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

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

Vin Diesel and Cybill Shepherd are included on this list along with many more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Hunter College?” and “Which celebrities are Hunter College alumni?”
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Vin Diesel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Hunter College Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: 51

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

Mark Sinclair (born July 18, 1967), better known by his stage name Vin Diesel, is an American actor, producer, director, and screenwriter. After featuring in the war film Saving Private Ryan ...more

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Cybill Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Hunter College Alumni
Activist, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 65

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Cybill Lynne Shepherd (born February 18, 1950) is an American actress, singer, and former model. Shepherd's better-known roles include Jacy in The Last Picture Show (1971), Kelly in The ...more

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Constance Ford is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Hunter College Alumni
Model, Actor

Age: Dec. at 70 (1923-1993)

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

Constance Ford (born Cornelia M. Ford; July 1, 1923 – February 26, 1993) was an American actress and model. She is best known for her long-running role as Ada Hobson on the daytime soap opera ...more
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Ellen Barkin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Hunter College Alumni
Businessperson, Film Producer, Actor

Age: 64

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

Ellen Rona Barkin (born April 16, 1954) is an American actress and producer. Her breakthrough role was in the 1982 film Diner, and in the following years she had starring roles in films such as ...more

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Ruby Dee is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Hunter College Alumni
Activist, Poet, Journalist

Age: Dec. at 92 (1922-2014)

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America

Ruby Dee (born Ruby Ann Wallace, October 27, 1922 – June 11, 2014) was an American actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and civil rights activist. She is perhaps best known for ...more

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Leigh Lezark is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Hunter College Alumni
Model

Age: 34

Birthplace: Toms River, New Jersey, United States of America

The Misshapes are a New York City-based creative collective composed of DJs Leigh Lezark, Geordon Nicol, and Greg Krelenstein.
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Edward Burns is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Hunter College Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 51

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

Edward Fitzgerald Burns (born January 29, 1968) is an American actor, producer, writer, and director best known for appearing in several films including Saving Private Ryan (1998), 15 Minutes ...more

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Eleanor Clift is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Hunter College Alumni
Commentator, Journalist, Author

Age: 78

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

Eleanor Clift (born July 7, 1940) is an American political reporter, television pundit, and author. She is currently a contributor to MSNBC and blogger for The Daily Beast. She is a regular ...more
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Patricia Bath is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Hunter College Alumni
Physician, Ophthalmology

Age: 76

Birthplace: Harlem, New York City, New York

Patricia Era Bath (November 4, 1942 – May 30, 2019) was an American ophthalmologist, inventor, humanitarian, and academic. She was an early pioneer of laser cataract surgery. She also became ...more
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Audre Lorde is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Hunter College Alumni
Activist, Librarian, Poet

Age: Dec. at 58 (1934-1992)

Birthplace: Harlem, New York City, New York

Audre Lorde (; born Audrey Geraldine Lorde; February 18, 1934 – November 17, 1992) was an American writer, feminist, womanist, librarian, and civil rights activist. As a poet, she is best known ...more

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Hugh Downs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Hunter College Alumni
Hugh Downs Journalist, Television producer, Game Show Host

Age: 98

Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States of America

Hugh Malcolm Downs (born February 14, 1921) was a retired American broadcaster, television host, news anchor, TV producer, author, game show host, and music composer. He was perhaps best known ...more
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Esther Rolle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Hunter College Alumni
Actor

Age: Dec. at 78 (1920-1998)

Birthplace: Pompano Beach, Florida, United States of America

Esther Rolle (November 8, 1920 – November 17, 1998) was an American actress. Rolle is best known for her role as Florida Evans, on the CBS television sitcom Maude, for two seasons (1972–1974), ...more

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Dreya Weber is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Hunter College Alumni
Film Producer, Actor

Age: 57

Birthplace: Bloomington, Indiana, United States of America

Dreya Weber (born May 8, 1961) is an American actress, producer, director, and aerialist.
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Robert R. Davila is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Hunter College Alumni

Age: 87

Birthplace: California

Dr. Robert Davila (born July 19, 1932) served as the ninth president of Gallaudet University, the world's only university in which all programs and services are specifically designed to ...more
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Bess Myerson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Hunter College Alumni
Politician, Model, Actor

Age: 94

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

Bess Myerson (July 16, 1924 – December 14, 2014) was an American politician, model and television actress who became famous in 1945 as the first Jewish Miss America. Myerson is the only Jewish ...more
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Elena Kagan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Hunter College Alumni
Professor, Law professor, Lawyer

Age: 58

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

Elena Kagan (; born April 28, 1960) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. She was nominated by President Barack Obama in May 2010, and confirmed by the Senate in ...more
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Rhea Perlman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Hunter College Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter

Age: 70

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Rhea Jo Perlman (born March 31, 1948) is an American actress and author, best known for her role as head-waitress Carla Tortelli on the sitcom Cheers from 1982 to 1993. Over the course of 11 ...more

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Bella Abzug is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Hunter College Alumni
Politician, Actor, Social activist

Age: Dec. at 78 (1920-1998)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

Bella Savitzky Abzug (July 24, 1920 – March 31, 1998), nicknamed "Battling Bella", was an American lawyer, U.S. Representative, social activist and a leader of the Women's Movement. In ...more
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Gertrude B. Elion is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Hunter College Alumni
Chemist, Scientist

Age: Dec. at 81 (1918-1999)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Gertrude "Trudy" Belle Elion (January 23, 1918 – February 21, 1999) was an American biochemist and pharmacologist, who shared the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with George ...more
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Natasha Leggero is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Hunter College Alumni
Comedian, Actor

Age: 44

Birthplace: Rockford, Illinois, United States of America

Natasha Leggero (born March 26, 1974) is an American actress, comedian, and writer. She rose to fame after appearing as the host of MTV's The 70s House (2005), and for her tenure as a regular ...more

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Valerie Harper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Hunter College Alumni
Actor

Age: 79

Birthplace: Suffern, New York, United States of America

Valerie Kathryn Harper (born August 22, 1939) is an American actress. She began her career as a dancer on Broadway, making her debut in the musical Take Me Along in 1959. Harper is best ...more

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Judy Reyes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Hunter College Alumni
Film Producer, Actor

Age: 51

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

Judy Reyes (born November 5, 1967) is an American television actress, best known for her roles as Carla Espinosa on the NBC/ABC sitcom Scrubs (2001–2009), and as Zoila Diaz in the Lifetime ...more

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Richard Jeni is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Hunter College Alumni
Comedian, Actor

Age: Dec. at 50 (1957-2007)

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

Richard John Colangelo (April 14, 1957 – March 10, 2007), better known by the stage name of Richard Jeni, was an American stand-up comedian and actor.

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Nick Valensi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Hunter College Alumni
Guitarist, Musician

Age: 38

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Nicholas Valensi (born January 16, 1981) is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter and session musician. He is most famous for his role as lead and rhythm guitarist, as well as occasional ...more

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Ned Vizzini is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Hunter College Alumni
Novelist, Author

Age: Dec. at 32 (1981-2013)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Ned Vizzini (born Edison Price Vizzini, April 4, 1981 – December 19, 2013) was an American writer. He was the author of four books for young adults including It's Kind of a Funny Story, which ...more