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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
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) 2 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
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) 3 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
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) 4 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
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) 5 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
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) 6 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
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) 7 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
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) 8 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
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) 9 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
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) 10 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
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) 11 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
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) 12 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
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) 13 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
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) 14 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Actor
ohn Peter Sarsgaard is an American actor, best known for his role in the 2004 comedy-drama Garden State. He then appeared in the 1998 independent films Another Day in Paradise and Desert Blue. ...more
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Adam Yauch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
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) 16 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
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) 17 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
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) 18 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
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) 19 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
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) 20 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
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) 21 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
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) 22 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
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) 23 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
Film Producer, Actor
Lola Glaudini is an American actress. She is best known for her portrayal of Elle Greenaway on CBS, and for her role as Deborah Ciccerone-Waldrup on HBO's The Sopranos.
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Richard Pousette-Dart is listed (or ranked) 24 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) 25 on the list Famous Bard College Alumni
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