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Famous Brooklyn College Alumni

Updated November 22, 2019 18.5k views266 items

List RulesPeople 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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  • 1
    James Franco is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni

    James Franco

    Film Producer, Model

    Age42

    BirthplacePalo Alto, California, United States of America

    James Edward Franco (born April 19, 1978) is an American actor and filmmaker. For his role in... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    David Geffen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni

    David Geffen

    Record producer, Businessperson

    Age77

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    David Lawrence Geffen (born February 21, 1943) is an American business magnate, producer, film... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Al Sharpton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni

    Al Sharpton

    Politician, Actor

    Age66

    BirthplaceBrownsville, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Alfred Charles Sharpton Jr. (born October 3, 1954) is an American civil rights activist,... more on Wikipedia

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    Paul Mazursky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni

    Paul Mazursky

    Film Producer, Screenwriter

    AgeDec. at 84 (1930-2014)

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Irwin Lawrence "Paul" Mazursky (April 25, 1930 – June 30, 2014) was an American film director,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    Jimmy Smits is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni

    Jimmy Smits

    Television producer, Actor

    Age65

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Jimmy Smits (born July 9, 1955) is an Emmy Award-winning, American actor best known for... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Sapphire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni

    Sapphire

    Poet, Author

    Age70

    BirthplaceCalifornia, Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories

    Ramona Lofton (born August 4, 1950), better known by her pen name Sapphire, is an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Chester Kallman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni

    Chester Kallman

    Poet, Librettist

    AgeDec. at 54 (1921-1975)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Chester Simon Kallman (January 7, 1921 – January 18, 1975) was an American poet, librettist,... more on Wikipedia
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    Meir Kahane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni

    Meir Kahane

    Politician, Rabbi

    AgeDec. at 58 (1932-1990)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Meir David HaKohen Kahane (; Hebrew: מאיר דוד כהנא; August 1, 1932 – November 5, 1990) was an... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Frank McCourt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni

    Frank McCourt

    Soldier, Writer

    AgeDec. at 79 (1930-2009)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Francis McCourt (August 19, 1930 – July 19, 2009) was an Irish-American teacher and writer. ... more on Wikipedia

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

    Dominic Chianese

    Guitarist, Musician

    Age89

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Dominic Chianese (born February 24, 1931) is an American actor, singer, and musician. He is... more on Wikipedia

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

    Barbara Boxer

    Politician, Actor

    Age79

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    Barbara Levy Boxer (born November 11, 1940) is a retired American politician who served as a... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Herb Edelman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni

    AgeDec. at 63 (1933-1996)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Herbert Edelman (November 5, 1933 – July 21, 1996) was an American actor of stage, film and... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Leonard Herzenberg is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni

    AgeDec. at 82 (1931-2013)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Leonard Arthur "Len" Herzenberg (November 5, 1931 – October 27, 2013) was an immunologist,... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Bhikkhu Bodhi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni

    Bhikkhu Bodhi

    Writer

    Age75

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Bhikkhu Bodhi (born December 10, 1944), born Jeffrey Block, is an American Theravada Buddhist... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Jerry Moss is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni

    Jerry Moss

    Horse breeding, Record producer

    Age85

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Jerome S. Moss (born May 8, 1935) is an American recording executive, best known for being the... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Paul Beatty is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni

    Paul Beatty

    Novelist, Writer

    Age58

    BirthplaceWest Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

    Paul Beatty (born June 9, 1962) is an American author and an associate professor of writing at... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Eugene Genovese is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni

    Eugene Genovese

    Historian, Author

    AgeDec. at 82 (1930-2012)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Eugene Dominic Genovese (May 19, 1930 – September 26, 2012) was an American historian of the... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Roya Hakakian is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni

    Roya Hakakian

    Journalist, Author

    Age54

    BirthplaceTehran, Iran, Tehran Province, Eurasia, Greater Tehran

    Roya Hakakian (Persian: رویا حکاکیان‎; born 1966) is a poet, journalist and writer. Born in... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Walter Block is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni

    Walter Block

    Businessperson, Scientist

    Age79

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Walter Edward Block (born August 21, 1941) is an American Austrian School economist and... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Harold Norse is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni

    AgeDec. at 93 (1916-2009)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Harold Norse (July 6, 1916, New York City – June 8, 2009, San Francisco) was an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Allie Sherman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni

    Allie Sherman

    American Football coach, American football player

    Age97

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Alex "Allie" Sherman (February 10, 1923 – January 3, 2015) was an American football player and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 22
    Helene Aylon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni

    Helene Aylon

    Artist

    Age89

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Helène Aylon (born Helene Greenfield, February 4, 1931, Brooklyn, New York) is an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Dennis Prager is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni

    Dennis Prager

    Commentator, Author

    Age72

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Dennis Mark Prager () (born August 2, 1948) is an American conservative radio talk show host... more on Wikipedia
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    George H. Ross is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni

    George H. Ross

    Businessperson, Lawyer

    Age92

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    George H. Ross (born January 6, 1928) was the executive vice president and senior counsel of... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Alan Dershowitz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Brooklyn College Alumni

    Alan Dershowitz

    Commentator, Professor

    Age82

    BirthplaceWilliamsburg, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Alan Morton Dershowitz (; born September 1, 1938) is an American lawyer and academic. He is a... more on Wikipedia

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