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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 Jennifer Anne Garner (born April 17, 1972) is an Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe- and SAG Award-winning American actress. She is best known for her role as CIA agent Sydney Bristow on TV's ...more

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Steve Carell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Television director, Comedian, Television producer Steven John "Steve" Carell is an American actor, comedian, director, producer and writer. After a five-year stint on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Carell found greater fame for ...more

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Edward Andrew Deeds is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Inventor Edward Andrew Deeds was an American engineer, inventor and industrialist prominent in the Dayton, Ohio area.

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John Davidson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Actor, Singer, Presenter John Hamilton Davidson, Sr. is an American singer, actor and game show host known for hosting That's Incredible!, Time Machine, and Hollywood Squares in the 1980s, and a revival of The $100,000 ...more

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William Rehnquist is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Judge, Historian, Jurist William Hubbs Rehnquist was an American lawyer, jurist, and political figure who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States and later as the 16th Chief Justice of ...more

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John Schuck is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Actor Conrad John Schuck Jr. is an American actor, primarily in stage, movies and television. He is best known for his roles as police commissioner Rock Hudson's mildly slow-witted assistant, Sgt. ...more

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Hal Holbrook is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Television director, Actor, Voice acting Harold Rowe "Hal" Holbrook, Jr. is an American film and stage actor. Holbrook initially gained notoriety for a one-man stage show he developed while in college in 1954, performing as ...more

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James Frey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Memoirist, Film Producer, Screenwriter James Christopher Frey is an American writer and the founder and CEO of Full Fathom Five, a transmedia production company responsible for the young adult series "The Lorien Legacies", ...more

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Jack Thompson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Lawyer John Bruce "Jack" Thompson 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

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Richard Lugar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Politician Richard "Dick" Green Lugar, KBE, is an American politician and member of the Republican Party who served as a United States Senator, representing Indiana from 1977 to 2013. Born in ...more

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Turpin Bannister is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Historian, Architect Turpin Chambers Bannister was one of the leading American architectural historians of his generation. A long-time professor at the University of Illinois and the University of Florida, he is ...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 Wayne Woodrow "Woody" Hayes was an American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at Denison University, Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and Ohio State University, ...more

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Mark Haines is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Newsreader Mark Haines 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 George Robert Stibitz is internationally recognized as one of the fathers of the modern first digital computer. He was a Bell Labs researcher known for his work in the 1930s and 1940s on the ...more

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Robert R. Bennett is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Businessperson 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 John Thomas Chain, Jr. 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 holding other ...more

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Judson Harmon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Lawyer Judson Harmon was a Democratic politician from Ohio. He served as United States Attorney General under President Grover Cleveland and later served as the 45th Governor of Ohio.

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Michael Eisner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Businessperson, Film Producer Michael Dammann Eisner is an American businessman. He was the chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company from 1984 until 2005.

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Sue W. Kelly is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Politician Sue Weisenbarger Kelly was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 2007, representing New York's 19th District. She is a Republican. She took over fellow Republican ...more

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Ernest DeWitt Burton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Ernest DeWitt Burton Journalist Ernest DeWitt Burton was an American biblical scholar and president of the University of Chicago. He was born in Granville, Ohio and graduated from Denison University in 1876. After graduating ...more

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John V. Faraci is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Businessperson John V. Faraci is an American businessman. He serves as the chairman and chief executive officer of International Paper.

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H. Clay Van Voorhis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Banker Henry Clay Van Voorhis 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 Robert "Bobby" Woodward Rahal is an American auto racing driver and team owner. As a driver, he won three championships and 24 races in the CART open-wheel series, including the 1986 ...more

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Erastus B. Tyler is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Erastus Bernard Tyler 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 early battles in the Eastern ...more

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William J. Mills is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Businessperson Mr Mills has had more than 30 years experience in investment banking, and is currently Chief Executive Officer of Western Europe, Middle East and Africa (WEMEA) for Citi.

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Alberto J. Verme is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni

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Tony P. Hall is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Tony P. Hall Tony Patrick Hall is an American politician who served in the U.S. House of Representatives for more than twenty years representing the state of Ohio as a Democrat. From 2002 to 2006, Hall ...more

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Ann Magnuson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Performer, Musician, Singer-songwriter Ann Magnuson is an American actress, performance artist, and nightclub performer who first gained prominence in the 1985 film Desperately Seeking Susan. The New York Times described her as ...more

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Jim Petro is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Jim Petro James M. “Jim” Petro is an American politician from the Republican Party, and a former Ohio Attorney General. Previously, Petro also served as Ohio State Auditor. Petro was a candidate for the ...more

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Hollis Resnik is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Actor, Singer Hollis Resnik is an American singer and actress, especially in stage musicals.

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Randy Hopper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Randy Hopper Businessperson Randal B. "Randy" Hopper is a former Republican member of the Wisconsin Senate, representing the 18th District from 2009 until losing his seat to Jessica King in a 2011 recall ...more

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Carty Finkbeiner is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Carty Finkbeiner Carleton "Carty" S. Finkbeiner is a Democratic Party politician who is the former mayor of Toledo, Ohio. First elected in 1993, he took office on January 1, 1994. In 1997, he defeated ...more

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John Cannon III is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
John Cannon is WellPoint, Inc.s executive vice president and general counsel, overseeing legal strategy, legal compliance, litigation, and regulatory matters.

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John H. Ridall is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
John H. Ridall Businessperson John joined Comcast in 1999 as Senior Regional Vice President for the South Central Region. Johns role has since expanded along with the consolidation of regions and he is now the President of ...more

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David A. Daberko is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
David A. Daberko serves on the Board of Directors of Marathon Oil Corporation.

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Bruce Cumings is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Historian, Professor Bruce Cumings is an American historian of East Asia, professor, lecturer and author. He is the Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor in History, and the chair of the ...more

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William Ernest Castle is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
William Ernest Castle William Ernest Castle was an early American geneticist.

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William G. Bowen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
William G. Bowen Professor William G. Bowen is President Emeritus of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation where he served as President from 1988 to 2006. He was the president of Princeton University from 1972 to 1988. William ...more

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Homer Burton Adkins is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Chemist Homer Burton Adkins was an American chemist who studied the hydrogenation of organic compounds. Adkins was regarded as top in his field and a world authority on the hydrogenation of organic ...more

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Melissa Murphy Weber is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Melissa Murphy Weber is an attorney and Pennsylvania politician. Weber graduated with a degree in Economics from Denison University in 1991. While attending Denison University, Weber achieved ...more

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Jeffrey Hatcher is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher is a playwright and screenwriter. He wrote the stage play Compleat Female Stage Beauty, which he later adapted into a screenplay, shortened to just Stage Beauty. He also co-wrote ...more

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Richard Brandt is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Richard Brandt Philosopher Richard Booker Brandt was an American philosopher of the utilitarian tradition in moral philosophy. He was originally educated at Denison University, a Baptist institution he was shepherded to ...more

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Ed Weber is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Ed Weber Politician Edward Ford "Ed" Weber is an American former politician from Ohio. He served one term in the United States House of Representatives as a Republican. Weber was born in Toledo, Ohio. He ...more

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John Berton is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Animator John Andrew Berton Jr. is an award-winning computer graphics animator and visual effects supervisor. His most recent completed project is Bedtime Stories. He also recently worked in India, ...more

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William Esrey is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
William Esrey William T. Esrey is an American businessman best known for his time as Chief Executive of Sprint Corporation.

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John Robic is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
John Robic Coach John Robic is an assistant men's basketball coach at the University of Kentucky. Prior to joining the Wildcats staff, he served as assistant coach at the University of Memphis and head coach at ...more

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Douglas Holtz-Eakin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
Activist, Professor, Economist Douglas J. "Doug" Holtz-Eakin is an American economist. He is a former professor, former Director of the Congressional Budget Office, and former chief economic policy adviser to U.S. ...more

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George Cressey is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
George Cressey George Babcock Cressey was an American geographer, author, and academic. Born in Tiffin, Ohio, he attended Denison University and then the University of Chicago, where he received a PhD in ...more

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Terry Jones is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Denison University Alumni
As a Special Venture Partner at General Catalyst Partners, Terry Jones focuses on identifying new investment opportunities for General Catalyst in the areas of travel and leisure, transportation ...more