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

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

This is a list that features graduates like Gary Cooper and Herbie Hancock.

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

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Gary Cooper is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni
Gary Cooper Actor

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Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni
Herbie Hancock Film Score Composer, Jazz Pianist, Songwriter

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Robert Noyce is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni
Robert Noyce Businessperson, Physicist, Inventor

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Fred Hersch is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni
Fred Hersch Jazz Pianist, Pianist, Composer

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Walter Koenig is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni
Walter Koenig Television director, Film Producer, Actor

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Theodore E. Burton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni

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Edward Hirsch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni
Edward Hirsch Poet, Literary critic, Essayist

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James Wilson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni
James Wilson Politician, Lawyer

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Peter Coyote is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni
Peter Coyote Screenwriter, Author, Actor

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Walter Jacobson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni
Walter Jacobson Journalist, Newsreader, TV Journalist

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Nathaniel Borenstein is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni
Nathaniel Borenstein Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Computer scientist

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Tom Cole is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni
Tom Cole Professor

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James Norman Hall is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni
James Norman Hall Memoirist, Novelist

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David Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni

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Mary Sue Coleman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni
Mary Sue Coleman Professor

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Hap Moran is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni
Hap Moran American football player

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Zander Cannon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni
Zander Cannon Cartoonist

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John Garang is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni
John Garang Politician, Rebel

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Thomas Cech is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni
Thomas Cech Chemist

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David Mura is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni
David Mura Performer, Poet, Novelist

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Paul Gardner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni
Paul Gardner Legislator

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Harry Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni
Harry Hopkins Politician

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Jesse Macy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni
Jesse Macy Historian, Political Science

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Alan Wheat is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni

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Joseph N. Welch is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni
Joseph N. Welch Actor, Lawyer

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Tony Stubblebine is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni
Tony Stubblebine Entrepreneur

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Charles R Wall is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni
Charles R Wall Businessperson, Lawyer

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Emily Bergl is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni
Emily Bergl Actor

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Gary Giddins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni
Gary Giddins Journalist, Writer, Critic

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Nordahl Brue is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni
Nordahl Brue Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Lawyer

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Amy Clampitt is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni

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Ian Roberts is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni
Ian Roberts Television director, Comedian, Television producer

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Clair Cameron Patterson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni

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Roy Richard Grinker is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni
Roy Richard Grinker Anthropologist, Journalist, Professor

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Terry Bisson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni
Terry Bisson Novelist, Author, Writer

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Janet Langford Kelly is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni

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Mark W. Schwartz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni
Mark W. Schwartz Businessperson

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George A. Wilson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni

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Frank W. Cyr is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni

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Thomas Merrill is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni

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Hallie Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni
Hallie Flanagan Theatre Director, Theatrical producer, Author

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William A. Noyes is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni

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Ed Levine is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni
Ed Levine Journalist

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Sam Tanenhaus is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni
Sam Tanenhaus Editor, Journalist, Biographer

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Michael Petrick is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni

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Scott Raecker is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni
Scott Raecker

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Eric Groves is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni

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Josh Quittner is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni
Josh Quittner Editor, Journalist

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Sen Katayama is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni
Sen Katayama Journalist

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David Perkinson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Grinnell College Alumni