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Famous Hunter College Alumni

Updated July 22, 2019 11.6k views179 items

List RulesPeople 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?”
  • Vin Diesel1

    Vin Diesel

    Film Producer, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Mark Sinclair (born July 18, 1967), better known by his stage name Vin Diesel, is an American...  more

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  • Cybill Shepherd2

    Cybill Shepherd

    Activist, Television producer


    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America

    Cybill Lynne Shepherd (born February 18, 1950) is an American actress, singer, and former...  more

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  • Constance Ford3

    Constance Ford

    Model, Actor

    AgeDec. at 70 (1923-1993)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Constance Ford (born Cornelia M. Ford; July 1, 1923 – February 26, 1993) was an American...  more
  • Ellen Barkin4

    Ellen Barkin

    Businessperson, Film Producer


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Ellen Rona Barkin (born April 16, 1954) is an American actress and producer. Her breakthrough...  more

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  • Ruby Dee5

    Ruby Dee

    Activist, Poet

    AgeDied at 92 (1922-2014)

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio, USA

    Ruby Dee (born Ruby Ann Wallace, October 27, 1922 – June 11, 2014) was an American actress,...  more

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  • Leigh Lezark6


    BirthplaceToms River, New Jersey, United States of America

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  • Edward Burns7

    Edward Burns

    Television director, Television producer


    BirthplaceWoodside, New York City, New York, USA

    Edward Fitzgerald Burns (born January 29, 1968) is an American actor, producer, writer, and...  more

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    #137 of 140 The Greatest Hollywood Screenwriters Of All-Time, Ranked#93 of 104 Actors Who Have Directed Films

  • Eleanor Clift8

    Eleanor Clift

    Commentator, Journalist


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Eleanor Clift (born July 7, 1940) is an American political reporter, television pundit, and...  more
  • Patricia Bath9

    Patricia Bath

    Physician, Ophthalmology


    BirthplaceHarlem, New York City, New York

    Patricia Era Bath (November 4, 1942 – May 30, 2019) was an American ophthalmologist, inventor,...  more
  • Audre Lorde10

    Audre Lorde

    Activist, Librarian

    AgeDec. at 58 (1934-1992)

    BirthplaceHarlem, New York City, New York

    Audre Lorde (; born Audrey Geraldine Lorde; February 18, 1934 – November 17, 1992) was an...  more

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  • Hugh Downs11

    Hugh Downs

    Journalist, Television producer


    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    Hugh Malcolm Downs (born February 14, 1921) was a retired American broadcaster, television...  more


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  • Esther Rolle12

    AgeDec. at 78 (1920-1998)

    BirthplacePompano Beach, Florida, United States of America

    Esther Rolle (November 8, 1920 – November 17, 1998) was an American actress. Rolle is best...  more
  • Dreya Weber13

    Dreya Weber

    Film Producer, Actor


    BirthplaceBloomington, Indiana, United States of America

    Dreya Weber (born May 8, 1961) is an American actress, producer, director, and aerialist....  more
  • Robert R. Davila14
    Dr. Robert Davila (born July 19, 1932) served as the ninth president of Gallaudet University,...  more
  • Bess Myerson15

    Bess Myerson

    Politician, Model


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Bess Myerson (July 16, 1924 – December 14, 2014) was an American politician, model and...  more
  • Elena Kagan16

    Elena Kagan

    Professor, Law professor


    BirthplaceManhattan, 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...  more
  • Rhea Perlman17

    Rhea Perlman

    Television producer, Film Producer


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Rhea Jo Perlman (born March 31, 1948) is an American actress and author, best known for her...  more

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  • Bella Abzug18

    Bella Abzug

    Politician, Actor

    AgeDec. at 78 (1920-1998)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    Bella Savitzky Abzug (July 24, 1920 – March 31, 1998), nicknamed "Battling Bella", was an...  more
  • Gertrude B. Elion19

    Gertrude B. Elion

    Chemist, Scientist

    AgeDec. at 81 (1918-1999)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Gertrude "Trudy" Belle Elion (January 23, 1918 – February 21, 1999) was an American biochemist...  more
  • Natasha Leggero20

    Natasha Leggero

    Comedian, Actor


    BirthplaceRockford, Illinois, United States of America

    Natasha Leggero (born March 26, 1974) is an American actress, comedian, and writer. She rose...  more
  • Valerie Harper21


    BirthplaceSuffern, New York, United States of America

    Valerie Kathryn Harper (born August 22, 1939) is an American actress. She began her career as...  more

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  • Judy Reyes22

    Judy Reyes

    Film Producer, Actor


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    Judy Reyes (born November 5, 1967) is an American television actress, best known for her roles...  more

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    #61 of 124 The Best Hispanic Actresses of All Time#66 of 76 Celebrities You Didn't Know Are Bilingual

  • Richard Jeni23

    Richard Jeni

    Comedian, Actor

    AgeDec. at 50 (1957-2007)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Richard John Colangelo (April 14, 1957 – March 10, 2007), better known by the stage name of...  more

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  • Nick Valensi24

    Nick Valensi

    Guitarist, Musician


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Nicholas Valensi (born January 16, 1981) is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter and...  more

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    #522 of 542 The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time#284 of 639 The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time

  • Ned Vizzini25

    Ned Vizzini

    Novelist, Author

    AgeDec. at 32 (1981-2013)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Ned Vizzini (born Edison Price Vizzini, April 4, 1981 – December 19, 2013) was an American...  more