List of people from Rochester, New York

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Rochester, New York in the United States, and its suburbs, is or has been home to many famous individuals. These people include businessmen, civil rights activists, politicians, entertainers, educators, athletes and much more.

Easily the three most prominent Rochesterians in the national consciousness are abolitionist Frederick Douglass, suffragist Susan B. Anthony, and inventor/philanthropist George Eastman. But the list of notable personages that have passed through Rochester is much larger than just those three.

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Academics

Architects and designers

Athletes

Like most cities, Rochester has its share of famous (and not-so-famous) athletes. Among the biggest names are Walter Hagen in golf, Johnny Antonelli in baseball, Brian Gionta and Ryan Callahan in hockey, Abby Wambach in soccer, and Gorilla Monsoon in pro wrestling.

Baseball

Basketball

Football

Golf

Hockey

Lacrosse

Soccer

Swimming and diving

Wrestling

Other athletes

Coaches

Officials

Executives

See #Sports executives, below

Broadcasters

See #Sport broadcasters, below

Businesspeople

Rochester's history of innovation and progress is reflected in the long list of notable businessmen who founded their companies here. Eastman Kodak, Bausch + Lomb, Xerox, Gannett Company, and Western Union all trace their roots to Rochester.

Computing and Internet

Inventors

Sports executives

Criminals (suspected or convicted)

Entertainers

Actors and models

The most acclaimed actor to come out of the Rochester area is Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman; prior to Hoffman, Rochester's main claim to fame on stage and screen was Robert Forster. John Lithgow was born (but not raised) in Rochester, and Louise Brooks died in Rochester after many years as a recluse there.

Comedians

Dancers and Choreographers

Garth Fagan, Tony Award-winning choreographer, considers Rochester his home base.

Musicians

Thanks in part to the Eastman School of Music, Rochester has an especially rich musical legacy, most notably as the birthplace of Cab Calloway and the hometown of jazz great Chuck Mangione. Lou Gramm of Foreigner is also a native, while Gene Cornish of The Rascals is a more recent transplant. Jeff Tyzik is one of the great jazz arrangers and pops conductors. A number of nationally known musicians have passed through the halls of the Eastman School, either as students or professors (or both).

Classical music

Jazz, big bands, and blues

Popular music

Others

Other

Government

Politicians and leaders

Military personnel

Media

Authors and writers

Broadcasters and reporters

Sport broadcasters

Photographers and artists

Metalwork sculptor Albert Paley, although originally from Philadelphia, has lived and worked in Rochester for over four decades; he's probably the region's most prominent artist. Like many other artists, he came to Rochester because of RIT's School for American Crafts.

Other

Religion and philosophy

Scientists

Pioneering physician Elizabeth Blackwell, pioneering astronaut Pamela Melroy, and naturalist Henry Augustus Ward are the most notable scientists to come from the Rochester area.

Social reformers

No list of notable Rochesterians could ever omit Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, but the area has a long history of progressive social reformers. Anarchist Emma Goldman lived there for a time.

Others

Fictional Rochesterians

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