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Famous Brigham Young University Alumni

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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?”
  • 1
    Stephenie Meyer

    Stephenie Meyer

    Novelist, Film Producer


    BirthplaceHartford, Connecticut, United States of America

    Stephenie Meyer (née Morgan; ; born December 24, 1973) is an American novelist and film... more on Wikipedia

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    #2 of 20 Mormon Writers#225 of 233 The Best Female Authors of All Time

  • 2

    Harvey Fletcher

    Physicist, Inventor

    AgeDec. at 97 (1884-1981)

    BirthplaceProvo, Utah

    Harvey Fletcher (September 11, 1884 – July 23, 1981) was an American physicist. Known as the... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Philo Farnsworth

    Philo Farnsworth


    AgeDec. at 65 (1906-1971)

    BirthplaceBeaver, Utah

    Philo Taylor Farnsworth (August 19, 1906 – March 11, 1971) was an American inventor and... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Earl W. Bascom

    Earl W. Bascom

    Painter, Inventor

    AgeDec. at 89 (1906-1995)

    BirthplaceVernal, Utah

    Earl Wesley Bascom (June 19, 1906 – August 28, 1995) was an American painter, printmaker,... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Roger E. Billings


    BirthplaceProvo, Utah

    Roger Billings is a scientist known for his high-tech innovations in the fields of energy,... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Jon Heder

    Jon Heder

    Film Producer, Actor


    BirthplaceFort Collins, Colorado, United States of America

    Jonathan Joseph Heder (; born October 26, 1977) is an American actor and producer. His feature... more on Wikipedia

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    #10 of 74 Mormon Celebrities#388 of 596 Every Person Who Has Hosted 'Saturday Night Live'

  • 7
    Ken Jennings

    Ken Jennings

    Software Engineer, Computer scientist


    BirthplaceEdmonds, Washington, United States of America

    Kenneth Wayne Jennings III (born May 23, 1974) is an American game show contestant, computer... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Mitt Romney

    Mitt Romney

    Businessperson, Politician


    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    Willard Mitt Romney (born March 12, 1947) is an American politician and businessman serving as... more on Wikipedia

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    The Largest Mitt Romney Campaign Contributors#1 of 71 Mormon Politicians

  • 9
    Marie Windsor

    AgeDec. at 81 (1919-2000)

    BirthplaceUSA, Marysvale, Utah

    Marie Windsor (born Emily Marie Bertelsen; December 11, 1919 – December 10, 2000) was an... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Jim McMahon

    Jim McMahon

    American football player


    BirthplaceJersey City, New Jersey, United States of America

    James Robert McMahon, Jr. (born August 21, 1959) is an American former football player. He... more on Wikipedia

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    #29 of 144 The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time#2 of 66 The Best Chicago Bears Quarterbacks of All Time

  • 11
    Bruce Bastian

    Bruce Bastian

    Computer scientist


    BirthplaceTwin Falls, Idaho

    Bruce Wayne Bastian (born 1948) is an American computer programmer, businessperson,... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Mike Weir

    Mike Weir



    BirthplaceSarnia, Canada

    Michael Richard Weir, (born May 12, 1970) is a Canadian professional golfer who plays on the... more on Wikipedia

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    #91 of 153 The Best Golfers Of All Time#3 of 40 The Best Canadian Golfers

  • 13
    Stephen Covey

    Stephen Covey

    Professor, Manager

    AgeDec. at 80 (1932-2012)

    BirthplaceSalt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

    Stephen Richards Covey (October 24, 1932 – July 16, 2012) was an American educator, author,... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Steve Young

    Steve Young

    American football player


    BirthplaceSalt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

    Jon Steven Young (born October 11, 1961) is a former professional American football... more on Wikipedia

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    #33 of 150 Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative#9 of 252 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time

  • 15
    Dave Ulrich

    Dave Ulrich

    Orator, Author


    BirthplaceEly, Nevada

    David Olson Ulrich (born 1953) is a university professor, author, speaker, management coach,... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Hugh Nibley

    Hugh Nibley

    Historian, Author

    AgeDec. at 95 (1910-2005)

    BirthplacePortland, Oregon

    Hugh Winder Nibley (March 27, 1910 – February 24, 2005) was an American scholar and Mormon... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Aaron Eckhart

    Aaron Eckhart

    Film Producer, Actor


    BirthplaceCupertino, California, USA

    Aaron Edward Eckhart (born March 12, 1968) is an American actor. Born in Cupertino,... more on Wikipedia

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    #174 of 302 The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)#177 of 273 The Best (Male) Actors Working Today

  • 18
    Danny Ainge

    Danny Ainge

    Basketball Coach, Basketball player


    BirthplaceEugene, Oregon, United States of America

    Daniel Ray Ainge (born March 17, 1959) is an American basketball executive and former... more on Wikipedia

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    #5 of 107 College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon#163 of 786 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

  • 19
    Elizabeth Smart

    Elizabeth Smart

    Elizabeth Ann Gilmour (née Smart; born November 3, 1987) is an American child safety activist... more on Wikipedia


    #137 of 143 Celebrities Who Are Great To Sit Next To On A Long Flight#2 of 11 11 Famous And Terrifying Cases Of Stockholm Syndrome And Hostage Brainwashing

  • 20
    Neil LaBute

    Neil LaBute

    Television producer, Film Producer


    BirthplaceMichigan, USA, Detroit

    Neil N. LaBute (born March 19, 1963) is an American playwright, film director, screenwriter,... more on Wikipedia

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    #542 of 743 The Greatest Directors In Movie History#119 of 120 The Best Comedy Directors in Film History

  • 21
    Ben Olson

    Ben Olson

    American football player


    BirthplaceMissoula, Montana

    Benjamen James Olson (born February 28, 1983) is a former American football quarterback. He... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Paul McKinnon

    Paul McKinnon

  • 23
    Johnny Whitaker

    Johnny Whitaker

    Actor, Singer


    BirthplaceVan Nuys, Los Angeles, California, USA

    John Orson Whitaker, Jr. (born December 13, 1959) is an American actor notable for several... more on Wikipedia
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    BirthplaceWinslow, Arizona

    John Kay Carmack (born May 10, 1931) has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Sandi Griffiths
    Sandi Griffiths (born Sandi Jensen on August 1, 1946) is an American singer. She is best known... more on Wikipedia