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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

Age: 40

Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States of America

James Edward Franco (born April 19, 1978) is an American actor and filmmaker. For his role in 127 Hours (2010), he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. Franco is known for his ...more

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David Geffen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Record producer, Businessperson, Theatrical producer

Age: 76

Birthplace: New York City, New York

David Lawrence Geffen (born February 21, 1943) is an American business magnate, producer, film studio executive, and philanthropist. Geffen created or co-created Asylum Records in 1970, Geffen ...more

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Al Sharpton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Politician, Actor, Presenter

Age: 64

Birthplace: Brownsville, New York City, New York, United States of America

Alfred Charles Sharpton Jr. (born October 3, 1954) is an American civil rights activist, Baptist minister, talk show host and politician. Sharpton is the founder of the National Action Network. ...more

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Paul Mazursky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: Dec. at 84 (1930-2014)

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Irwin Lawrence "Paul" Mazursky (April 25, 1930 – June 30, 2014) was an American film director, screenwriter, and actor. Known for his dramatic comedies that often dealt with modern ...more

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Jimmy Smits is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Television producer, Actor, Voice acting

Age: 63

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

Jimmy Smits (born July 9, 1955) is an Emmy Award-winning, American actor best known for playing attorney Victor Sifuentes on the 1980s legal drama L.A. Law, NYPD Detective Bobby Simone on the ...more

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Sapphire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Poet, Author, Writer

Age: 68

Birthplace: California, Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more

Ramona Lofton (born August 4, 1950), 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

Age: Dec. at 54 (1921-1975)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Chester Simon Kallman (January 7, 1921 – January 18, 1975) was an American poet, librettist, and translator, best known for collaborating with W. H. Auden on opera librettos for Igor Stravinsky ...more
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Meir Kahane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Politician, Rabbi, Political Activist

Age: Dec. at 58 (1932-1990)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Meir David HaKohen Kahane (; Hebrew: מאיר דוד כהנא; August 1, 1932 – November 5, 1990) was an Israeli-American ordained Orthodox rabbi, writer, and ultra-nationalist politician who served one ...more
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Frank McCourt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Soldier, Writer, Teacher

Age: Dec. at 79 (1930-2009)

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

Francis McCourt (August 19, 1930 – July 19, 2009) was an Irish-American teacher and writer. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his book Angela's Ashes, a tragicomic memoir of the misery and squalor of ...more

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Dominic Chianese is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Guitarist, Musician, Actor

Age: 88

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

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Barbara Boxer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Politician, Actor

Age: 78

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

Barbara Levy Boxer (born November 11, 1940) is a retired American politician who served as a United States senator for California from 1993 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, she ...more
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Herb Edelman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Actor

Age: Dec. at 63 (1933-1996)

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

Herbert Edelman (November 5, 1933 – July 21, 1996) 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-known ...more
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Leonard Herzenberg is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Scientist

Age: Dec. at 82 (1931-2013)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Leonard Arthur "Len" Herzenberg (November 5, 1931 – October 27, 2013) was an immunologist, geneticist and professor at Stanford University. His contributions to the development of cell ...more
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Bhikkhu Bodhi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Bhikkhu Bodhi Writer

Age: 74

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Bhikkhu Bodhi (born December 10, 1944), born Jeffrey Block, is an American Theravada Buddhist monk, ordained in Sri Lanka and currently teaching in the New York and New Jersey area. He was ...more
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Jerry Moss is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Horse breeding, Record producer

Age: 83

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Jerome S. Moss (born May 8, 1935) 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

Age: 57

Birthplace: West Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

Paul Beatty (born June 9, 1962) is an American author and an associate professor of writing at Columbia University. In 2016, he won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Man Booker ...more
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Eugene Genovese is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Historian, Author

Age: Dec. at 82 (1930-2012)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

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Roya Hakakian is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Journalist, Author, Writer

Age: 53

Birthplace: Tehran, Iran, Tehran Province, Eurasia, Greater Tehran

Roya Hakakian (Persian: رویا حکاکیان‎; born 1966) is a poet, journalist and writer. Born in Iran, she came to the United States as a refugee and is now a naturalized citizen.
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Walter Block is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Businessperson, Scientist, Economist

Age: 77

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Walter Edward Block (born August 21, 1941) is an American Austrian School economist and anarcho-capitalist theorist. He currently holds the Harold E. Wirth Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair in ...more
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Harold Norse is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Writer

Age: Dec. at 93 (1916-2009)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

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Allie Sherman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
American Football coach, American football player

Age: Died at 92 (1923-2015)

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

Alex "Allie" Sherman (February 10, 1923 – January 3, 2015) was an American football player and coach who played 51 games in six seasons in the National Football League (NFL) as a ...more
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Helene Aylon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Helene Aylon Artist

Age: 88

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Helène Aylon (born Helene Greenfield, February 4, 1931, Brooklyn, New York) is an American multimedia and ecofeminist artist. Her work can be divided into three phases: process art ...more
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Dennis Prager is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Commentator, Author, Radio personality

Age: 70

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

Dennis Mark Prager () (born August 2, 1948) is an American conservative radio talk show host and writer. Born into an Orthodox Jewish family, his initial political work concerned Soviet Jews who ...more
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George H. Ross is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Businessperson, Lawyer

Age: 91

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

George H. Ross (born January 6, 1928) was the 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 ...more
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Alan Dershowitz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni
Commentator, Professor, Author

Age: 80

Birthplace: Williamsburg, New York City, New York, United States of America

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