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

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

The list you're viewing is made up of graduates like Tony Romo and John Malkovich.

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

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John Malkovich is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Fashion designer, Businessperson, Film Producer John Gavin Malkovich is an American actor, director, producer, and fashion designer. He has appeared in more than 70 motion pictures. For his roles in Places in the Heart and In the Line of ...more

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Tony Romo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Athlete, American football player Antonio Ramiro "Tony" Romo is an American football quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He played college football for Eastern Illinois University, an ...more

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Matt Hughes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Matthew Allen Hughes is a retired American mixed martial artist, former two-time UFC Welterweight Champion, UFC Hall of Fame inductee, and NJCAA Hall of Fame inductee. During his tenures in the ...more

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LisaRaye McCoy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Fashion designer, Actor LisaRaye McCoy, commonly known as LisaRaye, is an American actress, hip hop model and fashion designer. She is also the ex-wife of Michael Misick, the first-ever Premier of the Turks and Caicos ...more

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Joan Allen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Actor Joan Allen is an American actress, who has worked in theatre, film and television. She is a Tony Award winner, and a three-time Academy Award nominee. Allen began her acting career in 1977 with ...more

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Debra Beebee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Debra Beebe is a contestant on Survivor: Tocantins, the eighteenth season of reality show Survivor.

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Mike Shanahan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
American Football coach, Coach, American football player Michael Edward "Mike" Shanahan is an American football coach. He has been the head coach of the Los Angeles Raiders, Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins. He led the Broncos to ...more

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Jim Edgar is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Jim Edgar James Edgar is an American politician who was the 38th Governor of Illinois from 1991 to 1999. Previously he served as Illinois Secretary of State from 1981 to 1991. As a moderate Republican in ...more

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Ron Westray is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Trombonist Ronald Kenneth Westray, Jr. is an American jazz trombonist, composer, and educator. He holds a B.A. from South Carolina State University and a Master of Arts degree from Eastern Illinois ...more

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Burl Ives is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Author, Actor, Voice acting Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives was an American actor, writer, and folk singer. As an actor, Ives's work included comedies, dramas, and voice work in theater, television, and motion pictures. Music ...more

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Charlotte Martin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter Charlotte Ann Martin is an American singer-songwriter, who performs predominantly on the piano. She has written several studio albums, two of which have received mainstream commercial releases, ...more

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Marty Pattin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Marty Pattin Baseball player Martin William "Marty" Pattin is an American former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher. He pitched for the California Angels, Seattle Pilots, Milwaukee Brewers, Boston Red Sox, ...more

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Jeff Gossett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
American football player Jeffrey Alan Gossett is a former American football punter who played in the National Football League and the United States Football League. He was the starting punter for the Los Angeles/Oakland ...more

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Sean Payton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
American Football coach, Coach, American football player Patrick Sean Payton is an American football head coach for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. Payton was a quarterback at Naperville Central High School and Eastern Illinois ...more

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John Jurkovic is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
American football player Ivan "John" Jurkovic is a former American football player currently employed as a broadcaster. He grew up in Calumet City, Illinois. Jurkovic played professionally as a defensive ...more

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Ted Petersen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Ted Petersen American football player Ted Petersen is a former professional American football player who played offensive lineman for nine seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Cleveland Browns, and the Indianapolis Colts. ...more

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Kevin Duckworth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Basketball player Kevin Jerome Duckworth was an American professional basketball player at center in the National Basketball Association. A native of Illinois, he played college basketball at Eastern Illinois ...more

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Chris Szarka is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
American football player Chris "Canuck Truck" Szarka is a former Canadian Football League fullback. He spent his entire professional football career with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He also served as a ...more

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Joe Knollenberg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Joe Knollenberg Politician Joseph Kastl "Joe" Knollenberg is a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan. From 1993 to 2009, he was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing ...more

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Jerry Sheehan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Jerry Sheehan Jerry Sheehan serves as the Chief of Staff for the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), a UC San Diego/UC Irvine partnership. In his this capacity, ...more

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Matt Bobo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Matt Bobo Matthew "Matt" Bobo is an American soccer player who last played for Carolina RailHawks in the North American Soccer League.

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Ray Fisher is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
American football player Raymond Edward Fisher was an American football offensive lineman in the National Football League for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Eastern ...more

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Brad Childress is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
American football player Brad Childress is a former head coach of the Minnesota Vikings. He attended high school at the Marmion Academy in Aurora, Illinois. Childress has worked for over thirty years as a coach for ...more

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Kevin Seitzer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Baseball player, Coach Kevin Lee Seitzer is an American former third baseman in Major League Baseball with the Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, and Cleveland Indians. He is currently the ...more

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Calli Cox is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Pornographic actor Calli Cox is the stage name of a former pornographic actress.

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Cory Leman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Cory Leman American football player

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Kyle Hill is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Kyle Hill Kyle Eric Hill is an American professional basketball player who was picked by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2001 NBA Draft with the 44th overall draft pick. Hill's NBA rights were then traded by ...more

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Cynthia Nava is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Cynthia Nava Cynthia L. Nava is a former Democratic member of the New Mexico Senate. She represented the 31st District from 1992 to 2012.

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Greg Brown is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
American football player Gregory Lee Brown is a former professional American football defensive lineman in the National Football League for eight seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Atlanta Falcons. He played ...more

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Robert A. Ingram is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Robert A. Ingram Robert A. Ingram has been a board member of Wachovia since 2001. He is the Vice Chairman- Pharmaceuticals of GlaxoSmithKline and a special consultant to the CET and the Group.

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Stephen A. Gosselin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Stephen A. Gosselin Steve Gosselin is a vice president of Caterpillar Inc. with administrative responsibility for Solar Turbines Incorporated, San Diego, California. Solar is the company's wholly owned subsidiary ...more

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Jennifer Rardin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Jennifer Rardin Author Jennifer Rardin was an American urban fantasy author, known for writing the Jaz Parks series.

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Bart Zeller is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Bart Zeller Baseball player Barton Wallace Zeller is a former professional baseball catcher. He played one game in Major League Baseball in 1970 for the St. Louis Cardinals. He recently served as manager of the Joliet ...more

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Randy Melvin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Randy Melvin American football player Randy Melvin is an American football coach.

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Tristan Burge is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Tristan Burge American football player Tristan Burge is a former American football safety. He was originally signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2007. He played college football at Eastern Illinois. After ...more

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Chris Watson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Chris Watson Chris Watson is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League. He played for the Denver Broncos, the Buffalo Bills, and the Detroit Lions.

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Dale Righter is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Lawyer Dale Righter is a Republican member of the Illinois Senate, representing the 55th district since 2003 and currently serving as the Senate Deputy Minority Leader. He was previously a member of ...more

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Dan Steele is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Coach Dan Steele is an American bobsledder and track and field athlete who competed from the early 1990s to 2002. Competing in two Winter Olympics, he won the bronze medal in the four-man event at ...more

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Glen Tourville is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Glen Tourville Glen Tourville is a retired American soccer player who currently serves as an assistant coach with the Ohio State Buckeyes women's soccer team.

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Michael Kleen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Michael Kleen Writer Michael Alan Kleen is a publisher, folklorist, and politician from Illinois. He was the 2013 Republican nominee for mayor of Rockford, Illinois.

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Mark Simpson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Mark Simpson Mark Simpson is a retired American soccer goalkeeper and former coach who spent six seasons with D.C. United in Major League Soccer. He backstopped the team to the MLS Cup 1996. He also spent ...more

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Matthew Polenzani is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Matthew Polenzani Singer Matthew Polenzani is an American lyric tenor. He has appeared with the Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera, Royal Opera House, Bayerische Staatsoper, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Vienna State Opera, ...more

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Jason Thompson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Jason Thompson Jason Thompson is an American soccer player who last played striker for D.C. United of Major League Soccer. Thompson played college soccer at Eastern Illinois University from 2000 to 2002. ...more

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Ray McElroy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Ray McElroy Raymond Edward McElroy is a former professional American football player who played cornerback for six seasons for the Indianapolis Colts, the Chicago Bears, and the Detroit Lions in the ...more

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Steve Murphy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Steve Murphy Veteran, Legislator Steve Murphy is a Minnesota politician and a former member of the Minnesota Senate who represented District 28, which includes portions of Goodhue, Wabasha and Winona counties in the ...more

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Brandon Phelps is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Brandon Phelps Brandon Phelps is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 118th District since he was first sworn into office in January 2003, which includes the Southern ...more

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Mike Russow is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Michael Earl Russow is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the World Series of Fighting's Heavyweight division. Having made his professional debut in 1998, ...more

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Kirby Wilson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Kirby Wilson Coach Kirby Keyes Wilson is an American football coach who is currently running backs coach for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League

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Craig Titley is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Craig Titley Musician, Screenwriter, Writer Craig Titley is an American writer of movies such as Cheaper by the Dozen, Scooby-Doo, and Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. Craig Titley graduated from Mattoon High School ...more

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Schellas Hyndman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Schellas Hyndman Coach Schellas Hyndman is the head men's soccer coach at Grand Canyon University. He was previously head coach of FC Dallas in Major League Soccer. Despite having a limited career as a professional ...more