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Famous Denison University Alumni

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List Rules People 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?”
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Jennifer Garner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Spokesperson, Businessperson, Television producer

Age: 46

Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America

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 ...more

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Steve Carell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Television director, Comedian, Television producer

Age: 56

Birthplace: Concord, Massachusetts, United States of America

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

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Edward Andrew Deeds is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Inventor

Age: Dec. at 86 (1874-1960)

Birthplace: Granville, 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
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John Davidson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Actor, Singer, Presenter

Age: 77

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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 ...more
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William Rehnquist is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Judge, Historian, Jurist

Age: Dec. at 81 (1924-2005)

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

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 ...more
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John Schuck is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Actor

Age: 79

Birthplace: Boston, USA, Massachusetts

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
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Hal Holbrook is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Television director, Actor, Voice acting

Age: 94

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America

Harold Rowe Holbrook Jr. (born February 17, 1925) is an American actor, television director and writer. He first received critical acclaim in 1954 for a one-man stage show he developed, Mark ...more

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James Frey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Memoirist, Film Producer, Screenwriter

Age: 49

Birthplace: Cleveland, 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
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Jack Thompson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Lawyer

Age: 67

Birthplace: Cleveland, 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, ...more
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Richard Lugar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Politician

Age: 86

Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

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. ...more
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Turpin Bannister is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Historian, Architect

Age: Dec. at 78 (1904-1982)

Birthplace: Lima, 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
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James C. Cowles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
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.
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Woody Hayes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
American Football coach, Coach, American football player

Age: Dec. at 74 (1913-1987)

Birthplace: Clifton, Ohio, United States of America

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, ...more
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Mark Haines is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Newsreader

Age: Dec. at 65 (1946-2011)

Birthplace: Plainfield, New Jersey, United States of America

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

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George Stibitz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Scientist

Age: Dec. at 91 (1904-1995)

Birthplace: York, 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 ...more
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Robert R. Bennett is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Businessperson

Age: 60

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.
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John T. Chain, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
John T. Chain, Jr. Businessperson

Age: 84

Birthplace: Wilmington, 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 ...more
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Judson Harmon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 81 (1846-1927)

Birthplace: Newtown, Ohio, United States, with Territories, Hamilton County

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 ...more
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Michael Eisner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Businessperson, Film Producer

Age: 76

Birthplace: USA, New York, Mount Kisco

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 ...more
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Sue W. Kelly is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Politician

Age: 82

Birthplace: Lima, Ohio, United States, with Territories, Allen County

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
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Ernest DeWitt Burton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Ernest DeWitt Burton Journalist

Age: Dec. at 69 (1856-1925)

Birthplace: Granville, Ohio

Ernest DeWitt Burton (February 4, 1856 – May 26, 1925) was an American biblical scholar and president of the University of Chicago.
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John V. Faraci is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Businessperson

Age: 69

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
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H. Clay Van Voorhis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Banker

Age: Dec. at 75 (1852-1927)

Birthplace: Nashport, Ohio, United States of America

Henry Clay Van Voorhis (May 11, 1852 – December 12, 1927) was a United States Congressman from Muskingum Co., Ohio.
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Bobby Rahal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Race car driver

Age: 66

Birthplace: Medina, 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 ...more
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Erastus B. Tyler is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni

Age: Dec. at 69 (1822-1891)

Birthplace: West Bloomfield, New York

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 ...more