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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
Novelist, Film Producer, Author

Age: 45

Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America

Stephenie Meyer (née Morgan; ; born December 24, 1973) is an American novelist and film producer, best known for her vampire romance series Twilight. The Twilight novels have sold over ...more
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Harvey Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Physicist, Inventor

Age: Dec. at 97 (1884-1981)

Birthplace: Provo, Utah

Harvey Fletcher (September 11, 1884 – July 23, 1981) was an American physicist. Known as the "father of stereophonic sound," he is credited with the invention of the 2-A audiometer and ...more
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Philo Farnsworth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Philo Farnsworth Inventor

Age: Dec. at 65 (1906-1971)

Birthplace: Beaver, Utah

Philo Taylor Farnsworth (August 19, 1906 – March 11, 1971) was an American inventor and television pioneer. He made many crucial contributions to the early development of all-electronic ...more
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Earl W. Bascom is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Painter, Inventor, Actor

Age: Dec. at 89 (1906-1995)

Birthplace: Vernal, Utah

Earl Wesley Bascom (June 19, 1906 – August 28, 1995) was an American painter, printmaker, rodeo performer and sculptor, raised in Canada, who portrayed his own experiences cowboying and rodeoing ...more
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Roger E. Billings is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Inventor

Age: 71

Birthplace: Provo, Utah

Roger Billings is a scientist known for his high-tech innovations in the fields of energy, computer networking, cybersecurity, and education. As a student in high school, he invented the ...more
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Jon Heder is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

Age: 41

Birthplace: Fort Collins, Colorado, United States of America

Jonathan Joseph Heder (; born October 26, 1977) 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 ...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

Age: 44

Birthplace: Edmonds, Washington, United States of America

Kenneth Wayne Jennings III (born May 23, 1974) is an American game show contestant, computer scientist, and author. He is the second highest-earning American game show contestant of all time. ...more
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Mitt Romney is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Businessperson, Politician, Management consulting

Age: 71

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Willard Mitt Romney (born March 12, 1947) is an American politician and businessman serving as the junior United States senator from Utah since January 2019. He previously served as the 70th ...more

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Marie Windsor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Actor

Age: Dec. at 81 (1919-2000)

Birthplace: USA, Marysvale, Utah

Marie Windsor (born Emily Marie Bertelsen; December 11, 1919 – December 10, 2000) was an actress known for her femme fatale characters in the classic film noir features Force of Evil and The ...more
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Jim McMahon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
American football player

Age: 56

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

James Robert McMahon, Jr. (born August 21, 1959) is an American former football player. He played college football at Brigham Young University, where he was a two-time All-American (1980, 1981) ...more
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Bruce Bastian is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Computer scientist

Age: 70

Birthplace: Twin Falls, Idaho

Bruce Wayne Bastian (born 1948) is an American computer programmer, businessperson, philanthropist, and social activist. He co-founded the WordPerfect Software Company with Alan Ashton in 1978 ...more
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Mike Weir is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Golfer

Age: 48

Birthplace: Sarnia, Canada

Michael Richard Weir, (born May 12, 1970) is a Canadian professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. He spent over 110 weeks in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Ranking between 2001 and ...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

Age: Dec. at 80 (1932-2012)

Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

Stephen Richards Covey (October 24, 1932 – July 16, 2012) was an American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker. His most popular book is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. ...more
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Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
American football player

Age: 54

Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

Jon Steven Young (born October 11, 1961) is a former professional American football quarterback who played 15 seasons in the National Football League (NFL) and is best known for his 13 seasons ...more

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Dave Ulrich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Orator, Author

Age: 66

Birthplace: Ely, Nevada

David Olson Ulrich (born 1953) is a university professor, author, speaker, management coach, and management consultant. Ulrich is a professor of business at the Ross School of Business, ...more
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Hugh Nibley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Historian, Author, Writer

Age: Dec. at 95 (1910-2005)

Birthplace: Portland, Oregon

Hugh Winder Nibley (March 27, 1910 – February 24, 2005) was an American scholar and Mormon apologist who was a professor at Brigham Young University (BYU) for nearly 50 years. He was a prolific ...more
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Aaron Eckhart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Film Producer, Actor

Age: 50

Birthplace: Cupertino, California, United States of America

Aaron Edward Eckhart (born March 12, 1968) is an American actor. Born in Cupertino, California, Eckhart moved to England at age 13, when his father relocated the family. Several years later, he ...more

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Danny Ainge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Basketball Coach, Basketball player, Baseball player

Age: 59

Birthplace: Eugene, Oregon, United States of America

Daniel Ray Ainge (born March 17, 1959) is an American basketball executive and former professional basketball and baseball player. Ainge is currently the general manager and President of ...more

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Elizabeth Smart is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Elizabeth Smart

Age: 31

Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah

Elizabeth Ann Gilmour (née Smart; born November 3, 1987) is an American child safety activist and commentator for ABC News. She first gained national attention at the age of 14 when she ...more

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Neil LaBute is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter

Age: 55

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit

Neil N. LaBute (born March 19, 1963) is an American playwright, film director, screenwriter, and actor. He is best-known for a play that he wrote and later adapted for film, In the Company of ...more
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Ben Olson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
American football player

Age: 32

Birthplace: Missoula, Montana

Benjamen James Olson (born February 28, 1983) is a former American football quarterback. He played college football at UCLA.
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Paul McKinnon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Businessperson
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Johnny Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Actor, Singer

Age: 59

Birthplace: Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, USA

John Orson Whitaker, Jr. (born December 13, 1959) is an American actor notable for several performances for film and television during his childhood. The redheaded Whitaker played Jody Davis on ...more

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John K. Carmack is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
Lawyer

Age: 87

Birthplace: Winslow, Arizona

John Kay Carmack (born May 10, 1931) has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since 1984. He is currently an emeritus general authority and ...more
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Sandi Griffiths is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni

Age: 72

Birthplace: California, USA

Sandi Griffiths (born Sandi Jensen on August 1, 1946) is an American singer. She is best known as a performer on American television's The Lawrence Welk Show.