Famous Long Islanders - The Scoop on Celebs Hailing from LI
Many Long Islanders take a lot of pride in the fact that they were born here and that many other famous people were born and raised on Long Island. Many of these celebrities no longer live here, but there roots will always stem back here.
From films stars to sports athletes to television stars, you know you are a Long Islander when you can name the dozens of famous people that have called Long Island their home.
Here is your guide to celebrities born on Long Island:
(Celebrities are listed in alphabetical order by last name)
Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos is a magician and illusionist for Long Island and graduated from East Meadow High School. Angel has had many television shows and is currently performing in Las Vegas at Luxor.
Raised in Syosset, Apatow is well-known for filmmaking. He developed well known tv series such as Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared, and Girls. He is also known for the films The Cable Guy, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and, recently, This is 40.
Alec, Daniel, Billy, and Stephen Baldwin were all born on Long Island. Except for Alec Baldwin being born in Amityville, all the other brothers were born in Massapequa. They are all well known for acting in many films and TV shows.
Born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island in Lindenhurst, Benetar is known for her singing and her many Grammy Awards. Some of her well-known songs are "Hit Me with Your Best Shot," "Love Is a Battlefield," and "We Belong."
Raised in Great Neck, Blonsky’s acting and singing career began when she was casted as Tracy Turnblad for the film adaptation of the Broadway Musical Hairspray. She is currently appearing in the show Smash.
Born in Uniondale, Gary Dell'Abate is known by his radio handle Baba Booey. He is the executive producer of The Howard Stern Show.
Laura Branigan: Residing in East Quogue at her death, Beranigan is best know as a singer, songwriter, and actress. She is best known for her songs "Gloria," "Self Control," "Solitaire," and "How Am I Suppose To Live Without You."
Graduating from Valley Stream, Buscemi became an actor and has appeared in many films. He currently stars in the HBO smash hit Broadwalk Empire. Kids might know him as Randell fro Monsters' Inc.
Caputo is best known for her television show on TLC, Long Island Medium. Born in Hicksville and still residing there, Caputo claims to be a medium who can communicate with the dead.
Carey was born in Huntington and became a singer, songwriter, producer, and actress. With many chart topping songs, Carey has rocked the music and acting world with her talent.
Clothing designer, Cole graduated from Great Neck North High School and is now known for his deisgner brand and clothing.
Francis Ford Coppola
Graduate of Great Neck North High School, Coppola is a very well know filmmaker of The Godfather films and started many acting careers directing the film adpatation of The Outsiders.
Well-known actor, writer, producer, comdian and director Crystal was raised in Long Beach and graduated Long Beach High School. He attended Nassau Community College and later NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Many people know him for films such as When Harry Met Sally and children would know him for Monsters Inc.
This funny man born in Deer Park is known for his comedy and films. No one can forget this catchphrase, "I don't get no respect."
Moving with his famly to Malverne, Danza is best known for his acting roles inthe tv shows Taxi, Who's the Boss?, The Tony Danza Show, and his brief stint as a talk show host. Danza has a degree in education and used it for one year of teaching for a reality show. Based on this experience, he has recently published a book about teaching.
This singer-songwriter from Baldwin is known for her hit song "Love Will Lead You Back" and many other billboard hits.
This Chaminade graduate has appeared in many film, stage, and television shows. His most memorable role was in First Block with Sylvester Stallone.
Douglas was born in Glen Cove and has become to affluent singer-songwriter and actress. With many chart topping collaborations with many famous artists, she has also expanded to acting appearing in a few films and television shows. She even graced the stage as Dorothy in The Wiz back in 2009.
This former football quarterback and current commentator from West Islip is best known for playing for Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals, and ended his career back with the Bengals.
Best known for her role on The Sopranos, Falco, a Northport High School Graduate, is currently acting in Nurse Jackie to critical acclaim.
The "Long Island Lolita" is infamous for her affair with Joey Buttafuoco and later the attempted murder of his wife. Fisher was born in Wantagh. After serving time, she became a columnist and is currently working in the adult entertainment industry.
William Jonathan Drayton, Jr. grew up in Freeport and is best known by his stage name. He became best known as a member of the hip-hop group Public Enemy. Later he had many shows on VH1, including The Surreal Life, Strange Love, and various season of Flavor of Love.
Born in Brookhaven, Floyd was an influencial politician and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Many schools and locations on Long Island are named after him.
Born in Long Beach and currently residing in Manhasset, Frecesa is a radio personality on WFAN hosting his own show.
Gibson was raised in Merrick and is best known for your singer-songwriting skills with her #1 single "Foolish Beat." She has also appeared on Broadway and with touring musicals.
As a salutatorian at Huntington High School, he predicted that perfecting airplnes would be man's greatest triumphs and he was the one to do it. Known for being an aeronautical engineer and industrialist, he set up Grumman Aeronautical Engineering Co.
Raised in North Massapequa, Guttenberg is known for acting in the popular film Three Men and a Baby, Police Academy, and Short Circuit.
Melissa Joan Hart
Born in Smithtown, Hart is best known for your acting persuits in the schol Clarissa Explains It All, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, and, currently, Melissa & Joey.
This Olympic Gold Medalist is from Great Neck and became well known during the 2001 and 2002 Olympics.
Though born in England, William Michael Albert Board moved to Long Island when he was two-years-old and resided in Patchogue. They resided there for 4 years before moving back to the UK. Billy Idol is a rock musician that first achieved fame with the punk rock band Generation X.
Born in Oceanside, Iger is current chairman and chief executive of The Walt Disney Company. He oversaw the purchase of Pixar Animation Studios, aquired Marvel Entertainment, and Lucasfilms which boardened the Disney's company's franchises.
Comedy actor, James grew up in Mineola before acting in the sitcom The King of Queens and films, Hitch, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, and, most recently, Here Comes the Boom.
Born in Manhasset under the name Christopher Keith Irvine, Irvine took the name Chris Jericho as his professional wrestler name. He is signed with WWE and has wrestled internationally (he is well known in Canada). He is credited as being the first Undisputed WWF Champion, in addition to his 30 championship wins, and is also the lead singer of the Heavy Metal band Fozzy.
Long Island would not be Long Island without the legendary Billy Joel. Raised in Hicksville, Joel released his first hit song, "Piano Man," in 1973. Joel still lives on Long Island and has a motorcycle shop in Oyster Bay.
Hewlett High School graduate, Donna Karan, is a fashion designer known for her Donna Karan New York and DKNY brand clothes.
Raised in Great Neck, this funny man is known for his comedy and his time of the hit TV show, Taxi.
A resident of Jericho at death, Chapin is known for his folk rock songs including his biggest hit, "Cat's in the Cradle."
This Lynbrook-born man is most notable for being the title character in the television show Captain Kangaroo. He portrayed this iconic character for 30 years.
The wife of JFK was from Long Island's Southampton Area. As First Lady, many women iconized her for her fashion sense.
Karl Anderson Jr. who is now know as Michael Kors is a major fashion designer from Merrick. He is known for his women's line of clothes and handbags.
Born in White Plains, Larson is known of composing and writing plays and musicals. He is best known for his smash hit Rent and tick, tick...BOOM!
Lauria graduated from Lindenhurst Senior High School and served in the Vietnam War as an officer in the US Marine Corps. He is best known for this role as Jack Arnold on The Wonder Years. He currently appears in the television show Sullivan & Son.
LL Cool J
Rapper and actor from Bay Shore, James Todd Smith is known for his hip-hop music. He has branched out from the music industry and currently stars in NCIS: Los Angeles.
Although news around Lohan has not been great lately, this Merrick and Cold Spring Harbor-raised actress calls Long Island her home. Known for her movies like the remake of The Parent Trap and Mean Girls, Lohan has made many films that people still enjoy.
Before becoming Becky on Full House, Loughlin lives in Oceanside and moved to Hauppauge where she graduated high school. She has made many television appearances and is best known for her role on Full House.
Born in Northport, Lupone is a singer actress known for her performance as Eva Peron in the musical Evita and her performance in the originla London cast of Les Miserables.
This Brentwood raised Long Islander is known for his professional boxer career and being a boxing trainer.
Born in Huntington, Macchio is known for his roles in My Cousin Vinny, The Outsiders, and the Karate Kid films.
Maybe you wear his shoes? Who knew that such a popular footwear CEO grew up in Lawrence.
Best known as Stuttering John, this former radio personality who worked with Howard Stern was born in Massapequa and attended Plainedge High School.
Raised in Syosset, Menzel is best known for her singing and acting in Broadway shows such as Rent and playing the lead rold of Elphaba in the Broadway Blockbuster Wicked.
Born in Hempstead, Clifford Smith is known by his stage name and a member of the hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan. Not only is he a musician, he is also an actor appearing in a few motion pictures, as well as some HBO dramas.
Born in Woodmere, Milk made history by being their first openly gay person to be elected to office in California. He served only 11 months before be assissinated. Before his death he was responsible for passing gay rights ordinances in San Francisco.
Raised in Plainedge, Money is known being a singer songwriter during the 70s and 80s.
This current free agent from East Meadow is a linebacker who debuted back in 2002 with the 49ers.
Raised in Roosevelt, Murphy is known for his comedy, acting, writing, singing, directing, and music. His career has spanned from Saturday Night Live, Coming to America, Shrek, and The Nutty Professor.
From St. James, O'Brien is a journalist who has appeared on CNN and HBO.
Comedian, actress, and TV personality O'Donnell was born in Commack and gradted from Commack High School. He is best known for her stand-up comedy, her TV talk show, and her time on The View.
Chaminade graduate, O'Reilly is a poliical commentator on the Fox News Channel on this program The O'Reilly Factor. He grew up in Levittown and currently resides in Manhasset.
Opie and Anthony
Both raised on Long Island, Gregg Hughes and Anthony Cumia host a talk radio program on satellite radio. Their raunchy humor brings the listeners in and, sometimes, shock their listeners.
Gradating from Syosset High School, this acter and singer is known for his performance as Roger Davis in the Broadway Musical Rent.
Born in Israel and raised in Jericho, Portman started young in her acting career in Off-Broadway and Broadway productions. Many Star Wars fans know her as Padme Amidala in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.
This rock musician raised in Freeport is best known for his career with The Velvet Underground.
Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr., before he was a rapper, was a resident of Uniondale as well as a Uniondale High School graduate. Rhymes is best known for his music as well as his affliation with other rappers, such as Jay-Z, DMX, and The Notorious B.I.G.
This Westbury-born guitarist is best know for his collborations with many musicians, including Mick Jagger.
Savalas, born in Garden City, is best know for winning an Academy Award Winning Actor in the Birdman from Alcatraz.
Raised in Great Neck, Segal is best known for his film, stage, and television acting. He appeared on the sitcom Just Shoot Me!, Entourage, and currently appears on The Goldbergs.
Growing up in Massapequa, Seinfeld developed an interest in comedy and is known for his television show, Seinfeld, and stand-up comedy.
This rapper was born in Bayshore and currently resides in Islandia. He is best known for being a part of the hip hop group EPMD
This Massapequa born guitarist, singer, and song writer is known for his rockabilly group Stray Cats.
Shire, from Lake Success, is best known as Adrian from the Rocky films.
Soprano star Sigler was born in Jericho and studied at the Cultural Arts Playhouse in Old Bethpage. She is known for her role as the daughter of mob boss, Tony Soprano.
Graduating from Baldwin Senior High School, Daniel Snider is most famous for his role as the frontman for Twisted Sister, a heavy metal band. The most successful singles from his band are "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock."
Radio personality, Stern, graduated from South Side High School in Rockville Center before becoming a radio host. He is best known for his radio show on Sirius XM Radio and his raunchy humor.
Raised in Freeport, Sullivan is an actress who has appeared in genres such as soap operas and comedy. He is best known for her role in Dharma & Greg and currently is appearing in Castle.
The Good Rats
This Long Island rock band was started by five St. John’s University students. With their mixing of rock with blues and pop they are best known my Long Islanders. Recently, Peppi Marchello passed away.
Maybe not familiar by name, but Truxton was an important part of the American Revolution. He was an naval officer and born in Hempstead.
Glee star Ushkowitz wasborn in South Korea and adopted by a family in East Meadow. She graduated from Holt Trinity in Hicksville and had her first roles on Sesame Street and Broadway.
Steve Vai: This guitarist from Carle Place toured with Frank Zappa and has won 3 Grammy's during his solo career.
Whitman is president and chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard. Born in Cold Spring Harbor, Whitman has served as executive for eBay, The Walt Disney Compant, DreamWorks, Procter & Gamble, and Hasbro.
This famous writer was born in West Hills in the Town of Huntington. He was a poet and journalist. Many locations on Long Island are named after Whitman. You can still visit his birthplace in Huntington across the street from the Walt Whitman Mall.
This famous composer born on Long Island is known for composing music for such films as Jaws, the Star Wars series, Superman, Indiana Jones, and Harry Potter.
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