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Famous Bradley University Alumni

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List RulesPeople 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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    AgeDec. at 32 (1935-1967)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Robert Henry Lawrence Jr. (October 2, 1935 – December 8, 1967) was a United States Air Force officer and the first African-American astronaut....  more
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    Pilot, Astronaut


    BirthplaceRock 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 Discovery in...  more
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    Comedian, Actor


    BirthplaceChicago, 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 Middle. He...  more

    #1 of 16 16 Celebrities You Would Never Guess Are Secretly Insanely Talented#54 of 432 Famous Tall Men Over 6'2#67 of 76 All The Celebrities Who Call Chicago Home

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    Basketball player


    BirthplaceOskaloosa, 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 (2.13...  more
  • 5
    Announcer, Journalist


    BirthplaceMalverne, New York, USA

    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 Dodgers,...  more
  • 6
    American football player


    BirthplaceLanett, 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....  more
  • 7
    Politician, Teacher


    BirthplaceIllinois, United States of America, Peoria County, United States, with Territories

    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 Illinois's...  more
  • 8
    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 Commander...  more
  • 9
    Baseball player

    AgeDec. at 45 (1960-2006)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA

    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

    #1303 of 1,316 The Best Athletes Of All Time#131 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History#91 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time

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    Basketball player


    BirthplaceNew 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 Pacers...  more
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    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 was...  more
  • 12
    Basketball player


    BirthplaceNaperville, Illinois

    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
  • 13
    Basketball player


    BirthplaceChicago, 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 guard attended...  more
  • 14


    BirthplaceIllinois, United States of America, Peoria County, United States, with Territories

    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
  • 15

    AgeDec. at 55 (1952-2007)

    BirthplacePrinceton, Illinois, United States of America

    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 Opera...  more
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    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 for 38 years....  more
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    Politician, Real estate entrepreneur


    BirthplaceStevens County, Morris, United States of America, United States, with Territories

    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 in...  more

    #1 of 29 The Hottest Male World Leaders#151 of 170 If You Fought To The Death, Who Would You Want By Your Side?

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    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 separatist group then...  more
  • 19
    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 to...  more
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    Basketball player


    BirthplaceSt. 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) small...  more
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    American football player

    AgeDec. at 88 (1921-2009)

    BirthplaceSpringfield, 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 the Cardinals...  more
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    BirthplacePeoria, 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 Representatives from...  more
  • 23
    American football player


    BirthplaceCanton, Illinois

    Harry Jacobs may refer to: Harry Jacobs (American football) (born 1937), American football player Harry Jacobs (tug of war), American tug of war athlete Harry Jacobs (Australian footballer)...  more
  • 24
    American football player


    BirthplacePeoria, 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 Football...  more
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    BirthplaceChicago, 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