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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Carnegie Mellon University and be of some renown.

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

This is a list that features graduates like Cote de Pablo and Matt Bomer.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Carnegie Mellon University?” and “Which celebrities are Carnegie Mellon University alumni?”

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Andy Warhol is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Sculptor, Illustrator, Painter Andy Warhol was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and ...more

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Ted Danson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Activist, Film Producer, Author Edward Bridge "Ted" Danson III is an American actor, author, and producer, well known for his role as lead character Sam Malone in the sitcom Cheers, and his role as Dr. John Becker on ...more

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Albert Brooks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Television director, Comedian, Screenwriter Albert Lawrence Brooks is an American actor, writer, comedian, and director. He received an Academy Award nomination in 1987 for his role in Broadcast News. His voice acting credits include ...more

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Blair Underwood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Actor Blair Erwin Underwood is an American television, film, and stage actor and director. He played headstrong attorney Jonathan Rollins on the NBC legal drama L.A. Law for seven years. He has ...more

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Jack Plotnick is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor Jack Stuart Plotnick is an American film and television actor, writer, and producer. Plotnick is best known for his recurring roles on Ellen and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, his role as part of the ...more

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Holly Hunter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Actor Holly Hunter is an American actress. For her performance as Ada McGrath in The Piano, Hunter received the Academy Award for Best Actress, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Golden ...more

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James Cromwell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Actor James Oliver Cromwell is an American film and television actor. Some of his more notable films include Babe, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, Star Trek: ...more

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Ethan Hawke is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Theatre Director, Novelist, Screenwriter Ethan Green Hawke is an American actor, writer and director. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards, both as an actor and a writer, and a Tony Award. Hawke has directed two feature films, ...more

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Cherry Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Actor Cherry Jones is an American actress who is most noted for her work on Broadway. She has won two Tony Awards, three Drama Desk Awards and an Emmy Award. Jones made her Broadway debut in the 1987 ...more

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Steven Bochco is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Businessperson, Television producer, Screenwriter Steven Ronald Bochco is a US television producer and writer. He has developed a number of popular television hits including Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, Doogie Howser, M.D., and NYPD Blue, as ...more

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George Peppard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Film Producer, Actor George Peppard, Jr. was an American film and television actor. Peppard secured a major role when he starred alongside Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's, portrayed a character based on ...more

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Patrick Wilson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Film Producer, Actor, Singer Patrick Joseph Wilson is an American actor and singer. Wilson has spent years singing lead roles in major Broadway musicals, beginning in 1996. In 2003, he appeared in the HBO miniseries Angels ...more

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Jack Klugman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Television director, Comedian, Screenwriter Jack Klugman was an American stage, film and television actor. Klugman began his career in 1950. He later moved on to television and film work with roles in 12 Angry Men and Cry Terror!. During ...more

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Barbara Feldon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Model, Actor, Writer Barbara Feldon is an American character actress who works mostly in the theatre, but is primarily known for her roles on television. Her most prominent role was that of Agent 99 on the 1960s ...more

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Ken Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Professor, Screenwriter, Inventor Kenneth Y. Goldberg is an American artist, writer, inventor, and researcher in the field of robotics and automation. He is the craigslist Distinguished Professor of New Media and Professor of ...more

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Shari Belafonte is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Model, Actor, Singer Shari Lynn Belafonte is an American actress, model, writer and singer. The raspy-voiced daughter of singer Harry Belafonte, she is known for her role as Julie Gilette on the 1980s television ...more

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Robert Dennard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Inventor, Electrical engineer, Engineer Robert Dennard is an American electrical engineer and inventor. Dennard was born in Terrell, Texas, U.S.. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist ...more

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Michael McKean is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Film Score Composer, Television director, Comedian Michael John McKean is an American actor, comedian, writer, composer and musician well known for his portrayal of Squiggy's friend, Leonard "Lenny" Kosnowski, on the sitcom Laverne ...more

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Stephanie Kwolek is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Chemist, Inventor Stephanie Louise Kwolek was an American chemist, whose career at the DuPont company covered over forty years. She is best known for inventing the first of a family of synthetic fibers of ...more

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Rob Marshall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Theatre Director, Film Producer, Choreographer Rob Marshall is an American theater director, film director and choreographer. His most noted work is the 2002 Academy Award for Best Picture winner Chicago, for which he won a Directors Guild ...more

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Earl Wild is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Pianist Earl Wild was an American pianist, renowned as a leading virtuoso of his generation. Harold C. Schonberg called him a "super-virtuoso in the Horowitz class". He was well known for his ...more

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Bruce Weitz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting Bruce Peter Weitz is an American actor. He is perhaps best known for his role as Sgt. Michael "Mick" Belker in the 1980s TV series Hill Street Blues for which he won an Emmy Award for ...more

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Vinod Khosla is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Venture capitalist Vinod Khosla is an American businessman listed by Forbes magazine as a billionaire. Khosla made his early fortune as one of the co-founders of Sun Microsystems, a company which created the Java ...more

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Zachary Quinto is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting Zachary John Quinto is an American actor and film producer. Quinto rose to prominence for his role as series antagonist Sylar in the science fiction drama Heroes from 2006 to 2010. He is also ...more

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Josh Groban is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter Joshua Winslow "Josh" Groban is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer. His first four solo albums have been certified multi-platinum, and he was charted in 2007 as ...more

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Allen Newell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Researcher, Computer scientist Allen Newell was a researcher in computer science and cognitive psychology at the RAND Corporation and at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science, Tepper School of Business, and ...more

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Judith Resnik is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Astronaut, Scientist, Engineer Judith Arlene Resnik was an American engineer and a NASA astronaut who died when the Space Shuttle Challenger was destroyed during the launch of mission STS-51-L. Resnik was the second American ...more

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Ming-Na Wen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting Ming-Na Wen; born November 20, 1963 is a Macau-born American actress. She has been credited with and without her family name, but most credits since the late 1990s have been without it. She has ...more

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Judith Light is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Actor Judith Ellen Light is an American actress and producer. She is a two-time Tony Award winner. Light made her professional stage debut in 1970, before making her Broadway debut in the 1975 revival ...more

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Jeffrey Scott Pierce is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Researcher Jeff Pierce is a research staff member in IBM Research at the Almaden Research Center in the User-Focused Systems (USER) group. Prior to joining IBM Research, he was an Assistant Professor in ...more

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William Atherton is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Actor William Atherton, born William Atherton Knight, is an American film, stage and television actor.

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Frank Gorshin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Comedian, Actor, Impressionist Frank John Gorshin, Jr. was an American character actor, impressionist, and comedian. He was perhaps best known as an impressionist, with many guest appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and ...more

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Matt Bomer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Actor Matthew Staton "Matt" Bomer is an American actor. He made his television debut with Guiding Light in 2001, and gained recognition with his recurring role in the NBC television series ...more

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Richard Wallace is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Programmer, Computer scientist Richard S. Wallace is an American author of AIML and Botmaster of A.L.I.C.E.. He is also the founder of the A.L.I.C.E Artificial Intelligence Foundation. Dr. Wallace's work has appeared in the ...more

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Aron Ralston is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Actor, Motivational speaker, Mountaineer Aron Lee Ralston is an American outdoorsman, engineer and motivational speaker. He survived a canyoneering accident in south-eastern Utah in 2003, during which he amputated his own right forearm ...more

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Michael Chabon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Novelist, Screenwriter, Author Michael Chabon is a Jewish American author and "one of the most celebrated writers of his generation," according to The Virginia Quarterly Review. Chabon's first novel, The Mysteries ...more

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Phylicia Rashād is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Theatre Director, Actor, Voice acting Phylicia Rashād is an American Tony Award-winning actress, singer and stage director, best known for her role as Clair Huxtable on the long-running NBC sitcom The Cosby Show. She was nominated ...more

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Cote de Pablo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Actor, Singer María José de Pablo Fernández, better known as Coté de Pablo, is a Chilean-American actress and recording artist. Born in Santiago, Chile, she moved to the United ...more

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David Lander is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Talent agent, Comedian, Musician David L. Lander is an American actor, comedian, composer, musician, and baseball scout. He has also worked as the Goodwill Ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He is best ...more

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Loudon Wainwright III is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Humorist, Musician, Singer-songwriter Loudon Snowden Wainwright III is a Grammy Award-winning American songwriter, folk singer, humorist, and actor. He is the father of musicians Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright and Lucy ...more

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John Cromwell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Film Producer, Actor, Film Director Elwood Dager Cromwell, known as John Cromwell, was an American film actor, director and producer.

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Sally Jessy Raphael is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Talk show host, Journalist, Film Producer Sally Lowenthal, better known as Sally Jessy Raphael, is an American talk show host known for her eponymous talk show program Sally, which she hosted for two decades, and for the bright red ...more

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Karen Lynn Gorney is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Singer-songwriter, Actor, Dancer Karen Lynn Gorney is an American actress, known for her roles on television and film.

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Alois Langer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Entrepreneur, Inventor, Scientist Alois A. Langer is an American biomedical engineer best known as one of the co-inventors of the Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator. Langer was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of ...more

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David Tepper is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Businessperson, Investor David Alan Tepper is an American hedge fund manager and the founder of Appaloosa Management. His investment specialty is distressed companies. In recent years he has become known as a ...more

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Manil Suri is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Professor, Author, Writer Manil Suri is an Indian-American mathematician and writer of a trilogy of novels all named for Hindu gods. His first novel, The Death of Vishnu, which was long-listed for the 2001 Booker Prize, ...more

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Nicole DeHuff is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Actor Nicole Renee DeHuff was an American actress.

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Jean Carson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Actor Jean Carson was an American stage, film and television actress best known for her work on the classic 1960s sitcom The Andy Griffith Show as one of the "fun girls".

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Kaitlin Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Actor, Teacher Kaitlin Hopkins is an American stage, screen, and television actress, the daughter of actress Shirley Knight and stage producer/director Gene Persson. Born in New York City, Hopkins was raised ...more

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Manuela M. Veloso is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni
Professor Manuela Maria Veloso is the Herbert A. Simon Professor in Computer Science and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University. She is the President-Elect of AAAI, and the Past President of the ...more