Celebrities from Queens

New York City is where dreams are made and stars are born.

Queens breeds celebrities like Nicki Minaj and John Leguizamo, who are proud to represent their New York City ties.

Here are some celebs who call the largest borough their original home.

Susan Sarandon

Susan Sarandon was born in Jackson Heights and was the oldest of nine siblings, according to the Village Voice. She went to grade school and high school in New Jersey, according to the article, but still considers herself a New Yorker.

Tony Bennett

Singer Tony Bennett (Anthony Dominick Benedetto) was born and raised in Astoria, Queens. He founded the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, which moved in 2009 from LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City to its current location in Astoria.

Cyndi Lauper

The "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" singer was born in Astoria and raised in Ozone Park, according to multiple reports. Lauper told ABC News she waited tables and worked in a thrift store in Queens in the early 1980s.


Nicki Minaj

The Trinidadian rapper, born Onika Maraj, frequently references her "Southside Jamaica, Queens in this crazy" upbringing in her music. She is a Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts alum.

Martin Scorsese

Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese ("The Departed," "Raging Bull," Goodfellas") was born in Flushing and grew up in Little Italy, according to multiple reports.

Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon

Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon famously met in Forest Hills as kids, forming their first duo, Tom & Jerry, in the 1950s. Pictured: The two perform on June 10, 2010, in Culver City, California.

Howard Stern

The shock-jock radio host was born in Jackson Heights, Queens, according to the Queens Times Ledger. After living on Long Island as a child, he spent the early part of his adult life working at an advertising firm in Manhattan and selling radios in Queens, according to his memoir "Private Parts." He would later find fame at WNBC New York City and run for governor of New York.

Ray Romano

This Forest Hills-born actor attended Hillcrest High School and Queens College. "Everybody Loves Raymond" is based on the comedian's family and life.

Lucy Liu

The "Charlie's Angels" actress grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens. She graduated from Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan and New York University.

Judd Apatow

Judd Apatow, creator of "Freaks and Geeks" and writer, director and producer of "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," among countless other films, was born in Flushing, according to He was raised on Long Island.

Donald Trump

The presidential candidate hails from Jamaica Estates. "The Donald" attended Kew-Forest School in Forest Hills and was later transferred to New York Military Academy in Cornwall.

Christopher Walken

This native Astorian, born Ronald Walken, attended the Professional Children's School in Manhattan. He enrolled at Hofstra University, but left college after booking a role in the musical "Best Foot Forward."

Hank Azaria

The Forest Hills-born comedian and actor, known as the voice of Moe Szyslak and other "Simpsons" characters, graduated from The Kew-Forest School.

Adrien Brody

Adrien Brody, who won an Oscar for his role in "The Pianist," was born in Woodhaven, Queens, according to The Daily Beast.

Jon Favreau

The "Chef" actor, writer and director was born in Flushing, graduated from the Bronx High School of Science and attended Queens College before moving to Chicago to pursue a comedy career.

John Leguizamo

Born in Colombia, Leguizamo was raised in Jackson Heights, where he lived from the age of 3 1/2 to 19, according to The NY Daily News. He later attended Murry Bergtraum High School, the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute and New York University.

Fran Drescher

"The Nanny" star grew up in Flushing. After graduating from Hillcrest High School in Jamaica, she attended Queens College.