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Famous Hofstra University Alumni

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List RulesPeople 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?”
  • 1

    James Caan

    Actor, Voice acting


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Alternative NameJimmy Caan, Jimmy Cahn

    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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  • 2

    Christopher Walken

    Screenwriter, Actor


    BirthplaceAstoria, New York City, New York, United States of America

    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, including...  more

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  • 3

    Francis Ford Coppola

    Television director, Television producer


    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, USA

    Alternative NameF. Coppola, Francis Coppola, Thomas Colchart

    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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  • 4

    Bernard Madoff

    Investment broker, Businessperson


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Bernard Lawrence Madoff (April 29, 1938 – April 14, 2021) was an American market maker, investment advisor, financier, and convicted fraudster who served a federal prison sentence for offenses...  more

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  • 5

    Carol Alt

    Model, Actor


    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York, Flushing

    Carol Ann Alt (born December 1, 1960) is an American model and actress....  more

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  • 6

    Richard Socarides

    Commentator, Lawyer


    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 and...  more
  • 7

    Madeline Kahn

    Comedian, Actor

    AgeDec. at 57 (1942-1999)

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts, United States of America

    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 Peter...  more

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  • 8

    Lainie Kazan

    Actor, Singer


    BirthplaceNew 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 Tony...  more
  • 9

    Charles Ludlam

    Theatre Director, Actor

    AgeDec. at 44 (1943-1987)

    BirthplaceFloral Park, USA, New York

    Charles Braun Ludlam (April 12, 1943 – May 28, 1987) was an American actor, director, and playwright....  more
  • 10

    Robert Davi

    Film Producer, Actor


    BirthplaceAstoria, New York City, New York, USA

    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 roles...  more

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  • 11

    Donnie Klang

    Record producer, Songwriter


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    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
  • 12

    Monica Horan

    Telephone operator, Actor


    BirthplaceDarby, 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....  more
  • 13

    David Paterson



    BirthplaceNew York City, New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division, Area code 917, Contiguous United States

    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 from...  more


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  • 14

    BirthplaceUSA, North Carolina, Charlotte

    Dorian Brown plays Katie in the ABC sit-com Roommates....  more
  • 15


    BirthplaceBelmar, 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 Best Actor in a...  more
  • 16


    BirthplaceJamaica, 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 also...  more
  • 17


    BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA

    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. Elaina...  more
  • 18
    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 in...  more
  • 19

    Godfrey Cambridge

    Comedian, Actor

    AgeDec. at 43 (1933-1976)

    BirthplaceNew 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 magazine...  more
  • 20

    Eliot Wald

    Television producer, Screenwriter

    AgeDec. at 57 (1946-2003)

    BirthplaceNew 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
  • 21

    Kathryn V. Marinello



    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....  more
  • 22

    Frank Zarb

    Businessperson, Politician


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    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
  • 23

    Alan Colmes

    Commentator, Comedian


    BirthplaceNew 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 Alan...  more
  • 24

    Meredith Eaton

    Psychologist, Actor


    BirthplaceLong Island, New York, USA

    Alternative NameMeredith Hope Eaton, Meredith Eaton-Gilden, Meredith Gilden

    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 actress". She is...  more
  • 25

    Robert Swirsky

    Computer scientist


    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 magazine...  more