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List Rules People 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Activist, Businessperson, Entrepreneur
Paul Leonard Newman was an American actor, film director, entrepreneur, professional racing driver, auto racing team owner, environmentalist, social activist and philanthropist. He won numerous ...more
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Jonathan Winters is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Painter, Soldier, Comedian
Jonathan Harshman Winters III was an American comedian, actor, author, and artist. Beginning in 1960, Winters recorded many classic comedy albums for the Verve Records label. He also had records ...more
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Allison Janney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Musician, Actor, Voice acting
Allison Brooks Janney is an American actress. She is a six-time Primetime Emmy Award winner for her television work and has won a Drama Desk Award and received two Tony Award nominations for her ...more
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Rutherford B. Hayes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer
Rutherford Birchard Hayes was the 19th President of the United States. As president, he oversaw the end of Reconstruction, began the efforts that led to civil service reform, and attempted to ...more
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Olof Palme is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Politician
Sven Olof Joachim Palme was a Swedish Social Democratic politician, statesman and prime minister. A longtime protégé of Prime Minister Tage Erlander, Palme led the Swedish Social ...more
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Rodney Morison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Inventor
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William Rehnquist is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Judge, Historian, Jurist
William Hubbs Rehnquist was an American lawyer, jurist, and political figure who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States and later as the 16th Chief Justice of ...more
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Edwin M. Stanton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer
Edwin McMasters Stanton was an American lawyer and politician who served as Secretary of War under the Lincoln Administration during most of the American Civil War. Stanton's effective ...more
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Coles Phillips is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Clarence Coles Phillips was an American artist and illustrator who signed his early works C. Coles Phillips, but after 1911 worked under the abbreviated name, Coles Phillips. He is known for his ...more
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Josh Radnor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director
Joshua Thomas "Josh" Radnor is an American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for portraying Ted Mosby on the popular Emmy Award-winning CBS sitcom How I Met ...more
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Eric Gaskins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Fashion designer
Eric Gaskins is a New York based fashion designer known for his craftsmanship and technique. Gaskins was born in Germany and grew up in Groton, MA. He attended Lawrence Academy and graduated ...more
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William H. Gass is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Novelist, Essayist, Writer
William Howard Gass is an American novelist, short-story writer, essayist, critic, and former philosophy professor. He has written three novels, three collections of short stories, a collection ...more
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Randall Jarrell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Poet, Novelist, Author
Randall Jarrell was an American poet, literary critic, children's author, essayist, novelist, and the 11th Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, a position that now bears the title ...more
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Nick Bakay is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter
Nicholas "Nick" Bakay is an American writer, actor, voice actor, comedian and sportscaster. He is known as the voice of Salem Saberhagen on ABC/The WB's Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and ...more
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Robert Mezey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Poet, Translator, Writer
Robert Mezey 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 was born ...more
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E. L. Doctorow is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Editor, Professor, Novelist
Edgar Lawrence "E. L." Doctorow is an American author. He is known internationally for his unique works of historical fiction.
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Carl Djerassi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Chemist, Professor, Scientist
Carl Djerassi was an Austrian-born Bulgarian-American chemist, novelist, and playwright best known for his contribution to the development of oral contraceptive pills.
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Robert Lowell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Poet, Author, Writer
Robert Traill Spence Lowell IV was an American poet. He was born into a Boston Brahmin family that could trace its origins back to the Mayflower. His family, past and present, were important ...more
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Zack Space is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Politician
Zachary T. "Zack" Space is an American politician and the former U.S. Representative for Ohio's 18th congressional district, serving from 2007 until 2011. He is a member of the ...more
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James Wright is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Poet
James Arlington Wright was an American poet.
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Anthony Hecht is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Poet, Translator
Anthony Evan Hecht 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 the Second World War, in which ...more
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John Hattendorf is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Historian
John Brewster Hattendorf is an American naval historian. He is the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of more than forty books on British and American maritime history and naval warfare. In ...more
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Charles Griffin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Charles Griffin 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 Potomac and fought in many of the key ...more
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Bill Watterson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Cartoonist
William Boyd "Bill" Watterson II is an American cartoonist and the author of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, which was syndicated from 1985 to 1995. Watterson stopped drawing Calvin ...more
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John Green is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Kenyon College Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer
John Michael Green is an American author of young adult fiction, YouTube video blogger, historian and creator of online educational videos. He won the 2006 Printz Award for his debut novel, ...more