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

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

List features graduates like Christopher Walken, James Caan and more famous Hofstra alumni!

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Hofstra University?” and “Which celebrities are Hofstra University alumni?”
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James Caan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Hofstra University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting, Singer

Age: 78

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

James Edmund Caan (born March 26, 1940) is an American actor. After early roles in The Glory Guys (1965), for which he received a Golden Globe nomination, El Dorado (1967), and The Rain People ...more

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Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Hofstra University Alumni
Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting

Age: 72

Birthplace: Astoria, New York City, New York, USA

Christopher Walken (born Ronald Walken, March 31, 1943) is an American actor, dancer, director, screenwriter, and playwright who has appeared in more than 100 films and television programs, ...more

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Francis Ford Coppola is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Hofstra University Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 79

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Francis Ford Coppola (, Italian: [ˈkɔppola]; born April 7, 1939) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, film composer, and vintner. He was a central figure in the New Hollywood ...more

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Bernard Madoff is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Hofstra University Alumni
Investment broker, Businessperson, Investor

Age: 80

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Bernard Lawrence Madoff (; born April 29, 1938) is an American former market maker, investment advisor and financier who is currently serving a federal prison sentence for offenses related to a ...more

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Carol Alt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Hofstra University Alumni
Model, Actor

Age: 58

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York, Flushing

Carol Ann Alt (born December 1, 1960) is an American model and actress.
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Richard Socarides is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Hofstra University Alumni
Commentator, Lawyer

Age: 65

Richard Socarides (born November 8, 1954) is head of global corporate communications and government affairs for Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG). Previously, he led communications at New Line Cinema ...more
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Madeline Kahn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Hofstra University Alumni
Comedian, Actor, Voice acting

Age: Dec. at 57 (1942-1999)

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Madeline Gail Kahn (born Madeline Gail Wolfson; September 29, 1942 – December 3, 1999) was an American actress, comedian, voice actress, and singer, known for comedic roles in films directed by ...more

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Lainie Kazan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Hofstra University Alumni
Actor, Singer

Age: 78

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Lainie Kazan (born May 15, 1940) is an American actress and singer. She was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for St. Elsewhere and the 1993 ...more
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Charles Ludlam is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Hofstra University Alumni
Theatre Director, Actor, Playwright

Age: Dec. at 44 (1943-1987)

Birthplace: Floral Park, New York, United States of America

Charles Braun Ludlam (April 12, 1943 – May 28, 1987) was an American actor, director, and playwright.
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Robert Davi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Hofstra University Alumni
Film Producer, Actor, Singer

Age: 65

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York, Astoria

Robert John Davi (born June 26, 1953) is an American actor, singer, and entertainer. Over the course of his acting career, Davi has performed in more than 130 films. Among his most recognized ...more
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Donnie Klang is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Hofstra University Alumni
Record producer, Songwriter, Model

Age: 34

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Donald Joseph Klang (born January 23, 1985) is an American singer, songwriter, producer and model. He won Making the Band 4 and was awarded his own solo contract by Diddy. He released his debut ...more

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Monica Horan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Hofstra University Alumni
Telephone operator, Actor

Age: 52

Birthplace: Darby, Pennsylvania, USA

Monica Louise Horan (born January 29, 1963) is an American actress best known for her role as Amy MacDougall-Barone on the television sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond.
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David Paterson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Hofstra University Alumni
David Paterson Politician

Age: 64

Birthplace: New York City, New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, + more

David Alexander Paterson (born May 20, 1954) is an American politician who served as the 55th Governor of New York, succeeding Eliot Spitzer and serving out nearly three years of Spitzer's term ...more

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Dorian Brown is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Hofstra University Alumni
Actor

Birthplace: USA, North Carolina, Charlotte

Dorian Brown plays Katie in the ABC sit-com Roommates.
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Tom McGowan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Hofstra University Alumni
Actor

Age: 59

Birthplace: Belmar, New Jersey, USA

Thomas "Tom" McGowan (born July 26, 1959) is an American actor. He first become known for his stage career both on and off Broadway. In 1991, he was nominated for the Tony Award for ...more
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Nelson DeMille is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Hofstra University Alumni
Novelist

Age: 75

Birthplace: Jamaica, New York City, New York

Nelson Richard DeMille (born August 23, 1943) is an American author of action adventure and suspense novels. His novels include Plum Island, The Charm School, and The Gold Coast. DeMille has ...more

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Susan Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Hofstra University Alumni
Actor

Age: 76

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Susan Michaela Sullivan (born November 18, 1942) is an American actress. Sullivan is best known for her roles as Lenore Curtin Delaney on the daytime soap opera Another World (1971–76), as Dr. ...more
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Phil Baroni is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Hofstra University Alumni

Age: 42

Birthplace: Long Island, New York, United States of America

Philip George Baroni (born April 16, 1976) is an American mixed martial artist, professional wrestler and former kickboxer. Before crossing over mainly to professional wrestling, Baroni competed ...more

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Godfrey Cambridge is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Hofstra University Alumni
Comedian, Actor

Age: Dec. at 43 (1933-1976)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Godfrey MacArthur Cambridge (February 26, 1933 – November 29, 1976) was an American stand-up comic and actor. Alongside Bill Cosby, Dick Gregory, and Nipsey Russell, he was acclaimed by Time ...more
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Eliot Wald is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Hofstra University Alumni
Television producer, Screenwriter

Age: Dec. at 57 (1946-2003)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Eliot Wald (February 10, 1946 - July 12, 2003) was a comedy writer who worked for The Second City improv group in Chicago and for Saturday Night Live before turning to movies. He and a partner, ...more
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Kathryn V. Marinello is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Hofstra University Alumni
Businessperson

Age: 63

Kathryn V. Marinello is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hertz Corporation, member of the Board of Directors of The Hertz Corporation, and alumna of Hofstra University.
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Frank Zarb is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Hofstra University Alumni
Businessperson, Politician

Age: 84

Birthplace: New York City, New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, + more

Frank Gustave Zarb (born February 17, 1935) is an American businessman and former Republican politician. He is perhaps best known as the chairman and ceo of the NASDAQ stock exchange during the ...more
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Alan Colmes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Hofstra University Alumni
Commentator, Comedian, Author

Age: 68

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Alan Samuel Colmes (September 24, 1950 – February 23, 2017) was an American radio and television host, liberal political commentator for the Fox News Channel, and blogger. He was the host of The ...more
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Meredith Eaton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Hofstra University Alumni
Psychologist, Actor

Age: 44

Birthplace: Long Island, New York, United States of America

Meredith Hope Eaton (sometimes credited as Meredith Eaton-Gilden; born August 26, 1974) is an American actress. She is 4 feet (1.2 m) tall and refers to herself as a "short-stature ...more
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Robert Swirsky is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Hofstra University Alumni
Computer scientist

Age: 56

Robert Swirsky (born December, 1962, Brooklyn, NY) is a computer scientist, author, and pianist. In the early 1980s, Swirsky was one of the first regular contributors to the nascent computer ...more