Rhode Island

Rhode Island Famous Natives

People listed are almost always native to the state. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within a state for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the state in their personal endeavors.

  • Pat Abbruzzi football player, coach
  • Norm Abram television master carpenter
  • Nelson Wilmarth Aldrich politician
  • Robert Aldrich film director, writer, producer
  • Zachariah Allen inventor
  • Harry Anderson actor
  • Billy Andrade golfer
  • David Angell television producer
  • William Arnold Anthony physicist
  • Joshua Appleby lighthouse keeper
  • Jon B. singer, songwriter
  • John Baca u.s. army solider, medal of honor recipient
  • Sullivan Ballou u.s. army major, politician
  • William Barton continental army officer
  • Willard L. Beaulac u.s. ambassador
  • Harvey Bennett, Jr. hockey player
  • Will Blackmon football player
  • Jabez Brown politician, jurist
  • Moses Brown abolitionist, industrialist
  • Nicholas Brown manufacturer, philanthropist
  • Ambrose Burnside soldier, industrialist, inventor, politician (born in IN)
  • Ruth Buzzi actress, comedian
  • Sasha Cagen author
  • Bruce Caldwell baseball player, football player
  • Erasmus D. Campbell politician
  • Donald Carcieri politician
  • Wendy Carlos composer, musician
  • Sandra Cassel actress
  • Stephen Champlin war of 1812 u.s. navy officer
  • William A. Chanler politician
  • William Ellery Channing clergyman
  • George Cohan playwright, composer, actor, singer
  • Michael Corrente film director, producer
  • John Edward Costigan artist
  • Jill Craybas tennis player
  • George William Curtis writer, editor
  • Viola Davis actress (born in SC)
  • John DePetro radio talk show host
  • Ernie DiGregorio basketball player
  • Tanya Donelly singer, songwriter
  • Thomas Wilson Dorr politician, reformer
  • Eddie Dowling actor, screenwriter, playwright
  • Alice Drummond actress
E - F
  • Nelson Eddy singer
  • Jason Estrada olympic medalist, boxer
  • Maude Read Farnum first rhode island woman banker
  • Bobby Farrelly film director, screenwriter, producer
  • Melissa "Missy" Fiorentino boxer
  • Ava Gaudet actress
  • Glass Ghost songwriter
  • Adelino "Billy" Gonsalves soccer player
  • Charles Gorham silversmith
  • Robert Gray explorer
  • Spalding Gray actor, screenwriter, playwright
  • Nathanael Greene revolutionary war general, hero
  • Andy Gresh sports talk radio host
  • Bobby Hackett musician
  • David Hartman actor, television host
  • Nathanael Herreshoff naval architect, engineer
  • James H. Higgins politician
  • Stephen Hopkins governor, continental congress member, signer declaration of independence
  • Henry Howard politician
  • Mark Anthony De Wolfe Howe, Jr. author, editor
  • Ruth Hussey actress
I - K
  • Thomas Ince actor, film director, producer, screenwriter
  • Joseph Jenks, Jr. ironworker, founder of pawtucket (born in england)
  • Jeff Jillson hockey player
  • Joyce Jillson astrologer
  • Charles "Van" Johnson actor
  • Galway Kinnell poet


  • Napoleon "Nap" Lajoie baseball player
  • Irving R. Levine television journalist
  • H. P. Lovecraft author
  • William C. Lovering politician
  • Eric Lutes actor
  • Mike Maronna actor
  • Don McGregor comic book writer, author
  • John McLaughlin television political commentator
  • Metacomet (King Philip) wampanoag indian war chief
  • David Moretti actor
  • Dana Carleton Munro historian, author
  • Wilfred Harold Munro historian, author
  • Christopher Murney actor
  • Arden Myrin actress, comedian
N - Q
  • Johnny Nicholas musician
  • Chet Nichols, Jr. baseball player
  • Don Panciera football player
  • Sam Patch first u.s. daredevil
  • Les Pawson runner, three-time winner boston marathon
  • Vinny Paz boxer
  • Matthew C. Perry u.s. navy commodore
  • Oliver Hazard Perry war of 1812 u.s. navy officer, "hero of lake erie"
  • David Quinn hockey player
  • Charles Reilly author
  • Don Reo television writer, producer
  • Elisha Hunt Rhodes civil war veteran, patriot
  • Abby Aldrich Rockefeller philanthropist
  • Al Rockoff photojournalist
  • Isaac P. Rodman civil war army general, politician
  • Dave Shalansky actor
  • Thomas W. Sherman civil war officer
  • Sherwood C. Spring astronaut (born in connecticut)
  • Arthur Steere politician
  • Gilbert Stuart artist
  • William H. Sullivan u.s. ambassador
  • Aldo Tatangelo politician
  • Thomas Alexander Tefft architect
  • Benjamin Franklin Tilley civil war navy officer
  • Danny Walsh bootlegger
  • William West general revolutionary war, jurist
  • Sarah Helen Whitman poet
  • Dennis Wholey television host, producer, author
  • John Wilbur religious leader
  • Roger Williams founder rhode island (born in england)
  • Leonard Woodcock labor union leader
  • James Woods actor (born in utah)

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Rhode Island Cities, Counties & Area Codes

City County Area Code
Bristol Bristol 401
Warwick Kent 401
Newport Newport 401
Providence Providence 401
North Kingstown Washington 401