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Who Calls Englewood Home?

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Englewood, New Jersey include: 

Alicia Keys (born 1981), singer, songwriter, record producer and actress;

Brooke Shields (born 1965), actress;

John Travolta (born 1954), actor, known for films such as Pulp Fiction, Grease and Saturday Night Fever;

Tony Bennett (born 1926), Grammy Award-winning singer;

Malcolm Forbes (1919–1990), entrepreneur most prominently known as the publisher of Forbes magazine, founded by his father B. C. Forbes;

Academics, Medicine, & Science

  • Gordon Park Baker (1938–2002), philosopher
  • Carolyn Denning (1927–2016), pediatrician and pioneer in cystic fibrosis treatment
  • Josephine English (1920-2011), gynecologist who was one of the first black women to open a private practice in New York state
  • Malcolm McKenna (1930–2008), paleontologist, whose wife, Priscilla, served as mayor of Englewood
  • Robert Mills (1927–1999), physicist
  • Eli Sagan (1927–2015), clothing manufacturer; lecturer and author in cultural anthropology; political activist; served on the national finance committee for George McGovern's 1972 presidential campaign, a role that earned him a spot on Richard Nixon's Enemies List in 1973
  • Dorothy Warburton (1935/6–2016), geneticist



  • Charles W. Bailey (1929–2012), journalist, newspaper editor and novelist who co-wrote the 1962 best-selling political thriller novel Seven Days in May
  • Kevin Baker (born 1958), novelist and journalist
  • Claudia Cohen (born 1950), socialite and gossip columnist
  • Brian Daley (1947–1996), science fiction novelist
  • Anna Dewdney (1965–2016), author and illustrator of children's books, including Llama Llama Red Pajama
  • Robert Levithan (born 1951, class of 1969), writer and HIV/AIDS activist
  • Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906–2001), author and aviator; wife of Charles Lindbergh and daughter of Dwight Morrow
  • James Lord (1922–2009), biographer
  • William Marchant (1923–95), playwright and screenwriter, best known for writing the play that served as the basis for the 1957 Walter Lang movie The Desk Set
  • Ian O'Connor (born 1964), sports columnist; ESPN radio host; wrote books Arnie & Jack: Palmer, Nicklaus & Golf's Greatest Rivalry and The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter
  • Upton Sinclair (1878–1968), author; established a commune called Helicon Home Colony in 1906 with proceeds from his novel The Jungle; it burned down in 1907

Fine Arts

  • Faith Ringgold (born 1930), African-American artist, best known for her narrative quilts

Movies, Radio, Stage, & Television

  • Glenn Anders (1889–1981), actor best known for his work in Broadway theatre
  • John Aprea (born 1941), actor, known for his role as "Young Sal Tessio" in The Godfather Part II (1974) and on television as "Lucas Castigliano" on the soap opera Another World
  • Julia Barr (born 1949), actress best known for her role on the soap opera All My Children, playing the character of Brooke English
  • Shakira Barrera (born 1990), dancer and actor who has appeared in the Netflix series GLOW
  • Martin Block (1903–1967), disk jockey who is said to have inspired the creation of the term by Walter Winchell
  • Elizabeth Bracco (born 1959), actress
  • David Cassidy (1950–2017), actor and musician, best known for his role on The Partridge Family
  • David X. Cohen (born 1966), head writer and executive producer of TV series Futurama
  • Peter Coyote (born 1941), actor and author, known for films such as E.T. and Jagged Edge
  • Vince Curatola (born 1953), played Johnny Sack on the HBO series The Sopranos
  • John Fiedler (1925–2005) voice actor and character actor in stage, film, television and radio, known as the voice of Piglet in Disney's many "Winnie the Pooh" productions, and as Mr. Peterson, nervous patient on The Bob Newhart Show
  • Lucy Fisher (born 1949), film producer
  • Genie Francis (born 1962), best known for her role as Laura Spencer on General Hospital
  • Ivor Francis (1918–1986), actor
  • Frankie Grande (born 1983), dancer, actor, singer, producer, television host and YouTube personality
  • Zach Grenier (born 1954), actor known for roles in Fight Club and Deadwood, and on Broadway
  • Jess Harnell (born 1963), voice actor and singer, best known for voicing Wakko Warner in Animaniacs
  • Justine Johnstone (1895–1982), stage and silent screen actress; later a pathologist and was part of the team that developed the modern intravenous drip technique
  • Sara Lee Kessler (born 1951), television news reporter
  • Alicia Keys (born 1981), singer, songwriter, record producer and actress
  • Téa Leoni (born 1966), actress
  • Richard Lewis (born 1947), comedian and actor, known for his roles on Anything but Love and Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Bruce McKenna (born 1962), television and movie screenwriter
  • Eddie Murphy (born 1961), comedian and actor
  • Miles Orman (born 1984), cast member on Sesame Street
  • Roscoe Orman (born 1944), television personality Gordon on Sesame Street
  • Charles Osgood (born 1933), television personality
  • Rick Overton (born 1954), screenwriter, actor, and comedian
  • Betsy Palmer (1926–2015), actress
  • Sarah Jessica Parker (born 1965), actress, best known for her starring role in HBO's Sex and the City
  • Clarke Peters (born 1952), actor; played Det. Lester Freamon on HBO's The Wire
  • Aidan Quinn (born 1959), actor
  • Rick Schwartz (born c. 1968), film producer
  • Al Sharpton (born 1954), civil rights activist and radio talk show host
  • Dick Shawn (born 1925), actor and comedian
  • Brooke Shields (born 1965), actress
  • Gloria Swanson (1899–1983), actress, best known for the film Sunset Boulevard
  • John Travolta (born 1954), actor, known for films such as Pulp Fiction, Grease and Saturday Night Fever
  • Abi Varghese, director and writer, best known for his Netflix released show Brown Nation Music
  • Regina Belle (born 1963), Grammy Award-winning singer
  • Estelle Bennett (1941–2009), member of the girl group The Ronettes, with her sister Ronnie Spector and cousin Nedra Talley
  • Tony Bennett (born 1926), Grammy Award-winning singer
  • George Benson (born 1943), jazz singer and musician
  • John Bergamo (born 1940), percussionist and composer
  • William Foden (1860–1947), classical guitar composer; lived in Englewood since 1911
  • Virgil Fox (1912–1980), organist
  • Dizzy Gillespie (1917–1993), jazz trumpeter; lived in Englewood from 1965 until his death in 1993
  • Doug Howard (born 1956), musician, vocalist and songwriter; has performed with Touch, Todd Rundgren, Utopia and The Edgar Winter Group
  • Ernie Isley (born 1952), guitarist and member of The Isley Brothers
  • Marvin Isley (1953–2010), bassist and member of the Isley Brothers
  • Serius Jones (born 1982), MC, battle rapper, mixtape awards winner
  • Kitty Kallen (1921–2016), singer
  • Lil' Kim (born 1975), real name Kimberly Jones, rapper
  • Bruce Lundvall (1935–2015), record company executive, best known for his period as the President and CEO of the Blue Note Label Group, reporting directly to Eric Nicoli, the Chief Executive Officer of EMI Group
  • Nypoleon, R&B singer, songwriter, producer, actor; born in Trinidad and moved to Englewood
  • Karen O (born 1978 as Karen Lee Orzoek), lead vocalist for the New York City art punk band Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • Clyde Otis (1924–2008), music industry executive
  • Margaret Patrick (1913–1994), "Ebony" of "Ebony and Ivory"
  • Wilson Pickett (1941–2006), singer
  • Sylvia Robinson (1936–2011), singer, record producer, and co-founder of Sugar Hill Records and All Platinum Records
  • Slam Stewart (1914–1987), upright bass player who played for Charlie Parker and Art Tatum
  • The Sugarhill Gang, recorded "Rapper's Delight" in 1979, the first hip hop single to become a Top 40 hit
  • Bob Weinstock (1928–2006), founder of Prestige Records
  • Leslie West (born 1945), musician, singer and guitarist of Mountain
  • Matt White (born 1980), singer-songwriter
  • Eric Williams, singer and member of Blackstreet

Business & Industry

  • Robert Bakish (born 1963), President and CEO of Viacom
  • John Crowley (born 1967), biotech executive who helped develop a treatment for Pompe disease after his children were diagnosed with the condition
  • Victor Farris (1910–1985), inventor and businessman; credited with inventing the paper milk carton
  • B. C. Forbes (1880–1954), founder of Forbes magazine
  • Malcolm Forbes (1919–1990), entrepreneur most prominently known as the publisher of Forbes magazine, founded by his father B. C. Forbes
  • David Hoadley, former president of the Panama Railway
  • Daniel E. Straus (born 1957), business executive who is co-founder of CareOne LLC and is Vice Chairman of the Memphis Grizzlies
  • Cyma Zarghami (born 1962), president of Nickelodeon and MTV Networks' Kids & Family Group

Government & Politics

  • Byron Baer (1929–2007), politician who served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1972 to 1993 and in the State Senate from 1994 to 2005
  • Shmuley Boteach (born 1966), Orthodox rabbi; radio and television host; author; ran for Congress in New Jersey's 5th congressional district
  • Wayne A. Cauthen (born 1955), current and first appointed African American City Manager of Kansas City, Missouri
  • Orestes Cleveland (1829–1896), Mayor of Jersey City 1864–1867 and 1886–1892; member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey's 5th congressional district, 1869–1871
  • Ron de Lugo (born 1930), first Delegate from the United States Virgin Islands to the House of Representatives
  • S. Fitzgerald Haney (born 1969), diplomat who served as United States Ambassador to Costa Rica
  • Jon Leibowitz (born 1958), chairman of the Federal Trade Commission
  • Michael Leiter, Director of the National Counterterrorism Center
  • Dwight Morrow (1873–1931), former United States Senator; United States Ambassador to Mexico; father-in law of Charles Lindbergh; namesake of Dwight Morrow High School
  • Sybil Moses (1939–2009), prosecutor of the "Dr. X killings" case; New Jersey Superior Court judge
  • Dan Fellows Platt (1873–1937), art collector and expert; Mayor of Englewood (1904–1905)
  • Sylvia Pressler (1934–2010), Chief Judge of the Appellate Division the New Jersey Superior Court for five years, officially retiring from the bench in 2004
  • Steve Rothman (born 1952), former congressmen who served as the Mayor of Englewood from 1983–1989
  • Sister Souljah (born 1964), rapper and activist
  • Walter Scott Taylor, Sr., clergyman, civil rights advocate and first African-American mayor of Englewood
  • Susan Thomases (born 1944), attorney; personal counsel and informal adviser to Hillary Clinton during the Clinton presidency
  • Robert Torricelli (born 1951), former U.S. Senator; resided in Englewood throughout his career of elective political office
  • Alexander Buel Trowbridge (1929–2006), former United States Secretary of Commerce
  • Austin Volk (1919–2010), former Mayor of Englewood during the 1967 civil unrest; former New Jersey assemblyman
  • Michael Wildes (born 1964), immigration lawyer who served as Mayor of Englewood from 2004 to 2010
  • Craig Zucker (born 1975), member of the Maryland State Senate


  • Jack Armstrong (born 1965), former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher
  • Sean Banks (born 1985), professional basketball player
  • Alejandro Bedoya (born 1987), professional soccer player for FC Nantes and the United States men's national soccer team
  • Gregg Berhalter (born 1973), former professional soccer player; head coach of the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer
  • Ruben Brown (born 1972), guard for 13 seasons in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills and Chicago Bears
  • Dick Button (born 1929), Olympic ice skater and commentator; ranked #11 on the Sports Illustrated list of "The 50 Greatest New Jersey Sports Figures"
  • Nick Catone (born 1981), mixed martial artist who fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight division
  • Bruce Delventhal, retired ice hockey player, coach and administrator who led two ice hockey programs before becoming the athletic director for Plattsburgh State
  • Garrett Dickerson (born 1995), tight end for the New York Giants
  • Joe Echols (c. 1916–1977), American football coach, college athletics administrator and Negro league baseball player
  • Devin Fuller (born 1994), wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League
  • Germain Glidden (1914–1999), national squash champion, painter, muralist, cartoonist and founder of the National Art Museum of Sport
  • Bruce Harper (born 1955), former professional football player for the New York Jets
  • Chris Hewitt (born 1974), former NFL defensive back who played for the New Orleans Saints
  • Richie Incognito (born 1983), guard for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League
  • Janet Jacobs (born 1928), All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player
  • Jimmie Jones (born 1947), former American football defensive end in the National Football League for the New York Jets and the Washington Redskins
  • Ross Krautman (born 1991), placekicker for the Syracuse Orange football team
  • Pierre McGuire (born 1961), sportscaster and sports commentator
  • Maureen Orcutt (1907–2007), pioneer golfer and reporter for The New York Times; 65 career amateur victories; inducted into New Jersey Golf Association and New York State Halls of Fame; named Women's Metropolitan Golf Association's Player of the Century
  • Bill Parcells (born 1941), NFL Head Coach, formerly of the New York Giants and New York Jets
  • Phil Pepe (1935–2015), baseball writer and radio voice who spent more than five decades covering sports in New York City
  • Ethel Bliss Platt (1881–1971), U.S. tennis doubles champion in 1906, wife of Dan Fellows Platt
  • Jim Price (born 1966), former professional football tight end
  • Richie Scheinblum (born 1942), former Major League Baseball All Star outfielder
  • Lou Tepe (born 1930), offensive lineman for three seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Jordan Theodore (born 1989), professional basketball player who currently plays for the Frankfurt Skyliners of the German Basketball League
  • Tony Tolbert (born 1967), former NFL player for the Dallas Cowboys
  • Ron Villone (born 1970), pitcher for the New York Yankees and 11 other teams during his MLB career
  • Brian Walker (born 1984), football player
  • Bill Willoughby (born 1957), former NBA basketball player; the first NBA player drafted out of high school when he was selected by the Atlanta Hawks in 1975
  • John Winkin (1919–2014), baseball coach, scout, broadcaster, journalist and collegiate athletics administrator; led the University of Maine Black Bears baseball team to six College World Series berths in an 11-year span
  • Emily Wold (born 1994), former field hockey player, who played as a midfielder


  • Clifford Whittingham Beers (1876–1943), founder of the American mental hygiene movement
  • Sophie Clark (1943–1962), the only African American victim of the Boston Strangler, Albert DeSalvo
  • Arthur Hertzberg (1921–2006), Conservative rabbi and prominent Jewish-American scholar and activist
  • Dr. John Lattimer (1914–2007), urologist; did extensive research on the Lincoln and Kennedy assassinations; had an extensive collection of military paraphernalia, including "medieval armor, Revolutionary and Civil War rifles and swords, a pile of cannonballs, World War II machine guns and German Lugers, and drawings by Adolf Hitler"
  • Charles Lindbergh (1902–1974), aviator
  • Bernarr Macfadden (1868–1955), physical culture advocate
  • Calvin J. Spann (1924–2015), an original Tuskegee Airman and fighter pilot with the 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group

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