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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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Steven Spielberg is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous California State University, Long Beach Alumni
Television director, Businessperson, Television producer

Age: 72

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United 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 ...more

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Chris Carter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous California State University, Long Beach Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 61

Birthplace: Bellflower, California, United 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 ...more
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J. P. Calderon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous California State University, Long Beach Alumni
Model, Athlete

Age: 43

Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United 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 ...more

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Richard Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous California State University, Long Beach Alumni
Film Score Composer, Arranger, Record producer

Age: 72

Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United 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 ...more

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Peter Moore is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous California State University, Long Beach Alumni

Age: 64

Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom

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 ...more
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Terrell Davis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous California State University, Long Beach Alumni
American football player

Age: 43

Birthplace: San Diego, California, United 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 ...more

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Stan Winston is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous California State University, Long Beach Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter

Age: Dec. at 62 (1946-2008)

Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United 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 ...more
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Erin Gruwell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous California State University, Long Beach Alumni
Author, Motivational speaker, Teacher

Age: 49

Birthplace: California, United 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 ...more
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Betye Saar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous California State University, Long Beach Alumni
Artist

Age: 92

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

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 ...more
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John G. Schmitz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous California State University, Long Beach Alumni
Politician, Professor

Age: Dec. at 71 (1930-2001)

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

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 ...more
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Maulana Karenga is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous California State University, Long Beach Alumni
Professor, Author, Writer

Age: 77

Birthplace: Parsonsburg, Maryland, Maryland, United 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
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Denise Austin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous California State University, Long Beach Alumni
Fitness professional, Entrepreneur, Personal trainer

Age: 62

Birthplace: San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, United 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
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Ike Nwankwo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous California State University, Long Beach Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 45

Birthplace: Houston, Texas

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
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Shelly Novack is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous California State University, Long Beach Alumni
Actor, American football player

Age: Dec. at 34 (1944-1978)

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Sheldon Lennard "Shelly" Novack (January 10, 1944 – May 27, 1978) was a professional American AFL player and actor.
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John McCook is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous California State University, Long Beach Alumni
Actor

Age: 74

Birthplace: Ventura, California, USA

John Thomas McCook (born June 20, 1944) is an American actor best known for his roles on daytime soap operas.
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Wendi McLendon-Covey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous California State University, Long Beach Alumni
Wendi McLendon-Covey Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter

Age: 49

Birthplace: Bellflower, California, United 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 ...more

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John Platt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous California State University, Long Beach Alumni

Age: 56

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Patrick Fabian is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous California State University, Long Beach Alumni
Actor

Age: 54

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, USA, Pennsylvania

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
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Gilbert Luján is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous California State University, Long Beach Alumni
Gilbert Luján

Age: Dec. at 71 (1940-2011)

Birthplace: French Camp, California

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 ...more
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Mike Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous California State University, Long Beach Alumni
Basketball Coach, Coach

Age: 72

Birthplace: Long Beach, California

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
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George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous California State University, Long Beach Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 66

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

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 ...more

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Evan Longoria is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous California State University, Long Beach Alumni
Baseball player

Age: 33

Birthplace: Downey, California

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 ...more
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Tim Minear is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous California State University, Long Beach Alumni
Screenwriter, Writer

Age: 55

Birthplace: New York City, New York

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 ...more
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Gloria Romero is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous California State University, Long Beach Alumni
Politician

Age: 63

Birthplace: Barstow, California, United 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 ...more
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Jason Giambi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous California State University, Long Beach Alumni
Baseball player, Actor

Age: 48

Birthplace: West Covina, California, United 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, ...more

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