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Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni

Updated October 13, 2018 4.2k views43 items

List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Illinois Wesleyan University and be of some renown.

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

With graduates ranging from Andy Dick to Richard Jenkins, this is a great starting point for a list of your favorites.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Illinois Wesleyan University?” and “Which celebrities are Illinois Wesleyan University alumni?”
  • 1

    Andy Dick

    Television director, Comedian


    BirthplaceCharleston, South Carolina, United States of America

    Andrew Roane Dick (born Andrew Thomlinson, December 21, 1965) is an American comedian, actor, musician, and television and film producer. Best known as a comic, he is also known for his eccentric...  more

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  • 2

    Phill Wilson

    Social activist


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Phill Wilson (born April 22, 1956) founded the Black AIDS Institute in 1999 and served as its CEO and is a prominent African-American HIV/AIDS activist. ...  more
  • 3

    Glen Gray


    AgeDec. at 57 (1906-1963)

    BirthplaceMetamora, Illinois, United States of America

    Glenn Gray Knoblauch (June 7, 1900 – August 23, 1963), known professionally as Glen Gray, was a jazz saxophonist and leader of the Casa Loma Orchestra....  more
  • 4

    Colin Egglesfield

    Entrepreneur, Model


    BirthplaceDearborn, Michigan, USA

    Colin Egglesfield (born February 9, 1973) is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Josh Madden in the long-running soap opera All My Children, Auggie Kirkpatrick on The CW's short-lived...  more

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  • 5

    Sandra Steingraber

    Biologist, Author


    BirthplaceIllinois, United States of America

    Sandra Steingraber (born 1959) is an American biologist, author, and cancer survivor. Steingraber writes and lectures on the environmental factors that contribute to reproductive health problems and...  more
  • 6


    BirthplaceDeKalb, Illinois, United States of America

    Richard Dale Jenkins (born May 4, 1947) is an American actor. Jenkins began his acting career in theater at the Trinity Repertory Company and later made his film debut in 1974. He has worked steadily...  more

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  • 7

    Dawn Upshaw

    Opera Singer


    BirthplaceTennessee, Nashville, USA

    Dawn Upshaw (born July 17, 1960) is an American soprano. The recipient of several Grammy Awards and Edison Prize-winning discs, she performs both opera and art song, and in repertoire from Baroque to...  more

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  • 8

    Edward B. Rust Jr.



    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Edward Barry Rust Jr. (born August 3, 1950) is chairman of the board of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, Bloomington, Illinois. He is a former President and Chief Executive Officer of...  more
  • 9


    BirthplaceVirginia, United States of America

    Alternative NameFrankie R. Falcon, Frankie Faison

    Frankie Russel Faison (born June 10, 1949), often credited as Frankie R. Faison, is an American actor known for his role as Deputy Commissioner Ervin Burrell in the HBO series The Wire and as Barney...  more
  • 10

    AgeDec. at 78 (1835-1914)

    BirthplaceKentucky, United States of America

    Adlai Ewing Stevenson (; October 23, 1835 – June 14, 1914) served as the 23rd vice president of the United States from 1893 to 1897. Previously, he served as a representative from Illinois in the...  more
  • 11

    Grace Raymond Hebard

    Historian, Economist


    BirthplaceClinton, Iowa

    Grace Raymond Hebard (July 2, 1861 – October 1936) gained prominence as a Wyoming historian, suffragist, pioneering scholar, prolific writer, political economist and noted University of Wyoming...  more
  • 12

    Herb Siegert

    American football player

    AgeDec. at 84 (1924-2008)

    BirthplacePana, Illinois

    Herbert Frank Siegert (January 10, 1924 – September 26, 2008) was an American football guard and linebacker in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins....  more
  • 13

    Kevin Dunn

    Actor, Voice acting


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Kevin Dunn (born August 24, 1956) is an American actor who has appeared in supporting roles in a number of films and television series since the 1980s. His roles include White House Communications...  more
  • 14

    Christina Moore

    Fashion designer, Businessperson


    BirthplaceUSA, Palatine, Illinois

    Alternative NameChristina Moore, Christine Moore

    Christina Moore (born April 12, 1973) is an American actress, comedian, fashion designer, model, and screenwriter. She is most notable for her membership in the main cast of comedians on the sketch...  more
  • 15

    Denny Matthews

    Announcer, Sports commentator


    BirthplaceJacksonville, Florida

    Dennis G. "Denny" Matthews (born November 14, 1942) is an American sportscaster, best known as a play-by-play announcer for Major League Baseball's Kansas City Royals since the team's inception in...  more
  • 16

    George W. English



    BirthplaceVienna, Illinois

    George Washington English (May 9, 1866 – July 19, 1941) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Illinois....  more
  • 17

    AgeDec. at 64 (1842-1907)

    Alfred Augustus Stockton, Ph.D, LL.D (November 2, 1842 – March 15, 1907) was a Canadian lawyer, professor, politician, and writer. Born in Studholm, New Brunswick, the son of William Augustus Wiggins...  more
  • 18

    William Duell

    Actor, Singer

    AgeDec. at 88 (1923-2011)

    BirthplaceCorinth, New York, USA

    George William Duell (August 30, 1923 – December 22, 2011) was an American actor and singer. He was known for his roles as Andrew McNair in the musical 1776, Jim Sefelt in the 1975 film One Flew Over...  more
  • 19

    Bill Brady

    Businessperson, Politician


    BirthplaceBloomington, Illinois, United States of America

    William E. "Bill" Brady Jr. (born May 15, 1961) is a Republican member of the Illinois Senate who has represented the 44th Legislative District since his appointment in May 2002. Brady previously...  more
  • 20

    Charles Christopher Adams

    Charles Christopher Adams (July 23, 1873 – May 22, 1955) was an American zoologist, born at Clinton, Illinois, and educated at Illinois Wesleyan University, Harvard, and the University of...  more
  • 21

    Chet Wetterlund

    American football player

    AgeDec. at 26 (1918-1944)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Chester Jerome Wetterlund (March 19, 1918 – September 5, 1944) was an American football halfback and a World War II veteran. He died from a plane crash off the New Jersey coast....  more
  • 22

    David Hull

    Writer, Philosopher

    AgeDec. at 75 (1935-2010)

    BirthplaceBurnside, Pilot Grove Township, Illinois

    David Lee Hull (15 June 1935 – 11 August 2010) was an American philosopher with a particular interest in the philosophy of biology. In addition to his academic prominence, he was well known as a gay...  more
  • 23

    Paul Rhymer

    Humorist, Screenwriter

    AgeDec. at 59 (1905-1964)

    BirthplaceFulton, Illinois

    Paul Mills Rhymer (1905-1964) was an American scriptwriter and humorist best known as the creator of radio's long-run Vic and Sade series. With a listening audience of 7,000,000, Vic and Sade was...  more
  • 24

    Scott W. Lucas

    Scott Wike Lucas (February 19, 1892 – February 22, 1968) was an American attorney and politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he represented Illinois in the U.S. House of Representatives...  more
  • 25

    Tom Cross

    Politician, Attorney at law


    BirthplaceNashville, Tennessee

    Tom Cross (born July 31, 1958) is a former Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 97th district (previously the 84th district) where he served from 1993 to 2015....  more