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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Bradley University and be of some renown.

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

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different graduates, including Kirby Puckett and Danny Granger.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Bradley University?” and “Which celebrities are Bradley University alumni?”
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Robert Henry Lawrence, J... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Bradley University Alumni
Pilot, Astronaut

Age: Dec. at 32 (1935-1967)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Robert Henry Lawrence Jr. (October 2, 1935 – December 8, 1967) was a United States Air Force officer and the first African-American astronaut.
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Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Bradley University Alumni
Pilot, Astronaut

Age: 70

Birthplace: Rock Island, Illinois

Colonel Gary Eugene Payton, USAF, (born June 20, 1948) is an American astronaut, and worked as a payload specialist for NASA. Payton flew on the STS-51-C mission aboard the Space Shuttle ...more
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Neil Flynn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Bradley University Alumni
Comedian, Actor, Voice acting

Age: 58

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Neil Richard Flynn (born November 13, 1960) is an American actor, comedian, and voice actor. He is best known for his roles as Janitor on Scrubs and Mike Heck in the ABC comedy series The ...more

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Patrick O'Bryant is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Bradley University Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 32

Birthplace: Oskaloosa, Iowa

Patrick Fitzgerald O'Bryant (born June 20, 1986) is a US-born Central African professional basketball player for the London Lightning of the National Basketball League of Canada. The 7 ft 0 in ...more
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Charley Steiner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Bradley University Alumni
Announcer, Journalist, Radio Broadcaster

Age: 69

Birthplace: USA, New York, Malverne

Charles Harris Steiner (born July 17, 1949) is an American sportscaster and broadcast journalist. He is currently the radio play-by-play announcer for the Major League Baseball's Los Angeles ...more
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Marcus Pollard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Bradley University Alumni
American football player

Age: 43

Birthplace: Lanett, Alabama

Marcus LaJuan Pollard (born February 8, 1972) is a former American football tight end and current Director of Player Development and Youth Football for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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Ray LaHood is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Bradley University Alumni
Politician, Teacher

Age: 73

Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois, United States of America

Ray H. LaHood (born December 6, 1945) is an American politician who served as United States Secretary of Transportation from 2009 until 2013. A Republican from Illinois, LaHood represented ...more
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John Shalikashvili is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Bradley University Alumni

Age: Dec. at 75 (1936-2011)

Birthplace: Warsaw, Second Polish Republic

John Malchase David Shalikashvili (Georgian: ჯონ მალხაზ დავით შალიკაშვილი, IPA: [ʃalikʼaʃvili]; June 27, 1936 – July 23, 2011) was a United States Army general who served as Supreme Allied ...more
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Kirby Puckett is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Bradley University Alumni
Baseball player

Age: Dec. at 46 (1960-2006)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Kirby Puckett (March 14, 1960 – March 6, 2006) was an American professional baseball player. He played his entire 12-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career as a center fielder for the Minnesota ...more

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Danny Granger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Bradley University Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 35

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana

Danny Granger Jr. (born April 20, 1983) is an American former professional basketball player who played 10 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was drafted by the Indiana ...more

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George Shaheen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Bradley University Alumni
Businessperson

Age: 74

George T. Shaheen (born July 11, 1944) is an American businessman. He became chief executive at management consulting firm Andersen Consulting in 1989, and in 1999 became CEO of Webvan. Shaheen ...more
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Anthony Parker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Bradley University Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 43

Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa

Anthony Michael Parker (born June 19, 1975) is an American retired professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA), as well as in Italy and Israel. After ...more
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Hersey Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Bradley University Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 52

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Hersey R. Hawkins, Jr. (born September 29, 1966) is an American retired professional basketball player. After starring at Chicago's Westinghouse High School, the 6'3" (1.90 m) shooting ...more

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Ron Erickson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Bradley University Alumni
Politician

Age: 85

Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois, United States of America

For the business executive, see Ron Erickson (investor)Ron Erickson is a Democratic Party member of the Montana Senate. In 2009, he was elected for Senate District 47, representing Missoula, ...more
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Jerry Hadley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Bradley University Alumni
Singer

Age: Dec. at 55 (1952-2007)

Birthplace: USA, Princeton, Illinois

Jerry Hadley (June 16, 1952 – July 18, 2007) was an American operatic tenor. He received three Grammy awards for his vocal performances in the recordings of Jenůfa (2004 Grammy Award for Best ...more
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Robert H. Michel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Bradley University Alumni

Age: 96

Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois, United States of America

Robert Henry Michel (pronounced "Michael"; March 2, 1923 – February 17, 2017) was an American Republican Party politician who was a member of the United States House of Representatives ...more
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Aaron Schock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Bradley University Alumni
Politician, Real estate entrepreneur

Age: 37

Birthplace: Stevens County, Morris, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more

Aaron Jon Schock (born May 28, 1981) is a former American politician who was Republican U.S. Representative for Illinois's 18th congressional district from 2009 until 2015. The district is based ...more
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Matthew F. Hale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Bradley University Alumni

Age: 47

Birthplace: East Peoria, Illinois

Matthew F. "Matt" Hale (born July 27, 1971) is an American white supremacist, neo-Nazi leader and convicted felon. Hale was the founder of the East Peoria, Illinois-based white ...more
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Joseph R. Holzapple is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Bradley University Alumni
Joseph R. Holzapple

Age: Dec. at 59 (1914-1973)

Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois

Joseph Randall Holzapple (September 7, 1914 – November 14, 1973) was a United States Air Force four-star general who served as Commander in Chief, U.S. Air Forces in Europe (CINCUSAFE) from 1969 ...more
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David Thirdkill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Bradley University Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 58

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri

David Thirdkill (born April 12, 1960) is an American retired basketball player who was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the first round (15th overall) of the 1982 NBA draft. A 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) ...more

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Ray Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Bradley University Alumni
American football player

Age: Dec. at 88 (1921-2009)

Birthplace: Springfield, Illinois

"Rocket" Raymond LeRoy Ramsey (July 18, 1921 – August 25, 2009) was a professional American football player who played defensive back for the Chicago Cardinals (1950–1953). He remains ...more
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Tom Fink is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Bradley University Alumni
Tom Fink Politician

Age: 90

Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois

Thomas A. "Tom" Fink (born August 26, 1928) is an American Republican politician from Alaska. He was Mayor of Anchorage from 1987 to 1994 and Speaker of the Alaska House of ...more
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Harry Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Bradley University Alumni
Harry Jacobs American football player

Age: 82

Birthplace: Canton, Illinois

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Bill Roehnelt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Bradley University Alumni
Bill Roehnelt American football player

Age: Died at 32 (1936-1968)

Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois

William Edward Roehnelt (June 4, 1936 – July 1968) was an American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Chicago Bears and the Washington Redskins; and in the American ...more
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Connie L. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Bradley University Alumni
Lawyer

Age: 49

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Connie LaJoyce Johnson (born July 1, 1969, in Chicago, Illinois) is a Democratic member of the Missouri House of Representatives, representing District 61 since 2001. She is currently Minority ...more