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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
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
William James "Bill" O'Reilly, Jr. is an American television host, author, syndicated columnist, and political commentator. He is the host of the political commentary program The ...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
Roseann "Rosie" O'Donnell is an American comedian, actress, author, and television personality. She has also been a magazine editor and continues to be a celebrity blogger, LGBT rights ...more
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Joe Rogan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Television presenter, Commentator, Announcer
Joseph James "Joe" Rogan is an American stand-up comedian, actor, martial artist, sports commentator, and podcaster. He is known for his work commentating for the Ultimate Fighting ...more
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Geena Davis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Model
Virginia Elizabeth "Geena" Davis is an American actress, film producer, writer, former fashion model, and a women's Olympics archery team semi-finalist. She is known for her roles in ...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
Martin Luther King Jr. (born Michael King Jr., January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for ...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
Julianne Moore is an American-British actress and children's author. Prolific in cinema since the early 1990s, Moore is active in both art house and Hollywood films. She is particularly known ...more
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Jason Alexander is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Television director, Comedian, Television producer
Jay Scott Greenspan (born September 23, 1959), known by his stage name Jason Alexander, is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, and director. Alexander is best known for his role as George ...more
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Marisa Tomei is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting
Marisa Tomei is an American and Italian actress and producer. In a career spanning three decades, she had initial success in movies as a young actress, followed by a series of unsuccessful ...more
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Paul Reubens is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Television director, Comedian, Television producer
Paul Reubens is an American actor, writer, film producer, game show host, and comedian, best known for his character Pee-wee Herman. Reubens joined the Los Angeles troupe The Groundlings in the ...more
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Rob Mariano is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Foreman, Coach, Actor
Robert Carlo "Boston Rob" Mariano is an American television personality, widely known for appearing in several reality shows, including Survivor, and The Amazing Race with his wife, ...more
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Faye Dunaway is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Actor
Dorothy Faye Dunaway is an Academy Award-winning American actress who rose to prominence in the late 1960s with the films Bonnie and Clyde and The Thomas Crown Affair. She began her acting ...more
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Alicia Witt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Songwriter, Pianist, Film Producer
Alicia Roanne Witt is an American actress, singer-songwriter, and a Boston University-trained pianist. Witt first came to fame as a child actress after being discovered by David Lynch, who cast ...more
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Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Pacifist, Activist, Record producer
Joan Baez is an American folk singer, songwriter, musician, and activist whose contemporary folk music often includes songs of protest or social justice. Baez has performed publicly for over 55 ...more
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Ginnifer Goodwin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Actor
Jennifer Michelle Goodwin, known professionally as Ginnifer Goodwin, is an American television and film actress. She is best known for her role as Margene Heffman on Big Love, and for her roles ...more
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Emily Deschanel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Actor
Emily Erin Deschanel is an American actress and producer. She is best known for starring in the Fox procedural comedy-drama series Bones as Dr. Temperance Brennan.
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Fred Richmond is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Politician
Frederick William Richmond is a former Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from New York. Richmond was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He served in the United States ...more
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Bill Simmons is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Podcaster, Sports Columnist, Television producer
William John Simmons III (born September 25, 1969), is an American sports columnist, analyst, author, and podcaster. Simmons first gained attention with his website as "The Boston Sports ...more
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Mariel Hemingway is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Actor, Writer
Mariel Hadley Hemingway is an American actress and author. She began acting at age 14 in a breakout role in Lipstick and received Best Supporting Actress Academy Award and BAFTA Award ...more
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Andy Cohen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Author
Andrew Cohen is a television and film producer.
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Peter Paige is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor
Peter Paige 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
Howard Elliott Ashman was an American playwright and lyricist. Ashman first studied at Boston University and Goddard College and then went on to achieve his master's degree from Indiana ...more
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Craig Lucas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Theatre Director, Screenwriter, Author
Craig Lucas 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
Gaye Adegbalola 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
Markos Moulitsas Zúniga, often known by his username and former military nickname "Kos", is the founder and publisher of Daily Kos, a blog focusing on liberal and Democratic ...more