List of people from Jersey City, New Jersey

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The following is a list of notable people from Jersey City, New Jersey. (B) denotes that the person was born there.


  • Jean Anyon (1941–2013), education researcher who wrote Ghetto Schooling (B)[1]



Fine arts[edit]

Movies, stage and television[edit]


  • DJ DX (born 1985), rap artist, turntablist, producer [37]

Government, politics and law[edit]




  • Mohamed Mahmood Alessa, charged in 2010 with conspiring to join a terrorist group and kill, maim, and kidnap people outside the U.S.[84]


  1. ^ Fox, Margalit. "Jean Anyon Dies at 72; Wrote ‘Ghetto Schooling’", The New York Times, September 29, 2013. Accessed October 2, 2013. "Jean Maude Anyon was born in Jersey City on July 16, 1941. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, followed by a master’s in education there and a Ph.D. from New York University in education and psycholinguistics."
  2. ^ Walter Dean Myers bio at Scholastic, accessed January 20, 2011.
  3. ^ 2010 National Book Award Finalist,Young People's Literature: Walter Dean Myers, National Book Foundation. Accessed July 6, 2014. "He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, with his family."
  4. ^ Grimes, William. "Janine Pommy Vega, Restless Poet, Dies at 68". The New York Times, January 2, 2011. Accessed April 17, 2014. "Janine Pommy was born on Feb. 5, 1942, in Jersey City."
  5. ^ Kimmelman, Michael. "Alphaeus Cole, a Portraitist, 112", The New York Times, November 26, 1988. Accessed October 2, 2013. "Mr. Cole, whose father was Timothy Cole, a noted 19th-century engraver of Old Master paintings, was born in Jersey City, N. J., on July 12, 1876."
  6. ^ Gopnik, Alexander (April 4, 1989). "Bayonne". The New Yorker. 
  7. ^ Hevesi, Dennis. "Elizabeth Allen, 77, Stage Star Known for Memorable TV Line, Is Dead", The New York Times, October 9, 2006. Accessed October 2, 2013. "Elizabeth Ellen Gillease was born on Jan. 25, 1929, in Jersey City, the daughter of Viola and Joseph Gillease."
  8. ^ Schuh, Jamie (August 29, 2009). "Howard Stern Show's Beetlejuice makes an appearance in North Bergen". The Jersey Journal. Retrieved December 19, 2012. "It's about livin', livin' life. It's my life whether there's cameras there or not!" exclaimed famed Howard Stern sidekick and Jersey City native Beetlejuice, talking about his new reality series, which chronicles his hilarious exploits with best friend Bobby Rooney, a Bayonne native. 
  9. ^ Staff. "Danny Dayton, 75, Actor and Director", The New York Times, February 12, 1999. Accessed October 2, 2013. "Mr. Dayton, who was born in Jersey City, N.J., was a graduate of New York University's School of Journalism but turned instead to the theater."
  10. ^ "Cirie Fields Biography". CBS. Retrieved June 21, 2010. 
  11. ^ US Passport Application (Ruth Findlay) 29 May 1924 ( scan)
  12. ^ Peck, Stacey. "Home Q&A", Los Angeles Times, September 13, 1981. Accessed April 28, 2012. "Flannery attributes her self-assurance to her parents. 'I was born In Jersey City, New Jersey, and both my parents were first generation Americans of Irish descent.'"
  13. ^ Paul Gleason Biography, Film Reference, Accessed November 15, 2010.
  14. ^ Dezell, Maureen. "Nathan Lane goes beyond Broadway", The Boston Globe, October 19, 2003. Accessed July 6, 2014. "Lane has described his Irish Catholic family background as 'bad Eugene O'Neill.' Born in Jersey City, the third of three sons in a blue-collar family, he was named after his uncle Joe, a Jesuit priest."
  15. ^ Jones, Jack. "Ozzie Nelson", Los Angeles Times, June 4, 1975. Accessed April 29, 2014. "Born Oswald George Nelson on March 20, 1906 in Jersey City, NJ"
  16. ^ Rothstein, Mervyn. "A LIFE IN THE THEATRE: Actress Phyllis Newman Plays Many Roles On Stage and Beyond", Playbill (magazine), May 28, 2012. Accessed April 17, 2014. "'It was born in me,' Phyllis Newman says. 'I had to perform. My parents told me that when I was three or four I would go out in the street and sing and bring people in to watch me in my apartment in Jersey City.'"
  17. ^ Maher, Adam. "Jersey City comedian Patrice O'Neal dies at 41". The Jersey Journal, November 30, 2011. Accessed April 28, 2012.
  18. ^ Slotnik, Daniel E. "Cliff Osmond, Prolific Character Actor, Dies at 75", The New York Times, December 27, 2012. Accessed July 6, 2014. "Clifford Osman Ebrahim was born on Feb. 26, 1937, in Jersey City (adapting his middle name as his professional name)."
  19. ^ "Julie Thinks Kevin is Psycho!" The Real World: New York; Episode 11; First aired July 30, 1992; MTV.
  20. ^ Silverman, Stephen M. "'Girlfight' Star in Alleged Girl Fight". People, March 20, 2002. Accessed September 22, 2013. "Sultry actress Michelle Rodriguez, who played a boxer in the 2000 film "Girlfight" and who appears in the new movie "Resident Evil," was arrested Saturday on charges of fighting with another woman at her apartment in Jersey City, N.J., reports New York's Daily News.... According to the news, Rodriguez, born in Texas, moved to Jersey City with her mother and some of her 10 brothers in 1990."
  21. ^ "Fast Facts: Martha Stewart Timeline". Fox News. March 4, 2005. Retrieved November 17, 2008. 
  22. ^ "In her New Jersey hometown, Martha Stewart's downfall stings". Associated Press. March 14, 2004. Retrieved November 17, 2008. 
  23. ^ Cover, Time, January 31, 1972.
  24. ^ Watkins, Mel. "Flip Wilson, Outrageous Comic and TV Host, Dies at 64". The New York Times, November 27, 1998. Accessed September 8, 2011. "Mr. Wilson was born Clerow Wilson in Jersey City on Dec. 8, 1933, one of 18 children. He was placed in foster care at the age of 7, shortly after his mother abandoned the family."
  25. ^ Vlachos, Tony. "About Tony". Retrieved May 22, 2014. 
  26. ^ D'Onofrio, Mike (February 25, 2014). "From Jersey City streets to 'Survivor' jungle a culture shock, contestant says". Retrieved May 22, 2014. 
  27. ^ Jones, Steve (October 4, 2004). "Akon, not 'Trouble,' is his middle name". USA Today. Retrieved June 12, 2007. Akon (real name: Allaune Thiam) is the son of acclaimed Senegalese percussionist Mor Thiam, who came to the USA to tour with dancers Katherine Dunham and Alvin Ailey. Growing up, Akon had a hard time getting along with kids in New Jersey. When he and his older brother reached high school, his parents left them on their own in Jersey City and moved the family to Atlanta 
  28. ^ Kaulessar, Ricardo (June 18, 2009). "Celebrate good times". Hudson Reporter. Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
  29. ^ Joe Budden Allmusic.
  30. ^ "Landmark Loew's sets 2010 shows". The Jersey Journal. December 18, 2009. Retrieved December 21, 2009. 
  31. ^ Ratliff, Ben. "Andrew Hill, 75, Jazz Artist Known for His Daring Style, Dies", The New York Times, April 21, 2007. Accessed January 2, 2008. "Andrew Hill, a pianist and composer of highly original and sometimes opaquely inner-dwelling jazz whose work only recently found a wide audience, died yesterday at his home in Jersey City. He was 75."
  32. ^ Hao Huang, Scripps College; Accessed October 23, 2010.
  33. ^ "Christina Milian Biography". Yahoo!. Retrieved July 23, 2008. 
  34. ^ "Frank Sinatra's Jersey City Connection". Jersey City History. Retrieved November 17, 2008. 
  35. ^ Shaw, Arnold. Sinatra: Retreat of the Romantic, p. 75. W. H. Allen Ltd, 1968. Accessed April 29, 2014. "Franklin Wayne Sinatra, now known simply as Frank Sinatra, Jr., made his appearance in Jersey City on the afternoon of January 10, just about the time that radio listeners were beginning to hear a ditty that went 'mairzy doats and doesy doats and little lambsy divy.'"
  36. ^ Lee, Laura. The Name's Familiar II, p. 296. Pelican Publishing Company. ISBN 9781455609178. Accessed April 29, 2014. "Nancy Sinatra was born June 8, 1940 in Jersey City, New Jersey, the first child of Nancy and Frank Sinatra."
  37. ^ Jersey City rapper DJ DX shares stories through old, new school sounds.
  38. ^ Berger, Joseph (October 11, 2009). "Raymond A. Brown, Civil Rights Lawyer, Dies at 94". The New York Times. Retrieved October 12, 2009. 
  39. ^ "Orestes Cleveland biography". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved June 12, 2007. 
  40. ^ "New Jersey Governor James Fairman Fielder". National Governors Association. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  41. ^ Kaufman, Marc; and Von Bergen, Jane M. "From Paradise To Prison - The Odyssey Of A Fugitive", The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 3, 1988. Accessed July 6, 2014. "David Friedland's glorious beach chalet, just a few coconut palms from the azure-blue Indian Ocean, was to be finished by New Year's.... The ex-senator from Jersey City faces up to 150 years in prison if convicted on a 1985 indictment charging him with conspiring to pay kickbacks to pension-fund trustees of the Teamsters Local 701 in New Brunswick in return for letting him invest $20 million from the fund."
  42. ^ Staff. John V. Kelly, The Star-Ledger, November 2, 2009. Accessed November 2, 2009.
  43. ^ Eugene Walter Leake, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed November 11, 2007.
  44. ^ "New Jersey Governor Franklin Murphy". National Governors Association. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  45. ^ Gettleman, Jeffrey. "William Musto, 88, a Mayor Re-elected on His Way to Jail, Is Dead", The New York Times, March 1, 2006. Accessed September 8, 2011. "William Vincent Musto was born March 27, 1917, at a hospital in neighboring Jersey City. He spent his entire life in what is now Union City, except during World War II, when he served as an artillery officer under Gen. George S. Patton. Mr. Musto won a Bronze Star."
  46. ^ John Parnell Thomas, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed May 23, 2008.
  47. ^ Sackett, William (1919). Scannell's New Jersey's first citizens and state guide. J.J. Scannell. pp. 454–455. Retrieved December 8, 2010. 
  48. ^ Charles Henry Voorhis, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed November 11, 2007.
  49. ^ "Peter Meyer, The New Superintendent of Schools for New Orleans, Fall 2011". Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  50. ^ "John White's appointment as Louisiana education superintendent assures continuity for reforms: An editorial, January 13, 2012". New Orleans Times-Picayune. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  51. ^ "Medal of Honor recipients – World War II (A–F)". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. Retrieved February 22, 2008. 
  52. ^ Nominations Before the Senate Armed Services Committee, First Session, 112th Congress, Federation of American Scientists. Accessed September 9, 2013. "Martin E. Dempsey... 5. Date and place of birth: March 14, 1952; Jersey City, NJ."
  53. ^ "Medal of Honor recipients – Vietnam (A-L)". United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. Retrieved September 21, 2009. 
  54. ^ "Medal of Honor recipients – World War II (M-S)". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
  55. ^ "Medal of Honor recipients – Vietnam (M-Z)". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
  56. ^ "BASEBALL; Yankees Reach Deal With Banks". The New York Times. January 17, 1998. Retrieved December 4, 2010. 
  57. ^ "Carl Barisich". Retrieved August 28, 2007. 
  58. ^ Hague, Jim (May 14, 2006). "Truant officer was Olympic hero Emerson High has gold medalist in midst". The Hudson Reporter. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  59. ^ Pope, Gennarose (March 18, 2012). "A truant officer…and an Olympian Two-time gold medalist inspires students to achieve". The Hudson Reporter. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  60. ^ a b c Weiss, Dick. "Ahmad Nivins grows into stardom at St. Joseph's", Daily News (New York), February 15, 2009. Accessed February 27, 2009. "His unbeaten 1989 team alone produced three NBA first-round picks – Bobby Hurley, Terry Dehere and Rodrick Rhodes. Six players from last year's 32-0 mythical national championship team – Mike Rosario, Travon Woodall, Jio Fontan, A.J. Rogers, Alberto Estwick and Tyshawn Taylor – accepted Division I scholarships."
  61. ^ "Dominick A. (Dom) Flora '58". Washington and Lee University. Retrieved June 2, 2010. 
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  63. ^ Bunn, Curtis. "Bobby Hurley", Daily News (New York), March 28, 1996. Accessed April 28, 2012. "The Vitals: Grew up in Jersey City, N.J., and starred for his father at St. Anthony High School."
  64. ^ Lieber, Jill. "On defense at St. Anthony's", USA Today, October 6, 2002. Accessed September 8, 2011. "'When you grow up in Jersey City and play basketball, your whole life you want to go to St. Anthony's. It's a badge of courage. You want to play for a legendary school, and a legendary coach as big as the city.'— Danny Hurley, head coach at St. Benedict's Prep and the coach's youngest son"
  65. ^ Zucker, Harvey. "Stanley Tucci commits to making biopic of Jersey City baseball writer Ed Lucas", The Jersey Journal, September 27, 2010. Accessed March 10, 2014. "Few individuals have defied greater obstacles to succeed in the sports world than Jersey City's Ed Lucas."
  66. ^ Stanmyre, Matthew. "Former Duke and NBA star Roshown McLeod named new head basketball coach at St. Benedict's", The Star-Ledger, April 20, 2010. Accessed April 1, 2011. "Former Indiana University men’s basketball assistant coach and St. Anthony High standout Roshown McLeod was named head coach at St. Benedict’s Prep yesterday afternoon, taking over one of the country’s preeminent boys basketball programs."
  67. ^ Roshown Mcleod, Accessed December 30, 2007.
  68. ^ Goldstein, Richard. "John J. McMullen Dies at 87; Ex-Owner of Devils and Astros", The New York Times, September 18, 2005. Accessed July 6, 2014. "John Joseph McMullen, a native of Jersey City, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1940, served in combat during World War II and retired from military service in 1954 with the rank of commander."
  69. ^ Popper, Steve. "BASKETBALL: COLLEGE MEN – ST. JOHN'S; Red Storm Seeks Alaskan Recruit", The New York Times, November 16, 1998. Accessed December 29, 2007. "St. John's has also been visited by the 7-0 center Josh Moore, who played for St. Anthony's of Jersey City before transferring to St. Thomas More Prep in Connecticut."
  70. ^ Staff. "East West students travel to the Far East to train", The Sparta Independent, December 23, 2008. Accessed August 11, 2011. "In the mid 1950s, a young Marine from Jersey City named Don Nagle was stationed in Okinawa. He trained under the legendary karate master Tatsuo Shimabuku, the founder of Isshinryu karate. Upon his return to the United States, he helped start the origin of Isshinryu in our country."
  71. ^ The Jersey Journal Staff (February 8, 2015). "While recruiting Jersey City's Mike O'Koren, Dean Smith befriended 'the Faa'". Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  72. ^ Adamek, Steve. "Shaq ready to sack Nets", The Record, April 30, 2005. Accessed June 12, 2007. "No gentrified waterfront project stood along the Hudson River when Shaquille O'Neal spent part of his childhood in this city, living in a house he tried to buy last summer. Although born in Newark, he split his formative years between there and Jersey City, where he knew he'd quickly become a 7-foot-2 Pied Piper if he chose to step out of his hotel Friday afternoon."
  73. ^ Eskenazi, Gerald. "PRO FOOTBALL; Parmalee Signed by Jets For Special-Teams Job", The New York Times, September 8, 1999. Accessed September 8, 2011. "Parmalee, who attended Lincoln High in his native Jersey City, described himself as a Jet fan growing up. 'I remember Joe Klecko and Mark Gastineau, and how they didn't win,' he said of those Jets teams that nearly went to the top."
  74. ^ Bernie Parmalee, Database Football. Accessed January 3, 2008.
  75. ^ Curry, Jack. "Lakers Rookie's Search for Solace", The New York Times, January 15, 1989. Accessed September 9, 2013. "David Rivers has always been ready for the game. One of the finest players to come out of New Jersey in the last 20 years, he overcame obstacles to become an All-State performer at St. Anthony High School."
  76. ^ Lieber, Jill. "On defense at St. Anthony's". USA Today. October 6, 2002.
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  78. ^ Lamarca, Stephen. &id=14890598 "Wall of sports heroes: County Hall of Fame reorganizes", Hudson Reporter, July 31, 2011. Accessed April 28, 2012. "The Hall of Fame inductees include esteemed athletes such as World Boxing Champion James J. Braddock of North Bergen, former Jets quarterback Ray Lucas of Harrison, and Olympic gold and silver medal-winning sprinter Andy Stanfield of Jersey City."
  79. ^ Eskenazi, Gerald. "SUPER BOWL XXIV; TAGLIABUE SWEEPS INTO ACTION", The New York Times, January 28, 1990. Accessed July 6, 2014. "On warm 1950's summer nights on Columbia Avenue in Jersey City, where idle teen-agers argued on street corners over Willie, Mickey and the Duke, Paul Tagliabue's father used to take a couple of brooms and hand them to the youngsters."
  80. ^ Anderson, Dave. "SPORTS PEOPLE; Tagliabue Has Only Begun to Rebound", The New York Times, October 29, 1989. Accessed September 9, 2013. "Growing up in Jersey City, N.J., as a gangly kid who would sprout into a 6-foot-5-inch (1.96 m) Georgetown rebounder and a Rhodes Scholar finalist, Tagliabue recalled wanting to be 'the next Bill Swiacki, catching passes from Charlie Conerly,' then the Giants end and quarterback, respectively, in the late 40's."
  81. ^ Tyshawn taylor, Accessed January 4, 2014.
  82. ^ Vega, Michael. "Valentin gifted in major league bow", Boston Globe, July 28, 1992. Accessed April 1, 2011. "With [Tim Naehring] nursing a sprained right wrist and Luis Rivera riding out a slump on the pine, the time seemed perfect for the 25-year-old from Jersey City, N.J. It was there Valentin grew up playing high school basketball at St. Anthony's alongside former Notre Dame star David Rivers."
  83. ^ Goldstein, Richard. "Henry Wittenberg, Champion Wrestler, Dies at 91", The New York Times, March 9, 2010. Accessed May 18, 2015. "Henry Wittenberg was born on Sept. 18, 1918, in Jersey City. While at Dickinson High School he was captain of the chess team and loved to swim but could not make proper turns in the pool."
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