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

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

Debra Messing and Tony Goldwyn are included on this list.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Brandeis University?” and “Which celebrities are Brandeis University alumni?”

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Debra Messing is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Actor
Debra Lynn Messing is an American actress. She is known for her television roles in Will & Grace, The Starter Wife, Smash and The Mysteries of Laura. Following her graduation from New York ...more

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Jack Abramoffa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Businessperson, Lobbyist, Film Producer
Jack Allan Abramoff is a former American lobbyist, businessman, movie producer and writer. He was at the center of an extensive corruption investigation that led to his conviction and to 21 ...more

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Thomas L. Friedman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Commentator, Journalist, Television producer
Thomas Friedman appeared in The Revenge of the Electric Car documentary film.

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Abbie Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Psychologist, Actor, Writer
Abbot Howard "Abbie" Hoffman was an American political and social activist who co-founded the Youth International Party. Hoffman was arrested and tried for conspiracy and inciting to ...more

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Kathy Acker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Novelist, Writer
Kathy Acker was an American experimental novelist, punk poet, playwright, essayist, postmodernist and sex-positive feminist writer. She was strongly influenced by the Black Mountain School, ...more

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Tyne Daly is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting
Ellen Tyne Daly is an American stage and screen actress. She has won six Emmy Awards for her television work, a Tony Award and is a 2011 American Theatre Hall of Fame inductee. Daly began her ...more

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David Brudnoy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Talk show host, Journalist
David Brudnoy was an American talk radio host in Boston from 1976 to 2004. His radio talk show aired on WBZ radio. He was known for espousing his libertarian views on a wide range of political ...more

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Gates McFadden is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Choreographer, Actor, Film Director
Cheryl Gates McFadden usually credited as Gates McFadden, is an American actress and choreographer. She played Dr. Beverly Crusher in the Star Trek: The Next Generation television series and in ...more

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Marshall Herskovitz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Film Producer
Marshall Schreiber Herskovitz is an American film director, writer and producer, and currently the President Emeritus of the Producers Guild of America. Among his productions are Traffic, The ...more

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Patrik-Ian Polk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter
Patrik-Ian Polk is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, singer, and actor. Polk, who is openly gay, is noted for his films that explore the African-American LGBT experience and ...more

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Angela Davis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Activist, Educator, Author
Angela Yvonne Davis is an American political activist, scholar, and author. She emerged as a prominent counterculture activist and radical in the 1960s as a leader of the Communist Party USA, ...more

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Edward Witten is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Mathematician, Physicist, Professor
Edward Witten is an American theoretical physicist and professor of mathematical physics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Witten is a researcher in string theory, ...more

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Katherine Ann Power is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Katherine Ann Power is an American ex-convict and long-time fugitive, who along with her fellow student and accomplice Susan Edith Saxe, was placed on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Most ...more

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Jeffrey Lurie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Television producer, Entrepreneur, Professor
Jeffrey Lurie is the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League.

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Barry Newman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Actor
Barry Foster Newman is an American film, television and stage actor, known for his portrayal of Kowalski in the movie Vanishing Point, and for his title role in the 1970s television series ...more

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Louise Lasser is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Screenwriter, Actor, Teacher
Louise Lasser is an American actress. She is known for her portrayal of the title character on the soap opera parody Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. She was married to Woody Allen and appeared in ...more

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Lauren Slater is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Psychologist
Lauren Slater is an American psychologist and writer. She is the author of seven books, including Welcome To My Country, Prozac Diary, and Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir. Her 2004 Opening ...more

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John H. Rogers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Lawyer
John H. Rogers is a Democratic member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the 12th Norfolk District since 1992, which includes all of Norwood and parts of Walpole. Bills ...more

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Louis M. Goldstein is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Psychologist, Scientist
Louis M. Goldstein is an American linguist and cognitive scientist. He was previously a professor and chair of the Department of Linguistics and a professor of psychology at Yale University, and ...more

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Shen Tong is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Television producer, Actor, Writer
Shen Tong is a Chinese dissident who was one of the student leaders in the democracy movement at Tiananmen Square in 1989 One of the People of the Year by Newsweek 1989, Shen Tong became a ...more

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Michael Kaiser is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Businessperson
Michael M. Kaiser was the president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Dubbed "the turnaround king" for his work at such arts institutions as the ...more

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Manuel Buchwald is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Manuel Buchwald, OC FRSC is a Canadian geneticist and academic. Born in Lima, Peru, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude in 1962 from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. in 1967 from ...more

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Alicia Ostriker is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Poet, Essayist, Writer
Alicia Suskin Ostriker is an American poet and scholar who writes Jewish feminist poetry. She was called "America's most fiercely honest poet," by Progressive.

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Melissa Scott is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Novelist, Writer
Melissa Scott is a science fiction and fantasy author noted for her science fiction novels featuring LGBT characters and elaborate settings.

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Marta Kauffman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Film Producer
Marta Fran Kauffman is an American writer and TV producer, best known as the co-creator of the popular sitcom Friends, alongside David Crane. Both Crane and Kauffman were also executive producer ...more