Queens helped raise some of Hollywood’s greatest

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Susan Anspach — graduated from William Cullen Bryant High School in Long Island City in 1960.

Hank Azaria — An actor from “The Birdcage” and the dogwalker on “Mad About You,” he is from Forest Hills

Godfrey Cambridge — comedian-actor who graduated from Flushing High School.

David Caruso — The former “NYPD Blue” star grew up in Forest Hills Gardens and graduated from Archbishop Molloy High School in Jamaica.

Robert Chartoff — The producer of the film “Rocky” grew up in Kew Gardens Hills, down the block from Simon and Garfunkel.

Fran Drescher — The actress, like her character, “The Nanny,” is from Flushing and lived near Queens College. She graduated from Hillcrest High School in Jamaica.

Goldie Hawn — began her career by appearing as a go-go dancer at the 1964 World’s Fair.

Madeleine Kahn — This Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress and two-time Oscar nominee attended Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village.

Bob Keeshan — “Captain Kangaroo” graduated from Forest Hills High School.

Michael Landau — Academy Award winner who grew up in Kew Gardens Hills.

Michael Landon — Little Joe from TV show “Bonanza,” Charles Ingalls on “Little House on the Prairie” and star of “Highway to Heaven” grew up in Kew Gardens and went to Forest Hills High School.

Lucy Liu — The Flushing actress plays the character of Ling on “Ally McBeal.”

Jack Lord — The “Hawaii Five-O” star went to John Adams High School.

Carroll O’Connor — The actor portrayed bigoted Queens resident Archie Bunker in “All in the Family.” O’Connor grew up in Woodside and attended Newtown High School in Elmhurst.

Bernadette Peters — actress/singer from Ozone Park.

Edward G. Robinson — graduated from Townsend Harris High School in 1910 under the name Emmanuel Goldenberg.

Ray Romano — The star of “Everybody Loves Raymond” grew up in Forest Hills and attended Hillcrest High School in Jamaica.

David Schwimmer — Ross from “Friends” was born in Queens in 1966.

Jerry Seinfeld — The comic and TV star graduated from Queens College in Flushing.

Christopher Walken — The Academy Award winner for “The Deer Hunter” was born in Astoria in 1943.


John Barrymore — Stage and screen actor who once lived on 208th Street in Bayside, north of Northern Boulevard.

Bennett Sisters — Constance and Joan lived in Bayside.

Eddie Bracken — The 1940s Hollywood actor lived in Middle Village.

Spring Byington — The TV and movie star lived near an LIRR station at Bell Boulevard in Bayside.

Francis X. Bushman — The actor lived in a house overlooking Little Neck Bay.

Sid Caesar — The comedian who starred in “Your Show of Shows” in the ‘50s lived in Rego Park during this time.

Joan Crawford — This famous actress lived in Douglaston and worked on films in Astoria.

Gloria DeHaven — The movie star of the ‘40s lived near Bell Boulevard in Bayside.

Rae Dooley — The actress who played Baby Snooks lived in Bayside near Crocheron Park.

Paul Douglas — The movie and TV star lived on 214th Street in Bayside.

Marie Dressler — The silent movie actress lived on 219th Street in Bayside.

Jimmy Durante — The actor, known for his big nose, lived on 161st Street near Bowne Park with his first wife, “Mrs. Calabash.”

Eric Estrada — Starred in TV cop show “Chips.” He lived near Parsons Boulevard in Flushing.

W.C. Fields — The comedian and star of stage and screen once lived in a house near Little Neck Bay.

Janet Gaynor — She won an Academy Award in 1928 for “Seventh Heaven.” It was the first Academy Award given to a female lead. She lived in Rego Park.

Luella Gear — Had a home in Bayside.

Buster Keaton — The stone-faced actor lived between Little Neck and Bayside.

Angela Lansbury — The star of “Murder, She Wrote” and stage and screen lived in Douglaston.

John Leguizamo — The actor/comedian lived in Jackson Heights and often jokes about Queens in his comedy routines.

Groucho Marx — An entertainer in “Night at the Opera” and “A Day at the Races” lived in Bayside and Richmond Hill.

Paul Newman — The star, famous for his acting and his salad dressing, lived on 64th Avenue in Fresh Meadows.

Mary Pickford — The silent movie star once lived on Powell’s Cove in Whitestone.

George Raft — The famous movie gangster once lived in Douglaston.

May Robson — Actress who once lived on Bell Boulevard in Bayside.

Ginger Rogers — The actress and lifelong dance partner of Fred Astaire once lived on Manor Road in Douglaston.

Gloria Swanson — The actress once lived in Bayside.

Cornell Wilde — The 1950s movie star once lived on 44th Avenue near Utopia Parkway.

Natalie Wood — The actress once lived in Fresh Meadows.

Keenan Wynn — The movie star once lived on 169th Street in Auburndale.

Burt Young — An actor in the “Rocky” films, he once lived on Bell Boulevard in Bayside.

Posted 7:07 pm, October 10, 2011
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Victoria Pappas Olson from Laurelton, NY says:
It's well known by those of us who lived there, that Ed Wynn and his son, Keenan, and family, lived on 224th Street in Laurelton, Queens, NYC. I don't recall the house number, but it's still called, "The Wynn House".
Oct. 3, 2012, 6:52 pm
Victoria Pappas Olson from Laurelton, NY says:
Don Rickles lived in Queens and graduated from Newtown High School in Elmhurst, Queens.
Oct. 3, 2012, 6:54 pm
Victoria Pappas Olson from Laurelton, NY says:
Comedian Don Rickles lived in Queens and graduated from Newtown High School in Elmhurst, Queens.
Oct. 3, 2012, 6:56 pm from jackson Heights, Queens says:
Terry Rogers once lived on 77 st. and 35th Ave in Jackson Heights.
Sept. 2, 2015, 3:35 pm
Lorrin B from Queens Village says:
Bowser from the musical group sha na na is from Queens Village and attended Van Buren HS
Jan. 21, 2016, 8:02 pm
Steve Wagner from Kew Gardens Hills says:
Ellen Barkin grew up on 150th St. in Kew Gardens Hills.
Nov. 5, 2016, 9:22 am
Rich m says:
Don't forget Simon and Garfunkel from Forest Hills
July 8, 12:26 am

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