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Index - Famous OC People

Famous Ocean County Residents & Visitors
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     Artists
         Howard Bender & Jack C. Harris
              Writer & Artist of syndicated comic strips
                   "The Games Afoot/Sherlock Holmes
     
    Thomas Nast
              Political Cartoonist
              Summered in Point Pleasant in 1901
         Frederick Peto
              Renowned artist who lived in Island Heights
         Theodore Robinson
              American Impresionist landscape artist
              Taught art in Point Pleasant in 1894
              Used the Manasquan River as the subject of some of his work

     Business People & Magnates
         Scott Chinery
              Owner of Cybergenics health & fitness products
              Owner of the original Batmobile
         George Jay Gould
              Financier from Lakewood (now Georgian Court University)
         John D. Rockefeller
              Owner of Standard Oil company
              Lived in Lakewood (now Ocean County Memorial Park)
         Cornelius Van Schaack Roosevelt
              Businessman & Member of the Roosevelt Family
              Stayed at the Chadwick House, Squan Beach

     Criminals
         Al Capone
               Chicago mobster
               Erroneously said to have visited the Royal Pines Hotel, Pinewald
         Bruno Hauptman
              Executed for the murder of the Lindbergh baby
              Thought to have worked in Lakewood as a carpenter in 1925
         Harry Kendall Thaw
              Found "not guilty by reason of insanity"
                   For the murder of Architect Stanford White
                        At Madison Square Garden in 1906
              Stopped at the Bartlett Inn in Lakewood after being released in 1915
                   Followed by a horde of New York press reporters
         Ethel & Julius Rosenberg
              Electrocuted to death for espionage
              Visited their children at Toms River
              Also see Michael & Robert Rosenberg Meeropol

     Entertainment Industry

         Actors
         Alec Baldwin
              Spoke at Ocean County College to promote baby tooth program
         Ethel & Lionel Barrymore
              Vacationed at Point Pleasant Beach
         Mary Birdsong
              Broadway actress from Long Beach Island
         George Brent
              Actor who attended an event at Lakehurst NAS
         Christie Brinkley
              Spoke at Ocean County College to promote baby tooth program
         Richmond Kyle Brody
              Actor from Brick
         Chris Burke
              Actor on "Life Goes On" TV show
              Keynote Speaker at OC Chapter of NJ Coalition
                   On Women & Disabilities in 1996
         Deena Nicole Cortese
              Reality television personality from New Egypt
         Michael Cudlitz
              Actor from Lakewood
         Tawny Cypress
              Actress from Point Pleasant
         Kirsten Dunst
              Actress from Point Pleasant
         Sondra Fortunato
             
         Brian Geraghty
              Actor from Toms River
         Heather McComb
              Actor from Barnegat
         Leonard Nimoy
              Television and Movie Actor
              Spoke at Ocean County College in 1984
         Piper Perabo
              Actress from Toms River
         Joe Pesci
              Actor who lives in Lavallette
         Jimmy Pinchak
              Actor from Point Pleasant
         Lillian Russell
              Actress on Broadway
              Visited Point Pleasant Beach
         Martin Sheen
              Television and Movie Actor
              Hosted a benefit for "Homes for All" in Toms River in 1993
         Armin Shimerman
              Actor from Lakewood
         Harry Webber
              Stage actor from Point Pleasant in the late 1800s

         Comedians
         George Carlin
              Comedian who often played the Strand in Lakewood
         Jerry Lewis
              Comedian & Entertainer
              Lived in Lakewood as a child attending Clifton Avenue Grade School
         Soupy Sales
              Host of the Soupy Sales television show
              Hosted a show at the Ocean Ice Palace in Brick in 1965

         Entertainers
         Antonella Barba
              American Idol Contestant from Point Pleasant

         Amazing Kreskin
              Mentalist & Mental Wizard
                   Brought his syndicated show to Toms River North in 1973
         Arthur Godfrey
              Actor & Entertainer
              Piloted a plane to Lakehurst NAS as guest speaker in 1971
         Laurel & Hardy comedy team
              Traco Theater Toms River
         General Tom Thumb
              Circus celebrity who worked for P.T. Barnum
              Stayed at Lovelandtown & Point Pleasant
         Tiny Tim
              Entertainer who married Miss Vicki from Beachwood
              Played in Seaside Heights and other areas of the county

         Famous Animals
        
MGM Lion
              Traco Theater Toms River
         Petey the Dog from "Our Gang"
              Traco Theater Toms River

         Filmmakers
              Robert Andersen
                   "Asbury Park"
             
Christopher Baldi

                   "Grace and the Storm"


         Newscasters
         David Brinkley
              Newscaster who fished and gunned in Barnegat Bay

         Playwrights
         Eugene O'Neill
              American Playwright
                   Who lived in Point Pleasant November 1918 to May 1919
              He wrote "Honor Among the Bradlees" while there but later destroyed it
                   The story was based on a poor family he knew in West Point Pleasant
         Charles & Vlasis Parlapanides
              Screenplay Writers of the movie "Immortals"

         Radio Personalities
         Bob Levy
              Radio personality for WOBM FM & AM

         Show Hosts & Other Personalities
         Bob McCallister
              Host of the children's show "Wonderama"
              Hosted opening of Two Guys in Toms River in 1977
                   Later visiting a sick young girl at Community Memorial Hospital

         Related to Entertainment
         Miss Vicki (Vicky Budinger)
              Wife of entertainer Tiny Tim who lived in Beachwood
         Oona O'Neill Chaplin
              Daughter of playwright Eugene O'Neill & 4th wife of Charlie Chaplin
              Summered in Point Pleasant
         Larry Tisch
              Co-owner of the "Laurel-in-the-Pines" hotel in Lakewood in 1946
              Bought CBS in 1986 and sold it to Westinghouse Electric Corporation
                   For $5.4 billion in 1995
         Tonight Show with Jay Leno
              Mentioned a funny headline from the Ocean County Observer
                   That heralded, "County, Union Butt Heads" in 1993
        
          Professional Wrestlers
          Participated at a benefit in Jackson for resident Jeanine Joyce in 1993
               Buddha
               Cheetah Kid
               Joe Daniels
               Chris Edge
               Johnny Hotbody
               Johnny Rotten
               Iron Mike Sharpe
               The Sledgehammer
               Tony Stenson
               Nicoll Volkoff

          WWE Event
               Held at the Pine Belt Arena (Rittacco Center) in 2007 in Toms River

     Explorers & Adventurers
          Amelia Earhart
               Aviator
               Tested new Switlik parachute in Prospertown in 1920s
          Dr. Frederick Cook
               1st man at the North Pole
               Lived in Toms River 1930-1940
          Zerelda Amanda Mimms James
               Wife of outlaw Jesse James
               Guest of Celestine Loveland of Lovelandtown
          Charles Lindbergh
               Aviator
               Forced to land at Lakehurst NAS by high winds in 1931

     Inventors
         Vladimir Ipatieff
              Chemist in the area of Petroleum
              Visited Rova Farms in Jackson Township
         Christopher Lake
              Inventor of airplanes
         Simon Lake
              Inventor of submarines & airplanes
        
Sherman Matthews
              Inventor of the automobile heater
        
Charles P. Mills
              Inventor of the panoramic camera
         Igor Sikorsky
              Aviation Pioneer who developed the Sikorsky R-4 Helicopter
              Visited Rova Farms in Jackson Township

     Military & Veterans
          Richard O'Meara
               US Army Brigadier General who attended Ocean County College
          Norton A. Schwartz
               USAF General from Toms River
          George R. Woltman
               Bodyguard for General Douglas McArthur

     Musicians
         
Kyle W. Bennion
               Singer-Songwriter who attended Ocean County College
         
Bryan Adams
               Played at First Energy Park Blue Claws Stadium
          Dickie Betts
               Played at Wingstock 2010 First Energy Park Blue Claws Stadium
          The Beach Boys
              Pine Belt Arena (Rittacco Center) in 2007 in Toms River
 
         Blue Oyster Cult
               Played at Wingstock 2009 First Energy Park Blue Claws Stadium
 
         Venessa Carlton
              Pine Belt Arena (Rittacco Center) in 2007 in Toms River
          Johnny Cash
               Played the Cowboy Saloon in Bayville
          Kelly Clarkson
              Pine Belt Arena (Rittacco Center) in 2007 in Toms River
         
Cheap Trick
               Played at Wingstock 2006 First Energy Park Blue Claws Stadium
          Collective Soul
               Played at First Energy Park Blue Claws Stadium
          Alice Cooper
               Recorded an album at Ocean Studios, Ocean Gate
          Counting Crows
               Played at First Energy Park Blue Claws Stadium
          Def Leppard
               Played at First Energy Park Blue Claws Stadium
         
Bob Dylan
               Played at First Energy Park Blue Claws Stadium
          Fiddler Sam
               Local musician in the 1800s who played throughout the Pine Barrens
          Foghat
               Played at Wingstock 2007 First Energy Park Blue Claws Stadium
          Foreigner
               Played at Wingstock 2009 First Energy Park Blue Claws Stadium
          Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons
              Pine Belt Arena (Rittacco Center) in 2007 in Toms River
         
Peter Frampton
               Played at Wingstock 2008 First Energy Park Blue Claws Stadium
         
Mickey Gilly
               Played the Cowboy Saloon in Bayville
          Serge Jaroff
               World renowned composer & conductor from Lakewood
          Walon Jennings
               Played the Cowboy Saloon in Bayville
          B.B. King
              Pine Belt Arena (Rittacco Center) in 2007 in Toms River
         
Little Feat
               Played at Wingstock 2007 First Energy Park Blue Claws Stadium
 
         Live
               Played at First Energy Park Blue Claws Stadium
         
Marshall Tucker Band
               Played at Wingstock 2006 & 2007 First Energy Park Blue Claws Stadium
          Mini Kiss
               Played at Wingstock 2008 First Energy Park Blue Claws Stadium
          The Moody Blues (2007)
              Pine Belt Arena (Rittacco Center) in 2007 in Toms River
         
Mountain featuring Leslie West
               Played at Wingstock 2006 First Energy Park Blue Claws Stadium
         
Willie Nelson
               Played the Cowboy Saloon in Bayville
               Played at First Energy Park Blue Claws Stadium
          Odyssey Launch Platform
               Played at Wingstock 2008 First Energy Park Blue Claws Stadium
          Outside the Box
               Played at Wingstock 2008 First Energy Park Blue Claws Stadium
         
Jerry Reed
               Played the Cowboy Saloon in Bayville
          Paul Rodgers of Bad Company
               Played at Wingstock 2007 First Energy Park Blue Claws Stadium
          Kenny Rogers
              Pine Belt Arena (Rittacco Center) in 2007 in Toms River
          Seals & Crofts
              Great Adventure 1977
          Sergei Roschmaninoff
               Composer & Pianist
               Visited Rova Farms in Jackson
          Soraya
               Musician from Point Pleasant
          Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes
               Played at Wingstock 2008 First Energy Park Blue Claws Stadium
          Bruce Springsteen
               Attended Ocean County College for 3 semesters from 1968-1969
         
Steel Mill Retro
               Played at Wingstock 2006 First Energy Park Blue Claws Stadium
          Pieter Sweval
               Bass player from Berkeley Township
                    Played in Looking Glass, Starz, & The Skatt Brothers
          Zakk Wylde
               Guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne & Black Label Society

     Miscellaneous Residents & Visitors
         Michael & Robert Rosenberg Meeropol
              Children of Ethel & Julius Rosenberg
              Resided at Toms River with family friends
                   Ben & Sonia Bach in 1952 & 1953
              Also See Ethel & Julius Rosenberg

     Politicians & Related

         First Ladies & Children of Presidents
              Lady Bird Johnson
                   First Lady of the United States
                   Stayed at Island Beach during Glassboro Summit Conference in 1967
                   Also See Ludwella Khrushchev
              Elliott Roosevelt     
                   Son of Eleanor & Franklin Deleno Roosevelt
                   Stayed at the Chadwick House, Squan Beach

         Presidents of the United States
              Grover Cleveland
                   President of the United States
                   Stayed at the Arnold House in Point Pleasant
                        And also in Waretown
                   May have also owned a house in Lakewood
              Ulysses S. Grant
                   President of the United States
                   Stayed at a Lakewood hotel & Chadwick House, Squan Beach
              William McKinley
                   President of the United States
                   Stayed at the Arnold House in Point Pleasant
                        And also in Lakewood & Waretown
              Richard M. Nixon
                   President of the United States
                   Visited Long Beach Island & Mantoloking
              Barrack Obama
                   President of the United States
                   Visited Toms River in 2010?
              Theodore Roosevelt
                   President of the United States
                   Visted Lakewood in 1904 and possibly 1912
                        Also registered at the American Hotel in Manahawkin
              Woodrow Wilson
                   President of the United States
                   Campaigned in Toms River at county courthouse in 1912
                   Stayed at the Forked River House in Lacey and Lakewood

         Vice Presidents of the United States
              Dick Cheney
                   Vice President of the United States
                   Keynote speaker at "Welcome Home Rally" for soldiers in 1991
              Walter Mondale
                   Vice President of the United States
                   Stayed at Island Beach during his campaign for president in 1984

         Politicians & Candidates
              Bob Dole
                   United States Senator & Presidential Candidate
                   Campaigned in Toms River in 1996
              Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
                   Attorney & Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court
                   Stayed at Gould Estate in Lakewood
              Hubert Humphrey
                   United States Senator
                   Visited Island Beach
              Ted Kennedy
                   United States Senator
                   Stumped for reelection in 1980
                        For Congressman George Hoffman in Point Pleasant Beach

         Political Dignitaries
              Ludwella Khrushchev
                   Wife of Russian Premier Nikita Khrushchev
                   Stayed at Island Beach during Glassboro Summit Conference in 1967
                   Also See Lady Bird Johnson
              Vladimir Romanov
                   Grand Duke of Russia
                   Attended the Russion Orthodox Church millenniu celebration
                        At St. Vladimir Church in Jackson in 1988

         Political Scandal Figures
              Roger Clinton
                   Brother of President Bill Clinton
                   Got into a bar fight in Finnigan's in Lakewood in 1993
              Ashley Alexandra Dupré
                   Prostitute-turned-singer & columnist from Beachwood
                   Involved in the sex scandal with NY governor Elliot Spitzer

     Religious Figures
         C. Austin Miles
              Composer of many hymns
                   Including "In the Garden" & "If Jesus Goes with Me"
              Born in Lakehurst where he wrote some of his works
         John Murray
              Minister from England
              Preached the first Universalist sermon in America
                   At a church built in Lacey Township by resident Thomas Potter
         William J. Murray
              Chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition
              Son of renowned athiest Madalyn Murray O'Hair
              Spoke at the First Assembly of God Church in Toms River in 1984

     Royalty
          Dutchess Wallis Simpson of Windsor
               Married King Edward VIII of England who abdicated the throne
               Summered in New Egypt as a young girl with her uncle

     Socialites
          Various members of the Astor & Vanderbilt families
          Stayed at Gould Estate in Lakewood

     Sports Athletes & Related
         Juan Agudelo
               Soccer player from Barnegat for the New York Red Bulls
         Jose Alverez
              American Boxer
              Lived in Lakewood
                   Found dead in the woods after leaving his nursing home
         Roger "Doc" Cramer
              American baseball player from Beach Haven & Manahawkin
         Jack Dempsey
              American Boxer
              Visited the Royal Pines Hotel in Pinewald
         Jim Dowd
               Ice Hockey Player from Brick
         Keith Elias
               Football player from Lacey Township
         Gary Jobson
               ESPN Sailing Editor
               Grew up on Money Island, Toms River
         Al Leiter
              American baseball player from Bayville[?]
         Joe Louis
              American Boxer
              Stayed at Toms River
         Joe Namath
               Football Quarterback
               Vacationed in Brick & Point Pleasant
               Bought properties throughout the county in 1969
                    Berkeley Shores in Bayville (unfinished yacht club)
                    98 acres of land of Massachusetts Avenue in Lakewood
                    42 acres of land of in Lanoka Harbor
         New York Giants Baseball Team
              Trained at Ocean County Park in the 1940s
         Babe Ruth
              American baseball player
              Frequent vistor to Long Beach Island & other areas of Ocean County
              Friend of fellow baseball player Doc Cramer
         Phil Simms
              American football player for the New York Giants
              Stayed at Bay Head
         Art Thoms
              American football players on the L.A. Raiders
              Played football for Brick Township High School
         Preston Robert Tisch
              Co-owner of the "Laurel-in-the-Pines" hotel in Lakewood in 1946
              Co-owner of the New York Giants
         Mookie Wilson
              Baseball player from Lakewood
         Warren Wolf
              Football coach of Brick & Lakewood High Schools
              Member of the New Jersey Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame

     Union Figures
          Richard Croker
               Head of Tammany Hall in New York City
               Wintered in Lakewood possibly at the Gould Estate
          Jimmy Hoffa
               Campaigned in Lakewood

     Writers
         Sholom Aleichem
              Yiddish Author
              Visited Lakewood in 1915
         Henry Charleton Beck
              Folkore Historian
              Attended an author's luncheon on LBI in 1956
         Pearl Buck
              Novelist who wrote "The Good Earth"
              Summered at Island Beach in the Cedar Creek Lifesaving Station
         Marguerite DeAngeli
              Author & Illustrator of children's books
              Famous for her work, "The Door in the Wall"
         Horace Greeley
              Publisher of the New York Tribune
              Stayed at the Chadwick House, Squan Beach
         William Dean Howells
              American writer & literary critic
              Visited Lakewood in 1907
         L. Ron Hubbard
              Novelist & Founder of the Church of Scientology
              Wrote "Dianetics" while living in his house in Point Pleasant
         Rudyard Kipling
              Author & Poet
              Stayed at Gould Estate in Lakewood
         Augusta Huiell Seaman
              Author of Children's Literature
              Lived on Island Beach on the Phipps Estate
                   With her second husband beginning in 1928
              Served as Island Beach Borough Clerk, Registrar, & Tax Collector
         Upton Sinclair
              Writer of "The Jungle" and other well-known works
              Wrote his book "Metropolis" in 1908 while living in Point Pleasant
         Robert Louis Stevenson
              Novelist who wrote "Treasure Island" & "Dr. Jekell and Mr. Hyde"
              Stayed at the Union House in Point Pleasant
         Mark Twain
              Novelist & Social Scientist
              Stayed at Gould Estate in Lakewood in 1907


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