Actors From New Jersey

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New Jersey has produced a number of Actors who have made it big. These include Ezra Miller, John Travolta, Bobby Cannavale, Ray Liotta, Danny DeVito and others.
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Jack Nicholson
(The Most Nominated Male Actor in the History of Academy Awards)
Jack Nicholson
21
Birthdate: April 22, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus

From being a stage and B movie actor, Jack Nicholson went on to become one of Hollywood’s most versatile actors and a huge star. The three time Academy award winning legendary actor has, in his six decades career, delivered performances that have become iconic. His notable performances include One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and As Good as It Gets.

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Danny DeVito
(Actor, Director, Producer)
Danny DeVito
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Birthdate: November 17, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio

An award-winning actor, Danny DeVito overcame a rare genetic disorder called Fairbank's disease to become an influential figure in the American film industry. Along with Michael Shamberg, he founded a production company called Jersey Films, which went on to produce films like Pulp Fiction. He was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011.

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Michael Douglas
(One of the Most Popular and Critically Acclaimed Actors of His Generation)
Michael Douglas
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Birthdate: September 25, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra

One of the most decorated American actors, Michael Douglas is popular for playing a variety of roles. Apart from acting, Michael Douglas has received attention for his political activism and humanitarianism. A cancer survivor, Douglas serves as an inspiration to those suffering from the disease; he recovered from stage IV tongue cancer.

 4 
Paul Rudd
(Best Known for His Role of 'Ant-Man' in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Films)
Paul Rudd
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Birthdate: April 6, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries

Comedy films like This is 40, The 40-year-old virgin, Wanderlust and The object of my affection made Paul Rudd a bona fide comic actor. He has also acted in some serious films like The cider house rules and The great Gatsby and has been part of Marvel Cinematic Universe’s popular Ant-Man franchise and the highest-grossing film of all time Avengers: Endgame.

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Peter Dinklage
(Best Known for His Role as 'Tyrion Lannister' on the HBO Series 'Game of Thrones')
Peter Dinklage
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Birthdate: June 11, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini

Peter Dinklage is an American actor who gained international recognition after playing Tyrion Lannister in one of the most popular TV series of all time, Game of Thrones. Over the years, Peter Dinklage has portrayed important characters in popular films, serving as an inspiration to those suffering from dwarfism, a condition which caused his short stature.

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Ray Liotta
(Actor and Producer Best Known for His Roles as ‘Shoeless Joe Jackson’ in Film ‘Field of Dreams’)
Ray Liotta
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Birthdate: December 18, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Ray Liotta was an American actor who voiced the central character, Tommy Vercetti, in one of the most popular video games of all time, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Ray Liotta's incredible journey from being an abandoned child, who was adopted from an orphanage, to becoming a popular actor is a ray of hope for many people.

 7 
Joe Pesci
(Known for Portraying Tough, Volatile Characters)
Joe Pesci
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Birthdate: February 9, 1943
Sun Sign: Aquarius
 8 
James Gandolfini
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Tony Soprano’ in the TV Series ‘The Sopranos’)
James Gandolfini
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Birthdate: September 18, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: June 19, 2013

James Gandolfini was an American actor who achieved the rare feat of being identified more as the character he performed rather than as himself. Years of immaculately performing the role of a powerful crime boss for the TV series, The Sopranos, defined Gandolfini’s legacy forever as a character actor, a legacy he gracefully carried over to the big screen.

 9 
John Travolta
(Actor Best Known for His Performance in Films: 'Saturday Night Fever' & 'Pulp Fiction')
John Travolta
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Birthdate: February 18, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Actor John Travolta’s career has seen significant ups and down. Starting with minor roles, he shot to international fame with Saturday Night Fever and Grease. For the cultural icon of the 1970s, the 80s and early 90s were disappointing, but an impressive comeback with Tarantino's Pulp Fiction resurrected his career.

 10 
Jerry Lewis
(Comedian, Actor and One of the Most Significant American Cultural Figures of All Time)
Jerry Lewis
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Birthdate: March 16, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: August 20, 2017

One half of the popular American comedy duo Martin & Lewis, Jerry Lewis was nicknamed The King of Comedy for his comedic skills. Also a filmmaker, Jerry Lewis helped develop video assist and went on to popularize the system, which is widely used today. Also a humanitarian, Lewis worked closely with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, raising awareness about muscular dystrophy.

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Bobby Cannavale
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Birthdate: May 3, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Bobby Cannavale is known for his Emmy-winning performances as Vince D'Angelo in Will & Grace and Gyp Rosetti in Boardwalk Empire. Fans also loved him in his Tony-nominated and Drama Desk-winning role in the Broadway play The Motherfucker with the Hat. His other notable projects include Third Watch and Homecoming.
 12 
Ed Harris
(Film actor)
Ed Harris
4
Birthdate: November 28, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
 13 
Frankie Muniz
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Birthdate: December 5, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
 14 
Paul Wesley
(Actor, Director and Producer Known for His Role as ‘Stefan Salvatore’ in the TV Series ‘The Vampire Diaries’)
Paul Wesley
5
Birthdate: July 23, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo

Paul Wesley is an American actor and filmmaker. The Vampire Diaries star has had significant roles in the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and the 2020 Mastercard Off Camera film festival, serving as a jury member on both occasions. Also a well-known humanitarian, Wesley was honored with the Humane Generation Award for his contribution to the Humane Society.

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Beetlejuice
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Birthdate: June 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini

Despite being born with conditions like microcephaly and dwarfism, Beetlejuice went on to become a popular film, radio, and TV personality. A prominent member of Wack Pack, which is part of The Howard Stern Show, Beetlejuice was named the greatest Wack Packer ever by Howard Stern in 2015.

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Zach Braff
(Actor and Filmmaker Best Known for His Role as ‘J.D.’ in TV Series ‘Scrubs’)
Zach Braff
4
Birthdate: April 6, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries

American actor Zachary Braff made his mark in the entertainment industry with the long running television series Scrubs and later with Alex, Inc. As a director and scriptwriter, his first movie Garden State was critically acclaimed and won numerous awards including a Grammy. The popular actor has done theatres and also voiced for many commercials and Disney animations like Chicken Little.

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Kevin Spacey
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Birthdate: July 26, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo

From stage to top grossing movies to critically acclaimed shows, Kevin Spacey Fowler has won hearts of his viewers in every format. He is a versatile actor, especially known for performing multidimensional, dark and intense characters with absolute precision. Honoured KBE by the Queen, Spacey was a well-respected actor until allegations of sexual assault rocked his film career in 2018.

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Patrick Warburton
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Birthdate: November 14, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Patrick Warburton is best known as David Puddy in Seinfeld, Lemony Snicket in A Series of Unfortunate Events, and the title character in The Tick. He won multiple awards for The Civilization of Maxwell Bright and has lent his voice to characters such as Kronk in The Emperor's New Groove
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Kal Penn
(Known for His Portrayal of White House Staffer Seth Wright on TV Series 'Designated Survivor')
Kal Penn
4
Birthdate: April 23, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus

Kal Penn is an actor and former White House staff member. Apart from being a popular American actor of Indian origin, Kal Penn has also contributed as a visiting lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has taught courses, such as 'Images of Asian Americans in the Media'.

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Kevin Smith
(Filmmaker, Screenwriter)
Kevin Smith
5
Birthdate: August 2, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo

Filmmaker, actor, and comedian Kevin Smith first came to prominence in the mid-1990s with his low-budget comedy film Clerks. His unique style of comedy appealed to the audience, and he was able to establish himself in Hollywood within a few years. He also operates a website, an online blog, and a comic book store. 

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Ricky Nelson
(Musician)
Ricky Nelson
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Birthdate: May 8, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: December 31, 1985

Ricky Nelson was an American pop pioneer, rock & roll star, and singer-songwriter. After establishing himself as a top teen idol during the 1950s, Ricky Nelson went on to release several chartbusting songs. He achieved great popularity and was ranked 91st on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list.

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Taye Diggs
(Actor)
Taye Diggs
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Birthdate: January 2, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Taye Diggs is a popular American actor and singer. Such is his popularity that he is often mentioned in several TV series that has nothing to do with him. Video footage of him slipping off a chair became a popular internet meme, making him famous worldwide.

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Jason Alexander
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Birthdate: September 23, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
 24 
Frank Sinatra
(One of The World's Best-selling Music Artists of All Time)
Frank Sinatra
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Birthdate: December 12, 1915
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: May 14, 1998

Amongst the most popular singers of the 20th century and one of the bestselling artists of all time, Frank Sinatra began his musical career singing with bands and later established his successful solo career with albums like The Voice of Frank Sinatra. Also an award winning actor, he featured in movies like From Here to Eternity and The Manchurian Candidate.

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Nathan Lane
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Birthdate: February 3, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
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Roy Scheider
(One of the Most Unique and Distinguished of all Hollywood Actors)
Roy Scheider
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Birthdate: November 10, 1932
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: February 10, 2008
Roy Scheider is best remembered as Martin Brody from Jaws and its sequel. Fans also loved him in his Oscar-nominated roles in The French Connection and All That Jazz, and as Nathan Bridger in the sci-fi series seaQuest DSV. He had been an amateur boxer and an air force captain. 
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John Amos
(Actor)
John Amos
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Birthdate: December 27, 1939
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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Lee Van Cleef
(American Actor, Best Known for His Role in the Film ‘For a Few Dollars More’)
Lee Van Cleef
4
Birthdate: January 9, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: December 16, 1989

Lee Van Cleef was an American actor popular for playing important roles in many Spaghetti Westerns. Since his physical appearance often overshadowed his acting skills, Lee Van Cleef is regarded by some as the unsung hero of the Western films of the 1950s. Ironically, his appearance served as an inspiration for characters in the Metal Gear Solid video game series.

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Andrew McCarthy
(Actor & Director)
Andrew McCarthy
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Birthdate: November 29, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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Joe Pantoliano
(Character Actor)
Joe Pantoliano
3
Birthdate: September 12, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo

Joe Pantoliano is an American actor known for his work across all three major acting mediums. Also a published author, Joe Pantoliano works towards raising awareness about mental health. He is credited with founding No Kidding, Me Too!, a nonprofit organization dedicated to removing the disgrace usually associated with mental illness.

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Tate Donovan
(Actor and Comedian Known for His Role in TV Series 'Damages' and 'The O.C.')
Tate Donovan
4
Birthdate: September 25, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra

Actor and director Tate Donovan is best known for portraying Tom Shayes in the film Damages. Active in the entertainment industry for over 35 years, he began his career as an actor in his teens. After appearing in many TV shows, he made his film debut. He is also active in the Broadway theater.

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Ezra Miller
4
Birthdate: September 30, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra

Known for his multiple-award-winning performance as Patrick in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Ezra Miller is also a queer icon who prefers the pronoun “they/them.” Fans also loved Miller as Credence Barebone in two Fantastic Beasts films and as Barry Allen/The Flash in the DC Extended Universe.

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Jason Biggs
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Birthdate: May 12, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
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Brian Keith
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Birthdate: November 14, 1921
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: June 24, 1997
Brian Keith is best remembered for playing Bill Davis in the sitcom Family Affair and Judge Milton C. Hardcastle in Hardcastle and McCormick. He also starred in the 1961 movie The Parent Trap and played President Theodore Roosevelt in The Wind and the Lion. He died of suicide by gunshot.
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 35 
Frank Sinatra Jr.
(Singer-Songwriter, Actor and Son of Actor Frank Sinatra)
Frank Sinatra Jr.
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Birthdate: January 10, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: March 16, 2016

The son of popular actor and singer Frank Sinatra, Frank Sinatra Jr. followed in the footsteps of his father to become a singer-songwriter and conductor. He was kidnapped at age 19 and released two days later. The kidnapping was rumored to be a publicity stunt to promote his singing career, which he established around the same time.

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Dulé Hill
(Actor)
Dulé Hill
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Birthdate: May 3, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
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Michael Pitt
(Actor Best Known for His Roles in Films: ‘Murder by Numbers’, 'The Dreamers’ and 'Last Days')
Michael Pitt
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Birthdate: April 10, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries

Actor, model, and musician Michael Pitt began his career with small roles in TV shows. He impressed the audiences with his work and was soon able to enter films as well. As a musician, he was involved with the band Pagoda. Besides acting and music, he has been active as a model and has modeled for numerous designer campaigns.  

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Malcolm-Jamal Warner
(Known for His Roles as Theodore Huxtable on the NBC Sitcom the ‘Cosby Show’)
Malcolm-Jamal Warner
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Birthdate: August 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
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John DiMaggio
3
Birthdate: September 4, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
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Frank Langella
(Stage and Film Actor)
Frank Langella
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Birthdate: January 1, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Frank Langella is an actor most revered in the American theatre industry where he has won four Tony Awards. He then replicated his success in the film and TV industry, appearing in popular movies and TV series. His memoir, Dropped Names, attracted critical appreciation, with some even calling it a celebration of sluttiness as a noble way of life.

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Jimmi Simpson
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Liam McPoyle’ in the TV Series ‘It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia’)
Jimmi Simpson
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Birthdate: November 21, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Jimmi Simpson is an American actor whose performances in TV series like House of Cards, Black Mirror, and Westworld have earned him nominations at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, BAFTA TV Awards, and Primetime Emmy Awards. He is also known for portraying Philo T. Farnsworth on Broadway, for which he won the Theatre World Award in 2008.

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Robert Blake
(Retired Actor Best Known for His Film ‘In Cold Blood’ and TV Series ‘Baretta’)
Robert Blake
4
Birthdate: September 18, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
Robert Blake began as a child actor, appearing in MGM’s Our Gang short-film series and in the Red Ryder movie franchise, eventually appearing mostly as either a Latino or an American-Indian. He was later tried and acquitted of the murder of his second wife, Bonnie Lee Bakley.
 43 
Paul Robeson
(Singer, Actor, and Black Activist.)
Paul Robeson
3
Birthdate: April 9, 1898
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: January 23, 1976

Singer and actor, Paul Robeson, was as much known for his music and films as he was for his political activism. As a black man who had to endure great difficulties to establish himself, he was actively involved in the Civil Rights Movement and other social justice campaigns. As a performer, he was a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance.

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Zach Woods
(Actor)
Zach Woods
3
Birthdate: September 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
 45 
Mel Ferrer
(Actor & Director Known for His Films: 'Scaramouche', 'Lili' and 'Knights of the Round Table')
Mel Ferrer
3
Birthdate: August 25, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: June 2, 2008

Mel Ferrer is best known for his role in War and Peace, in which he co-starred with his fourth wife, Audrey Hepburn. He had also delivered hits such as Scaramouche and Knights of the Round Table. He also produced and played the titular role in the biopic El Greco.

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Richard Kind
(Actor and Comedian Known for His Role as ‘Dr. Mark Devanow’ in the TV Series ‘Mad About You’)
Richard Kind
3
Birthdate: November 22, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Richard Kind is an American actor who has played important roles in TV series like Mad About You, Spin City, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Also known for his voice acting skills, Kind has voiced prominent characters in popular animation films, such as A Bug's Life, Cars, Toy Story 3, Cars 2, and Inside Out.

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Jay Mohr
(Actor)
Jay Mohr
3
Birthdate: August 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo

Jay Mohr gained fame with films such as Jerry Maguire and Paulie, and series such as Action, Ghost Whisperer, and Gary Unmarried. He later launched the podcast Mohr Stories. He also hosted the Fox Sports show Jay Mohr Sports and earned an Emmy nomination for Last Comic Standing.

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Willie Garson
3
Birthdate: February 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: September 21, 2021
 49 
Chris D'Elia
(Comedian)
Chris D'Elia
4
Birthdate: March 29, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
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Paul Simon
(American Singer-Songwriter)
Paul Simon
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Birthdate: October 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra

One half of the popular musical duo Simon & Garfunkel, Paul Simon is a singer-songwriter, musician, and actor. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest guitarists and songwriters of all time. His career, which has spanned more than 60 years, has been so influential that Time named him among the 100 People Who Shaped the World in 2006.