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Famous Colorado State University Alumni

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

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

Examples of graduates on this list include Keith Carradine and Becky Hammon.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Colorado State University?” and “Which celebrities are Colorado State University alumni?”
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John Amos is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Colorado State University Alumni
Copywriter, Soldier, Theatrical producer

Age: 79

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

John Allen Amos Jr. (born December 27, 1939) is an American actor known for his roles as James Evans, Sr. on the CBS television series Good Times and in the 1977 miniseries, Roots, for which he ...more

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Denver Pyle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Colorado State University Alumni
Television director, Sailor, Actor

Age: Dec. at 77 (1920-1997)

Birthplace: Bethune, Colorado, USA

Denver Dell Pyle (May 11, 1920 – December 25, 1997) was an American film and television actor. He was well-known for a number of TV roles from the 1960s through the 1980s, including his ...more
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James van Hoften is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Colorado State University Alumni
Pilot, Astronaut, Fighter pilot

Age: 74

Birthplace: Fresno, California

James Dougal Adrianus "Ox" van Hoften, Ph.D. (born June 11, 1944) is an American civil and hydraulic engineer, retired U.S. Navy officer and aviator, and a former astronaut for NASA.
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Kent Rominger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Colorado State University Alumni
Kent Rominger Astronaut

Age: 62

Birthplace: Del Norte, Colorado

Kent Vernon "Rommel" Rominger (born August 7, 1956) is an American former astronaut, former NASA Chief of the Astronaut Office at Johnson Space Center, and a Captain in the United ...more
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Keith Carradine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Colorado State University Alumni
Keith Carradine Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Film Producer

Age: 66

Birthplace: San Mateo, California, United States of America

Keith Ian Carradine (born August 8, 1949) is an American actor, singer and songwriter who has had success on stage, film and television. He is known for his roles as Tom Frank in Robert Altman's ...more

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Walter Scott, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Colorado State University Alumni
Businessperson

Age: 88

Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska

Walter Scott Jr. (born May 21, 1931) is an American civil engineer, philanthropist, and former CEO of Peter Kiewit Sons' Incorporated.
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Val Venis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Colorado State University Alumni
Val Venis

Age: 47

Sean Allen Morley (born March 6, 1971), better known by the ring name Val Venis, is a Canadian professional wrestler. He is best known for his appearances with the World Wrestling ...more

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John Ensign is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Colorado State University Alumni
Politician, Veterinarian

Age: 60

Birthplace: Roseville, California, USA

John Eric Ensign (born March 25, 1958) is an American veterinarian and former politician based in Las Vegas, Nevada. A member of the Republican Party, Ensign was a Congressman and United States ...more
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Anwar al-Aulaqi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Colorado State University Alumni
Author, Imam, Preacher

Age: Dec. at 40 (1971-2011)

Birthplace: Las Cruces, New Mexico

Anwar al-Awlaki (also spelled al-Aulaqi, al-Awlaqi; Arabic: أنور العولقي‎ Anwar al-‘Awlaqī; April 21/22, 1971 – September 30, 2011) was a Yemeni-American imam. U.S. government officials allege ...more
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Kim Ung-yong is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Colorado State University Alumni
Engineer

Age: 56

Birthplace: South Korea

Kim Ung-Yong (Hangul: 김웅용; born March 8, 1962) is a South Korean professor and former child prodigy, who once held the Guinness World Record for highest IQ, at a score of 210.
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Jean Bethke Elshtain is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Colorado State University Alumni
Jean Bethke Elshtain Professor

Age: Dec. at 72 (1941-2013)

Birthplace: Windsor, Colorado

Jean Bethke Elshtain (January 6, 1941–August 11, 2013) was an American ethicist, political philosopher, and public intellectual. She was the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and ...more
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Kevin Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Colorado State University Alumni
Veterinarian

Age: 67

Kevin Terrel Fitzgerald (born September 23, 1951), a board certified veterinarian who works at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in his native Denver, Colorado is best known through his ...more
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Bill Ritter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Colorado State University Alumni
Prosecutor, Politician, Lawyer

Age: 62

Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States of America

August William Ritter (born September 6, 1956) is an American politician and lawyer who served as the 41st Governor of Colorado from 2007 to 2011. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as ...more
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Jason Craft is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Colorado State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 43

Birthplace: Denver, Colorado

Jason Donell Andre Craft (born February 13, 1976 in Denver, Colorado) is a former American football cornerback. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fifth round of the 1999 NFL ...more
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J. Wayne Reitz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Colorado State University Alumni
Professor

Age: Dec. at 85 (1908-1993)

Birthplace: Olathe, Kansas

Julius Wayne Reitz (December 31, 1908 – December 24, 1993) was an American agricultural economist, professor and university president. Reitz was a native of Kansas, and earned bachelor's, ...more
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Joey Porter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Colorado State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 41

Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Joseph Eugene Porter (born March 22, 1977) is a former American football linebacker who played thirteen seasons in the National Football League (NFL), and is a former outside linebackers coach ...more

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Wayne Allard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Colorado State University Alumni
Politician, Veterinarian

Age: 75

Birthplace: Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

Alan Wayne Allard (born December 2, 1943) is an American veterinarian who represented Colorado in the House and Senate before honoring a Term Limits promise. A member of the Republican Party, he ...more
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Jon Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Colorado State University Alumni
Engineer

Age: 62

Jonathan J. "Jon" Rubinstein (born October 1956) is an American computer scientist and electrical engineer who played an instrumental role in the development of the iMac and iPod, the ...more
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Brian Schweitzer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Colorado State University Alumni
Politician, Farmer

Age: 63

Birthplace: Havre, Montana, United States of America

Brian David Schweitzer (born September 4, 1955) is an American politician who served as the 23rd Governor of Montana from January 5, 2005, to January 7, 2013. Schweitzer served for a time as ...more
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Richard N. Nottenburg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Colorado State University Alumni
Businessperson
Richard N. Nottenburg, Ph. D., is executive vice president and chief strategy officer for Motorola, Inc.,. He oversees corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, Motorola Ventures, business ...more
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Henry Bellmon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Colorado State University Alumni
Statesman, Politician

Age: Dec. at 88 (1921-2009)

Birthplace: Tonkawa, Oklahoma, United States of America

Henry Louis Bellmon (September 3, 1921 – September 29, 2009) was an American Republican politician from the U.S. state of Oklahoma. A member of the Oklahoma Legislature, he went on to become ...more
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Dexter Wynn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Colorado State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 37

Birthplace: Sumter, South Carolina

Dexter Maurice Wynn (born February 25, 1981) is an American football cornerback who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the sixth round of the 2004 NFL Draft. ...more
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Erik Pears is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Colorado State University Alumni
Erik Pears American football player

Age: 36

Birthplace: Price, Utah

Erik Anders Pears (born June 25, 1982) is an American football offensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2005. He played ...more
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Cecil Sapp is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Colorado State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 40

Birthplace: Miami, Florida

Cecil Sapp (born December 23, 1978) is a former American football fullback. He was signed by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2003. He played college football at Colorado State. ...more
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Joel Dreessen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Colorado State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 33

Birthplace: Ida Grove, Iowa

Joel Clifford Dreessen (born July 26, 1982) is a former American football tight end. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the sixth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at ...more