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Famous California State University, Long Beach Alumni

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

This list features Steven Spielberg, George Gervin and more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to California State University, Long Beach?” and “Which celebrities are California State University, Long Beach alumni?”
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  • 1
    Television director, Businessperson

    Age74

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Steven Allan Spielberg (; born December 18, 1946) is an American filmmaker. He is considered one of the founding pioneers of the New Hollywood era and one of the most popular directors and producers...  more

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  • 2
    Television director, Television producer

    Age64

    BirthplaceBellflower, California, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Christopher Carl Carter (born October 13, 1956) is an American television and film producer, director and writer. Born in Bellflower, California, Carter graduated with a degree in journalism from...  more
  • 3
    Model, Athlete

    Age46

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    John Paul Calderon (born September 5, 1975) is an American professional volleyball player, model and reality show personality. In 2006 he was a contestant on Survivor: Cook Islands, the 13th season...  more
  • 4
    Film Score Composer, Arranger

    Age75

    BirthplaceNew Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Richard Lynn Carpenter (born October 15, 1946) is an American musician, record producer, songwriter, and music arranger, who formed half of the sibling duo The Carpenters alongside his sister Karen....  more

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  • 5
    Peter Moore (born 1955) is a British/American business executive best known for his former positions as Senior VP of Global Sports Marketing at Reebok, President of Sega of America, and Corporate...  more
  • 6
    American football player

    Age48

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Terrell Lamar Davis (born October 28, 1972) is a former American football running back who played for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL) from 1995 to 2001. Davis was elected...  more

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  • 7
    Television producer, Film Producer

    AgeDec. at 62 (1946-2008)

    BirthplaceRichmond, Virginia, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Stanley "Stan" Winston (April 7, 1946 – June 15, 2008) was an American television and film special make-up effects creator. He was best known for his work in the Terminator series, the first three...  more
  • 8
    Author, Motivational speaker

    Age52

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Erin Gruwell (born August 15, 1969) is an American teacher known for her unique teaching method, which led to the publication of The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to...  more
  • 9

    Age95

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Betye Irene Saar (born July 30, 1926 in Los Angeles, California) is an African American artist known for her work in the medium of assemblage. Saar has been called "a legend" in the world of...  more
  • 10
    Politician, Professor

    AgeDec. at 70 (1930-2001)

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

    John George Schmitz (August 12, 1930 – January 10, 2001) was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives and California State Senate from Orange County, California. He was also...  more
  • 11
    Professor, Author

    Age80

    BirthplaceParsonsburg, Maryland, Maryland, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Maulana Ndabezitha Karenga, previously known as Ron Karenga, (born July 14, 1941) is an African-American professor of Africana studies, activist and author, best known as the creator of the...  more
  • 12
    Fitness professional, Entrepreneur

    Age64

    BirthplaceSan Pedro, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Denise Austin (née Katnich; born February 13, 1957) is an American fitness instructor, author, and columnist, and a former member of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports....  more
  • 13
    Basketball player

    Age47

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas

    NationalityNigeria, United States of America

    Ikenna Nwankwo (born December 27, 1973) is a Nigerian-American former professional basketball player. From Houston, Texas, he played college basketball with the UCLA Bruins, winning a national...  more
  • 14
    Actor, American football player

    AgeDec. at 34 (1944-1978)

    BirthplaceLos Angeles County, California, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Sheldon Lennard "Shelly" Novack (January 10, 1944 – May 27, 1978) was a professional American AFL player and actor....  more
  • 15

    Age77

    BirthplaceVentura, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    John Thomas McCook (born June 20, 1944) is an American actor best known for his roles on daytime soap operas....  more
  • 16
    Comedian, Film Producer

    Age52

    BirthplaceBellflower, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Wendi Anne McLendon-Covey (born Wendy Anne McLendon; October 10, 1969) is an American actress and comedian, known primarily for her work in comedic and improvisational roles and the character Beverly...  more

    #165 of 250 The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time#80 of 101 Celebrating The Funniest Women Of The 2010s

  • 17
    John Platt may refer to: John Platt (artist) (1886—1967), English artist John Platt (computer scientist), Google scientist John Platt (footballer), English goalkeeper John Platt (MP) (1817-1872),...  more
  • 18

    Age56

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Patrick Fabian (born December 7, 1964) is an American actor of film, stage and television. He is best known for his role on Better Call Saul as Howard Hamlin, the lawyer who, while cocky and...  more
  • 19
    Gilbert "Magu" Luján (October 16, 1940 – July 24, 2011) was a well known and influential Chicano sculptor, muralist and painter. He founded the famous Chicano collective Los Four that consisted of...  more
  • 20
    Basketball Coach, Coach

    Age74

    BirthplaceLong Beach, California

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Michael John Montgomery (born February 27, 1947) is a retired American basketball coach. He is best known for his 18-year tenure at Stanford (1986–2004), where he led the program to 12 NCAA...  more
  • 21
    Basketball player

    Age69

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    NationalityUnited States of America

    George Gervin (born April 27, 1952), nicknamed "The Iceman", is an American retired professional basketball player who played in both the American Basketball Association (ABA) and National Basketball...  more

    #207 of 289 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#50 of 1,316 The Best Athletes Of All Time#98 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time

  • 22
    Baseball player

    Age36

    BirthplaceDowney, California

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Evan Michael Longoria (born October 7, 1985), nicknamed Longo, is an American professional baseball third baseman for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in...  more
  • 23
    Screenwriter, Writer

    Age57

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Timothy P. Minear () (born October 29, 1963) is an American screenwriter and director. He has been nominated for four Emmy Awards (2013, 2014, 2015, 2017) for his role as an executive producer on...  more
  • 24
    Politician

    Age66

    BirthplaceBarstow, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Gloria J. Romero (born July 10, 1955) is active in the charter school industry in California, a former California State Senator and the Democratic majority leader of the California State Senate from...  more
  • 25
    Baseball player, Actor

    Age50

    BirthplaceWest Covina, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Jason Gilbert Giambi (; born January 8, 1971) is an American former professional baseball first baseman and designated hitter. In his Major League Baseball (MLB) career, which began in 1995, Giambi...  more

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