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Famous Boston University Alumni

Updated June 14, 2019 46.8k views75 items

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?”
  • Howard Stern1

    Howard Stern

    Talk show host, Television producer


    BirthplaceJackson Heights, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Howard Allan Stern is an American radio and television personality, producer, author, actor,...  more

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  • Bill O'Reilly2

    Bill O'Reilly

    Commentator, Journalist


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    William James O'Reilly Jr. (born September 10, 1949) is an American journalist, author, and...  more

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  • Rosie O'Donnell3

    Rosie O'Donnell

    Editor, Talk show host


    BirthplaceCommack, New York, United States of America

    Roseann O'Donnell (born March 21, 1962) is an American comedian, actress, author, and...  more

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  • Joe Rogan4

    Joe Rogan

    Television presenter, Commentator


    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, United States of America

    Joseph James Rogan (born August 11, 1967) is an American stand-up comedian, mixed martial arts...  more

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  • Geena Davis5

    Geena Davis

    Television producer, Film Producer


    BirthplaceWareham, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Virginia Elizabeth "Geena" Davis (born January 21, 1956) is an American actress and activist....  more

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  • Martin Luther King, Jr.6

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Civil rights activist, Writer

    AgeDec. at 39 (1929-1968)

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, United States of America

    Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and...  more

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  • Julianne Moore7

    Julianne Moore

    Theatrical producer, Television producer


    BirthplaceFort Bragg, North Carolina, USA

    Julie Anne Smith (born December 3, 1960), known professionally as Julianne Moore, is an...  more

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  • Jason Alexander8

    Jason Alexander

    Television director, Comedian


    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, United States of America

    Jay Scott Greenspan (born September 23, 1959), known by his stage name Jason Alexander, is an...  more

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  • Marisa Tomei9

    Marisa Tomei

    Actor, Voice acting


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    Marisa Tomei (, Italian: [toˈmɛi]; born December 4, 1964) is an American actress. She is the...  more

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  • Paul Reubens10

    Paul Reubens

    Television director, Comedian


    BirthplacePeekskill, New York, United States of America

    Paul Reubens (; né Rubenfeld; born August 27, 1952) is an American actor, writer, film...  more

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  • Rob Mariano11

    Rob Mariano

    Foreman, Coach


    BirthplaceHyde Park, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Robert Carlo Mariano (born December 25, 1975), known by the nickname Boston Rob, is an...  more

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  • Faye Dunaway12

    Faye Dunaway

    Television producer, Film Producer


    BirthplaceBascom, Florida, United States of America

    Dorothy Faye Dunaway (born January 14, 1941) is an American actress. She has won an Academy...  more

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  • Alicia Witt13

    Alicia Witt

    Songwriter, Pianist


    BirthplaceUSA, Massachusetts, Worcester

    Alicia Roanne Witt (born August 21, 1975) is an American actress, singer-songwriter, and...  more

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  • Joan Baez14

    Joan Baez

    Pacifist, Activist


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Joan Chandos Baez (; born January 9, 1941) is an American singer, songwriter, musician and...  more

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  • Ginnifer Goodwin15


    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, USA

    Jennifer Michelle "Ginnifer" Goodwin (born May 22, 1978) is an American actress. She is known...  more

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  • Emily Deschanel16

    Emily Deschanel

    Television producer, Film Producer


    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Emily Erin Deschanel (; born October 11, 1976) is an American actress, director and producer....  more

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    #155 of 222 The Best Actresses Working Today#167 of 199 Famous Women You'd Want to Have a Beer With

  • Fred Richmond17

    Fred Richmond



    BirthplaceEastern United States, Boston, Area code 617, New England, United States of America

    Frederick William Richmond (born November 15, 1923) is a former Democratic member of the...  more
  • Bill Simmons18

    Bill Simmons

    Podcaster, Sports Columnist


    William John Simmons III (born September 25, 1969), is an American sports writer, sports...  more
  • Mariel Hemingway19

    Mariel Hemingway

    Actor, Writer


    BirthplaceMill Valley, California, United States of America

    Mariel Hadley Hemingway (born November 22, 1961) is an American actress. She began acting at...  more
  • Andy Cohen20

    Andy Cohen

    Television producer, Film Producer


    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

    Andrew Joseph Cohen (born June 2, 1968) is an American radio and television talk show host,...  more

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  • Peter Paige21

    Peter Paige

    Television producer, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceWest Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America

    Peter Paige (born June 20, 1969) is an American actor, director and screenwriter. His debut as...  more
  • Howard Ashman22

    Howard Ashman

    Librettist, Musician

    AgeDec. at 41 (1950-1991)

    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland

    Howard Elliott Ashman (May 17, 1950 – March 14, 1991) was an American playwright and lyricist....  more
  • Craig Lucas23

    Craig Lucas

    Theatre Director, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, United States of America

    Craig Lucas (born April 30, 1951) is an American playwright, screenwriter, theatre director,...  more
  • Gaye Adegbalola24

    Gaye Adegbalola

    Guitarist, Singer



    Gaye Adegbalola (born Gaye Todd, March 21, 1944, Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States) is...  more
  • Markos Moulitsas25

    Markos Moulitsas

    Publisher, Political writer


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Markos Moulitsas Zúniga (; born September 11, 1971), often known by his username and former...  more