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2022 Jun 10

(from top left to right) Billy Joel, Bill OReilly, LL Cool J, and Debbie Gibson. (from bottom left to right) Billy Crystal, Mariah Carey, and Lara Spencer. Photo credits indicated below with each Famous Long Islander.

Many Long Islanders take pride in the fact that they were born here and that many other famous people have called Long Island their home at one point in their lifetime. Whether the famous individuals were born here, raised here, or found their way here at some point in their life journey, many have established deep roots with Long Island.From films stars to sports athletes to television stars,you know you are a Long Islander whenyou can name the dozens of famous people that have called Long Island their home.Here is your guide to celebrities who have called Long Island(Celebrities are listed in alphabetical order by last name)Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos is a magician and illusionist for Long Island and graduated fromEast MeadowHigh School. Angel has had many television shows and is currently performing in Las Vegas at Luxor.Raised inSyosset, Apatow is well-known for filmmaking. He developed well known tv series such asAnchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Alec Baldwin at the 2012 Cannes film Festival. Photo byGeorges Biard,via WikiCommons. (CC BY-SA 3.0).

The BaldwinsAlec, Daniel, Billy, and Stephen Baldwin were all born on Long Island. Except for Alec Baldwin being born inAmityville, all the other brothers were born inMassapequa. They are all well known for acting in many films and TV shows.Alec Baldwin is the oldest of the Baldwin brothers and hes starred in TV shows and films like30 Rock, Knots Landing, Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, The Hunt for Red October, andThe Aviator, to name a few. Today, Alec Baldwin lives in New York City with his wife Hilaria Thomas and two children.Pat BenetarBorn in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island in Lindenhurst, Benetar is known for her singing and her many Grammy Awards. Some of her well-known songs are Hit Me with Your Best Shot, Love Is a Battlefield, and We Belong.Craig Biggio

Craig Biggio is a professional baseball player who spent his two-decade long career with the Houston Astros, collecting 3060 hits, 5 Silver Slugger awards, 4 Gold Gloves, and 7 All-Star appearances along the way. He attended and graduated from Kings Park High School.Sue Bird

Born in Syosset, NY, Sue Bird is a professional womens basketball player for the Seatlle Storm and UMMC Ekaterinburg.Nikki BlonskyRaised inGreat Neck, Blonskys acting and singing career began when she was casted as Tracy Turnblad for the film adaptation of the Broadway MusicalHairspray. She is currently appearing in the showSmash.Baba BooeyBorn inUniondale, Gary DellAbate is known by his radio handle Baba Booey. He is the executive producer ofThe Howard Stern Show.Lorraine Bracco

Lorraine Bracco is an actress best known for her work as Dr. Jennifer Melfi on the HBO seriesThe Sopranos. Shes also starred inGoodfellas. Bracco was born in Brooklyn but grew up in Westbury. She graduated from Hicksville High School.

Residing in East Quogue at her death, Beranigan is best know as a singer, songwriter, and actress. She is best known for her songs Gloria, Self Control, Solitaire, and How Am I Suppose To Live Without You.Jim Breuer

Jim Breuer, a native of Valley Stream, is a stand-up comedian, actor, musician, and radio host. Hes also appeared onSaturday Night Liveand had a radio career on theOpie and Anthony Show.

Jim Brown is a famous American former running back for the Cleveland Browns. Though born in Georgia he went to school in Manhasset. During his school days Jim averaged a then-Long Island record of 38 points per game for his basketball team. This was later beat by an athlete from Bridgehampton, Long Island.Edward Burns

Born in Woodside, Queens, Edward Burns was raised in Valley Stream and briefly attended Chaminade High School before transferring to Hewlett. He is best known for his acting roles inSaving Private RyanandOne Missed Call.Steve BuscemiGraduating fromValley Stream, Buscemi became an actor and has appeared in many films. He currently stars in the HBO smash hitBroadwalk Empire. Kids might know him as Randell froMonsters Inc.

Joey Buttafuoco owned auto body shop in Baldwin when he became infamous for having an affair with 17-year-old Amy Fisher, who ended up shooting his wife Mary Jo Buttafuoco in the face. He ended up pleading guilty to rape and served several months in prison. After his release, he and Mary Jo Buttafuoco moved to California and divorced in 2003.

Born in Yonkers, this comedian and actor hostedYour Show of ShowsandCaesars Hour, and played Coach Calhoun inGrease. He lived in Great Neck for a time.

Caputo is best known for her television show on TLC,

. Born in Hicksville and still residing there, Caputo claims to be a medium who can communicate with the dead.

Mariah Carey a the Neighborhood Ball in downtown Washington, D.C. in 2009.Photo via WikiCommons.Mariah CareyCarey was born inHuntingtonand became a singer, songwriter, producer, and actress. With many chart topping songs, Carey has rocked the music and acting world with her talent.Careys stardom rose in 1990 when she released albumMariah Carey. Some songs released included Vision of Love, Love Takes Time, Someday, and I Dont Wanna Cry. Shes continued to make her mark in the music industry internationally. In 2016, she tours Europe with Sweet Sweet Fantasy.Harry ChapinA resident of Jericho at death, Chapin is known for his folk rock songs including his biggest hit, Cats in the Cradle.Kenneth ColeClothing designer, Cole graduated fromGreat NeckNorth High School and is now known for his deisgner brand and clothing.Francis FordCoppolaGraduate of Great Neck North High School, Coppola is a very well know filmmaker of TheGodfatherfilms and started many acting careers directing the film adpatation ofThe Outsiders.John Michael Crichton

John Michael Crichton was a physician, screenwriter, producer, director, and best-selling novelist best known for writing Jurassic Park and Congo.He was born in Chicago and raised on Long Island inRoslyn.

Billy Crystal in 2013 at a ceremony for Robert DeNiro. Photo by

Well-known actor, writer, producer, comdian and director Crystal was raised inLong Beachand graduated Long Beach High School. He attended Nassau Community College and later NYUs Tisch School of the Arts. Many people know him for films such as

Crystals stardom rose in the 1970s when he played Jodie Dallas on the sitcom. Hes continued as a respectable figure hosting the Academy Awards as many as nine times (as recent as 2012). Hes also beloved by Long Islanders for his continuous support. In 2013,Crystal donated $1 million to Long Beachto help with Hurricane Sandy recovery and has shown further support appearing in a commercial campaign forLong Beach tourismin 2013.This funny man born in Deer Park is known for his comedy and films. No one can forget this catchphrase, I dont get no respect.

Tony Danza in 2012 a book festival in Texas. Photo byTony DanzaMoving with his famly toMalverne, Danza is best known for his acting roles in the TV showsTaxi,Whos the Boss?,The Tony Danza Show, and his brief stint as a talk show host. Danza has a degree in education and used it for one year of teaching for a reality show. Based on this experience, he has recently published a book about teaching.Danza received his high school education at Malverne High School (class of 1969). He pursued a bachelors degree in history from University of Dubuque, in Iowa. As recently as 2013, Danza was honored byUSA Todayat their annual National Make a Difference Day Awards for his commitment to helping others through his various charity efforts. Today he lives in New York City.Howard Davis Jr.

Howard Davis Jr. was the eldest of 10 children. He was a professional boxer inspired by Muhammad Alis story and won the 1976 Olympic gold medal. After retiring in 1996, he moved on to become a trainer, motivational speaker, and musician. He was a native of Glen Cove and died in 2015 in Florida.

Taylor DayneThis singer-songwriter from Baldwin is known for her hit song Love Will Lead You Back and many other billboard hits.Nelson DeMille

Nelson Richard DeMill is an author of Thriller novels who was born in Queens, attended Elmont Memorial High School and Hofstra University, and resides in Garden City.BrianDennehyThisChaminadegraduate has appeared in many film, stage, and television shows. His most memorable role was inFirst Blockwith Sylvester Stallone.Billy Donovan

William John Donovan Jr. was born in Rockville Centre in 1965 and graduated from St. Agnes Cathedral High School. He played for the New York Knicks briefly before going on to coach at the University of Florida.AshantiDouglasDouglas was born inGlen Coveand has become to affluent singer-songwriter and actress. With many chart topping collaborations with many famous artists, she has also expanded to acting appearing in a few films and television shows. She even graced the stage as Dorothy inThe Wizback in 2009.John Jumbo Elliot

John Jumbo Elliot was an offensive tackle for both the New York Giants and the New York Jets. He was born in Lake Ronkonkoma and won Super Bowl XXV with the Giants.

Born and raised in Nassau County, Julius Dr. J Erving graduated fromRooseveltHigh School in 1968. He entered the ABA in 1971 to play for the Virginia Squires and was traded to the New York Nets in 1973, where he remained until the ABA-NBA merger in 1976, after which he went to the Philadelphia 76ers. He was a two time ABA champion and one time NBA MVP.

This former football quarterback and current commentator fromEast Islipis best known for playing for Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals, and ended his career back with the Bengals.

, Falco, aNorthportHigh School Graduate, is currently acting in

Buzz Feiten grew up in Huntington Station and Centerport. Hes a singer-songwriter, guitarist, session musician, and luthier. Some of his best work is on Bette Midler in Concert: Diva Las Vegas and Speed.DBrickashaw Ferguson

DBrickashaw Montgomery Ferguson is a professional football player who plays left tackle for the New York Jets. He was born in New York and graduated from Freeport High School.Amy FisherThe Long Island Lolita is infamous for her affair with Joey Buttafuoco and later the attempted murder of his wife. Fisher was born inWantagh. After serving time, she became a columnist and is currently working in the adult entertainment industry.F. Scott Fitzgerald

Though he was born in Minnesota and died in California, F. Scott Fitzgerald lived in Great Neck during the 1920s. His experience onwas the inspiration for his classic novel,William Jonathan Drayton, Jr. grew up inFreeportand is best known by his stage name. He became best known as a member of the hip-hop group. Later he had many shows on VH1, includingBorn inBrookhaven, Floyd was an influencial politician and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Many schools and locations on Long Island are named after him.

World Wresting Entertainment three-time champion Mick Foley holds up an America Supports You dogtag after taping a public service announcement thanking troops for their contributions and telling them the country is behind them.Photo byMick Foley

Michael Francis Foley is a retired professional wrestler, author, comedian, and voice actor who is famous for having several different wrestling personalities including Mankind, Dude Love, and Cactus Jack. He was born in Indiana, but his family moved toEast Setauketwhere he attended Ward Melville High School.Foley retired from wrestling in 2000, but had a second return to WWE with various feuds from 2004 2008 before exiting for his second retirement from wrestling at WWE. However, as recently as 2015, Foley has reappeared on WWE to help host events.Melvin Fowler

Before Fowler was drafted to the Cleveland Browns to play guard and center positions, he was an all-county and all-Long Island selection for defense lineman at Half Hollow Hills High School West in Dix Hills. Fowler also went on to play for the Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills, Arizona Cardinals, and Detroit Lions.

An old black and white of Debbie Gibson taken from the 80s.Photo by(CC BY-SA 2.0).DebbieGibsonGibson was raised inMerrickand is best known for your singer-songwriting skills with her 1 single Foolish Beat. She has also appeared on Broadway and with touring musicals.In recent years Gibson has been involved competing in the fifth season of The Celebrity Apprentice, shes made a cameo appearance in the 2012 filmRock of Ages, and starred in the UP TV movieThe Music in Mein 2015. In 2013 it was revealed shes been battling with Lyme disease.Morton Gould

Morton Gould was a world class composer, pianist, arranger, and conductor. He was born in Richmond Hill, New York, and lived in Great Neck for a time.Sal Governale became a writer/prank caller on the Howard Stern show, and later a producer, after working as a stockbroker in New York City.As a salutatorian atHuntingtonHigh School, he predicted that perfecting airplnes would be mans greatest triumphs and he was the one to do it. Known for being an aeronautical engineer and industrialist, he set up Grumman Aeronautical Engineering Co.Raised inNorth Massapequa, Guttenberg is known for acting in the popular film

Born inSmithtown, Hart is best known for your acting persuits in the schol, which had its series finale in August 2015.Harts career began early at the age of 4 with a television commercial for a bathtub doll called Splashy. When her parents divorced, she and her siblings were moved to New York City with her mother. In addition to her work on TV, Hart has also been involved in the off-Broadway production. Shes also written a book calledMelissa Explains It All: Tales from My Abnormal Life. IN 2013, Hart partnered with NutriSystem as a spokeswoman.

Born in Westchester, Anthony Healds family moved to Long Island when he was young; he graduated from Massapequa High School in 1962. Heald has appeared in numerous movies and TV shows, includingFrasier,The X-Files,Law & Order, andX-Men: The Last Stand. He is best known for his roles as Dr. Frederick Chilton inThe Silence of the LambsandRed Dragon, and assistant principal Scott Guber onBoston Public.Edwin HoytAuthor of books dealing with WW2 and similar subjects. Historian who died in Japan. Wrote some of his books in Northport. Lived there in the late 50s/early 60sSarahHughesThis Olympic Gold Medalist is fromGreat Neckand became well known during the 2001 and 2002 Olympics.Peter Iacangelo

Born in Brooklyn NY, Peter Iacangelo is an actor known for his roles in such films as,Fight Club, The Rat PackandLook Whos Talking Now.Billy IdolThough born in England, William Michael Albert Board moved to Long Island when he was two-years-old and resided inPatchogue. They resided there for 4 years before moving back to the UK. Billy Idol is a rock musician that first achieved fame with the punk rock band Generation X.BobIgerBorn inOceanside, Iger is current chairman and chief executive of The Walt Disney Company. He oversaw the purchase of Pixar Animation Studios, aquired Marvel Entertainment, and Lucasfilms which boardened the Disneys companys franchises.David Ippolito

David Ippolito, better known as That Guitar Man from Central Park became a phenomenon with his love songs and other politically-biting songs. Hes a grassroots entertainer building crowds each time her performed in Central Park. Some of his songs include Bill OReilly: The Legend of the Big Giant Head and Talk Louder (The Cell Phone Song). He was raised on Long Island and attended East Meadow High School.

KevinJamesComedy actor, James was born inMineolaand raised in Stony Brookbefore acting in the sitcomThe King of Queensand films,Hitch,I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, andHere Comes the Boom.Richard Jaeckel

Richard Hanley Jaeckel was an actor who appeared in numerous film and TV productions over the course of a 60-year career.

Chris Jericho in the wrestling ring.Born inManhassetunder the name Christopher Keith Irvine, Irvine took the name Chris Jericho as his professional wrestler name. He is signed with WWE and has wrestled internationally (he is well known in Canada). He is credited as being the first Undisputed WWF Champion, in addition to his 30 championship wins, and is also the lead singer of the Heavy Metal band Fozzy.Jericho also competed in the 2011 series of Dancing With the Stars. Most recently he returned to WWE appearing in the January 4, 2016 episode of Raw and he announced his participation in the 2016 Royal Rumble match.

Billy Joel performing in 2006. Photo byDeedar70, via WikiCommons. (CC BY-SA 3.0).Long Island would not be Long Island without the legendary Billy Joel. Raised inHicksville, Joel released his first hit song, Piano Man, in 1973. Other hits, to name a few, include New York State of Mind, You May Be Right, Its Still Rock and Roll to Me, Allentown, and Uptown Girl. Since December of 2013, Joel joined Madison Square Garden to perform a show a month. He was also the final performer before the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum closed for extensive renovation. Tickets to thisfinal show were sold out in less than five minutes. Joel still lives on Long Island and has a motorcycle shop inOyster Bay.Hes also beloved by Long Islanders for his continued support and generosity. When Hurricane Sandy hit, he helped raise awareness and money to help those effected, performing six songs at the12.12.12 The Concert for Sandy Relief.HewlettHigh School graduate, Donna Karan, is a fashion designer known for her Donna Karan New York and DKNY brand clothes.Raised in Great Neck, this funny man is known for his comedy and his time of the hit TV show, Taxi. Kaufman was an entertainer who made people laugh, but he would tell people he disdained telling jokes.Lived in Northport for a while. Used to hang out at Gunthers in downtown Northport

Raised in Rockville Centre, Doris Kearns Goodwin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, journalist, and historian. She served as a member of the White House staff under President Lyndon B. Johnson, taught at Harvard for a decade, and now regularly appears as a commentator on television news programs.BobKeeshanThisLynbrook-born man is most notable for being the title character in the television showCaptain Kangaroo. He portrayed this iconic character for 30 years.Barbara Keiler

Barbara is a graduate of Bethpage High School and a best-selling author who has written many crime fiction and romance novels. She is more widely known by her pseudonym Judith Arnold. Other pseudonyms she has written under include Ariel Berk and Thea Frederick.Clinton Kelly

Clinton Kelly is a fashion consultant and media personality who co-hosted the Reality TV show What not to Wear. He was born in Panama, raised inPort Jefferson Station, and Graduated from Comsewogue High School.JackieKennedyThe wife of JFK was from Long IslandsSouthamptonArea. As First Lady, many women iconized her for her fashion sense.Alan King

Best known as an actor and comedian, Alan King grew up in New York City before moving to Queens and eventually Great Neck with his wife and kids, where he would live out the rest of his days.MichaelKorsKarl Anderson Jr. who is now know as Michael Kors is a major fashion designer fromMerrick. He is known for his womens line of clothes and handbags.JonathanLarsonBorn in White Plains, Larson is known of composing and writing plays and musicals. He is best known for his smash hitRentandtick, tick...BOOM!DanLauriaLauria graduated fromLindenhurstSenior High School and served in the Vietnam War as an officer in the US Marine Corps. He is best known for this role as Jack Arnold onThe Wonder Years. He currently appears in the television showSullivan & Son.Ed Lauter

Edward Matthew Lauter II was an actor and comedian who appeared in over 200 films and TV episodes. He was born in Long Beach and graduated from the CW Post Campus of Long Island University.Benjamin Lees

Although not born on Long Island, this Grammy nominated composer and was a longtime Great Neck resident who passed away in Glen Cove in May of 2010.

LL Cool J in 2007 at the BET Hip Hop Awards. Photo byHudgons, via WikiCommons. (CC BY-SA 3.0).Rapper and actor fromBay Shore, James Todd Smith is known for his hip-hop music. Some of his songs include I Cant Live Without My Radio, Im Bad, The Boomin System, Rock The Bells and Mama Said Knock You Out.He has branched out from the music industry to films, includingAlthough news around Lohan has not been great lately, thisMerrickandCold Spring Harbor-raised actress calls Long Island her home. Known for her movies like the remake ofLohan has made many films that people still enjoy., Loughlin lives inOceansideand moved toHauppaugewhere she graduated high school. She has made many television appearances and is best known for her role on

Susan Victoria Lucci is an actress, TV host, and author known best for playing the character of Erica Kane on the Soap OperaAll My Children.She graduated from Garden City High School in 1964.PattiLuPoneBorn inNorthport, Lupone is a singer actress known for her performance as Eva Peron in the musicalEvitaand her performance in the originla London cast ofLes Miserables.Robert (Bobby) LuPoneOlder brother of Patti LuPone. Graduated from Northport HS - one of his first performances was at NorthportHigh School as the lead in Wheres Charley. Played role of Director in Broadway original play A Chorus Line.RalphMacchioBorn inHuntington, Macchio is known for his roles inMy Cousin Vinny,The Outsiders, and theKarate Kidfilms.SteveMaddenMaybe you wear his shoes? Who knew that such a popular footwear CEO grew up inLawrence.The Marx Brothers

Originally from New York City, this family of world famous comedians once lived in Great Neck.Jameel McClineJameel Big Time McCline is a professional boxer who was born in New York City and graduated from Comsewogue High School in Port Jefferson Station.Buddy McGirtThis Brentwood raised Long Islander is known for his professional boxer career and being a boxing trainer.JohnMelendezBest known as Stuttering John, this former radio personality who worked with Howard Stern was born inMassapequaand attended Plainedge High School.IdinaMenzelRaised inSyosset, Menzel is best known for her singing and acting in Broadway shows such asRentand playing the lead rold of Elphaba in the Broadway BlockbusterWicked.Chris Messina

Chris Messina is an actor who was born in Northport and has had roles in television and movies includingArgoandYouve Got Mail.Method ManBorn inHempstead, Clifford Smith is known by his stage name and a member of the hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan. Not only is he a musician, he is also an actor appearing in a few motion pictures, as well as some HBO dramas.HarveyMilkBorn inWoodmere, Milk made history by being their first openly gay person to be elected to office in California. He served only 11 months before be assissinated. Before his death he was responsible for passing gay rights ordinances in San Francisco.Larry Miller

Larry Miller is a comedian who hails from Valley Stream. Hes played the doorman onSeinfeld.Hes also appeared in films likeThe Nutty ProfessorandPretty Woman.He also has a podcast calledThe Larry Miller Show.

Born in Huntington, this smooth Jazz composer and guitarist has recorded and performed with many top musical artists - like Celine Dion, Lionel Richie, and more!Billy MiraBilly Mira was a comedian, singer and a personality on the Howard Stern radio show. He grew up in Westbury.Eddie MoneyRaised in Plainedge, Money is known being a singer songwriter during the 70s and 80s.BrandonMooreThis current free agent fromEast Meadowis a linebacker who debuted back in 2002 with the 49ers.Colin Moriarty

Colin Moriarty is a YouTube star known for his work on Kinda Funny: The Animated Series as a video game journalist. Moriarty is from West Babylon.

EddieMurphyRaised inRoosevelt, Murphy is known for his comedy, acting, writing, singing, directing, and music. His career has spanned fromSaturday Night Live,Coming to America,Shrek, andThe Nutty Professor.

Paul Newman was an actor, director, race car driver, entrepreneur, and the co-founder of Newmans Own food company. He was born in Ohio and died in Connecticut, but also lived inGreat Neckfor a period of time.

Cameron Ocasio started acting at the young age of 7. Hes had appearances on shows including. Hes also stared in the television seriesOcasio was born and raised on Long Island and has an older brother and younger sister.

Rosie ODonnell at the 44th Emmy Awards. Photo byAlan Light, via WikiCommons. (CC BY 2.0).Comedian, actress, and TV personality ODonnell was born inCommackand graduated from Commack High School. She is best known for her stand-up comedy, her TV talk show, and her time onODonnell made the announcement to leavein February 2015 citing it was for personals reasons. Outside of acting and comedy, ODonnell helped bring attention to gay adoption issues being a foster and adoptive mother.

Bill OReilly in 2010 at a Hudson Union Society event. Photo byJustin Hoch photographing for Hudson Union Society, via WikiCommons. (CC BY 2.0).Chaminadegraduate, OReilly is a poliical commentator on the Fox News Channel program The OReilly Factor.He has also authored numerous books, includingKilling Kennedy: The End of a CamelotKennedys Lads Days: The Assassination That Defined a GenerationThe Strange Death of World World IIs Most Audacious GeneralHitlers Last Days: The Death of the Nazi Regime and the Worlds Most Notorious Dictator,Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency

He grew up inLevittownand currently resides inManhasset.Opie and AnthonyBoth raised on Long Island, Gregg Hughes and Anthony Cumia host a talk radio program on satellite radio. Their raunchy humor brings the listeners in and, sometimes, shock their listeners.AdamPascalGradating from Syosset High School, this acter and singer is known for his performance as Roger Davis in the Broadway MusicalRent.Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult is a best-selling novelist who was born in Nesconset and raised there until the age of 13. In addition to her many novels, Picoult also wrote several issues of DCsWonder Woman.AJ Pierzynski

Anthony John Pierzynski is an MLB catcher and two-time All Star. He has played for the Twins, Giants, and Rangers, and won a World Series with the White Sox in 2005. Pierzynski is originally fromBridgehampton, and the nephew of MLB Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski.NataliePortmanBorn in Israel and raised inJericho, Portman started young in her acting career in Off-Broadway and Broadway productions. Many Star Wars fans know her as Padme Amidala in theStar Warsprequel trilogy.

Mario Puzo is best known for his novel, The Godfather. The author, screenwriter and journalist also went on to author critically acclaimed novels, The Dark Arena and The Fortunate Pilgrim. Some of his screenplays includeGodfatherandEarthquake.Puzo was born in Manhattans West Side but he lived in Bay Shore until his death in 1999.

This rock musician raised in Freeport is best known for his career with The Velvet Underground.

Paul Regina was an American actor who was born in Brooklyn, grew up in Medford and graduated from Patchogue-Medford High School. Paul was in television series like Police Woman, Brothers, L.A. Law and The Untouchables. He died in 2006 at age 49 from liver cancer.BustaRhymesTrevor Tahiem Smith, Jr., before he was a rapper, was a resident ofUniondaleas well as a Uniondale High School graduate. Rhymes is best known for his music as well as his affliation with other rappers, such as Jay-Z, DMX, and The Notorious B.I.G.Carlton Douglas Chuck D Ridenhour

Best known by his stage name, Chuck D, Carlton Ridenhour was born in Queens, but lived inRooseveltas a child and graduated from Roosevelt Junior-Senior High School before attending Adelphi University. Chuck D was a member of Public Enemy and has contributed to numerous other musical projects.Geraldo Rivera

Geraldo Rivera ran the talk showGeraldofrom 1987 to 1998. The daytime talk show often featured controversial guests that provided drama. He also hostedRivera Live,and evening news show.Hegrew up in Brooklyn and West Babylon and went on to attend high school at West Babylon High School.Phil Robinson

Phil Alden Robinson is a director and screenwriter whose best known works includeField of Dreamsand TheSum of All Fears. He was born inLong Beach.Jai RodriguezJai Rodriguez is an actor and musician best known for his role as