The Jersey Shore breeds a lot of greatness, from its beaches and boardwalks to its food. But let’s not forget about the Jersey Shore locals! We’ve decided to highlight some celebrities born at the Jersey Shore who, although they may have moved away to pursue bigger things, can always call the Shore home.
Although not everyone is lucky enough to say they were born at the Shore, we accept newcomers with open arms, like these 20 Jersey Shore Celebrities Living in Monmouth & Ocean Counties who currently reside at the Shore, whether they were born here or not.
1. Bud Abbott, Asbury Park
One half of the famous Abbott & Costello duo hailed from Asbury Park.
2. William “Count” Basie, Red Bank
Leader of the legendary Count Basie Orchestra, Mr. Basie served as the bandleader on Frank Sinatra’s legendary live album – Sinatra at the Sands.
3. Clint Black, Long Branch
This country singer with over 30 singles on the US Billboard Country charts was born in Long Branch & claims Red Bank as his birthplace as his parents lived there when he was born.
4. King Kong Bundy, Atlantic City
The headliner of Wrestlemania II, Bundy unfortunately lost a steel cage championship match to Hulk Hogan.
5. Danny DeVito, Neptune
“Danny DeVito, I love your work!”
6. Kirsten Dunst, Point Pleasant
Best known for her roles in Spiderman and Bring It On, Kirsten Dunst has been acting for most of her life after being born at the shore.
7. Frankie Edgar, Toms River
Former UFC champion Frankie Edgar is still one of Toms River’s most famous sons.
8. Brian Fallon, Red Bank
As the leader of The Gaslight Anthem, he’s performed in front of millions of fans across the globe singing songs about New Jersey, the banks of the Navesink River & Cookman Ave.
9. Jack Nicholson, Neptune City
The Shining, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Departed, Batman, As Good as it Gets, A Few Good Men, Easy Rider… Before he was a Hollywood icon, he was a graduate of Manasquan High School.
10. Charlie Puth, Rumson
Singer Charlie Puth has achieved overnight stardom in the past year, when his single “See You Again” with Wiz Khalifa hit number one for 12 weeks and received three Grammy nominations.
11. Kevin Smith, Red Bank
This local director vaulted to fame in the 90’s with his underground hit, “Clerks.”
12. Bruce Springsteen, Long Branch
What more can be said about the shore’s most famous son?
13. Dave Thomas, Atlantic City
Businessperson and philanthropist Dave Thomas is best known for founding mega fast food chain Wendy’s.
14. Ashley Tisdale, Deal
Ashley Tisdale, of Disney Channel fame, is best known for her role in High School Musical. Post-High School Musical, she continues to both act and sing.
15. Wendy Williams, Asbury Park
How you doin? Before she was entertaining millions of Americans every day with her talk show The Wendy Williams Show, Wendy was an Asbury Park native.