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List Rules People 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
Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter Carlos Mencia, born Ned Arnel Mencia, is a Honduran-born American comedian, writer, and actor. His style of comedy is often political and involves issues of race, culture, criminal justice, and ...more

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Edward James Olmos is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Film Producer Edward James Olmos is an American actor and director. Among his most memorable roles are William Adama in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, Lt. Martin Castillo in Miami Vice, teacher Jaime ...more

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Cheryl Tiegs is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Pin-up girl, Model, Supermodel Cheryl Rae Tiegs is an American model, actress, designer, author, and entrepreneur. Frequently described as the first American supermodel, Tiegs is best known for her multiple appearances on the ...more

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Billie Jean King is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Tennis player, Film Producer Billie Jean King is an American former World No. 1 professional tennis player. King won 39 Grand Slam titles, including 12 singles, 16 women's doubles, and 11 mixed doubles titles. King won the ...more

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Robert Vaughn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Actor Robert Francis Vaughn is an American actor noted for his stage, film and television work. His best-known TV roles include suave spy Napoleon Solo in the 1960s series The Man from U.N.C.L.E.; ...more

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Geri Glass is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
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Samuel T. Durrance is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Physicist, Scientist, Science writer Samuel Thornton Durrance is an American scientist who flew aboard two NASA Space Shuttle missions as a payload specialist.

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Walter E. Williams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Journalist, Professor, Author Walter Edward Williams is an American economist, commentator, and academic. He is the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University, as well as a syndicated ...more

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Maxine Waters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Politician, Teacher Maxine Moore Waters is the U.S. Representative for California's 43rd congressional district, and previously the 35th and 29th districts, serving since 1991. She is a member of the Democratic ...more

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Diane Watson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
College Administrator, Politician, Diplomat Diane Edith Watson is a former US Representative for California's 33rd congressional district, serving from 2003 until 2011. She is a member of the Democratic Party. The district is located ...more

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James A. Bell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Businessperson James A. Bell was formerly the President, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Boeing Company. He served as interim President and Chief Executive Officer of the Boeing on ...more

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Rosie Tran is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Writer Rosie Tran is an American stand-up comedian, model, actress, writer, and podcast host.

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Isaac Larian is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Film Producer Isaac Larian is the Chief Executive Officer of MGA Entertainment, the biggest privately owned toy company in the world.

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Jaime Escalante is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Teacher Jaime Alfonso Escalante Gutierrez was a Bolivian educator known for teaching students calculus from 1974 to 1991 at Garfield High School, East Los Angeles, California. Escalante was the subject ...more

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Joseph Wambaugh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Novelist, Screenwriter, Writer Joseph Aloysius Wambaugh, Jr. is a bestselling American writer known for his fictional and non-fictional accounts of police work in the United States. Several of his first novels were set in Los ...more

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Mitch Johnson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
American football player Mitchell Allen Johnson is a former American football offensive lineman in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, Los Angeles Rams and the Cleveland Browns. He ...more

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Sal Castro is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Teacher Salvador B. Castro was a Mexican-American educator and activist. He was most well known for his role in the 1968 East Los Angeles high school walkouts, a series of protests against unequal ...more

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Iliana Alcántar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni

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

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Daniel Knauf is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Comic book creator, Television producer, Screenwriter Daniel Knauf, sometimes credited under the pseudonyms Wilfred Schmidt and Chris Neal, is an American screenwriter, comic book writer, director and producer best known for his creation of the ...more

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Julian C. Dixon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Julian C. Dixon Politician Julian Carey Dixon was an American politician from the state of California.

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Juanita Millender-McDonald is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Politician, Teacher Juanita Millender-McDonald was an American politician who served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1996 until her death in 2007, representing California's 37th ...more

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Earl G. Yarbrough is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Educator Dr. Earl Glenn Yarbrough Sr. was the president of the Savannah State University from May 30, 2007 until May 8, 2011.

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Robin Shou is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Actor, Martial artist Shou Wan Por, known professionally as Robin Shou, is a Hong Kong martial artist and actor. In 1971, he and his family moved to southern California, where he attended Palm Springs High School. ...more

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Frank Zane is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Bodybuilder, Actor, Teacher Frank Zane is an American former professional bodybuilder and teacher.

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Steve Cooley is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Stephen Lawrence "Steve" Cooley is an American politician. He has been a prosecutor for 27 years, and was Los Angeles County District Attorney from 2000 to 2012, in which he defeated ...more

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Michael S. Harper is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Poet, Professor, Author Michael Steven Harper is an American poet from Brooklyn, who was the Poet Laureate of Rhode Island from 1988 to 1993. He has published ten books of poetry, two of which - Dear John, Dear ...more

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Carole Caldwell Graebner is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Tennis player Carole Caldwell Graebner was an American tennis player. According to Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, Graebner was ranked in the world top ten in 1964 and 1965, reaching a ...more

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Lucille Roybal-Allard is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Politician Lucille Elsa Roybal-Allard is the U.S. Representative for California's 40th congressional district, serving in Congress since 1993. She is a member of the Democratic Party. Since redistricting ...more

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Seymour Liebergot is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Writer Seymour "Sy" Abraham Liebergot is a retired NASA flight controller, serving during the Apollo program. Liebergot was an EECOM controller and was responsible for the electrical and ...more

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Jay Gibbons is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Jay Gibbons Baseball player Jay Jonathan Gibbons is a former American professional baseball outfielder in Major League Baseball. He played college baseball at California State University, Los Angeles and in the Major ...more

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Tommy Lister is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Wrestler, Film Producer, Actor Tommy "Tiny" Lister is an American character actor and retired professional wrestler known for his role as the neighborhood bully Deebo in the Friday trilogy series of movies and his ...more

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Joe Baca is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Politician, Public Relations Joe Natalio Baca was a U.S. Representative, last serving California's 43rd congressional district. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district, numbered as the 42nd from 1999 to 2003, ...more

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Octavia E. Butler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer Octavia Estelle Butler was an American science fiction writer. A multiple-recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula awards, Butler was one of the best-known women in the field. In 1995, she became ...more

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Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
American football player Walter Johnson was an American football defensive tackle who was drafted in the second round of the 1965 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He was a 3-time Pro Bowler, a pro wrestler, and played ...more

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Tom LaBonge is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Politician Thomas J. "Tom" LaBonge is an American politician. He is a member of the Los Angeles City Council representing the 4th district. He has served since 2001, winning a special election to ...more

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J. Paul Reddam is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Businessperson John Paul Reddam B.A. M.A. Ph.D. is a Canadian businessman, Thoroughbred racehorse owner, and a former professor of philosophy at California State University, Los Angeles.

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Shondrella Avery is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Actor Shondrella Akesan is an actress.

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Nabih Youssef is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Structural engineer Nabih Youssef, S.E., F.A.S.C.E is an Egyptian-American structural engineer, most recognized for his work in earthquake engineering.

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Mal Whitfield is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Malvin Greston Whitfield is an American former athlete. He was the Olympic champion in the 800 metres at the 1948 and 1952 Summer Olympics. Overall, he is a five-time Olympic medalist.

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Howard Kindig is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
American football player Howard Wayne Kindig, Jr. is a former American football defensive end who played ten seasons in the American Football League and the National Football League, mainly with the Buffalo Bills.

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John J. Benoit is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Politician John Joseph Benoit is a Republican member of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, who took office on December 1, 2009. A resident of Bermuda Dunes, his prior political experience includes ...more

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Ralph Anderson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Ralph Anderson American football player Ralph M. Anderson was an American college and professional football player. An offensive end, he played college football at Santa Monica College and Los Angeles State University, and played ...more

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Kara Brock is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Actor Kara Brock is an American television and film actress, who is perhaps best known for her recurring role as Regina Foster in the television series, The Parkers, where she portrayed a sorority ...more

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Elton Gallegly is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Elton Gallegly Politician Elton William Gallegly was a U.S. Representative, last serving California's 24th congressional district, and previously the 23rd and 21st, serving in Congress from 1987 to 2013. He is a member ...more

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John J Tracy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Dr. John J. Tracy is senior vice president of Engineering, Operations Technology and chief technology officer for The Boeing Company, responsible for defining and implementing corporate ...more

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Mike Burns is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Baseball player Michael John Burns is an American professional baseball pitcher who played in Major League Baseball for the Houston Astros, the Boston Red Sox, the Cincinnati Reds and the Milwaukee Brewers. He ...more

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Robert A. Underwood is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Robert A. Underwood Robert Anacletus Underwood is a Guamanian politician, educator, member of the Democratic Party of Guam, and former Delegate from Guam to the United States House of Representatives from 1993 to ...more

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Rosario Marin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Rosario Marin Rosario Marin was the 41st Treasurer of the United States from August 16, 2001, to June 30, 2003, serving under President George W. Bush. She is the first person since William Clark to assume ...more

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Martín Vásquez is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous California State University, Los Angeles Alumni
Coach Martín Vásquez Gómez is a Mexican-born American former professional football player and current coach. One of only two players to have featured for both the United States ...more