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Famous People from New Rochelle, New York

Susan B Anthony

Image of Susan B. Anthony courtesy of National Geographic

A famous person could be living right around the corner from you. Imagine that! It’s also very possible that if you call New Rochelle or Manhattan home, you’re living somewhere close to the birthplace of a famous (or infamous) New Yorker! With that said, if you’re curious to learn more about New Rochelle and its illustrious history of attracting and creating noteworthy people, here’s a list of some of the most noteworthy people originally from or currently living in the New Rochelle area.

People You May Know from New Rochelle, NY

Lee Archer

Lee Archer, aka Buddy, was born in 1919 and died in 2010. He was a WWII fighter pilot in the 332nd Fighter Group — a Tuskeegee Airman. He also joined General Foods Corporation as one of the first black corporate VPs of a major U.S. company!

Jay Leno

Jay Leno, the famed comedian, writer, and TV icon who owns a collection of roughly 290 classic cars, is originally from New Rochelle, NY.

Frank Abagnale

Frank Abagnale, now a security consultant, is perhaps most well-known for Leonardo DiCaprio’s portrayal of him on the silver screen in Catch Me If You Can. In his earlier life, Abagnale was a con man, check forger, and impostor that assumed 8+ identities; he escaped from police custody twice.

Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony, the famous abolitionist, suffragette, and equal rights activist was originally born in New Rochelle, NY!

Matt Dillon

Famous actor and film director Matt Dillon was born in New Rochelle, NY and grew up in nearby Mamaronack.

Jonathan “Jon” Klein

Jonathan Klein, a Brown-educated history major who eventually became the head of CNN, was originally from New Rochelle.

Horace M. Albright

A former director of the National Park Service and famous conservationist, Horace M. Albright lived from 1890 through 1987 and earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom under Jimmy Carter for his conservation efforts.

Thomas Valentine Bermingham

You’ve likely seen (and been terrified by) the film The Exorcist. Well, Thomas Bermingham, a Jesuit priest and scholar, was a technical advisor to the film production, and he was originally from New Rochelle, NY.

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