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Famous Kansas State University Alumni

Updated October 13, 2018 6.7k views271 items

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

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

Kirstie Alley and Josh Freeman are included on this list.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Kansas State University?” and “Which celebrities are Kansas State University alumni?”
  • Kirstie Alley1

    Kirstie Alley

    Comedian, Television producer


    BirthplaceWichita, Kansas, United States of America

    Kirstie Louise Alley (born January 12, 1951) is an American actress and spokesmodel. She first...  more

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    #62 of 289 The Best 'Dancing With The Stars' Contestants, Ranked#322 of 339 The Funniest People Of All Time

  • Claude McKay2

    Claude McKay

    Poet, Writer

    AgeDec. at 59 (1889-1948)

    BirthplaceClarendon Parish, Jamaica

    Festus Claudius "Claude" McKay (September 15, 1889 – May 22, 1948) was a Jamaican writer and...  more
  • Gordon Jump3

    AgeDec. at 71 (1932-2003)

    BirthplaceDayton, Ohio, United States of America

    Alexander Gordon Jump (April 1, 1932 – September 22, 2003) was an American actor best known as...  more

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    #22 of 74 Mormon Celebrities#45 of 51 50+ Practicing Mormon Celebrities

  • Jim Roth4

    Jim Roth



    BirthplacePrairie Village, Kansas

    Jim Roth may refer to: Jim Roth (politician) (born 1968), American politician from...  more
  • Theresa Sparks5


    BirthplaceKansas City, Kansas

    Theresa Sparks is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and was...  more
  • 6

    Jerry Wexler

    Record producer, Businessperson

    AgeDec. at 91 (1917-2008)

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Gerald "Jerry" Wexler (January 10, 1917 – August 15, 2008) was a music journalist-turned music...  more
  • Erin Brockovich7

    Erin Brockovich

    Paralegal, Businessperson


    BirthplaceUSA, Lawrence, Kansas

    Erin Brockovich (born Pattee; June 22, 1960) is an American legal clerk, consumer advocate,...  more

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  • Sam Brownback8

    Sam Brownback

    Politician, Farmer


    BirthplaceGarnett, Kansas, United States of America

    Samuel Dale Brownback (born September 12, 1956) is an American attorney, politician, diplomat...  more
  • 9

    Christof Ebert

    Computer scientist


    BirthplaceStuttgart, Germany

    Christof Ebert (born 1964 in Stuttgart) is a German computer scientist and entrepreneur. He...  more
  • Lynn Jenkins10

    Lynn Jenkins



    BirthplaceHolton, Kansas, United States of America

    Lynn Haag Jenkins (born June 10, 1963) is an American politician and lobbyist who served as...  more
  • Todd Weiner11

    Todd Weiner

    American football player


    BirthplaceBristol, Pennsylvania

    Todd Dewberry Weiner (born September 16, 1975 in Bristol, Pennsylvania) is former American...  more
  • Rock Cartwright12

    Rock Cartwright

    American football player


    BirthplaceConroe, Texas

    Roderick Rashaun Cartwright (born December 3, 1979) is a former American football running back...  more
  • George P. "Bud" Peterson13

    George P. "Bud" Peterson

    Professor, Engineer


    BirthplacePalo Alto, California

    George P. "Bud" Peterson (born September 1, 1952) is the 11th president of the Georgia...  more
  • John W. Carlin14

    John W. Carlin

    Politician, Farmer


    BirthplaceSalina, Kansas, United States of America

    John William Carlin (born August 3, 1940) is an American politician. He served as the 40th...  more
  • James Harbord15
    Lieutenant General James Guthrie Harbord (March 21, 1866 – August 20, 1947) was a senior...  more
  • Jarrod Cooper16

    Jarrod Cooper

    American football player


    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio

    Jarrod Alexander Cooper (born March 31, 1978) is a former American football safety with the...  more
  • Del Close17

    Del Close

    Actor, Voice acting

    AgeDec. at 65 (1934-1999)

    BirthplaceUSA, Kansas, Manhattan

    Del P. Close (March 9, 1934 – March 4, 1999) was an American actor, writer, and teacher who...  more
  • Samuel Wendell Williston18

    AgeDec. at 67 (1851-1918)

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts

    Samuel Wendell Williston (July 10, 1851 – August 30, 1918) was an American educator and...  more
  • 19
    Frances B. Emerson is Vice President, Corporate Communications and Global Brand Management of...  more
  • John Jacob Rhodes20

    AgeDec. at 87 (1916-2003)

    BirthplaceCouncil Grove, Kansas, United States of America

    John Jacob Rhodes Jr. (September 18, 1916 – August 24, 2003) was an American lawyer and...  more
  • David Thibodaux21

    David Thibodaux

    Activist, Politician

    AgeDec. at 54 (1953-2007)

    BirthplaceDVD Region 4, New Iberia, Tahuamanu Province, South America, Madre de Dios Region

    David Glenn Thibodaux (December 1, 1953 – March 24, 2007) was an influential professor at the...  more
  • Ben Leber22

    Ben Leber

    American football player


    BirthplaceCouncil Bluffs, Iowa

    Ben Leber (born December 7, 1978) is a retired American football linebacker in the National...  more
  • Jerametrius Butler23

    Jerametrius Butler

    American football player


    BirthplaceCleveland, Minnesota

    Jerametrius Tarell Butler (born November 28, 1978) is a former American football cornerback in...  more
  • Nick Leckey24

    Nick Leckey

    American football player


    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    Nicholas Nathan Leckey (born March 12, 1982) is a former American football center who played...  more
  • DeMarcus Faggins25

    DeMarcus Faggins

    American football player


    BirthplaceIrving, Texas

    DeMarcus Faggins (born June 13, 1979) is a former American football cornerback. He was drafted...  more