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Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni

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List Rules People 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?”
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Andy Dick is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
Television director, Comedian, Television producer
Andrew Roane "Andy" Dick is an American comedian, actor, musician and television/film producer. He is best known as a comic but is also known for his eccentric and controversial ...more
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Phill Wilson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
Social activist
Phill Wilson founded the Black AIDS Institute in 1999 and is a prominent African-American HIV/AIDS activist. Wilson is himself both gay and HIV-positive. His partner, Chris Brownlie, died of ...more
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Glen Gray is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
Bandleader
Glen Gray was a jazz saxophonist and leader of the Casa Loma Orchestra.
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Colin Egglesfield is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
Entrepreneur, Model, Actor
Colin Egglesfield 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 drama series Melrose ...more
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Sandra Steingraber is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
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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Richard Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
Actor
Richard Dale Jenkins is an American actor. Jenkins began his acting career in theatre at the Trinity Repertory Company and later made his film debut in 1974. He has appeared in supporting roles ...more
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Dawn Upshaw is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
Opera Singer
Dawn Upshaw 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 contemporary. ...more
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Edward B. Rust Jr. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
Businessperson
Edward B. Rust Jr. is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, Bloomington, Ill., and the other principal State Farm affiliates. A ...more
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Frankie Faison is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
Actor
Frankie Russel Faison, often credited as Frankie R. Faison, is an American actor known for his role as Deputy Commissioner Ervin Burrell in HBO's TV series The Wire.
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Adlai Stevenson I is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
Politician
Adlai Ewing Stevenson I served as the 23rd Vice President of the United States. Previously, he served as a Congressman from Illinois in the late 1870s and early 1880s. After his subsequent ...more
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Grace Raymond Hebard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
Historian, Economist
Grace Raymond Hebard gained prominence as a Wyoming historian, suffragist, pioneering scholar, prolific writer, political economist and noted University of Wyoming educator. Hebard's standing as ...more
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Herb Siegert is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
American football player
Herbert Frank Siegert was an American football guard and linebacker in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins.
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Kevin Dunn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting
Kevin Dunn 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 Director Alan Reed ...more
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Christina Moore is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
Fashion designer, Businessperson, Model
Christina Moore is an American actress. She is most notable for her membership in the main cast of comedians on sketch comedy series MADtv, for replacing Lisa Robin Kelly as Laurie Forman on ...more
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Denny Matthews is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
Announcer, Sports commentator
Dennis G. "Denny" Matthews 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 1969.
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George W. English is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
George W. English Judge
George Washington English, Sr. was a United States federal judge. Born near Vienna, Illinois, English received an LL.B. from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1891. He was chief deputy sheriff of ...more
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Alfred Augustus Stockton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
Lawyer
Alfred Augustus Stockton, Ph.D, LL.D was a Canadian lawyer, professor, politician, and writer. Born in Studholm, New Brunswick, the son of William Augustus Wiggins Stockton and Sarah Oldfield, ...more
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William Duell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
Actor, Singer
William Duell was an American actor and singer. He was known for his roles as Andrew McNair in the musical 1776, Jim Sefelt in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Johnny the Shoe Shine Guy on ...more
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Bill Brady is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
Businessperson, Politician
William E. "Bill" Brady, Jr. is a Republican member of the Illinois Senate, representing the 44th Legislative District since his appointment in May 2002. Brady previously served in the ...more
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Charles Christopher Adams is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
Charles Christopher Adams
Charles Christopher Adams was an American zoologist, born at Clinton, Illinois, and educated at Illinois Wesleyan University, Harvard, and the University of Chicago. Adams' parents were William ...more
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Chet Wetterlund is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
American football player
Chester Jerome Wetterlund was an American football halfback and a World War II veteran. He died from a plane crash off the New Jersey coast.
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David Hull is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
Writer, Philosopher
David Lee Hull was a philosopher with a particular interest in the philosophy of biology. In addition to his academic prominence, he was well known as a gay man who fought for the rights of ...more
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Paul Rhymer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
Paul Rhymer Humorist, Screenwriter
Paul Mills Rhymer was a United States 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 voted ...more
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Scott W. Lucas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
Scott W. Lucas
Scott Wike Lucas was an American attorney and politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he represented Illinois in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. He was the Senate ...more
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Tom Cross is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
Tom Cross Politician, Attorney at law
Tom Cross is a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 84th district where he has served since 1993. He served as House Minority Leader from January 2002 to ...more