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Last modified: 1/23/08

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Famous New Jerseyites

These are just a few of the famous people who were either born in New Jersey or spent some important time in New Jersey.

Bud Abbott, comedian and actor

Charles Adams, cartoonist

Buzz Aldrin, astronaut

William F. Allen, inventor of Standard Time

John Bardeen, co-inventor of transistor

Count Basie, band leader

Mario Batali, chef and cookbook author

Peter Benchley, novelist

Joan Bennett, actress

Jeffrey Bewkes, media executive

Jason Biggs, actor

Robert Blake, actor

Zach Braff, actor and director

Walter Brattain, co-inventor of transistor

Avery Brooks, actor

Jon Bon Jovi, singer and actor

Bill Bradley, baskeball player and U.S. senator

William Brennan, U.S. supreme court jurist

Aaron Burr, political leader

Marc Charannes, co-inventor of Bubble Wrap

Grover Cleveland, U.S. president

Leon Cooperman, financier

John Corzine, U.S. senator and New Jersey governor

Lou Costello, actor and comedian

Stephen Crane, novelist

Tom Cruise, actor

Danny DeVito, actor

Michael Douglas, actor

Theodore Draper, historian

Thomas Edison, inventor

Albert Einstein, physicist

Alfred Fielding, co-inventor of Bubble Wrap

John Forsythe, actor

William Parker Foulke, discovered the world's first complete dinosaur skeleton

Les and Sue Fox, bestselling authors

Connie Francis, actress and singer

Allen Ginsberg, poet

Kelsey Grammer, actor

William Frederick Halsey Jr., admiral

Alexander Hamilton, U.S. treasurer. Built the country's first planned industrial city in present-day Paterson.

John Holland, submarine inventor

Whitney Houston, singer

Henry Hudson, explorer

Catherine Zeta-Jones, actress

Joyce Kilmer, poet

Richard Kind, actor

Ernie Kovacs, comedian

Frank Lautenberg, U.S. senator

Jerry Lewis, actor and comedian

Anne Morrow Lindbergh, author

Charles Lindbergh, aviator

Norman Mailer, novelist

Ron Martino Jr., filmmaker

Ron Martino Sr., educator

Patricia McBride, ballerina

Patrick McDonnell, comic strip creator

Dorian Missick, actor

Thomas Mitchell, actor

Jay Mohr, actor

Lewis Morris, first governor of New Jersey

Samuel F.B. Morse, inventor of the telegraph

Jack Nicholson, actor

Richard Nixon, U.S. president

Valerie Paik, author

Dorothy Parker, author

Les Paul, inventor of the first solid body electric guitar

Joe Pesci, actor

Thomas Pierce, author

Danny Pintauro, actor

Joe Piscopo, actor and comedian

Molly Pitcher, aka Mary Ludwig Hays McCauley, Revolutionary War heroine

Kelly Ripa, actress and TV host

Paul Robeson, singer and actor

Joe Rogan, actor

Philip Roth, novelist

Eva Marie Saint, actress

Ruth St. Denis, dancer and choreographer

Antonin Scalia, U.S. supreme court jurist

H. Norman Schwarzkopf, general

Sheetal Sheth, actress

William Shockley, co-inventor of transistor

Andrew Shue, actor

Elizabeth Shue, actress

Paul Simon, singer and songwriter

Tom Sims, snowboarding pioneer

Frank Sinatra, singer

John Spencer, actor

Bruce Springsteen, rock singer and songwriter

Alfred Stieglitz, photographer

Meryl Streep, actress

Albert Payson Terhune, journalist and novelist

John Travolta, actor

William Trent, founder of Trenton

Lee Van Cleef, actor

Casper Van Dien, actor

Sarah Vaughan, singer

Giovanni da Verrazano, explorer

John von Neumann, physicist and mathematician

Dionne Warwick, singer

Christine Todd Whitman, New Jersey governor

William Carlos Williams, poet

Bruce Willis, actor

Edmund Wilson, literary critic and author

Woodrow Wilson, New Jersey governor and U.S. president

Pia Zadora, actress

Ian Ziering, actor

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