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Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni

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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

Age: 65

Birthplace: Christopher, Illinois, United States of America

John Gavin Malkovich (born December 9, 1953) is an American actor, producer, and fashion designer. He received Academy Award nominations for his performances in Places in the Heart (1984) and In ...more

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Tony Romo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Athlete, American football player

Age: 38

Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States of America

Antonio Ramiro Romo (born April 21, 1980) is an American football television analyst and retired quarterback who played 14 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). ...more

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Matt Hughes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni

Age: 45

Birthplace: Hillsboro, Illinois, United States of America

Matthew Allen Hughes (born October 13, 1973) is an American retired mixed martial artist with a background in wrestling. Widely considered among the greatest fighters in the history of MMA, he ...more

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LisaRaye McCoy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Fashion designer, Actor

Age: 51

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

LisaRaye McCoy (born September 23, 1967), known as LisaRaye, is an American actress, model, businesswoman and fashion designer. McCoy is best known for portraying Diana "Diamond" ...more

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Joan Allen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Actor

Age: 62

Birthplace: Rochelle, USA, Illinois

Joan Allen (born August 20, 1956) is an American actress. She began her career with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 1977, won the 1984 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play for ...more

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Debra Beebee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni

Age: 56

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

Age: 66

Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois

Michael Edward Shanahan (born August 24, 1952) is a former American football coach, best known as the head coach of the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL) from 1995 to 2008. ...more
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Jim Edgar is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Jim Edgar

Age: 72

Birthplace: Vinita, Oklahoma, United States of America

James Edgar (born July 22, 1946) is an American politician who was the 38th Governor of Illinois from 1991 to 1999. Previously he served as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives from ...more
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Ron Westray is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Trombonist

Age: 48

Birthplace: Columbia, South Carolina

Ronald Kenneth Westray, Jr. (born June 13, 1970 in Columbia, South Carolina) is an American jazz trombonist, composer, and educator. He holds a B.A. from South Carolina State University and a ...more
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Burl Ives is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Author, Actor, Voice acting

Age: Dec. at 86 (1909-1995)

Birthplace: USA, Illinois

Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives (June 14, 1909 – April 14, 1995) was an American singer and actor of stage, screen, radio and television. Ives began as an itinerant singer and banjoist, and launched his ...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

Age: 42

Birthplace: Charleston, Illinois

Charlotte Ann Martin (born October 31, 1976) is an American singer-songwriter, who performs predominantly on the piano. She has written several studio albums, two of which have received ...more
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Marty Pattin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Marty Pattin Baseball player

Age: 75

Birthplace: Charleston, Illinois

Martin William Pattin (April 6, 1943 – October 3, 2018) was an American professional baseball player who played in the Major League Baseball as a right-handed pitcher. He pitched for the ...more
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Jeff Gossett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
American football player

Age: 58

Birthplace: Charleston, Illinois, United States of America

Jeffrey Alan Gossett (born January 25, 1957) is a former American football punter who played in the National Football League (NFL) and the United States Football League (USFL). He played college ...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

Age: 55

Birthplace: San Mateo, California, United States of America

Patrick Sean Payton (born December 29, 1963) is an American football coach and former player who is the current head coach of the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). Payton ...more
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John Jurkovic is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
American football player

Age: 51

Birthplace: Friedrichshafen, Germany

Ivan "John" Jurkovic (born August 18, 1967) is a former American football player currently employed as a broadcaster. He grew up in Calumet City, Illinois. Jurkovic played ...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

Age: 64

Birthplace: Kankakee, Illinois

Ted Petersen (born February 7, 1955) is a former professional American football player who played offensive lineman for nine seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Cleveland Browns, and the ...more
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Kevin Duckworth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Kevin Duckworth Basketball player

Age: Dec. at 44 (1964-2008)

Birthplace: Harvey, Illinois

Kevin James Duckworth (April 1, 1964 – August 25, 2008) was an American professional basketball player at center in the National Basketball Association (NBA). A native of Illinois, he played ...more

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Chris Szarka is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
American football player

Age: 44

Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

Chris "Canuck Truck" Szarka (born February 12, 1975 in Vancouver, British Columbia) is a former Canadian Football League fullback. He spent his entire professional football career with ...more
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Joe Knollenberg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Joe Knollenberg Politician

Age: 85

Birthplace: Mattoon, Illinois, United States of America

Joseph Kastl Knollenberg (November 28, 1933 – February 6, 2018) was an American politician from Michigan. From 1993 to 2009, he was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives, ...more
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Jerry Sheehan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Jerry Sheehan

Age: 49

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

Age: 42

Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa

Matthew "Matt" Bobo (born January 6, 1977 in Des Moines, Iowa) 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

Age: 85

Birthplace: Charleston, Illinois

Raymond Fisher or Ray Fisher may refer to: Raymond C. Fisher (born 1939), U.S. judge Ray Fisher (baseball) (1887–1982), American baseball player Ray Fisher (actor), stage and film actor Ray ...more
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Brad Childress is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
American football player

Age: 62

Birthplace: Aurora, Illinois

Bradley Childress (born June 27, 1956) is an American football coach who is currently a senior offensive assistant for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He has worked for ...more
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Kevin Seitzer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Baseball player, Coach

Age: 56

Birthplace: Springfield, Illinois

Kevin Lee Seitzer (; born March 26, 1962) is an American former third baseman in Major League Baseball with the Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, and Cleveland Indians. ...more

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Cory Leman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni
Cory Leman American football player

Age: 30

Birthplace: Champaign, Illinois