The Bronx is noted for a lot of things -- the Yankees, great pizza, "colorful" graffiti, and of course, hip hop. A few interesting celebrities also hail from this famous (and infamous) corner of the world. Jennifer Lopez, also known as "Jenny from the Block," has always repped her Bronx roots. But this historic place served as the birthplace for many famous folks. Check out these favorites who originate from the Boogie Down.Ellen Barkin: Notorious for her raw sex appeal, this tough blonde actress has a string of steamy thrillers under cinematic belt.
Calvin Klein: Who would have ever guessed that the man responsible for all those experimental film-like cologne ads came from the birthplace of hip-hop?
Ralph Lauren: There must be something about the Bronx that made it such a hotbed for fashion. Ralph Lauren, perhaps the world's preppiest designer, also grew up there.
Alan Alda: The star of M*A*S*H, and dozens of films, credits his humble beginnings to the Boogie Down.
Stacey Dash: If you listened closely during Season 1 of VH1's "Single Ladies," you probably heard this Bronx native's cute little accent peek out every now and then.
Joy Bryant: This underrated starlet had her big break in the 2002 smash, "Antwone Fisher."
Al Pacino: For some reason, it's not that big of a surprise that Al Pacino is from one of the toughest neighborhoods in the country.
Regis Philbin: On the other hand, knowing that this feisty former daytime talk show host is also from one of New York's most infamous boroughs seems a little surprising.
Kevin Corrigan: The name might not hit you at first. But this indie actor has been starring in movies since the late '80s and early '90s. Some of his best supporting roles were in "The Departed", "Superbad" and "Pineapple Express."
James Caan: James Caan is yet another Hollywood legend with "up top" roots. The "Misery" star has been in more than 70 movies.
Lea Michele: Bet you didn't know that America's Favorite Glee club member also came from the Bronx.
Penny Marshall: Those old enough to remember Penny when she was one half of Laverne & Shirley already know where she called home. Following her stint on the sitcom, Marshall jumped right into directing and has never looked back.
Tommy Mottola: The former Sony king (and Mariah Carey's ex-husband) probably contemplated his future days as a music mogul outside of the corner bodega.
Kerry Washington: Sweet and sassy actress Kerry Washington has tackled quite a few tough roles in her career. But nothing is rougher than catching the "D" train on a frigid winter morning.
Phil Spector: If nothing else, the Bronx has birthed some very interesting (for lack of a better word) celebrity characters. Spector is famous for being the musical genius behind much of the Wall of Sound technique -- a characteristic of pop music in the 1960s. Unfortunately, he's also known as a convicted murderer, serving 19 years to life in prison.
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