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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Marquette University and be of some renown.

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

Alumni include Dwyane Wade, Chris Farley and more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Marquette University?” and “Which celebrities are Marquette University alumni?”
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Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Marquette University Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 37

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr. ( dwayn; born January 17, 1982) is an American former professional basketball player. Wade spent the majority of his 16-year career playing for the Miami Heat in the ...more

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Tom Snyder is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Marquette University Alumni
Newsreader, Actor, Presenter

Age: Dec. at 71 (1936-2007)

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

Thomas James Snyder (May 12, 1936 – July 29, 2007) was an American television personality, news anchor, and radio personality best known for his late night talk shows Tomorrow, on the NBC ...more

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Chris Farley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Marquette University Alumni
Stunt Performer, Comedian, Actor

Age: Dec. at 33 (1964-1997)

Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America

Christopher Crosby Farley (February 15, 1964 – December 18, 1997) was an American actor and comedian. Farley was known for his loud, energetic comedic style, and was a member of Chicago's Second ...more

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Jason Rae is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Marquette University Alumni

Age: Dec. at 22 (1986-2008)

Birthplace: Rice Lake, Wisconsin

Jason Rae (born November 25, 1986) is a Democratic National Committee (DNC) member from Wisconsin. He is the youngest person ever elected to the DNC. On February 5, 2017, he was elected to serve ...more
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Don Ameche is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Marquette University Alumni
Radio personality, Actor, TV Personality

Age: Dec. at 85 (1908-1993)

Birthplace: Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States of America

Don Ameche (; born Dominic Felix Amici; May 31, 1908 – December 6, 1993) was an American actor, voice artist and comedian. After playing in college shows, stock, and vaudeville, he became a ...more

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Woody Herman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Marquette University Alumni
Saxophonist, Bandleader, Clarinetist

Age: Dec. at 74 (1913-1987)

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

Woodrow Charles Herman (May 16, 1913 – October 29, 1987) was an American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, singer, and big band leader. Leading various groups called "The Herd", Herman ...more

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John G. Schmitz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Marquette University Alumni
Politician, Professor

Age: Dec. at 71 (1930-2001)

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

John George Schmitz (August 12, 1930 – January 10, 2001) was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives and California State Senate from Orange County, California. He was ...more
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Gail Collins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Marquette University Alumni
Editor, Commentator, Journalist

Age: 73

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio

Gail Collins (born November 25, 1945) is an American journalist, op-ed columnist and author, most recognized for her work with the New York Times. Joining the Times in 1995 as a member of the ...more
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Peter Bonerz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Marquette University Alumni
Television director, Actor

Age: 80

Birthplace: Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States of America

Peter Bonerz (, born August 6, 1938) is an American actor and director who is best known for his role as Dr. Jerry Robinson on The Bob Newhart Show.
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Kevin Farley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Marquette University Alumni
Production Designer, Actor, Singer

Age: 53

Birthplace: Madison, USA, Wisconsin

Kevin Peter Farley (born June 8, 1965) is an American actor, production designer, singer, dancer, occasional composer and stand-up comic.

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Charles Siebert is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Marquette University Alumni
Television director, Actor

Age: 80

Birthplace: Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA

Charles Alan "Charlie" Siebert (born March 9, 1938, Kenosha, Wisconsin) is an American actor and television director. As an actor, he is probably best known for his role as Dr. Stanley ...more
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Darren R. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Marquette University Alumni
Businessperson

Age: 54

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Darren R. Jackson joined Advance Auto Parts as President and CEO on January 7, 2008.
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Don Wadewitz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Marquette University Alumni
Sports commentator

Age: 44

Birthplace: Racine, Wisconsin

Donald Richard Wadewitz II (born May 20, 1974) is an American sportscaster.
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Ben L. Salomon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Marquette University Alumni
Surgeon, Dentist

Age: Dec. at 30 (1914-1944)

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Benjamin Lewis Salomon (September 1, 1914 – July 7, 1944) was a United States Army dentist during World War II, assigned as a front-line surgeon. When the Japanese started overrunning his ...more
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Dan Simone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Marquette University Alumni
Businessperson
Dan Simone served as a Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of Trapeze Networks.
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Greg Cergol is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Marquette University Alumni
Journalist, Newsreader, TV Journalist
Greg Cergol is WNBC's Long Island correspondent and serves as a substitute anchor. He joined WNBC in 1999 after spending 9 years as a reporter and anchor with News 12 Long Island. Before that, ...more
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Pat O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Marquette University Alumni
Actor

Age: Dec. at 84 (1899-1983)

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

William Joseph Patrick O'Brien (November 11, 1899 – October 15, 1983) was an American film actor with more than 100 screen credits. Of Irish descent, he often played Irish and Irish-American ...more
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Kathleen Q. Abernathy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Marquette University Alumni
Lawyer

Age: 63

Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky

Kathleen Quinn Abernathy (born 1956) is an American telecommunications technology executive and lawyer who served as a Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 2001 to ...more
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Robert J. Beck is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Marquette University Alumni
Political scientist

Age: 58

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Robert J. Beck (born 1961) is an educator and scholar of international law and international relations.
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Don Manzullo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Marquette University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: 74

Birthplace: Rockford, Illinois, USA

Donald A. "Don" Manzullo (born March 24, 1944) is an American politician who was the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 16th congressional district, from 1993 to 2013. He is a member ...more
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Buddy Cianci is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Marquette University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: 77

Birthplace: Cranston, Rhode Island, United States of America

Vincent Albert "Buddy" Cianci Jr. (, see-AN-see; Italian pronunciation: [ˈtʃaŋtʃi], CHAHN-chee; April 30, 1941 – January 28, 2016) was an American lawyer, radio talk show host, ...more
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Marc H Ellis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Marquette University Alumni
Philosopher

Age: 67

Birthplace: Miami, Florida

Marc H. Ellis is an American author, liberation theologian, and a former University Professor of Jewish Studies, Professor of History and Director of the Center for Jewish Studies at Baylor ...more
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Gwen Moore is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Marquette University Alumni
Politician

Age: 67

Birthplace: Racine, Wisconsin, United States of America

Gwendolynne Sophia Moore (born April 18, 1951) is an American politician who is the U.S. Representative for Wisconsin's 4th congressional district, serving since 2005. In 2016, Moore was elected ...more
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Felix Perez Camacho is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Marquette University Alumni
Felix Perez Camacho Politician

Age: 61

Birthplace: Camp Zama, Japan

Felix James Pérez Camacho (born October 30, 1957) is an American politician and former 7th Governor of Guam from January 6, 2003 to January 3, 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party
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Steve Austria is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Marquette University Alumni
Politician

Age: 60

Birthplace: Ohio, Cincinnati, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more

Stephen Clement Austria (born October 12, 1958) is the former U.S. Representative for Ohio's 7th congressional district, serving from 2009 to 2013. He is a member of the Republican Party. In ...more