Celebrities Born in Harlem (Update)

Harlem is the entertainment Mecca in the United States and the world. We thought it would be interesting to see exactly how many people we could find that are “famous” people born in Harlem.

Here’s our list (the names are in alphabetical order based on the first initial of the first name):

Adam Clayton Powell IV

Al Pacino

Alex Rodriquez

Alicia Keys

Allen Payne

Biz Markie

Basil Paterson

Big L


Carmen McRae


Charles B. Rangel

Charles David Brooks, III

Cicely Tyson

Colin Powell

Damon Dash

Doug E. Fresh

Ed Sullivan

Errol Louis

Erick Estrada

Faith Ringgold

Freddie Jackson

Frankie Lymon

George Jackson

Gregory Abbott

Harry Belafonte

Jacob Lawrence

James Baldwin

Jim Jones

Joan Hackett

Joe Budden

Juelz Santana

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Keith David

Keith Sweat


Kool Moe Dee

Kurtis Blow

Langston Hughes

Lou Gehrig

Lil Mama


Marc Anthony

Mekhi Phifer

Melba Moore

Milton Berle

Michael Coppola

Moby (aka Richard Melville Hall)

Norman Rockwell

P Diddy

Piri Thomas (Juan Pedro Thomas)

Ralph McDaniels

Ralph MacDonald

Ray Barretto

Rob Base

Rob Brown

Ronnie Spector

Roy DeCarava

Ryan Leslie

Sammy Davis Jr.

Teddy Riley

Teyanna Taylor

Tito Puente

Tupac Shakur

Vanessa del Rio

Vicki Sue Robinson

Ving Rhames

Yaya DaCosta

Here’s a new link from Wiki.org with their list of people from Harlem.

This is a live document, did we forget anyone?

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