List of people from Norwalk, Connecticut
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Norwalk, Connecticut, has been home to numerous notable people, residents and others, past and present:
- Faith Baldwin (1893–1978), novelist and worked with the Famous Writers School, lived in the Silvermine neighborhood and died in Norwalk.
- Brian Basset (b. 1957), Seattle-based cartoonist, was born in the city.
- A. Scott Berg (b. 1949), award-winning biographer, was born in Norwalk.
- Philip Caputo (b. 1941), author.
- Peter De Vries (1910–1983), writer, editor, novelist, worked on The New Yorker magazine for many years.
- Johnny Gruelle (1880–1938), artist and author, creator of Raggedy Ann, lived in town.
- Alyse Gregory (1884–1967), suffragist, journalist, and novelist was born in Norwalk.
- Bob Grumman (b. 1941), minimalist poet.
- Steven Kellogg (b. 1941), author and illustrator of children's books, was born in Norwalk.
- Sheila Lukins (1942–2009), cook and food writer.
- Warren E. Preece (1921–2007), was editor of Encyclopædia Britannica 15th edition.
- Andy Rooney (1919–2011), commentator on 60 Minutes television newsmagazine on CBS.
- Stephen W. Sears (b. 1932), Civil War historian, lives in Norwalk.
- Peter St. John, poet during the American Revolution.
- Sloan Wilson (1920–2003), author, was born in the city.
- Wayne Winsley (b. 1963), broadcaster and author, is a former resident.
Actors, musicians, entertainers
- Chris Webby (b. 1988), rapper, was born in Norwalk.
- Roger Bart (b. 1962), Broadway actor, was born in Norwalk.
- Jesse Bradford (b. 1979), film actor, was born in Norwalk.
- Dave Brubeck (1920–2012), musician, died in the city.
- Aynsley Bubbico, film and television actress, was born in Stamford and raised in Norwalk.
- Ruth Chatterton (1892–1961), actress, writer and aviatrix, died in the city in 1961.
- D.J. Caruso (b. 1965), movie and television director, was born in the city and attended Norwalk High School.
- Violet Englefield (1881-1946), actress and singer, lived in Norwalk 1930-39.
- Chris Webby (Christian Webster), rapper, grew up in Norwalk.
- Robin de Jesús (b. 1984), film and theatre actor.
- Frances Dee (1909–2004), actress, died in the city.
- Mat Devine (b. 1974), lead singer of Kill Hannah.
- Ellen Hanley (1926–2007), musical theater performer.
- Eileen Heckart (1919–2001), actress, died at her home in the city.
- Clegg Hoyt (1910-1967), actor of film and television, was born in Norwalk.
- Sarah Jacobson (1971–2004), independent filmmaker, was born in Norwalk.
- Mitch Longley (b. 1965), television actor, graduated from Brien McMahon High School.
- Forrest McClendon (b. ?), Tony Award-nominated actor (The Scottsboro Boys).
- Vince Mendoza (b. 1961), music arranger and composer, was born in Norwalk.
- Farrad Mullins (b. 1976), musician and performer based in New York City, was born in Norwalk.
- Christopher Schreiner (b. 1983), guitarist, born in Norwalk.
- Artie Shaw (1910–2004), Big Band composer, lived in Norwalk in the 1950s.
- Horace Silver (b. 1928), jazz pianist and composer, was born in the city.
- John Simon (b. 1941), musician, record producer, and composer, was born in Norwalk.
- Joan Wasser (b. 1970), violinist and singer-songwriter, was raised in the city.
- Bruce Weitz (b. 1943), actor, was born in Norwalk.
- Treat Williams (b. 1951), actor, Rowayton resident.
- Remy Zaken (b. 1989), stage and television actress.
- Érik Bédard (b. 1979), pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles, went to Norwalk Community College.
- Paul Gerken (b. 1950), professional tennis player.
- Mickey Kydes, soccer player for the NY/NJ MetroStars of Major League Soccer.
- Randy LaJoie (b. 1961), two-time champion driver in the NASCAR Busch Series (now the Nationwide Series).
- Bob Miller (1929–2006), NFL Detroit Lions football player (1952–1958), was born in the city.
- Marie Corridon Mortell (b. 1930), won a gold medal in the 4 x 100 m relay in Swimming at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London.
- Kevin Morton, former pitcher for the Boston Red Sox.
- Calvin Murphy (b. 1948), former NBA basketball player, grew up in town.
- Idris Price (b. 1976), football player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
- Scott Sharp (b. 1968), auto racer, Indy Racing League champion, currently an American Le Mans Series owner-driver in the GT class.
- Leif Shiras (b. 1959), former tennis player and tennis journalist.
- Tarvis Simms (b. 1971), middleweight boxer, Golden Gloves champion, South Norwalk native.
- Travis Simms (b. 1971), welterweight champion of the World Boxing Association (as of January 2007), South Norwalk native.
- Luke Vercollone (b. 1982), professional soccer player with the Charleston Battery, grew up in Norwalk.
- Mo Vaughn (b. 1967), former baseball player.
- Daniel Walsh (b. 1979), rower and winner of a Bronze medal in rowing at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Government and politics
See also: List of mayors of Norwalk, Connecticut
- William Benton (1900–1973), U.S. Senator and later publisher of the Encyclopædia Britannica, lived in the city.
- Thaddeus Betts (1789–1840), United States Senator from Connecticut.
- William Thomas Clark (1831–1905), American Civil War general, U.S. Congressman, and abolitionist.
- Darius N. Couch (1822–1897), naturalist and Union general in the Civil War, died in Norwalk.
- Jeremiah Donovan (1857–1935), mayor and U.S. Congressman.
- Thomas Fitch (1696–1774), colonial Governor of Connecticut.
- Thomas Fitch, V (1725–1795), state representative, widely believed to be the original "Yankee Doodle Dandy."
- Irving Freese, five-term mayor of Norwalk, and one of the few Socialists ever elected mayor in the United States.
- Alex Knopp, two-term mayor of Norwalk from 2001–2005.
- Brien McMahon (1903–1952), United States Senator (D-CT), authored the Atomic Energy Act of 1946. McMahon was born, raised, and is buried in Norwalk. One of the city's high schools is named after him.
- Dick Moccia, elected mayor of Norwalk, Connecticut on November 8, 2005.
- Isaac Sears (1729 or 1730–1786), merchant, sailor, and political figure during the American Revolution, was raised in Norwalk.
- Levi Warner (1831–1911), United States Representative from Connecticut.
- Peter Willcox (b. 1953), Greenpeace activist and former captain of the Rainbow Warrior, was raised in the city.
- Daniel T. Barry (b. 1953), retired NASA astronaut, was born in Norwalk.
- Cirie Fields (b. 1970), contestant on Survivor: Panama, Survivor: Micronesia, and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.
- Sarah Louise Bouton Felt (1850—1928), first general president of the children's Primary organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
- Francis Gregory (1780–1866), U.S. Navy officer in the War of 1812 and the American Civil War, was born in Norwalk.
- Edward Calvin Kendall (1886–1972), chemist and Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine winner in 1950, was born in South Norwalk.
- LeGrand Lockwood (died February 1872), Wall Street financier, builder of the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion in Norwalk.
- John D. Magrath (1924–1945), World War II Medal of Honor recipient, was born in East Norwalk and is buried in Norwalk.
- Alexander Rummler (1867–1959), American painter, lived in the city for 35 years painting many scenes of Norwalk life.
- Daniel J. Shea (1947–1969), recipient of the Medal of Honor in the Vietnam War. Shea Island in the Norwalk Islands has been renamed in his honor.
- Charles Robert Sherman (1788–1829), lawyer, Ohio public servant, and the father of William Tecumseh Sherman, was born in Norwalk.
- Mary Emma Woolley (1863–1947), president of Mount Holyoke College, 1901–1937, born in South Norwalk.
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