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

The list you're viewing contains graduates like Maria Menounos and Jay Leno.

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

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Jay Leno is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Television presenter, Television producer, Screenwriter James Douglas Muir "Jay" Leno is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, voice actor and television host. Leno was the host of NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno from 1992 to ...more

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David Cross is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer David Cross is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, singer, and voice artist, known primarily for his standup work, the HBO sketch comedy series Mr. Show, and his role as Tobias ...more

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Denis Leary is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer Denis Colin Leary is an actor and comedian. He was the star and co-creator of Rescue Me, which ended its seventh and final season on September 7, 2011. Leary has starred in many motion pictures, ...more

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Steven Wright is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Comedian, Musician, Film Producer Steven Alexander Wright is an American comedian, actor and writer. He is known for his distinctly lethargic voice and slow, deadpan delivery of ironic, philosophical and sometimes nonsensical ...more

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Maria Menounos is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Wrestler, Journalist, Film Producer Maria Menounos is an American actress, journalist, TV hostess, and occasional professional wrestling personality. She is known in the United States for her appearances as a TV correspondent for ...more

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Gina Gershon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Television producer, Author, Actor Gina L. Gershon is an American film, television and stage actress, singer and author. She is known for her roles in the films Cocktail, Showgirls, Bound, Face/Off, The Insider, Demonlover, P.S. ...more

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Henry Winkler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Film Producer Henry Franklin Winkler, OBE is an American actor, director, comedian, producer and author. Winkler is best known for his role as Arthur Fonzarelli in the 1970s American sitcom Happy Days. ...more

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Mario Cantone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting Mario Cantone is an American stand-up comedian, writer and actor, with numerous appearances on Comedy Central including Chappelle's Show. He also played Anthony Marentino on Sex and the City. ...more

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Norman Lear is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Film Producer Norman Milton Lear is an American television writer and producer who produced such 1970s sitcoms as All in the Family, Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons, Good Times, and Maude. ...more

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Max Mutchnick is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Television producer, Screenwriter Jason Nidorf "Max" Mutchnick is an American television producer. He has received an Emmy Award, a People's Choice Award, and several Golden Globe Award nominations.

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Spalding Gray is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Performer, Screenwriter, Actor Spalding Rockwell Gray was an American actor and writer. He is known for the autobiographical monologues that he wrote and performed for the theater in the 1980s and 1990s. Theater critics John ...more

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Andrea Martin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor Andrea Louise Martin is an American actress and comedian. She has appeared in films such as Black Christmas, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, on stage in productions such as ...more

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Bill Schulz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Journalist, Comedian William Dawes "Bill" Schulz is an American journalist, writer, and television personality, best known for being on the Fox News late-night show Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld. Schulz is also ...more

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Paul Thomas Anderson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor Paul Thomas Anderson is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. Interested in film-making at a young age, Anderson was encouraged by his father Ernie Anderson to become a ...more

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Jessie Ward is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Wrestler Jessie Lynn Ward is an American television producer and retired professional wrestler.

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Jennifer Coolidge is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Comedian, Actor, Voice acting Jennifer Audrey Coolidge is an American actress and comedian, known for playing "Stifler's mom", a role prominent in the American Pie films; Paulette, the manicurist in Legally Blonde ...more

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Brandon Lee is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Actor, Martial artist Brandon Bruce Lee was an American actor and martial artist. He was the son of martial arts film actor Bruce Lee, the grandson of Cantonese opera singer Lee Hoi-chuen, and brother of Shannon Lee. ...more

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Amir Mokri is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Cinematographer Amir M. Mokri is an Iranian cinematographer known for his work on such films as Man of Steel and Transformers: Age of Extinction. Mokri was born in Iran and emigrated to the United States in ...more

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Joely Fisher is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Actor Joely Fisher is an American actress best known for her work on television as Paige Clark on Ellen as well as Joy Stark in the Fox sitcom 'Til Death, and most recently as a guest judge on ...more

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John Sencio is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Television producer, VJ, Actor John Sencio is an American television host, producer, and journalist, as well as a former MTV VJ. Mr. Sencio is also a 2-time cancer survivor and motivational speaker. He currently resides in ...more

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Elaine Noble is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Politician Elaine Noble is an American politician and LGBT activist who served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives for two terms starting in January 1975. She was the first openly lesbian or gay ...more

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Lance Norris is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Comedian, Writer Lance Norris is an American actor/writer/director/stand-up comic/critic/mentalist.

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Bill Burr is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter William "Bill" Burr is an American comedian, writer, and actor. He is best known for his stand up comedy specials. He also has a weekly Monday podcast that can be found at

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Dan Finnerty is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Actor, Voice acting, Singer Dan Finnerty is an American actor and singer.

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Richard Libertini is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Actor, Voice acting Richard Libertini is an American stage, film and television actor known for playing character roles and his ability to speak in numerous accents.

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Charles Wesley Emerson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Charles Wesley Emerson was the founder and first president of Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. Charles Emerson was also the author of a number of books dealing with oratory and a ...more

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Julie Goldman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Comedian, Musician, Screenwriter Julie Goldman is an American comedian, actress, and musician. She lives in Los Angeles, California. She is Jewish and a lesbian. Julie Goldman starred in the first, second and third seasons of ...more

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Scott Wittman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Film Score Composer, Television director, Television producer Scott Wittman is an American director, lyricist, and writer for Broadway, concerts, and television. Wittman was raised in Nanuet, New York, graduated high Nanuet Senior High School in 1972 and ...more

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Gene Wood is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Announcer, Television producer, Game Show Host Eugene Edward "Gene" Wood was an American television personality, known primarily for his work as an announcer on various game shows. From the 1960s to the 1990s, he announced many ...more

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Louise Wightman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Bodybuilder, Exotic dancer, Radio personality Louise Fitzgerald Wightman, also known as Lucy Wightman, is a former exotic dancer who performed in Boston and Providence the 1970s and 1980s using the stage name Princess Cheyenne. The ...more

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Doris
Secretary, Politician, Democracy activist Doris Haddock was an American political activist from New Hampshire. Haddock achieved national fame when, between the ages of 88 and 90, starting on January 1, 1999, and culminating on February ...more

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Ian Parsons is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Musician, Singer Ian Parsons, born on February, 15, 1970 in Providence, Rhode Island is an American Singer/Songwriter and founder of the musical group The Ian Parsons Reject. He sings, plays guitar, drums, ...more

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Bobbi Brown is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Artist, Makeup Artist Bobbi Brown is an American professional makeup artist and the founder and CCO of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. Brown has written eight books about makeup and beauty. She is the Contributing Beauty ...more

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Paul Dini is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor Paul Dini is an American writer and producer who works in the television and comic book industries. He is best known as a producer and writer for several Warner Bros./DC Comics animated series, ...more

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Danny Ledonne is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Film Producer, Film Director Danny Ledonne is an American film director. He is a 2004 graduate of Emerson College's film program in Boston, Massachusetts. He is known for creating the controversial video game Super ...more

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Louise Closser Hale is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Novelist, Author, Actor Louise Closser Hale was an American actress, playwright and novelist. Louise Closser was born either in Springfield, Massachusetts or Chicago, Illinois. Her father was Joseph A. Closser, a ...more

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Adam Stein is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Adam Stein is the Vice President of Marketing at Mu Security. Adam has over 20 years of marketing and category creation expertise focused primarily within the networking and security hardware, ...more

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Michael Nouri is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Actor Michael Nouri is an American television and film actor. He may be best known for his role as Nick Hurley, in the 1983 film Flashdance. He has had recurring roles in numerous television series, ...more

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Thomas Lux is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Poet Thomas Lux is an American poet that holds the Margaret T. and Henry C. Bourne, Jr. Chair in Poetry at the Georgia Institute of Technology and runs Georgia Tech's "Poetry at Tech"

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Andy Wachowski is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Comic book creator, Film Producer, Screenwriter Andy Wachowski is half of the Wachowski Brothers, responsible for writing, directing, and/or producing such films as the Matrix series.

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Susan Batson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Acting Coach, Theatrical producer, Film Producer Susan Batson is an American producer, actress, author, acting coach, and a life member of the Actors Studio. Susan's mother, Ruth Batson, was a noted civil rights activist. She trained with ...more

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Eric Bruno Borgman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer Eric Bruno Borgman is an actor.

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Natasha Gregson Wagner is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Actor Natasha Gregson Wagner is an American actress. Wagner was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Richard Gregson, a film producer, and actress Natalie Wood.

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Bill Dana is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Author Bill Dana is an American comedian, actor and screenwriter. He often appeared on television shows such as The Ed Sullivan Show, frequently in the guise of a heavily accented Bolivian character ...more

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Eric Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Guitarist, Singer-songwriter, Singer Eric Hutchinson is an American singer-songwriter. He signed with Madonna's Maverick Records, but the label shut down before his album was released. Hutchinson recorded and released the album ...more

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Sam Doumit is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Actor, Presenter Samia "Sam" Doumit is an American actress.

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Larry Glick is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Larry Glick was an American talk radio host, based in Boston, Massachusetts, whose long-running show on WBZ and later WHDH became a New England institution in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Prior ...more

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Laura Kightlinger is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter Laura Kightlinger is an American actress, comedian and writer. She was a writer and consulting producer on Will & Grace, while also occasionally appearing on the show as the character Nurse ...more

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Olen Steinhauer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Novelist Olen Steinhauer is an American writer of spy fiction novels, known for books such as the New York Times Best Seller The Tourist, the Milo Weaver Trilogy and the Yalta Boulevard Sequence.

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Adam Green is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Emerson College Alumni
Songwriter, Singer-songwriter Adam Green is an American singer-songwriter, artist and filmmaker. Green is well known for his involvement in the Anti-folk music movement and as one half of the band The Moldy Peaches. Green ...more