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Famous Cornell University Alumni

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

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

This list has everything from Bill Maher to Jane Lynch and other famous Cornell alumni. Go Big Red!

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

Check out these notable Cornell alumni.
  • Kurt Vonnegut1

    Kurt Vonnegut

    Novelist, Screenwriter

    AgeDec. at 85 (1922-2007)

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

    Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (; November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007) was an American writer. In a career...  more

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    The Best Kurt Vonnegut Books#29 of 208 The Best Science-Fiction Authors

  • Christopher Reeve2

    Christopher Reeve

    Television producer, Film Producer

    AgeDied at 52 (1952-2004)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    Christopher D'Olier Reeve (September 25, 1952 – October 10, 2004) was an American actor who...  more

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    #91 of 310 The Coolest Actors Ever#121 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive

  • Bill Nye3

    Bill Nye

    Comedian, Educator


    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    William Sanford Nye (born November 27, 1955), popularly known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, is...  more

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    #174 of 1,355 The Greatest Minds of All Time#561 of 904 Celebrity Death Pool 2021

  • Bill Maher4

    Bill Maher

    Commentator, Comedian


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    William Maher (; born January 20, 1956) is an American comedian, political commentator, and...  more

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    #249 of 258 The Best Marvel Movie Actors Ever#28 of 160 The Most Ridiculous Political Pundits

  • Jane Lynch5

    Jane Lynch

    Comedian, Author


    BirthplaceDolton, Illinois, United States of America

    Jane Marie Lynch (born July 14, 1960) is an American actress, voice actress, author, singer...  more

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    #148 of 233 The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time#194 of 339 The Funniest People Of All Time

  • Gabrielle Giffords6

    Gabrielle Giffords

    Businessperson, Politician


    BirthplaceTucson, Arizona, United States of America

    Gabrielle Dee Giffords (born June 8, 1970) is an American politician from Arizona and a gun...  more
  • Keith Olbermann7

    Keith Olbermann

    Commentator, Journalist


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Keith Theodore Olbermann (; born January 27, 1959) is an American sports and political...  more

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    #21 of 131 The Most Annoying TV Hosts#22 of 46 The Best SportsCenter Anchors of All Time

  • Ann Coulter8

    Ann Coulter

    Commentator, Author


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Ann Hart Coulter (; born December 8, 1961) is an American far-right media pundit, syndicated...  more

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    Ann Coulter-isms: Aggressive Ann Coulter Quotes#60 of 319 The Most Inspiring (Non-Hollywood) Female Role Models

  • Robert Smigel9

    Robert Smigel

    Humorist, Comedian


    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Robert Smigel (born February 7, 1960) is an American actor, humorist, puppeteer, comedian and...  more

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    #42 of 82 Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL#52 of 101 101 Celebrities Who Went to Ivy League Schools

  • Irene Rosenfeld10

    Irene Rosenfeld



    BirthplaceWestbury, New York

    Irene Blecker Rosenfeld (born May 3, 1953) was the chairman and chief executive officer (CEO)...  more
  • Mae Jemison11

    Mae Jemison

    Professor, Astronaut


    BirthplaceDecatur, Alabama, United States of America

    Mae Carol Jemison (born October 17, 1956) is an American engineer, physician and former NASA...  more
  • Toni Morrison12

    Toni Morrison

    Editor, Poet


    BirthplaceLorain, Ohio, United States of America

    Chloe Anthony Wofford "Toni" Morrison (born Chloe Ardelia Wofford; February 18, 1931 – August...  more

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    #513 of 1,172 The Best Writers of All Time#1379 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time

  • David Einhorn13

    David Einhorn

    David M. Einhorn (born November 20, 1968) is an American investor, hedge fund manager, and...  more
  • Arthur Laurents14

    Arthur Laurents

    Theatre Director, Screenwriter

    AgeDied at 94 (1917-2011)

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Arthur Laurents (July 14, 1917 – May 5, 2011) was an American playwright, stage director and...  more
  • Greg Graffin15

    Greg Graffin

    Record producer, Professor


    BirthplaceRacine, Wisconsin, United States of America

    Gregory Walter Graffin, Ph.D (born November 6, 1964) is an American punk rock...  more

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    #1107 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time#244 of 298 The Best Frontmen in Rock

  • Raj Gupta16

    Raj Gupta

    Raj Gupta may refer to: Rajat Gupta, former Managing Director of McKinsey & Company...  more
  • Adolphe Menjou17

    Adolphe Menjou

    Radio personality, Actor

    AgeDied at 73 (1890-1963)

    BirthplacePittsburgh, USA, Pennsylvania

    Adolphe Jean Menjou (February 18, 1890 – October 29, 1963) was an American actor. His career...  more

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    #834 of 1,017 The Best Actors in Film History#53 of 189 Famous People Buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

  • Summer Rayne Oakes18

    Summer Rayne Oakes

    Fashion Model, Model


    BirthplaceClarks Summit, Pennsylvania

    Summer Rayne Oakes (born June 1984) is an American fashion model, environmental activist,...  more
  • Marshall Kirk McKusick19

    Marshall Kirk McKusick

    Programmer, Computer scientist


    Marshall Kirk McKusick (born January 19, 1954) is a computer scientist, known for his...  more
  • Willis Carrier20

    Willis Carrier

    Inventor, Mechanical engineer

    AgeDec. at 74 (1876-1950)

    BirthplaceAngola, New York

    Willis Haviland Carrier (November 26, 1876 – October 7, 1950) was an American engineer, best...  more
  • Sandy Berger21

    Sandy Berger

    Politician, Lobbyist


    BirthplaceMillerton, New York, United States of America

    Samuel Richard "Sandy" Berger (October 28, 1945 – December 2, 2015) was a political consultant...  more
  • Edward Andrew Deeds22

    AgeDec. at 86 (1874-1960)

    BirthplaceGranville, Ohio

    Edward Andrew Deeds (March 12, 1874 – July 1, 1960) was an American engineer, inventor and...  more
  • Abraham L. Brick23

    Abraham L. Brick

    Abraham Lincoln Brick (May 27, 1860 – April 7, 1908) was a U.S. Representative from...  more
  • Randi Weingarten24

    Randi Weingarten

    Educator, Trade unionist


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Randi Weingarten (born December 18, 1957) is an American labor leader, attorney, and educator....  more
  • Harry Edwards25

    Harry Edwards



    BirthplaceEast St. Louis, Illinois

    Harry Edwards (born November 22, 1942) is an American sociologist and civil rights activist....  more