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

These graduates, like Mitt Romney and Steve Young include images when available.

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

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Stephenie Meyer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Stephenie Meyer Novelist, Film Producer, Author Stephenie Meyer is an American young-adult fiction writer and film producer, best known for her vampire romance series Twilight. The Twilight novels have gained worldwide recognition and sold ...more

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Harvey Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Harvey Fletcher Physicist, Inventor Harvey Fletcher was an American physicist. Known as the "father of stereophonic sound". He is credited with the invention of the audiometer and the first electronic hearing aid. He is ...more

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Philo Farnsworth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Philo Farnsworth Inventor Philo Taylor Farnsworth was an American inventor and television pioneer. He made many contributions that were crucial to the early development of all-electronic television. He is perhaps best ...more

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Earl W. Bascom is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Earl W. Bascom Painter, Inventor, Actor Earl W. Bascom was an American painter, printmaker, rodeo performer and sculptor, raised in Canada, who portrayed his own experiences cowboying and rodeoing across the American and Canadian

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Roger E. Billings is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Roger E. Billings Inventor Roger Evan Billings is an American businessman and scientist, best known for his pioneering work as a developer of hydrogen energy technologies. Billings is the CEO and Chairman of Billings ...more

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Jon Heder is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Jon Heder Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting Jonathan Joseph "Jon" Heder is an American actor and producer. His feature film debut came in 2004 as the title character of the comedy film Napoleon Dynamite. He has also acted in the ...more

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Ken Jennings is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Ken Jennings Software Engineer, Computer scientist, Writer Kenneth Wayne "Ken" Jennings III is an American game show contestant and author. Jennings holds the record for the longest winning streak on the U.S. syndicated game show Jeopardy! and ...more

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Mitt Romney is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Mitt Romney Businessperson, Politician, Management consulting Willard Mitt Romney is an American politician and businessman who was the Republican Party's nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election. Before his presidential bid, he ...more

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Marie Windsor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Marie Windsor Actor Marie Windsor Born as Emily Marie Bertelson in Marysvale, Piute County, Utah, Windsor was an actress known as "The Queen of the Bs" because she appeared in so many B-movies and film

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Jim McMahon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Jim McMahon American football player James Robert "Jim" McMahon, Jr. is a former American football player. He played college football at Brigham Young University, where he was a two-time All-American and later in the ...more

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Bruce Bastian is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Bruce Bastian Computer scientist Bruce Wayne Bastian is an American computer programmer, businessman, philanthropist and social activist. He co-founded the WordPerfect Software Company with Alan Ashton in 1978.

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Mike Weir is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Mike Weir Golfer Michael Richard Weir, CM, O.Ont is a Canadian professional golfer on the PGA Tour. He spent over 110 weeks in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Ranking between 2001 and 2005. He is best ...more

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Stephen Covey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Stephen Covey Professor, Manager, Author Stephen Richards Covey was an American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker. His most popular book was The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. His other books include First ...more

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Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Steve Young American football player Jon Steven "Steve" Young is a former professional American football quarterback who played 14 seasons in the National Football League. Young played college football for Brigham Young ...more

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Dave Ulrich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Dave Ulrich Orator, Author David Olson Ulrich is a university professor, author, speaker, management coach, and management consultant. Ulrich is a professor of business at the Ross School of Business, University of ...more

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Hugh Nibley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Hugh Nibley Historian, Author, Writer Hugh Winder Nibley was an American author, Mormon apologist, and professor at Brigham Young University. His works, while not official positions of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day ...more

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Aaron Eckhart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Aaron Eckhart Film Producer, Actor Aaron Edward Eckhart is an American film and stage actor. Born in California, he moved to England at the age of 13, when his father relocated the family. Several years later, he began his acting ...more

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Danny Ainge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Danny Ainge Basketball Coach, Basketball player, Baseball player Daniel Ray "Danny" Ainge is an American basketball executive and retired professional basketball and baseball player, currently serving as President of Basketball Operations for the ...more

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Elizabeth Smart is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Elizabeth Smart Elizabeth Ann Smart-Gilmour is an American activist and contributor for ABC News. She first gained widespread attention at the age of 14 when she was kidnapped from her home and rescued nine ...more

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Neil LaBute is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Neil LaBute Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter Neil N. LaBute is an American film director, screenwriter and playwright.

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Ben Olson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Ben Olson American football player Benjamen James Olson is a former American football quarterback. He played for the UCLA Bruins football team. He excelled in football at Thousand Oaks High School, earning high school ...more

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Paul McKinnon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
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Johnny Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Johnny Whitaker Actor, Singer Johnny Whitaker is an American actor and singer notable for several performances for film and television during his childhood. The naturally redheaded Whitaker is best known for his role as ...more

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John K. Carmack is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
John K. Carmack Lawyer John Kay Carmack has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 1984. He is currently an emeritus general authority and was the managing director of the ...more

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Sandi Griffiths is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Sandi Griffiths Sandi Griffiths is an American singer. She is best known as a performer on American television's The Lawrence Welk Show.

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Frankie Fredericks is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Frankie Fredericks Athlete Frank "Frankie" Fredericks is a former track and field athlete from Namibia. Running in the 100 metres and 200 metres, he won four silver medals at the Olympic Games, making him ...more

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Reed Smoot is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Reed Smoot Politician Reed Smoot was a native-born Utahn who was first elected to the United States Senate from Utah in 1903, and served as a Republican Senator until 1933. Smoot is primarily remembered as the ...more

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Beatrice Sparks is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Beatrice Sparks Writer Beatrice Sparks was an American therapist and Mormon youth counselor who was known for producing books purporting to be the "real diaries" of troubled teenagers. The books deal with ...more

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Loren C. Dunn is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Loren C. Dunn Loren Charles Dunn was a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1968 until his death. Dunn was born in Tooele, Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church to ...more

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John Beck is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
John Beck American football player John Beck is a professional football player.

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Daniel Peterson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Daniel Peterson Daniel C. Peterson is a prominent Mormon apologist and professor of Islamic Studies and Arabic in the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages at Brigham Young University. He also ...more

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Wally Joyner is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Wally Joyner Baseball player Wallace Keith "Wally" Joyner is a current hitting coach for the Detroit Tigers in the Major League Baseball. He played for four major league teams during a 16-year career, most notably ...more

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Dale Brown is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Dale Brown Dale Brown, Vice President of Research and Development at OptiMedica, has more than fifteen years experience in the laser-based ophthalmology industry. Prior to OptiMedica, he was Director of ...more

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Robert Clive Jones is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Robert Clive Jones Robert Clive Jones is a federal District Court Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada. He served as Chief Judge from 2011-2014. Jones was born in Las Vegas. He ...more

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Amy Freeze is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Amy Freeze TV Meteorologist, Newsreader, TV Journalist Amy Elizabeth Freeze, is an American television meteorologist. Since 2011, she has been the weekend meteorologist at WABC-TV in New York City, New York. She can also be seen on ABC's Good ...more

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Thomas S. Monson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Thomas S. Monson Prophet, Writer Thomas Spencer Monson is an American religious leader and author, and the sixteenth and current President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As president, Monson is considered ...more

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Larry Echo Hawk is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Larry Echo Hawk Prosecutor, Politician, Lawyer Larry J. Echo Hawk is an attorney, legal scholar and politician. In 2012 he was named as a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. On May 20, 2009, Echo Hawk joined ...more

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Shauna Rohbock is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Shauna Rohbock Bobsleigher, Military Officer Shauna L. Rohbock is a soldier in the U.S. Army National Guard, an Olympic medal-winning bobsledder, and former professional soccer player. Rohbock was born and raised in Orem, Utah, and is a ...more

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Gary Crittenden is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Gary Crittenden Businessperson, Banker Gary L. Crittenden is an American financial manager and is the CEO of HGGC, a Palo Alto, California private equity firm. He was formerly employed as the chairman of Citi Holdings, a unit of ...more

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Werner Hoeger is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Werner Hoeger Luger Werner Hoeger is a professor emeritus of exercise science at Boise State University. He has published 58 editions of Fitness & Wellness college textbooks. He is one of the most widely read ...more

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Erik Orton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Erik Orton Theatrical producer, Lyricist, Composer Erik Orton is a New York-based writer and theatre producer. His father was an Air Force officer and his mother a Finnish immigrant. He was raised primarily in West Germany and the suburbs of ...more

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Kim B. Clark is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Kim B. Clark Kim Bryce Clark has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since April 2015. He served previously as the 15th president of Brigham Young University–Idaho ...more

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Eni Faleomavaega is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Eni Faleomavaega Politician Eni Fa'aua'a Hunkin Faleomavaega, Jr. is a former non-voting Delegate to the United States House of Representatives from American Samoa's At-large congressional district.

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M. Anthony Burns is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
M. Anthony Burns Businessperson M. Anthony Burns is an American businessman and chairman emeritus of the board of directors of Ryder System, Inc., an American-based provider of transportation and supply chain management ...more

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Michael Dean Crapo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Michael Dean Crapo Politician, Lawyer Michael Dean "Mike" Crapo is the senior United States Senator from the state of Idaho, in office since 1999. A Republican, he previously served as the United States Representative for ...more

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Bert H. Miller is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Bert H. Miller Lawyer Bert Henry Miller was a politician from Idaho. He was a member of the Idaho Democratic Party.

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Brandon Sanderson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Brandon Sanderson Author, Writer Brandon Sanderson is an American writer. He is best known for his Mistborn series and his work in finishing Robert Jordan's epic fantasy series The Wheel of Time. In 2010, Sanderson published ...more

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David A. Bednar is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
David A. Bednar Writer David Allan Bednar is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. An educator by profession, Bednar was also president of Brigham Young ...more

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Stephen D. Nadauld is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Stephen D. Nadauld Stephen Douglas Nadauld is an American academic, the former president of Dixie State University and Weber State University. Nadauld was a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of ...more

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Arthur Vivian Watkins is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Arthur Vivian Watkins Politician Arthur Vivian Watkins was a Republican U.S. Senator from Utah between 1947 to 1959. He was influential as a proponent of terminating federal recognition of American Indian tribes. He also ...more