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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 crime 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

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Jay Severin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Political Consultant Jay Severin is an American political talk radio personality who can currently be heard on TheBlaze Radio Network. Severin previously worked in 2011 and 2012 as an afternoon talk host at Boston's ...more

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Erica Leerhsen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Actor Erica Lei Leerhsen is an American actress. She first gained recognition for her part in the horror sequel Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, which became a moderate commercial success. Her work led ...more

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Robert B. Parker is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Crime writer, Novelist, Writer Robert Brown Parker was an American crime writer. His most famous works were the novels about the private detective Spenser. ABC television network developed the television series Spenser: For ...more

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Fred Allen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Comedian, Writer Fred Allen was an American comedian whose absurdist, topically pointed radio show made him one of the most popular and forward-looking humorists in the Golden Age of American radio. His ...more

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Janice Prishwalko is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Fashion Model, Model Janice Prishwalko is a fashion model and television hostess based in New York City.

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Bill Duke is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Television director, Film Producer, Actor William Henry "Bill" Duke, Jr. is an American actor and film director. Known for his physically imposing frame, Duke's work frequently dwells within the action film idiom as well as ...more

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Craig Bierko is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Actor, Singer Craig Philip Bierko is an American actor and singer.

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Christine Chubbuck is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Journalist, TV Journalist Christine Chubbuck was an American television news reporter who worked for WTOG and WXLT-TV in Florida during her career. She is noted for committing suicide during a live television broadcast.

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Belden Bly is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Belden Gerald Bly Jr. was an American teacher and member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives for 16 terms from 1949 to 1980, representing Saugus, Massachusetts. Bly was born in Everett ...more

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Carl Phillips is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Poet, Professor, Writer Carl Phillips is an American writer and poet. He is a Professor of English and of African and Afro-American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Baseball player Gordon Stanley "Mickey" Cochrane, nicknamed "Black Mike", was an American professional baseball player and manager. He played in Major League Baseball as a catcher for the ...more

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Olivia Culpo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Olivia Frances Culpo is an American actress, television presenter, cellist and beauty queen who won the Miss USA 2012 pageant, representing her home state of Rhode Island. She previously won the ...more

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Sasckya Porto is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni

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Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Salesperson, Publicist Carolyn Jeanne Bessette-Kennedy was a former publicist for Calvin Klein and the wife of John F. Kennedy, Jr., the son of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Upon her ...more

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Bonnie Hammer is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Television producer Bonnie Hammer is an American businesswoman and network executive. As Chairman of NBCUniversal Cable, Hammer oversees the leading cable brands USA, Syfy, E!, Bravo, Oxygen, Esquire Network, ...more

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Joe Solmonese is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Joe Solmonese was the president of the Human Rights Campaign of the United States and its affiliate the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. He was appointed to this position on March 9, 2005, ...more

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Shane McMahon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Businessperson, Wrestler, Screenwriter Shane Brandon McMahon, an American businessman, serves as the chairman and Principal Executive Officer of YOU On Demand. He is a member of the McMahon family. The former Executive Vice President ...more

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Michael Chiklis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Actor Michael Chiklis is an actor, director and television producer. Some of the previous roles for which he is best known include Commissioner Tony Scali on the ABC police drama The Commish, LAPD ...more

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Stephanie McMahon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Wrestler, Screenwriter, Actor Stephanie McMahon Levesque is an American businesswoman, professional wrestling valet, occasional professional wrestler, minority owner, and Chief Brand Officer of WWE. She has worked for WWE ...more

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Rocco DiSpirito is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
TV chef, Author, Chef Rocco DiSpirito is an American chef based in New York City.

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Neal Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Novelist, Science-fiction writer, Author Neal Town Stephenson is an award-winning American writer and game designer known for his works of speculative fiction. His novels have been variously categorized as science fiction, historical ...more

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Jonny McGovern is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Comedian, Musician, Singer Jonny McGovern, also known by his character name The Gay Pimp, is an openly gay American stand-up comedian, musician and podcaster. He has recorded three albums as comedic singer The Gay Pimp, ...more

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Noureen DeWulf is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Actor Noureen DeWulf is an American actress, who starred as Lacey in FX's Anger Management. She is best known for her roles in films such as West Bank Story, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, and The ...more

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Thomas J. McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Thomas James McIntyre was an American lawyer and politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as a United States Senator from New Hampshire from 1962 to 1979.

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Sylvia Plath is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni
Poet, Novelist, Author Sylvia Plath was an American poet, novelist, and short-story writer. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, she studied at Smith College and Newnham College at the University of Cambridge, before ...more