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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

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Tony Blazine is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
Tony Blazine American football player Anthony A. Blazine, Jr. was an American football player and coach. He played college football at Illinois Wesleyan University from 1931 to 1934 and professional football in the National Football ...more

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Alison LaPlaca is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
Actor Alison LaPlaca is an American actress best known for the role of acid-tongued yuppie Linda Phillips in the Fox sitcoms Duet and its spin-off Open House, both of which aired in the late 1980s.

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Jack Sikma is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
Jack Wayne Sikma is a retired American NBA basketball center. He was known for his distinctive curly, blonde hair along with his patented step back behind the head jumper during his playing

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Carl Shipp Marvel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
Chemist Carl Shipp "Speed" Marvel was an American polymer chemist who worked at developing polybenzimidazoles, which are temperature-resistant polymers that are used in the aerospace industry ...more

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Larry Shue is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
Playwright Larry Shue was an American playwright and actor, best known for writing two often-performed farces, The Nerd and The Foreigner.

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Robert B. Duncan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
Robert Blackford Duncan was an American politician from the state of Oregon. A Democrat, he served multiple terms in the Oregon Legislative Assembly and as a U.S. congressman from Oregon. In the ...more

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Sigmund Livingston is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
Sigmund Livingston Lawyer Sigmund G. Livingston was a German-born American Jewish attorney working in Chicago, Illinois. Livingston was the founder and first president of the Anti-Defamation League, and the author of the ...more

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Michael L. Tipsord is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
Michael L. Tipsord Michael L. Tipsord, CPA, CPCU, CLU, is senior vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer of State Farm Insurance Companies in Bloomington, Ill.

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Harlan Hogan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
Harlan Hogan Harlan Hogan is a voice actor and author. He has provided the voice-overs for countless commercials, documentaries and films. Many famous advertising catch phrases such as: "Strong enough ...more

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Evan Kasprzak is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
Evan Kasprzak Evan Joseph "Kaz" Kasprzak is a tap and theater jazz dancer, best known for finishing third on the Fox show So You Think You Can Dance, and for being the first dancer on the show ...more

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James Fulkerson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
James Fulkerson James Orville Fulkerson is an American composer, now living in the Netherlands, of mostly stage, orchestral, chamber, vocal, piano, electroacoustic, and multimedia works. He is also active as a ...more

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Harold Hodge is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
Harold Hodge Harold Carpenter Hodge was a well-known toxicologist who published close to 300 papers and 5 books. He was the first president of the Society of Toxicology in 1960. He received a BS from ...more

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Bob Morrow is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
Bob Morrow Robert Edward Morrow was an American football player and coach. He played as a fullback in the National Football League. Morrow was drafted in the twelfth round of the 1941 NFL Draft by the ...more

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Demetria Kalodimos is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
Television director, Newsreader, Film Director Demetria Kalodimos is an anchorperson for WSMV-TV, an NBC affiliate based in Nashville, Tennessee. She anchors the weeknight broadcasts at 6 and 10 p.m., and is the longest continuously-serving ...more

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Arthur Naparstek is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
Dr. Arthur J. Naparstek was a professor of social work and Dean of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He was an expert on urban ...more

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John Pregenzer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
John Pregenzer Baseball player John Arthur Pregenzer is an American former professional baseball pitcher who appeared in parts of two Major League Baseball seasons for the San Francisco Giants. The right-hander stood 6 feet 5 ...more

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Stephen Ondra is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
Stephen Ondra Stephen L. Ondra, MD is the Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Health Care Service Corporation. HCSC is the parent company of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, Texas, ...more

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Abraham Akaka is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni
Abraham Akaka Abraham Kahikina Akaka was an American clergyman. For the better part of three decades, Rev. Akaka was Kahu of Kawaiahaʻo Church in Honolulu, Hawaii. His mother was of pure Hawaiian ancestry, ...more