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

Items here include everything from Tom Hanks to Kayden Kross and other famous CSUS alumni.

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

Take a look at this list of Sac State alumni (Sacramento State alumni).
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Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous California State University, Sacramento Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 62

Birthplace: Concord, California, United States of America

Thomas Jeffrey Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American actor and filmmaker. Known for both his comedic and dramatic roles, Hanks is one of the most popular and recognizable film stars ...more

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Bridget Marquardt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous California State University, Sacramento Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Model

Age: 45

Birthplace: Tillamook, Oregon, United States of America

Bridget Christina Marquardt (née Sandmeier; born September 25, 1973) is an American television personality, model, paranormal investigator and actress, known for her role on the reality ...more

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Janice Rogers Brown is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous California State University, Sacramento Alumni
Judge

Age: 69

Birthplace: Greenville, Alabama, United States of America

Janice Rogers Brown (born May 11, 1949) is a former United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She was an Associate Justice of the ...more

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Ann Weldy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous California State University, Sacramento Alumni
Novelist, Writer

Age: 86

Birthplace: Joliet, Illinois

Ann Weldy (born September 15, 1932), better known by her pen name Ann Bannon, is an American author who, from 1957 to 1962, wrote six lesbian pulp fiction novels known as The Beebo Brinker ...more
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Ward Connerly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous California State University, Sacramento Alumni
Businessperson, Politician

Age: 79

Birthplace: Leesville, Louisiana

Wardell Anthony "Ward" Connerly (born June 15, 1939) is an American political activist, businessman, and former University of California Regent (1993–2005). He is also the founder and ...more
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Joan Lunden is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous California State University, Sacramento Alumni
Journalist, Newsreader, Screenwriter

Age: 68

Birthplace: Fair Oaks, California, United States of America

Joan Lunden (born Joan Elise Blunden on September 19, 1950) is an American journalist, an author, and a television host. Lunden was the co-host of ABC's Good Morning America from 1980 to 1997, ...more

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Lester Holt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous California State University, Sacramento Alumni
Journalist, Newsreader, Musician

Age: 59

Birthplace: USA, California

Lester Don Holt Jr. (born March 8, 1959) is an American journalist and news anchor for the weekday edition of NBC Nightly News and Dateline NBC. On June 18, 2015, Holt was made the permanent ...more
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Giselle Fernández... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous California State University, Sacramento Alumni
Journalist, Newsreader, Actor

Age: 57

Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Giselle Fernández (born May 15, 1961) is an American television journalist. Her appearances on network television include reporting and guest anchoring for CBS Early Show, CBS Evening ...more
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Carlos Alazraqui is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous California State University, Sacramento Alumni
Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter

Age: 56

Birthplace: USA, New York, Yonkers

Carlos Jaime Alazraqui (born July 20, 1962) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice actor, singer, impressionist, producer and screenwriter, possibly best known for his role as Deputy ...more
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Lonie Paxton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous California State University, Sacramento Alumni
Lonie Paxton American football player

Age: 37

Birthplace: Orange, California

Leonidas E. "Lonie" Paxton III (born March 13, 1978) is a former American football long snapper. He played college football at Sacramento State and was signed by the New England ...more
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Wayne Thiebaud is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous California State University, Sacramento Alumni
Artist

Age: 98

Birthplace: Mesa, Arizona

Wayne Thiebaud (born November 15, 1920) is an American painter widely known for his colorful works depicting commonplace objects—pies, lipsticks, paint cans, ice cream cones, pastries, and hot ...more
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Creed Bratton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous California State University, Sacramento Alumni
Musician, Actor

Age: 76

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Creed Bratton (born William Charles Schneider; February 8, 1943) is an American actor and musician. He is a former member of the band The Grass Roots, and is best known for playing Creed Bratton ...more
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Bruce Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous California State University, Sacramento Alumni
Bruce Cleveland focuses on investments in the software and services sector with a focus on analytic applications and Software as a Service (SaaS). Cleveland serves on the Board of Directors of ...more
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Steve Turre is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous California State University, Sacramento Alumni
Steve Turre Musician, Actor, Trombonist

Age: 70

Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America

Stephen Johnson Turre (born 12 September 1948 Omaha, Nebraska) is an American jazz trombonist and a pioneer of using seashells as instruments, a composer, arranger, and educator at the ...more
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Ricky Ray is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous California State University, Sacramento Alumni

Age: 39

Birthplace: Happy Camp, California

Ricky Ray (born October 22, 1979) is a former American professional Canadian football quarterback. Ray spent the majority of his professional career with the Edmonton Eskimos and Toronto ...more
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Ralph Goings is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous California State University, Sacramento Alumni
Ralph Goings Artist

Age: 90

Birthplace: Corning, California

Ralph Goings (May 9, 1928 – September 4, 2016) was an American painter closely associated with the Photorealism movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was best known for his highly ...more
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Ken O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous California State University, Sacramento Alumni
American football player

Age: 58

Birthplace: Rockville Centre, New York

Kenneth John O'Brien, Jr. (born November 27, 1960) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for the New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles. When he ...more

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Wally Herger is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous California State University, Sacramento Alumni
Politician

Age: 73

Birthplace: Yuba City, California, USA

Walter William Herger Jr. (born May 20, 1945) is an American politician. He was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from 1987 until 2013, representing California's ...more
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Graham Streeter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous California State University, Sacramento Alumni
Graham Streeter Screenwriter, Film Director

Age: 55

Graham Streeter (born January 22, 1964) is an American film director, screenwriter and cinematographer. Streeter was raised in northern California until high school. He lived in Osaka, Japan for ...more
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Aaron Garcia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous California State University, Sacramento Alumni
American football player

Age: 48

Birthplace: Sacramento, California

Aaron Garcia (born October 28, 1970) is a former professional American football quarterback who played nineteen seasons in the Arena Football League (AFL). He played college football at ...more
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Buck Martinez is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous California State University, Sacramento Alumni
Manager, Baseball player, Sports commentator

Age: 70

Birthplace: Redding, California, United States of America

John Albert "Buck" Martinez (born November 7, 1948) is an American former professional baseball catcher and manager, and is currently the television play-by-play announcer for the ...more
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Joe Carnahan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous California State University, Sacramento Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: 49

Birthplace: USA, California, Sacramento

Joseph Aaron Carnahan (born May 9, 1969) is an American independent film director, screenwriter, producer and actor best known for his films Blood, Guts, Bullets and Octane, Narc, Smokin' Aces, ...more
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Joe Serna, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous California State University, Sacramento Alumni
Joe Serna, Jr. Politician, Professor

Age: Dec. at 60 (1939-1999)

Birthplace: Stockton, California, United States of America

Joe Serna Jr. (September 3, 1939 – November 7, 1999) was an American educator and civil rights activist who served as the 52nd mayor of Sacramento, California from 1992 until his death in 1999.
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Joanna Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous California State University, Sacramento Alumni

Age: 36

Joanna Hernandez (born March 8, 1983) appeared on the first season of Oxygen Network's "Bad Girls Club".  Her first appearance on the show was March 28, 2007.  Hernandez is ...more
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Mel Ramos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous California State University, Sacramento Alumni
Artist

Age: 83

Birthplace: Sacramento, California

Melvin John Ramos (July 24, 1935 – October 14, 2018) was an American figurative painter, specializing most often in paintings of female nudes, whose work incorporates elements of realist and ...more