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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Brooklyn College and be of some renown.

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

This list contains graduates like James Franco and Lil' Kim.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Brooklyn College?” and “Which celebrities are Brooklyn College alumni?”

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James Franco is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Film Producer, Model, Screenwriter James Edward Franco is an American actor, filmmaker, and teacher. His first prominent acting role was the lead character Daniel Desario on the short-lived cult hit television program Freaks and ...more

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David Geffen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Record producer, Businessperson, Theatrical producer David Lawrence Geffen is an American business magnate, producer, film studio executive, and philanthropist. Geffen created or co-created Asylum Records in 1970, Geffen Records in 1980, and DGC ...more

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Al Sharpton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Politician, Actor, Presenter Alfred Charles "Al" Sharpton Jr. is an American Baptist minister, civil rights activist, television/radio talk show host and a trusted White House adviser who, according to 60 Minutes, ...more

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Paul Mazursky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor Irwin "Paul" Mazursky was an American film director, screenwriter, and actor. Known for his dramatic comedies that often dealt with modern social issues, he was nominated for five ...more

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Jimmy Smits is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Television producer, Actor, Voice acting Jimmy Smits is an American actor. Smits played attorney Victor Sifuentes on the 1980s legal drama L.A. Law, NYPD Detective Bobby Simone on the 1990s police drama NYPD Blue, and Matt Santos on ...more

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Sapphire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Poet, Author, Writer Ramona Lofton, better known by her pen name Sapphire, is an American author and performance poet.

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Chester Kallman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Poet, Librettist Chester Simon Kallman was an American poet, librettist, and translator, best known for his collaborations with W. H. Auden and Igor Stravinsky.

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Meir Kahane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Politician, Rabbi, Political Activist Meir David Kahane was a controversial American-Israeli rabbi, ultra-Zionist political figure, and writer, whose work became either the direct or indirect foundation of most modern Jewish ...more

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Frank McCourt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Soldier, Writer, Teacher Francis "Frank" McCourt was an Irish-American teacher and writer. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his novel Angela's Ashes, a tragicomic memoir of the misery and squalor of his childhood.

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Dominic Chianese is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Guitarist, Musician, Actor Dominic Chianese is an American actor, singer, and musician. He is best known for his role as Corrado "Junior" Soprano on the HBO series The Sopranos.

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Barbara Boxer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Politician, Actor Barbara Levy Boxer is the junior United States Senator from California. A member of the Democratic Party, she previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives. Born in Brooklyn, New York, ...more

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Herb Edelman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Actor Herbert "Herb" Edelman was an American actor of stage, film and television. He was twice nominated for an Emmy Award for his television work. One of his best remembered roles was as ...more

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Leonard Herzenberg is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Scientist Leonard Arthur "Len" Herzenberg was an immunologist, geneticist and professor at Stanford University. His contributions to the development of cell biology made it possible to sort ...more

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Bhikkhu Bodhi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Bhikkhu Bodhi Writer Bhikkhu Bodhi, born Jeffrey Block, is an American Theravada Buddhist monk, ordained in Sri Lanka and currently teaching in the New York/New Jersey area. He was appointed the second president of ...more

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Jerry Moss is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Horse breeding, Record producer Jerome S. "Jerry" Moss is an American recording executive, best known for being the co-founder of A&M Records, along with trumpeter and bandleader Herb Alpert. After graduating ...more

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Paul Beatty is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Novelist, Writer Paul Beatty is a contemporary African-American author. Beatty received an MFA in creative writing from Brooklyn College and an MA in psychology from Boston University. He is a 1980 graduate of ...more

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Eugene Genovese is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Historian, Author Eugene Dominic Genovese was an American historian of the American South and American slavery. He has been noted for bringing a Marxist perspective to the study of power, class and relations ...more

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Roya Hakakian is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Journalist, Author, Writer Roya Hakakian; born 1966 in Iran is an Iranian-American poet, journalist and writer living in the United States. A lauded Persian poet turned television producer with programs like 60 Minutes, ...more

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Walter Block is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Businessperson, Scientist, Economist Walter Edward Block is an American Austrian School economist and anarcho-capitalist theorist. He currently holds the Harold E. Wirth Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair in Economics at the J. A. Butt ...more

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Harold Norse is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Writer Harold Norse was an American writer who created a body of work using the American idiom of everyday language and images. One of the expatriate artists of the Beat generation, Norse was widely ...more

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Allie Sherman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
American Football coach, American football player Alex "Allie" Sherman was a National Football League quarterback, defensive back, and coach, and later a cable television and sports marketing executive and media personality. Sherman ...more

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Helene Aylon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Helene Aylon Artist Helène Aylon is an American multimedia and ecofeminist artist. Her work can be divided into three phases: Process art, anti-nuclear art, and The G-d Project, a feminist commentary on the ...more

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Dennis Prager is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Commentator, Author, Radio personality Dennis Prager is an American politically conservative nationally syndicated radio talk show host, columnist, author, and public speaker.

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George H. Ross is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Businessperson, Lawyer George H. Ross is Executive Vice President and Senior Counsel of the Trump Organization. He is perhaps best known as one of Donald Trump's two advisors on the NBC reality television program The ...more

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Alan Dershowitz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Commentator, Professor, Author Alan Morton Dershowitz is an American lawyer, jurist, author, and political commentator. He is a prominent scholar on United States constitutional law and criminal law. He spent most of his ...more

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Bernard Cornfeld is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Businessperson, Confidence artist, Financier Bernard "Bernie" Cornfeld was a prominent businessman and international financier who sold investments in US mutual funds, and who was tried and acquitted for mismanagement of one of ...more

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Donald Kagan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Historian, Professor, Writer Donald Kagan is an American historian at Yale University specializing in ancient Greece, notable for his four-volume history of the Peloponnesian War. He formerly taught in the Department of ...more

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Don Lemon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Journalist, TV Journalist Don Lemon is an American journalist and television news anchor. He is based in New York and currently hosts CNN Tonight.

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Benjamin Ward is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Politician, Police officer, Teacher Benjamin Ward was the first African American New York City Police Commissioner.

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Bernie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Politician, Researcher, Carpenter Bernard "Bernie" Sanders is an American politician and the junior United States Senator from Vermont. Before serving in the Senate, he represented Vermont's at-large congressional ...more

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Philip Zimbardo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Professor, Psychologist, Author Philip George Zimbardo is a psychologist and a professor emeritus at Stanford University. He became known for his 1971 Stanford prison experiment and has since authored various introductory ...more

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Raul Hilberg is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Historian, Political scientist, Author Raul Hilberg was an Austrian-born American political scientist and historian. He was widely considered to be the world's preeminent scholar of the Holocaust, and his three-volume, 1,273-page ...more

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Richard Bellman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Mathematician, Scientist Richard Ernest Bellman was an American applied mathematician, celebrated for his invention of dynamic programming in 1953, and important contributions in other fields of mathematics.

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Diane Noomin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Cartoonist Diane Noomin is an American comics artist associated with the underground comics movement. Her work has appeared in many underground comic publications, including Weirdo, Young Lust, Short ...more

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Shirley Chisholm is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm was an American politician, educator, and author. She was a Congresswoman, representing New York's 12th Congressional District for seven terms from 1969 to 1983. ...more

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Sylvia Fine is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Songwriter, Television producer, Film Producer Sylvia Fine was an American lyricist, composer, and producer, and the wife of the comedian Danny Kaye. She and her future husband grew up within blocks of each other in Brooklyn, but did not ...more

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Saul Bass is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Designer Saul Bass was an American graphic designer and Academy Award winning filmmaker, best known for his design of motion picture title sequences, film posters, and corporate logos. During his 40-year ...more

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Sidney Mintz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Anthropologist Sidney Wilfred Mintz is an anthropologist best known for his studies of the Caribbean, creolization, and the anthropology of food. Mintz received his PhD at Columbia University in 1951 and ...more

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Stanley Cohen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Biochemist, Scientist, Physician Stanley Cohen is an American biochemist who, along with Rita Levi-Montalcini, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 1986.

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John A. Garraty is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Historian John Arthur Garraty was an American historian and biographer. He specialized largely in American political and economic history. Garraty earned an undergraduate degree at Brooklyn College in ...more

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Paul Cohen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Mathematician Paul Joseph Cohen was an American mathematician best known for his proof of the independence of the continuum hypothesis and the axiom of choice from Zermelo–Fraenkel set theory, the most widely ...more

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John Yau is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Poet, Critic John Yau is an American poet and critic who lives in New York City. He received his B.A. from Bard College in 1972 and his M.F.A. from Brooklyn College in 1978. He has published over 50 books of ...more

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Nancy Lynch is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Computer scientist Nancy Ann Lynch is a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is the NEC Professor of Software Science and Engineering in the EECS department and heads the Theory of ...more

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Emily Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Novelist Emily Mitchell is an Anglo-American novelist. Her first novel, "The Last Summer of the World", was published by WW Norton in 2007. It concerns the photographer Edward Steichen in the ...more

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Israel Kirzner is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Economist, Writer Israel Meir Kirzner is an American economist closely identified with the Austrian School.

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Marty Markowitz is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Politician Marty Markowitz is a former Borough President of Brooklyn, New York City. He was first elected in 2001 after serving 23 years as a New York State Senator. His third and final term ended in ...more

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Harold C. Schonberg is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Journalist, Music critic, Author Harold Charles Schonberg was an American music critic and journalist, most notably for The New York Times. He was the first music critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. He also wrote a ...more

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Stuart A. Rice is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Physicist, Chemist, Scientist Stuart Alan Rice is an American theoretical chemist and physical chemist. He is well known as a theoretical chemist who also does experimental research, having spent much of his career working ...more

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William Parente is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Lawyer The bodies of William Parente (59), Betty Parente (58), and their daughters Stephanie Parente (19) and Catherine Parente (11), were found in their hotel room on April 20, 2009.  They had ...more

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Vera Katz is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Vera Katz Politician Vera Katz is a Democratic politician in the state of Oregon. She was the first woman to serve as Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives and was the 49th mayor of Portland, Oregon's most ...more