Not only is Jersey City home to some awesome bars and restaurants, but the Hudson County city is also home to a wide variety of famous celebrities, ranging from actors and actresses to singers and rappers. Here’s a list of 12 Jersey City-born celebs that you might not have known were from right around the corner.
Actress and “Dip It Low” singer Christina Milian was born in Jersey City before eventually moving to Los Angeles. She also showed off some of her moves on season 17 of Dancing with the Stars and in Bring It On: Fight to the Finish.
The JC-born Captain America: The First Avenger and Antwone Fisher star (casted by Denzel Washington himself), is also famous for appearing in Friday Night Lights (a football favorite), as well as the TV series The King of Queens.
The eldest daughter of the famous blue-eyed ‘Boken native Frank Sinatra himself, Nancy Sinatra is branded for her sultry music hits (These Boots Are Made for Walkin’, Summer Wine, etc.)
Richard Conte, who appeared alongside Frank Sinatra in Ocean’s 11, also appeared in The Godfather. Conte was born in Jersey City back in 1910, and has starred in a ton of films between the ‘40’s and the ‘70’s.
One of the most popular comedians, actors, writers and host of The Flip Wilson Show was born in Jersey City. Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning Wilson, who died in 1998, was known for being one of the first successful African American entertainers, according to the NYTimes.
Rapper Joe Budden, who, like R&B singer Christina Milian, was signed by Def Jam, grew up in Jersey City. A few of Budden’s rhymes even allude to the rapper’s life growing up in Hudson County. He has also appeared on VH1’s TV show Love & Hip Hop.
One of the most undoubtedly famous Jersey City celebs hailing from Jersey City is Martha Stewart, widely known for her recipes as well as her cookbooks and other publications.
Lester Green, widely known as “Beetlejuice,” is known for his frequent guest appearances on The Howard Stern Show (in addition to being member of Stern’s “Wack Pack”). The Jersey-City born rapper also appeared in Scary Movie 2.
Recognize that grumpy principal from The Breakfast Club? Paul Gleason, who passed away in 2006, was notorious for his role in the classic film as Principal Richard Vernon. He appeared in Trading Places and Die Hard as well as in the All My Children series.
More commonly known as The Cosby Show‘s endearing Theo Huxtable, Jamal-Warner is a Jersey City native who has starred in Malcolm & Eddie, and Reed Between the Lines, and has made appearances on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Say whaaat?!
“The Lion King” might have been set in Africa, but the voice behind the animated meerkat Timon himself hailed from Jersey City. The Saint Peter’s graduate Nathan Lane, known for his role in The Lion King as well as the films The Producers and The Birdcage.
Emmy award-winning daytime actress Susan Flannery, born in Jersey City, has directed and starred on The Bold and The Beautiful for 25 years as Stephanie Forrester. Flannery has also appeared on the soap opera Days of Our Lives.
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