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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Yale University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Yale University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Yale University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Yale University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Yale 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 Yale University.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different graduates, including George W. Bush and Jennifer Connelly.

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

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George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
George W. Bush Pilot, Public speaker, Businessperson

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Hillary Clinton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Hillary Clinton Spokesperson, Politician, Diplomat

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Dick Cheney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Dick Cheney Businessperson, Politician, Author

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Eli Whitney is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Eli Whitney Inventor, Engineer, Teacher

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Glenn Beck is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Glenn Beck Spokesperson, Commentator, Talk show host

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James Franco is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
James Franco Film Producer, Model, Screenwriter

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Lewis Black is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Lewis Black Social Critic, Commentator, Television producer

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Oliver Stone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Oliver Stone Television director, Soldier, Television producer

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Anderson Cooper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Anderson Cooper Journalist, Television producer, Film Producer

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Samuel Morse is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Samuel Morse Painter, Inventor, Artist

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Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Paul Newman Activist, Businessperson, Entrepreneur

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Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Meryl Streep Spokesperson, Actor, Voice acting

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Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Edward Norton Journalist, Environmentalist, Film Producer

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Christophe Beck is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Christophe Beck Film Score Composer

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Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Jodie Foster Musician, Film Producer, Actor

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Jordana Brewster is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni

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William Howard Taft is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
William Howard Taft Judge, Jurist, Lawyer

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Paul Giamatti is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Paul Giamatti Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

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Jennifer Connelly is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Jennifer Connelly Model, Actor, Voice acting

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Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Sigourney Weaver Actor, Voice acting

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Henry Winkler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Henry Winkler Television director, Television producer, Film Producer

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Mia Farrow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Mia Farrow Model, Actor, Singer

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Claire Danes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Claire Danes Television producer, Actor, Voice acting

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Paul Krugman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Paul Krugman Commentator, Journalist, Professor

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George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
George H. W. Bush Businessperson, Politician, Soldier

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Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Joe DiMaggio Baseball player, Actor

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Demetri Martin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Demetri Martin Film Score Composer, Humorist, Comedian

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Donald Gips is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni

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David Duchovny is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
David Duchovny Television director, Television producer, Screenwriter

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Charles Rivkin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni

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Fred Cohen is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni

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Lee de Forest is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Lee de Forest Film Producer, Cinematographer, Inventor

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Leslie A. Dach is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni

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Cole Porter is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Cole Porter Songwriter, Screenwriter, Lyricist

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Ben Stein is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Ben Stein Commentator, Financial adviser, Author

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Larry Kramer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Larry Kramer Novelist, Film Producer, Screenwriter

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Joy Bryant is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Joy Bryant Model, Actor

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Robert Klein is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Robert Klein Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter

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Rebecca Walker is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Rebecca Walker Author, Actor, Writer

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Cory Booker is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Cory Booker Politician, Lawyer

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Pat Robertson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Pat Robertson Businessperson, Environmentalist, Entrepreneur

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Ron Reagan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Ron Reagan Ballet Dancer, Commentator, Talk show host

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Sara Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Sara Gilbert Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor

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Sinclair Lewis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Sinclair Lewis Novelist, Author, Writer

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Mark Rothko is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Mark Rothko Artist

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Abraham L. Brick is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni

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Thornton Wilder is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Thornton Wilder Novelist, Screenwriter, Playwright

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James Whitmore is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni

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Hart Crane is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Hart Crane Poet, Writer

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Norman Foster is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Norman Foster Designer, Architect