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Some famous Brooklynites

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Name Occupation Lived in Born
Buddy HackettComedian
Adelaide HallJazz singer, credited with invention of scat singing20 Oct 1901

died: 7 Nov 1993
Moss HartPlaywright, Lyricist
Richie HavensAmerican folk singer and guitarist.Bedford-Stuyvesant21 Jan 1941

died: 22 Apr 2013
Connie HawkinsBasketball Hall of FamerBedford-Stuyvesant, Graduate of Boys High School17 Jul 1942
Susan HaywardActress, one of Hollywood's favorite leading ladies in the post WW2 era. Nominated for an Academy Award in 1947 (Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman), 1949 (My Foolish Heart), 1952 (With a Song in My Heart), 1955 (I'll Cry Tomorrow), and winner in 1958 for her role as Barbara Graham in I Want to Live!. Attended Prospect Heights High School. See some fun newsreel footage of her returning to her Alma Mater30 Jan 1918

died: 14 Mar 1975
Gil HaywardActor
Rita HayworthActress
Jamie Hector Actor, best known for playing role of Marlo Stanfield in HBO series The Wire. East Flatbush7 Oct 1975
Joseph HellerAuthor, "Catch 22"Coney Island1 May 1923

died: 12 Dec 1999
Gregory HinesEntertainer14 Feb 1946

died: 9 Aug 2003
Gil HodgesBrooklyn Dodger
John HodgmanAuthor, humorist, hobo expert, and the "PC Guy" in Apple's Mac vs. PC commercials. Park Slope3 Jun 71
Celeste HolmActressAttended school in Brooklyn29 Apr 1919
Sidney HookPhilosopher, Marxist scholarBushwick Ave., then Locust St., and, in the 1930's, in Park Slope20 Dec 1902

died: 12 Jul 1989
Lena HorneSinger
Edward Everett HortonActor18 Mar 1886

died: 29 Sep 1970
Harry HoudiniEscape Artist, Illusionist
Moe Howardof the Three Stoogesborn in Bensonhurst19 Jun 1897

died: 4 May 1975
Curly Howardof the Three StoogesBath Beach22 Oct 1903

died: 18 Jan 1952
Shemp Howardof the Three Stooges17 Mar 1895

died: 23 Nov 1955
Anne JacksonActressgrew up in Brooklyn and graduated from Franklin K. Lane High School
Michael JordanBasketball superstar
Big Daddy KaneRapperAntonio Monterio Hardy, a.k.a. Big Daddy Kane was raised in Queens, but born in Bed-Stuy.10 Sept 1968
Danny KayeOne of the world's best-known comedians, Kaye was a popular film, television, and Broadway star.Lived at 250 Bradford Street in East New York, attended PS 149 and dropped out of Thomas Jefferson High School18 Jan 1913

died: 3 Mar 1987
Lainie KazanSinger, Broadway, Film, and Television starAttended Erasmus Hall High School. 15 May 1940
Ezra Jack KeatsIllustrator & Artistfamily lived at 438 Vermont Street, just off Granville Payne Ave.11 Mar 1916

died: 6 May 1983
Harvey KeitelActor13 May 1939
Talib Kweli RapperLived in Park Slope and Bed-Stuy, attended Brooklyn Tech High School in Ft Greene.
Jimmy KimmelLate-night TV host. Kimmel and Adam Carolla co-founded the annual Los Angeles Feast of San Gennaro.Mill Basin13 Nov 1967
Alan KingTV Host
Carole KingSongwriters Hall of Fame and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Singer/Songwriter of two dozen hit songs including "You've Got a Friend", "I Feel the Earth Move", "It's Too Late", "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"Graduate of James Madison High School in the Madison neighborhood (just west of Marine Park)9 Feb 1942
Larry KingTV HostBrownsville
Kenny KirklandJazz pianist, played with Branford and Wynton Marsalis, Sting, and others. Kirkland joined the Branford Marsalis' Tonight Show band and served as its pianist until his death at age 43.28 Sep 1955

died: 12 Nov 1998
Jake KoenigActor
Bernie KopellActor, ComedianAttended Erasmus High21 Jun 1933
Sandy KoufaxHall of Fame pitcher
Lee KrasnerPainter, wife of Jackson Pollock1908

died: 1984
KRS-OneRapper, born Lawrence Parker, lived in Park Slope, moved to the Bronx as a teen.
Martin LandauActor
Julius LaRosaSinger2 Jan 1930
Dan LauriaActor, best known as the father in TV series The Wonder Years
Jacob LawrencePainterTaught at Pratt Institute, 1955-1970 7 Sep 1917

died: 9 Jun 2000
Steve LawrenceEntertainer
Heath LedgerActorLived in Boerum Hill with Michelle Williams until they separated.4 Apr 1979

died: 22 Jan 2008
Spike LeeFilmmakerBorn in Atlanta, moved to Chicago and then to Ft. Greene in 1959.20 Mar 1957
Gypsy Rose LeeActress and burlesque entertainerOne of several famous residents of February House.9 Feb 1911

died: 26 Apr 1970
Emmanuel LewisActor, title character in the 1980s? television sitcom "Webster"graduate of Midwood High SchoolMarch 9, 1971
Richard LewisComedian29 June 1947
Harvey LichtensteinBrooklyn Academy of Music executive director for 32 years
Lil KimRapper
Tony Lo Biancoactor
Vince LombardiA legendary football coach and general manager, best known as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers during the 1960s. The NFL Super Bowl trophy is named after him.Sheepshead Bay11 June 1913

died: 3 Sept 1970
Leonard LopateBroadcaster, WNYC-FM
Phillip LopateAuthor





















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