Sean Altman (born 1961), musician, songwriter and founder of Rockapella

William Henry Appleton (1814-1899), publisher
Béla Bartók (1881-1945), composer and pianist
Justin Fornal, film director

Rudolf Bing (1902-1997), former General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera

Jonathan Brewster Bingham (1914-1986), member of the House of Representatives
June Bingham Birge (1919-2007), author and playwright
Ron Blomberg (born 1948), first DH in baseball history
Ted Brown (1924-2005), charismatic radio personality
Chris Chambliss (born 1948), former Yankee first baseman and hitting coach
Yvonne De Carlo (1922-2007), movie and television actress
Joey Donovan, (1967- born Joey Reynolds), founder/president of Ad Astra Radio

Seth Farber, rabbi and historian
Fernando Ferrer (born 1950), former Bronx Borough President
Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996), jazz singer
Julio Franco (born 1958), former New York Mets first basemen
Sidney Frey (1920-1968), Audio Fidelity Records, producer of first stereo record

Fred W. Friendly (1915-1998), former president of CBS News
Lou Gehrig (1903-1941), New York Yankees baseball star
Jordan Gelber, Broadway actor
Desmond Harrington (born 1976), actor

Nat Holman (1896-1995), innovative basketball player and CCNY coach

Charles Evans Hughes, III (1915-1985), architect

H. Stuart Hughes (1916-1999), professor and activist
Richard Joel (born 1950), President of Yeshiva University

Laura Kam (born 1958), Israel advocate, Senior Adviser at the Israel Project
Eric Kandel (born 1929), Columbia University neuroscientist, Nobel Prize winner

Joan Bennett Kennedy (born 1936), spouse of Senator Ted Kennedy
John F. Kennedy (1917-1963), U.S. President
Bernard Kerik (born 1955), former New York City Police Commissioner
Theodore Kheel, labor lawyer
G. Oliver Koppell (born 1940), member of the New York City Council
Fiorello H. La Guardia (1882-1947), Mayor of New York City
John L. Lahey (born 1946), president of Quinnipiac University
Christopher Lehmann-Haupt (born 1934), journalist, critic and novelist
Timothy “Speed” Levitch (born 1970), tour guide and voice actor
Jacob “Jack” J. Lew, (born 1955) former Director of the U.S. OMB
Sal Maglie (1917-1992), major league baseball pitcher
Willie Mays (born 1931), major league baseball star
Tim Morehouse, Olympic fencer
Tracy Morgan (born 1968), actor
Elie Nadelman (1882-1946), Polish/American sculptor
Philip Nadelman (born 1955), accomplished songwriter and artist
George W Perkins (1862–1920), pres. of Palisades Interstate Park Commission
Jennifer Raab, President of Hunter College

Ed Rendell (born 1944), Governor of Pennsylvania

Sugar Ray Robinson (1921-1989), “pound for pound the best” boxer in history
Theodore Roosevelt, Sr. (1831-1878), banker and father of the U.S. President
David Shapiro (born 1947), poet and literary critic
Carly Simon (born 1945), singer/songwriter
Joanna Simon (born 1940), Mezzo-soprano
Lucy Simon (born 1943), composer
Richard L. Simon (1899-1960), co-founder of Simon & Schuster
Eliot Spitzer (born 1959), former Governor of New York
Ed Sullivan (1901-1974), television personality
U Thant (1909-1974), former United Nations Secretary-General
Kool Keith Thornton (born 1964), prolific hip-hop artist
Richard Tofel, president and CEO of the International Freedom Center
Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957), Conductor
Mark Twain (1835-1910), author
Steven Tyler (born 1948), American musician and songwriter (Aerosmith)
Abe Vigoda (born 1921), movie and television actor
Alexander S. Webb (1835-1911), Union Army general; awarded Medal of Honor
Avi Weiss (born 1944), activist Modern Orthodox Rabbi
Rosalyn Sussman Yalow (born 1921), Nobel Laureate


(*) according to Wilkepedia, these people were either born in Riverdale, or lived here during their lifetime