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Famous People Who Lived in Queens, New York



Joey, Johnny, and Tommy Ramone all hail from Queens

  • Dale Carnegie, writer, lecturer, author of How to Win Friends and Influence People (Forest Hills)
  • Joseph Cornell, artist (Bayside)
  • Geraldine Ferraro, politician, first female candidate for U.S. vice president from a major political party (Forest Hills)
  • Richard P. Feynman, physicist, Nobel Laureate (Far Rockaway)
  • Jack Kerouac, author (Ozone Park)

  • Lewis Howard Latimer, inventor (Flushing)
  • Estee Lauder, cosmetics industrialist, born Josephine Esther Mentzer (Corona)
  • Bernard "Bernie" Madoff, former stockbroker and financier. He pleaded guilty to committing one of the largest Ponzi schemes in history.
  • Robert Mapplethorpe, photographer (Floral Park)
  • Art Spiegelman, cartoonist, artist, author Maus: A Survivor's Tale (Rego Park)

  • Donald Trump, businessman, author, and television personality (Jamaica Estates)
  • Bill Viola, video artist

Famous Athletes Who Lived in Queens

  • Rafer Alston, NBA basketball player (Jamaica)
  • Bob Beamon, track and field star who set the world record in long jump at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. His record stood until 1961. (South Jamaica).
  • Mark LoMonaco, professional wrestler, known as Bully Ray.
  • John McEnroe, tennis player (Douglaston)
  • Josh Miller, NFL football punter

Actors, Directors, Comedians, and TV Personalities Who Lived in Queens

  • Judd Apatow, stand-up comedian, director, producer, screenwriter (Flushing)
  • Hank Azaria, actor and one of the principal voice actors for The Simpsons (Forest Hills)
  • Adrien Brody, Oscar-winning actor (Woodhaven)
  • Julie Chen, news anchor and talk show host
  • Francis Ford Coppola, film director, screenwriter, director of the Godfather trilogy (Woodside)

  • Fran Drescher, actress (Flushing)
  • Jon Favreau, actor, screenwriter, director (Flushing)
  • David Krumholtz, actor
  • Lucy Liu, actress (Jackson Heights)
  • Nancy Reagan, actress and former First Lady of the United States (Flushing)

  • Ray Romano, actor, comedian, writer (Forest Hills)
  • Martin Scorsese, film director, screenwriter (Flushing)
  • Harvey and Bob Weinstein, film producers (Flushing, Electchester)
  • Mae West, actress, screenwriter, sex symbol (Woodhaven)

Famous Mobsters from Queens, New York

  • Frank Costello, gangster, known as the "prime minister of the underworld." Buried in St. Michael's Cemetery (Astoria)
  • John Gotti, mobster, boss of the Gambino crime family, known as "The Dapper Don" (Ozone Park)

Famous Rappers, Singers, and Musicians from Queens, New York

  • Nadia Ali, singer-songwriter, member of iiO
  • Louis Armstrong, jazz musician (Corona)
  • Phife Dawg, member of A Tribe Called Quest, hip hop group (St. Albans)
  • Sandra Denton, rapper, member of Salt-N-Pepa
  • John Frusciante, musician, former guitarist for Red Hot Chili Peppers

  • Art Garfunkel, musician (Forest Hill)
  • 50 Cent (Curtis James Jackson III ), rapper, businessman (South Jamaica)
  • Jam Master Jay, rapper, DJ, member of Run-D.M.C. (Hollis)
  • Nasir Jones, "Nas", rapper, actor, songwriter (Queensbridge)
  • Cyndi Lauper, singer (Ozone Park)

  • Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels, rapper, DJ, member of Run-D.M.C. (Hollis)
  • Nicki Minaj, rapper (South Jamaica)
  • Q-Tip, member of A Tribe Called Quest, hip hop group (St. Albans)
  • Joey Ramone, musician, member of The Ramones (Forest Hills)
  • Johnny Ramone, musician, member of The Ramones (Forest Hills)

  • Tommy Ramone, musician, member of The Ramones (Forest Hills)
  • Ali Shaheed Muhammad, musician, member of A Tribe Called Quest, hip hop group (St. Albans)
  • Kevin Shields, guitarist, member of the band My Bloody Valentine
  • Joseph Simmons (Reverend Run), rapper, member of Run-D.M.C. (Hollis)
  • Russell Simmons, founder of Def Jam record label, businessman (Hollis)

  • Paul Simon, musician (Kew Gardens Hills)
  • Bobby Susser, songwriter
  • Pia Toscano, American Idol singer (Howard Beach)
  • Marlon Williams, "Marley Marl", hip hop producer, DJ, rapper,(Queensbridge)
  • Nathaniel Thomas Wilson, "Kool G. Rap", rapper (Corona)
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