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Famous Kenyon College Alumni

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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?”
  • 1

    Paul Newman

    Activist, Businessperson

    AgeDec. at 83 (1925-2008)

    BirthplaceShaker Heights, Ohio, USA


    Paul Leonard Newman (January 26, 1925 – September 26, 2008) was an American actor, film director, producer, race car driver, IndyCar owner, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He won and was nominated...  more

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  • 2

    Jonathan Winters

    Painter, Soldier

    AgeDec. at 88 (1925-2013)

    BirthplaceBellbrook, Ohio, USA


    Alternative NameJonathan Winters

    Jonathan Harshman Winters III (November 11, 1925 – April 11, 2013) was an American comedian, actor, author, television host, and artist. Beginning in 1960, Winters recorded many classic comedy albums...  more

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  • 3

    Allison Janney

    Musician, Actor


    BirthplaceDayton, Ohio, USA


    Allison Brooks Janney (born November 19, 1959) is an American actress. A prolific character actress, Janney has received many accolades, including an Academy Award, seven Primetime Emmy Awards, a...  more

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  • 4

    Rutherford B. Hayes

    Politician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 71 (1822-1893)

    BirthplaceDelaware, Ohio, USA


    Rutherford Birchard Hayes (October 4, 1822 – January 17, 1893) was the 19th president of the United States from 1877 to 1881, having served also as an American representative and governor of Ohio....  more

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  • 5

    Olof Palme


    AgeDec. at 59 (1927-1986)



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  • 6

    AgeDec. at 78 (1918-1996)


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    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 lawyer who served on the Supreme Court of the United States for 33 years, first as an Associate Justice from...  more
  • 8

    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 politician who served as Secretary of War under the Lincoln Administration during most of the American Civil...  more
  • 9
    Clarence Coles Phillips (October 3, 1880 – June 13, 1927) was an American artist and illustrator who signed his early works C. Coles Phillips, but after 1911 worked under the abbreviated name, Coles...  more
  • 10

    Josh Radnor

    Screenwriter, Actor


    BirthplaceColumbus, Ohio, USA


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  • 11

    Eric Gaskins

    Fashion designer



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  • 12

    William H. Gass

    Novelist, Essayist


    BirthplaceFargo, North Dakota


    William Howard Gass (July 30, 1924 – December 6, 2017) was an American novelist, short-story writer, essayist, critic, and philosophy professor. He penned three novels, three collections of short...  more
  • 13

    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, children's author, essayist, and novelist. He was the 11th Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress—a...  more
  • 14

    Nick Bakay

    Comedian, Television producer


    BirthplaceBuffalo, New York, USA


    Nicholas Bakay ( bə-KAY; born October 8, 1959) is an American actor, voice actor, writer, comedian and sportscaster. He is known as the voice of Salem Saberhagen on ABC/The WB's Sabrina the Teenage...  more
  • 15

    Robert Mezey

    Poet, Translator


    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania


    Robert Mezey (born 1935) is an American poet, critic and academic. He is also a noted translator, in particular from Spanish, having translated with Richard Barnes the collected poems of Borges.He...  more
  • 16

    E. L. Doctorow

    Editor, Professor


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York


    Edgar Lawrence Doctorow (January 6, 1931 – July 21, 2015) was an American novelist, editor, and professor, best known internationally for his works of historical fiction. He has been described as one...  more
  • 17

    Carl Djerassi

    Chemist, Professor


    BirthplaceVienna, Austria


    Carl Djerassi (October 29, 1923 – January 30, 2015) was an Austrian-born Bulgarian-American chemist, novelist, playwright and co-founder of Djerassi Resident Artists Program with Diane Wood...  more
  • 18

    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 was born into a Boston Brahmin family that could trace its origins back to the Mayflower. His family,...  more

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  • 19

    Zack Space



    BirthplaceDover, Ohio, United States of America


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  • 20

    AgeDec. at 53 (1927-1980)

    BirthplaceMartins Ferry, Ohio


    James Arlington Wright (December 13, 1927 – March 25, 1980) was an American poet. ...  more
  • 21

    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 combined a deep interest in form with a passionate desire to confront the horrors of 20th century history, with...  more
  • 22


    BirthplaceWestern Springs, Illinois


    John Brewster Hattendorf, D.Phil., D.Litt., L.H.D., FRHistS, FSNR, (born December 22, 1941) is an American naval historian. He is the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of more than fifty books,...  more
  • 23
    Charles Griffin (December 18, 1825 – September 15, 1867) was a career officer in the United States Army and a Union general in the American Civil War. He rose to command a corps in the Army of the...  more
  • 24

    Bill Watterson



    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.


    William Boyd Watterson II (born July 5, 1958) is an American former cartoonist and the author of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, which was syndicated from 1985 to 1995. Watterson stopped drawing...  more
  • 25

    John Green

    Novelist, Author


    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana


    John Michael Green (born August 24, 1977) is an American author and YouTube content creator. He won the 2006 Printz Award for his debut novel, Looking for Alaska, and his fourth solo novel, The Fault...  more