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Famous Cornell University Alumni

Updated July 22, 2019 75.0k views80 items

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.
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  • 1
    Kurt Vonnegut is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni

    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 on Wikipedia

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    The Best Kurt Vonnegut Books#27 of 171 The Best Short Story Writers of All Time

  • 2
    Christopher Reeve is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni

    Christopher Reeve

    Television producer, Film Producer

    AgeDec. at 52 (1952-2004)

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

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

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    #328 of 1,030 The Best Actors in Film History#126 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive

  • 3
    Bill Nye is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni

    Bill Nye

    Comedian, Educator

    Age64

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

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

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    #14 of 201 Celebrities Who Should Run for President#240 of 438 Famous Men You'd Want to Have a Beer With

  • 4
    Bill Maher is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni

    Bill Maher

    Commentator, Comedian

    Age64

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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

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    #168 of 233 The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time#250 of 258 The Best Marvel Movie Actors Ever

  • 5
    Jane Lynch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni

    Jane Lynch

    Comedian, Author

    Age60

    BirthplaceEvergreen Park, Illinois, USA

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

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    #203 of 853 The Best Actresses in Film History#181 of 339 The Funniest People Of All Time

  • 6
    Gabrielle Giffords is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni

    Gabrielle Giffords

    Businessperson, Politician

    Age50

    BirthplaceTucson, Arizona, United States of America

    Gabrielle Dee Giffords (born June 8, 1970) is an American politician from Arizona and a gun... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Keith Olbermann is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni

    Keith Olbermann

    Commentator, Journalist

    Age61

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Keith Theodore Olbermann (; born January 27, 1959) is an American sports and political... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Ann Coulter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni

    Ann Coulter

    Commentator, Author

    Age58

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

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

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    Ann Coulter-isms: Aggressive Ann Coulter Quotes#116 of 319 The Most Inspiring (Non-Hollywood) Female Role Models

  • 9
    Robert Smigel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni

    Robert Smigel

    Humorist, Comedian

    Age60

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

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

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

  • 10
    Irene Rosenfeld is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni

    Irene Rosenfeld

    Businessperson

    Age67

    BirthplaceWestbury, New York

    Irene Blecker Rosenfeld (born May 3, 1953) was the chairman and chief executive officer (CEO)... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Mae Jemison is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni

    Mae Jemison

    Professor, Astronaut

    Age63

    BirthplaceDecatur, Alabama, United States of America

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

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    #13 of 45 The Hottest Lady Astronauts In NASA History#1 of 21 The Greatest Modern Day Renaissance Women

  • 12
    Toni Morrison is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni

    Toni Morrison

    Editor, Poet

    Age89

    BirthplaceLorain, Ohio, United States of America

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

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    #1432 of 2,437 The Most Influential People of All Time#7 of 232 The Best Female Authors of All Time

  • 13
    David Einhorn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni

    David Einhorn

    David M. Einhorn (born November 20, 1968) is an American investor, hedge fund manager, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Arthur Laurents is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Greg Graffin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni

    Greg Graffin

    Record producer, Professor

    Age55

    BirthplaceRacine, Wisconsin, United States of America

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

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    #245 of 298 The Best Frontmen in Rock#1065 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

  • 16
    Raj Gupta is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni

    Raj Gupta

    Raj Gupta may refer to: Rajat Gupta, former Managing Director of McKinsey & Company... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Adolphe Menjou is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni

    Adolphe Menjou

    Radio personality, Actor

    AgeDec. at 73 (1890-1963)

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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

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    #104 of 428 Here's a List of Every Known Republican Celebrity#53 of 189 Famous People Buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

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    Summer Rayne Oakes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni

    Summer Rayne Oakes

    Fashion Model, Model

    Age36

    BirthplaceClarks Summit, Pennsylvania

    Summer Rayne Oakes (born June 1984) is an American fashion model, environmental activist,... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Marshall Kirk McKusick is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni

    Marshall Kirk McKusick

    Programmer, Computer scientist

    Age66

    Marshall Kirk McKusick (born January 19, 1954) is a computer scientist, known for his... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Willis Carrier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Sandy Berger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni

    Sandy Berger

    Politician, Lobbyist

    Age74

    BirthplaceMillerton, New York, United States of America

    Samuel Richard "Sandy" Berger (October 28, 1945 – December 2, 2015) was a political consultant... more on Wikipedia

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    #25 of 166 Famous Bilderberg Group Members#7 of 45 Corrupt Democrats

  • 22
    Edward Andrew Deeds is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni

    AgeDec. at 86 (1874-1960)

    BirthplaceGranville, Ohio

    Edward Andrew Deeds (March 12, 1874 – July 1, 1960) was an American engineer, inventor and... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Abraham L. Brick is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni

    Abraham L. Brick

    Abraham Lincoln Brick (May 27, 1860 – April 7, 1908) was a U.S. Representative from... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Randi Weingarten is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni

    Randi Weingarten

    Educator, Trade unionist

    Age62

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Randi Weingarten (born December 18, 1957) is an American labor leader, attorney, and educator.... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Harry Edwards is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Cornell University Alumni

    Harry Edwards

    Sociologist

    Age77

    BirthplaceEast St. Louis, Illinois

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