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Famous Buffalo State College Alumni

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

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

This list contains graduates like John Rzeznik and Tom Fontana.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Buffalo State College?” and “Which celebrities are Buffalo State College alumni?”
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Brian Higgins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
Politician, Official

Age: 59

Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States of America

Brian M. Higgins (born October 6, 1959) is the U.S. Representative for New York's 26th congressional district, serving since 2005. The district, numbered as the 27th district from 2005 to 2013, ...more
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Byron Brown is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
Politician

Age: 60

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

Byron William Brown II (born September 24, 1958) is the 62nd and current mayor of Buffalo, New York, elected on November 8, 2005 and is the City's first African-American mayor. He previously ...more
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Cindy Sherman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
Artist, Film Director, Photographer

Age: 65

Birthplace: Glen Ridge, New Jersey, United States of America

Cynthia Morris Sherman (born January 19, 1954) is an American artist whose work consists exclusively of photographic self-portraits, depicting herself in many different contexts and as various ...more
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Tom Fontana is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter

Age: 67

Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, USA

Tom Fontana (born September 12, 1951 in Buffalo, New York) is an American writer and producer. An Emmy winner, Fontana worked on NBC's Homicide: Life on the Street and created HBO's Oz.
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Randy Smith is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
Basketball player, Coach

Age: Dec. at 61 (1948-2009)

Birthplace: Bellport, New York

Randolph "Randy" Smith (December 12, 1948 – June 4, 2009) was an American professional basketball player who set the NBA record for consecutive games played. From 1972–1982, Smith ...more

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John Rzeznik is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter

Age: 53

Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, USA

John Joseph Theodore Rzeznik (; born December 5, 1965) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and producer. He became known as the guitarist and frontman of the rock band the Goo Goo Dolls, ...more
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Diane English is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
Television producer, Screenwriter, Film Director

Age: 70

Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States of America

Diane English (born May 18, 1948) is an American screenwriter, producer and director, best known for creating the television show Murphy Brown and writing and directing the 2008 feature film The ...more
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Robert Longo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
Artist, Film Director

Age: 66

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Robert Longo (born January 7, 1953) is an American painter and sculptor. Longo became a rising star in the 1980s for his "Men in the Cities" series, which depicted sharply dressed men ...more
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Ralph Raico is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
Historian, Economist

Age: 83

Ralph Raico (; October 23, 1936 – December 13, 2016) was an American libertarian historian of European liberalism and a professor of history at Buffalo State College.
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Bobby Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
Basketball Coach, Coach

Age: 56

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Robert P. Gonzalez (born March 18, 1963) is the former head coach of the Seton Hall University Pirates men's basketball team. Gonzalez was previously the head coach at Manhattan College and was ...more
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Beverly Eckert is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
Beverly Eckert

Age: Dec. at 58 (1951-2009)

Birthplace: Buffalo, New York

Beverly Eckert (May 29, 1951 – February 12, 2009) was an activist and advocate for the creation of the 9/11 Commission. She was one of the members of the 9/11 Family Steering Committee for the ...more
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Susan Gibney is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
Actor, Teacher

Age: 57

Birthplace: Manhattan Beach, California, United States of America

Susan Gibney is an American actress.
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T. J. Cottrell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
American football player

Age: 36

Theodore John Cottrell Jr. (born May 3, 1982) is a former American football tight end. He was signed by the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL) as an undrafted free agent in ...more
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Les Krims is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
Les Krims Photographer

Age: 77

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Leslie Robert (Les) Krims (born August 16, 1942) is a conceptualist photographer living in Buffalo, New York. He is noted for his carefully arranged fabricated photographs (called ...more
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Sam Hoyt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
Sam Hoyt Politician

Age: 57

Birthplace: Buffalo, New York

William B. "Sam" Hoyt III (born January 9, 1962) is an American politician from New York. A Democrat, Hoyt is an economic development professional and was a member of the New York ...more
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Gene Cretz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
Diplomat

Age: 69

Birthplace: Albany, New York

Gene Allan Cretz (born 1950) is a career diplomat who retired from the Senior Foreign Service in 2015. Before retiring, he was the U.S. Ambassador to Ghana. Before this, he was the first U.S. ...more
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Evelyn S. Lieberman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
Evelyn S. Lieberman

Age: 75

Birthplace: New York, United States of America

Evelyn May Simonowitz Lieberman (July 9, 1944 – December 12, 2015) was an American public affairs professional who, during the Clinton administration, became the first woman to serve as White ...more
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David Franczyk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
David Franczyk
David A. "Dave" Franczyk is a councilmember of the Buffalo Common Council, which is the representative legislative branch of the government of Buffalo, New York. He is also a former ...more
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Francine DelMonte is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
Francine DelMonte
Francine DelMonte (D-Lewiston) is a former member of the New York State Assembly who represented the former 138th Assembly District in New York State. She lost the Democratic primary to former ...more
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Robert E. Wright is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
Robert E. Wright

Age: 50

Robert E. Wright is a business, economic, financial, and monetary historian and the inaugural Rudy and Marilyn Nef Family Chair of Political Economy at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South ...more
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Kevin Smardz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
Kevin Smardz Politician

Age: 43

Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States of America

Kevin S. Smardz (born December 12, 1975) is an American Republican politician. In 2010, he was elected to an open seat in the New York State Assembly for the 146th district in southern Erie ...more
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Jeanette Steiner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
Jeanette Steiner Actor
Jeanette Steiner is a film actress.