List of people from New York (state)

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The following is a list of prominent people who were born in/lived in or around the U.S. state of New York, or for whom New York is a significant part of their identity.

Government and politics[edit]


Vice presidents[edit]



Other politicians[edit]

First Ladies[edit]


Film, television, theater, and dance[edit]

Comedians, humorists, and entertainers[edit]

Singers and instrumentalists[edit]


  • 2Pac (1971–1996), rapper, record producer, actor, and poet
  • 50 Cent (born 1975), rapper, actor, businessman, and actor
  • ASAP Rocky (born 1988), rapper, record producer, director, actor and model
  • Beastie Boys
  • Big L (1974–1999), hip-hop recording artist
  • Busta Rhymes (born 1972), hip hop recording artist, actor, record producer and record executive.
  • Cam'ron (born 1976), rapper, actor, and entrepreneur
  • Sean Combs (born 1969), rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, record producer and entrepreneur also known as P. Diddy, Puff Daddy, or Diddy
  • Desiigner (born 1997), rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, record executive and actor
  • DMX (born 1970), rapper, record producer, and actor
  • Jay Z (born 1969), rapper, businessman, investor, and actor
  • Jim Jones (1931–1978), hip-hop recording artist
  • KRS-One (born 1965), rapper and occasional producer
  • Lil' Kim (born 1975), rapper, songwriter, record producer, model, and actress
  • LL Cool J (born 1968), rapper, actor, and host of Spike TV's Lip Sync Battle
  • Matisyahu (1979), rapper, reggae vocalist, beatboxer, and alternative rock musician
  • MF Doom (born 1971), rapper and record producer
  • Mobb Deep
  • Mos Def (born 1973), hip hop recording artist, actor and activist
  • Nas (born 1973), hip hop recording artist, record producer, actor and entrepreneur
  • The Notorious B.I.G. (1972–1997), rapper and actor also known as 'Biggie Smalls or Biggie
  • Onyx
  • Post Malone (born 1995), rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer
  • Rakim (born 1968), rapper
  • Run DMC
  • Juelz Santana (born 1982), rapper and actor
  • A Tribe Called Quest
  • Freaky Tah (1971–1999), rapper
  • Wu-Tang Clan
  • Adam Yauch (1964–2012), rapper, singer, musician, songwriter, director and film distributor


Art, literature, journalism, and philosophy[edit]







  • Doc Alexander (1897–1975), football player and coach
  • Lyle Alzado (1949–1992), former football All Pro player (Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Raiders)
  • Jim Brown (born 1936), Hall of Fame football player (Cleveland Browns)
  • Jordan Dangerfield (born 1990), NFL football player
  • Boomer Esiason (born 1961), former football player (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Jay Fiedler (born 1971), NFL football quarterback
  • Rob Gronkowski (born 1989), football player (New England Patriots)
  • Thomas Hennessy (born 1994), football player
  • Mark Ingram Jr. (born 1989), football player (New Orleans Saints)
  • Sid Luckman (1916–1998), former football player (Chicago Bears), inducted into Hall of Fame in 1965
  • John Mackey (1941–2011), former football player (Baltimore Colts), inducted into Hall of Fame in 1992
  • Ali Marpet (born 1993), football player (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Josh Miller (born 1970), football player and football analyst
  • Art Monk (born 1957), former football player (Washington Redskins), inducted into Hall of Fame in 2008
  • Ed Newman (born 1951), All-Pro football player
  • Adam Podlesh (born 1983), football player
  • Ray Rice (born 1987), former football player (Baltimore Ravens)
  • Herb Rich (1928–2008), 2x All-Pro football player
  • Allie Sherman (1923–2015), National Football League player and head coach
  • Will Smith (1981–2016), former football player (New Orleans Saints) (born in Queens)
  • Michael Strahan (born 1971), American-German actor, television personality, and retired football player (New York Giants) (lives in New York City)
  • Alan Veingrad (born 1963), NFL football player

Ice hockey[edit]


  • Benny Feilhaber (born 1985), soccer midfielder
  • Eddy Hamel (1902–1943), Jewish-American soccer player for Dutch club AFC Ajax who was killed by the Nazis in Auschwitz concentration camp
  • Shep Messing (born 1949), Olympic soccer goalkeeper and current broadcaster
  • Charlie Reiter (born 1988), soccer player
  • Sara Whalen (born 1976), Olympic soccer player


Other sports[edit]



Fashion, beauty, and modeling[edit]

Lawyers and jurists[edit]

Religious leaders[edit]

Science and medicine[edit]

Foreign-born New Yorkers[edit]

Infamous New Yorkers[edit]


See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Legislators Past & Present - John J. dewey". Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved September 10, 2013.
  3. ^ Livnat, Arie (December 16, 2010). "No. 1 WNBA Draft pick Sue Bird headed to Ramle". Haaretz. Retrieved December 20, 2010.
  4. ^ "A Righteous Recipe for Longevity" - The New York Times
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  6. ^ "Label overview: Jill Stuart". NY MAG. 2014. Retrieved October 5, 2014.
  7. ^ Crankshaw, Ned (1993). "Changing Images at Shimer College" (PDF). Illinois Historical Journal. 86: 168. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 4, 2010.