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Notable people from Passaic County


Rupert Pupkin, character in film The King of Comedy
David Chase, creator of The Sopranos


Deborah Harry, singer (Blondie)

Passaic city

Mitch Albom, writer, radio host
Donald Fagen, musician (Steely Dan)
David Grisman, musician (mandolin)
Joe Piscopo, comedian, actor (Saturday Night Live)
The Shirelles, musical group ("Will You Still Love Me Tommorow")
Loretta Swit, actress (MASH)

Pompton Plains

Jason Biggs, actor (American Pie, Jersey Girl)


Lawrence Barrett, 19th century actor
Just Blaze, hip hop music producer
Gaetano Bresci, assassinated King Umberto I of Italy
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, boxer, subject of Bob Dylan song and film "The Hurricane"
Joe Clark, educator, principal (played by Morgan Freeman in film Lean on Me)
Lou Costello, comedian (Abbott & Costello)
Larry Doby, Hall of Fame baseball player (broke color barrier in AL)
Allen Ginsberg, writer, poet
Garret A Hobart, Vice President of US (1897-99)
Maxine Jones, singer (En Vogue)
Frank Lautenberg, Senator
Bette Midler, singer, actress
Frederick Reines, 1995 Nobel Prize in Physics
J Michael Straczynski, science-fiction writer (Babylon 5)
Tim Thomas, basketball player (NY Knicks)
Elizabeth Vargas, news anchor (ABC)
Patrick Warburton, actor (David Puddy on Seinfeld)
Bernie Wayne, songwriter, ("There She Is, Miss America")


Alan Alda, actor (MASH)
Tom Cruise, actor
Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, rapper (Run DMC)
Dramarama, musical group (1980's, 90's)
1970 Little League World Champions

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