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1. Christopher Walken Christopher Walken Actor, Catch Me If You Can Amazingly versatile stage & screen actor with sandy colored hair, pale complexion and a somewhat nervous disposition. Has a reputation for playing mentally unbalanced characters on-screen, however that generalisation would not do justice to Walken's depth and breadth of performances. He learnt his stage craft...
2. Adrien Brody Adrien Brody Actor, The Pianist The son of Hungarian-born photographer Sylvia Plachy and retired history professor Elliot Brody, Adrien Brody grew up an only child in the Woodhaven section of Queens, New York, where he accompanied his mother on assignments for the Village Voice. He credits her with making him feel comfortable in front of the camera...
3. Martin Scorsese Martin Scorsese Director, Goodfellas After serious deliberations about entering the priesthood - he entered a seminary in 1956 - Martin Scorsese opted to channel his passions into film. He graduated from NYU as a film major in 1964. Catching the eye of producer Roger Corman with his 1960s student films (including co-editing Woodstock)...
4. Jon Favreau Jon Favreau Producer, Iron Man Initially an indie film favorite, actor Jon Favreau has progressed to strong mainstream visibility into the millennium and, after nearly two decades in the business, is still enjoying character stardom as well as earning notice as a writer/producer/director. Of Jewish (maternal) and French-Canadian/Italian (paternal) descent...
5. Lucy Liu Lucy Liu Actress, Kill Bill: Vol. 1 Born to immigrants in Queens, New York, Lucy Liu has always tried to balance an interest in her cultural heritage with a desire to move beyond a strictly Asian-American experience. Lucy's mother is from Beijing, and her father is from Shanghai. Once relegated to "ethnic" parts, the energetic actress is finally earning her stripes as an across-the-board leading lady...
6. Elizabeth Perkins Elizabeth Perkins Actress, Pittsburgh Elizabeth Perkins was born on November 18, 1960, in the borough of Queens, New York, and raised in Vermont. She studied acting at Chicago's Goodman School of Drama at DePaul University for three years, then launched her professional career with a co-starring gig in the touring company of Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs...
7. Dina Meyer Dina Meyer Actress, Starship Troopers Dina Meyer was born and raised in Forest Hills, Queens, New York, but moved to Dix Hills, Long Island, just before her last year of junior high school. She has two siblings, an older brother named Gregory and a younger one named Evan. Her first experience in the entertainment industry came when she did some modeling from ages nine to 16...
8. Drea de Matteo Drea de Matteo Actress, Swordfish Andrea Donna de Matteo, called Drea (pronounced "dray"), was born on January 19, 1972 in Queens, New York, into an affluent family, the youngest of three children and the only girl. De Matteo's father is a furniture manufacturer and her mother, Donna, is a playwright and teaches playwriting at HB Studio in New York...
9. Fran Drescher Fran Drescher Writer, The Nanny Francine Joy Drescher was born on September 30th, 1957 in Flushing, Queens, New York to Mort Drescher and Sylvia Drescher. Fran, as she is called, attended Hillcrest High school in New York with another now-famous name, Ray Romano. She was a studious girl and was quite popular. In fact, at age fifteen...
10. Shari Headley Shari Headley Actress, Coming to America
11. Hank Azaria Hank Azaria Actor, The Simpsons Movie
12. Moira Kelly Moira Kelly Actress, The Lion King Born March 6, 1968 in Queens, New York, she is the third of six kids. Her father, Peter, was trained as a concert violinist. Her mother, Anne, is a nurse. Both are Irish immigrants. Moira was raised in Ronkonkoma, NY. She attended Connetquot Senior High School and graduated in the class of 1986. Later Moira attended Marymount Manhattan College...
13. Lori Loughlin Lori Loughlin Actress, Old Dogs Lori Loughlin is an American actress who was born on July 28, 1964 in Queens, New York, USA. She was a junior lifeguard before becoming an actress. Lori began her career at the age of 12 as a print model. During her early teen years she appeared in television commercials and was frequently seen in national print advertisements...
14. David Krumholtz David Krumholtz Actor, 10 Things I Hate About You
15. Peter Facinelli Peter Facinelli Actor, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 New Yorker Peter Facinelli is the youngest child of Italian parents, Bruna and Pierino, who are from Trentino, Northern Italy. He has three sisters. Peter was educated at St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens, New York, and went on to attend St. John's University, but left after a year to follow his interest in acting at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School...
16. Debi Mazar Debi Mazar Actress, Goodfellas
17. David Gallagher David Gallagher Actor, Super 8 David Lee Gallagher was born on February 9, 1985 in College Point, New York. At not even 2 years old, David landed his first print ad job and he has since done commercials for corporations such as Walt Disney World, Burger King, Panasonic, Hanes, Betty Crocker and Tyson Foods. At the age of 8, David made his film debut with a lead role in the surprise hit Look Who's Talking Now...
18. Amy Ryan Amy Ryan Actress, Gone Baby Gone
19. 50 Cent 50 Cent Self, Last Vegas Born in the South Jamaica section of Queens, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson has lived in New York City all his life. Raised by his grandparents after his father ran out and his mother was shot when he was only eight. Growing up, the Queens rapper originally wanted to be a heavyweight boxer, but eventually fell back on rapping...
20. Bernadette Peters Bernadette Peters Actress, Anastasia Bernadette Peters was born Bernadette Lazzara on February 28, 1948 in Queens, New York City. Peters is one of the most critically-acclaimed Broadway performers, having received nominations for seven Tony Awards, winning two, and eight Drama Desk Awards, winning three. Four of the Broadway cast albums on which she has starred have won Grammy Awards...
21. D.B. Woodside D.B. Woodside Actor, Romeo Must Die
22. Robert Davi Robert Davi Actor, Die Hard Robert Davi is an award-winning actor, screenwriter, director, producer and jazz vocalist. From his portrayal of the opera singing baddie in "Goonies" and one of the most popular James Bond villains Franz Sanchez in "Licence to Kill" to FBI Special Agent Big Johnson in" Die Hard" or Al Torres in "Showgirls"...
23. Michael Landon Michael Landon Actor, Little House on the Prairie Michael Landon was born Eugene Maurice Orowitz, on October 31, 1936, in Forest Hills, Queens, New York. In 1941, he and his family moved to Collingswood, New Jersey. When Eugene was in high school, he participated -- and did very well -- in track and field, especially javelin throwing, and his athletic skills earned him a scholarship to USC...
24. Rosemarie DeWitt Rosemarie DeWitt Actress, Cinderella Man
25. Joe Lo Truglio Joe Lo Truglio Actor, Superbad Born in Ozone Park, Queens, raised in Margate, Florida, his childhood revolved around collecting Mad magazines, shooting horror movies on a Super 8, fishing in his backyard canal, and drawing homemade comics. He graduated Coconut Creek High School in 1988, where he was a member of Thespian troupe 2617...
26. Ray Romano Ray Romano Actor, Ice Age
27. Tobin Bell Tobin Bell Actor, Saw II Tobin Bell is an American film and television actor who was born in Queens, New York and raised in Weymouth, Massachusetts. Bell often plays the role of a villain and serial killer; he was cast as Unabomber Theodore John Kaczynski in the made-for-TV movie Unabomber: The True Story, and most recently...
28. Steven Weber Steven Weber Actor, Leaving Las Vegas This Queens-born actor has certainly proven himself adept at everything from quirky comedy to flat-out melodrama. Born on March 4, 1961, to a Borscht Belt comic and a nightclub singer, Weber was already appearing in TV commercials by elementary school age. He later studied at the High School of the Performing Arts in New York and graduated from New York State University...
29. Howard Stern Howard Stern Self, Private Parts Howard Allan Stern was born on Jan. 12, 1954, in Jackson Heights, New York. His first radio experience was at Boston University, where he volunteered at the college radio station. Along with several other students, he created an on-air show called the King Schmaltz Bagel Hour, a takeoff on the popular King Biscuit Flour Hour...
30. Liza Lapira Liza Lapira Actress, 21
31. James Marshall James Marshall Actor, A Few Good Men Born in Queens, New York, USA. Did not start acting until graduating from High School in Santa Monica, California, USA. His first parts where small roles on TV specials until his big break as the moody, brooding biker on the television series "Twin Peaks". A long time student of the 'Vincent Chase' School in Los Angeles to which he gives major credit for his success as an actor.
32. John Williams John Williams Music Department, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace As one of the best known, awarded, and financially successful composers in US history, John Williams is as easy to recall as John Philip Sousa, Aaron Copland or Leonard Bernstein, illustrating why he is "America's composer" time and again. With a massive list of awards that includes over 41 Oscar nominations (five wins)...
33. Patrick McGoohan Patrick McGoohan Actor, Braveheart Though born in America, Irish actor Patrick McGoohan rose to become the number-one British TV star in the 1950s to 1960s era. His parents moved to Ireland when he was very young and McGoohan acquired a neutral accent that sounds at home in British or American dialogue. He was an avid stage actor and...
34. Mercedes Ruehl Mercedes Ruehl Actress, Big Mercedes Ruehl was born February 28, 1948 in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City to Mercedes Ruehl, a school teacher, and Vincent Ruehl, an FBI agent. She made several film and television appearance before coming to her most successfully received role in Terry Gilliam's The Fisher King. She played the part of Jeff Bridges's on-screen supportive yet neurotic girlfriend...
35. Barbara Bach Barbara Bach Actress, The Spy Who Loved Me Barbara Goldbach was born to Howard and Marjorie Goldbach in Queens, New York. Her father was a policeman. Barbara is the oldest of 5 children. She met her first husband Augusto Gregorini in New York while she worked as a model and he was visiting from Italy for a business trip in 1966. Barbara followed him to Italy to be with him In 1968...
36. Cyndi Lauper Cyndi Lauper Soundtrack, The Goonies Cyndi was born at Boulevard Hospital, in Astoria, Queens. She spent her first four years in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Her family then moved to Ozone Park, Queens.
37. Fred Koehler Fred Koehler Actor, Death Race
38. Mae West Mae West Soundtrack, I'm No Angel Mae West was born in Brooklyn, New York, to "Battling Jack" West and Matilda Doelger. She began her career as a child star in vaudeville, and later went on to write her own plays, including "SEX", for which she was arrested. Though her first movie role was a small part in Night After Night, her scene has become famous...
39. Harvey Weinstein Harvey Weinstein Producer, Gangs of New York
40. Adam Ferrara Adam Ferrara Actor, Paul Blart: Mall Cop Adam Ferrara is a stand-up comedian and actor who proudly played Chief Needles Nelson on the Emmy® nominated FX drama series, Rescue Me. Ferrara has also costarred alongside Kevin James in the hit movie Paul Blart: Mall Cop and in Definitely Maybe with Ryan Reynolds and Isla Fisher. Presently Adam hosts the critically acclaimed BBC sensation...
41. Mike Starr Mike Starr Actor, Goodfellas
42. Adrienne Shelly Adrienne Shelly Actress, Waitress The late Adrienne Shelley was born in Queens, New York, to Sheldon Levine and Elaine Langbaum. After graduating Jericho High School, located in Jericho, New York, she went enrolled at Boston University, and majored in film production. After her junior year, she dropped out and moved to Manhattan where she made a name for herself in independent films...
43. Terrence Jenkins Terrence Jenkins Self, The Pursuit of Happyness Preview
44. Justine Miceli Justine Miceli Actress, As the World Turns A personable brunette actor with rich brown eyes, Miceli is a native New Yorker who studied acting on both coasts, including stints at the AADA, the California Institute of the Arts, and William Esper Studios. She subsequently did commercials, off-Broadway and touring theater and some spots on daytime dramas and the primetime series "Law & Order"...
45. Ja Rule Ja Rule Soundtrack, The Fast and the Furious
46. Debra Wilson Debra Wilson Actress, Avatar
47. George Coe George Coe Actor, Kramer vs. Kramer
48. Barbara Nichols Barbara Nichols Actress, Sweet Smell of Success She was the archetypal brassy, bosomy, Brooklynesque bimbo with a highly distinctive scratchy voice. Barbara Nichols started life as Barbara Marie Nickerauer in Queens, New York on December 10, 1928, and grew up on Long Island. Graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School, the dame with the shapely frame...
49. Steve Franken Steve Franken Actor, Angels & Demons
50. Benh Zeitlin Benh Zeitlin Director, Beasts of the Southern Wild Born in New York City and raised in Sunnyside, Queens and then Westchester County, Benh Zeitlin began his career as a film-maker at the tender age of 6 years when he and a friend made a Batman movie. He continued making films as a child before attending Wesleyan University, where he majored in film...
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