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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Drake University and be of some renown.

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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