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Famous Colorado State University Alumni

List RulesPeople 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?”
  • 1

    John Amos

    Copywriter, Soldier

    Age81

    BirthplaceNewark, 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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  • 2
    Television director, Sailor

    AgeDec. at 77 (1920-1997)

    BirthplaceBethune, 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 portrayal of  ...more
  • 3

    James van Hoften

    Pilot, Astronaut

    Age77

    BirthplaceFresno, 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.  ...more
  • 4

    Kent Rominger

    Astronaut

    Age65

    BirthplaceDel 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 States Navy.  ...more
  • 5

    Keith Carradine

    Film Score Composer, Songwriter

    Age72

    BirthplaceSan 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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  • 6

    Walter Scott, Jr.

    Businessperson

    Age90

    BirthplaceOmaha, Nebraska

    Walter Scott Jr. (born May 21, 1931) is an American civil engineer, philanthropist, and former CEO of Peter Kiewit Sons' Incorporated.  ...more
  • 7

    Val Venis

    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 Federation/World  ...more

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  • 8

    John Ensign

    Politician, Veterinarian

    Age63

    BirthplaceUSA, California, Roseville

    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
  • 9
    Author, Imam

    AgeDec. at 40 (1971-2011)

    BirthplaceLas 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 that,  ...more
  • 10

    Kim Ung-yong

    Engineer

    Age59

    BirthplaceSouth 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.  ...more
  • 11

    Jean Bethke Elshtain

    Professor

    AgeDec. at 72 (1941-2013)

    BirthplaceWindsor, 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
  • 12

    Kevin Fitzgerald

    Veterinarian

    Age70

    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 visibility on  ...more
  • 13
    Prosecutor, Politician

    Age65

    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado, USA

    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 the  ...more
  • 14

    Jason Craft

    American football player

    Age45

    BirthplaceDenver, 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 Draft. He  ...more
  • 15

    J. Wayne Reitz

    Professor

    AgeDec. at 84 (1908-1993)

    BirthplaceOlathe, 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, master's  ...more
  • 16

    Joey Porter

    American football player

    Age44

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, United States of America

    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 for  ...more

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  • 17

    Wayne Allard

    Politician, Veterinarian

    Age77

    BirthplaceFort 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
  • 18

    Jon Rubinstein

    Engineer

    Age65

    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 portable music  ...more
  • 19
    Politician, Farmer

    Age66

    BirthplaceHavre, Montana, USA

    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 chair of  ...more
  • 20
    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
  • 21

    Henry Bellmon

    Statesman, Politician

    AgeDec. at 88 (1921-2009)

    BirthplaceTonkawa, Oklahoma, USA

    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 both the  ...more
  • 22
    American football player

    Age40

    BirthplaceSumter, 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. He  ...more
  • 23

    Erik Pears

    American football player

    Age39

    BirthplacePrice, 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
  • 24
    American football player

    Age42

    BirthplaceMiami, 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. Sapp  ...more
  • 25

    Joel Dreessen

    American football player

    Age39

    BirthplaceIda 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