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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Columbia College Chicago and be of some renown.

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

List features Michelle Monaghan, Nelsan Ellis and more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Columbia College Chicago?” and “Which celebrities are Columbia College Chicago alumni?”
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Matt Skiba is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician

Age: 42

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Matthew Thomas Skiba (born February 24, 1976) is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for his role as the co-lead vocalist and guitarist of the bands Alkaline Trio and ...more

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Michelle Monaghan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Fashion Model, Film Producer, Actor

Age: 42

Birthplace: Winthrop, Iowa, United States of America

Michelle Lynn Monaghan (born March 23, 1976) is an American actress. She is best known for her starring roles in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005), Gone Baby Gone (2007), Made of Honor (2008), Eagle ...more

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Andy Richter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Announcer, Comedian, Television producer

Age: 52

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Grand Rapids

Paul Andrew Richter (born October 28, 1966) is an American actor, voice actor, writer, comedian, and late night talk show announcer. He is best known for his role as the sidekick of Conan ...more

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Erica Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Film Producer, Model, Actor

Age: 40

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

Erica Hubbard (born January 2 1979) is an American actress and model. Hubbard is best known for her roles as Kiana Anderson in 2006's Akeelah and the Bee, Cassandra "Cassie" Sutton on ...more
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Pat Sajak is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Talk show host, Television producer, Game Show Host

Age: 72

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Pat Sajak ( SAY-jak, born Patrick Leonard Sajdak; October 26, 1946) is an American television personality, former weatherman, and talk show host, best known as the host of the American ...more

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Jake Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Actor

Age: 29

Birthplace: Fort Collins, Colorado, United States of America

Jake Matthew Lloyd, also known as Jake Broadbent, (born March 5, 1989) is an American former child actor who played Anakin Skywalker in the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, ...more

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Genndy Tartakovsky is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Screenwriter

Age: 49

Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Genndy Tartakovsky (; born January 17, 1970) is a Russian-American animator, director, producer, screenwriter, storyboard artist, comic book writer and artist. He is the creator of the Cartoon ...more
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Kyle Kinane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: 42

Kyle Christian Kinane (born December 23, 1976) is an American stand-up comedian, actor and voice actor from Addison, Illinois.
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Janusz Kamiński is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Cinematographer, Film Director

Age: 59

Birthplace: Ziębice, Poland

Janusz Zygmunt Kamiński (Polish: [ˌjanuʂ kaˈmiɲskʲi]; born June 27, 1959) is a Polish cinematographer and director of film and television, who started his career in the United States. He rose to ...more
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Ducis Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Journalist, TV Journalist, Sports commentator
Ducis Rodgers is an American sportscaster for WPVI-TV in Philadelphia. Prior to joining the Action News sports team in 2012, from 2003-2009 Rodgers worked at WCBS-TV as a sports director. He ...more
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Nelsan Ellis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Film Producer, Actor, Playwright

Age: 40

Birthplace: Harvey, Illinois, United States of America

Nelsan Ellis (November 30, 1977 – July 8, 2017) was an American actor and playwright. He achieved critical acclaim for his portrayal of Lafayette Reynolds in the HBO television series True Blood ...more

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Rhymefest is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Rapper

Age: 41

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Che Smith (born July 6, 1977), better known by his stage name Rhymefest, is an American hip hop artist, philanthropist, and politician from Chicago, Illinois, whose first official album, Blue ...more

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John McNaughton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Television director, Film Director

Age: 69

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

John McNaughton (born January 13, 1950) is an American film and television director, originally from Chicago, Illinois, known for his first film Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.
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Larry Heinemann is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Memoirist, Novelist

Age: 75

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Larry Heinemann (born 1944) is an American novelist born and raised in Chicago. His published work—three novels and a memoir—is primarily concerned with the Vietnam War.
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Mauro Fiore is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Cinematographer

Age: 55

Birthplace: Marzi, Italy

Mauro Fiore (born November 15, 1964) is an Italian-American cinematographer. He was born in Marzi, Calabria and moved to the US with his family in 1971. He attended Palatine High School in ...more
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Scott Adsit is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Television director, Comedian, Television producer

Age: 53

Birthplace: USA, Northbrook, Illinois

Robert Scott Adsit (born November 26, 1965) is an American comedian, actor and writer. Born on the North Shore of Illinois, Adsit joined the mainstage cast of Chicago's The Second City in 1994 ...more

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Jim Zulevic is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Radio personality

Age: Dec. at 41 (1965-2006)

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

Jim Zulevic (February 20, 1965 – January 7, 2006) was an American actor, improvisational comedian, television writer, and radio host. He died suddenly, most likely due to a heart attack, at age
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J.A. Konrath is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Novelist, Writer

Age: 49

Birthplace: Skokie, Illinois

Joseph Andrew Konrath (born 1970 in Skokie, Illinois) is a fiction writer working in the mystery, thriller, and horror genres. He writes as J. A. Konrath and Jack Kilborn. In 2011 Konrath was ...more
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Jeremih is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Record producer, Singer-songwriter

Age: 31

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Jeremy P. Felton (born July 17, 1987), better known by his stage name Jeremih (pronunciation: , jeh-ruh-MY), is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and record producer. In 2009, he signed a ...more

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Jay Johnston is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter

Age: 50

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

Jay Johnston (born October 22, 1968) is an American actor and comedian best known for his work as a writer and cast member on the HBO sketch comedy series Mr. Show and for playing the role of ...more
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Brant Daugherty is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Brant Daugherty Actor

Age: 33

Birthplace: Mason, Ohio, United States of America

Brant David Daugherty (born August 20, 1985) is an American actor, known for his recurring role as Noel Kahn on the teen drama television series Pretty Little Liars. In 2013, he had a recurring ...more

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Joe Meno is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Joe Meno Novelist, Author, Writer

Age: 45

Joe Meno (born 1974) is a novelist, writer of short fiction, playwright, and music journalist based in Chicago.
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Brian Ulrich is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Photographer

Age: 48

Birthplace: Northport, Huntington, New York

Brian Ulrich (born 1971) is an American photographer known for his photographic exploration of consumer culture.Born in Northport, New York, Ulrich lives in Providence, Rhode Island. In 2001 in ...more
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Rashid Johnson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Rashid Johnson Photographer

Age: 42

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Rashid Johnson (born 1977) is an American artist who produces conceptual post-black art. Johnson first received critical attention when examples of his work were included in the exhibition ...more
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Matthew Santos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Painter, Musician, Singer-songwriter

Age: 36

Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Matthew Santos is an American rock and folk singer-songwriter, musician and painter. His music was used in a series of two Radio ads, for American Family Insurance. He became well known for his ...more