List of people from Staten Island

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This is a list of people who were either born or have lived in Staten Island, a borough of New York City, New York, at some time in their lives.

Actors, actresses, film, and TV[edit]




Clear Comfort, the Alice Austen House Museum



  • Thomas Adams (1818–1905) – invented chewing gum; founder of the chewing gum industry, later teamed up with William Wrigley Jr; lived on SI in the 1860s–1870s
  • Charles Goodyear - inventor; lived on SI for several years; experimented with rubber 1836–39 on SI; that business failed and he moved to Boston; patented the vulcanization of rubber in the 1840s
  • Gustave Mayer - inventor of the Nilla wafer, later popularized by Nabisco
  • Antonio Meucci – inventor of the telephone; immigrated to Staten Island, settling in the Clifton area in 1850, where he lived for the remainder of his life

Historical notables and early settlers[edit]


Military and government[edit]

  • Michael R. Boera – Major General, USAF; F-16 pilot Desert Storm, Bosnian War; holder of Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star; born and had elementary education on Staten Island[7]
  • Father Vincent Capodanno – Chaplain, Lieutenant, United States Navy; Congressional Medal of Honor recipient
  • Ichabod Crane – US Army Colonel during the War of 1812; the nominal inspiration for the fictional protagonist in Washington Irving's Legend of Sleepy Hollow; buried in Staten Island
  • Thomas D Doubleday - Wall Street merchant; Colonel in Civil War; lived in Port Richmond; brother of Abner Doubleday
  • Fred Espenak – NASA scientist; born and educated on Staten Island
  • Louis V. Iasiello – Chief of Navy Chaplains from 2003 to 2006
  • Robert Gould Shaw (1837–1863) – Colonel who headed the Union Army's first African American regiment
  • Edward Stettinius Jr. – Chairman of US Steel; left to become Secretary of State to FDR Administration; former home is now Staten Island Academy, Todt Hill








  • Gloria Cordes (Elliott) – former All-American Girls Professional Baseball League pitcher
  • Kevin Coyle – football lifer; defensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins
  • John Franco – former pitcher for the New York Mets Major League Baseball team
  • Frank Menechino – former Major League Baseball utility infielder
  • Rose Montalbano – former All-American Girls Professional Baseball League infielder
  • Paul Mormando - martial arts star; actor
  • Mary Ewing Outerbridge (1852–1886) - "the mother of tennis"; set up the first tennis court in the US; buried in Silver Mount Cemetery in Silver Lake
  • Duane Singleton – former Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Bobby Thomson - "the shot heard round the world" 1951; played for NY Giants 1946–1953, 1957; grew up on Staten Island and attended Curtis High School
  • Mookie Wilson – New York Mets outfielder; lived on Staten Island[11]





See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Cohen, Patricia. "He Sings the Borough Forgotten", The New York Times, June 26, 2007. Accessed October 18, 2007. "Austen isn't the only famous islander, Mr. Matteo notes. Christina Aguilera was born here; Steven Seagal and Paul Newman lived here, as did the exiles Garibaldi and Santa Anna"
  2. ^ Wilson, claire. "Living In | Rosebank, Staten Island: A Quiet Slice of New York Waterfront", The New York Times, March 12, 2006. Accessed November 3, 2007. "In July, the same group holds a picnic and concert with an 18-piece band on the grounds of Clear Comfort, the former home, now a museum, of Alice Austen, a native Staten Islander who was a pioneering female photographer."
  3. ^ Newington-Cropsey Foundation website
  4. ^ Heroes-No Greater Love: John Martinez
  5. ^ Erin Urban, Hulls and Hulks in the Tide of Time: The Life and Work of John A. Noble, New York: John Noble and Allan A. Noble in association with The John A. Noble Collection, 1993
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  8. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1885,' Biographical Sketch of Edward Edwin Fitz Gibbon, pg. 429
  9. ^ Hawaii 2010 Special Election Candidate Report (PDF), 2010 
  10. ^ – Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771–Present
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  12. ^ Klein, Jeff Z.; and Reif, Karl-Eirc. "Hockey: Sunday Shootout; The Empire Skate: New York Producing Players", The New York Times, May 6, 2007. Accessed October 9, 2007. "In the past, the best players to come out of New York State tended to be products of playground roller hockey in New York City: Joey and Brian Mullen of Hell's Kitchen, and Nick Fotiu of Staten Island."