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Famous Eastern Illinois University Alumni

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List RulesPeople 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?”
  • 1
    Fashion designer, Businessperson


    BirthplaceChristopher, 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 the...  more

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  • 2
    Athlete, American football player


    BirthplaceSan 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). He...  more

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  • 3
    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 is a...  more

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  • 4
    Fashion designer, Actor


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA

    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" Armstrong in the...  more
  • 5


    BirthplaceRochelle, Illinois, United States of America

    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 And a...  more

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  • 6
    Debra Beebe is a contestant on Survivor: Tocantins, the eighteenth season of reality show Survivor....  more
  • 7
    American Football coach, Coach


    BirthplaceOak 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. During...  more
  • 8
    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 1976...  more
  • 9


    BirthplaceColumbia, 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 Master...  more
  • 10
    Author, Actor

    AgeDec. at 85 (1909-1995)

    BirthplaceIllinois, United States of America

    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 own...  more
  • 11
    Record producer, Musician


    BirthplaceCharleston, 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 mainstream...  more
  • 12
    Baseball player


    BirthplaceCharleston, 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 California...  more
  • 13
    American football player


    BirthplaceCharleston, 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
  • 14
    American Football coach, Coach


    BirthplaceSan 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 was...  more
  • 15
    American football player


    BirthplaceFriedrichshafen, 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 professionally as a...  more
  • 16
    American football player


    BirthplaceKankakee, 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
  • 17
    Basketball player

    AgeDec. at 44 (1964-2008)

    BirthplaceHarvey, 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 college...  more
  • 18
    American football player


    BirthplaceVancouver, 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 the...  more
  • 19


    BirthplaceColes County, Mattoon, Illinois, United States of America, Charleston-Mattoon

    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
  • 20
    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, Mr....
  • 21
    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....  more
  • 22
    American football player


    BirthplaceCharleston, 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 Fisher...  more
  • 23
    American football player


    BirthplaceAurora, 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 over...  more
  • 24
    Baseball player, Coach


    BirthplaceSpringfield, 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. He is...  more
  • 25
    American football player


    BirthplaceChampaign, Illinois