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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Kent State University and be of some renown.

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

This list features graduates like Dolph Ziggler and Drew Carey.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Kent State University?” and “Which celebrities are Kent State University alumni?”

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David Sedaris is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Humorist, Comedian, Screenwriter David Raymond Sedaris is an American humorist, comedian, author, and radio contributor. He was publicly recognized in 1992 when National Public Radio broadcast his essay "SantaLand ...more

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Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Comedian, Actor, Voice acting Michael John Douglas, better known by his stage name Michael Keaton, is an American actor, producer, director and comedian. He is currently a visiting scholar at Carnegie Mellon University. ...more

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Arsenio Hall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer Arsenio Cheron Hall, Sr. is an American comedian and talk show host. He is best known for hosting The Arsenio Hall Show, a late-night talk show that ran from 1989 until 1994, and a revival of ...more

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Jennifer Lyn Jackson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Nude Glamour Model Jennifer Lyn Jackson of Cleveland, Ohio, was the Playboy magazine Playmate of the Month for April 1989. Jackson was also one of three finalists chosen for Playboy's 35th Anniversary Playmate. ...more

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Chrissie Hynde is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician Christine Ellen "Chrissie" Hynde is an American singer, songwriter, and musician best known as the lead singer of the rock band The Pretenders. She has been the only constant member of ...more

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Steve Harvey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer Broderick Steven "Steve" Harvey is an American comedian, television host, radio personality, actor, and author. He hosts The Steve Harvey Morning Show, Steve Harvey, and Family Feud. ...more

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Brannon Braga is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor Brannon Braga is an American television producer, director and screenwriter currently serving as an executive producer on the Fox primetime series, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a re-launch of ...more

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Dav Pilkey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Illustrator, Author, Writer David Murray "Dav" Pilkey Jr. is a popular American author and illustrator of children's literature. Pilkey is best known as the author and illustrator of the Captain Underpants book ...more

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Joe Walsh is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter Joseph Fidler "Joe" Walsh is an American singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. In a career spanning more than 40 years, Walsh has been a member of ...more

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John de Lancie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Musician, Film Producer, Author John de Lancie is an American actor, producer, musician, and writer. He has been featured in several recurring roles on American television series, including Q in Star Trek: The Next Generation, ...more

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James Harrison is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
American football player James Henry Harrison Jr. is a former American football linebacker. He played college football for Kent State University and was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in ...more

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Dolph Ziggler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Wrestler, Actor Nicholas Theodore "Nick" Nemeth, best known by the ring name Dolph Ziggler, is an American professional wrestler and comedian, currently signed to the WWE. Nemeth signed a development ...more

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Mark Mothersbaugh is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Film Score Composer, Painter, Musician Mark Allen Mothersbaugh is an American musician, composer, singer and painter. He is a co-founder of the new wave band Devo and has been its lead singer since 1972. His other musical projects ...more

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Stephen R. Donaldson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Novelist, Writer Stephen Reeder Donaldson is an American fantasy, science fiction and mystery novelist, most famous for The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, his ten-novel fantasy series. His work is characterized ...more

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Brad Warner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Writer Brad Warner is an American Sōtō Zen priest, author, blogger, documentarian and punk rock bass guitarist.

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Thrity Umrigar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Author, Writer Thrity Umrigar is an Indian-American journalist, critic, and novelist.

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John Caparulo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor John Caparulo is an American stand-up comedian. He is perhaps best known for his appearances on the late night E! talk show, Chelsea Lately.

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Antonio Gates is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Basketball player, American football player Antonio Ethan Gates, Jr. is an American football tight end for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League. He has been selected onto the Pro Bowl nine times and is a five-time ...more

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Michael D. Capellas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur Michael David Capellas is an American executive in the computer and telecommunication industries. Capellas served as chairman and CEO of First Data Corporation, acting CEO of Serena Software, ...more

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John Filo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Picture editor, Photojournalist, Photographer John Paul Filo took the 1970 Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of a 14-year-old runaway girl, Mary Ann Vecchio, screaming while kneeling over the dead body of 20-year-old Jeffrey Miller, one of the ...more

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Thurman Munson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Baseball player Thurman Lee Munson was an American Major League Baseball catcher. He played his entire 11-year professional baseball career for the New York Yankees. A perennial All-Star, Munson is the only ...more

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Carl E. Walz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Astronaut, Engineer Carl Erwin Walz is a former NASA astronaut currently working for Orbital Sciences Corporation's Advanced Programs Group as Vice President for Human Space Flight Operations. Walz was formerly ...more

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Liam Lynch is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Songwriter, Musician, Writer William Patrick Niederst, best known as Liam Lynch, is a musician, puppeteer, writer and film director. Lynch co-created, co-wrote, played the music for, directed, and produced MTV's Sifl and ...more

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Josh Cribbs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Athlete, American football player Joshua "Josh" Cribbs is an American football return specialist for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. He was signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free ...more

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Jeff Richmond is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Film Score Composer, Television director, Television producer Jeffrey Wayne "Jeff" Richmond is an American composer, actor, director, and producer. Richmond produced, composed the music for, and directed some episodes of 30 Rock, a sitcom created ...more

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Nick Saban is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
American Football coach, Coach, Actor Nicholas Lou "Nick" Saban, Jr. is an American college football coach, and the current head football coach of the University of Alabama, a position he has held since the 2007 season. ...more

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Jihad Jerry & the Evildoers is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Musician, Singer, Songwriter Jihad Jerry & the Evildoers is the solo project of Devo bassist and "chief strategist" Gerald Casale. It also includes contributions from Mark Mothersbaugh, Bob "1" ...more

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Dick Goddard is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
TV Meteorologist, Author, Statistician Richard D. "Dick" Goddard is an American television meteorologist, author, cartoonist, and animal activist. For over five decades, he has served as the evening meteorologist at WJW-TV, ...more

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Drew Carey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Game Show Host Drew Allison Carey is an American actor, comedian, sports executive, and game show host. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and making a name for himself in stand-up comedy, Carey eventually ...more

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Matt Guerrier is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Baseball player Matthew Olson Guerrier is an American professional baseball relief pitcher who is currently a free agent. He attended Shaker Heights High School and college at Kent State University, and made ...more

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Wayne Dawson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Journalist Wayne Dawson is an American award-winning television newscaster and co-host of Fox 8 in the Morning, a morning show broadcast on Fox affiliate WJW-TV Channel 8, in Cleveland, Ohio. For two years ...more

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Abram Elam is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
American football player Abram "Abe" Elam is a former American football safety. He played college football at Notre Dame and Kent State. He also played for the New York Jets, the Cleveland Browns, and the

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Paul Warfield is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
American football player Paul Dryden Warfield is a former professional American football wide receiver in the 1960s and 1970s known for his speed, fluid moves, grace, jumping ability and hands.

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Lou Holtz is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
American Football coach, Coach, Actor Louis Leo "Lou" Holtz is a former college football analyst for ESPN as well as a former football coach. He served as the head football coach at The College of William & Mary, North ...more

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Ray Wise is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting Raymond Herbert "Ray" Wise is an American actor. Some of his best-known roles include Jack Taggart Sr. in Jeepers Creepers 2, Leland Palmer in Twin Peaks, henchman Leon C. Nash in ...more

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Connie Schultz is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Columnist, Journalist, Writer Connie Schultz is an American writer and journalist. Schultz is a nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate. She worked at The Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper from 1993 to 2011. ...more

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Gary Pinkel is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
American Football coach, Coach, American football player Gary Robin Pinkel is a college football coach, currently the head coach at the University of Missouri, and the winningest coach in the history of Missouri, a position he has held since the 2001 ...more

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Betty Sutton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Politician Betty Sue Sutton served as a U.S. Representative for Ohio's 13th congressional district from 2007 to 2013. She is a member of the Democratic Party. Betty Sutton lost her 2012 re-election ...more

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Alice Ripley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Songwriter, Actor, Singer Alice Ripley is an American actor, singer, songwriter, and mixed media artist. She is known, in particular, for her various roles on Broadway in musicals, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning ...more

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David J. Bronczek is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
David J. Bronczek Businessperson David J. Bronczek is the current CEO and president of FedEx Express. He began working at FedEx in 1976 as a courier, and held top jobs in Canada and Europe before returning to headquarters in ...more

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Jeff Timmons is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Actor, Singer Jeffrey Brandon Timmons is an American pop singer and producer and founding member of the Grammy-nominated pop group 98 Degrees. In the second wave of boybands that emerged in the 1990s, Timmons ...more

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Carol Costello is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Journalist, Presenter Carol Costello is a news anchor, currently hosting the 9 a.m.–11 a.m. edition of CNN Newsroom.

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G. William Domhoff is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Psychologist George William Domhoff is a research professor in psychology and sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His first book, Who Rules America?, was a 1960s bestseller arguing that ...more

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Bob Lape is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Newsreader, TV Journalist Bob Lape is an American broadcast journalist, writer, restaurant reviewer, and food critic.

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Alan H. Coogan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Geologist Dr. Alan Hall Coogan is a former professor of geology at Kent State University. He received his M.A. in paleontology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1957. Dr. Coogan received his ...more

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Usama Young is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
American football player Usama Young is an American football safety who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Kent State University. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the third round of the ...more

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Linda K. Myers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Linda K. Myers Newspaper editor Linda K. Myers is a Republican politician in Vermont. She is a member of the Vermont House of Representatives, representing the Chittenden-6-1 Representative District.

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Bertice Berry is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Comedian, Novelist, Author Bertice Berry is an American sociologist, author, lecturer, and educator.

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Bill Randle is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Actor, Lawyer Bill Randle was an American disc jockey, lawyer and university professor. He was born William McKinley Randle Jr. in Detroit, Michigan. In Detroit, he hosted a popular show on WJLB-AM radio ...more

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Dae Gak is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Dae Gak Dae Gak, born Robert Genthner, is a Zen master and the guiding teacher of Furnace Mountain in Clay City, Kentucky, a Korean Buddhist temple and retreat center co-founded in 1986 with Seung Sahn. ...more