Famous People

All that have Worked, Lived or Played here.
Forest Hills, Queens, NY (the Vortex of This Planet)

Updated Sept. 2021  (Alpha First Name) over 100 Names
(we Will soon add What they were famous for)

Adolph Alexander Weinman (1870-1952)

Al Jolson

Alan Hevesi (born 1940)

Alan King (1927-2004)

Alan Stolberg (1951- )

Alice Faye

Andrea King (1919-2003)

Andrew Bergman (born 1945)

Anthony Weiner (born 1964)

Art Garfunkel (born 1941)

Awkwafina (born 1988)

Barry Schenk OJs DNA lawyer

Bess Myerson

Billy Eichner (born 1978)

Bob Tufts (1955-2019)

Branch Rickey (1881-1965)

Buddy Hacket

Buddy Rich

Burt Bacharach

Candy Darling (1944-1974)

Captain Kangaroo

Caren Kaye

Carol Lynley (February 13, 1942 – September 3, 2019) )

Carroll O'Connor (1924-2001)

Charly Cazalet

Chieli Minucci (born 1958)

Chris Rush (1946-2018)

Christopher Walken

Dale Carnegie (1888-1955)

Daniel Bukantz (1917-2008)

Daniel Ribacoff (born 1959)

David Baltimore (born 1938)

David Caruso

David Krumholtz (born 1978)

Debbie Wasserman Schultz (born 1966)

Dee Dee Ramone (1951-2002)

Dick Stockton

Donald Scalzo /aka Chris Donato

Donald Trump attended Kew Forest School

Donna Karan (born 1948)

Eddie Bracken

Ernie Grunfeld (born 1955)

Ethel D. Jacobs (1910-2001)

Frank Gifford

Fred Silverman

Fred Stone (1873-1959)

Gary Kurfirst (1947-2009)

Geraldine Ferraro (1935-2011)

Gideon Yago (born 1978)

Gypsy Rose Lee

Hank Azaria (born 1964)

Harvey J. Levin (1924-1992)

Helen Keller (1880-1968)

Henry Willson (1911-1978)

Hirsch Jacobs (1904-1970)

Ian Eagle

Jack McAuliffe (1866-1937)

Jack Wyatt (1917-2008)

Jacob (Jack) Lew (born 1955)

Jacob Arabov

Jeff Wayne (born 1943)

Jerry Finestone

Jerry Springer

Jimmy Breslin (1929-2017)

Joan Shawlee (Nee Fulton; 1926-1987)

Joe Louis

Joey Ramone (Jeff Hyman) (1951-2001)

John Francis Hylan (1848-1936)

John R. Dilworth (born 1963)

John V. Hogan (1890–1960)

Johnny Ramone (1948-2004)

Johnny Weismuller

Joseph Bowler (born 1928)

June Havoc

Katharine Weber (born 1955)

Leonard Schleifer (born 1953)

Leslie Urdang

Leslie West Weinstein Mountain (born 1945-2021))

Lore Noto (1923-2002)

Lou Costello

Manuel Ycaza (born 1938)

Marco Oppedisano (born 1971)

Michael A. Burstein (born 1970)

Michael Landon (1936-1991)

Michael Simanowitz (1971-2017)

Michele "Big Mike" Miranda (1896-1973)

Min Xiao-Fen (born 1961)

Paul Simon (born 1941)

Pete Scalzo

Peter Falk

Pia Zadora (born 1953)


Ray Romano (born 1957)

Renato Russo (1960-1996)

Renee Richards (formerly Richard Raskind; born 1934)

Rick Overton (born 1954)

Robert Downey, Sr.

Rocky Graziano

Ron Finestone

Russell Schwartz

Sergei Dovlatov (1941-1990)

Sid Caesar

Simon & Garfunkle

Steve Chubin

Steve Hofstetter (born 1979)

Steven Finestone

Susan Polgar (born 1969)

Tatiana Troyanos (1938-1993)

Thelma Ritter (1902-1969)

Todd Strauss-Schulson (born 1980)

Tommy Ramone (1952-2014)

Tony Curtis

Trujllo (Dictator Dominican Rep.)

Trygve Lie (1896-1968)

Walter Becker (1950-2017)

Walter Egan (born 1948)

Wilhelm Reich (1897-1957)

Willis Reed

Famous News and Events
that happened in Forest Hills, Queens, NY:

FH Tennis Stadium: 
Beatles 1964, US Open Championship, Stones, Who, Monkees,

LaStella Restaurant:
Major Mob Arrest: September 22 – A police raid by the NYPD at the LaStella Restaurant in Queens, New York reveals a meeting between New York, Florida and New Orleans mafia members including Carlo Gambino, Tommy Eboli, Joe Colombo, Joey N. Gallo, Mike Miranda, Aniello Dellacroce, Dominic Alongi and Anthony Cirillo from N.Y., Carlos Marcello, Joe Marcello, Anthony Carolla and Frank Gagliano from New Orleans, along with Santo Trafficante Jr. from Tampa. The meeting, later known as "Little Apalachin Meeting", appeared to be concerning the leadership succession within the Lucchese crime family as longtime boss Thomas Lucchese who had been hospitalized for over a year was terminally ill and basically in retirement. Also on the meeting agenda was allegedly the division of underworld territory and operations in New Orleans. Anthony Carolla, the son of former boss Sylvestro "Silver Dollar Sam" Carolla and a high level member of the New Orleans crime family felt entitled to more of the crime family spoils and a guarantee of ascension to the position of crime family boss once recently named boss, Carlos Marcello eventually retires. Carolla felt that he had been disrespected and ignored by the Marcello regime in New Orleans and deserved to be recognized as a top crime family member being the son of former New Orleans mafia power Sam Carolla. The Commission members present voted in favor of Marcello and decided Carolla should be given control over additional crime family interests, but nothing of importance that would diminish the influence and profits of Marcello. Carolla was not guaranteed the succession, but almost 30 years later became boss in New Orleans.

The Ramones:
Street named after the band

From 1988-1992, a popular sitcom, Dear John, starring Judd Hirsch, was a part of NBC’s lineup. In the show, the character of John, played by Hirsch, joined a support group for divorced and widowed people that met regularly in a Rego Park community center. Former Vaudeville sexpot Billie Bird often got the best punch lines.

Real life celebrities have also called Rego Park home. These include: comedians Sid Caesar and Eddie Bracken, burlesque queen Gypsy Rose Lee, actresses June Havoc and Alice Faye, former Miss America and city Cultural Affairs Commissioner Bess Myerson, TV producer Fred Silverman and former Knicks star Willis Reed.

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