List of people from Westport, Connecticut
In this List of people from Westport, Connecticut are people who have been born in, raised in, lived in or who died in Westport, Connecticut, USA. Individuals are listed by area in which they are best known:
Actors, comedians, others in the film, television and industries
- Mason Adams (1919–2005), character actor, voice of Pepper Young and Smuckers, longtime resident
- Millette Alexander, actress, musician, current resident
- Mädchen Amick, actress
- Linda Blair (b. 1959), actress known for The Exorcist, grew up in Westport
- Scott Bryce, actor, past resident, 1974 graduate of local public high school, Staples High School
- Marilyn Chambers (1952–2009), reformed porn star, born in town, graduate of Staples High School, 1970
- Imogene Coca (1908–2001), comedian, died in town
- Kevin Conroy (b. 1955), actor, spent much of his childhood in town
- Ray Dalio, CEO, money manager at Bridgewater Associates
- Rodney Dangerfield, comedian and actor, past resident
- Bette Davis, Academy Award-winning actress, past resident, 1 Crooked Mile Rd
- Sandy Dennis (1937–1992), Academy Award-winning actress, died in town
- Phil Donahue (b. 1935), television personality, married to Marlo Thomas, lives in town
- Michael Douglas, Academy Award-winning actor, past resident
- Linda Fiorentino, actress
- Luke Greenfield, movie director, grew up in town
- Matt Harding (b. 1976), Internet celebrity notable for videos showing him dancing in many locations around the world
- Melissa Joan Hart, actress, moved to Westport in 2009
- Mariette Hartley, actress, 1957 graduate of Staples High School
- Patricia Kalember (b. 1957), actress, partly raised in town
- Kerri Kenney-Silver (b. 1970), actress, singer, writer and daughter of Larry Kenney, born in town
- Michael Kulich, pornographic film director and producer, graduated Staples High School in 2004
- Paul Lieberstein, writer and co-star of American version of The Office
- Christopher Lloyd, actor and producer, past resident, graduate of local public high school, Staples High School
- Bob Lorenz (b. 1963), television sportscaster with Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network (YES Network), current resident
- George Lowther (1913–1975), writer and producer for radio and television programs, including Superman, Terry and the Pirates and The Edge of Night
- Pamela Sue Martin (b. 1953), actress, born in town, graduated from Staples High School, 1971
- Cady McClain (born 1969), soap opera actress, owned a home in town since 1992
- Steve Miner (b. 1951), film and television director, born in town
- Gerry Mulligan (1927–1996), jazz saxophonist, composer and arranger
- Paul Newman (1925–2008), Academy Award-winning actor, director, auto racer and philanthropist, lived in town
- Alisan Porter (b. 1981), actress (Curly Sue) and singer, went to high school in town
- Robert Redford, Academy Award-winning actor and director, past resident
- Eric Roberts, actor, past resident
- Rod Serling (1924–1975), creator of The Twilight Zone, lived in town
- Micah Sloat, actor and star of Paranormal Activity
- Brett Somers (1924-2007), actress, wife of Jack Klugman), game show personality
- Martha Stewart (b. 1941), business magnate, television personality, author
- Marlo Thomas (b. 1937), actress, author, wife of Phil Donahue), current resident
- Harvey Weinstein, film producer, current resident
- Joanne Woodward (b. 1930), Academy Award-winning actress and philanthropist, current resident
Singers, musicians and other entertainers
- Michael Bolton, singer, current resident
- Phil Donahue, (husband of Marlo Thomas) talk show host, current resident
- Matt Gallant (b. 1964), a television host, raised in town
- Mike Greenberg ESPN Personality, host of Mike and Mike, current resident.
- Dan Hartman (1950–1994) a singer, songwriter and record producer, died in town.
- Don Imus, radio personality, current resident
- Larry Kenney, radio personality on the Don Imus show, actor, and father of Kerri Kenney-Silver, lives in town.
- Meat Loaf (Marvin Lee Aday), Rock singer and songwriter, moved to town from Stamford with his wife and stepdaughter Pearl Aday shortly after the 1981 birth of another daughter, Amanda Aday; coached girls softball in town; later moved to Redding, Connecticut.
- Gerry Mulligan, Gerald Joseph "Gerry" Mulligan (b. April 6, 1927 – d. January 20, 1996), was an American jazz saxophonist, composer and arranger.
- Nile Rodgers, musician and music producer
- Harry Rodrigues, known famously as Baauer, is a DJ and creator of the famous "Harlem Shake" track. He lived in Westport from 2003-2006 and attended Staples High School.
- Neal Smith, drummer for Alice Cooper and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee briefly lived in Westport. He now sells real estate in the area.
- Martha Stewart, entrepreneur, convicted felon, past resident, also had a studio in town
- Eric Von Schmidt (1931–2007), a folk and blues singer-songwriter of the folk/blues revival of the 1960s.
- Hy Zaret (d. 2007), lyricist, lived in Westport, where he died.
- John Solum, renowned flutist, author and teacher. Current resident.
Artists, illustrators, cartoonists, designers
- Mel Casson, cartoonist lived and died in Westport.
- Stevan Dohanos (1907–1994) an artist and illustrator known for his Saturday Evening Post covers, lived in town.
- Bernie Fuchs (1932–2009), renowned illustrator, Westport resident from 1960 until his death in 2009
- William Glackens (1870–1938), a realist painter, died in town.
- Alice Harvey (1894–1983), magazine cover artist, New Yorker cartoonist, book illustrator, died in town.
- Annie Leibovitz (b. 1949), portrait photographer, was born in town.
- Joe McNally, photographer, former resident
- Gerry Turner (1921–1992) photographer.
- Hilla von Rebay (1890–1967), painter and founding curator of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, spent the last years of her life in Greens Farms and died there in 1967.
- George Hand Wright (1872–1951), painter and illustrator.
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- Parker Kligerman (b. 1990-) NASCAR driver for Swan Racing in the Sprint Cup Series. Born in Westport.
- Paul Newman (1925-2008) Former driver, and team owner in CART.
Authors, writers, journalists
- Lynsey Addario (b. 1977), journalist, freelance photographer
- Lincoln Child (b. 1957), author of techno-thriller and horror novels, was born in town.
- Peter De Vries (1910–1993) an editor and novelist, died in Norwalk.
- Frank Deford, (b. 1938), journalist, writer and commentator, current resident
- F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) past resident, author of The Great Gatsby
- Ramin Ganeshram (b. 1968), journalist, chef, author, current resident
- Hardie Gramatky (1907–1979), author, artist, illustrator, resident later in life, died and buried in town.
- Jane Green, also known as Jane Green Warburg, author and current resident.
- William H. Gregory (b. 1924), past resident, journalist, author of "The Defense Procurement Mess", "The Price of Peace" and "Inside the Iron Works How Grumman's Glory Days Faded"
- Tyler Hicks (b. 1969), journalist, staff photographer, The New York Times
- A.E. Hotchner, author and cofounder with Paul Newman of Newman's Own
- Shirley Jackson (1916–1965), author of many novels including the short story The Lottery, lived in town from 1949–51
- Gordon Joseloff (b. 1945), former First Selectman and an Emmy Award-winning journalist
- Melissa Kirsch (b. 1974), author of The Girl's Guide to Absolutely Everything, lived in town, graduated from Staples High School.
- Hilton Kramer, (1928-2012) editor and art critic, former resident
- Ruth Krauss (1901–1993), author of children's books, including The Carrot Seed, died in town.
- Nora Benjamin Kubie (1899–1988) author and illustrator of children's books
- Robert Lawson (1892–1957), an author and artist whose children's books made him the first person to receive both the Newbery Medal (Rabbit Hill, 1945) and Caldecott Medal (They Were Strong and Good, 1940), died in town.
- Robert Ludlum, late author and past resident lived on Sasco Creek where he and Dangerfield frequently visited.
- Sheila Lukins (1942–2009), cook and food writer who co-authored the The Silver Palate series of cookbooks and The New Basics Cookbook.
- Jim Nantz, CBS Sports, current resident.
- David Pogue, New York Times technology columnist, current resident.
- Harry Reasoner, (1923-1991) news anchor, lived in town
- Ronald B. Scott, former resident, journalist, biographer of presidential candidate W. Mitt Romney, and author of the novel Closing Circles: Trapped in the Everlasting Mormon Moment that was set in Westport.
- Jack Tippit, late cartoonist, "Amy", lived in town
- Max Wilk, (1920-2011) author
- Jane Yolen, author and past resident
Government and politics, office holders and activists
- Wilbur Lucius Cross (1862–1948), a governor of the state and namesake of the Wilbur Cross Parkway, was principal of Staples High School in his early 20s.
- James Comey (b.1960), former US Deputy Attorney General and current Director of the FBI.
- Henry M. Judah, a Civil War brigadier general, is entombed at Kings Highway Cemetery in town.
- John Davis Lodge (1903–1985), Connecticut governor and congressman, the Gov. John Davis Lodge Turnpike (Interstate 95 in Connecticut) is named after him.
- Anne Wexler (1930–2009), political advisor and lobbyist.
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