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Famous Brandeis University Alumni

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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

Age: 50

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Debra Lynn Messing (born August 15, 1968) is an American actress. After graduating from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Messing received short-lived roles on television series ...more

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Jack Abramoffa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Businessperson, Lobbyist, Film Producer

Age: 60

Birthplace: Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States of America

Jack Allan Abramoff (; born February 28, 1959) is an American lobbyist, businessman, movie producer and writer. He was at the center of an extensive corruption investigation that led to his ...more
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Thomas L. Friedman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Commentator, Journalist, Television producer

Age: 65

Birthplace: St. Louis Park, Minnesota, United States of America

Thomas Loren Friedman (; born July 20, 1953) is an American political commentator and author. He is a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner who is a weekly columnist for The New York Times. He has ...more

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Abbie Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Abbie Hoffman Psychologist, Actor, Writer

Age: Dec. at 53 (1936-1989)

Birthplace: USA, Massachusetts, Worcester

Abbot Howard Hoffman (November 30, 1936 – April 12, 1989) was an American political and social activist, anarchist, and revolutionary who co-founded the Youth International Party ...more
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Kathy Acker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Novelist, Writer

Age: Dec. at 50 (1947-1997)

Birthplace: New York City, Manhattan, USA, New York

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Tyne Daly is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting

Age: 73

Birthplace: Madison, USA, Wisconsin

Ellen Tyne Daly (born February 21, 1946) is an American actress. She has won six Emmy Awards for her television work and a Tony Award, and is a 2011 American Theatre Hall of Fame inductee. Daly ...more
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David Brudnoy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Talk show host, Journalist

Age: Dec. at 64 (1940-2004)

Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota

David Barry Brudnoy (June 5, 1940 – December 9, 2004) 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 ...more
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Gates McFadden is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Choreographer, Actor, Film Director

Age: 69

Birthplace: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, United States of America

Cheryl Gates McFadden (born March 2, 1949), is an American actor and choreographer. She is usually credited as Cheryl McFadden when working as a choreographer and Gates McFadden when working as ...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

Age: 67

Birthplace: USA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Marshall Schreiber Herskovitz (born February 23, 1952) is an American film director, writer and producer, and currently the President Emeritus of the Producers Guild of America. Among his ...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

Age: 45

Birthplace: USA, Mississippi, Hattiesburg

Patrik-Ian Polk (born July 29, 1973 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi) is an American director, screenwriter, and producer. Polk, who is openly gay, is noted for his films and theatre work that ...more
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Angela Davis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Activist, Educator, Author

Age: 75

Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Angela Yvonne Davis (born January 26, 1944) is an American political activist, academic, and author. She emerged as a prominent counterculture activist in the 1960s working with the Communist ...more
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Edward Witten is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Mathematician, Physicist, Professor

Age: 67

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland

Edward Witten (born August 26, 1951) is an American theoretical physicist and professor of mathematical physics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Witten is a ...more
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Katherine Ann Power is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni

Age: 70

Birthplace: Denver, Colorado

Katherine Ann Power (born January 25, 1949) 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 ...more
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Jeffrey Lurie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Television producer, Entrepreneur, Professor

Age: 67

Birthplace: Boston, USA, Massachusetts

Jeffrey Robert Lurie (born September 8, 1951) is an American motion picture producer and businessman, and the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL).
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Barry Newman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Actor

Age: 80

Birthplace: Boston, USA, Massachusetts

Barry Foster Newman (born November 7, 1938) is an American actor of stage, screen and television known for his portrayal of Kowalski in Vanishing Point, and for his title role in the 1970s ...more
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Louise Lasser is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Screenwriter, Actor, Teacher

Age: 79

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Louise Lasser (born April 11, 1939) is an American actress, television writer and performing arts teacher and director. She is known for her portrayal of the title character on the soap opera ...more

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Lauren Slater is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Psychologist

Age: 55

Lauren Slater (born March 21, 1963) is an American psychotherapist and writer. She is the author of nine books, including Welcome To My Country (1996), Prozac Diary (1998), and Lying: A ...more
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John H. Rogers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Lawyer

Age: 54

Birthplace: Norwood, Massachusetts

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.
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Louis M. Goldstein is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Psychologist, Scientist
Louis M. Goldstein [1][2] 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 ...more
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Shen Tong is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Television producer, Actor, Writer

Age: 50

Birthplace: China

Shen Tong (Simplified Chinese: 沈彤; Hanyu Pinyin: Shěn Tóng) is a Chinese American impact investor, social activist, writer. He has founded business accelerators FoodFutureCo in 2015 with ...more
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Michael Kaiser is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Businessperson

Age: 65

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Michael M. Kaiser (born October 27, 1953) is an American arts administrator who served as president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (2001–2014) in Washington, D.C. Dubbed ...more
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Manuel Buchwald is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni

Age: 78

Birthplace: Lima, Peru

Manuel Buchwald, (born June 7, 1940) 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. ...more
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Alicia Ostriker is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Poet, Essayist, Writer

Age: 81

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Alicia Suskin Ostriker (born November 11, 1937) is an American poet and scholar who writes Jewish feminist poetry. She was called "America's most fiercely honest poet," by Progressive. ...more
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Melissa Scott is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Novelist, Writer

Age: 59

Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas

Melissa Scott (born 1960, Little Rock, Arkansas) is an American 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

Age: 62

Marta Fran Kauffman (born September 21, 1956) is an American writer and TV producer, best known as the co-creator of the popular sitcom Friends, alongside David Crane. Both Kauffman and Crane ...more