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The following is a list of prominent people who were born in
Worcester, Massachusetts, lived in Worcester, or for whom Worcester is a significant part of their identity.
Academics and inventors [ edit ]
Actors and artists [ edit ]
Doug Stanhope, comedian best known for abrasive style and for The Man Show
John Wolcott Adams (1874–1925), artist
H. Jon Benjamin, actor best known as voice of Coach McGuirk on cartoon Home Movies
Christopher Boffoli, photographer
Ryan Idol, adult film actor
Rita Johnson, actress, co-starred opposite Spencer Tracy in "Edison, The Man"
Jean Louisa Kelly, actress from Yes, Dear
Arthur Kennedy, Oscar-nominated, Tony Award-winning actor
Dorothy Stratton King, painter and printmaker
Diane and Elaine Klimaszewski, actresses and models best known as the "Coors Light Twins"
Jarrett J. Krosoczka, children's book author and illustrator; his optioned by DreamWorks Animation Punk Farm
Denis Leary, actor and comedian
John Lurie, actor, musician, and composer
Nora Marlowe (1915-1977), actress
Eddie Mekka, actor best known for playing Carmine on Laverne and Shirley
Alisan Porter, actress and singer
Renee Sands, actress and singer from Kids Incorporated and Wild Orchid
Sam Seder, Air America radio host Break Room Live, actor, writer and director
Lewis Stone, (1879-1953), actor, The Secret Six, , Grand Hotel Andy Hardy series
Erik Per Sullivan, actor from Malcolm in the Middle
Alicia Witt, actress, singer-songwriter
Athletes [ edit ]
Edwin Rodríguez, boxer [1 ]
Jerry Azumah, defensive back for the Chicago Bears [2 ]
Frank Carroll, US ice skater, figure skater and figure skating coach, 1960 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, actor [3 ]
Tim Collins, relief pitcher for the Kansas City Royals [4 ]
Bob Cousy, Hall of Fame Basketball player, attended the College of the Holy Cross and currently lives in Worcester [5 ]
Ken Doane, professional wrestler [6 ]
Rich Gedman, Boston Red Sox catcher, manager of the Worcester Tornadoes [7 ]
Bill Guerin, Pittsburgh Penguins right winger [8 ]
Aaron Haddad, professional wrestler in WWE [9 ]
Tom Heinsohn, NBA Hall of Fame, Boston Celtic Great, attended College of Holy Cross
Gordon Lockbaum, attended Holy Cross College; twice finished in the top five in the Heisman Trophy balloting. [10 ]
Tom Poti, Washington Capitals defenseman [11 ]
J.P. Ricciardi, general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays [12 ]
José Antonio Rivera, WBA light middleweight champion
Tanyon Sturtze, Atlanta Braves relief pitcher [13 ]
Major Taylor, track cycling champion [14 ]
Bill Toomey, Gold Medal Decathlete, 1968 Olympics, attended Worcester Academy
Musicians [ edit ]
John Coolidge Adams, popular living composer
Duncan Arsenault, musician
Norman Bailey, big band trumpet player from The Lawrence Welk Show
Jaki Byard, jazz pianist and composer
Frank Capp, jazz drummer and bandleader
Don Fagerquist, jazz trumpeter
J. Geils, Lead in J. Geils Band, attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute
J. Geils Band, Formed in Worcester as a popular Fraternity Party Band at Worcester Polytechnic Institute as 'Snoopy and the Sopwith Camels'
Georgia Gibbs, 1950s Pop singer
Jordan Knight, member of the boy band "New Kids On The Block"
Cole Porter, Broadway composer, student at Worcester Academy ca. 1912
Andy Ross, guitarist for rock band OK Go
Four Year Strong, rock band
Politicians [ edit ]
Charles Allen, (1797–1869), United States Congressman from Massachusetts [15 ]
George Bancroft, 17th United States Secretary of the Navy, founder of the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, author of the first comprehensive history of the United States [16 ]
Alexander H. Bullock, Governor of Massachusetts (1866–1868) [17 ]
John Curtis Chamberlain, US Representative [18 ]
Dwight Foster, Massachusetts Attorney General and Associate Justice on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court [19 ]
Roger Sherman Baldwin Foster, lawyer [20 ]
Emma Goldman, legendary Lithuanian-American anarchist, owned ice cream parlor in Worcester [21 ]
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, abolitionist, literary mentor to Emily Dickinson [22 ]
Abbie Hoffman, radical activist [23 ]
Abby Kelley Foster, abolitionist, suffragette [24 ]
Kenneth P. O'Donnell, Appointments Secretary and Political Adviser to President John F. Kennedy [25 ]
Charles F. Sullivan, Mayor of Worcester and Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts from 1949–1953 [26 ]
Benjamin Swan, longest-serving Vermont State Treasurer [27 ]
Clarence Thomas, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, attended College of Holy Cross
Writers and journalists [ edit ]
Jane G. Austin, writer
S. N. Behrman, playwright and author of a memoir, The Worcester Account
Robert Benchley, writer and member of the Algonquin Round Table
Elizabeth Bishop, American poet and writer
John Dufresne, novelist and screenwriter
Samuel Fuller, screenwriter, producer and director
John Michael Hayes, writer of the Alfred Hitchcock films , Rear Window , To Catch a Thief , and The Trouble with Harry The Man Who Knew Too Much
Stanley Kunitz, Poet Laureate
Chris Matthews, TV news personality, attended the College of the Holy Cross
Frank O'Hara, poet
Charles Olson, modernist poet
Normand Poirier, writer
Joseph Skinger, silversmith/sculptor
Ernest Lawrence Thayer, poet and journalist, famous for "Casey at the Bat"
Isaiah Thomas, publisher of the Massachusetts Spy
Lillian Asplund, last survivor of the RMS Titanic who remembered the actual sinking
William Austin Burt, 19th century explorer and surveyor in Michigan
Edgar C. Erickson (1896-1989), United States Army Major General and Chief of the National Guard Bureau
Milton Erickson, noted therapist and hypnotist
Myra Kraft, Philanthropist, wife of New England Patriots Owner Bob Kraft
Charley Parkhurst, legendary stagecoach driver and horseman
Richard B. Sellars (1915–2010), Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson. [28 ]
Geoffrey Zakarian, Iron Chef, Food Network Channel Celebrity Chef
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^ "Rink Master". Holy Cross . Retrieved April 12, 2014.
^ "Tim Collins". Baseball-Reference.com . Retrieved April 12, 2014.
^ "Bob Cousy". Pro-Basketball Reference . Com . Retrieved 15 May 2014.
^ "Ken Doane". 2013, Canoe Inc . Retrieved 15 May 2014.
^ "Rich Gedman". Pro-Baseball Reference.com . Retrieved 15 May 2014.
^ "Bill Guerin". Hockey Reference.com . Retrieved 15 May 2014.
^ "Aaron Haddad". 2013, Canoe Inc . Retrieved 15 May 2014.
^ Glassboro High School Hall of Fame (1989 Inductees). Accessed August 6, 2007.
^ "Tom Poti". Hockey Reference.com . Retrieved 15 May 2014.
^ "J.P. Ricciardi". Pro-Baseball Reference.com . Retrieved 15 May 2014.
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^ Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607–1896. Marquis Who's Who. 1967.
^ "George Bancroft Secretary of the Navy 1800 - 1891". Naval History and Heritage Command . Retrieved December 10, 2013.
^ "Massachusetts Governor Alexander Hamilton Bullock". NATIONAL GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION . Retrieved December 10, 2013.
^ "CHAMBERLAIN, John Curtis, (1772 - 1834)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress . Retrieved December 10, 2013.
^ Davis, William Thomas (1900), History of the Judiciary of Massachusetts: Including the Plymouth and Massachusetts Colonies, The Province of Massachusetts Bay, and The Commonwealth, Boston, MA: The Boston Book Company, p. 194.
^ "THE ANCESTRY OF SALLY SLEEPER RUSSELL OF WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS (1919-1983)". Ancestry.com . Retrieved April 11, 2014.
^ "People & Events: Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919)". American Experience . Retrieved December 10, 2013.
^ "Thomas Wentworth Higginson". Civil War Trust . Retrieved December 10, 2013.
^ "Abbie Hoffman, 60's Icon, Dies; Yippie Movement Founder Was 52". The New York Times . Retrieved December 10, 2013.
^ "Abigail Kelley Foster". Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc . Retrieved December 10, 2013.
^ "Biographical Profiles: Kenneth P. O'Donnell". John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum . Retrieved December 10, 2013.
^ "From Worcester mayor to lieutenant governor". Worcester Telegram . Retrieved December 10, 2013.
^ Henry Swan Dana, History of Woodstock, Vermont, 1889, page 485
^ Abelson, Reed. "Richard B. Sellars, Former Chief of Johnson & Johnson, Dies at 94", , June 26, 2010. The New York Times