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Famous Illinois State University Alumni

Updated July 22, 2019 14.5k views87 items

List RulesPeople 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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  • 1
    Cloris Leachman

    Cloris Leachman

    Comedian, Actor

    Age94

    BirthplaceDes Moines, Iowa, United States of America

    Cloris Leachman (born April 30, 1926) is an American actress and comedian. In a career... more on Wikipedia

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    Jane Lynch

    Jane Lynch

    Comedian, Author

    Age60

    BirthplaceDolton, Illinois, United States of America

    Jane Marie Lynch (born July 14, 1960) is an American actress, voice actress, author, singer... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    John Malkovich

    John Malkovich

    Fashion designer, Businessperson

    Age66

    BirthplaceChristopher, Illinois, United States of America

    John Gavin Malkovich (born December 9, 1953) is an American actor, producer, and fashion... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Laurie Metcalf

    Laurie Metcalf

    Actor, Voice acting

    Age65

    BirthplaceCarbondale, Illinois, United States of America

    Laura Elizabeth Metcalf (born June 16, 1955) is an American actress. Over the course of her... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    Craig Robinson

    Craig Robinson

    Actor, Voice acting

    Age44

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Craig Phillip Robinson (born October 25, 1971) is an American actor, comedian, musician and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Gary Cole

    Gary Cole

    Actor, Voice acting

    Age64

    BirthplacePark Ridge, Illinois, USA

    Gary Michael Cole (born September 20, 1956) is an American actor and voice actor. Cole began... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    Gary Sinise

    Gary Sinise

    Spokesperson, Television director

    Age65

    BirthplaceBlue Island, Illinois, United States of America

    Gary Alan Sinise (born March 17, 1955) is an American actor, director, musician, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Michelle Williams

    Michelle Williams

    Record producer, Songwriter

    Age40

    BirthplaceRockford, Illinois, United States of America

    Tenitra Michelle Williams (born July 23, 1979) is an American recording artist and actress.... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    Sean Hayes

    Sean Hayes

    Comedian, Television producer

    Age50

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Sean Patrick Hayes (born June 26, 1970) is an American actor, comedian, singer and producer.... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    Tim Russ

    Tim Russ

    Musician, Film Producer

    Age64

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., USA

    Timothy Darrell Russ (born June 22, 1956) is an American actor, film director, screenwriter,... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Suzy Bogguss

    Suzy Bogguss

    Record producer, Musician

    Age63

    BirthplaceAledo, Illinois

    Susan Kay Bogguss (born December 30, 1956) is an American country music singer and songwriter.... more on Wikipedia

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  • 12
    Francis Guinan

    BirthplaceUSA, Council Bluffs, Iowa

    Francis V. Guinan Jr. is an American film, television and stage actor who is perhaps best... more on Wikipedia
  • 13

    Donald F. Mchenry

    Businessperson, Diplomat

    Age83

    BirthplaceArea code 557, St. Louis, St. Louis County, Area code 314, United States of America

    Donald Franchot McHenry is an American former diplomat. He was the United States Ambassador... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Syleena Johnson

    Syleena Johnson

    Songwriter, Singer-songwriter

    Age44

    BirthplaceHarvey, Illinois, United States of America

    Syleena Johnson (born September 2, 1976) is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter,... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Boomer Grigsby

    Boomer Grigsby

    American football player

    Age38

    BirthplaceCanton, Illinois, United States of America

    James Harvey "Boomer" Grigsby (born November 15, 1981) is a former American football fullback.... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Neal Cotts

    Neal Cotts

    Baseball player

    Age40

    BirthplaceLebanon, Illinois

    Neal James Cotts (born March 25, 1980) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Dennis Tobenski

    Dennis Tobenski

    Composer, Singer

    Age38

    BirthplaceKankakee, Illinois

    Dennis Tobenski (born April 18, 1982 in Kankakee, Illinois) is an American composer of... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Mark Staff Brandl

    Mark Staff Brandl

    Artist

    Age65

    BirthplacePeoria, Illinois

    Mark Staff Brandl (born 1955) is an American-born artist, art historian and art critic now... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Darell Garretson

    Darell Garretson

    Basketball Official

    AgeDec. at 76 (1932-2008)

    BirthplaceLong Point, Illinois

    Darell Lee Garretson (March 18, 1932 – April 21, 2008) was an American professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Terry Kinney

    Terry Kinney

    Television director, Theatre Director

    Age66

    BirthplaceLincoln, Illinois, United States of America

    Terry Kinney (born January 29, 1954) is an American actor and theatre director, and is a... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Brent Hawkins

    Brent Hawkins

    American football player

    Age37

    BirthplaceGodfrey, Illinois

    Brent Lee Hawkins (born September 1, 1983) is a former American football defensive end who... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Reggie Hayes

    Reggie Hayes

    Screenwriter, Actor

    Age51

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    Reginald "Reggie" C. Hayes (born July 15, 1969) is an American actor, screenwriter, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 23

    Sandra Steingraber

    Biologist, Author

    Age61

    BirthplaceIllinois, United States of America

    Sandra Steingraber (born 1959) is an American biologist, author, and cancer survivor.... more on Wikipedia
  • 24

    Aveion Cason

    American football player

    Age41

    BirthplaceSt. Petersburg, Florida

    Aveion Marquel Cason (born July 12, 1979) is a former American football running back and kick... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Jeremy Accardo

    Jeremy Accardo

    Baseball player

    Age38

    BirthplaceMesa, Arizona

    Jeremiah Lee Accardo (born December 8, 1981) is an American former professional baseball... more on Wikipedia