People

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Our People page contains information about notable people who live or have lived in the neighborhood. Note: people may be listed in mare than one category. Before adding names to this page please read and consider the questions raised in the page's Discussion.

Civic Leaders[edit]

Elected Representatives[edit]

City Council Members Who Have Represented Jackson Heights[edit]

  • Daniel Dromm - 2010-2017...
  • Julissa Ferreras-Copeland - 2010-2017
  • Helen Sears - 2002-2009
  • John Sabini - 1992-2001
  • Susan Alter

NYS Assembly Members Who Have Represented Jackson Heights[edit]

  • Francisco Moya
  • Jose Peralta
  • Ivan Lafayette

NYS Senate Members Who Have Represented Jackson Heights[edit]

  • Jose Peralta
  • Hiram Monserrate
  • John Sabini 2003-2008
  • Daniel Hevesi

U.S. Congress Members Who Have Represented Jackson Heights[edit]

Notable Residents[edit]

The following listing was initially copied from Wikipedia. Where did these people live? (If known, should it be published? See the page's Discussion.) Note to contributors: listing in several categories is encouraged.

Arts[edit]

  • Nadia Ali (born 1980), singer-songwriter.Template:Citation needed
  • Barbara Bach (born August 27, 1947) is an American actress and model, and grew up in Jackson Heights, the daughter of Marjorie (1920-) and Howard I. Goldbach, married to Ringo Starr of the Beatles.[1]
  • Thom Christopher Born October 5, 1940 Jackson Heights, Long time actor on One Life to Live.[51]
  • Arthur Googy (born Joseph McGuckin, March 19, 1961) Original drummer for the band The Misfits. Originally from Jackson Heights, NY. He attended Blessed Sacrament elementary school followed by a brisk visit to Newtown High.Template:Citation needed

Inventors[edit]

  • Alfred Mosher Butts (1899–1993), Butts was a resident of Jackson Heights, New York, and it was there that the game of Scrabble was invented.[2] To memorialize Butts's importance to the invention of the game, there is a street sign at 35th Avenue and 81st Street in Jackson Heights that is stylized using letters, with their values in Scrabble as a subscript.[3][4] He invented Scrabble in 1938, and perfected it at Community Methodist Church.[48]
  • Chester Carlson (1906–1968), invented Xerox copy machine in his Jackson Heights kitchen.[49] He began some rudimentary experiments, beginning first -- to his wife's aggravation -- in the kitchen of his apartment in Jackson Heights, Queens. It was here that Carlson unearthed the fundamental principles of what he called electrophotography --later to be named xerography -- and defined them in a patent application filed in September, 1938.

Government Leaders[edit]

  • Robert P. Casey (1932–2000), Casey was born in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York, the son of Marie (née Cummings) and Alphonsus Liguori Casey. Governor of Pennsylvania from 1987 to 1995.[50]
  • Eric Holder Jr. (born January 21, 1951) served as the 82nd Attorney General of the United States in the administration of President Barack Obama, from 2009 to 2015. Eric grew up on 101st Street and attended IS 145 in Jackson Heights. Holder was the first African American to hold the position of U.S. Attorney General.[1]
  • Alan M. Davis (born 1949), professor and author.Template:Citation needed
  • Edward Djerejian (born 1939), Mr. Djerejian grew up in Jackson Heights and Elmhurst, Queens, the son of Armenian political refugees who worked in the restaurant business in New York. Diplomat, former United States Ambassador to Syria and Israel and Assistant Secretary of State.Template:Citation needed
  • Helene White (born 1954), (born December 2, 1954) is a United States Federal Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She was born in Jackson Heights.

Photographers[edit]

  • Alfred Eisenstaedt (1898–1995), photographer, lived in Jackson Heights for many years.[56] After first settling in New York in 1935, Eisenstaedt lived in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York, for the rest of his life. Until shortly before his death, he would walk daily from his home to his Life office on the Avenue of the Americas and 51st Street.[11]
  • Al Freni (born 1933), photographer, personal photographer for President Eisenhower. Born in Jackson Heights and lives currently in Jackson Heights.
  • Albert K. Dawson (1885-1967), journalist and cinematographer during the First World War.Template:Citation needed

Editors[edit]

  • Eleanor Clift (born July 7, 1940), grew up in Jackson Heights where her parents ran a deli in Sunnyside.[5] Newsweek contributing editor and regular panelist on The McLaughlin Group.[52]
  • Calvin Fixx (1906—1950), Fixx married Marlys Virginia Fuller (1906–2004) in Jackson Heights on October 31, 1930.[3][14] They lived at 33-28 81 Street, Jackson Heights, Queens, New York.[1][3] Editor at Time magazine.[57]
  • Dave Fleming (born 1969), Fleming was born in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York. MLB pitcher who spent most of his career with the Seattle Mariners.[58]

Business Leaders[edit]

  • Ray Dalio (born 1949), Raymond Dalio was born in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York. founder of investment management firm Bridgewater Associates.[54]
  • Paul D. Ginsberg (born 1962), Ginsberg was born in 1962 in Jackson Heights, Queens. He is a mergers and acquisitions attorney.Template:Citation needed
  • Richard Grasso, former Chairman & CEO of the New York Stock Exchange, was raised in Jackson Heights.
  • Ed Hayes (born 1947), He grew up for a period of time in Jackson Heights, Queens. He is an influential lawyer, journalist, and memoirist.[59]
  • Victor Moore (1876–1962), The Victor Moore Bus Terminal and business arcade at the New York City Subway's Roosevelt Avenue / 74th Street station in Jackson Heights, Queens, served by the 7 E F M R trains and the Q33, Q47, and Q49 buses, was named for him when it opened in 1941.[1][2] In 2005, the arcade was replaced by an Intermodal Transportation Complex serving the same subway and bus lines.[3]actor. Victor Moore appeared in over 50 films and 21 Broadway shows.
  • Billy Murcia (1954–1972), original drummer for the New York Dolls.[66] He was born in Bogotá, Colombia, and raised in Jackson Heights, New York.
  • Colby O'Donis (born March 14, 1989), in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York, USA pop and R&B singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer and actor.
  • Les Paul (1915–2009), He lived in an apartment in Jackson Heights, Queens, where he set up an illegal radio station and began experimenting with recording.He was a jazz guitarist and guitar innovator.[67] He played with Bobby Hackett.
  • Duncan Penwarden (1880–1930), actor.[68] He died, aged 50, at his home in Jackson Heights, Queens from pneumonia, in 1930, several weeks after surgery.[2]
  • Joe Quesada (born 1962), Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics.[69] Quesada was born in New York City to Cuban-born parents, and grew up in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens,[3] 15 blocks from Shea Stadium, which his father help build as part of the construction crew.[4]
  • Tommy Rettig (1941–1996), actor who appeared on the 1950s Lassie television series.[70] Rettig was born to a Jewish father, Elias Rettig, and a Christian Italian-American mother, Rosemary Nibali, in Jackson Heights in the Queens borough of New York City.[1]
  • Don Rickles (born 1926), comedian.[71] Born in 1926, Rickles grew up in Jackson Heights and graduated from Newtown High School in Elmhurst. He lived in an apartment house at 89-09 32nd Ave., across the street from P.S. 148
  • Robert Tripp Ross (1903–1981), Congressman and former Assistant Secretary of Defense from 1954-1957.[72] He resided in Jackson Heights until his death there in 1981.
  • Nancy Rodrigo - Artist raised in Jackson Heights.
  • Mercedes Ruehl (born 1948), actress.[73] She was born in Jackson Heights, Queens.
  • Susan Sarandon (born 1946), actress.[74] Susan Sarandon grew up in Jackson Heights until there were too many of siblings to deal with that — she's the oldest of nine.
  • Eddie August Schneider (1911–1940), record-setting early aviator.[75] He moved to Jackson Heights, Queens on Long Island, when the American Airlines eastern terminal had moved to LaGuardia Airport.[12] Eddie registered for the draft on October 16, 1940 when he was living at 32-50 73rd Street in Jackson Heights, Queens in New York.[7][42]
  • Walter Sear (1930–2010),Sear moved with his family to Jackson Heights, Queens at the age of one.[1] audio engineer.[76]
  • Gene Simmons (born 1949), of the rock group Kiss.[77] Chaim Witz was his original name born August 25, 1949. He came to Jackson Heights when he was eight. He attended PS 145.

Entertainers[edit]

  • Kevin Dobson (born 1943), Born March 18, 1943 in Jackson Heights, Queens, actor, known for his roles on Kojak and Knots Landing.[55]
  • Bobby Hackett (1915–1976), He lived in an apartment in Jackson Heights and played with Les Paul. They were neighbors in Jackson Heights, Queens during the late '50s and the '60s. He was a trumpet player who played with Henry Mancini, Benny Goodman, and Louis Armstrong
  • John Leguizamo (born 1964), Moved to Jackson Heights from Bogota, Columbia when he was 3 1/2 and went to IS 145, comedian, actor.[62]
  • Willy Ley (1906–1969), space writer and theorist.[63] Ley died at the age of 62 on June 24, 1969 – less than a month before men first landed on the Moon –, in his home in Jackson Heights, Queens, where he had lived with his family since the mid-1950s.[20]
  • Lucy Liu (born 1968), born on December 2, 1968 in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City, New York. Liu attended Joseph Pulitzer Middle School (I.S.145), actress.[64]
  • Clive Lythgoe (1927–2006), a classical pianist lived alone in a simple one-bedroom co-op apartment in Jackson Heights.[3] .[65]
  • Howard Stern (born 1954), Born in Jackson Heights in 1954. Host of The Howard Stern Show.[78]
  • Maria Terrone (born May 21, 1951) poet and writer.[79][80]Excerpts from her stillspotting poetic narrative, “At Home in the New World,” can be heard in a photo-essay, “Desire in Jackson Heights.” Maria and her husband live in Jackson Heights.
  • Sada Thompson (1927–2011), award-winning actress.[81] She and her husband Donald Stewart moved to Jackson Heights, Queens in 1952 and lived in Jackson Heights for 30 years.[2]
  • Johnny Thunders (1952–1991), of the New York Dolls. Thunders was born John Anthony Genzale, Jr. in Queens, New York, where he first lived in East Elmhurst and then Jackson Heights.[1]Template:Citation needed
  • Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary lived in Jackson Heights at one time.
  • Waddy Wachtel (born 1947), Wachtel was born May 24, 1947, in Jackson Heights in the New York City borough of Queens. session guitarist.[82]
  • Raees Warsi (born 1963), Urdu poet, writer and TV anchor.Template:Citation needed.
  • Helen Kane (1904–1966), was a singer, known for her baby talk version of I Wanna Be Loved by You and model for Betty Boop. Helen wed for the third and final time in 1939. Her husband was well-known Broadwayite Dan Healy; the bride was 36, the groom 52. Theirs was a happy marriage, and Helen decided to settle down “and be Mrs. Healy for awhile.” The Healys moved to a small home on 35th Avenue in Jackson Heights. She died on September 26, 1966 at age 62, in her apartment in Jackson Heights, Queens. [60]
  • Richard Kline (born 1944), went to IS 145. He had a great teacher in junior high school, in Jackson Heights, Queens, who cast him in several of the shows there. That’s pretty much when he realized that he wanted to be an actor. He played Jack's friend Larry on Three's Company.[61]
  • Hari Kondabolu (born 1982), American stand-up comic, actor, and podcast host, attended P.S. 69.
  • Lady Catiria (1959–1999), Lady Catiria began her career at the age of 19 years in the neighborhood of Jackson Heights, Queens, impersonating the Puerto Rican TV performer Iris Chacón.[2] Drag performer.Template:Citation needed
  • Montgomery Clift (1920–1966), actor, moved to Jackson Heights with his family in 1933 and lived in The Chateau apartment building.[53]
  • Joseph Curtin, radio actor from mid 1930's - 1956 , he was the voice of Mr. North of Mr. & Mrs. North mystery radio show lived on 80th St. in Jackson Heights.
  • Valerie Curtin had a noteworthy career as a writer and actress.

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