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

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

This list includes John Malkovich, Jane Lynch and more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Illinois State University?” and “Which celebrities are Illinois State University alumni?”

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Cloris Leachman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Cloris Leachman Comedian, Actor, Voice acting Cloris Leachman is an American actress of stage, film, and television. She has won eight Primetime Emmy Awards and one Daytime Emmy Award. She co-starred in the 1971 film The Last Picture Show ...more

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Jane Lynch is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Jane Lynch Comedian, Author, Actor Jane Marie Lynch is an American actress, singer, and comedian. She gained fame in Christopher Guest's improv mockumentary pictures such as Best in Show. Lynch's television cameos include an ...more

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John Malkovich is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
John Malkovich Fashion designer, Businessperson, Film Producer John Gavin Malkovich is an American actor, director, producer, and fashion designer. He has appeared in more than 70 motion pictures. For his roles in Places in the Heart and In the Line of ...more

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Laurie Metcalf is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Laurie Metcalf Actor, Voice acting, Teacher Laura Elizabeth "Laurie" Metcalf is an American actress. She is most widely known for her performance as Jackie Harris on the ABC sitcom Roseanne and has also had series television ...more

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Craig Robinson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Craig Robinson Actor, Voice acting, Singer Craig Phillip Robinson is an American actor, stand-up comedian, and singer. He is best known for his role as Darryl Philbin on The Office, and his roles in the films Pineapple Express, Miss ...more

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Gary Cole is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Gary Cole Actor, Voice acting Gary Michael Cole is an American television, film actor and voice artist. Born in Park Ridge, Illinois and attended Illinois State University but did not graduate. Cole began his professional ...more

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Gary Sinise is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Gary Sinise Spokesperson, Television director, Theatre Director Gary Alan Sinise is an American actor, director, and musician. Among other awards, he has won an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and has been nominated for an Academy Award. Sinise is known ...more

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Michelle Williams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Michelle Williams Record producer, Songwriter, Actor Tenitra Michelle Williams, commonly known as Michelle Williams, is an American recording artist and songwriter. Williams rose to fame in the 2000s as a member of R&B girl group Destiny's ...more

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Sean Hayes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Sean Hayes Comedian, Television producer, Actor Sean Patrick Hayes is an American actor, comedian, and producer. He is best known for his role as Jack McFarland on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace, for which he won an Emmy Award, four SAG ...more

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Tim Russ is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Tim Russ Musician, Film Producer, Screenwriter Timothy Darrell "Tim" Russ is an American actor, film director, screenwriter and musician. He is known for his roles as Lieutenant Commander Tuvok on Star Trek: Voyager, as Frank on ...more

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Suzy Bogguss is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Suzy Bogguss Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter Susan Kay "Suzy" Bogguss is an American country music singer and songwriter. Bogguss began her career in the early 1980s as a solo singer. In the 1990s, she released one platinum and ...more

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Francis Guinan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Francis Guinan Actor Francis V. Guinan, Jr. is an American film, television and stage actor who is perhaps best known for his role as Edgar Teller the patriarch in the short-lived NBC series Eerie, Indiana. He has ...more

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Donald F. Mchenry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Donald F. Mchenry Businessperson, Diplomat Donald Franchot McHenry is an American former diplomat. He was the United States Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations from September 1979 until January 20, 1981.

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Syleena Johnson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Syleena Johnson Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Model Syleena Johnson is an American Grammy Award nominated R&B and soul singer-songwriter and actress.

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Boomer Grigsby is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Boomer Grigsby American football player James Harvey "Boomer" Grigsby is a former American football fullback. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at ...more

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Neal Cotts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Neal Cotts Baseball player Neal James Cotts is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball. He has also played for the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs, and Texas Rangers.

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Dennis Tobenski is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Dennis Tobenski Composer, Singer Dennis Tobenski is an American composer of contemporary classical music and art song.

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Mark Staff Brandl is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Mark Staff Brandl Artist Mark Staff Brandl is an American-born artist, art historian and art critic now living primarily in Switzerland.

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Darell Garretson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Darell Garretson Basketball Official Darell Lee Garretson was an American professional basketball referee in the National Basketball Association for 27 years from 1967 to 1994, and he later served as NBA Supervisor of Officials for ...more

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Terry Kinney is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Terry Kinney Television director, Theatre Director, Actor Terry Kinney is an American actor and theatre director, and is a founding member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, with Gary Sinise and Jeff Perry. Kinney is best known for his role as Emerald ...more

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Brent Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Brent Hawkins American football player Brent Lee Hawkins is a former American football defensive end who played 2 years in the National Football League and 2 years in the Canadian Football League, until retiring from football in May ...more

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Reggie Hayes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Reggie Hayes Screenwriter, Actor Reginald "Reggie" C. Hayes is an American actor, screenwriter, and director. He is best known for his role as William Dent on the UPN/CW show, Girlfriends.

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Sandra Steingraber is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Sandra Steingraber Biologist, Author, Science writer Sandra Steingraber is an American biologist, author, and cancer survivor in the tradition of Rachel Carson. Steingraber writes and lectures on the environmental factors that contribute to ...more

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Aveion Cason is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Aveion Cason American football player Aveion Marquel Cason is a former American football running back and kick returner. Cason has also been a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals and ...more

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Jeremy Accardo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Jeremy Accardo Baseball player Jeremiah Lee Accardo is an American professional baseball pitcher who is currently a free agent. He has previously played in Major League Baseball for the San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue ...more

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Wang Shu-hui is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Wang Shu-hui Politician, Political Science Wang Shu-hui is a former legislator for the Democratic Progressive Party in Taiwan. Wand Shu-hui has on occasion participated in physical confrontations during her time as a Taiwanese ...more

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Ronald Goldman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Ronald Goldman Model Ronald Lyle "Ron" Goldman was an American waiter who was killed along with Nicole Brown Simpson in 1994 at her Brentwood, Los Angeles home, leading to the criminal investigation and ...more

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Doug Collins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Doug Collins Coach, Athlete Paul Douglas "Doug" Collins is an American retired basketball player. He was the first overall pick of the 1973 NBA draft and a four-time NBA All-Star. He has also been an NBA coach, ...more

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Arthur Turner is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Arthur Turner Politician Arthur L. Turner is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 9th District since 1981, and serving as the Deputy Majority Leader. He was a candidate for the ...more

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Jim Durkin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Jim Durkin Politician, Lawyer Jim Durkin is a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 82nd District since 2006 when he was sworn in to replace Eileen Lyons after she retired mid-term. He ...more

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Laurent Robinson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Laurent Robinson American football player Laurent Robinson is a former American football wide receiver. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Illinois State. He has ...more

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Eric Rohmann is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Eric Rohmann Illustrator, Author Eric Rohmann is an American writer and illustrator of children's books from Chicago. Born 1957 in Riverside, Illinois, Rohmann is a graduate of Illinois State University and Arizona State ...more

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Jeff Perry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Jeff Perry Actor Jeff Perry is an American actor of stage, television, and film. He currently stars in the ABC political drama Scandal.

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Richard Roeper is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Richard Roeper Film critic, Journalist, Screenwriter Richard E. Roeper is an American columnist and film critic for The Chicago Sun-Times and who was a co-host from 2010 until 2014 on The Roe and Roeper Show with Roe Conn on WLS-AM. He co-hosted ...more

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John Laesch is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
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Randy Salerno is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Randy Salerno Newsreader Randall Salerno was an American news anchor for CBS news in Chicago at WBBM-TV. Salerno had previously worked at WGN-TV alongside Roseanne Tellez at both WBBM-TV and WGN-TV 1993-2004

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Mark Rodenhauser is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Mark Rodenhauser American football player Mark Todd Rodenhauser is a former American football center who played 13 seasons in the National Football League with seven different teams. He played college football at Illinois State ...more

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Osiris Eldridge is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Osiris Eldridge Basketball player Osiris Eldridge is an American professional basketball player and former member of Illinois State's men's basketball team. As a freshman, he won the Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the ...more

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Steve Fisher is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Steve Fisher Basketball Coach, Coach Stephen Louis "Steve" Fisher is an American basketball coach who is currently employed as the men's basketball coach at San Diego State University in San Diego, California. Fisher also ...more

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Daniel M. Murphy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Daniel M. Murphy Dan Murphy is vice president of Caterpillar's Global Purchasing Division. In this position, which he has held since 2001, Murphy has administrative responsibility for Caterpillar's Cast Metals ...more

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Todd Heisler is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Todd Heisler Photojournalist, Photographer Todd Heisler is an American photojournalist. He is a staff photographer for The New York Times. In September 2010, he won an Emmy as a member of the New York Times "One in 8 Million" ...more

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Tom Irwin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Tom Irwin Educator, Actor Tom Irwin is an American film, television, and stage actor.

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Cecilia Suárez is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Cecilia Suárez Actor Cecilia Suárez is an Ariel Award and Emmy International nominated Mexican actress who has played roles in a number of mostly Spanish language films and television series since 1997.

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Estus Hood is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Estus Hood American football player Estus Hood was an American football cornerback in the National Football League for the Green Bay Packers. He played college football at Illinois State University.

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Chamberlain Oguchi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Chamberlain Oguchi Basketball player Chamberlain "Champ" Emeka Oguchi is a Nigerian American professional basketball player. His name "Emeka" is an abbreviation of the Igbo name "Chukwuemeka".

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Dennis Nelson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Dennis Nelson American football player Dennis Ray Nelson is a former professional American football player who played tackle for seven seasons for the Baltimore Colts and the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Judith Ivey is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Judith Ivey Theatre Director, Actor Judith Lee Ivey is an American actress and director.

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K. Patricia Cross is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
K. Patricia Cross Kathryn Patricia Cross is a scholar of educational research. Through her career, she has explored adult education and higher learning, discussing methodology and pedagogy in terms of remediation ...more

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Jim Fitzpatrick is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Jim Fitzpatrick Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor Jim Fitzpatrick is an American actor, producer, writer, and director. He has starred in over 50 feature films and TV Series. He also is the founder and president of Five Star Studios and ...more

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Dan Roan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Illinois State University Alumni
Dan Roan Sports commentator