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

List includes Jeremy Piven, Michael Emerson and more.

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

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Jeremy Piven is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Jeremy Piven Television producer, Film Producer, Actor Jeremy Samuel Piven is an American actor and producer. He is best known for his role as Ari Gold in the comedy series Entourage, for which he won one Golden Globe Award and three consecutive ...more

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Steve Allen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Steve Allen Film Score Composer, Talk show host, Comedian Stephen Valentine Patrick William "Steve" Allen was an American television personality, musician, composer, actor, comedian, and writer. Though he got his start in radio, Allen is best ...more

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Mark Doty is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Mark Doty Poet, Author, Writer Mark Doty is an American poet and memoirist, and the winner of the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008.

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John August is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
John August Film Producer, Screenwriter, Script doctor John August is an American screenwriter and film director. He writes and maintains the popular screenwriting blog johnaugust.com, and develops screenwriter-targeted software. He is a member of ...more

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Michael Emerson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Michael Emerson Illustrator, Theatre Director, Theatre teacher Michael Emerson is an American film and television character actor who is best known for his roles as serial killer William Hinks on The Practice, Benjamin Linus on Lost, Zep Hindle in the first ...more

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Ira Levin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Ira Levin Songwriter, Writer, Playwright Ira Marvin Levin was an American novelist, dramatist and songwriter. Five of his novels and three of his plays have been adapted to film.

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Brian Wansink is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Brian Wansink Professor, Researcher, Psychologist Brian Wansink is an American professor in the fields of consumer behavior and nutritional science. He is a former Executive Director of the USDA's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. ...more

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Larry Zox is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Larry Zox Painter, Printmaker, Artist Lawrence "Larry" Zox was an American painter and printmaker who is classified as an Abstract expressionist, Color Field painter and a Lyrical Abstractionist, although he did not ...more

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Joseph Chaikin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Joseph Chaikin Theatre Director, Actor, Playwright Joseph Chaikin was an American theatre director, actor, playwright, and pedagogue.

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Ronald Olson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Ronald Olson Anthropologist, Lawyer Ronald L. Olson is an American attorney and a partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP. He was the lead attorney representing the board of directors of Yahoo! in ...more

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Chet Culver is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Chet Culver Politician, Teacher Chester John "Chet" Culver was the 41st Governor of Iowa, holding the position from 2007 to 2011. He was also elected as the Federal Liaison for the Democratic Governors Association ...more

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Bill Bryson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Bill Bryson Journalist, Science writer, Writer William McGuire "Bill" Bryson, OBE, FRS is a best-selling American author of humorous books on travel, as well as books on the English language and science. Born in America, he was a ...more

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Syleena Johnson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Syleena Johnson Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Model Syleena Johnson is an American Grammy Award nominated R&B and soul singer-songwriter and actress.

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Gregory Frost is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Gregory Frost Novelist, Author, Essayist Gregory Frost is an American author of science fiction and fantasy, and directs a fiction writing workshop at Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor's degree ...more

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Sam Wanamaker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Sam Wanamaker Television director, Theatre Director, Actor Sam Wanamaker was an actor and film and tv director.

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Jim Nussle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Jim Nussle Politician James Allen "Jim" Nussle is the president and chief executive officer of the Credit Union National Association. He is a former American politician. Nussle served as a member of the ...more

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Neal Edward Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Neal Edward Smith Politician Neal Edward Smith was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Iowa from 1959 until 1995—the longest-serving Iowan in the United States House of Representatives. He was born ...more

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Seth Barnes Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Seth Barnes Nicholson Astronomer Seth Barnes Nicholson was an American astronomer. Nicholson was born in Springfield, Illinois, and was raised in rural Illinois. He was educated at Drake University where he became interested in ...more

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Robert Dana is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Robert Dana Writer Robert Dana was an award-winning American poet, who taught writing and English literature at Cornell College and many other schools, revived The North American Review and served as its editor ...more

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Zach Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Zach Johnson Golfer Zachary Harris Johnson is an American professional golfer who has 11 victories on the PGA Tour, including one major championship, the 2007 Masters.

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Robert J. Graziano is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Robert J. Graziano Businessperson Robert Graziano became president and CEO, Ford Motor (China) Ltd. on April 1, 2008.

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Mark S. Cady is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Mark S. Cady Judge Mark S. Cady is a justice on the Iowa Supreme Court.

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Terry Branstad is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Terry Branstad Politician, Lawyer Terry Edward Branstad is an American politician who is the 42nd Governor of Iowa, in office since January 2011. Branstad was also the state's 39th Governor from 1983 to 1999, and he was ...more

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Darrell R. Lindsey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Darrell R. Lindsey Darrell Robins Lindsey was a bomber pilot in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II and a posthumous recipient of the Medal of Honor.

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Susan Glaspell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Susan Glaspell Poet, Journalist, Biographer Susan Keating Glaspell was an American Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, actress, novelist, and journalist. With her husband George Cram Cook she founded the Provincetown Players, the first ...more

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Jessie Taft is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Jessie Taft J. Jessie Taft was an early American authority on child placement and therapeutic adoption. Educated at the University of Chicago, she spent the bulk of her professional life at the University ...more

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Johnny Bright is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Johnny Bright Canadian football player Johnny D. Bright was a professional Canadian football player in the Canadian Football League. He played college football at Drake University. He is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of ...more

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Cuthbert Hurd is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Cuthbert Hurd Computer scientist Cuthbert Corwin Hurd was an American computer scientist and entrepreneur, who was instrumental in helping the International Business Machines Corporation develop its first general-purpose

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Julee Cruise is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Julee Cruise Songwriter, Actor, Singer Julee A. Cruise is an American singer, songwriter, actress and musician whom writer and critic David Foster Wallace called "one of the ten most influential female singers in the last 20 ...more

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Clarence
Clarence "Pug" Manders American football player Clarence Edward "Pug" Manders was a National Football League running back for the Brooklyn Dodgers/Tigers from 1939 through 1944. He led the NFL in rushing in 1941 and is the younger ...more

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Roger Williams is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Roger Williams Pianist Roger Williams was an American popular music pianist.

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Bill Stevenson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Bill Stevenson American football player Bill Stevenson is a former professional Canadian football player with the Canadian Football League's Edmonton Eskimos. After playing college football at Drake University, he was drafted by the ...more

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Dan Turk is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Dan Turk American football player Daniel Anthony Turk was an American football center in the National Football League from 1985 to 1999 for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders, and Washington Redskins. ...more

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Roxanne Conlin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Roxanne Conlin Lawyer Roxanne Barton Conlin is an American lawyer who served as United States Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa from 1977 to 1981. A Democrat, she was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor ...more

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Dennis McKnight is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Dennis McKnight Coach, American football player Dennis Neal McKnight is a former American football guard who played in the National Football League for the San Diego Chargers, Detroit Lions, and the Philadelphia Eagles. McKnight played ...more

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Doug Winslow is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Doug Winslow American football player Charles Douglas Winslow is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the New Orleans Saints and Washington Redskins. He played college football at Drake ...more

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Billy Cundiff is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Billy Cundiff American football player William Amborse "Billy" Cundiff is an American football placekicker who is currently a free agent. He played college football for Drake University, and was signed by the Dallas Cowboys ...more

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Pat Dunsmore is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Pat Dunsmore American football player Patrick Neil "Pat" Dunsmore is a former professional American football player who played tight end for three seasons for the Chicago Bears. He is a graduate of Ankeny High School in ...more

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Felix Wright is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Felix Wright American football player Felix Carl Wright, is a former professional American football player who played safety from 1985-1992 for the Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings in the National Football League. Undrafted ...more

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Karl Kassulke is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Karl Kassulke American football player Karl Otto Kassulke was a professional American football player. Kassulke graduated from Drake University, where he starred as a safety. He played 10 seasons in the National Football League, all ...more

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Robert D. Blue is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Robert D. Blue Lawyer Robert Donald Blue was the 30th Governor of Iowa from 1945 to 1949.

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Johnnie Carson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Johnnie Carson Johnnie Carson is a diplomat from the United States who has served as United States Ambassador to several African nations. In 2009 he was nominated to become U.S. Assistant Secretary of State ...more

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Gary L. Medd is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Gary L. Medd Gary L. Medd is Vice President, Internal Audit, a position he has held since May 2005. In his position, Medd directs the worldwide internal audit function for Deere Company.

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Dennis R. Schwartz is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Dennis R. Schwartz Denny Schwartz is Vice President, Pension Fund and Investments at Deere Company. He has held the position since May 2001. In his position, Schwartz is responsible for investment of the company's ...more

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Jack Hatch is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Jack Hatch Jack G. Hatch is an Iowa State Senator, business owner and candidate for Governor of Iowa in the 2014 election. A Democrat, Hatch has served in the Iowa Senate since 2003 and currently is an ...more

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Ed Fallon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Ed Fallon Politician Ed Fallon is an American politician from the State of Iowa. He was previously a Democratic candidate for Governor of Iowa and the U.S. Congress, and served as a member of the Iowa General ...more

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Rex Wockner is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Rex Wockner Journalist Rex Wockner is an American freelance journalist who has reported news for the gay press and mainstream periodicals since 1985. His work has appeared in more than 325 gay publications in 38

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Robert D. Ray is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Robert D. Ray Robert Dolph Ray served as the 38th Governor of Iowa from January 16, 1969 to January 14, 1983.

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Janet Petersen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Janet Petersen Janet Petersen is the Iowa State Senator from the 18th district. She has served in the Iowa Senate since 2013. Previously she served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 2001 to 2013. She ...more

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Steve Warnstadt is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Drake University Alumni
Steve Warnstadt Steven Henning "Steve" Warnstadt was the Iowa State Senator from the 1st District. A Democrat, he has served in the Iowa Senate from 2003 until 2011. He received his BA from Drake ...more