Forest Hills High School Notable Alumni

Burt Bacharach (‘46), composer

Emil Beheshti, actor

Francine D. Blau (’63), economist

Chuck Blazer (’61), sports executive

Art Buchwald (’43 drop-out), Pulitzer Prize winner

Peter Daempfle (’88), author

Ian Eagle, American sports announcer

Ronnie Earl (’71), Blues guitarist born Ronnie Horvath

Gilbert Eisner, épée fencer

Eugene Fidell (’61), lawyer and expert in military law

Ernie Grunfeld, former NBA player and current GM of Washington Wizards

Moe Harkless (’11), NBA player

Susan Isaacs (’61), novelist and screenwriter

Dennis Jacobs, Court of Appeals judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Robert Katzmann, Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Bob Keeshan, portrayed Captain Kangaroo

Charles Kelman, Ophthalmologist, inventor, and jazz musician

Gary Kurfirst, promoter, producer, manager, and record label executive inspiring the creation of the Woodstock Festival.

Liza Lapira (’93), actress

Jacob J. (“Jack”) Lew (’72), current US Secretary of the Treasury

Frank Lorenzo, business magnate

George Low (’43), NASA administrator and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institutepresident

The Ramones (’74+), punk-rock pioneers

Marc Rich (non-grad), commodity trader pardoned by Pres. Clinton

Dave Rubinstein, singer of Reagan Youth

Paul M. Schwartz, expert in information privacy law and torts, Jefferson E. Peyser Professor at UC Berkeley School of Law, and creator of the famous phrase, “YOTO” (“You Only Tort Once”)

Fred Silverman, television executive

Paul Simon (’58) and Art Garfunkel (’58), Grammy Award-winning folk-rock singers of the duo Simon & Garfunkel

Reby Sky, model/wrestler

Jerry Springer (’61), shock television show host and former Cincinnati mayor

Dick Stockton (’60), sports announcer

Dennis Tito (’58), first space tourist

Danny Troob (’66), Tony and Academy Award-winning orchestrator and arranger

Tatiana Troyanos (’56), mezzo-soprano opera singer

Leslie Urdang (’72), film and theatre producer

John Vinocur, journalist

Katharine Weber, novelist

Leslie West, rock guitarist

Steve Wilstein (’66), National Headline Award winning sports columnist