List of people from Westport, Connecticut

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In this list of people from Westport, Connecticut are people who have been born in, raised in, lived in or who died in Westport, Connecticut, United States. Individuals are listed by the area in which they are best known.

Actors, comedians, others in the film and television industries[edit]

Singers, musicians and other entertainers[edit]

  • Michael Bolton, singer, current resident
  • Matt Gallant (b. 1964), a television host, raised in town
  • Mike Greenberg, ESPN personality, host of Mike and Mike, current resident
  • Dan Hartman (1950–1994), singer, songwriter and record producer, died in town
  • Don Imus, radio personality, current resident
  • Larry Kenney, radio personality on the Don Imus show, actor, father of Kerri Kenney-Silver, lives in town
  • Meat Loaf (Marvin Lee Aday), rock singer and songwriter, moved to town in 1981, coached girls softball in town[4]
  • Gerry Mulligan, Gerald Joseph "Gerry" Mulligan (1927–1996), jazz saxophonist, composer and arranger
  • Nile Rodgers, musician and music producer
  • Harry Rodrigues, known as Baauer, DJ and creator of the "Harlem Shake" track, lived in Westport from 2003-2006, attended Staples High School
  • Neal Smith, drummer for Alice Cooper, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, briefly lived in Westport, now sells real estate in the area
  • John Solum, flutist, author and teacher, current resident
  • Martha Stewart, entrepreneur, convicted felon, past resident, had a studio in town
  • Eric Von Schmidt (1931–2007), folk and blues singer-songwriter of the folk/blues revival of the 1960s
  • Hy Zaret (d. 2007), lyricist, lived and died in Westport


Artists, illustrators, cartoonists, designers[edit]

  • Mel Casson, cartoonist, lived and died in Westport
  • Stevan Dohanos (1907–1994), artist and illustrator known for his Saturday Evening Post covers, lived in town
  • Bernie Fuchs (1932–2009), renowned illustrator, Westport resident from 1960 until his death in 2009
  • William Glackens (1870–1938), realist painter, died in town
  • Annie Leibovitz (b. 1949), portrait photographer, born in town
  • Joe McNally, photographer, former resident[5]
  • Gerry Turner (1921–1992), photographer
  • Hilla von Rebay (1890–1967), painter and founding curator of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, spent the last years of her life in Greens Farms, died there in 1967
  • George Hand Wright (1872–1951), painter and illustrator
  • Miller Pope (1929-2016), author and illustrator, member of the Society of Illustrators, past president of the Westport Artists Association. The Life and Art of Miller Pope[6]
  • Leonard Everett Fisher (b. 1924), artist and illustrator. Lives in Westport.
  • Howard Munce (1915-2016), illustrator, art director, teacher, sculptor and author. Lived in Westport 1935-2016.
  • Ann Chernow (b. 1936), artist. Lives in Westport.
  • Miggs Burroughs, graphic artist. Lives in Westport.
  • Nina Bentley, assemblage artist. Lives in Westport
  • Hardie Gramatky, (1907-1979), painter, author, and illustrator. Lived in Westport post-WWII until his death.

Athletes, sportspeople[edit]

Authors, writers, journalists[edit]

  • Lynsey Addario (b. 1977), journalist, freelance photographer
  • Dick Aultman (b. 1933) editor of Golf Digest Magazine and multiple golf instruction books, lived in town
  • Lincoln Child (b. 1957), author of techno-thriller and horror novels, born in town
  • Peter De Vries (1910–1993), editor and novelist, died in Norwalk
  • Frank Deford (b. 1938), journalist, writer and commentator, current resident
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896–1940), author of The Great Gatsby, past resident
  • Ramin Ganeshram (b. 1968), journalist, chef, author, current resident
  • Hardie Gramatky (1907–1979), author, artist, illustrator, resident later in life, died and buried in town
  • Jane Green (b. 1968), also known as Jane Green Warburg, author and current resident
  • Tyler Hicks (b. 1969), journalist, staff photographer, The New York Times
  • A.E. Hotchner, author and cofounder with Paul Newman of Newman's Own[7]
  • Shirley Jackson (1916–1965), author of many novels and the short story "The Lottery", lived in town 1949–51
  • Gordon Joseloff (b. 1945), former First Selectman and Emmy Award-winning journalist
  • Melissa Kirsch (b. 1974), author of The Girl's Guide to Absolutely Everything, lived in town, graduated from Staples High School
  • Hilton Kramer (1928–2012), editor and art critic, former resident
  • Ruth Krauss (1901–1993), author of children's books, including The Carrot Seed, died in town
  • Nora Benjamin Kubie (1899–1988), author and illustrator of children's books
  • Robert Lawson (1892–1957), author and artist whose children's books made him the first person to receive both the Newbery Medal (Rabbit Hill, 1945) and Caldecott Medal (They Were Strong and Good, 1940), died in town
  • Robert Ludlum, late author and past resident, lived on Sasco Creek where he and Rodney Dangerfield frequently visited
  • Sheila Lukins (1942–2009), cook and food writer who co-authored the The Silver Palate series of cookbooks and The New Basics Cookbook[8]
  • Jim Nantz, CBS Sports, past resident
  • Jeff Pegues, CBS News Justice and Homeland Security Correspondent; author of Black and Blue: Inside the Divide Between the Police and Black America; grew up in Westport and graduated from Staples High School; member of Staples Football Hall of Fame
  • David Pogue, New York Times technology columnist, current resident
  • Harry Reasoner (1923–1991), news anchor, lived in town
  • Ronald B. Scott, journalist, biographer of presidential candidate W. Mitt Romney, author of the novel Closing Circles: Trapped in the Everlasting Mormon Moment which was set in Westport, former resident
  • Jack Tippit, late cartoonist of Amy, lived in town
  • Gerry Turner, author of children's book and photographer, Lived in town 1966-1992
  • Max Wilk (1920–2011), author
  • Jane Yolen, author, past resident

Government and politics, officeholders and activists[edit]

Scientists[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Keppler, Nick (2012-03-29). "Crime & Punishment: Plainville man arrested for punching a dog - WCCT". Ct.com. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  2. ^ Grandjean, Pat, "First People" column, item titled "Cady McClain", Connecticut Magazine, November 2006, page 17
  3. ^ Fernandez, Jay A. (2009-10-29). "'Paranormal' star signs with Innovative; Micah Sloat keeping options open after boxoffice success". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2009-11-15. [dead link]
  4. ^ Spillane, Sean, "Meat Loaf: Not done yet and back in Connecticut for Mohegan Sun concert", article, "Go" entertainment supplement, The Advocate of Stamford, Connecticut (also in The News-Times of Danbury, Connecticut Post of Bridgeport and Greenwich Time newspapers), July 8, 2010
  5. ^ "JoeMcNally.com, Biography page; see also contact page showing his studio is in Westport, accessed January 11, 2007". Joemcnally.com. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  6. ^ "Miller Pope". 
  7. ^ A. E. Hotchner (2010-03-24). "Web page titled "A.E. Hotchner" at "HarperCollins Web site, accessed July 29, 2007". Harpercollins.com. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  8. ^ Moskin, Julia (August 30, 2009). "Sheila Lukins, 66, Dies; Awakened Taste Buds". The New York Times. Retrieved August 31, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Web page for John Davis Lodge at Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website accessed November 16, 2007". Bioguide.congress.gov. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  10. ^ Martin, Douglas (August 8, 2009). "Anne Wexler, an Influential Political Operative and Lobbyist, Is Dead at 79". The New York Times. Retrieved August 8, 2009. 
  11. ^ Bailer, Darice (December 24, 2000). "The View From / Westport; It's a Quantum Leap For High School Senior". The New York Times. Retrieved November 10, 2015. 
  12. ^ Narvaez, Alfonso A. (June 12, 1991). "Mary Loveless, 92, Doctor Who Devised Bee-Sting Immunity". The New York Times. Retrieved February 23, 2015.