10 Famous Actors Who Were Born in New Jersey

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Jason Alexander

Jason Alexander is most well known for his role as George Costanza in the hit television series Seinfeld.  Alexander was born in Newark in 1959.  He also had roles in Pretty Woman, the Disney Animated film Hugo, Hunchback of Notre Dame, and the title character in the animated television series Duckman.

Danny DiVito

Born in 1944 in Neptune Township, Danny DeVito had an amazing life and career in film.  Some of his more notable movies include One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Throw Momma from the Train, Batman, Man on the Moon, Twins, Get Shorty, Matilda and Terms of Endearment.   He also did voice work for The Lorax, the One and Only Ivan, Space Jame and Hercules.


Michael Douglas

In 1944, Michael Douglas was born in New Brunswick.  The famous actor won two Academy Awards, five Golden Globe awards, and a primetime Emmy award.  His filmography includes Basic Instinct, Avengers: End Game, War of the Roses, Wall Street, Fatal Attraction, Romancing the Stone, and The China Syndrome.

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Ed  Harris

Hailing out of Elmwood, New Jersey, Ed Harris starred in The Truman Show, Apollo 13, Enemy at the Gates, and The Right Stuff. Harris is a four-time Academy Award winner.

Michael Jace

Born in 1962 in Paterson, Michael Jace played Detective Julien in the Shield. In 2014, Jace shot and killed his wife in his Hollywood home and was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Ray Liotta

Ray Liotta hails from the streets of Newark, New Jersey and has an impressive list of accomplishments in his career.  He starred in Goodfellas,  Field of Dreams, Cop Land, Hannibal,  John Q and Something Wild.  These days, Liotta is the spokesperson for Pfizer’s drug, Chantix.

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Frankie Muniz

Malcolm in the Middle star Frankie Muniz was born in 1985 in Woodridge, New Jersey.  He also played roles in the movies Big Fat Liar, Agent Cody Bank and Racing Stripes.  In the 2000’s he was one of Hollywood’s most famous child actors.  After his Hollywood career, he was a drummer for the band Kingsfoil and pursued a career in open-wheel racing.

Joe Pecsi

Joe Pesci is one of America’s most well-known actors and has a career full of hit movies under his belt.  Those movies include Goodfellas, Raging Bull, JFK, My Cousin Vinny, Home Alone 2, A Brox Tale, and the Lethal Weapon series. Pesci owns a home on the barrier island here in Ocean County.  Pesci was born in Newark.

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Kevin Smith

Creator of the Jay and Silent Bob series and owner of the Secret Stash comic book store in Red Bank, Kevin Smith also produced Mall Rats, Chasing Amy and Dogma. He was born in Red Bank

Ian Ziering

Ian Ziering was one of the stars of the hit 1990’s television show Beverly Hills 90210. He was born in 1964 in Newark and later played roles in movies like Sharknado, Zombie Tidal Wave and Swamp Thing.

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