List of people from Union City, New Jersey

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The following is a list of notable people from Union City, New Jersey. (B) denotes that the person was born there, though births prior to 1925 would have been in West Hoboken or Union Hill which merged in 1925 to form Union City, as noted in some of these entries.


  1. ^ "Deep Grooves". Billboard magazine. November 4, 2006. Page 36, via Google Books. Accessed November 3, 2011.
  2. ^ USATF Hall of Fame bio Accessed October 26, 2010.
  3. ^ Dell, John. "Fred Barakat retires from ACC position", Winston-Salem Journal, March 3, 2007. Accessed August 20, 2015. "Barakat grew up in Union City, N.J., and said he had no clue about the ACC until he enrolled at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass."
  4. ^ Buder, Leonard. "11 Are Accused in Fatal Blazes at Betting Sites". The New York Times. October 8, 1985. Accessed January 5, 2008. "A former resident of Union City, N.J., Mr. Battle now lives in Miami."
  5. ^ Rosero, Jessica (August 12, 2007). "Death of a legend: North Hudson's Cuban Godfather dead at 77". Union City Reporter. Pages 3 and 6.
  6. ^ Hevesi, Dennis. "Harold Bell, a Creator of Woodsy Owl, Is Dead at 90", The New York Times, December 12, 2009. Accessed August 20, 2015. "Born in Union City, N.J., on Oct. 5, 1919, Mr. Bell was one of three sons of David and Hilda Rosenthal Belsky."
  7. ^ Heller, Steven. Heller, Steven. "Ben Blank, Innovator of Graphics for TV News, Dies at 87", The New York Times, February 18, 2009. Accessed June 7, 2015. "Mr. Blank was born in San Francisco and as a child moved with his family to Union City, N.J."
  8. ^ Staab, Amanda (February 15, 2009). "Losing the baggy pants". The Union City Reporter. pp. 1 and 7
  9. ^ a b Halasz, Piri. "Art: Maritime Theme at Exhibitions; Appeal of Nostalgia History and Humor Portraits of Vessels", The New York Times, January 21, 1973. "James Butterworth (1817–1894), whose work is on view in Trenton, was an Englishman born on the Isle of Wight. By the time he emigrated and settles in West Hoboken (now Union City), America was in the heyday of its gallant clipper ships."
  10. ^ Hernandez, Ernio; "Upcoming Hurlyburly Star Inks Deal for New NBC "French Connection" Drama"; Playbill, December 23, 2004.
  11. ^ Wenik, Ian (August 16, 2013). "Reality TV". The Union City Reporter. pp. 1 and 9.
  12. ^ Shockley, Jay. "Russell Sage Foundation Building and Annex Designation Report". New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. (June 20, 2000), p.5
  13. ^ "Gordon Chiesa". Accessed August 30, 2013.
  14. ^ Garcia, Julian (November 1, 2005). "PLANINIC WILL STAY EXTRA YEAR IN N.J.". Daily News (New York).
  15. ^ Rosero, Jessica. "Native sons and daughters Prominent author, peace advocate Norman Cousins lived here" Hudson Reporter; January 29, 2006
  16. ^ Dominick Vincent Daniels, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed June 18, 2007.
  17. ^ Hague, Jim. "Truant officer was Olympic hero; Emerson High has gold medalist in midst", The Hudson Reporter, May 14, 2006. Accessed October 1, 2016. "In 1991, Davis wanted to move closer to New York, so he just chose Jersey City and then eventually settled in Union City."
  18. ^ Kaufman, Michael T. "AMERICAN MYSTERY SERIES FOR CANADIAN TV A HIT", The New York Times, May 21, 1984. Accessed October 1, 2016. "After trying almost everything, from producing cut-rate kitsch to arcane documentaries, the national network has stumbled onto a remarkable method: It has given a free hand to Louis Del Grande, a refugee from both Union City, N.J., and Hollywood, enabling him to produce, write and star in a sophisticated comic mystery series that not only is a hit in Canada but has been sold to the Public Broadcasting Service and has a growing cult following in the United States."
  19. ^ "DELLAY, Vincent John, (1907–1999)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed August 30, 2013.
  20. ^ Severo, Richard. "Pietro di Donato Is Dead at 80; Wrote of Immigrants' Experience", The New York Times, January 21, 1992. Accessed December 10, 2007. "Mr. di Donato was born on April 3, 1911, in West Hoboken, N.J. His family had immigrated to the United States from Vasto, in the Abruzzi region of Italy."
  21. ^ "Death of band master Dodworth [scan] Wikisource has information on "Death of band master Dodworth"". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. January 26, 1891. 
  22. ^ Benson, Michael. Everything You Wanted to Know About the New York Knicks: A Who's Who of Everyone Who Ever Played On or Coached the NBA's Most Celebrated Team, p. 474. Taylor Trade Publishing, 2007. ISBN 9781461734789.
  23. ^ Hague, Jim; "A teen Latin pop star" Union City Reporter, November 11, 2007.
  24. ^ Hank Finkel, Accessed December 10, 2007.
  25. ^ Martin, Douglas. "Marshall Flaum, Documentary Filmmaker, Dies at 85", The New York Times, October 8, 2010. Accessed October 9, 2010.
  26. ^ Fraguela, Rafael,, December 18, 2003. Accessed June 6, 2010.
  27. ^ Yannis Psarakis. "Nikos Galis – Europe's Greatest-Ever Scorer", FIBA Europe. Accessed November 24, 2007. "Her horror at seeing her son come home every day with a new facial injury led to Galis taking up basketball and in 1970 began to play at Union Hill High School."
  28. ^ Strunsky, Steve. "IN PERSON; A Former Sports Star Finds Politics A Rougher Field", The New York Times, October 22, 2000. Accessed June 4, 2010.
  29. ^ "Anthony Vincent Genovese". American Architects Directory. Third Edition (New York City: R.R. Bowker LLC, 1970), p. 317.
  30. ^ Tannenbaum, Rabbi Gershon. "My Machberes", The Jewish Press, January 3, 2008. Accessed July 1, 2008. "The current Zvhiler Rebbe is a son-in-law of Rabbi Yekusiel Yehuda Halberstam, zt"l (1904–1994), Klausenberg Rebbe and founder of the Union City community."
  31. ^ "Olympics". sports-reference. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  32. ^ a b Frank, Dan (Director); Deneau, Jeremy (Writer, narrator) (August 10, 2012). Frank & Chip: The Olympic Experience (Film). United States: Upward Rising Development. 
  33. ^ "Irma Haubold". Olympic Sports. Accessed August 27, 2013.
  34. ^ a b Diaz, Lana Rose. "Bringing the flavorUC native competes to be ‘Next Food Network Star’", Hudson Reporter, May 30, 2010. Accessed August 20, 2015. "view slideshow (2 images)Though he now spends his days on a 65-acre farm in Indiana pulling beets and sweet potatoes from the land, Alexis Hernandez grew up in Union City surrounded by the Latin flavors of his Cuban family."
  35. ^ Paul Jappe, The Pro Football Archives. Accessed May 31, 2015.
  36. ^ Rosero, Jessica; "Native Sons and Daughters: North Hudson Native and 20th Century Boxing Sensation Joe Jeanette"; Union City Reporter February 19, 2006
  37. ^ 20/20. July 21, 2006. January 12, 2007
  38. ^ "Guide to the Eugène and Maria Jolas Papers". Yale University Library. Accessed August 30, 2013.
  39. ^ "A.J. Lee". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved February 23, 2011. 
  40. ^ "Miss April". G.L.O.R.Y. Wrestling. Retrieved May 6, 2009. 
  41. ^ "Hook'd On Hits". BBC. January 10, 2007. Accessed July 1, 2008."Dennis Locorriere was born on June 13, 1949 in Union City, New Jersey."
  42. ^ Embury, Stuart P. (2006). "Chapter One: The Early Years". The Art and Life of Luigi Lucioni. Embury Publishing Company. pp. 1 -4.
  43. ^ Herb Baack profile at Database Football; Accessed October 26, 2010.
  44. ^ Pena, Stacy. "Alicia Menendez". Girls Leadership Institute. Retrieved September 23, 2012. 
  45. ^ Senator Bob Menendez biography, accessed April 5, 2007.
  46. ^ O'Driscoll, Bill. "Legendary poet W.S. Merwin returns to Pittsburgh". Pittsburgh City Paper. November 9, 2006. Accessed April 11, 2007.
  47. ^ Kennicott, Philip (July 1, 2010). "W.S. Merwin, Hawaii-based poet, will serve as 17th U.S. laureate". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 1, 2010. 
  48. ^ Cohen, Patricia. "W. S. Merwin to Be Named Poet Laureate", The New York Times, June 30, 2010. Accessed June 7, 2015. "The son of a Presbyterian minister, Mr. Merwin grew up in Scranton, Pa., and Union City, N.J."
  49. ^ Rosero, Jessica (May 14, 2006). "Felix the Cat, created in Hudson County". The Union City Reporter. pp. 1 and 11
  50. ^ Mavromatis, Kally; "Felix the Cat – Silent Star of April 1999", accessed April 5, 2007.
  51. ^ Gordon, Ian. Felix the Cat at St. James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture, accessed April 5, 2007.
  52. ^ Staff. [Staff. "Nici+o+floare.+Nimeni+din+partea+oficialităţilor!"+.html "125 de ani de la naşterea lui Ioan Missir, ultimul primar necomunist al Botoşanilor. 'Nici o floare. Nimeni din partea oficialităţilor!'",, February 17, 2015. Accessed October 20, 2015. "Al doilea copil, Ioan, s-a născut pe 17 februarie 1890, în West Hoboken."
  53. ^ Machcinski, Anthony J. "House music superstar Erick Morillo returns to Union City for emotional street naming ceremony", The Jersey Journal, October 12, 2012. Accessed June 7, 2015. "Union City honored one of its own success stories yesterday when it renamed a section of Bergenline Avenue for music producer Erick Morillo."
  54. ^ Rosero, Jessica. "The revolution begins within: Hudson County native brings his Cuban people back home", Union City Reporter, May 28, 2006. Accessed June 10, 2010.
  55. ^ Gettleman, Jeffrey. "William Musto, 88, a Mayor Re-elected on His Way to Jail, Is Dead", The New York Times, March 1, 2006. Accessed March 6, 2008.
  56. ^ "'Office' worker Nunez has a second 'Home'". Daily News (New York). May 9, 2007. Accessed July 23, 2008.
  57. ^ People Weekly Extra All About Survivor Spring 2001, Page 29
  58. ^ Preston, Rohan. "PEOPLE; Outback Survivor cast includes songwriter.", Minneapolis Star-Tribune, January 5, 2001. Accessed July 23, 2008. "Mitchell Olson, 23, a South Dakotan now living in Union City, N.J., is among the 16 contestants in the Australian edition of CBS' "Survivor" game."
  59. ^ Kelly, Chris. "Cartoon Creator Dies at 72: Palm City Resident Developed Casper". The Palm Beach Post. December 28, 1985. Accessed March 25, 2011. "Born in Union City, N.J., Oriolo graduated from high school in 1931 then went to work for the Max Fleischer Studios in New York and Miami."
  60. ^ Slotnik, Daniel E. "Cliff Osmond, Prolific Character Actor, Dies at 75", The New York Times, December 27, 2012. Accessed October 1, 2016. "Clifford Osman Ebrahim was born on Feb. 26, 1937, in Jersey City (adapting his middle name as his professional name). He grew up in Union City, N.J., and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1959."
  61. ^ Goode, Jon. "No stopping Togo; Catching up with Togo Palazzi", The Boston Globe, May 10, 2005. Accessed August 20, 2015. "WHERE DID YOU GROW UP: Union Hill, NJ"
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  63. ^ Sherman, Ted. "A deadly fall: 46 years ago, a Jersey daredevil died while trying to set record",, October 12, 2012.
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  65. ^ "'Lost & Found: Pinajian Discovery' debuts in NYC Feb. 13". Auction Central News. January 8, 2013
  66. ^ RANNEY, WILLIAM TYLEE, The Handbook of Texas. Accessed October 23, 2015. "by 1853 he and his family had settled in West Hoboken, New Jersey, where a number of other artists lived. There he built a large studio to accommodate the many artifacts-buckskin costumes, guns, riding gear-that he had brought back from the West."
  67. ^ Millan, Nicolas. "Looking back Famed American 19th century painter called North Hudson home", Hudson Reporter, April 15, 2008. Accessed October 23, 2015. "Once a resident of North Hudson, William Ranney settled in West Hoboken in 1851 to pursue his passion of painting while duck hunting and fishing in his spare time."
  68. ^ Maurer, Mark. "Dan Resin, at 79; 'Caddyshack' actor did TV commercials", The Jersey Journal, August 3, 2010, p. 24. Accessed October 1, 2016. "Shortly after attending Indiana University and Columbia University, Resin moved to Hudson County and lived in Union City, Weehawken, and eventually Secaucus."
  69. ^ "Dwayne Sabb". Accessed August 27, 2013.
  70. ^ "Local roots; Salas is first Hispanic woman appointed district court judge"], The Hudson Reporter, July 24, 2011. Accessed October 1, 2016. "Former Union City resident and Emerson High School student Judge Esther Salas is the first Hispanic woman to be appointed a U.S. District Court judge in New Jersey."
  71. ^ "Biography", Renoly Santiago – Official Website. Accessed February 11, 2014.
  72. ^ "Pedro Sosa Stats". ESPN. Accessed August 30, 2013.
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  74. ^ Senator Brian P. Stack, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed March 25, 2011.
  75. ^ Gorov, Lynda. "Catching fire",, reprinted from The Boston Globe, May 8, 2003. Accessed April 15, 2007.
  76. ^ Moses, Claire (October 15, 2009). "Hudson teen in Broadway cast of 'Bye Bye Birdie'. October 15, 2009
  77. ^ Hortillosa, Summer Dawn. "Union City actress lands a role in Broadway's 'Mamma Mia'", The Jersey Journal, August 12, 2011. Accessed October 1, 2016.
  78. ^ Amanda Staab. "Local girl is voice of cartoon" The Union City Reporter. September 14, 2008
  79. ^ Grimes, William. "Janine Pommy Vega, Restless Poet, Dies at 68". The New York Times, January 2, 2011.
  80. ^ Walter Walsh, Sports Reference. Accessed October 1, 2016.
  81. ^ Eugene Wettstone papers, 1920-1997, Pennsylvania State University. Accessed June 7, 2015. "Eugene Wettstone was born in 1913 of Swiss immigrant parents and grew up in Union City, New Jersey."
  82. ^ Staff. "SPORTS PEOPLE: FOOTBALL; Giants Sign Center And Backup Safety", The New York Times, March 17, 1989. Accessed June 7, 2015. "The 6-3, 282-pound Winters comes from Union City, N.J., and played for Western Illinois."
  83. ^ Horner, Shirley. "ABOUT BOOKS", The New York Times, October 29, 1989. Accessed June 7, 2015. "Although Mr. Witcover is a native of Union City and the explosion occurred just six miles away from where he was raised, he said in an interview that he had never heard the incident mentioned in elementary school or high school."

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