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Famous California State University, Northridge Alumni

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

List features graduates like Eva Mendes, Alyson Hannigan and other famous CSUN alumni. That's what CSUN is known for!

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to California State University, Northridge?” and “Which celebrities are California State University, Northridge alumni?”

These celebs are Matadors for life!
  • 1

    Eva Mendes

    Spokesperson, Businessperson


    BirthplaceMiami, Florida, United States of America


    Eva de la Caridad Méndez (born March 5, 1974), known professionally as Eva Mendes (), is an American actress, model and businesswoman. Her acting career began in the late 1990s, with a series of...  more

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  • 2

    Paula Abdul

    Television producer, Singer-songwriter


    BirthplaceSan Fernando, California, USA


    Paula Julie Abdul (born June 19, 1962) is an American dancer, choreographer, singer, actress, and television personality. She began her career as a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers at the age...  more

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  • 3


    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., USA


    Alyson Lee Hannigan (born March 24, 1974) is an American actress and television presenter. She is best known for her roles as Willow Rosenberg on the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer...  more

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  • 4

    Mia St. John

    Businessperson, Model


    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America


    Mia Rosales St. John (born June 24, 1967) is an American Mexican professional boxer and former World Boxing Council (WBC) champion in the super welterweight division. She is also the IBA and IFBA...  more
  • 5

    Cheech Marin

    Comedian, Film Producer


    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America


    Alternative NameRichard 'Cheech' Marin^! Richard Anthony Marin^! Richard Marin^! Cheech Marin

    Richard Anthony "Cheech" Marín (born July 13, 1946) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice actor, writer and activist who gained recognition as part of the comedy act Cheech & Chong during...  more

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  • 6

    Jenny Shimizu

    Model, Actor


    BirthplaceSan Jose, California, USA


    Jenny Lynn Shimizu (born June 16, 1967) is an American model and actress from San Jose, California....  more

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  • 7

    Richard Dreyfuss

    Film Producer, Actor


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA


    Richard Stephen Dreyfuss (; né Dreyfus; born October 29, 1947) is an American actor best known for starring in popular films between the 1970s and 1990s, including American Graffiti, Jaws, Stand by...  more

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  • 8

    Cindy Margolis

    Pin-up girl, Model


    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA


    Cynthia Dawn "Cindy" Margolis (born October 1, 1965) is an American glamor spokesmodel and actress....  more

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  • 9

    Teri Garr

    Actor, Voice acting


    BirthplaceLakewood, Ohio, United States of America


    Teri Ann Garr (born December 11, 1944) is a retired American actress, singer, comedian, voice artist and dancer. She frequently appeared in comedic roles throughout her career, which spans four...  more

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  • 10

    Jenna Elfman

    Television producer, Actor


    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA


    Jennifer Mary "Jenna" Elfman (née Butala; born September 30, 1971) is an American actress, best known for her performances in television comedies. Her first leading role was in the short-lived ABC...  more

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  • 11

    Phil Hartman

    Comedian, Screenwriter

    AgeDec. at 50 (1948-1998)

    BirthplaceBrantford, Canada


    Alternative NamePhil Hartmann, Philip E. Hartmann, Phil Hartman

    Philip Edward Hartmann (September 24, 1948 – May 28, 1998) was a Canadian-American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and graphic artist. Born in Brantford, Ontario, Hartman and his family moved to the...  more

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  • 12

    Morris Chestnut

    Film Producer, Actor


    BirthplaceCerritos, California, USA


    Morris Lamont Chestnut Jr. (born January 1, 1969) is an American actor. He first came to attention for his role in the 1991 film Boyz N The Hood. He has appeared in feature films and on television...  more

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  • 13


    BirthplaceCanoga Park, Los Angeles, California, United States of America


    Deanne Bray (born 14 May 1971) is an American actress. Bray was born deaf and is bilingual in American Sign Language and English. She is best known for her role as Sue Thomas in the show Sue Thomas:...  more
  • 14

    Larry Wilcox

    Businessperson, Film Producer


    BirthplaceSan Diego, California, USA


    Larry Dee Wilcox (born August 8, 1947) is an American actor known for his role as California Highway Patrol Officer (later Captain) Jonathan "Jon" Baker in television series CHiPs, which ran from...  more
  • 15

    Gene Baur

    Activist, Entrepreneur


    Gene Baur (born July 24, 1962), formerly known as Gene Bauston, is an author and activist in the animal rights and food movement. He’s been called the "conscience of the food movement" by Time...  more
  • 16

    Rory Markas


    AgeDec. at 55 (1955-2010)

    BirthplaceHollywood, Los Angeles, California


    Rory Markas (December 20, 1955 – January 4, 2010) was an American sportscaster best known as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's play-by-play broadcaster for eight seasons and as the radio voice of...  more
  • 17

    Jillian Michaels

    Talk show host, Television producer


    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA


    Jillian Michaels (born February 18, 1974) is an American personal trainer, businesswoman, author and television personality from Los Angeles, California. Michaels is best known for her appearances on...  more

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  • 18
    Ralph Wild Larkin (born May 27, 1940) is an American sociologist and research consultant. He is the author of Suburban Youth in Cultural Crisis (1979), Beyond Revolution: A New Theory of Social...  more
  • 19

    Andy Summers

    Record producer, Guitarist


    BirthplacePoulton-le-Fylde, United Kingdom


    Andrew James Somers (born 31 December 1942), known professionally as Andy Summers, is an English guitarist who was a member of the rock band the Police. Summers has recorded solo albums, collaborated...  more

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  • 20


    BirthplaceBoyle Heights, Los Angeles, California


    Rodolfo Francisco Acuña, Ph.D., (born May 18, 1932) is an American historian, professor emeritus, and one of various scholars of Chicano studies, which he teaches at California State University,...  more
  • 21


    BirthplaceVan Nuys, California, USA


    Alternative NameKristen Cloke

    Kristen Ann Cloke (born September 2, 1968) is an American actress. She appeared in Space: Above and Beyond, and has acted in several small parts of other TV series as well as a role in Final...  more
  • 22

    Jimmy Delshad



    BirthplaceShiraz, Iran


    Jamshid "Jimmy" Delshad (Persian: جمشید دلشاد‎) is an Iranian-American politician in the state of California. He became Mayor of Beverly Hills on March 21, 2007 when he was sworn in by Fred Hayman,...  more
  • 23

    Ron Insana

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  • 24

    Robert Englund

    Television director, Actor


    BirthplaceGlendale, California, United States of America


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  • 25

    Kate McNeil

    Actor, Teacher


    BirthplaceUSA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


    Alternative NameKate McNeil^! Kathy McNeil

    Kate McNeil (born August 17, 1959) is an American actress. She starred in the CBS daytime soap opera As the World Turns from 1981 to 1984, and in 1983 had the leading role in the slasher film The...  more