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Every state of the Union has given birth to people who have left a lasting impression on our history and culture. The following native New Jerseyites have played distinctive roles.

Born in New Jersey

Famous New Jerseyites
Name Born / Died Place
William Alexander "Bud" Abbott
Actor, Producer, Comedian
Born: October 2, 1895 Asbury Park
Died: April 24, 1974 Woodland Hills, Calif.
Charles Samuel Addams
Born: January 7, 1912 Westfield
Died: September 29, 1988 New York, N.Y.
Edwin Eugene "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr.
Astronaut, Fighter pilot
Born: January 20, 1930 Montclair
Jason Alexander
(Born: Jay Scott Greenspan)
Born: September 23, 1959 Newark
William "Count" Basie
Jazz Musician, Bandleader, Composer
Born: August 21, 1904 Red Bank
Died: April 26, 1984 Hollywood, Fla.
Joan Geraldine Bennett
Born: February 27, 1910 Palisades Park
Died: December 7, 1990 Scarsdale, N.Y.
Judy Blume
(Born: Judy Sussman)
Born: February 12, 1938 Elizabeth
Jon Bon Jovi
(Born: John Francis Bongiovi, Jr.)
Musician, Songwriter
Born: March 2, 1962 Sayreville
William Joseph Brennan, Jr.
Supreme Court Justice
Born: April 25, 1906 Newark
Died: July 24, 1997 Washington, D.C.
Aaron Burr. Jr.
Politician, U.S. Vice President
Born: February 6, 1756 Newark
Died: September 14, 1836 Port Richmond, N.Y.
Stephen Grover Cleveland
U.S. President
Born: March 18, 1837 Caldwell
Died: June 24, 1908 Princeton
James Fenimore Cooper
Born: September 15, 1789 Burlington
Died: September 14, 1851 Cooperstown, N.Y.
David Copperfield
(Born: David Seth Kotkin)
Magician, Illusionist
Born: September 16, 1956 Metuchen
Lou Costello
(Born: Louis Francis Cristillo)
Actor, Comedian
Born: March 6, 1906 Paterson
Died: March 3, 1959 East Los Angeles, Calif.
Stephen Crane
Writer, Poet, Journalist
Born: November 1, 1871 Newark
Died: June 5, 1900 Badenweiler, Germany
Sandra Dee
(Born: Alexandra Cymboliak Zuck)
Born: April 23, 1942 Bayonne
Died: February 20, 2005 Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Helen Gahagan Douglas
Actress, Politician
Born: November 25, 1900 Boonton
Died: June 28, 1980 New York, N.Y.
Kirsten Caroline Dunst
Actress, Singer
Born: April 30, 1982 Point Pleasant
Irwin Allen Ginsberg
Born: June 3, 1926 Newark
Died: April 5, 1997 New York, N.Y.
Savion Glover
Dancer, Choreographer, Actor
Born: November 19, 1973 Newark
William Frederick Halsey, Jr.
Naval Commander
Born: October 30, 1882 Elizabeth
Died: August 20, 1959 Fishers Island, N.Y.
Donald Fletcher Holmes
Chemist, Inventor
Born: September 29, 1910 Woodbury
Died: October 13, 1980  
Whitney Elizabeth Houston
Singer, Actress
Born: August 9, 1963 Newark
Derek Sanderson Jeter
Baseball player
Born: June 26, 1974 Pequannock Township
Alfred Joyce Kilmer
Poet, Journalist, Editor
Born: December 6, 1886 New Brunswick
Died: July 30, 1918 Near Seringes-et-Nesles, France
Alfred Charles Kinsey
Born: June 23, 1894 Hoboken
Died: August 25, 1956 Bloomington, Ind.
Ernest Edward "Ernie" Kovacs
Born: January 23, 1919 Trenton
Died: January 13, 1962 Los Angeles, Calif.
Dorothea Lange
Born: May 25, 1895 Hoboken
Died: October 11, 1965 San Francisco, Calif.
James Lawrence
Naval officer
Born: October 1, 1781 Burlington
Died: June 4, 1813 At sea (Atlantic Ocean)
Jerry Lewis
(Born: Joseph Levitch)
Comedian, Actor, Producer, Writer
Born: March 16, 1926 Newark
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
(Born: Anne Spencer Morrow)
Aviator, Author
Born: June 22, 1906 Englewood
Died: February 7, 2001 Passumpsic, Vt.
Raymond "Ray" Liotta
Born: December 18, 1955 Newark
Norman Kingsley Mailer
Writer, Poet, Playwright
Born: January 31, 1923 Long Branch
Died: November 10, 2007 New York, N.Y.
James Wilson Marshall
Carpenter, Saw Mill Operator
Born: October 8, 1810 Round Mountain or Lambertville
Died: August 10, 1885 Kelsey, Calif.
Patricia McBride
Dancer, Ballerina
Born: August 23, 1942 Teaneck
Mary Ludwig Hays McCauley
(AKA: Molly Pitcher)
Revolutionary War lore
Born: October 13, 1754 Near Trenton
Died: January 22, 1832 Carlisle, Penn.
Eger Vaughan Murphree
Born: November 3, 1898 Bayonne
Died: October 29, 1962 Summit
Dorothy Parker
(Born: Dorothy Rothschild)
Writer, Poet, Critic
Born: August 22, 1893 Long Branch
Died: June 7, 1967 New York, N.Y.
Zebulon Montgomery Pike
Soldier, Explorer
Born: January 5, 1779 Lamberton
Died: April 27, 1813 Toronto, Canada
Joseph Charles John "Joe" Piscopo
Comedian, Actor
Born: June 17, 1951 Passaic
Paul LeRoy Bustill Robeson
Athlete, Actor, Singer, Writer, Civil Rights Activist
Born: April 9, 1898 Princeton
Died: January 23, 1976 Philadelphia, Penn.
Edward J. Rosinski
Chemical engineer, Inventor
Born: August 12, 1921 Gloucester County
Died: May 4, 2000  
Philip Milton Roth
Born: March 19, 1933 Newark
Eva Marie Saint
Born: July 4, 1924 Newark
Ruth St. Denis
(Born: Ruth Emma Denis)
Dance Innovator, Dancer
Born: January 20, 1879 Newark
Died: July 21, 1968 Los Angeles, Calif.
Antonin Gregory Scalia
Supreme Court Justice
Born: March 11, 1936 Trenton
H. Norman Schwarzkopf Jr.
(Born: Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr.)
(Nicknames: "Stormin' Norman", "The Bear")
Army General
Born: August 22, 1934 Trenton
Francis "Frank" Sinatra
Singer, Actor
Born: December 12, 1915 Hoboken
Died: May 14, 1998 Los Angeles, Calif.
Kevin Spacey
(Born: Kevin Spacey Fowler)
Actor, Director
Born: July 26, 1959 South Orange
Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen
Singer, Songwriter, Musician
Born: September 23, 1949 Long Branch
Amos Alonzo Stagg
Collegiate coach
Born: August 16, 1862 West Orange
Died: March 17, 1965 Stockton, Calif.
Alfred Stieglitz
Born: January 1, 1864 Hoboken
Died: July 13, 1946 New York, N.Y.
Mary Louise "Meryl" Streep
Born: June 22, 1949 Summit
Albert Payson Terhune
Writer, Dog breeder, Journalist
Born: December 21, 1872 Newark
Died: February 18, 1942 Pompton Lakes
David "Dave" Thomas
Restaurateur, Philanthropist
Born: July 2, 1932 Atlantic City
Died: January 8, 2002 Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
John Joseph Travolta
Actor, Dancer, Singer
Born: February 18, 1954 Englewood
Frankie Valli
(Born: Francis Stephen Castelluccio)
Singer, Musician
Born: Frankie Valli Newark
William Henry Vanderbilt
Born: May 8, 1821 New Brunswick
Died: December 8, 1885 New York, N.Y.
Sarah Lois Vaughan
Born: March 27, 1924 Newark
Died: April 3, 1990 Hidden Hills, Calif.
Marie Dionne Warwick
Singer, Actress
Born: December 12, 1940 East Orange
William Carlos Williams
Born: September 17, 1883 Rutherford
Died: March 4, 1963 Columbia, Ky.
Edmund Wilson
Writer, Critic
Born: May 8, 1895 Red Bank
Died: June 12, 1972 Talcottville, N.Y.

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