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Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni

Updated July 22, 2019 13.4k views80 items

List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to California State University, Los Angeles and be of some renown.

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

List features Cheryl Tiegs, Robert Vaughn and more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to California State University, Los Angeles?” and “Which celebrities are California State University, Los Angeles alumni?”
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    Carlos Mencia is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni

    Carlos Mencia

    Comedian, Television producer

    Age52

    BirthplaceSan Pedro Sula, Honduras

    Ned Arnel Mencia (born October 22, 1967), known professionally as Carlos Mencia (and... more

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    #387 of 489 Things That Are Not As Cool As People Think They Are#1 of 11 Stand-Up Comedians That People Love To Hate

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    Edward James Olmos is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni

    Edward James Olmos

    Television director, Television producer

    Age73

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Edward James Olmos (born February 24, 1947) is an American actor, director, producer, and... more

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    #188 of 301 The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)#171 of 595 American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures

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    Cheryl Tiegs is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni

    Cheryl Tiegs

    Pin-up girl, Model

    Age73

    BirthplaceBreckenridge, Minnesota, United States of America

    Cheryl Rae Tiegs (born September 25, 1947) is an American model and fashion designer.... more

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    #20 of 131 The Hottest California Models of All Time#17 of 100 The Most Beautiful Women Of The '70s

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    Billie Jean King is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni

    Billie Jean King

    Tennis player, Film Producer

    Age76

    BirthplaceLong Beach, California, United States of America

    Billie Jean King (née Moffitt; born November 22, 1943) is an American former World No. 1... more

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    #196 of 201 Famous Women You'd Want to Have a Beer With#198 of 319 The Most Inspiring (Non-Hollywood) Female Role Models

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    Robert Vaughn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni

    Age87

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Robert Francis Vaughn (November 22, 1932 – November 11, 2016) was an American actor noted for... more

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    #368 of 1,030 The Best Actors in Film History#731 of 1,883 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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    Samuel T. Durrance is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni

    Samuel T. Durrance

    Physicist, Scientist

    Age77

    BirthplaceTallahassee, Florida

    Samuel Thornton Durrance (Ph.D.) is an American scientist who flew aboard two NASA Space... more
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    Walter E. Williams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni

    Walter E. Williams

    Journalist, Professor

    Age84

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    Walter Edward Williams (born March 31, 1936) is an American economist, commentator, and... more
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    Maxine Waters is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni

    Maxine Waters

    Politician, Teacher

    Age82

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

    Maxine Moore Waters (née Carr, August 15, 1938) is an American politician serving as the U.S.... more
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    Diane Watson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni

    Diane Watson

    College Administrator, Politician

    Age86

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Diane Edith Watson (born November 12, 1933) is a former US Representative for California's... more
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    James A. Bell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni

    James A. Bell

    Businessperson

    Age72

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    James A. Bell (born June 4, 1948) is a retired American executive of The Boeing Company. Bell... more
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    Rosie Tran is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni

    Age36

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    Rosie Tran (born January 11, 1984 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American stand-up comedian,... more
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    Isaac Larian is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni

    Isaac Larian

    Film Producer

    Age66

    BirthplaceKashan, Iran

    Isaac Larian (Persian: اسحاق لاریان‎, born March 28, 1954) is an Iranian-born American... more
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    Jaime Escalante is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni

    AgeDec. at 80 (1930-2010)

    BirthplaceLa Paz, Bolivia

    Jaime Alfonso Escalante Gutierrez (December 31, 1930 – March 30, 2010) was an American... more
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    Joseph Wambaugh is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni

    Joseph Wambaugh

    Novelist, Screenwriter

    Age83

    BirthplaceEast Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Joseph Aloysius Wambaugh, Jr. (born January 22, 1937) is a bestselling American writer known... more
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    Mitch Johnson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni

    Mitch Johnson

    American football player

    Age78

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Mitchell Allen Johnson (born March 1, 1942) is a former American football offensive tackle in... more
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    Sal Castro is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni

    Sal Castro

    Teacher

    AgeDec. at 80 (1933-2013)

    Salvador B. Castro (October 25, 1933 – April 15, 2013) was a Mexican-American educator and... more
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    Iliana Alcántar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
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    Alejandro Briseno is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Alejandro Briseno is Assistant Professor in Polymer Science and Engineering at the University... more
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    Daniel Knauf is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni

    Daniel Knauf

    Comic book creator, Television producer

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Daniel Knauf, sometimes credited under the pseudonyms Wilfred Schmidt and Chris Neal, is an... more
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    Julian C. Dixon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni

    Julian C. Dixon

    Politician

    AgeDec. at 66 (1934-2000)

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    Julian Carey Dixon (August 8, 1934 – December 8, 2000) was an American politician from the... more
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    Juanita Millender-McDonald is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni

    Juanita Millender-McDonald

    Politician, Teacher

    AgeDec. at 69 (1938-2007)

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama, United States of America

    Juanita Millender-McDonald (September 7, 1938 – April 22, 2007) was an American politician who... more
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    Earl G. Yarbrough is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni

    Age74

    BirthplaceWichita, Kansas

    Earl Glenn Yarbrough Sr. (born 1946) was a former president of the Savannah State University... more
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    Robin Shou is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni

    Robin Shou

    Actor, Martial artist

    Age60

    BirthplaceChina, Hong Kong, Eurasia, Asia

    Shou Wan Por (Chinese: 仇雲波, born July 17, 1960), known professionally as Robin Shou, is a Hong... more
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    Frank Zane is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni

    Frank Zane

    Bodybuilder, Actor

    Age78

    BirthplaceKingston, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Frank Zane (born June 28, 1942) is an American former professional bodybuilder and author. He... more
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    Steve Cooley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni

    Steve Cooley

    Politician, Lawyer

    Age73

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Stephen Lawrence Cooley (born May 1, 1947) is an American politician and prosecutor. He was... more
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