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Famous Carnegie Mellon University Alumni

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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