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Celebrities who hail from the 'Boogie Down' Bronx

The Bronx and Hollywood have more in common than you might think.

There's something in the "Boogie Down" waters that breeds celebrities. It's common knowledge that Jennifer Lopez is still Jenny from the block. But did you know there are more than 50 celebrities who came from the borough before making it big?

Al Pacino

The Italian-American star, 75, known for his roles
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The Italian-American star, 75, known for his roles in classic films including "Scarface" and "The Godfather," was born in East Harlem but grew up in the Bronx. He attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts but dropped out when he was 17. The Oscar-winning actor has never married but had a five-year romance with ex-"Godfather" co-star Diane Keaton.

Kerry Washington

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"Scandal" just wouldn't be the same without this Castle Hill native. Growing up in Jamie Towers -- not far from JLo -- the 38-year-old Washington, of Jamaican descent, attended and learned some of Lopez's dance moves at the same Boys and Girls Club. The "Django Unchained" star and her husband, Nnamdi Asomugha, have a 15-month-old daughter together named Isabelle Amarachi.

Ralph Lauren

The fashion designer, known for his preppy English
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The fashion designer, known for his preppy English tweed fashions, grew up in the Norwood section of The Bronx. He is the youngest of three brothers born to Jewish parents Fradyl Kotlar and Frank Lifshitz. Lauren attended the same junior high school, J.H.S 80, as fellow Bronx-born designer Calvin Klein. He dropped out of City College shortly before receiving his business degree. The 75-year-old lives in Manhattan and has three children with wife Ricky Anne Loew-Beer: Andrew, David and Dylan.

Jennifer Lopez

The Puerto Rican beauty grew up in the
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The Puerto Rican beauty grew up in the Castle Hill section of the southeast Bronx, with her sisters Leslie and Lynda, to parents Guadalupe Rodriguez and David Lopez. Starting her showbiz career as a dancer, Lopez got her big break as a fly girl on "In Living Color" and has since starred in "Selena," "Maid in Manhattan," and "The Boy Next Door." She lives in Los Angeles, California with her 7-year-old twins with ex-husband Marc Anthony, Max and Emme.

Regis Philbin

The TV talk show host and personality grew
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The TV talk show host and personality grew up in the Van Nest area on Cruger Avenue; a section of the street is dubbed Regis Philbin Avenue. Philbin, 84, graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School in the South Bronx and the University of Notre Dame. He then served in the U.S. Navy before starting his career in showbiz. He has been married twice and has four children.

Chazz Palminteri

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The "A Bronx Tale" actor, 63, was born Calogero Lorenzo Palminteri to parents Rose and Lorenzo in the Belmont area. After graduating from Theodore Roosevelt High School, Palminteri studied at the Actor's Studio in Manhattan. In 1994, he earned a best supporting actor nomination for his portrayal of Cheech in Woody Allen's "Bullets Over Broadway."

Cara Buono

The ex-
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The ex-"Soprano" star hails from the 'Italianized' Morris Park section of the northeast Bronx. Growing up as the youngest of four children, Buono appeared on Broadway to pay for her double-major bachelor's degree in English and political science from Columbia University. The 44-year-old, who later went on to star as Don Draper's mistress on "Mad Men," has one daughter with her husband Peter Thum.

Joy Bryant

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The "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" star grew up in the High Bridge section of the Bronx. After attending Arturo Toscanini Community Junior High School 145, the 40-year-old Bryant graduated from the Westminster School, a boarding school in Simsbury, Connecticut. She later attended Yale on a full scholarship. The ex-Tommy Hilfiger model married fellow actor David Pope in 2008. They live in Glendale, California.

Tracy Morgan

The comedic actor grew up both in Bedford-Stuyvesant,
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The comedic actor grew up both in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and the High Bridge Section of the Bronx. Morgan, who stars in "30 Rock" and "SNL," was the second of five children and graduated from Dewitt Clinton High School. He started his career in standup comedy and began acting as a Hustle Man, a supporting character on the sitcom "Martin." The funnyman has three sons with ex-wife Sabina Morgan: Tracy Jr., Malcolm and Gitrid, and a daughter with fiance Megan Wollover.

J. Alexander

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The "America's Next Top Model" coach and judge grew up in the Tremont/West Farms Section of The Bronx. J. Alexander is seventh of 10 children to his parents, Mary Elizabeth Cohen Jenkins and Julius Montrolius Jenkins, and is one-eighth Jewish. The 57-year-old and former Jean Paul Gaultier model lives in Paris, France.

Tyson Beckford

The male supermodel got his big break as
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The male supermodel got his big break as the face of fellow Bronx native Ralph Lauren's Polo brand. Beckford is of Jamaican, Panamanian, Chinese, and African descendant, and was born to parents Hillary Dixon Hall and Lloyd Beckford. He has one brother. The 44-year-old lives in Edgewater, New Jersey and has a son, Jordan, with celebrity stylist April Roomet.

Maggie Siff

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The "Sons of Anarchy" actress grew up in the Riverdale section of the northwest Bronx and graduated from the specialized high school, Bronx High School of Science. Siff, who also stars in "Mad Men," received her undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and returned to New York City for her Master's Degree in Fine Arts is from New York University's Tisch School. The 41-year-old and her husband, Paul Ratliff, are expecting their first child.

Calvin Klein

The fashion designer, known for his racy jeans
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The fashion designer, known for his racy jeans advertisements and casual chic designs, grew up in the Norwood section of the northwest Bronx. The 72-year-old is the second of three children to Jewish parents, Flo and Leo Stern. Klein attended the High School of Art and Design and later graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology. He has one daughter, Marci, with his ex-wife Jayne Centre. The internationally acclaimed designer lives in Manhattan.

Bobby Bonilla

The former New York Met grew up in
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The former New York Met grew up in a Puerto Rican household in the Melrose section of the south Bronx. Bonilla, the National League record holder for most home runs by switch-hitter, graduated from Herbert H. Lehman High School in The Bronx. He has two children with his ex-wife, Millie.


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