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

Julianne Moore and Marisa Tomei are included on this list along with many other notable BU Terriers.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Boston University?” and “Which celebrities are Boston University alumni?”
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Howard Stern is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Talk show host, Television producer, Actor

Age: 65

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

Howard Allan Stern is an American radio and television personality, producer, author, actor, and photographer. He is best known for his radio show, which was nationally syndicated from 1986 to ...more

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Bill O'Reilly is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Commentator, Journalist, Television producer

Age: 69

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

William James O'Reilly Jr. (born September 10, 1949) is an American journalist, author, and former television host. During the late 1970s and 1980s, he reported for local television stations in ...more

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Rosie O'Donnell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Editor, Talk show host, Comedian

Age: 56

Birthplace: USA, New York, Commack

Roseann O'Donnell (born March 21, 1962) is an American comedian, actress, author, and television personality. She began her comedy career as a teenager and received her breakthrough on the ...more

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Joe Rogan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Television presenter, Commentator, Announcer

Age: 51

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

Joseph James Rogan (born August 11, 1967) is an American stand-up comedian, mixed martial arts color commentator, podcast host, and former actor and television host. Rogan began a career in ...more

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Geena Davis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Model

Age: 63

Birthplace: Wareham, Massachusetts, United States of America

Virginia Elizabeth "Geena" Davis (born January 21, 1956) is an American actress and activist. Davis has received numerous accolades for her acting work in both film and television, and ...more

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Martin Luther King, Jr. ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Civil rights activist, Writer, Minister of religion

Age: Dec. at 39 (1929-1968)

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1955 ...more

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Julianne Moore is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Theatrical producer, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 58

Birthplace: Fort Bragg, North Carolina, United States of America

Julianne Moore (born December 3, 1960) is an American actress and children's author. Prolific in film since the early 1990s, she is particularly known for her portrayals of emotionally troubled ...more

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Jason Alexander is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Television director, Comedian, Television producer

Age: 59

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

Jay Scott Greenspan (born September 23, 1959), known by his stage name Jason Alexander, is an American actor, voice actor, singer, comedian, and director. Alexander is best known for his role as ...more

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Marisa Tomei is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting

Age: 54

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

Marisa Tomei (, Italian: [toˈmɛi]; born December 4, 1964) is an American actress. She is the recipient of various accolades including an Academy Award and nominations for a BAFTA Award, two ...more

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Paul Reubens is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Television director, Comedian, Television producer

Age: 66

Birthplace: Peekskill, New York, United States of America

Paul Reubens (; né Rubenfeld; born August 27, 1952) is an American actor, writer, film producer, game show host, and comedian, best known for his character Pee-wee Herman. Reubens joined ...more

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Rob Mariano is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Foreman, Coach, Actor

Age: 43

Birthplace: Hyde Park, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Robert Carlo Mariano (born December 25, 1975), known by the nickname Boston Rob, is an American television personality, widely known for appearing in several reality shows, including Survivor ...more

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Faye Dunaway is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Actor

Age: 78

Birthplace: Bascom, Florida, United States of America

Dorothy Faye Dunaway (born January 14, 1941) is an American actress. She has won an Academy Award, three Golden Globes, a BAFTA, and an Emmy, and was the first recipient of a Leopard Club Award ...more

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Alicia Witt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Songwriter, Pianist, Film Producer

Age: 43

Birthplace: USA, Massachusetts, Worcester

Alicia Roanne Witt (born August 21, 1975) is an American actress, singer-songwriter, and pianist. She first came to fame as a child actress after being discovered by David Lynch, who cast her as ...more

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Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Pacifist, Activist, Record producer

Age: 78

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

Joan Chandos Baez (; born January 9, 1941) is an American singer, songwriter, musician and activist. Her contemporary folk music often includes songs of protest or social justice. Baez has ...more

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Ginnifer Goodwin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Actor

Age: 40

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

Jennifer Michelle "Ginnifer" Goodwin (born May 22, 1978) is an American actress. She is known for her starring role as Margene Heffman in the HBO drama series Big Love (2006–2011) and ...more

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Emily Deschanel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Actor

Age: 42

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Emily Erin Deschanel (; born October 11, 1976) is an American actress, director and producer. She is best known for her role as Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan in the FOX series Bones.

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Fred Richmond is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Politician

Age: 95

Birthplace: Eastern United States, Boston, Area code 617, New England, United States of America, + more

Frederick William Richmond (born November 15, 1923) is a former Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from New York.
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Bill Simmons is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Podcaster, Sports Columnist, Television producer

Age: 49

William John Simmons III (born September 25, 1969), is an American sports writer, sports analyst, author, and podcaster. Simmons first gained attention with his website as "The Boston ...more
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Mariel Hemingway is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Actor, Writer

Age: 57

Birthplace: Mill Valley, California, United States of America

Mariel Hadley Hemingway (born November 22, 1961) is an American actress. She began acting at age 14 with a Golden Globe–nominated breakout role in Lipstick (1976), and received Academy and BAFTA ...more

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Andy Cohen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Author

Age: 50

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

Andrew Joseph Cohen (born June 2, 1968) is an American radio and television talk show host, producer, and writer. He is the host and executive producer of the Bravo's late night talk show, Watch ...more

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Peter Paige is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: 49

Birthplace: West Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America

Peter Paige (born June 20, 1969) is an American actor, director and screenwriter. His debut as director and writer was on the film Say Uncle.
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Howard Ashman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Librettist, Musician, Film Producer

Age: Dec. at 41 (1950-1991)

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland

Howard Elliott Ashman (May 17, 1950 – March 14, 1991) was an American playwright and lyricist. He collaborated with Alan Menken on several works and is most widely known for several animated ...more
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Craig Lucas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Theatre Director, Screenwriter, Author

Age: 67

Birthplace: Georgia, USA, Atlanta

Craig Lucas (born April 30, 1951) is an American playwright, screenwriter, theatre director, musical actor, and film director.
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Gaye Adegbalola is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Guitarist, Singer

Age: 74

Birthplace: Virginia

Gaye Adegbalola (born Gaye Todd, March 21, 1944, Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States) is an American blues singer and guitarist, teacher, lecturer, activist, and photographer.
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Markos Moulitsas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Publisher, Political writer, Author

Age: 47

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Markos Moulitsas Zúniga (; born September 11, 1971), often known by his username and former military nickname "Kos" ( KOHZ), is the founder and publisher of Daily Kos, a blog ...more