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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