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

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

Items include everything from Robert Redford to Chevy Chase.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Bard College?” and “Which celebrities are Bard College alumni?”
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Chevy Chase is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter

Age: 75

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

Cornelius Crane "Chevy" Chase (; born October 8, 1943) is an American comedian, actor and writer. Born into a prominent New York family, Chase had a variety of jobs before moving into ...more

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Adrian Grenier is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Television producer, Musician, Film Producer

Age: 42

Birthplace: Santa Fe, USA, New Mexico

Adrian Grenier (born July 10, 1976) is an American actor. He is best known for playing Vincent Chase in the TV series Entourage (2004–2011). He starred in the films Drive Me Crazy, The Devil ...more

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Mia Farrow is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Model, Actor, Singer

Age: 74

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

María de Lourdes Villiers "Mia" Farrow (born February 9, 1945) is an American actress, activist, and former fashion model. Farrow has appeared in more than 50 films and won ...more

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Larry Hagman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: Dec. at 81 (1931-2012)

Birthplace: Texas, Fort Worth, USA

Larry Martin Hagman (September 21, 1931 – November 23, 2012) was an American film and television actor, director and producer best known for playing ruthless oil baron J.R. Ewing in the 1970s ...more

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Tom Ford is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Fashion designer, Screenwriter, Designer

Age: 57

Birthplace: Austin, Texas, United States of America

Thomas Carlyle Ford (born August 27, 1961) is an American fashion designer and filmmaker. He launched his eponymous luxury brand in 2006, having previously served as the Creative Director at ...more

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Herb Ritts is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Actor, Music video director, Photographer

Age: Dec. at 50 (1952-2002)

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Herbert "Herb" Ritts Jr. (August 13, 1952 – December 26, 2002) was an American fashion photographer and director prolific for his photographs of celebrities, models, and other cultural ...more
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Todd Haynes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 58

Birthplace: USA, Encino, California

Todd Haynes (; born January 2, 1961) is an American independent film director, screenwriter, and producer. He is considered a pioneer of the New Queer Cinema movement of filmmaking that emerged ...more
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Donald Fagen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Film Score Composer, Keytarist, Songwriter

Age: 71

Birthplace: Passaic, USA, New Jersey

Donald Jay Fagen (born January 10, 1948) is an American musician best known as the co-founder, lead singer, co-songwriter, and keyboardist of the band Steely Dan, formed in the early ‘70s. He ...more

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Christopher Guest is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Film Score Composer, Television director, Television producer

Age: 71

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

Christopher Haden-Guest, 5th Baron Haden-Guest (born February 5, 1948) is a British-American screenwriter, composer, musician, director, actor, and comedian who holds dual British and American ...more

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Nick Zinner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist

Age: 44

Birthplace: Eastern United States, Sharon, New England, Norfolk County, United States of America, + more

Nicholas Joseph Zinner (born December 8, 1974) is the guitarist for the New York rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs and a producer. Zinner is an accomplished photographer.
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Devin Grayson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Cartoonist, Writer

Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut

Devin Kalile Grayson is an American writer of comic books and novels. Titles that she has written include Gotham Knights, The Titans, the Vertigo series USER, and Nightwing.
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Frances Bean Cobain is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Model, Visual Artist

Age: 26

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Frances Bean Cobain (born August 18, 1992) is an American visual artist and model. She is the only child of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain and Hole frontwoman Courtney Love.

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Blythe Danner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Environmentalist, Actor, Voice acting

Age: 76

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Blythe Katherine Danner (born February 3, 1943) is an American actress. She is the recipient of several accolades, including two Primetime Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama ...more

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Peter Sarsgaard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Actor

Age: 47

Birthplace: Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, United States of America

John Peter Sarsgaard (; born March 7, 1971) is an American actor. His first feature role was in Dead Man Walking in 1995. He then appeared in the 1998 independent films Another Day in Paradise ...more

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Adam Yauch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Film Distributor, Songwriter, Rapper

Age: Dec. at 48 (1964-2012)

Birthplace: New York City, Brooklyn Heights, USA, New York

Adam Nathaniel Yauch (pronounced ; August 5, 1964 – May 4, 2012) was an American rapper and filmmaker who was a founding member of the hip hop group Beastie Boys. He used the stage name MCA. ...more

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Chris Claremont is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Comic book creator, Novelist, Screenwriter

Age: 68

Birthplace: England, London

Christopher S. Claremont (; born November 25, 1950) is a British-born American comic book writer and novelist, known for his 1975–1991 stint on Uncanny X-Men, far longer than that of any other ...more
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Ken Grimwood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Writer

Age: Dec. at 59 (1944-2003)

Birthplace: Dothan, Alabama

Kenneth Milton Grimwood (February 27, 1944 – June 6, 2003) was an American author, who also published work under the name of Alan Cochran. In his fantasy fiction, Grimwood combined themes of ...more
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Albert Jay Nock is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Journalist

Age: Dec. at 75 (1870-1945)

Birthplace: Scranton, Pennsylvania

Albert Jay Nock (October 13, 1870 – August 19, 1945) was an American libertarian author, editor first of The Freeman and then The Nation, educational theorist, Georgist, and social critic of the ...more
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Juliana Spahr is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Editor, Poet, Critic

Age: 50

Birthplace: Chillicothe, Ohio

Juliana Spahr (born 1966) is an American poet, critic, and editor. She is the recipient of the 2009 Hardison Poetry Prize awarded by the Folger Shakespeare Library to honor a U.S. poet whose art ...more
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Ran Blake is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Jazz Pianist, Pianist, Composer

Age: 83

Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts

Ran Blake (born April 20, 1935) is an American pianist, composer, and educator. He is known for his unique style that combines blues, gospel, classical, and film noir influences into an ...more
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Richard M. Sherman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Film Score Composer, Publisher, Songwriter

Age: 90

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

Richard Morton Sherman (born June 12, 1928) is an American songwriter who specialized in musical films with his brother Robert B. Sherman. According to the official Walt Disney Company website ...more
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Robert B. Sherman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Film Score Composer, Publisher, Songwriter

Age: Dec. at 87 (1925-2012)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

Robert Bernard Sherman (December 19, 1925 – March 6, 2012) was an American songwriter who specialized in musical films with his brother, Richard Morton Sherman. The Sherman brothers were ...more
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Lola Glaudini is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Lola Glaudini Film Producer, Actor

Age: 47

Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Lola Glaudini (born November 24, 1971) is an American actress. She is best known for her portrayal of Elle Greenaway on CBS's Criminal Minds, and for her role as Deborah Ciccerone-Waldrup on ...more
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Richard Pousette-Dart is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Richard Pousette-Dart Artist

Age: Dec. at 76 (1916-1992)

Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota

Richard Warren Pousette-Dart (June 8, 1916 – October 25, 1992) was an American artist most recognized as a founder of the New York School of painting. His artistic output also includes drawing, ...more
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Anthony Hecht is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Poet, Translator

Age: Dec. at 81 (1923-2004)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Anthony Evan Hecht (January 16, 1923 – October 20, 2004) was an American poet. His work combined a deep interest in form with a passionate desire to confront the horrors of 20th century history, ...more