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

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

List features graduates like Calvin Coolidge and David O. Russell.

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

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Teller is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Teller Painter, Comedian, Television producer

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Larry Miller is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Larry Miller Podcaster, Journalist, Comedian

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Joseph Stiglitz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Joseph Stiglitz Professor, Scientist, Author

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Calvin Coolidge is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Calvin Coolidge Politician, Lawyer

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Drew Pinsky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Drew Pinsky Television producer, Radio personality, Physician

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Charles R. Drew is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Charles R. Drew Researcher, Physician, Surgeon

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Charles Hamilton Houston is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni

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Harlan F. Stone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni

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Clarence Birdseye is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Clarence Birdseye Inventor, Scientist, Engineer

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Preston Bassett is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Preston Bassett Inventor, Aerospace Engineer, Engineer

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Emily Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Emily Dickinson Poet, Writer

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L. Hamilton McCormick is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
L. Hamilton McCormick Inventor, Scientist, Writer

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Steve Baer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Steve Baer Mathematician, Inventor, Architect

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Jared French is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni

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Burgess Meredith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Burgess Meredith Soldier, Film Producer, Screenwriter

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Robert Lansing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Robert Lansing Politician, Lawyer

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Stephen Collins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Stephen Collins Musician, Actor, Writer

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William H. Hastie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
William H. Hastie Judge, Lawyer

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David Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
David Suzuki Geneticist, Television Show Host, Environmentalist

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Scott Turow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Scott Turow Novelist, Author, Writer

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Thomas Eagleton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Thomas Eagleton Politician, Negotiator, Soldier

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Albert II, Prince of Monaco is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni

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Patrick Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni

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David O. Russell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
David O. Russell Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter

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David Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
David Eisenhower Soldier, Historian, Author

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David Foster Wallace is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
David Foster Wallace Professor, Novelist, Essayist

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Herbert L. Pratt is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Herbert L. Pratt Businessperson

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James F. Powers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
James F. Powers Psychologist

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Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni

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Thomas Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Thomas Flanagan Professor, Novelist

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Alan F. Segal is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Alan F. Segal Professor

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Matt Besser is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Matt Besser Television director, Comedian, Television producer

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Amos Hostetter, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Amos Hostetter, Jr.

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John P. Howe III is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni

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Robert Brustein is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Robert Brustein Theatrical producer, Critic, Playwright

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Juanita Kennedy Osborn is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Juanita Kennedy Osborn Analyst, Homemaker

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George Papandreou is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
George Papandreou Sociologist, Politician, Professor

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David Truman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
David Truman Political scientist

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Talcott Parsons is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Talcott Parsons Sociologist

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John M. Deutch is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
John M. Deutch Politician, Chemist, Civil servant

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Kingman Brewster, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Kingman Brewster, Jr. Diplomat, Educator

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Henry Thomas Rainey is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni

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Frederick H. Gillett is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni

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Debby Applegate is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Debby Applegate Biographer, Historian, Professor

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Melvil Dewey is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Melvil Dewey Librarian

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Thomas M. Davis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Thomas M. Davis Politician, Lawyer

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Galusha A. Grow is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Galusha A. Grow Businessperson, Lawyer

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William James Rolfe is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
William James Rolfe Editor, Educator, Shakespearian Scholar

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Jeffrey Wright is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni

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Carl Woese is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Carl Woese Molecular Biologist, Scientist