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Famous Buffalo State College Alumni

Updated October 13, 2018 7.8k views22 items

List RulesPeople 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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  • 1
    Politician, Official

    Age62

    BirthplaceBuffalo, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited 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
  • 2
    Politician

    Age63

    BirthplaceNew York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited 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 served  ...more
  • 3
    Artist, Film Director

    Age67

    BirthplaceGlen Ridge, New Jersey, United States of America

    NationalityUnited 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
  • 4
    Television producer, Film Producer

    Age70

    BirthplaceBuffalo, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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.  ...more
  • 5
    Basketball player, Coach

    AgeDec. at 60 (1948-2009)

    BirthplaceBellport, New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 played in every  ...more
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    Record producer, Guitarist

    Age55

    BirthplaceBuffalo, New York, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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, of  ...more
  • 7
    Television producer, Screenwriter

    Age73

    BirthplaceBuffalo, New York, USA

    NationalityUnited 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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    Artist, Film Director

    Age68

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 and women  ...more
  • 9
    Historian, Economist

    Age85

    NationalityItaly, United States of America

    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.  ...more
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    Basketball Coach, Coach

    Age58

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 well  ...more
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    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 9/11  ...more
  • 12
    Actor, Teacher

    Age60

    BirthplaceManhattan Beach, California, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Susan Gibney is an American actress.  ...more
  • 13
    American football player

    Age39

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 2004.  ...more
  • 14
    Photographer

    Age79

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 "fictions"),  ...more
  • 15
    Politician

    Age59

    BirthplaceBuffalo, 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 State Assembly from  ...more
  • 16
    Diplomat

    Age71

    BirthplaceAlbany, New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 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 House  ...more
  • 18
    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 Liberal Party  ...more
  • 19
    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
  • 20
    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 Dakota.  ...more
  • 21
    Politician

    Age45

    BirthplaceBuffalo, 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 County,  ...more
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    Jeanette Steiner is a film actress.