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Famous Kent State University Alumni

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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

Age: 62

Birthplace: Broome County, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America, United States, + more

David Raymond Sedaris (; born December 26, 1956) is an American humorist, comedian, author, and radio contributor. He was publicly recognized in 1992 when National Public Radio broadcast his ...more

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Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Comedian, Actor, Voice acting

Age: 67

Birthplace: Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Michael John Douglas (born September 5, 1951), known professionally as Michael Keaton, is an American actor, producer, and director. He first rose to fame for his roles on the CBS sitcoms All's ...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

Age: 63

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America

Arsenio Hall (born February 12, 1956) is an American comedian, talk show host, actor, writer and producer. He is best known for hosting The Arsenio Hall Show, a late-night talk show that ran ...more

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Chrissie Hynde is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician

Age: 67

Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States of America

Christine Ellen Hynde (born September 7, 1951) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. She is a founding member and the guitarist, lead vocalist, and primary songwriter of the rock band ...more

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Steve Harvey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 62

Birthplace: Welch, USA, West Virginia

Broderick Stephen Harvey (born January 17, 1957) is an American comedian, television host, producer, radio personality, actor, and author. He hosts The Steve Harvey Morning Show, the Steve talk ...more

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Brannon Braga is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: 53

Birthplace: Bozeman, Montana, United States of America

Brannon Braga (; born August 14, 1965) is an American television producer, director and screenwriter. He served as an executive producer on the Fox primetime series, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, ...more
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Dav Pilkey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Illustrator, Author, Writer

Age: 52

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio

David Murray "Dav" Pilkey Jr. (; born March 4, 1966) is an American cartoonist, author and illustrator of children's literature. Pilkey is best known as the author and illustrator of ...more
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Joe Walsh is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter

Age: 71

Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas, United States of America

Joseph Fidler Walsh (born November 20, 1947) is an American rock singer, guitarist, and songwriter. In a career spanning more than 50 years, he has been a member of five successful rock bands: ...more

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John de Lancie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Musician, Film Producer, Author

Age: 70

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

John de Lancie is an American actor, director, producer, writer, and voice artist, best known for his role as Q in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–94), and the voice of Discord in My Little ...more
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James Harrison is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 40

Birthplace: Akron, Ohio

James Henry Harrison Jr. (born May 4, 1978) is a former American football linebacker. He played college football for Kent State University and was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an ...more

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Dolph Ziggler is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Wrestler, Actor

Age: 38

Nicholas Theodore Nemeth (born July 27, 1980) is an American professional wrestler and stand-up comedian. He is currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the SmackDown brand under the ring ...more

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Mark Mothersbaugh is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Film Score Composer, Painter, Musician

Age: 68

Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States of America

Mark Allen Mothersbaugh (; born May 18, 1950) is an American singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, author and visual artist. Mothersbaugh came to prominence in ...more

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Stephen R. Donaldson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Novelist, Writer

Age: 71

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio

Stephen Reeder Donaldson (born May 13, 1947) is an American fantasy, science fiction and mystery novelist, most famous for The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, his ten-novel fantasy series. His ...more
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Brad Warner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Writer

Age: 54

Birthplace: Hamilton, Ohio

Brad Warner (born March 5, 1964) is an American Sōtō Zen monk, author, blogger, documentarian and punk rock bass guitarist.
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Thrity Umrigar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Author, Writer

Birthplace: Mumbai, India

Thrity Umrigar is an Indian-American journalist, critic, and novelist.
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John Caparulo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: 43

Birthplace: East Liverpool, Ohio, United States of America

John Caparulo (born September 22, 1975) 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) 17 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Basketball player, American football player

Age: 35

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Antonio Ethan Gates Jr. (born June 18, 1980) is an American football tight end who is currently a free agent. He has been selected into the Pro Bowl eight times and is a five-time All-Pro.Gates ...more

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Michael D. Capellas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur

Age: 63

Birthplace: Warren, Ohio

Michael David Capellas (born August 19, 1954) is an American executive in the computer and telecommunication industries. Capellas served as chairman and CEO of First Data Corporation, acting CEO ...more
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John Filo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Picture editor, Photojournalist, Photographer

Age: 70

Birthplace: Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania

John Paul Filo (; born August 21, 1948) is a photographer whose picture of 14-year-old runaway Mary Ann Vecchio screaming while kneeling over the dead body of 20-year-old Jeffrey Miller, one of ...more
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Thurman Munson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Baseball player

Age: Dec. at 32 (1947-1979)

Birthplace: Akron, Ohio

Thurman Lee Munson (June 7, 1947 – August 2, 1979) was an American professional baseball catcher who played 11 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees, from 1969 until ...more

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Carl E. Walz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Astronaut, Engineer

Age: 63

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio

Carl Erwin Walz (Colonel, USAF, Ret.) (born September 6, 1955) is a former NASA astronaut currently working for Orbital Sciences Corporation's Advanced Programs Group as Vice President for Human ...more
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Liam Lynch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Songwriter, Musician, Writer

Age: 48

Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America

William Patrick Niederst (born September 5, 1970), best known as Liam Lynch, is a musician, puppeteer and filmmaker. Lynch co-created, co-wrote, played the music for, directed, and produced ...more
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Josh Cribbs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Athlete, American football player

Age: 35

Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

Joshua Cribbs (born June 9, 1983) is a former American football return specialist and wide receiver. He played college football for Kent State University, and was signed by the Cleveland Browns ...more

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Jeff Richmond is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
Film Score Composer, Television director, Television producer

Age: 58

Birthplace: Garrettsville, Ohio, USA

Jeffrey Wayne Richmond (born January 7, 1961) is an American composer, actor, director, and producer. He composed the music for, and directed some episodes of 30 Rock, a sitcom created by and ...more
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Nick Saban is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Kent State University Alumni
American Football coach, Coach, Actor

Age: 67

Birthplace: Fairmont, West Virginia, United States of America

Nicholas Lou Saban Jr. (; born October 31, 1951) is an American football coach who has been the head football coach at the University of Alabama since 2007. Saban previously served as head coach ...more

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