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

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

Examples of graduates on this list include John Cassavetes and Bob Balaban.

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

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John Cassavetes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter John Nicholas Cassavetes was an American actor, film director and screenwriter. Cassavetes was a pioneer of American independent film, by writing and directing over a dozen movies, some of which ...more

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Charles Evans Hughes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Judge, Politician, Lawyer Charles Evans Hughes Sr. was an American statesman, lawyer and Republican politician from New York. He served as the 36th Governor of New York, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the ...more

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Andy Rooney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Commentator, Journalist, Writer Andrew Aitken "Andy" Rooney was an American radio and television writer. He was best known for his weekly broadcast "A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney," a part of the CBS News ...more

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Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Politician Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. was a Baptist pastor and an American politician, who represented Harlem, New York City, in the United States House of Representatives. He was the first person from New ...more

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Cris Kobryn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Computer scientist Cris Kobryn is an American technologist, system architect and entrepreneur who specializes in advanced software and systems development.

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Kevin Heffernan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter Kevin Heffernan is an American actor, writer, producer, and director, and member of the Broken Lizard comedy group.

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John Dean is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Author, Lawyer John Wesley Dean III served as White House Counsel for United States President Richard Nixon from July 1970 until April 1973. In this position, he became deeply involved in events leading up to ...more

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Harry Emerson Fosdick is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Preacher "Harry Emerson Fosdick" was an American pastor. Fosdick became a central figure in the "Fundamentalist-Modernist Controversy" within American Protestantism in the 1920s and ...more

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Ben Cohen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur Bennett "Ben" Cohen is an American businessman, activist, and philanthropist. He is a co-founder of the ice cream company Ben & Jerry's.

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Chase Carey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Businessperson Chase Carey is the President and Chief Operating Officer of 21st Century Fox, a major international media conglomerate.

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Tom Dine is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Tom Dine is the senior policy advisor at Israel Policy Forum, assisting with policy, programming, and development decision-making in the Washington office. Dine had served as chief executive ...more

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J. Darius Bikoff is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Businessperson John Darius Bikoff is an American entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Energy Brands. He was born to an American father and an Iranian mother. In 2007, Bikoff sold Energy Brands to The Coca-Cola ...more

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Bob Balaban is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter Robert Elmer "Bob" Balaban is an American actor, author, producer, and director.

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Bob Woodruff is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Journalist, Newsreader Robert Warren "Bob" Woodruff is an American television journalist. His career in journalism dates back to 1989, and he is widely known for succeeding Peter Jennings as co-anchor of ABC ...more

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Jay Chandrasekhar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Television director, Comedian, Film Producer Jayanth Jambulingam "Jay" Chandrasekhar is an American actor, comedian, writer, and director best known for his work with the sketch comedy group Broken Lizard and for directing and ...more

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Monica Crowley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Author, Presenter Monica Crowley is an American conservative political commentator, talk radio personality, and author. She is probably best known for her appearances on Fox News. She is also an occasional ...more

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Andrew Hill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Jazz Pianist, Pianist, Sideman Andrew Hill was an American jazz pianist and composer. Jazz critic John Fordham described Hill as a "uniquely gifted composer, pianist and educator" although "his status remained ...more

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Kevin Phillips is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Commentator, Author, Strategist Kevin Price Phillips is an American writer and commentator on politics, economics, and history. Formerly a Republican Party strategist before becoming an Independent, Phillips became disaffected ...more

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Ken Blanchard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Businessperson, Manager, Author Kenneth Hartley Blanchard is an American author and management expert. His book The One Minute Manager has sold over 13 million copies and has been translated into 37 languages. He has ...more

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Peter C. Browning is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Businessperson Peter C. Browning has been a board member of Wachovia since 2001. He is the lead director of Nucor Corporation, a steel products manufacturing company in Charlotte, N.C.

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William Valentine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Missionary, Minister of religion William Orison Valentine was an innovative educator and missionary in service of the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society who established and served as first president of Jaro Industrial ...more

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Howard Fineman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Editor, Journalist 'Howard Fineman is an American journalist who is editorial director of the AOL Huffington Post Media Group. Prior to his move to Huffington Post in October 2010, he was Newsweeks Chief Political ...more

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Mike Milbury is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Coach, Sports commentator Michael James Milbury is an American sportscaster currently working as an ice hockey analyst for the New England Sports Network, Hockey Night in Canada and the NHL on NBC. He played twelve ...more

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John P. Arle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Businessperson John P. Arle, is a vice president of Delphi Corporation and treasurer. He is also a member of the Delphi Strategy Board, the company's top policy-making group.

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Michael A. Hiltzik is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Journalist, Editing, Author Michael A. Hiltzik is a Pulitzer-prize winning writer.

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Charles Addams is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Cartoonist, Artist Charles Samuel "Chas" Addams was an American cartoonist known for his darkly humorous and macabre characters. Some of the recurring characters, who became known as The Addams Family, ...more

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Gloria Borger is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Commentator, Journalist Gloria Anne Borger is an American political pundit, journalist and columnist. Borger was previously a contributing editor and columnist for US News and World Report magazine and is now Chief ...more

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Chris Hedges is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Journalist, Author, Writer Christopher Lynn "Chris" Hedges is an American journalist, activist, author, Presbyterian minister and humanitarian. Hedges is also known as the best-selling author of several books ...more

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Dalton McGuinty, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Politician Dalton James Patrick McGuinty, Sr. was a politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a Liberal of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1987 to 1990. He represented the riding of Ottawa South. He ...more

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Chris Paine is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Chris Paine Film Producer, Screenwriter, Film Director Chris Paine is an American filmmaker. His most notable works to date as director are the documentaries Who Killed the Electric Car? and Revenge of the Electric Car.

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Eugene Robinson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
American football player Eugene Keefe Robinson is a former professional American football player who played free safety. He played collegiately at Colgate University. In his 16-year NFL career, Robinson played for the ...more

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William P. Rogers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Lawyer William Pierce Rogers was an American politician, who served as a cabinet officer in the administrations of two U.S. presidents in the third quarter of the 20th century.

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Mark van Eeghen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
American football player Mark van Eeghen, is an American football player, who played ten years in the National Football League, including making two Super Bowl appearances. He was a member of the Oakland Raiders and for ...more

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Adonal Foyle is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Basketball player Adonal David Foyle is a retired Vincentian-American professional basketball center. He was selected by the Golden State Warriors with the eighth overall selection of the 1997 NBA Draft. He ...more

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Mr. Lif is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Rapper, Music Producer Jeffrey Haynes, better known by his stage name Mr. Lif, is an American hip hop artist from Boston, Massachusetts. Often noted for his political lyrics, he has released two studio albums on ...more

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Oswald Avery is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Physician Oswald FRS was a Canadian-born American physician and medical researcher. The major part of his career was spent at the Rockefeller University Hospital in New York City. Avery was one of the ...more

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Walter B. Gibson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer Walter Brown Gibson was an American author and professional magician, best known for his work on the pulp fiction character The Shadow. Gibson, under the pen-name Maxwell Grant, wrote "more ...more

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Louis Frey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Lawyer Louis Frey, Jr., is an American politician and a Republican former member of the United States House of Representatives, who served from 1969 until 1979. He represented Florida's 5th ...more

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W. Sterling Cole is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
W. Sterling Cole Politician William Sterling Cole was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from New York.

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Alan A. Jones is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Chemist Alan Anthony Jones was an American professor of chemistry at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. During his more than thirty years at Clark he served as a mentor and advisor to ...more

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Maurice A. East is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Political scientist

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Jon Alpert is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Television director, Journalist, Television producer Jon Alpert is an American journalist and documentary filmmaker, known for his use of a cinéma vérité approach in his films.

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Andy McDonald is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Ice Hockey Player Andy McDonald is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. He played for the Anaheim Ducks and the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League, winning the Stanley Cup with Anaheim in

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Paul Soter is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor Paul Soter is an American actor, writer, and director, and one of the members of the Broken Lizard comedy group. As a child, he lived in Sacramento, Anchorage, Phoenix, and Denver. He graduated ...more

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Daniel N. Robinson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Daniel N. Robinson Philosopher Daniel N. Robinson is a philosopher who is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Georgetown University and a Fellow of the Faculty of Philosophy, Oxford University.

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James Howard Holmes is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
James Howard Holmes James Howard Holmes was born April 1, 1943, the second son of the Rev. Robert Usher and Bertha Jeannette Cook Holmes. He is a 1965 graduate of Colgate University, as well as, a graduate of Johns ...more

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Robert Rodat is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Television producer, Screenwriter, Film Editor Robert Rodat is an American film and television writer and television producer.

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Gregory J. Fleming is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Gregory J. Fleming is president and chief operating office of Merrill Lynch. He is responsible for oversight of all of the company's operating businesses and related support services.

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Gillian Vigman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor Gillian Vigman is an American comic actress. Vigman is most recognizable for her role as "Jack's Wife" in many Jack in the Box commercials but is also notable for her membership in the ...more

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Charles Franklin Phillips is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Economist Charles Franklin Phillips was the fourth president of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and a well known economist and author. Phillips was born in New York. He went on to earn a bachelor's ...more