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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
Matt Skiba Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician Matthew Thomas Skiba is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist, best known for his role as the co-lead vocalist and guitarist of the punk rock band Alkaline Trio, with whom he has recorded ...more

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Michelle Monaghan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Michelle Monaghan Fashion Model, Film Producer, Actor Michelle Lynn Monaghan is an American actress known for her roles in Mission: Impossible III and Ghost Protocol, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Gone Baby Gone, Made of Honor, The Heartbreak Kid, Eagle ...more

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Andy Richter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Andy Richter Announcer, Comedian, Television producer Paul Andrew "Andy" Richter is an American actor, writer, comedian, and late night talk show announcer. He is best known for his role as the sidekick of Conan O'Brien on each of the ...more

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Erica Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Erica Hubbard Film Producer, Model, Actor Erica Hubbard is an American film and television actress and model. She was one of the lead characters in the series Lincoln Heights on ABC Family. She is also the voice of Abbey for the TV ...more

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Pat Sajak is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Pat Sajak Talk show host, Television producer, Game Show Host Pat Sajak is an American television personality, former weatherman, actor and talk show host, best known as the host of the American television game show Wheel of Fortune.

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Jake Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Jake Lloyd Actor Jake Matthew Lloyd is an American former actor who gained worldwide fame when he was chosen by George Lucas to play the young Anakin Skywalker in the 1999 film Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom ...more

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Genndy Tartakovsky is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Genndy Tartakovsky Television director, Television producer, Screenwriter Gennadiy Borisovich Tartakovsky is a Russian-born American animator, director and producer. He is best known for creating the Cartoon Network animated television series Dexter's Laboratory, ...more

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Kyle Kinane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Kyle Kinane Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor Kyle Christian Kinane is an American stand-up comedian from Addison, Illinois.

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Janusz Kamiński is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Janusz Kamiński Cinematographer, Film Director Janusz Zygmunt Kamiński is a Polish cinematographer and film director who started his career in the United States. He rose to fame in the 1990s following Cool as Ice and Schindler's List. Since ...more

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Ducis Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Ducis Rodgers Journalist, TV Journalist, Sports commentator

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Nelsan Ellis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Nelsan Ellis Film Producer, Actor, Playwright Nelsan Ellis is an American film and television actor and playwright. He is well known for his role as Lafayette Reynolds in the HBO series True Blood, which he played from 2008 until the ...more

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Rhymefest is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Rhymefest Rapper Che Smith, known by the stage name of Rhymefest, is an American hip hop artist, philanthropist, and politician from Chicago, Illinois whose first official album, Blue Collar, was released on ...more

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John McNaughton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
John McNaughton Television director, Film Director John McNaughton is an American film and television director, originally from Chicago, Illinois.

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Larry Heinemann is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Larry Heinemann Memoirist, Novelist Larry Heinemann 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
Mauro Fiore Cinematographer Mauro Fiore is a film cinematographer.

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Scott Adsit is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Scott Adsit Television director, Comedian, Television producer Robert Scott Adsit is an American actor, writer, voice actor and improvisational comedian. Born on the North Shore, Adsit joined the mainstage cast of Chicago's The Second City in 1994 after ...more

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Jim Zulevic is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Jim Zulevic Comedian, Screenwriter, Radio personality Jim Zulevic was an American actor, improvisational comedian, television writer, and radio host. He died suddenly, most likely due to a heart attack, at age 40.

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J.A. Konrath is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
J.A. Konrath Novelist, Writer Joseph Andrew Konrath 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 named one of the "5 eBook ...more

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Jeremih is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Jeremih Record producer, Singer-songwriter Jeremih Felton, who performs under the mononym Jeremih, is an American recording artist and producer signed to Def Jam. Jeremih's debut single, "Birthday Sex", peaked at number four on ...more

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

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Brant Daugherty is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Brant Daugherty Actor Brant David Daugherty is an American actor, best known for his recurring role as Noel Kahn on the ABC Family series Pretty Little Liars. He also has a recurring role as Brian in the long-running ...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 Joe Meno 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
Brian Ulrich Photographer Brian Ulrich is an American photographer known for his photographic exploration of consumer culture. Born in Northport, New York, Ulrich lives in Richmond, Virginia. In 2001 in response to a ...more

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Rashid Johnson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Rashid Johnson Photographer Rashid Johnson is an African-American socio-political photographer who produces conceptual post-black art. Johnson first received critical attention when examples of his work were included in ...more

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Matthew Santos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Matthew Santos Painter, Musician, Singer-songwriter 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 is best known for his ...more

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Geling Yan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Geling Yan Novelist, Screenwriter Geling Yan is a famous Chinese writer, author of several novels, short stories and screenplays. Much of her work has been adapted for film. She is currently represented by the Hong Kong based ...more

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Bob Sirott is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Bob Sirott Newsreader Robert "Bob" Sirott is an American broadcaster. He is currently a radio host at WGN-AM in Chicago. He is also a former television news anchor, most recently working in that role at

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Nick Charles is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Nick Charles Announcer, Journalist, Sports commentator Nicholas Charles Nickeas, better known as Nick Charles, was an American sportscaster and journalist. He was one of CNN's first on-air personalities and won three CableACE Awards for best sports ...more

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Pete Biagi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Pete Biagi Cinematographer Peter Biagi is a cinematographer.

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Robert Teitel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Robert Teitel Film Producer Robert Teitel is an American film producer. Teitel produced the films Soul Food, Men of Honor, and the three films in the Barbershop series: Barbersop, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, and Beauty ...more

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Kid Sister is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Kid Sister Rapper, Actor, Singer Melisa Young is an actor.

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Brian Dettmer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Brian Dettmer Artist Brian Dettmer is an American contemporary artist. He is noted for his alteration of preexisting media—such as old books, maps, record albums, and cassette tapes—to create new, transformed works ...more

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Jane Jensen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Jane Jensen Singer Jane Jensen studied art, dance, music and theatre at Columbia College Chicago. She began performing in avant-garde productions at the Organic Theatre Company, Pavo Arts Center and various ...more

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky Film critic, Essayist, Critic Ignatiy Igorevich Vishnevetsky is a Russian-born United States-based film critic and essayist. He works as a critic for the film website Mubi.com, is an occasional contributor to the Chicago ...more

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Nick Digilio is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Nick Digilio Nick Digilio is a movie critic and radio personality. He is the host of an award-winning radio program on WGN Radio in Chicago, and is a frequent fill-in host for WGN.

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Jeffrey Daniels is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Jeffrey Daniels Writer Jeffrey Sean Daniels is a Chicago-raised African-American poet, artist, and professor at Harold Washington College. He has previously taught at Columbia College Chicago and the School of the Art ...more

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Jane Fulton Alt is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Jane Fulton Alt Photographer Jane Fulton Alt is an American photographer who explores issues of love, loss, and spirituality in her work. Alt was the recipient of the 2007 Illinois Art Council Fellowship Award and the 2007, ...more

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Wally Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Wally Kennedy Wally Kennedy hosted AM Philadelphia, Philly After Midnight, and Inside Story on WPVI-TV over a twenty-year period. The programs each won their respective time periods in the Nielsen ratings, ...more

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David Cromer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
David Cromer Theatre Director, Actor David Cromer is an American theatre director and stage actor. He has received recognition for his work Off-Broadway and in his native Chicago. Cromer has won or been nominated for numerous ...more

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Steven Rosengard is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Steven Rosengard Steven Rosengard is an independent American fashion designer. He designs his eponymous line in Chicago, Illinois, and was a contestant in season four of the Bravo reality television show Project ...more

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Nathyn Brendan Masters is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Nathyn Brendan Masters

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Jan Terri is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Jan Terri Musician, Singer-songwriter Jan Terri, is an American musician from Chicago, Illinois.

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John H. Rogers III is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
John H. Rogers III

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Carlos Javier Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Carlos Javier Ortiz Carlos Javier Ortiz is an American documentary photographer and experimental filmmaker. His work is currently in collection at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, The ...more

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Erika Lauren Wasilewski is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Erika Lauren Wasilewski Singer-songwriter, Radio personality, Presenter Erika Lauren Wasilewski, known on-air simply as Erika Lauren, is an American radio personality, singer-songwriter and former reality television personality. She currently serves as co-host on ...more

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Chester Gregory is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Chester Gregory Songwriter, Musician, Actor Chester Gregory, also known as CHΞSS, is an American actor, singer and songwriter from Gary, Indiana. He first emerged on the scene in his portrayal of Jackie Wilson in The Jackie Wilson Story, ...more

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Kristin Bair O'Keeffe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Kristin Bair O'Keeffe Kristin Bair O'Keeffe is an American novelist. Born in 1966 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she graduated from Bethel Park High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the Indiana University and ...more

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Dean Richards is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Dean Richards Journalist Dean Richards is a Chicago film critic and entertainment reporter for WGN-TV and a longtime radio host for WGN in Chicago.

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Deitra Farr is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Deitra Farr Deitra Farr is an American blues, soul and gospel singer-songwriter.

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Joey Sylvester is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Columbia College Chicago Alumni
Joey Sylvester Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor Joey Sylvester is a film producer, actor, film director and screenwriter.