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Famous Columbia University Alumni

Updated November 10, 2020 69.9k views81 items

List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Columbia University and be of some renown.

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

This list includes Barack Obama, Alicia Keys and more notable Columbia alumni and famous Columbia Lions.

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

    Politician, Author
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    J. D. Salinger

    Soldier, Novelist
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    Katie Holmes

    Model, Actor
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    Jake Gyllenhaal

    Film Producer, Actor
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    Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    Theatrical producer, Entrepreneur
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    Anna Paquin

    Film Producer, Actor
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    Stanley Kubrick

    Film Producer, Screenwriter
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    Anthony Perkins

    Musician, Actor
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    Amanda Peet

    Actor, Voice acting
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    Alicia Keys

    Record producer, Pianist
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    Alan Greenspan

    Businessperson, Politician
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    Margalit Ruth "Maggie" Gyllenhaal (; born November 16, 1977) is an American actress and...  more

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    Allen Ginsberg

    Film Score Composer, Poet
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  • 14

    Joe Horowitz

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  • 15

    Rajnesh Domalpalli

    Screenwriter, Film Editor
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  • 16

    Julia Stiles

    Television director, Screenwriter
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    Jenna Morasca

    Wrestler, Model
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    Raymond Burr

    Television director, Actor
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    Hunter S. Thompson

    Journalist, Novelist
    Hunter Stockton Thompson (July 18, 1937 – February 20, 2005) was an American journalist and...  more

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  • 22

    Rachel Williams

    Model, Actor
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  • 23

    Emmy Rossum

    Songwriter, Actor
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    Famke Janssen

    Film Producer, Model
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    David Rockefeller

    Statesman, Businessperson
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