Self, Nicki Minaj Adrienne Eliza Bailon was born on October 24, 1983 in the Lower Eastside of Manhattan, New York. She was raised by her loving mother, Nilda Felix, father, Freddie, and stepfather, Joe. Adrienne also has an older sister named Claudette, who is three years older than Adrienne. When they were younger...
8. Ana Ortiz Ana Ortiz Actress, Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son
9. Tupac Shakur Tupac Shakur Soundtrack, Django Unchained Notorious 25-year-old gangsta MC and actor Tupac Shakur was shot and killed before he had a chance to fulfill the promise of a successful career in both fields. He was born in New York City and his mother, Afeni Shakur, was a member of the Black Panther Party. Shakur spent much of his youth in Harlem...
10. Walter Matthau Walter Matthau Actor, The Odd Couple Matthau was born Walter Matthow on October 1, 1920 in New York City, to a Lithuanian Jewish mother, Rose (Berolsky), who worked in a sweatshop, and a Russian Jewish father, Milton Matthow, a peddler and electrician. Matthau grew up in poverty on the Lower East Side. He started out selling soft drinks and playing bit parts at a Yiddish theater troupe at age 11...
11. Wanda De Jesus Wanda De Jesus Actress, Another World
12. Alicia Keys Alicia Keys Soundtrack, The Great Gatsby Alicia Keys was born in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan, to Teresa (Augello), a paralegal who was also an occasional actress, and Craig Cook, a flight attendant. Her father is African-American, and her mother, who is caucasian, is of Italian and English/Irish/Scottish ancestry. Alicia began taking piano lessons at age seven at her mother's insistence...
13. Carroll O'Connor Carroll O'Connor Actor, Kelly's Heroes Carroll was born in Manhattan and raised in Forest Hills, a community of Queens, New York. After high school in 1942, he joined the Merchant Marines and worked on ships in the Atlantic. In 1946, he enrolled at the University of Montana to study English. While there, he became interested in theater. During one of the amateur productions...
14. Peter Coyote Peter Coyote Actor, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
15. Catherine Hicks Catherine Hicks Actress, Child's Play Born in New York City and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona, Catherine Mary Hicks was a cheerleader at Gerard Catholic High School in Phoenix, Arizona, and graduated in 1969. Hicks attended Saint Mary's College-Notre Dame University and studied English literature. Moving east from South Bend, Indiana, she began her acting career at Cornell University...
16. Jean Stapleton Jean Stapleton Actress, Meet the Bunkers Jean Stapleton was born Jeanne Murray in Manhattan, New York City, to Marie A. (Stapleton), an opera singer, and Joseph Edward Murray, a billboard advertising salesman. Her paternal grandparents were Irish. She was a cousin of actress Betty Jane Watson. Other relatives in show business were her uncle...
17. Ben Gazzara Ben Gazzara Actor, Anatomy of a Murder Ben Gazzara's screen career began with two critically acclaimed roles as heavies in the late 1950s. He turned to television in the 1960s but made a big screen comeback with roles in three John Cassavetes films in the 1970s. The 1980s and 1990s saw Gazzara work more frequently than ever before in character parts...
18. Tony Gilroy Tony Gilroy Writer, The Bourne Ultimatum Tony Gilroy was born in Manhattan, New York, New York, USA; and raised in upstate New York. His father, Frank D. Gilroy, was a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, director, and screenwriter. Tony has penned many films, including Devil's Advocate and The Cutting Edge.
19. William Windom William Windom Actor, To Kill a Mockingbird A man of all mediums, this veteran, Manhattan-born character actor was named after his great-grandfather, Lincolnesque Congressman William Windom. Born in 1923, the son of Paul Windom, an architect, and the former Isobel Wells Peckham, Bill attended Williams College and the University of Kentucky, among others...
20. Teresa Wright Teresa Wright Actress, Shadow of a Doubt A natural and lovely talent who was discovered for films by Samuel Goldwyn, the always likable Teresa Wright distinguished herself early on in high-caliber, Oscar-worthy form -- the only performer ever to be nominated for Oscars for her first three films. Always true to herself, she was able to earn Hollywood stardom on her own unglamorized terms...
21. Barrett Foa Barrett Foa Actor, Prop 8: The Musical Barrett Foa is a series regular on the hit CBS drama, NCIS: Los Angeles. He plays tech operator/surfer "Eric Beale" alongside Chris O'Donnell, LL Cool J and Oscar winner Linda Hunt. Since moving to Los Angeles in January 2009, Foa has been a recurring guest on Entourage (as Ari's assistant)...
22. Don Adams Don Adams Actor, The Nude Bomb American comic actor and comedian who gained worldwide fame and three Emmy Awards starring as Agent 86, Maxwell Smart, in the classic television comedy Get Smart. Born Donald James Yarmy on April 13, 1923 [correct, despite frequently reported erroneous dates] in New York City, his father was of Hungarian Jewish descent...
23. Christopher Mayer Christopher Mayer Actor, Liar Liar
24. John Kerr John Kerr Actor, South Pacific His father Geoffrey Kerr (b. 25 Jan 1895, London; d. 1971) and mother June Walker (b. 14 June 1904, New York City; d. 1966) were successful Broadway and, occasionally, film actors. He went into theatre as soon as he graduated from Harvard. He had an important role in the stage play "Bernadine" in 1952...
25. Arnold Stang Arnold Stang Actor, The Man with the Golden Arm A show-stopping comic for decades, the inimitable Arnold Stang, with the trademark Runyonesque voice and thick, black glasses, started out famously on radio before branching out to include Broadway, films and especially TV. Born on September 28, 1918, in New York City (for decades he himself perpetuated the myth of being born in 1925 in Chelsea...
26. Tiny Tim Tiny Tim Self, Private Parts Tiny Tim, the ukulele-playing singer of 1920s ditties who was a true icon of the 1960s, was born Herbert Khaury on April 12, 1932, in New York City. The son of a Lebanese father and Jewish mother, the young Khaury grew up in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan. A high school dropout, his interest in the popular music of the 1890s through the 1930s manifested itself early...
27. Frank Medrano Frank Medrano Actor, The Shawshank Redemption
28. Leonardo Cimino Leonardo Cimino Actor, Dune Veteran little old man Italian character actor Leonardo Anthony Cimino steadily worked in both movies and TV shows alike from the late 50s up until 2007. Cimino was born on November 4, 1917 in New York City. He was the son of tailor Andrea Cimino and his wife Leonilda. Leonardo played violin as a child and studied at Juilliard as a teenager...
29. Patricia Rae Patricia Rae Actress, The Big Wedding Patricia was born In Manhattan, raised in Queens, and is of Colombian descent. She was raised by her grandmother who ran a boarding house, while her mother worked. A strict Catholic, her grandmother Lilian, kept her fairly isolated, forcing her to create imaginary friends, which sparked her imagination at an early age...
30. Luther Vandross Luther Vandross Soundtrack, The Goonies He was the heartbeat of R&B during the 1980s and 1990s, yet led a productive singing and songwriting life prior to this preeminence. The soul balladeer's strong commitment to the art of music continued on its Grammy-winning course, even after an acute stroke in 2003 left him severely incapacitated and unable to continue public appearances...
31. William Asher William Asher Director, Beach Blanket Bingo
32. Dick Cusack Dick Cusack Actor, The Fugitive
33. Ian Kahn Ian Kahn Actor, The Box
34. Cam'ron Cam'ron Soundtrack, End of Watch 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...
35. Lil Mama Lil Mama Self, Episode dated 19 January 2009
36. Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale Self, The Beales of Grey Gardens
37. Michael Strong Michael Strong Actor, Patton While never one of the big names on screen, Michael Strong was one of those excellent method actors who were often compelling to watch. Unsurprisingly, many of Michael's screen characters were typical New Yorkers, whether they be cops or thugs, and he imbued them with an edgy 'in-your-face' intensity that was all his own...
38. Alexa Ray Joel Alexa Ray Joel Self, Russell Simmons/Ryan Kavanaugh/Alexa Ray Joel
39. Jason Harris Jason Harris Casting Department, Non-Stop
40. Anika Poitier Anika Poitier Director, The Devil Cats
41. William Finley William Finley Actor, Phantom of the Paradise Marvelously quirky, distinctive and versatile character actor William Franklin Finley was born on September 20, 1940 in New York City. Finley attended Columbia University, where he first met future filmmaker Brian De Palma. The lanky 6'4" Finley first began acting on the New York stage. He made his film debut in De Palma's odd short movie Woton's Wake...
42. Cole Hawkins Cole Hawkins Actor, School of Rock
43. Carol Grace Carol Grace Actress, Gangster Story
44. Dan Frazer Dan Frazer Actor, Deconstructing Harry Son of a bricklayer and ironworker, who was involved in the construction of the Empire State Building, Dan Frazer first acted in local theatre in his rough 'Hell's Kitchen' neighbourhood on the Manhattan West Side. He also benefited from the Federal Theatre Project, funded by the Works Progress Administration after the onset of the Great Depression...
45. Leo O'Brien Leo O'Brien Actor, The Last Dragon
46. Jim Carroll Jim Carroll Soundtrack, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial In the 1960s Jim Carroll was a basketball prodigy and a fountain of untapped talent. He was also progressively becoming an addict. Through his teenage years, he discovered love, loss, pain, joy, and everything in between which is thoroughly recounted in his infamous book "The Basketball Diaries". The...
47. Julia Migenes Julia Migenes Actress, Carmen
48. Gladys Portugues Gladys Portugues Self, Hollywood Ex-Wives
49. 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...
50. J. Michael Riva J. Michael Riva Production Designer, Django Unchained
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