Notable Long Islanders
Mariah Carey, Howard Stern, Rosie O'Donnell, Susan Lucci, Criss Angel and more prominent people who have called Long Island home.
Stony Brook native Steven Matz was signed by the New York Mets in 2009 and made his major league debut as a pitcher in 2015. Matz, who attended Ward Melville High School, also has a sandwich named after him at the Se-Port Deli in East Setauket, where he is a regular customer.
Author Jodi Picoult grew up in Nesconset and has written 25 novels to date. Her work has garnered her several awards, including the New England Bookseller Award for Fiction and the Alex Award from the Young Adult Library Services Association, among others.
Comic book writer Scott Snyder lives on Long Island with his wife and two children and currently teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University. He has written for several Marvel Comics and DC Comics, including Batman, Swamp Thing and American Vampire, among others.
Madison Beer(Credit: Getty Images for iHeartMedia / Mike Windle)
Singer Madison Beer, who rose to prominence in 2012 when pop star Justin Bieber tweeted a link to one of her YouTube videos, is a Jericho native.
Sal Valentinetti(Credit: Getty Images / Mike Windle)
"America's Got Talent" contestant Sal Valentinetti hails from Bethpage.
Stephen Rannazzisi(Credit: Invision, AP / Rich Fury)
Stephen Rannazzisi a comedian who stars on the FXX sitcom "The League" and commercials for Buffalo Wild Wings, is a Smithtown native.
Michael Rosenbaum(Credit: AP/ Rich Fury)
Michael Rosenbaum, an actor and producer who is best known for his portrayal of Lex Luther in the TV series "Smallville," was born in Oceanside.
Amy Schumer(Credit: Getty Images / Jason Merritt)
Comedian, writer, producer and actress Amy Schumer graduated from South Side High School in Rockville Centre in 1999.
Hoodie Allen(Credit: Matty Vogel)
Rapper Hoodie Allen (born Steven Markowitz) grew up in Plainview and attended Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School.
Kurtis Blow(Credit: PolyGram Records)
Kurtis Blow, the first rapper ever signed to a major-label contract and one of hip-hop's first stars, was born and raised in Harlem but spent childhood summers in Bayside and St. Albans. He settled in Laurelton in 2000.
Mickey Hart(Credit: AP)
Former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart was born in Brooklyn, but grew up on Long Island and attended Lawrence High School, where he was a drummer in the marching band.
John Turturro(Credit: Getty Images / Andrew H. Walker)
Actor-director John Turturro grew up in Rosedale. "We moved there from Hollis when I was about 6. My father built houses on the south side of Sunrise [Highway]," Turturro said in an interview with Newsday. "I visited there a lot when my mom was still alive. Up until she died in 2005 she still lived there. I shot "Romance and Cigarettes" there. I want to go back, but it's been hard for me since she died."
Billy Crudup(Credit: Getty Images / Gareth Cattermole)
Actor Billy Crudup, who made his film debut in "Sleepers" (1996), was born in Manhasset.
Mick Foley(Credit: Carolines)
WWE champ Mick Foley grew up in East Setauket and graduated from Ward Melville High School.
John Williams(Credit: Getty Images)
Composer John Williams, best knows for his scores of "Star Wars," "Jaws," and "Superman," was born in Floral Park.
John Edward(Credit: Handout)
Psychic John Edward, best knows for his TV shows "Crossing Over with John Edward" and "John Edward Cross Country," was born in Glen Cove and graduated from Glen Cove High School.
Chef Harold Dieterle was the winner of the first season of the Bravo TV network's reality show "Top Chef." He was born in West Babylon and graduated from West Babylon High School.
Chef Ilan Hall, winner of the second season of the Bravo TV network's reality show "Top Chef," was born in Great Neck.
David Paymer(Credit: AP)
Character actor David Paymer, who has appeared in a lengthy list of movies (including "Bad Teacher," "Ocean's Thirteen") and TV shows (including "The Good Wife"), grew up in Oceanside.
D.B. Sweeney(Credit: AP)
Actor D.B. Sweeney, best known for his portrayal of Doug Dorsey in "The Cutting Edge" (1992), was born and raised in Shoreham and attended Shoreham-Wading River High School.
Heather Matarazzo(Credit: AP)
Actress Heather Matarazzo, best known for playing characters who are ostracized by society, was raised in Oyster Bay and attended Oyster Bay High School.
Scott Disick(Credit: Getty Images)
Scott Disick, boyfriend to Kourtney Kardashian and breakout star of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," grew up in Eastport.
John Coltrane(Credit: AP, 1964)
Jazz saxophonist John Coltrane lived in Dix Hills for three years until he died of cancer in 1967 at age 40. He composed the epic 1964 jazz masterpiece "A Love Supreme," shortly after moving into the now-dilapidated four-bedroom home.
Kevin Connolly(Credit: AP)
Actor Kevin Connolly, best known for the role of "E" on the HBO show "Entourage," was born in Patchogue and graduated from Patchogue-Medford High School in 1992.
Carey Lowell(Credit: John Roca)
Former model-actress Carey Lowell, who played Bond girl Pam Bouvier in the 1989 movie "Licence to Kill" and Assistant D.A. Jamie Ross on the TV drama "Law & Order" was born in Huntington.
Nelson DeMille(Credit: AP )
Author Nelson DeMille, whose books include "The Gold Coast" and "Plum Island," grew up in Elmont and lives in Garden City.
Carol Leifer(Credit: Getty Images)
Writer and stand up comic Carol Leifer, who won a Writer's Guild Award for "Modern Family," is an East Williston native.
Larry Miller(Credit: Getty Images)
Actor/comedian Larry Miller, who played the vindictive doorman on "Seinfeld," grew up in Valley Stream and graduated from Valley Stream South High School.
Adam Kantor(Credit: Getty Images, 2009)
Actor Adam Kantor, who made his Broadway debut in "Rent," starring as Mark Cohen in the musical's final performance, is a Great Neck native.
Chrisette Michele(Credit: AP )
Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Chrisette Michele was born in Central Islip and grew up in Patchogue. She graduated from Five Towns College in Dix Hills with a degree in vocal performance.
Fred Armisen(Credit: Getty Images)
Comedian-musician-actor Fred Armisen, best known for his work as a cast member on "Saturday Night Live," grew up in Valley Stream and graduated from Valley Stream Central High School in 1985.
Gary Dell'Abate(Credit: David S. Rubin)
Radio personality Gary Dell'Abate, known for his work on "The Howard Stern Show" as "Babba Booey" from 1984 to present, graduated from Uniondale High School (1979) and Adelphi University in Garden City (1983).
Dan Lauria(Credit: Getty Images)
Actor/Vietnam War vet Dan Lauria, best known for his portrayal of Jack Arnold in "The Wonder Years" from 1988 to 1993, grew up in Lindenhurst and graduated from Lindenhurst High School in 1965. He played on the varsity football team and briefly taught physical education there.
John "Jumbo" Elliott(Credit: AP )
John "Jumbo" Elliott, who played in the NFL with the New York Giants and the New York Jets, was born in Lake Ronkonkoma and graduated from Sachem High School in 1983.
Susan Lucci(Credit: AP )
Actress Susan Lucci, best known for her role as Erica Kane in the ABC soap opera "All My Children" from 1970 to 2011, graduated from Garden City High School in 1964. She still resides in Garden City.
Alice Hoffman(Credit: Deborah Feingold )
Author Alice Hoffman grew up in Franklin Square and graduated from Valley Stream North High School in 1969 and from Adelphi University in Garden City in 1973.
Michael Massimino(Credit: NASA )
Astronaut Michael Massimino grew up in Franklin Square and is a graduate of H. Frank Carey Junior-Senior High School in Franklin Square. He flew on two shuttle missions to service the Hubble Space Telescope.
Al Trautwig(Credit: NBC )
Emmy-award winning MSG sports broadcaster/TV host Al Trautwig graduated from H. Frank Carey Junior-Senior High School in Franklin Square and Adelphi University in Garden City. A former New York Islanders stickboy and New York Nets ball boy, Trautwig currently lives on the north shore of Long Island.
Donnie McClurkin(Credit: AP)
Donnie McClurkin, Grammy Award-winning gospel singer and pastor, was born in Copiague and raised in Amityville. He is the founder and leader of the of the Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport.
Mike Komisarek(Credit: Getty Images)
Mike Komisarek, defenseman for the Toronto Maple Leafs, hails from West Islip and graduated from St. Anthony's High School in South Huntington.
Christopher Palu(Credit: Nina Ruggiero )
On season 10 of "Project Runway," Massapequa's Christopher Palu won a Lord and Taylor challenge, which means his gown is being sold there.
Theresa Caputo(Credit: Handout)
Theresa Caputo, "The Long Island Medium," was born and raised in Hicksville.
George Segal(Credit: Getty Images)
Actor George Segal, who received an Oscar nomination for his role in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," was born in Great Neck.
Jim Brown(Credit: AP )
Football star turned actor Jim Brown grew up in Manhasset and graduated from Manhasset High School in 1953.
Tracy Pollan(Credit: Getty Images)
Actress Tracy Pollan, who is married to actor Michael J. Fox, was born and raised in Woodbury.
Chris Messina(Credit: AP )
Actor Chris Messina is a Northport native and graduated from Northport High School.
Flavor Flav and Chuck D(Credit: AP)
Public Enemy's Flavor Flav, left, and Chuck D are from Roosevelt.
Craig Biggio(Credit: Getty Images)
Former Major Leage Baseball player Craig Biggio, who spent his entire 20-year career with the Houston Astros, grew up in Smithtown and graduated from Kings Park High School.
Ryan Star(Credit: Jessica Rotkiewicz)
Singer-songwriter Ryan Star, whose music has been featured on numerous television shows, is a Dix Hills native.
Bonnie Schneider(Credit: Michael Stothard)
Former News 12 meteorologist Bonnie Schneider, author of "Extreme Weather," is a native of Jericho.