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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?”
  • James Caan1

    James Caan

    Actor, Voice acting


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    James Edmund Caan (born March 26, 1940) is an American actor. After early roles in The Glory...  more

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  • Christopher Walken2

    Christopher Walken

    Screenwriter, Actor


    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York, Astoria

    Christopher Walken (born Ronald Walken, March 31, 1943) is an American actor, dancer,...  more

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  • Francis Ford Coppola3

    Francis Ford Coppola

    Television director, Television producer


    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    Francis Ford Coppola (, Italian: [ˈkɔppola]; born April 7, 1939) is an American film director,...  more

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  • Bernard Madoff4

    Bernard Madoff

    Investment broker, Businessperson


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Bernard Lawrence Madoff (; born April 29, 1938) is an American former market maker,...  more

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  • Carol Alt5

    Carol Alt

    Model, Actor


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

    Carol Ann Alt (born December 1, 1960) is an American model and actress....  more
  • Richard Socarides6

    Richard Socarides

    Commentator, Lawyer


    Richard Socarides (born November 8, 1954) is head of global corporate communications and...  more
  • Madeline Kahn7

    Madeline Kahn

    Comedian, Actor

    AgeDec. at 57 (1942-1999)

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts, USA

    Madeline Gail Kahn (born Madeline Gail Wolfson; September 29, 1942 – December 3, 1999) was an...  more

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  • Lainie Kazan8

    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...  more
  • Charles Ludlam9

    Charles Ludlam

    Theatre Director, Actor

    AgeDec. at 44 (1943-1987)

    BirthplaceFloral Park, New York, United States of America

    Charles Braun Ludlam (April 12, 1943 – May 28, 1987) was an American actor, director, and...  more
  • Robert Davi10

    Robert Davi

    Film Producer, Actor


    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York, Astoria

    Robert John Davi (born June 26, 1953) is an American actor, singer, and entertainer. Over the...  more

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  • Donnie Klang11

    Donnie Klang

    Record producer, Songwriter


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Donald Joseph Klang (born January 23, 1985) is an American singer, songwriter, producer and...  more

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  • Monica Horan12

    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...  more
  • David Paterson13

    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...  more


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  • Dorian Brown14

    BirthplaceUSA, North Carolina, Charlotte

    Dorian Brown plays Katie in the ABC sit-com Roommates....  more
  • Tom McGowan15


    BirthplaceBelmar, New Jersey, USA

    Thomas "Tom" McGowan (born July 26, 1959) is an American actor. He first become known for his...  more
  • Nelson DeMille16


    BirthplaceJamaica, New York City, New York

    Nelson Richard DeMille (born August 23, 1943) is an American author of action adventure and...  more

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  • Susan Sullivan17


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Susan Michaela Sullivan (born November 18, 1942) is an American actress. Sullivan is best...  more
  • Phil Baroni18
    Philip George Baroni (born April 16, 1976) is an American mixed martial artist, professional...  more
  • Godfrey Cambridge19

    Godfrey Cambridge

    Comedian, Actor

    AgeDec. at 43 (1933-1976)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    Godfrey MacArthur Cambridge (February 26, 1933 – November 29, 1976) was an American stand-up...  more
  • Eliot Wald20

    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...  more
  • Kathryn V. Marinello21

    Kathryn V. Marinello



    Kathryn V. Marinello is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hertz Corporation,...  more
  • Frank Zarb22

    Frank Zarb

    Businessperson, Politician


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

    Frank Gustave Zarb (born February 17, 1935) is an American businessman and former Republican...  more
  • Alan Colmes23

    Alan Colmes

    Commentator, Comedian


    BirthplaceNew York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America

    Alan Samuel Colmes (September 24, 1950 – February 23, 2017) was an American radio and...  more
  • Meredith Eaton24

    Meredith Eaton

    Psychologist, Actor


    BirthplaceLong Island, New York, United States of America

    Meredith Hope Eaton (sometimes credited as Meredith Eaton-Gilden; born August 26, 1974) is an...  more
  • Robert Swirsky25

    Robert Swirsky

    Computer scientist


    Robert Swirsky (born December, 1962, Brooklyn, NY) is a computer scientist, author, and...  more