Links to histories and biographies of the famous people of New Jersey. Many famous people of New Jersey have made significant contributions to the
history of our nation and the state of New Jersey. These famous Americans, famous entertainers, famous players, famous scientist, famous singers, famous
statesmen, famous women, heroes, great explorers, and others New Jersey famous Americans have all made New Jersey their home. This list includes New
Jersey historical figures, celebrities and those individuals of New Jersey who have influenced the lives of others.
Famous People from New Jersey
William (Bud) Abbott (1895 - 1974) Comedian made famous in the popular team
Abbott and Costello with routines such as "Who's on First;" born in Asbury Park.
Charles Addams (1912 - 1988) Cartoonist that created The Addams Family;
born in Westfield.
Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin (1930 - ) First astronaut to leave a spacecraft
and walk in space, he later became the second person to walk on the moon; born in Montclair.
Judy Blume (1938 - ) Fiction writer for youth with
well-known books such as Superfudge and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing; born in Elizabeth.
Jon Bon Jovi (born John Francis Bongiovi) (1962 - ) Musician, born
in Perth Amboy.
Aaron Burr (1756 - 1836) Vice President of the United
States under Thomas Jefferson, born in Newark.
Joseph Campbell (1817 - 1900) Founder of the
Campbell Soup Company; born in Camden County.
Grover Cleveland (1837 - 1908) The 22nd
and 24th President of the United States; born in Caldwell.
James Fenimore Cooper was the first
major American novelist. His best-known tales of frontier adventure include The Last of the Mohicans (1826), an adventure story set in the Lake Champlain.
He was born in Burlington, New Jersey in 1789.
Lou Costello (1906 - 1959) Comedian made famous in the popular
team Abbott and Costello with routines such as "Who's on First;" born in Paterson.
Stephen Crane (1871 - 1900) Author most famous
for The Red Badge of Courage; born in Newark.
Donald Fletcher Holmes was born in Woodbury, NJ
in 1910. He invented the process for making polyurethane. Various forms of polyurethane are used in to manufacture upholstery material, heat-insulating
material in homes, offices, and refrigerators, life-saving artificial hearts, safety padding in modern automobiles, and carpeting.
Whitney Houston (1963 - ) Popular singer and
actor that was the first to sell 10 million copies of her first two albums; born in Newark.
Jerry Lewis (1926 - ) Popular comedian during the 1950s and
1960s famous for The Nutty Professor and hosting the Jerry Lewis Telethon for Muscular Dystrophy; born in Newark.
Jack Nicholson (1937 - ) Actor and Academy Award
winner for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest made famous in Chinatown and The Shining; born in Neptune.
Paul Robeson (1898 - 1976) The first black all-American
football player, famous singer and actor; born in Princeton.
Paul Simon(1941 - ) Popular singer in the 1960s made
famous with songs like "Mrs. Robinson;" born in Newark.
Frank Sinatra (1915 - 1998) Actor and Singer starting
in the 1940s; born in Hoboken.
Bruce Springsteen (1949 - ) Singer made famous with album Born
in the USA.; born in Freehold.
Streep (born Mary Louise Streep; June 22, 1949) is an American actress of theatre, film and television. She is widely regarded as one of the
greatest actresses of all time. Streep made her professional stage debut in The Playboy of Seville (1971), before her screen debut in the television
movie The Deadliest Season (1977). In that same year, she made her film debut in Julia (1977). Both critical and commercial success came quickly with
roles in The Deer Hunter (1978) and Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), the first of which brought her an Academy Award nomination, and the second, her first
win, for Best Supporting Actress. She later won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her roles in Sophie's Choice (1982) and The Iron Lady (2011).
With 18 Academy Award nominations in 35 years, Streep holds the record as being the most nominated actor (male or female) in history. Streep was born
in Summit, New Jersey. Her mother, Mary Wolf (née Wilkinson; 1915-2001), was a commercial artist and an art editor, and her father, Harry William
Streep, Jr. (1910-2003), was a pharmaceutical executive. She has two brothers, Dana David and Harry William III
John Travolta (1954 - ) Actor made famous in Grease
and Saturday Night Fever; born in Englewood.
William Henry VanderbiltFinancier
William Henry Vanderbilt was born in New Brunswick, NJ in 1821. He controlled one of America's greatest family fortunes and headed one of the nation's
largest corporations - the New York Central Railroad. Vanderbilt managed to double his family's fortune to the present-day equivalent of $3 billion,
making him the richest man in the world at the time of his death in 1885.
More Famous People of New Jersey
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may not even realize many of these famous people were born in New Jersey or notable associated with New Jersey, including actors, actresses, explorers,
historical figures, inventors, musicians, novelists, professional athletes, important politicians, singers, sport stars and more.
William Count Basie band leader, Red Bank
Joan Bennett actress, Palisades
William J. Brennan jurist, Newark
Lloyd H. Conover inventor, Orange
David Copperfield magician, Metuchen
Tom Cruise, actor
Danny DeVito, actor
Helen Gahagan Douglas representative, Boonton
Allen Ginsberg poet, Newark
Savron Glover choreographer, Newark
William Frederick Halsey, Jr. admiral, Elizabeth
Lauryn Hill rapper, South Orange
Whitney Houston, vocalist
Ice-T rapper, Newark
Alfred Joyce Kilmer poet, New Brunswick
Alfred C. Kinsey zoologist, Hoboken
Ernie Kovacs comedian, Trenton
Dorothea Lange photographer, Hoboken
Queen Latifah, actress
Jerry Lewis comedian, film director, Newark
Anne Morrow Lindbergh author, Englewood
Norman Mailer author, Long Branch
James W. Marshall discovered gold in California, Hunterdon