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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 spent most of his career at Harvard Law School where in 1967, at the age of 28, he became the youngest ...more