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1 Mark Twain (1835–1910), moved to Hartford in 1874 and lived in Hartford for a number of years. The Mark Twain House is a national historic site. Twain, whose real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens, wrote many of his most famous works in Hartford, including The Gilded Age, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Roughing It, and his most read and controversial, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. 15366
2 Katharine Hepburn, (1907–2003), actress, was born in Hartford and lived on both Hawthorne and Laurel Street. She is buried in the Hepburn family plot in Cedar Hill Cemetery in the city. 7732
3 Stephenie Meyer, (b. 1973) in Hartford, CT. Grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, with five siblings, Young Adult author, best known for writing the epic vampire love story "Twilight (novel)" and the "Twilight (series) that sold over 42 million copies worldwide as of 2008. 6541
4 Stephanie McMahon, daughter of the Owner of Wwe. 6488
5 Brooke Burke (b. 1971), television personality, model and dancer, was born in Hartford but moved to Arizona during her early childhood. 4319
6 Mark McGrath (b. 1968), lead singer of Sugar Ray was born in Hartford. 4106
7 Jenna Dewan 9b. 1980), actress 3798
8 Linda Evans, (b. 1942) actress of Dynasty fame was born in Hartford. 3224
9 Kim Zolciak, (b. 1978), is a star of The Real Housewives of Atlanta and a country music singer. 2915
10 Harriet Beecher Stowe, (1811–1896), originally from Litchfield, settled in Hartford during the 1870s. Her Nook Farm home is open to the public and adjoins Mark Twain's. 2485
11 Charles Nelson Reilly, (1931-2007), actor. 1689
12 Amy Brenneman (b. 1964) grew up in Glastonbury. She adapted the experiences of her mother, a Connecticut Superior Court judge in Hartford, into the television series Judging Amy. 1463
13 Frederick Law Olmsted, (1822–1903), the renowned urban and suburban planner famous for many of the New York City parks and Stanford University's campus, was born, raised and educated in Hartford. 1405
14 Samuel Colt (1814-1862) Inventor 1347
15 Wallace Stevens, (1879–1955), the poet, was an insurance executive in Hartford. 1037
16 Thomas Hooker, founder of Connecticut 978
17 Norman Lear (b. 1922), renowned television producer, went to Weaver High School in Hartford. 824
18 L. Paul Bremer, (b. 1941), ex-Administrator of US-occupied Iraq and foreign service officer. 817
19 Jeff Porcaro (1954–1992), Mike Porcaro (b. 1955) and Steve Porcaro (b. 1957) of the rock band Toto were born in Hartford. Lived early years in South Windsor before moving to Los Angeles. Father Joe Porcaro is well known as a session and drum instructor. 789
20 Dominick Dunne (1925-2009) and John Gregory Dunne, (1932-2003), famous writers, were born in Hartford and grew up in West Hartford. 683
21 Eric Mangini, (b. 1971) head coach, Cleveland Browns, former head coach of the New York Jets 637
22 Fates Warning, progressive metal band formed in 1982. 636
23 John Carney, (b. 1964) NFL placekicker 564
24 Marcus Camby, (b. 1974), NBA player 543
25 Eriq La Salle, (b. 1962), of the television show ER was born and raised in Hartford. 481
26 Thomas Ian Griffith (b. 1962) first feature film was the 1989 movie The Karate Kid, Part III 466
27 Stephen Cole Kleene, (1909–1994), mathematician 446
28 Wavy Gravy, hippie icon went to Hall High School. 403
29 Sophie Tucker, (1884–1966), "last of the red-hot mamas," singer and comedienne, was born and raised in Hartford. 399
30 Elizabeth May, former Sierra Club of Canada president and current leader of the Green Party of Canada 298
31 Jackie McLean (1931-2006), jazz alto saxophonist and educator 247
32 Totie Fields (1930–1978), comedian, born and raised in Hartford. 232
33 Eugene Robinson, (b. 1963) NFL player 204
34 William Gillette (1853-1937), actor, stage-write, and Director. Famous for playing Sherlock Holmes 192
35 Rick Mahorn, (b. 1958) NBA player 147
36 Kurt Carr, gospel music composer and performer 138
37 Alfred Terry, (1827-1890), Union army general. 109
38 Ann Corio (1914–1999), burlesque star, was from Hartford. 105
39 Frank Fasi, Mayor of Honolulu, Hawaii 83
40 Jim Murray, (1919–1998), longtime sports columnist of the Los Angeles Times was born and raised in Hartford. 72
41 Reverend Horace Bushnell, (1802–1876), Hartford civic champion. 45
42 Igor Buketoff (1915–2001), conductor, was born in Hartford. 37
43 Michael C. FitzGerald (b. 1953), art historian and Picasso scholar at Trinity College (Connecticut) in Hartford 35
44 Michael Adams, (b. 1963) NBA player 33
45 Theodore Wirth (1863–1949) Horticulturalist and park planner 31
46 Parmenio Adams, (1776–1832), United States Congressman, was born in Hartford </ref>. 24
47 Colonel Sherwood C. Spring (b. 1944) United States Army Colonel, test pilot and astronaut 23
48 Johnny Egan, (b. 1939) NBA player 23
49 Oliver Butterworth, (1915–1990), children's author and educator. 21
50 George Keller, (1842–1935), the architect, lived in Hartford until his death. He designed the Soldier's and Sailor's Arch, the Hartford Train Station, and the Garfield Memorial in Cleveland, Ohio. His ashes, along with the ashes of his wife, Mary, are interred in turrets of the arch he designed. 20
51 Reverend Francis Goodwin, (1839–1923), paterfamilias of the Goodwins, an original founding family of Hartford. Chairman of the Hartford Parks Commission. 20
52 Barbara Kolb (b. 1939), composer 15
53 Edward Ralph May, (1819-1852?), the only delegate to the Indiana Constitutional Convention of 1850 to vote in favor of African American suffrage. 13
54 Phil Tonken (1919-2000), longtime staff announcer at New York station WOR-AM-TV, was born in Hartford. 8
55 Jayson Durocher (b. 1974), MLB player for the Milwaukee Brewers 7
56 J.P. Morgan, (1837-1913), American financier, industrialist and savior of the 1907 panic. 6
57 Cornelius J. Vanderbilt (1830–1882) disowned son of The Commodore, Cornelius Vanderbilt, died shortly after completing his estate (demolished) at West Hill (now part of West Hartford). < 5
58 A. Everett "Chick" Austin, (1900–1957), collector, stage impresario, and arts innovator, Director of the Wadsworth Atheneum, 1927–1944. < 5
59 Colonel Albert A. Pope, (1843–1909), veteran of Petersburg and manufacturer of the Columbia Bicycle and Pope-Hartford automobile. < 5


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