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Actor Sid Caesar was born in Yonkers, NY on Sept. 8, 1922.

The youngest of three sons of luncheonette owners Max and Ida Caesar, Sidney was a saxophone player who wanted to study music until he met producer Max Liebman while serving time in the Coast Guard. Liebman saw more than just musical potential in Caesar and promoted him in Broadway productions and backed him in “Admiral Broadway Revue,” which started airing in January 1949.

Vito Romita immigrated to America in 1921. Armed with only a third-grade education he worked as an ice man, got married and lived in an apartment on Ellery Street in Brooklyn.John Romita was born on Jan. 24, 1930, the first of five children. …

Rossolav Andruschkewitsch was born June 15, 1927 in Highland Park, Mich. His parents had emigrated from Moscow, Russia a year earlier on the SS Grasse. In 1932, they became American citizens.Their son’s name was Americanized and shortened to …

The father of a future Queens borough president, Cyril Sargent was born on April 7, 1898 in British Guyana. He arrived in New York City on April 6, 1919 via Rio de Janeiro, on the ship Christian Bors. He married Artemesor (Audrey) McKenzie in…

John Santucci was born on April 2, 1931 to Tommaso “Thomas” Santucci and Mary Pagano. His father, an Italian immigrant who traveled to America in 1905 at the age of 17, only had an eighth-grade education, but experience as a plasterer and wor…

Jacob “Jack” Marantz, a Romanian immigrant, married Bella Kozinn in Manhattan on June 27, 1910. Their first born, Saul Bernard Marantz, arrived on July 7, 1911. A brother, Charles, and sister, Edith, soon followed.Saul married Jean Dickey in …

Max Ryklansky was born Aug. 12, 1897 in Russia. At age six, his family of six children immigrated to America via Antwerp, Belgium on the ship Kroonland, landing in New York on Oct. 14, 1903. At immigration their name was changed to Rickles. M…

Israel William “Bill” Silverman was born in Manhattan on Nov. 13, 1906 to Austrian immigrant parents. With an eighth-grade education, he became a radio and television repair technician and married Mildred Goldberg on Nov. 1, 1936. Briefly, th…

Frederick Timmins DeCordova was born in New York City on Oct. 27, 1910. He fell in love with the stage at an early age and progressed to dialogue director, actor, director and producer. He lived with his parents, Margaret and George, who move…

Josephine Mentzer was born on July 1, 1906 to Max Mentzer, a prosperous Corona hardware store owner, and Rose Schotz, an immigrant from Hungary. Josephine was her mother’s sixth child; the elder five were from Rose’s first marriage. The famil…

David Stephen Caruso was born in Queens on Jan. 7, 1956 to Charles and Joan Caruso. Charles was a magazine and newspaper editor and Joan a librarian. Two years later a sister was born named Joyce. Charles decided to leave the marriage and Dav…

Shoe salesman Charles Ritter married Lucy Hale in Brooklyn on April 25, 1900.On Valentine’s Day 1902, they were blessed with a baby girl they named Thelma. She had the acting bug early in life, and married fellow actor Joseph Moran on April 21, 1927.

Herman Ganser was born in Austria in May 1909. He came to America with the trade of machinist and married Rita Conrad in June 1936, and they settled in Manhattan.A short time later a baby boy, Robert, was born. After World War II they decided…

Piano teacher Helen Collomb and Abraham Tuvim, who was nine years her junior, welcomed their only child, Judith, on June 21, 1921 after four years of marriage. In 1927 when young Judy was only 6, her parents divorced. Judy and her mother move…

Edward Michael Henry Jr. was born in Astoria on July 20, 1971. His father was a dairy manager and his mother, Christine, was a bookkeeper.They lived in a postwar apartment building at 32-56 41 St. in Astoria. A sister, Colleen, was born in Ma…

A 21-year-old CPA named Saul Alpern married Sara Presser, two years his senior, in August 1935 in Brooklyn.They were blessed with a baby girl Joan in 1937. On May 18, 1941 another daughter, Ruth, was born. They lived in Brooklyn at 240 Sulliv…

Dry cleaning store owner Herman “Hy” Pearlman married Reenie Nevler, daughter of a Russian immigrant brushmaker, in Brooklyn in January 1936. Reenie gave birth to their first and only son, Louis Jay, at age 41 on June 19, 1954. They left Broo…

Morton Drescher married Sylvia Rosenberg in the Bronx in 1953. Their first daughter, Nadine Iris, was born in September 1956. A year later on Sept. 30, 1957, Francine Joy was born. The growing family moved out to Queens at 147-49 72 Drive in …

Italian immigrant Giovanni Broccoli, known as John, married Cristina Vence, who was 22 years his junior, on Sept. 7, 1902. They welcomed their first son, John, two years later, followed by future movie producer Albert Romolo Broccoli on April…

Max Weinstein was born in Manhattan on June 4, 1924, son of an Austrian immigrant fish peddler. He had a passion for diamonds and started as a diamond cutter for the Universal Diamond Co. as soon as he turned 18.In June 1950, he married Miria…

Philip Grueber was born in Lemberg, Poland on Nov. 19, 1913. He arrived in the United States in August 1921 and became a citizen in April 1936.Exceptionally handsome and well-built, he became a professional wrestler under the names Jack Bell …

William Mahairas was born in Patras, Greece, in January 1892. He arrived in New York with his brother Jerry in 1915 and partnered in opening up a successful restaurant in Long Island City. He and his wife, Demetra, 15 years his junior, marrie…

Comedian Anne Meara was born in a Brooklyn hospital on Sept. 20, 1929 to first-generation children of Irish immigrants Mary Dempsey and Edward Joseph Meara, a rising star in the American Standard Co. — which at that time made radiators and sa…

Noel Hyman was born on April 24, 1919 in Bensonhurst, son of trucking company owner Morris “Mo” Hyman. Noel married Brooklyn beauty Charlotte Mandell in December 1947. They moved into an apartment at 110-19 64 Ave. in Forest Hills.Charlotte g…

William George Cassidy was born on Oct. 9, 1884, in the old village of Winfield, today’s eastern Woodside. He married Charlotte Koehler, who was born in Germany, on Nov. 25, 1908. U.S. Census records confirm he had an eighth-grade education, …

Russell Ryan Jr. was born August 23, 1923, the first child born to Russell Sr. and Grace Reinhart Ryan. Two brothers and a sister soon followed. They lived and were raised at 54-44 82 St. in Elmhurst. In 1958, at age 35, Russell Jr., a bachel…

Born as Jack Ryan to Ellen Josephine O’Brien and U.S. Steel’s Isthmian Steamship Co. ship surveyor William Lawrence Ryan in December 1920, actor Jack Lord was the second of four sons and one daughter. The family lived in a 20-by-100 foot semi…

Pietro Lazzara, the son of a Sicilian immigrant tailor, was born in Brooklyn on March 28, 1909. According to U.S. Census records, he chose the occupation of baker. He fell in love with a Brooklyn girl, Marguerite Maltese, and married her in D…

Edward Manes married Belle Cohen in November 1922. A daughter named Edith Hope Manes was born in February 1925. Belle gave birth again on Jan. 18, 1934 to identical twin boys they named Donald and Morton. Edward owned a wholesale dairy busine…

John Saleh Sununu was born in Boston Mass., on March 21, 1909 shortly after his father, Alexander, emigrated to the U.S. from the Greek Orthodox Community of Palestine. Victoria Dada, born in the Greek Orthodox section of San Vincente, El Sal…

John Vincent Hogan was born on Valentine’s Day in 1890 in Philadelphia. At the age of 12 in 1902, he constructed his first wireless station.In 1906 he began his career as a laboratory assistant to famous inventor Lee de Forest, “The Father of…

David Warshawsky was born in Brooklyn on March 22, 1913, the firstborn son of Russian immigrants who arrived in New York in 1910, from Kiev, then in the Russian Empire. His father was a bookbinder, while young David practiced the bass violin,…

Morris Kermit Bauer, father of Dr. Joyce Brothers, was born on Rivington Street in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in June 1901, the first of five sons to be born to Austrian immigrants. He graduated law school, became an attorney and marrie…

Thomas Wright Waller was born in New York City on May 21, 1904, the seventh of 11 children. His father, Edward, had a successful trucking business and his mother Adeline was a pianist; both came from Virginia. Census records show they married…

Ivan Coakley Daly was born in Plymouth, Montserrat in the West Indies on July 3, 1897, a place that today no longer exists — made a ghost town after a volcano erupted in 1995.He immigrated to America, settled and married Helen Page on June 21…

Augustus “Gus” Breitenberger Jr. married Mary Katherine Byrnes on July 3, 1932 — both only 20 years old. She gave birth to a son, Edward, less than three weeks later on July 20. Another son, Paul, followed in 1934.Life was very hard for the b…

The son of Irish immigrants, John Augustus Kelly Sr. was born in Lowell, Mass. on May 28, 1898.After working as the caretaker for the famous Vesper Country Club, he came to New York City and met and married Annie Walsh, who was three years hi…

Before becoming a Playboy playmate and a centerfold for the magazine, Marilyn Hanold grew up at 71-32 69 Place in Glendale. She was born on June 9, 1938, the second of six children, to Margaret Bannach and George Charles Hanold Jr.Her father …

George Conrad Moog was born in Brooklyn on Nov. 10, 1904. After graduating college, he entered the National Guard in April 1926 and was honorably discharged in May 1929. Back in Brooklyn, he met and fell in love with Shirleigh Jacobs. They ma…

John Tenet was born in Albania on May 5, 1907. He toiled in the La Houve coal mines in France before immigrating to the United States in 1928.Tenet discovered he had a talent for cooking and became a chef. U.S. Census records show he had an e…

Frederick Safka, the 22-year-old son of Ukrainian immigrants, married Pauline (though everyone called her Polly) Altomare, 20, the daughter of an Italian fabric-pattern cutter, in 1946.A year later, on Feb. 3, a baby girl they named Melanie —…

Fashion designer Donna Karan’s story begins with her grandfather, Israel Faskowitz, who was born on May 20 1874 in Russia. He came to America in 1891, but didn’t become a citizen until 1923, years after he and his wife, Bella, had two childre…

Thomas James Curtin, an Irishman born in Canada in 1879, arrived in New York in 1895 and married Agnes Collins in 1903. They had three children: Frances, in 1906, James, in 1909, and Harriet, in 1918.Curtin, a New York City court reporter, bo…

Andrea “known as Andrew” Cuomo was born in Provincia Di Salerno Campania, Italy on Nov. 3, 1901 and came to America on Nov. 6, 1911 on the ship Principe Di Piemonte. U.S. Census reports reveal he had only a sixth-grade education and went into…

Born in 1890 in the border town Eteimbes, where France meets Germany and Switzerland, Joseph Cousy married late in life.The same year he immigrated to America, 1927, he married Juliette Corlet, who’d come to the U.S. from Belfort, France, jus…

Anthony Massino was born in Maspeth in 1911, the son of Neapolitan Italian immigrants. He married Adeline Cardinale in October 1936.With only a grammar school education, he worked in a laundry. His first son was Anthony Jr. His next son, Jose…

Frederick Lauper was born in the Bronx in 1920, the son of parents from Switzerland and Germany. French was the household language. His father was a private school teacher who soon moved the family out to Malverne, LI, and bought a home.Frede…

George Lawrence Casey, born in Offaly County, Ireland in 1847, came to America in 1849. Growing up in Long Island City, he held jobs from saloon keeper to chief of the Long Island City Volunteer Fire Department.One of his five children, son W…

Harry Mapplethorpe Jr. was born on June 3, 1918 and lived in Hollis. After graduating college, he married Joan Maxey in June 1942. They had four boys and two girls.He purchased a brand-new Cape Cod home at 83-12 259 St. in the development of …