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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

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Patrick Tufts is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Entrepreneur, Computer scientist Patrick Tufts is a computer scientist and inventor. He created Alexa Internet's collaborative filter for creating related web site recommendations and later, one of Amazon.com's most successful ...more

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Allen Grossman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Poet, Literary critic, Professor Allen Grossman was a noted American poet, critic and professor.

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Leslie Lamport is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Mathematician, Computer scientist Leslie B. Lamport is an American computer scientist. Lamport is best known for his seminal work in distributed systems and as the initial developer of the document preparation system LaTeX. ...more

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Joan Wallach Scott is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Historian, Professor Joan Wallach Scott, is an American historian of France with contributions in gender history and intellectual history. She is the Harold F. Linder Professor at the School of Social Science in the ...more

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Tony Goldwyn is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Television director, Film Producer, Actor Anthony Howard "Tony" Goldwyn is an American actor and director. He portrayed the villain Carl Bruner in Ghost, Colonel Bagley in The Last Samurai, and the voice of the title character ...more

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Christie Hefner is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Publisher, Businessperson, Business executive Christie Hefner became the President of Playboy Enterprises, the company founded by her father Hugh Hefner, in 1982 and the Chairman and CEO in 1988. She was born in Chicago Illinois, in 1958, ...more

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Craig Walsh is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Professor, Musician, Composer Craig Thomas Walsh is an American composer. Walsh studied at the Mannes College of Music and Brandeis University. He has received numerous awards for his work, including grants from the John ...more

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Philip Rubin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Psychologist, Scientist Philip E. Rubin is an American cognitive scientist, technologist, and science administrator. He is currently the Principal Assistant Director for Science at the Office of Science and Technology ...more

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Elliot Aronson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Psychologist Elliot Aronson is an American psychologist. He is listed among the 100 most eminent psychologists of the 20th Century and is best known for the invention of the Jigsaw Classroom as a method of ...more

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Paul Sally is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Mathematician Paul Joseph Sally, Jr. was a professor of mathematics at the University of Chicago, where he was the Director of Undergraduate Studies for 30 years. His research areas were p-adic analysis and ...more

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Aafia Siddiqui is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Scientist, Neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui is a Pakistani who studied neuroscience in the United States. She immigrated to the US in 1990 and obtained a Ph.D. from Brandeis University in 2001. In early 2003, during the ...more

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Robin Weigert is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Waiting staff, Actor Robin Weigert is an American television and film actress.

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Alan Taylor is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Historian, Professor, Author Alan Shaw Taylor is an American historian specializing in early United States history. He is the author of a number of books about the colonial history of the United States, the American ...more

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Bob Simon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Journalist, Television producer, TV Journalist Robert David "Bob" Simon was an American television correspondent for CBS News. During his career, he covered crises, war, and unrest in 67 countries. Simon reported the withdrawal of ...more

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Mitch Albom is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Journalist, Musician, Novelist Mitchell David "Mitch" Albom is an American best-selling author, journalist, screenwriter, dramatist, radio and television broadcaster, and musician. His books have sold over 35 ...more

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Roderick MacKinnon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Scientist Roderick MacKinnon is a professor of Molecular Neurobiology and Biophysics at Rockefeller University who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry together with Peter Agre in 2003 for his work on the ...more

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Geir Haarde is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Politician, Journalist, Economist Geir Hilmar Haarde is an Icelandic politician and former head of government. In August 2014 he was appointed Ambassador of Iceland to the United States and several Latin American countries. He ...more

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Clyde Kruskal is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Computer scientist Clyde P. Kruskal is an American computer scientist, working on parallel computing architectures, models, and algorithms. He got his A.B. degree in mathematics and computer science from Brandeis ...more

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Robert Gallucci is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Political scientist Robert L. Gallucci is an Italian American academic and diplomat, who formerly worked as President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He previously served as Dean of the Edmund ...more

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Evelyn Fox Keller is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Philosopher of Science, Physicist, Historian Evelyn Fox Keller is an American physicist, author and feminist. She is currently Professor Emerita of History and Philosophy of Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Keller's ...more

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Loretta Devine is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting, Singer Loretta Devine is an American actress and singer, best known for her roles as Marla Hendricks in the Fox drama series Boston Public, and for her recurring role as Adele Webber on the Shonda ...more

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Ólafur Jóhann Ólafsson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Businessperson, Writer Ólafur Jóhann Ólafsson was born in Reykjavik, Iceland on September 26, 1962. He studied physics as a Wien Scholar at Brandeis University. He is the author of three previous ...more

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Elliot S. Maggin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Novelist, Cartoonist Elliot S. Maggin, also spelled Elliot S! Maggin, is an American writer of comic books, film, television and novels. He was a main writer for DC Comics during the Bronze and early Modern ages of ...more

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David B. Yoffie is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Businessperson, Educator, Professor David B. Yoffie is the Max and Doris Starr Professor of International Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Yoffie received his Bachelor's degree summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa ...more

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David Oshinsky is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Brandeis University Alumni
Historian, Professor, Author David M. Oshinsky is an American historian. He currently holds the Jack S. Blanton chair in history at the University of Texas at Austin and is a distinguished scholar in residence at New York ...more