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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?”
  • Andy Dick1

    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,...  more

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    Phill Wilson

    Social activist


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Phill Wilson (born April 22, 1956) founded the Black AIDS Institute in 1999 and served as its...  more
  • Glen Gray3

    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...  more
  • Colin Egglesfield4

    Colin Egglesfield

    Entrepreneur, Model


    BirthplaceFarmington Hills, Michigan, United States of America

    Colin Egglesfield (born February 9, 1973) is an American actor. He is known for his roles as...  more

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    Sandra Steingraber

    Biologist, Author


    BirthplaceIllinois, United States of America

    Sandra Steingraber (born 1959) is an American biologist, author, and cancer survivor....  more
  • Richard Jenkins6


    BirthplaceDeKalb, Illinois, United States of America

    Richard Dale Jenkins (born May 4, 1947) is an American actor. Jenkins began his acting career...  more

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  • Dawn Upshaw7

    Dawn Upshaw

    Opera Singer


    BirthplaceTennessee, Nashville, USA

    Dawn Upshaw (born July 17, 1960) is an American soprano. The recipient of several Grammy...  more

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  • Edward B. Rust Jr.8

    Edward B. Rust Jr.



    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Edward Barry Rust Jr. (born August 3, 1950) is chairman of the board of State Farm Mutual...  more
  • Frankie Faison9


    BirthplaceVirginia, United States of America

    Frankie Russel Faison (born June 10, 1949), often credited as Frankie R. Faison, is an...  more
  • Adlai Stevenson I10

    AgeDec. at 79 (1835-1914)

    BirthplaceKentucky, United States of America

    Adlai Ewing Stevenson (; October 23, 1835 – June 14, 1914) served as the 23rd vice president...  more
  • Grace Raymond Hebard11

    Grace Raymond Hebard

    Historian, Economist

    AgeDec. at 75 (1861-1936)

    BirthplaceClinton, Iowa

    Grace Raymond Hebard (July 2, 1861 – October 1936) gained prominence as a Wyoming historian,...  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...  more
  • Kevin Dunn13

    Kevin Dunn

    Actor, Voice acting


    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    Kevin Dunn (born August 24, 1956) is an American actor who has appeared in supporting roles in...  more
  • Christina Moore14

    Christina Moore

    Fashion designer, Businessperson


    BirthplacePalatine, Illinois, United States of America

    Christina Moore (born April 12, 1973) is an American actress, comedian, fashion designer,...  more
  • Denny Matthews15

    Denny Matthews

    Announcer, Sports commentator


    BirthplaceJacksonville, Florida

    Dennis G. "Denny" Matthews (born November 14, 1942) is an American sportscaster, best known as...  more
  • 16

    George W. English


    AgeDec. at 75 (1866-1941)

    BirthplaceVienna, Illinois

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

    AgeDec. at 65 (1842-1907)

    Alfred Augustus Stockton, Ph.D, LL.D (November 2, 1842 – March 15, 1907) was a Canadian...  more
  • 18

    William Duell

    Actor, Singer

    AgeDec. at 88 (1923-2011)

    BirthplaceUSA, New York, Corinth

    George William Duell (August 30, 1923 – December 22, 2011) was an American actor and singer....  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...  more
  • 20

    Charles Christopher Adams

    Charles Christopher Adams (July 23, 1873 – May 22, 1955) was an American zoologist, born at...  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...  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...  more
  • Paul Rhymer23

    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...  more
  • Scott W. Lucas24

    Scott W. Lucas

    Scott Wike Lucas (February 19, 1892 – February 22, 1968) was an American attorney and...  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...  more