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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
Businessperson
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Johnny Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Brigham Young University Alumni
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
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 is an American singer. She is best known as a performer on American television's The Lawrence Welk Show.