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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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Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Robert Redford Activist, Businessperson, Environmentalist Charles Robert Redford Jr., better known as Robert Redford, is an American actor, film director, producer, businessman, environmentalist, philanthropist, and a founder of the Sundance Film ...more

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Chevy Chase is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Chevy Chase Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter Cornelius Crane "Chevy" Chase is an American comedian, actor, and writer. Born into a prominent New York family, Chase worked a plethora of odd jobs before he moved into comedy and ...more

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Adrian Grenier is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Adrian Grenier Television producer, Musician, Film Producer Adrian Grenier is an American actor, producer, director and musician. He is most notable for playing the role of Vincent Chase on the Emmy nominated HBO original series Entourage.

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Mia Farrow is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Mia Farrow Model, Actor, Singer María de Lourdes Villiers Farrow, known professionally as Mia Farrow, is an American actress, activist and former fashion model. She first gained notice for her role as Allison MacKenzie ...more

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Larry Hagman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Larry Hagman Television director, Television producer, Film Producer Larry Martin Hagman was an American film and television actor best known for playing ruthless oil baron J. R. Ewing in the 1980s prime time television soap opera Dallas, and befuddled astronaut ...more

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Tom Ford is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Tom Ford Fashion designer, Screenwriter, Designer Thomas Carlyle "Tom" Ford is an American fashion designer and film director. He gained international fame for his turnaround of Gucci and the creation of the Tom Ford label before ...more

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Herb Ritts is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Herb Ritts Actor, Music video director, Photographer Herb Ritts is a photographer, music video director and an actor.

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Todd Haynes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Todd Haynes Television director, Television producer, Film Producer Todd Haynes is an American independent film director and screenwriter. He is best known for his feature films Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, Poison, Velvet Goldmine, Safe, and the Academy ...more

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Donald Fagen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Donald Fagen Film Score Composer, Keytarist, Songwriter Donald Jay Fagen is an American musician and songwriter, best known as the co-founder and lead singer of the rock band Steely Dan. Following the initial breakup of Steely Dan in 1981, he ...more

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Christopher Guest is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Christopher Guest Film Score Composer, Television director, Television producer Christopher Haden-Guest, 5th Baron Haden-Guest, better known as Christopher Guest, is an English-American screenwriter, composer, musician, director, actor, and comedian who holds dual British ...more

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Nick Zinner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Nick Zinner Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist Nicholas Joseph "Nick" Zinner is the guitarist for the New York rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs. He is known for his "unmistakable" wild hair, skinny physique, and pale appearance. ...more

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Devin Grayson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Devin Grayson Cartoonist, Writer 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) 13 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Frances Bean Cobain Model, Visual Artist Frances Bean Cobain is an American visual artist, and only child of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain and Hole frontwoman Courtney Love.

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Blythe Danner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Blythe Danner Environmentalist, Actor, Voice acting Blythe Katherine Danner is an American actress. She is known for her portrayal as Will Truman's mother, Marilyn, in the sitcom Will & Grace and for her role in the 2000 comedy hit Meet the ...more

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Peter Sarsgaard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Peter Sarsgaard Actor John Peter Sarsgaard is an American actor, best known for his role in the 2004 comedy-drama Garden State. He landed his first feature role in the movie Dead Man Walking in 1995. He then appeared ...more

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Adam Yauch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Adam Yauch Film Distributor, Songwriter, Rapper Adam Nathaniel Yauch was an American rapper, musician, film director, and human rights activist. He was best known as a founding member of the hip hop group Beastie Boys. He was frequently known ...more

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Chris Claremont is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Chris Claremont Comic book creator, Novelist, Screenwriter Christopher S. "Chris" Claremont is a British-born American comic book writer and novelist, known for his 16-year stint on Uncanny X-Men, far longer than that of any other writer, ...more

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Ken Grimwood is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Ken Grimwood Writer Kenneth Milton Grimwood was an American author, sometimes known as Alan Cochran. In his fantasy fiction Grimwood combined themes of life-affirmation and hope with metaphysical concepts, themes ...more

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Albert Jay Nock is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Albert Jay Nock Journalist Albert Jay Nock was an influential American libertarian author, educational theorist, and social critic of the early and middle 20th century.

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Juliana Spahr is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Juliana Spahr Editor, Poet, Critic Juliana Spahr 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 and ...more

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Ran Blake is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Ran Blake Jazz Pianist, Pianist, Composer Ran Blake 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 innovative and dark jazz ...more

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Richard M. Sherman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Richard M. Sherman Film Score Composer, Publisher, Songwriter Richard Morton Sherman is an American songwriter and music director who specialized in musical film with his brother Robert Bernard Sherman. Some of the Sherman Brothers' best-known writing ...more

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Robert B. Sherman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Robert B. Sherman Film Score Composer, Publisher, Songwriter Robert Bernard Sherman was an American songwriter who specialized in musical films with his brother Richard Morton Sherman. Some of the Sherman Brothers' best known songs were incorporated into ...more

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Lola Glaudini is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Lola Glaudini Film Producer, Actor Lola Glaudini 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 HBO's The Sopranos.

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Richard Pousette-Dart is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Richard Pousette-Dart Artist Richard Warren Pousette-Dart was an American artist most recognized as a founder of the New York School of painting. His artistic output also includes drawing, sculpture, and fine-art

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Anthony Hecht is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Anthony Hecht Poet, Translator Anthony Evan Hecht was an American poet. His work combined a deep interest in form with a passionate desire to confront the horrors of 20th century history, with the Second World War, in which ...more

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Elliott Sharp is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Elliott Sharp Record producer, Musician, Composer Elliott Sharp is an American multi-instrumentalist, composer, and performer. A central figure in the avant-garde and experimental music scene in New York City since the late 1970s, Sharp has ...more

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Peter Stone is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Peter Stone Screenwriter, Playwright Peter Hess Stone was an American writer for theater, television and movies.

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Gaby Hoffmann is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Gaby Hoffmann Actor Gabriella Mary "Gaby" Hoffmann is an American film and television actress who was a former child actress, most well known for recently appearing in the television series Louie, Girls,

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John Yau is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
John Yau Poet, Critic John Yau is an American poet and critic who lives in New York City. He received his B.A. from Bard College in 1972 and his M.F.A. from Brooklyn College in 1978. He has published over 50 books of ...more

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Gerhard Casper is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Gerhard Casper Gerhard Casper was the ninth president of Stanford University from 1992 to 2000. He is currently a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford, and has ...more

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Tracy Nelson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Tracy Nelson Actor Tracy Kristine Nelson is an American actress, writer, and cancer survivor.

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Walter Becker is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Walter Becker Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter Walter Carl Becker is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer. He is best known as the co-founder, guitarist, bassist and co-songwriter of Steely Dan. Becker met future songwriting ...more

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Carolee Schneemann is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Carolee Schneemann Painter, Actor, Visual Artist Carolee Schneemann is an American visual artist, known for her discourses on the body, sexuality and gender. She received a B.A. from Bard College and a Master of Fine Arts from the University ...more

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Harvey Bialy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Harvey Bialy Scientist Harvey Bialy is an American molecular biologist and AIDS denialist. He was one of the signatories to a letter to the editor by a group of AIDS sceptics calling themselves the Group for the ...more

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Lana Wachowski is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Lana Wachowski Comic book creator, Film Producer, Screenwriter Larry Wachowski, who is also now known as Lana Wachowski, is half of the Wachowski Brothers.  Larry and her brother Andy have written, produced, and directed the Matrix series of films, as ...more

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Daniel Pinkwater is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Daniel Pinkwater Illustrator, Novelist, Writer Daniel Manus Pinkwater is an American author of children's books and "Young Adult" fiction. Well-known books include Lizard Music, The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death, Fat Men ...more

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Ellen Parker is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Ellen Parker Actor Ellen Parker is an American actress.

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Jordan Bridges is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Jordan Bridges Actor Jordan P. Bridges is an American actor.

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Carl Davis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Carl Davis Conductor, Film Score Composer, Actor Carl Davis CBE is an American-born conductor and composer who has made his home in the United Kingdom since 1961. In 1970 he married the English actress Jean Boht. Davis is a conductor with the ...more

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Jonathan Rosenbaum is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Jonathan Rosenbaum Film critic, Essayist, Critic Jonathan Rosenbaum is an American film critic. Rosenbaum was the head film critic for the Chicago Reader from 1987 until 2008, when he retired at the age of 65. He has published and edited ...more

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Hal Niedzviecki is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Hal Niedzviecki Novelist, Author Hal Niedzviecki is a Canadian novelist and cultural critic. Born in Brockville, he was raised by a Jewish family in Ottawa, Ontario and Potomac, Maryland, did his undergraduate studies at the ...more

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Mark Ebner is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Mark Ebner Journalist, Actor Mark Charles Ebner is an American investigative journalist and the host of TruTV's Rich and Reckless. Ebner writes primarily about issues in the Los Angeles area, including pit bull fighting in ...more

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Ronan Farrow is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Ronan Farrow Commentator, Journalist, Official Ronan Farrow is an American activist, journalist, lawyer, and former U.S. government advisor. He is the son of actress Mia Farrow. He is also the legal son of filmmaker Woody Allen but may ...more

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Chaya Czernowin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Chaya Czernowin Composer Chaya Czernowin is an Israeli composer, and Walter Bigelow Rosen Professor of Music at Harvard University. She is the lead composer at the Schloß Solitude Sommerakademie, a biannual ...more

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Alexandra Wentworth is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Alexandra Wentworth Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter Alexandra "Ali" Wentworth is an American actress, comedian, author and producer.

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Eric Schaeffer is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Eric Schaeffer Television director, Theatre Director, Television producer Eric Schaeffer is an American actor, writer and director.

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Phyllis Chesler is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Phyllis Chesler Professor, Author, Writer Phyllis Chesler is an American writer, psychotherapist, and professor emerita of psychology and women's studies at the College of Staten Island. She is known as a feminist psychologist, and is ...more

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Billy Steinberg is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Billy Steinberg Songwriter William Endfield "Billy" Steinberg is an American songwriter. He achieved his greatest success in the 1980s with songwriting partner Tom Kelly; together the two wrote or co-wrote the ...more

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Zeena Parkins is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Zeena Parkins Film Score Composer, Musician, Harpist Zeena Parkins is an American harpist active in rock music, free improvisation and jazz. Parkins plays standard harps, as well as several custom-made one-of-a kind electric harps; she also plays ...more