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Famous People from Yonkers NY
Yonkers is a place that is known for its cultural history, part of which is because there are plenty of famous people who come from Yonkers. Whether they were born here or called Yonkers home for a period of time, this is a list of some of the most famous people to come from Yonkers, NY.
For instance, legendary singer Ella Fitzgerald may have been born in Virginia Beach but she called Yonkers home for a good portion of her youth. She did move to Harlem when she was around 15 after her mother past away. However, it was in Yonkers at the Bethany African Methodist Episcopal Church where she first began to take piano lessons and sing in public.
Sid Caesar was one of the pioneers for the late-night comedy talk shows that we watch today. Caesar was best known for his live TV series “Your Show of Shows”. It is estimated that 60 million people watched his show every week, winning 2 Emmy Awards (thought it was nominated for 7 total). Sid Caesar was born and raised in Yonkers. It was thanks to the diversity in the neighborhood, he was able to learn a variety of accents while working at his family’s restaurant. This became an iconic part of his performance.
Jon Voight is a well-known actor who is also the father of famed actress Angelina Jolie. Voight was born and raised in Yonkers, then he grew up to become a successful actor that we still regularly see on television and in movies.
William Christopher Handy
Handy is known as the “Father of Blues”. While he wasn’t born or raised in Yonkers, this is the location where he decided that he was going to spend his retirement after he ended his career. William Christopher Handy, also known as “W.C”, is considered to be among the most influential songwriters in America.
Mary J. Blige
Blige is known for the “Queen of Hip Hop Soul”. Spending her formative years in Yonkers, Mary J. Blige was very much influenced by the strong church community. She sang at her church and in high school, she joined a local Yonkers band “Pride”. A few years after this, she shot up to stardom to the legendary status that she has today.
Alazraqui is a comedian, actor, and voice actor who is mostly known for his role on “Reno 911!” and for his voice overs in Taco Bell commercials, “The Fairly OddParents”, and “Rocko’s Modern Life”. He was born in Yonkers, then his family moved when he was younger to Concord, California. Most recently, voiced characters in “Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and the “Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie”.
Steven Tyler may be known for being the lead singer of the Boston-based band Aerosmith. He was born in Manhattan but eventually moved to Yonkers around the age of 9. He attended high school here until he was eventually expelled. Sometime afterwards, he wrote one of his most well-known songs “Dream On”. Today he is known for still performing with Aerosmith and has even appeared as a judge on “American Idol”.
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