List of people from Rochester, New York

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Rochester, New York in the United States, and its suburbs, is or has been home to many famous individuals. These people include businessmen, civil rights activists, politicians, entertainers, educators, athletes and much more.

Easily the three most prominent Rochesterians in the national consciousness are abolitionist Frederick Douglass, suffragist Susan B. Anthony, and inventor/philanthropist George Eastman. But the list of notable personages that have passed through Rochester is much larger than just those three.

Academics[edit]

Architects and designers[edit]

Athletes[edit]

Like most cities, Rochester has its share of famous (and not-so-famous) athletes. Among the biggest names are Walter Hagen in golf, Johnny Antonelli in baseball, Brian Gionta and Ryan Callahan in hockey, Abby Wambach in soccer, and Gorilla Monsoon in pro wrestling.

Baseball[edit]

Basketball[edit]

Football[edit]

Golf[edit]

Hockey[edit]

Lacrosse[edit]

Skateboarding[edit]

  • Greg Lang, Professional Skateboarder for Movement Skateboards and Krudco Skateshop[77]

Soccer[edit]

Swimming and diving[edit]

Wrestling[edit]

Other athletes[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Officials[edit]

Executives[edit]

See #Sports executives, below

Broadcasters[edit]

See #Sport broadcasters, below

Businesspeople[edit]

Rochester's history of innovation and progress is reflected in the long list of notable businessmen who founded their companies here. Eastman Kodak, Bausch + Lomb, Xerox, Gannett Company, and Western Union all trace their roots to Rochester.

Computing and Internet[edit]

Inventors[edit]

Sports executives[edit]

Criminals (suspected or convicted)[edit]

Entertainers[edit]

Actors and models[edit]

The most acclaimed actor to come out of the Rochester area is Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman; prior to Hoffman, Rochester's main claim to fame on stage and screen was Robert Forster. John Lithgow was born (but not raised) in Rochester, and Louise Brooks died in Rochester after many years as a recluse there. Other popular Rochesterians on the screen include comedienne Kristin Wiig and voice actor Vincent Martella.

Comedians[edit]

Dancers and Choreographers[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Thanks in part to the Eastman School of Music, Rochester has an especially rich musical legacy, most notably as the birthplace of Cab Calloway and the hometown of jazz great Chuck Mangione. Lou Gramm of Foreigner is also a native, while Gene Cornish of The Rascals is a more recent transplant. Jeff Tyzik is one of the great jazz arrangers and pops conductors. A number of nationally known musicians have passed through the halls of the Eastman School, either as students or professors (or both).

Classical music[edit]

Jazz, big bands, and blues[edit]

Popular music[edit]

Others[edit]

Other[edit]

Government[edit]

Politicians and leaders[edit]

Military personnel[edit]

Media[edit]

Authors and writers[edit]

Broadcasters and reporters[edit]

Sport broadcasters[edit]

Photographers and artists[edit]

Metalwork sculptor Albert Paley, although originally from Philadelphia, has lived and worked in Rochester for over four decades; he's probably the region's most prominent artist. Like many other artists, he came to Rochester because of RIT's School for American Crafts.

Other[edit]

Religion and philosophy[edit]

Scientists[edit]

Pioneering physician Elizabeth Blackwell, pioneering astronaut Pamela Melroy, and naturalist Henry Augustus Ward are the most notable scientists to come from the Rochester area.

Social reformers[edit]

No list of notable Rochesterians could ever omit Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, but the area has a long history of progressive social reformers. Anarchist Emma Goldman lived there for a time.

Others[edit]

Fictional Rochesterians[edit]

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