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Famous Gallaudet University Alumni

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List of famous alumni from Gallaudet University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Gallaudet University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Gallaudet University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Gallaudet University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Gallaudet University.

This list includes Shoshannah Stern, Christy Smith and more graduates.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Gallaudet University?” and “Which celebrities are Gallaudet University alumni?”


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    Irving King Jordan became, in 1988, the first deaf president of Gallaudet University, the world's only university with all programs and services designed specifically for students who are deaf and hard of hearing. That year Gallaudet students, with support from many alumni, faculty, staff and friends of ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 72
    • Credits: Through Deaf Eyes
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    Dr. Robert Davila served as the ninth president of Gallaudet University, the world's only university in which all programs and services are specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students. His appointment came after the wake of the Unity for Gallaudet Movement protests of 2006, ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 83
    • Birthplace: California, United States of America
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    Christy Smith is the first deaf contestant on the CBS reality television series Survivor: The Amazon and co-founder of Discovering Deaf Worlds. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 37
    • Birthplace: Aspen, Colorado, United States of America
    • Credits: Survivor
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    Shoshannah Stern is an American actress. more on Wikipedia
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    • Profession: Actor
    • Age: age 35
    • Birthplace: Walnut Creek, California, United States of America
    • Credits: Jericho, The Last Shot, Threat Matrix, Adventures of Power, See What I'm Saying: The Deaf Entertainers Documentary + 2 more
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    Linda Bove is a deaf American actress who played the part of Linda the Librarian on the children's television program Sesame Street from 1971 to 2003. more on Wikipedia
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    • Profession: Actor
    • Age: age 70
    • Birthplace: Garfield, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Credits: Sesame Street, Search for Tomorrow, Sesame Unpaved
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    Phyllis Annetta Frelich was an American actress. more on Wikipedia
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    • Profession: Actor
    • Age: Died at 70 (1944-2014)
    • Birthplace: Devils Lake, North Dakota, United States of America
    • Credits: Bridge to Silence, Love is Never Silent
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    Tyrone Giordano is a Deaf American actor. Giordano was born in Hartford, Connecticut. An alumnus of Montgomery Blair High School and Gallaudet University, he began acting in Washington, DC in 1999. He was a member of a small troupe of Deaf and hearing actors when he won his first professional role as a ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Profession: Actor
    • Age: age 39
    • Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America
    • Credits: The Family Stone, The Next Three Days, Untraceable, A Lot like Love, All About Steve + 1 more
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    George William Veditz was a former president of National Association of the Deaf of the United States and was one of the first to film American Sign Language. more on Wikipedia
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    • Profession: Teacher
    • Age: Died at 76 (1861-1937)
    • Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
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    Olof Hanson

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    Olof Hanson was a deaf American architect. more on Wikipedia
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    • Profession: Architect
    • Age: Died at 71 (1862-1933)
    • Birthplace: Fjälkinge, Sweden
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    Andrew Foster

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    Andrew Jackson Foster was a missionary to the deaf in Africa from 1956 until his death in 1987. In 1954, he became the first Deaf African American to earn a bachelor's degree from Gallaudet College and the first to earn a master's degree from Eastern Michigan University. He soon earned a second master's ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 62 (1925-1987)
    • Birthplace: Ensley, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America
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    Ángel Ramos

    Dr. Ángel Ramos was the founder of the National Hispanic Council of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Superintendent of the Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind. He earn a doctorate from Gallaudet University. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
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    Troy Kotsur

    Troy Kotsur is a deaf American actor. more on Wikipedia
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    • Profession: Actor
    • Age: age 47
    • Birthplace: United States of America
    • Credits: Universal Signs, See What I'm Saying: The Deaf Entertainers Documentary, No Ordinary Hero: The Superdeafy Movie
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    Frank Bowe

    Frank G. Bowe was the Dr. Mervin Livingston Schloss Distinguished Professor for the Study of Disabilities at Hofstra University. As a disability rights activist, author, and teacher, he accomplished a series of firsts for individuals with disabilities. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 60 (1947-2007)
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    Gary Malkowski

    Gary Malkowski is a former Canadian provincial politician. He represented the riding of York East in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1990 to 1995, as a member of the Ontario New Democratic Party. He was Canada's first deaf parliamentarian, and the first deaf parliamentarian in the world to ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Profession: Politician
    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: Hamilton, Canada
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    Francis Maginn

    Francis Maginn was a Church of Ireland missionary who worked to improve living standards for the deaf community by promoting sign language and was one of the co-founders of the British Deaf Association. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 57 (1861-1918)
    • Birthplace: Mallow, County Cork, Republic of Ireland
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    Clayton Valli

    Clayton Valli was a prominent deaf linguist and American Sign Language poet whose work helped further to legitimize ASL and introduce people to the richness of American Sign Language literature. Born in Massachusetts, Valli attended the Austine School for the Deaf in Vermont. He earned an A.A.S. in ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 52 (1951-2003)
    • Birthplace: Massachusetts, United States of America
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    Heidi Zimmer

    Heidi Zimmer is an American deaf mountaineer who has accomplished several notable firsts in mountaineering. She was born deaf, and became the first deaf woman in history to reach the top of Mt. McKinley on June 13, 1991. At the top, she unfolded a banner reading "DEAF WOMAN, A PARADE THROUGH THE ... more on Wikipedia
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    Russell Wayne Harvard is an American actor. He made his feature film debut in Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood, playing opposite Daniel Day-Lewis as his adopted grown son, H.W. Plainview. In the 2010 biopic The Hammer, he portrayed deaf NCAA championship wrestler and UFC mixed martial arts ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Profession: Actor
    • Age: age 34
    • Birthplace: Pasadena, Texas, United States of America
    • Credits: There Will Be Blood, Signage, Hamill
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    Ed Waterstreet

    Ed Waterstreet is the founder and artistic director of Deaf West Theatre, which was established in 1991, and was the first resident theatre company in America operating under the direction of a deaf artistic director. Waterstreet has acted in such films as Love Is Never Silent and Sweet Nothing in My ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 72
    • Birthplace: Algoma, Wisconsin, United States of America
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    Kevin Cook

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    Kevin Lee Cook is an American basketball coach, and former collegiate athlete, who is now the women's basketball head coach at Winthrop University.* He also serves as head coach/technical advisor of the Nigerian women's basketball U-19 National team. He served as the Nigerian National team coach from ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 54
    • Birthplace: Fremont, Ohio, United States of America
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