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Famous Boston University Alumni

Updated June 14, 2019 46.2k 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?”
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  • 1
    Howard Stern is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni

    Howard Stern

    Talk show host, Television producer

    Age66

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    Bill O'Reilly is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni

    Bill O'Reilly

    Commentator, Journalist

    Age71

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Rosie O'Donnell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni

    Rosie O'Donnell

    Editor, Talk show host

    Age58

    BirthplaceCommack, New York, United States of America

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

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  • 4
    Joe Rogan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni

    Joe Rogan

    Television presenter, Commentator

    Age53

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, United States of America

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

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  • 5
    Geena Davis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni

    Geena Davis

    Television producer, Film Producer

    Age64

    BirthplaceWareham, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Virginia Elizabeth "Geena" Davis (born January 21, 1956) is an American actress and activist.... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Martin Luther King, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    Julianne Moore is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni

    Julianne Moore

    Theatrical producer, Television producer

    Age59

    BirthplaceFort Bragg, North Carolina, United States of America

    Julianne Moore (born December 3, 1960) is an American actress and children's author. Prolific... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Jason Alexander is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni

    Jason Alexander

    Television director, Comedian

    Age61

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, United States of America

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

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  • 9
    Marisa Tomei is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni

    Marisa Tomei

    Actor, Voice acting

    Age55

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    Marisa Tomei (, Italian: [toˈmɛi]; born December 4, 1964) is an American actress. She is the... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Paul Reubens is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni

    Paul Reubens

    Television director, Comedian

    Age68

    BirthplacePeekskill, New York, United States of America

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

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  • 11
    Rob Mariano is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni

    Rob Mariano

    Foreman, Coach

    Age44

    BirthplaceHyde Park, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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

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    Faye Dunaway is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni

    Faye Dunaway

    Television producer, Film Producer

    Age79

    BirthplaceBascom, Florida, United States of America

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

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  • 13
    Alicia Witt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni

    Alicia Witt

    Songwriter, Pianist

    Age45

    BirthplaceUSA, Massachusetts, Worcester

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

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  • 14
    Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni

    Joan Baez

    Pacifist, Activist

    Age79

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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

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

    Age42

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America

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

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  • 16
    Emily Deschanel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni

    Emily Deschanel

    Television producer, Film Producer

    Age43

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

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

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

    Fred Richmond

    Politician

    Age96

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • 18
    Bill Simmons is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni

    Bill Simmons

    Podcaster, Sports Columnist

    Age51

    William John Simmons III (born September 25, 1969), is an American sports writer, sports... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Mariel Hemingway is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni

    Mariel Hemingway

    Actor, Writer

    Age58

    BirthplaceMill Valley, California, United States of America

    Mariel Hadley Hemingway (born November 22, 1961) is an American actress. She began acting at... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Andy Cohen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni

    Andy Cohen

    Television producer, Film Producer

    Age52

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

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

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  • 21
    Peter Paige is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni

    Peter Paige

    Television producer, Screenwriter

    Age51

    BirthplaceWest Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America

    Peter Paige (born June 20, 1969) is an American actor, director and screenwriter. His debut as... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Howard Ashman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Craig Lucas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni

    Craig Lucas

    Theatre Director, Screenwriter

    Age69

    BirthplaceGeorgia, USA, Atlanta

    Craig Lucas (born April 30, 1951) is an American playwright, screenwriter, theatre director,... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Gaye Adegbalola is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni

    Gaye Adegbalola

    Guitarist, Singer

    Age76

    BirthplaceVirginia

    Gaye Adegbalola (born Gaye Todd, March 21, 1944, Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States) is... more on Wikipedia
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    Markos Moulitsas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Boston University Alumni

    Markos Moulitsas

    Publisher, Political writer

    Age49

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

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