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Famous Kent State University Alumni

Updated July 22, 2019 34.5k views178 items

List RulesPeople 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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  • 1
    David Sedaris

    David Sedaris

    Humorist, Comedian

    Age63

    BirthplaceBroome County, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America, United States

    David Raymond Sedaris (; born December 26, 1956) is an American humorist, comedian, author,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    Michael Keaton

    Michael Keaton

    Comedian, Actor

    Age64

    BirthplaceCoraopolis, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Michael John Douglas (born September 5, 1951), known professionally as Michael Keaton, is an... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Arsenio Hall

    Arsenio Hall

    Comedian, Television producer

    Age64

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio, United States of America

    Arsenio Hall (born February 12, 1956) is an American comedian, talk show host, actor, writer... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Chrissie Hynde

    Chrissie Hynde

    Guitarist, Songwriter

    Age69

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    Christine Ellen Hynde (born September 7, 1951) is an American singer-songwriter and musician.... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    Steve Harvey

    Steve Harvey

    Comedian, Television producer

    Age63

    BirthplaceWelch, West Virginia, United States of America

    Broderick Stephen Harvey (born January 17, 1957) is an American comedian, television host,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Brannon Braga

    Brannon Braga

    Television producer, Screenwriter

    Age55

    BirthplaceBozeman, Montana, United States of America

    Brannon Braga (; born August 14, 1965) is an American television producer, director and... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Dav Pilkey

    Dav Pilkey

    Illustrator, Author

    Age54

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio

    David Murray "Dav" Pilkey Jr. (; born March 4, 1966) is an American cartoonist, author and... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Joe Walsh

    Joe Walsh

    Record producer, Guitarist

    Age72

    BirthplaceWichita, Kansas, United States of America

    Joseph Fidler Walsh (born November 20, 1947) is an American rock singer, guitarist, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    John de Lancie

    John de Lancie

    Musician, Film Producer

    Age72

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

    John de Lancie is an American actor, director, producer, writer, and voice artist, best known... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    James Harrison

    James Harrison

    American football player

    Age42

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio

    James Henry Harrison Jr. (born May 4, 1978) is a former American football linebacker. He... more on Wikipedia

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  • 11
    Dolph Ziggler

    Dolph Ziggler

    Wrestler, Actor

    Age40

    Nicholas Theodore Nemeth (born July 27, 1980) is an American professional wrestler and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 12
    Mark Mothersbaugh

    Mark Mothersbaugh

    Film Score Composer, Painter

    Age70

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    Mark Allen Mothersbaugh (; born May 18, 1950) is an American singer, songwriter, composer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 13
    Stephen R. Donaldson

    Stephen R. Donaldson

    Novelist, Writer

    Age73

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio

    Stephen Reeder Donaldson (born May 13, 1947) is an American fantasy, science fiction and... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Brad Warner

    Age56

    BirthplaceHamilton, Ohio

    Brad Warner (born March 5, 1964) is an American Sōtō Zen monk, author, blogger, documentarian... more on Wikipedia
  • 15

    Thrity Umrigar

    Author, Writer

    BirthplaceMumbai, India

    Thrity Umrigar is an Indian-American journalist, critic, and novelist.
  • 16
    John Caparulo

    John Caparulo

    Comedian, Screenwriter

    Age45

    BirthplaceEast Liverpool, Ohio, United States of America

    John Caparulo (born September 22, 1975) is an American stand-up comedian. He is perhaps best... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Antonio Gates

    Antonio Gates

    Basketball player, American football player

    Age40

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    Antonio Ethan Gates Jr. (born June 18, 1980) is an American football tight end who is... more on Wikipedia

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  • 18
    Michael D. Capellas

    Michael D. Capellas

    Businessperson, Entrepreneur

    Age65

    BirthplaceWarren, Ohio

    Michael David Capellas (born August 19, 1954) is an American executive in the computer and... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    John Filo

    John Filo

    Picture editor, Photojournalist

    Age72

    BirthplaceNatrona Heights, Pennsylvania

    John Paul Filo (; born August 21, 1948) is a photographer whose picture of 14-year-old runaway... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Thurman Munson

    Thurman Munson

    Baseball player

    AgeDec. at 32 (1947-1979)

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio

    Thurman Lee Munson (June 7, 1947 – August 2, 1979) was an American professional baseball ... more on Wikipedia

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  • 21
    Carl E. Walz

    Carl E. Walz

    Astronaut, Engineer

    Age65

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio

    Carl Erwin Walz (Colonel, USAF, Ret.) (born September 6, 1955) is a former NASA astronaut... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Liam Lynch

    Liam Lynch

    Songwriter, Musician

    Age50

    BirthplaceVirginia, United States of America

    William Patrick Niederst (born September 5, 1970), best known as Liam Lynch, is a musician,... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Josh Cribbs

    Josh Cribbs

    Athlete, American football player

    Age37

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Joshua Cribbs (born June 9, 1983) is a former American football return specialist and wide... more on Wikipedia

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  • 24
    Jeff Richmond

    Jeff Richmond

    Film Score Composer, Television director

    Age59

    BirthplaceGarrettsville, Ohio, United States of America

    Jeffrey Wayne Richmond (born January 7, 1961) is an American composer, actor, director, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Nick Saban

    Nick Saban

    American Football coach, Coach

    Age68

    BirthplaceFairmont, West Virginia, United States of America

    Nicholas Lou Saban Jr. (; born October 31, 1951) is an American football coach who has been... more on Wikipedia

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