Famous People From Connecticut

Famous People From Connecticut

Connecticut has been the home to many famous personalities of the world. Presenting the exact list is quite a difficult task, if not impossible. But we have tried to put together the best list with almost all of them.

  • Ethan Allan (1738 - 1789) - Ethan Allan was born at Litchfield, Connecticut and was a American Revolutionary soldier.
  • Benedict Arnold (1741 - 1801) - The word that best describes him is not ‘famous’, but ‘traitor’. He was the captain of the Colonial army, but later on, turned a British spy. He is still remembered with hatred for burning down the town of New London.
  • Horace Austin (1831 - 1905) was born in Canterbury and grew up to be an American politician. He was the sixth Governor of Minnesota.
  • Abraham Baldwin (1754 - 1807) is remembered as an American politician and Founding Father from the U.S. state of Georgia.
  • Phineas T. Barnum (1810 - 1891) was born in Bethel and was one of the prominent founders of the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus.
  • Roger Bart (1962) is an American actor
  • Graham S. Beckel (1949), the famous actor has played several prominent roles in major films.
  • Edward James Begley, Sr. (1901 - 1970) was an American actor
  • Richard Jay Belzer (1944) is a famous comedian, writer, and actor. He is renowned for his work as Sgt. John Munch on Homicide: Life on the Street and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • Ernest Borgnine (1917) is a well-known American actor of both the television and the big screen.
  • Jesse Bradford (1979) is an American actor. He was born in Norwalk.
  • Amy Frederica Brenneman (1964) has been nominated for the Golden Globe and Emmy awards for her acting. Her roles in the television series NYPD Blue, Judging Amy and Private Practice are among her best performances.
  • John Brown (1800 - 1859) is the infamous abolitionist during the Civil War.
  • George W. Bush (1946) was born in New Haven and grew up in Midland and Houston. He was the 43rd U.S. President and the 47th governor of Texas
  • Glenn Close (1947) is the renowned American actress. She has been nominated five times for the Oscar. Her achievements include three Tonys, an Obie, three Emmys, two Golden Globes, and one Screen Actors Guild Award.
  • Samuel Colt (1814 - 1862) was the inventor and founder of the Colt firearm company.
  • Bob Crane (1928 - 1978) had been an American disc jockey and actor. He is remembered for his performance as Colonel Robert E. Hogan in the television series Hogan's Heroes.
  • Lauren Anne D'Ambruoso (1978) is an American film and television actress. She portrayed Claire Fisher on the HBO drama Six Feet Under.
  • Julius Dassin (1911 - 2008) was an American film director.
  • Brian Mannion Dennehy (1938) is an American actor, who left the signature of his talent in films, stage and screen.
  • George Ralph DiCenzo (1940), the American character actor was once the associate producer for Dark Shadows.
  • Abby Elliott (1987) is the American actress and comedienne. She is currently a cast member of the Saturday Night Live.
  • Linda Evans (1942), the American actress is popularly known for her roles on television.
  • Will Friedle (1976) is a renowned American actor and comedian.
  • Paul Fusco (1953) Is an American puppeteer and a popular voice-over artist
  • Charles Goodyear (1800 - 1860) is remembered as the inventor of vulcanized rubber.
  • Ella Grasso (1919 - 1981) was the first woman to be elected governor of a state. She held the office from January 8, 1975 to  December 31, 1980
  • Nathan Hale (1755 - 1776) was a martyr soldier of the American Revolution.
  • Katharine Hepburn (1907 - 2003) won four Academy Awards for best actress in her acting career.
  • Naughton James (1945) is a film and television actor.
  • Mary Kies (1752 - 1837) was the first woman to receive a US patent of weaving straw with silk.
  • William Atherton Knight (1947) is a famous film, stage and television actor.
  • Eriq Ki La Salle (1962), the American actor and director is known for his portrayals of Darryl in the comedy film Coming to America.
  • Hope Elise Ross Lange (1933 - 2003) had been an American stage, film, and television actress
  • Christopher Allen Lloyd (1938) is widely known for his portrayal of the character of Emmett "Doc" Brown in the Back to the Future trilogy.
  • Justin Jacob Long (1978) is an American film and television actor.
  • Robert Mitchum (1917 - 1997) was an American film actor, author, composer and singer
  • Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. (1908 - 1972) the renowned Congressman, was born in New Haven, CT.
  • Meg Ryan (1961) is a famous American Actress who was born in Fairfield.
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811 - 1896) was the famous abolitionist and humanitarian. He was the author of the famous book, Uncle Tom's Cabin.
  • Noah Webster (1758 - 1843) was the author of the first dictionary that was published in 1807.
  • Eleazar Wheelock (1711 - 1779) was the founder of the Dartmouth College in the city of Hanover; he has been the first president as well.
  • Madeline Rose Zima (1985) is an American actress.

More Famous People from Connecticut

  • Dean Acheson statesman, Middletown
  • Henry Ward Beecher clergyman, Litchfield
  • John Brown abolitionist, Torrington
  • Oliver Ellsworth jurist, Windsor
  • Eileen Farrell soprano, Willimantic
  • Robert N. Hall inventor, New Haven
  • Collis Potter Huntington financier, Harwinton
  • Charles Ives composer, Danbury
  • Edwin H. Land inventor
  • Annie Leibovitz photographer, Waterbury
  • John Pierpont Morgan financier, Hartford
  • Frederick Law Olmsted landscape designer, Hartford
  • Kenneth H. Olsen inventor, Stratford
  • Rosa Ponselle soprano, Meriden
  • Benjamin Spock pediatrician, New Haven

Mark Twain lived in Hartford from 1871 until 1891. It was during this time that he published The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Even Paul Newman lived in Connecticut for the most part of his life and often regarded Connecticut as his "adopted state”.

Actors, Producers and Directors From Connecticut

Lauren Ambrose (New Haven) Mark Famiglietti (Clinton) Kevin Nealon (Bridgeport)
Tony Amendola (New Haven) Michael J. Fox (Sharon) Paul Newman (Westport)
Brad Anderson (Madison) Will Friedle (Hartford) Becki Newton (New Haven)
John Ashton (Enfield) Paul Fusco (New Haven) Fred Norris (Willimantic)
William Atherton (Orange) Catherine Gardner (Waterbury) Ron Palillo (Cheshire)
Kevin Bacon (Sharon) Marcus Giamatti (New Haven) Joe Pantoliano (Wilton)
Roger Bart (Norwalk) Paul Giamatti (New Haven) Dean Parisot (Wilton)
Anne Baxter (Easton) Cynthia Gibb (Westport) Tracy Pollan (Sharon)
Graham Beckel (Old Lyme) William Gillette (Hartford) Anthony Tyler Quinn (New London)
Ed Begley (Hartford) Grant Goodeve (Middlebury) John Ratzenberger (Bridgeport)
Richard Belzer (Bridgeport) Topher Grace (Darien) Christy Carlson Romano (Milford)
Polly Bergen (Southbury) Shelley Hack (Greenwich) Sherrie Rose (Hartford)
John Billingsley (Weston) June Havoc (Wilton) Rosalind Russell (Waterbury)
Michael Ian Black (Redding) Sterling Hayden (Wilton) Meg Ryan (Bethel)
Linda Blair (Westport) Jessica Hecht (Bloomfield) Peter Sarsgaard (Fairfield)
Ernest Borgnine (Hamden) Katherine Heigl (New Canaan) Annabella Sciorra (Wethersfield)
Kate Bosworth (Darien) Lillian Hellman (New Milford) Kyra Sedgwick (Sharon)
Jesse Bradford (Norwalk) Katharine Hepburn (Hartford) Chloe Sevigny (Darien)
Jonathan Brandis (Danbury) Linda Hunt (Westport) Louise Shaffer (Woodbridge)
Alex Breckenridge (Darien) Allison Janney (Lakeville) Spec Shea (Naugatuck)
Amy Brenneman (Glastonbury) Arline Judge (Bridgeport) Micah Sloat (Westport)
Brooke Brodack (Putnam) Adam Kaufman (New Canaan) Bill Smitrovich (Bridgeport)
Chris Bruno (Milford) Elia Kazan (Newtown) Zack Snyder (Greenwich)
Dylan Bruno (Milford) Ted Knight (Terryville) Ed Sullivan (Southbury)
Gary Burghoff (Bristol) David LaChapelle (Fairfield) Larry Sullivan (New Haven)
David Canary (Wilton) Hope Lange (Redding) Lee Tergesen (Ivoryton)
Art Carney (Westbrook) Eriq La Salle (Hartford) Mark Tinker (Stamford)
D. J. Caruso (Norwalk) Norman Lear (New Haven) Tony Todd (Hartford)
Marilyn Chambers (Westport) David Letterman (New Canaan) Jim True-Frost (Greenwich)
Spencer Treat Clark (Darien) Justin Long (Fairfield) Tom Tryon (Hartford)
Glenn Close (Greenwich) Christopher Lloyd (Stamford) Raviv Ullman (Fairfield)
Martha Coolidge (New Haven) Michelle Lombardo (Glastonbury) James Van Der Beek (Cheshire)
Daniel Cosgrove (New Haven) Billy Lush (New Haven) Gus Van Sant (Darien)
Bob Crane (Waterbury) Seth MacFarlane (Kent) Diane Venora (East Hartford)
Paul Dano (Wilton) Frederic March (New Milford) Christopher Walken (Wilton)
Jules Dassin (Middletown) Pamela Sue Martin (Westport) Deborah Walley (Bridgeport)
Bette Davis (Westport) Dylan McDermott (Waterbury) Sam Waterston (Sharon)
Jeff Davis (Milford) Biff McGuire (New Haven) Bruce Weitz (Norwalk)
Brian Dennehy (Bridgeport) Stephanie McMahon (Weston) Titus Welliver (New Haven)
George DiCenzo (New Haven) Robert Mitchum (Bridgeport) Michael Jai White (Bridgeport)
Allie DiMeco (Waterbury) Marilyn Monroe (Weston and Roxbury) Treat Williams (Norwalk)
Troy Duffy (Hartford) Jonathan Mostow (Woodbridge) Joanne Woodward (Westport)
Charles H. Eglee (New Haven) Ellen Muth (Milford) Kari Wührer (Brookfield)
Abby Elliott (Wilton) David Naughton (Hartford) Madeline Zima (New Haven)
Linda Evans (Hartford) James Naughton (Middletown)  

Authors, Artists and Educators From Connecticut

Christopher Andersen (Washington) Charlotte Perkins Gilman (Hartford) Kenneth Pike (Woodstock)
Jacob M. Appel (Branford) Daniel Coit Gilman (Norwich) Charles Ethan Porter (Hartford)
Joel Barlow (Redding) Hanna Holborn Gray (New Haven) E. Annie Proulx (Norwich)
A. Scott Berg (Norwalk) John Frederick Kensett (Cheshire) Luanne Rice (New Britain)
Joseph Payne Brennan (Bridgeport and New Haven) Charles H. Kraft (Waterbury) Philip Roth (Warren)
William F. Buckley, Jr. (New York City and Stamford) Larry Kramer (Bridgeport) Vincent Scully (New Haven)
Candace Bushnell (Glastonbury) Wally Lamb (Mansfield) Armstrong Sperry (Stamford, New Canaan, and New Haven)
Guido Calabresi (New Haven) Ira Levin (Wilton) Wallace Stevens (Hartford)
Al Capp (New Haven) Sol LeWitt (Hartford) Harriet Beecher Stowe (Litchfield)
Echo Chernik (Ellington) Jay McInerney (Hartford) Dr. Benjamin Spock (New Haven)
Christopher Collier (Orange) Stephenie Meyer (Hartford) Mark Shasha (New London)
Suzanne Collins Arthur Miller (Roxbury) Arthur Szyk (New Canaan)
John Gregory Dunne (Hartford) Emily Cheney Neville (Manchester) Alton Tobey (Middletown)
Eleanor Estes (West Haven) Flannery O'Connor (Redding) Mark Twain (Hartford and Redding)
Edward Miner Gallaudet (Hartford) Jacques Pepin (Madison) Noah Webster (present-day West Hartford)

Business People, Scientists and Inventors From Connecticut

Jefferson F Allen (Westport) Collis Potter Huntington (Harwinton) Benjamin Silliman (Trumbull)
Moses Austin (Durham) Jeffrey R. Immelt (New Canaan) Alfred P. Sloan (New Haven)
P.T. Barnum (Bethel) Mary Dixon Kies (South Killingly) Christopher Spencer (Manchester)
Henry Alfred Bishop (Bridgeport) Edwin H. Land (Bridgeport) Roger Wolcott Sperry (Hartford)
Cornelius Scranton Bushnell (Madison) Henry Lee (Orange) Frank J. Sprague (Milford)
David Bushnell (Saybrook) Albert L. Lehninger (Bridgeport) John William Sterling (Stratford)
Vint Cerf (New Haven) Barbara McClintock (Hartford) Martha Stewart (Westport)
Samuel Colt (Hartford) Daniel J. Mitchell (Wilton) Eli Terry (East Windsor)
Ray Dalio (Greenwich/Westport) J. P. Morgan (Hartford) Seth Thomas (Wolcott)
Bern Dibner (Wilton) Roy Neuberger (Bridgeport) Nathaniel Wheeler (Bridgeport)
John Fitch (Hartford County) Victor Niederhoffer (Weston) Dana White (Manchester)
Josiah Willard Gibbs (New Haven) Frederick Law Olmsted (Hartford) Eli Whitney (New Haven)
Charles Goodyear (New Haven) Ken Olsen (Stratford) Oliver Fisher Winchester (New Haven)
James J. Greco (Cheshire) Joseph Earl Sheffield (Southport) Robert Charles Wright (Southport)
Louis Harris (New Haven) Igor Sikorsky (Stratford)