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Famous Kenyon College Alumni

Updated June 14, 2019 11.4k views112 items

List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Kenyon College and be of some renown.

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

List contains graduates like Paul Newman and Jonathan Winters.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Kenyon College?” and “Which celebrities are Kenyon College alumni?”
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    Paul Newman

    Paul Newman

    Activist, Businessperson

    AgeDied at 83 (1925-2008)

    BirthplaceShaker Heights, Ohio, USA

    Paul Leonard Newman (January 26, 1925 – September 26, 2008) was an American actor, film... more on Wikipedia

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    Jonathan Winters

    Jonathan Winters

    Painter, Soldier

    AgeDec. at 88 (1925-2013)

    BirthplaceUSA, Bellbrook, Ohio

    Jonathan Harshman Winters III (November 11, 1925 – April 11, 2013) was an American comedian,... more on Wikipedia

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    Allison Janney

    Allison Janney

    Musician, Actor

    Age60

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Allison Brooks Janney (born November 19, 1959) is an American actress. A prolific character... more on Wikipedia

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    Rutherford B. Hayes

    Rutherford B. Hayes

    Politician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 71 (1822-1893)

    BirthplaceDelaware County, Ohio, Delaware, United States, with Territories

    Rutherford Birchard Hayes (October 4, 1822 – January 17, 1893) was the 19th president of the... more on Wikipedia

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    Olof Palme

    Olof Palme

    Politician

    AgeDec. at 59 (1927-1986)

    BirthplaceÖstermalm

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    AgeDec. at 78 (1918-1996)

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    William Rehnquist

    William Rehnquist

    Judge, Historian

    AgeDec. at 81 (1924-2005)

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

    William Hubbs Rehnquist (; October 1, 1924 – September 3, 2005) was an American jurist and... more on Wikipedia
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    Edwin M. Stanton

    Edwin M. Stanton

    Politician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 55 (1814-1869)

    BirthplaceSteubenville, Ohio, United States of America

    Edwin McMasters Stanton (December 19, 1814 – December 24, 1869) was an American lawyer and... more on Wikipedia
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    Coles Phillips
    Clarence Coles Phillips (October 3, 1880 – June 13, 1927) was an American artist and... more on Wikipedia
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    Josh Radnor

    Josh Radnor

    Screenwriter, Actor

    Age46

    BirthplaceColumbus, Ohio, United States of America

    Joshua Thomas Radnor (born July 29, 1974) is an American actor, filmmaker and musician. He is... more on Wikipedia

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    Eric Gaskins

    Eric Gaskins

    Fashion designer

    Age62

    Eric Gaskins is a New York based fashion designer known for his craftsmanship and... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    William H. Gass

    William H. Gass

    Novelist, Essayist

    Age96

    BirthplaceFargo, North Dakota

    William Howard Gass (July 30, 1924 – December 6, 2017) was an American novelist, short-story... more on Wikipedia
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    Randall Jarrell

    Randall Jarrell

    Poet, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 51 (1914-1965)

    BirthplaceNashville, Tennessee

    Randall Jarrell (May 6, 1914 – October 14, 1965) was an American poet, literary critic,... more on Wikipedia

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    Nick Bakay

    Nick Bakay

    Comedian, Television producer

    Age60

    BirthplaceBuffalo, New York, United States of America

    Nicholas Bakay ( bə-KAY; born October 8, 1959) is an American actor, voice actor, writer,... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Robert Mezey

    Robert Mezey

    Poet, Translator

    Age85

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    Robert Mezey (born 1935) is an American poet, critic and academic. He is also a noted... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    E. L. Doctorow

    E. L. Doctorow

    Editor, Professor

    Age89

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Edgar Lawrence Doctorow (January 6, 1931 – July 21, 2015) was an American novelist, editor,... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Carl Djerassi

    Carl Djerassi

    Chemist, Professor

    Age96

    BirthplaceVienna, Austria

    Carl Djerassi (October 29, 1923 – January 30, 2015) was an Austrian-born Bulgarian-American... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Robert Lowell

    Robert Lowell

    Poet, Author

    AgeDec. at 60 (1917-1977)

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts

    Robert Traill Spence Lowell IV (; March 1, 1917 – September 12, 1977) was an American poet. He... more on Wikipedia
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    Zack Space

    Zack Space

    Politician

    Age59

    BirthplaceDover, Ohio, United States of America, United States, with Territories

    Zachary T. Space (born January 27, 1961) is an American politician and the former U.S.... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    James Wright

    AgeDec. at 53 (1927-1980)

    BirthplaceMartins Ferry, Ohio

    James Arlington Wright (December 13, 1927 – March 25, 1980) was an American poet.
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    Anthony Hecht

    Anthony Hecht

    Poet, Translator

    AgeDec. at 81 (1923-2004)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Anthony Evan Hecht (January 16, 1923 – October 20, 2004) was an American poet. His work... more on Wikipedia
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    Age78

    BirthplaceWestern Springs, Illinois

    John Brewster Hattendorf, D.Phil., D.Litt., L.H.D., FRHistS, FSNR, (born December 22, 1941) is... more on Wikipedia
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    Charles Griffin
    Charles Griffin (December 18, 1825 – September 15, 1867) was a career officer in the United... more on Wikipedia
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    Bill Watterson

    Bill Watterson

    Cartoonist

    Age62

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    William Boyd Watterson II (born July 5, 1958) is an American former cartoonist and the author... more on Wikipedia

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    John Green

    John Green

    Novelist, Author

    Age43

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana

    John Michael Green (born August 24, 1977) is an American author and YouTube content creator.... more on Wikipedia