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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
Painter, Comedian, Television producer
Teller is an American magician, illusionist, actor, comedian, writer, director and usually silent half of the comedy magic duo Penn & Teller, along with Penn Jillette. Teller is an atheist, ...more

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Larry Miller is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Podcaster, Journalist, Comedian
Lawrence J. "Larry" Miller is an American actor, voice artist, comedian, podcaster, and columnist.

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Joseph Stiglitz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Professor, Scientist, Author
Joseph Eugene Stiglitz, ForMemRS, FBA is an American economist and a professor at Columbia University. He is a recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences and the John Bates Clark ...more

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Calvin Coolidge is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer
John Calvin Coolidge Jr. was the 30th President of the United States. A Republican lawyer from Vermont, Coolidge worked his way up the ladder of Massachusetts state politics, eventually becoming ...more

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Drew Pinsky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Television producer, Radio personality, Physician
David Drew Pinsky, best known as Dr. Drew, is an American board-certified internist, addiction medicine specialist, and media personality. He has hosted the nationally syndicated radio talk show ...more

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Charles R. Drew is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Researcher, Physician, Surgeon
Charles Richard Drew was an American physician, surgeon, and medical researcher. He researched in the field of blood transfusions, developing improved techniques for blood storage, and applied ...more

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Charles Hamilton Houston is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Lawyer
Charles Hamilton Houston was a prominent African-American lawyer, Dean of Howard University Law School, and NAACP Litigation Director who played a significant role in dismantling the Jim Crow ...more

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Harlan F. Stone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Lawyer
Harlan Fiske Stone was an American lawyer and jurist. A native of New Hampshire, he served as the dean of Columbia Law School, his alma mater, in the early 20th century. As a member of the ...more

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Clarence Birdseye is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Inventor, Scientist, Engineer
Clarence Frank Birdseye II was an American inventor, entrepreneur, and naturalist, and is considered to be the founder of the modern frozen food industry.

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Preston Bassett is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Inventor, Aerospace Engineer, Engineer
Preston Rogers Bassett was an inventor, engineer, and pioneer in instruments for aviation.

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Emily Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Poet, Writer
Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was an American poet. Born in Amherst, Massachusetts, to a successful family with strong community ties, she lived a mostly introverted and reclusive life. After she ...more

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L. Hamilton McCormick is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Inventor, Scientist, Writer
Leander Hamilton McCormick was an American author, inventor, art collector and sculptor.

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Steve Baer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Mathematician, Inventor, Architect
Steve Baer is an American inventor and solar and residential designer. Baer has served on the board of directors of the U.S. Section of the International Solar Energy Society, and on the board ...more

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Jared French is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Jared French was an American painter who specialized in the medium of egg tempera. He was one of the artists attributed to the style of art known as magic realism. Other artists of this movement ...more

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Burgess Meredith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Soldier, Film Producer, Screenwriter
Oliver Burgess Meredith, known professionally as Burgess Meredith, was an American actor and director in theater, film, and television. Active for more than six decades, Meredith has been called ...more

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Robert Lansing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer
Robert Lansing was an American lawyer and politician who served as Legal Advisor to the State Department at the outbreak of World War I, and then as United States Secretary of State under ...more

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Stephen Collins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Musician, Actor, Writer
Stephen Weaver Collins is an American actor, writer, director, and musician, perhaps best known for playing Eric Camden on the long-running television series 7th Heaven. He is also known for the ...more

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William H. Hastie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Judge, Lawyer
William Henry Hastie, Jr. was an American, lawyer, judge, educator, public official, and advocate for the civil rights of African Americans. He was the first African American to serve as ...more

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David Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Geneticist, Television Show Host, Environmentalist
David Takayoshi Suzuki, CC OBC is a Canadian academic, science broadcaster and environmental activist. Suzuki earned a Ph.D in zoology from the University of Chicago in 1961, and was a professor ...more

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Scott Turow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer
Scott Frederick Turow is an American author and lawyer. Turow has written nine fiction and two nonfiction books, which have been translated into over 40 languages and sold over 30 million ...more

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Thomas Eagleton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Politician, Negotiator, Soldier
Thomas Francis Eagleton was a United States Senator from Missouri, serving from 1968 to 1987. He is best remembered for briefly being the Democratic vice presidential nominee under George ...more

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Albert II, Prince of Monaco is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Albert II is the reigning monarch of the Principality of Monaco, and head of the Princely House of Grimaldi. He is the son of Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, and the American actress Grace Kelly. ...more

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Patrick Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Lawyer
Patrick J. Fitzgerald is a lawyer in Chicago, Illinois. He joined, as partner, the Chicago office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom as of October 29, 2012. For more than a decade, ...more

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David O. Russell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter
David Owen Russell is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. His early directing career includes Spanking the Monkey, Flirting with Disaster, Three Kings and I Heart Huckabees. ...more

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David Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Amherst College Alumni
Soldier, Historian, Author
Dwight David Eisenhower II is an American author, public policy fellow, professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and eponym of the U.S. Presidential retreat, Camp David. He is the only ...more