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

Some of ASU's most distinguished Sun Devils went on to become some of the most famous athletes in the world. Athletes like Barry Bonds, James Harden, and Phil Mickelson. 

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

Take a look at this list of ASU alumni
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Barry Bonds is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Arizona State University Alumni
Baseball player, Actor, Athlete

Age: 54

Birthplace: Riverside, California, United States of America

Barry Lamar Bonds (born July 24, 1964) is an American former professional baseball left fielder who played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco ...more

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Phil Mickelson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Arizona State University Alumni
Golfer, Author, Athlete

Age: 48

Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States of America

Philip Alfred Mickelson (born June 16, 1970), nicknamed Lefty, is an American professional golfer. He has won 44 events on the PGA Tour, including five major championships: three Masters titles ...more

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John Hughes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Arizona State University Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: Dec. at 59 (1950-2009)

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Lansing

John Wilden Hughes, Jr. was an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He directed or scripted some of the most successful comedy films of the 1980s and early 1990s, including the ...more

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Reggie Jackson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Arizona State University Alumni
Baseball player, Coach, Actor

Age: 72

Birthplace: Wyncote, Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Reginald Martinez Jackson (born May 18, 1946) is an American former professional baseball right fielder who played 21 seasons for the Kansas City / Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, New York ...more

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David Spade is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Arizona State University Alumni
Television presenter, Comedian, Television producer

Age: 54

Birthplace: Birmingham, Michigan, United States of America

David Wayne Spade (born July 22, 1964) is an American actor, stand-up comedian, writer, and television personality. He rose to fame in the 1990s as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, then ...more

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Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Arizona State University Alumni
Record producer, Songwriter, Musician

Age: 72

Birthplace: Tucson, Arizona, United States of America

Linda Maria Ronstadt (born July 15, 1946) is a retired American popular music singer known for singing in a wide range of genres including rock, country, light opera, and Latin. She has earned ...more

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Nick Nolte is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Arizona State University Alumni
Comedian, Model, Actor

Age: 78

Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America

Nicholas King Nolte (born February 8, 1941) is an American actor, producer, author, and former model. He won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama, and was nominated for ...more

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Jimmy Kimmel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Arizona State University Alumni
Talk show host, Comedian, Television producer

Age: 51

Birthplace: Mill Basin, New York City, New York, United States of America

James Christian Kimmel (born November 13, 1967) is an American television host, comedian, writer, and producer. He is the host and executive producer of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, a late-night talk ...more

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James Harden is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Arizona State University Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 29

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

James Edward Harden Jr. (born August 26, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball ...more

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Al Michaels is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Arizona State University Alumni
Commentator, Announcer, Journalist

Age: 74

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Alan Richard Michaels (born November 12, 1944) is an American television sportscaster. Now employed by NBC Sports after nearly three decades (1977–2006) with ABC Sports, Michaels is known for ...more

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Pat Tillman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Arizona State University Alumni
Athlete, American football player

Age: Died at 28 (1976-2004)

Birthplace: Fremont, California

Patrick Daniel Tillman (November 6, 1976 – April 22, 2004) was an American football player in the National Football League (NFL) who left his sports career and enlisted in the United States Army ...more

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Andre Ethier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Arizona State University Alumni
Baseball player

Age: 36

Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona, United States of America

Andre Ethier (; born April 10, 1982) is an American former professional baseball outfielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2006 to 2017 and is second ...more
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Thomas F. Wilson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Arizona State University Alumni
Painter, Comedian, Musician

Age: 59

Birthplace: USA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Thomas Francis Wilson Jr. (born April 15, 1959) is an American actor, comedian, voice actor and podcaster best known for playing Biff Tannen, Griff Tannen and Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen ...more
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Terrell Suggs is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Arizona State University Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: 33

Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

Terrell Raymonn Suggs (born October 11, 1982), nicknamed "T-Sizzle," is an American football outside linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He ...more
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Steve Allen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Arizona State University Alumni
Film Score Composer, Talk show host, Comedian

Age: Dec. at 79 (1921-2000)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen (December 26, 1921 – October 30, 2000) was an American television personality, radio personality, musician, composer, actor, comedian, writer, and ...more

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Lynda Carter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Arizona State University Alumni
Pin-up girl, Songwriter, Actor

Age: 67

Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona, United States of America

Lynda Carter (born Linda Jean Córdova Carter; July 24, 1951) is an American actress, singer, songwriter, model, and beauty pageant titleholder, who was crowned Miss World United States ...more

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David Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Arizona State University Alumni
Stripper, Musician, Singer-songwriter

Age: 35

Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona, United States of America

David or Dave Hernandez may refer to: David Hernandez (actor) (born 1968) American film and Television ActorDavid Hernandez (singer) (born 1983), American singer David Hernandez (baseball) (born ...more
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Teri Byrne is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Arizona State University Alumni
Actor, Dancer

Age: 46

Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida, United States of America

Teri Byrne (born April 11, 1972) is a former member of WCW's Nitro Girls and is a former fitness competitor.
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Jerry Smith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Arizona State University Alumni
American football player

Age: Died at 43 (1943-1986)

Birthplace: Eugene, Oregon

Gerald Thomas Smith (July 19, 1943 – October 15, 1986) was a professional American football tight end for the National Football League's Washington Redskins from 1965 to 1977. By the time he ...more

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Kate Spade is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Arizona State University Alumni
Fashion designer

Age: 56

Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America

Kate Brosnahan Spade was the co-founder and namesake of the designer brand, Kate Spade New York.
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Spencer Silver is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Arizona State University Alumni
Chemist, Inventor, Scientist

Age: 78

Spencer Ferguson Silver, an American chemist who worked together with Arthur Fry to invent the Post-it notes in 1974. (disputed)
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Evan Mecham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Arizona State University Alumni
Politician, Writer

Age: Dec. at 84 (1924-2008)

Birthplace: Duchesne, Utah, United States of America

Evan Mecham ( MEE-kəm; May 12, 1924 – February 21, 2008) was an American businessman and the 17th governor of Arizona, serving from January 5, 1987, until his impeachment conviction on April 4, ...more
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Brenda Strong is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Arizona State University Alumni
Yoga Instructor, Actor

Age: 58

Birthplace: Brightwood, Oregon, United States of America

Brenda Lee Strong (born March 25, 1960) is an American actress. She began her career in television, including appearances in Twin Peaks, Party of Five, Seinfeld, Blossom, and Sports Night. She ...more

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Dan Severn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Arizona State University Alumni
Wrestler, Mixed Martial Artist, Actor

Age: 60

Birthplace: Coldwater, Michigan, United States of America

Daniel DeWayne "Dan" (The Beast) Severn (born June 8, 1958) is an American semi-retired mixed martial artist, professional wrestler and occasional actor. A UFC Hall of Fame member, ...more

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Grace Park is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Arizona State University Alumni
Model, Actor

Age: 44

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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