Famous Denison University Alumni

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

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

List below includes Jennifer Garner, Steve Carell and more graduates.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Denison University?” and “Which celebrities are Denison University alumni?”
  • 1

    Jennifer Garner

    Spokesperson, Businessperson


    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, USA

    Jennifer Anne Garner (born April 17, 1972) is an American actress. Following a supporting role in Pearl Harbor (2001), Garner gained recognition for her performance as CIA officer Sydney Bristow in  ...more

    #51 of 201 The Best Actresses Working Today#45 of 243 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities In The World#24 of 253 The Best American Actresses Working Today

  • 2

    Steve Carell

    Television director, Comedian


    BirthplaceConcord, Massachusetts, USA

    Steven John Carell (; born August 16, 1962) is an American actor, comedian, producer, writer, and director. He is well known for his portrayal of boss Michael Scott on the NBC sitcom The Office  ...more

    #47 of 264 The Best (Male) Actors Working Today#199 of 838 The Best Actors In Film History#65 of 392 The 100+ Funniest People Of All Time

  • 3

    AgeDec. at 86 (1874-1960)

    BirthplaceGranville, Ohio

    Edward Andrew Deeds (March 12, 1874 – July 1, 1960) was an American engineer, inventor and industrialist prominent in the Dayton, Ohio area. He was the president of the National Cash Register  ...more
  • 4

    John Davidson

    Actor, Singer


    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

    John Hamilton Davidson (born December 13, 1941) is an American actor, singer, and game-show host known for hosting That's Incredible!, Time Machine, and Hollywood Squares in the 1980s, and a revival  ...more
  • 5

    William Rehnquist

    Judge, Historian

    AgeDec. at 80 (1924-2005)

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

    William Hubbs Rehnquist (; October 1, 1924 – September 3, 2005) was an American jurist and lawyer who served on the Supreme Court of the United States for 33 years, first as an Associate Justice from  ...more
  • 6

    John Schuck



    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts, USA

    Conrad John Schuck Jr. (born February 4, 1940) is an American actor, primarily in stage, movies and television. He is best known for his roles as Sgt. Charles Enright, in the 1970s crime drama  ...more
  • 7

    Hal Holbrook

    Television director, Actor

    AgeDec. at 95 (1925-2021)

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio, United States of America

    Harold Rowe Holbrook Jr. (February 17, 1925 – January 23, 2021) was an American actor, television director and writer. He first received critical acclaim in 1954 for a one-man stage show he  ...more

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  • 8

    James Frey

    Memoirist, Film Producer


    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio

    James Frey (born September 12, 1969 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American writer and businessman. His two first books, A Million Little Pieces (2003) and My Friend Leonard (2005), were best-sellers  ...more
  • 9

    Jack Thompson



    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio

    John Bruce Thompson (born July 25, 1951) is an American activist and disbarred attorney, based in Coral Gables, Florida. Thompson is known for his role as an anti-video-game activist, particularly  ...more
  • 10


    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana, USA

    Richard Green Lugar (April 4, 1932 – April 28, 2019) was an American politician who served as a United States Senator from Indiana from 1977 to 2013. He was a member of the Republican Party. Born in  ...more
  • 11

    Turpin Bannister

    Historian, Architect

    AgeDec. at 78 (1904-1982)

    BirthplaceLima, Ohio

    Turpin Chambers Bannister (1 October 1904 – 15 March 1982) was one of the leading American architectural historians of his generation. A long-time professor at the University of Illinois and the  ...more
  • 12

    James C. Cowles

    Businessperson, Banker
    James C. Cowles is a Managing Director and Head of Global Equities Products at Citi. He is also a member of Citi's Senior Leadership Committee.  ...more
  • 13

    Woody Hayes

    American Football coach, Coach

    AgeDec. at 74 (1913-1987)

    BirthplaceUSA, Clifton, Ohio

    Wayne Woodrow Hayes (February 14, 1913 – March 12, 1987) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at Denison University (1946–1948), Miami University in Oxford, Ohio  ...more
  • 14

    Mark Haines


    AgeDec. at 65 (1946-2011)

    BirthplacePlainfield, New Jersey, USA

    Mark Haines (April 19, 1946 – May 24, 2011) was a host on the CNBC television network.  ...more
  • 15

    George Stibitz


    AgeDec. at 90 (1904-1995)

    BirthplaceYork, Pennsylvania

    George Robert Stibitz (April 30, 1904 – January 31, 1995) was a Bell Labs researcher internationally recognized as one of the fathers of the modern first digital computer. He was known for his work  ...more
  • 16


    Robert R. Bennett is an American businessman who was the president and director of the Discovery Holding Company from 2005 to 2008 and president and CEO of Liberty Media from 1997 to 2005.  ...more
  • 17

    John T. Chain, Jr.



    BirthplaceWilmington, Delaware

    John Thomas Chain Jr. (born December 11, 1934) is a retired U.S. Air Force General. He is also a director of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, ConAgra Foods, Inc., and Kemper Insurance Co., as well as  ...more
  • 18

    Judson Harmon


    AgeDec. at 81 (1846-1927)

    BirthplaceNewtown, Ohio, USA

    Judson Harmon (February 3, 1846 – February 22, 1927) was a Democratic politician from Ohio. He served as United States Attorney General under President Grover Cleveland and later served as the 45th  ...more
  • 19

    Michael Eisner

    Businessperson, Film Producer


    BirthplaceMount Kisco, New York, USA

    Michael Dammann Eisner (born March 7, 1942) is an American businessman. Eisner was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Walt Disney Company from September 1984 to September 2005.  ...more
  • 20

    Sue W. Kelly



    BirthplaceLima, Ohio, USA

    Sue Weisenbarger Kelly (born September 26, 1936) is an American politician who served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 2007, representing New York's 19th  ...more
  • 21

    Ernest DeWitt Burton



    BirthplaceGranville, Ohio

    Ernest DeWitt Burton (February 4, 1856 – May 26, 1925) was an American biblical scholar and president of the University of Chicago.  ...more
  • 22

    John V. Faraci



    John V. Faraci is an American businessman. He served as the chairman and chief executive officer of International Paper from November 1, 2003, through October 31, 2014. He was succeeded by Mark  ...more
  • 23

    H. Clay Van Voorhis


    AgeDec. at 75 (1852-1927)

    BirthplaceNashport, Ohio, USA

    Henry Clay Van Voorhis (May 11, 1852 – December 12, 1927) was a United States Congressman from Muskingum Co., Ohio.  ...more
  • 24
    Race car driver


    BirthplaceMedina, Saudi Arabia

    Robert Woodward "Bobby" Rahal (born January 10, 1953) is an American former auto racing driver and team owner. As a driver he won three championships and 24 races in the CART open-wheel series,  ...more
  • 25

    Erastus B. Tyler

    Erastus Bernard Tyler (April 24, 1822 – January 9, 1891) was an American businessman, merchant, and soldier. He was a general in the Union Army during the American Civil War and fought in many of the  ...more