Famous People Who Once Lived in Worcester
This is just a brief list of people who once lived in the area.
The famous radical of the 60s came from Worcester.
Invented the Arp Synthesizer, one of the pioneers in electronic music.
Albert Abraham Michelson
He was the first American to recieve the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1907 For the Michelson-Morley experiment. The need for the 'ether', for which light was to use as a medium to move through space, was disproved. He was a professor physics at Clark.
Check out her IMDB entry, she's been on Ally McBeal and the Sopranos most recently.
Movie and TV actress. She was title character in "Curly-Sue" with Jim Belushi. Daughter of Rick Porter (Zonkeraz, etc.)
Science-fiction author. Check for "Lunar Descent" and a few other books. He wrote columns for the Worcester Mag before moving elsewhere and pursuing a career writing novels and short stories, and has recently moved back to the area.
Alva 'Al' Javery (beartracks)
Pitcher for the Boston Braves 1940-1946. Born in Worcester Ma.1918 on June 5th.
One of the very few working-class African-Americans to leave an account of his life and times, nearly four decades of which were spent in Worcester. Fought with the 5th Cavalry in the Civil War, distinguished Odd Fellow and civil rights activists, died in 1904.
Movies, "Still Green" "Freedom Park" "Rutland, USA". Television shows, "Star Trek, New Voyagers" "Waterfront". Born in Worcester and grew up in Rutland. She is currently producer of her own independent production company in Worcester.
Was born in Worcester and lived here 17 years. He is a stuntman in Hollywood
Actor (Lawrence of Arabia, etc.) He won a Tony Award for "Death of a Salesman" and was nominated for an Academy Award five times ("Champion," "Bright Victory," "Trial," "Peyton Place," and "Some Came Running")
World famous jazz pianist, still playing in New York City. When living in Worcester, she was Barbara Coppersmith.
Former slave from Virginia. Better known as "Aunt Betty" lived until age 103.
Future NHL Hall-of-Famer, Bill Guerin was born in Worcester. He played for the United States Olympic Hockey team in 2006, been in the All-Star game 5 times, awarded the All-Star MVP once, and has registered a Stanley Cup in 1995 with the New Jersey Devils
Point guard for the Boston Celtics in the 1950's. Also known as the "Houdini of the Hardwood". Not born in Worcester, but currently resides here.
Used to act at PASOW. Was in Balls of Fury and in the A&E show "The Cleaners"
Former NBA player. Played for the L.A. Clippers for a bit. Also played overseas. Attended South High
Christina Sullivan (Roughan)
Christina lived in South Worcester for 20 years before moving to NYC. She is now a world acclaimed Interior designer of her own firm Tocar Interior Design. She attended St.Mary's High School. www.tocardesign.com
Television shows Titus and Big Shots lived in Worcester.
Famous song writer was a student at Worcester Academy during the 1920s.
Young comedian, actor, writer, producer. Now lives in CA. check out his website www.dansmith.com
He lived in Worcester in his early childhood, and then moved to the Boston area in his later teen years.
Diane And Elaine Klimaszewski
The Coors Twins were both born in Worcester.
Born & raised in Worcester. Wrote & emceed "Teenstyle" on WWOR-TV in the erly fifties. A South High School graduate, Mr. Volker is an member of Actors Equity, and has enjoyed a lengthy career in radio, TV, and the legitimate stage.
Well-known author and jazz pianist, born and raised in Worcester. Two of his books deal with his life in Worcester before moving to San Francisco.
Great Jazz Trumpet Player. Born in Woo 1927, died in Cal, 1974. Lead soloist w/ Gene Krupa, Woody Herman, Artie Shaw, Les Brown among others.
Stand up comedian,host of the last 22 episodes of "The Man Show"
Ed (Eddie) Shapiro, Worcester Boxing promoter, manager of Worcester boxing champion, Leo Sawicki, trainer of 1928 Olympics boxing champion from Worcester, Harry DeVine, lived in Worcester 1930-1950, and then changed directions and became a reform rabbi in upstate New York. He is the author of PEDDLERS OF FLESH, expose of the 'rackets', early 1900s, Worcester. His daughter, CZ Cameron, born in Worcester, is the author of Redemption at Ringside, based on her father's life.
Was on Laverne and Shirley, has done other stuff since then...
Carmine - The Big Ragu (Laverne & Shirley) Born: June 14, 1952 Worcester, Massachusetts
Played trumpet with other great performers for 60 years and has many CDs out. He passed away two years ago.
Anarchist who lived on Providence street.
Erik Per Sullivan
Dewey on Malcolm in the Middle was born on July 12, 1991 in Worcester, Mass
Pulitzer Prize winner author of Paul Revere and the World He Lived In, and Johnny Tremaine (made into a Disney film)
Secretary of Labor under FDR in the 1930s-1940s. She was the first female appointed to a cabinet position on the federal level.
Famous figure skating champ and coach to among others, Michelle Kwan.
Famous jazz drummer and big band leader in LA. Born Frank Cappucio, 8/20/31 in Worcester. Has played with Stan Kenton, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, and still is active in California. Appears on many recordings.
Popular HipHop Artist & Producer was born & raised in the main south area. Some say he still has a home in Worcester county somewhere.
Actor. Starred in movies such as Cool Hand Luke, Airport.
The first Father Mulcahy in the pilot of the longest running show in television history, M*A*S*H
"Her nibs, Miss Georgia Gibbs," was born in Worcester and was a widely known singer in the '40's and '50's.
H. Jon Benjamin
Born in Worcester,Ma-may 23,1966.Comedian and actor known mostly for his extensive voice acting.
Creator of the Smiley Face - Created it for a promotion commissioned by a Worcester Bank in the late 60's early 70's..
Broadway star and movie actress in the 40's,50's,60's.
Television and movie star
Jack "The Shot" Foley
Played on the Celtics.
Lived on Perry Ave during his years playing and managing for the Boston Red Sox between 1915-1919. He died in Shrewsbury, MA.
Jarrett J. Krosoczka
He has published several childrens books, (Bubble Bath Pirates) is one of his books.
Played football for (NFL) chicago bears went to Saint Peter Marian High school and played for Worcester Vikings Pop warner
Actor in movies (Gentle Giant, Once Upon a Coffee House)and TV (Flipper). He teaches acting in Worcester.
Lead singer and guitarist for the Joanna Connor Band grew up in Worcester.
Joe De Rita
Four decades of acting in movies and television. Born and recently died in Worcester he's not to be confused with the Three Stooges, Joe Derita.
Signer of the Declaration of Independence and and 2nd President of the USA taught school in Worcester for a few years as a young man.
Composer of NIXON IN CHINA and many other modern works was born in Worcester
Grew up in Worcester and then moved south. Author of "Louisiana Power & Light," "Love Warps The Mind A Little" and "Deep In The Shade of Paradise." Teaches at Florida International University.
John Michael Hayes
Screenwriter for several Hitchcock films including To Catch a Thief and Rear Window
Joe Aboody went to Hollywood in the 40's and 50's to become an actor. He was an extra in the audience boxing scene in the 1952 movie "The Turning Point". William Holden (star of the movie) was good friends with Joe Aboody (El Morocco fame) and got him this extra job.
WWE Superstar Kenny Dykstra
she's an actress and is part of the aboody clan. she was in a seinfeld episode. she is married to big time actor william fichtner of many movies and the tv show prison break.
Born in Worcester and fought in the Spanish-Civil war, he was an actor for five decades.
He was an african-american world cyclist from Worcester, Mass in the early 1900's. He set a world speed record, and was the first african-american to become a sports figure in a major american popular sport. His story is told in his 1928 autobiorgaphy, "The Fastest Bicycle Rider In The World" and in a 1988 biography, "Major Taylor, The Extraordinary Career Of A Champion Bicycle Racer" by Andrew Ritchie.
Big star on Desperate Housewives and movies, was born in Marlboro, Mass and lived in Worcester for a short time.
Mark "The Bird" Fidrych
Was born in Worcester and lives in Northboro currently. He was a Major League Baseball player for the Detroit Tigers from 1976-1980.
Matt is a founding member, guitarist and lead singer of the band Vertical Horizon. He has written and recorded several top 40 hits including "Everything You Want" and "You're a God" (used in the movie Bruce Almighty). Matt grew up in Worcester's west side near Flagg Street School, which he attended through the sixth grade. He spent his junior high and high school years at Bancroft School.
Began her career as an announcer for radio station WORC in 1975.
Author of books including Eleni, executive producer of The Godfather part 3, prize winning New York Times Journalist.
Nora Marlowe was a graduate of St. Peter's high school around 1933. She was Mrs Brimmer on the television show the Walton's.
Actor from the Sandlot. Born in Boston, lived in Worcester for a couple of years as a child.
lived near tatnuck square until he was 19-became production manager and line producer on such movies as bad lt - elvis meets nixon- and others
ACTOR (television-dark shadows)movies(stand-in),commercials (hertz- puts drivers in there seats)singer(own cds),operas in the 50's in new england,painter(murals) invented touchcolor for the blind, was legally blind himself. he past away two years ago.
One-time All-Star Red Sox catcher
Producer, writer, actor, was born in Worcester and grew up on Shrewsbury St and Grafton Hill.
Writer and producer for Law & Order
Rita grew up in Worcester. She became a Hollywood actress. She starred in "My Friend Flicka" among several other movies
Humorist, film actor and member of the Algonquin set
The father of modern rocketry was born and lived in Worcester, and taught at Clark University. He launched his first rockets in Auburn, Mass (until the residents complained about the noise scaring the cows). He also launched rockets in Crompton Park on Cambridge St. After this, he moved to Roswell, New Mexico to complete his work, which is where his museum is.
Recorded the song "Gotta Get Out Of Worcester" on Blueberry Record label 45rpm. Sang at MidHeaven Restaurant which later became the Acapulco Reataurant.
St. John's High graduate and NY Mets and Oakland A's player
Rosie O'Donnell lived in Worcester for a short time and did stand up comedy with Dennis Leary.
Author, part of the The New Yorker Algonquin set was a native Worcesterite.
TV actor, director, writer. Radio host of two shows on Air America. Grew up in Worcester, on the West Side.
Born & raised in Worcester he's the recipient of both the Pulitzer and Bollingen prizes. In 1993, the National Medal of Arts was presented to him by President Clinton at the White House. Worcester is mentioned in the poem "My Mother's Pears".
Born in Worcester and a pitcher for many major league teams
Pitcher for Philadelphia Phillies was born in Worcester.
Actor famous for TV's Odd Couple and many movies lived in Worcester and worked at the WTAG radio station.
I've been told Tracy Chapman lived in Worcester for a while, though I'm not sure if it was of any substantial length.
Longtime singer, musician, actor in the movie "Zombies of Mora Tau". Lives in Worcester now and is involve with foothills theater. best friends with actor Jerry Newby.
Shed played Mother Jefferson on "The Jeffersons".
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