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Famous Marshall University Alumni

Updated June 14, 2019 23.4k views101 items

List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Marshall University and be of some renown.

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

List is made up of a variety of graduates, including Billy Crystal and Randy Moss.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Marshall University?” and “Which celebrities are Marshall University alumni?”
  • 1

    Billy Crystal

    Television presenter, Comedian


    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York, Upper East Side

    William Edward Crystal (born March 14, 1948) is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, director, and television host. He gained prominence in the 1970s and 80s for television roles as Jodie...  more

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  • 2

    Randy Moss

    Athlete, American football player


    BirthplaceRand, West Virginia

    Randy Gene Moss (born February 13, 1977) is a television sports analyst and former American football wide receiver who played 14 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He holds the NFL...  more

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  • 3

    Robert Byrd

    Statesman, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 93 (1917-2010)

    BirthplaceUSA, North Carolina, North Wilkesboro

    Robert Carlyle Byrd (born Cornelius Calvin Sale Jr.; November 20, 1917 – June 28, 2010) was an American politician who served as a United States Senator from West Virginia for over 51 years, from...  more
  • 4


    BirthplaceCharleston, West Virginia, United States of America

    Conchata Galen Ferrell (March 28, 1943-October 12, 2020) was an American actress. Although she was a regular cast member of five TV sitcom series, she is best known for playing Berta the housekeeper...  more
  • 5

    Chad Pennington

    American football player


    BirthplaceKnoxville, Tennessee, United States of America

    James Chadwick Pennington (born June 26, 1976) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons. He played college football at Marshall...  more


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  • 6

    Ahmad Bradshaw

    American football player


    BirthplaceBluefield, West Virginia

    Ahmad Bradshaw (born March 19, 1986) is a former American football running back. He was drafted in the seventh round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. He played college football at...  more
  • 7

    Brad Dourif

    Actor, Voice acting


    BirthplaceHuntington, West Virginia, USA

    Bradford Claude Dourif (; born March 18, 1950) is an American actor. He was nominated for an Oscar, and won Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards for his supporting role as Billy Bibbit in the film One Flew...  more
  • 8

    Troy Brown

    American football player


    BirthplaceBarnwell, South Carolina

    Troy Fitzgerald Brown (born July 2, 1971) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the eighth round of the...  more
  • 9

    Lonnie Thompson

    Professor, Scientist


    BirthplaceHuntington, West Virginia

    Lonnie Thompson (born July 1, 1948), is an American paleoclimatologist and Distinguished University Professor in the School of Earth Sciences at The Ohio State University. He has achieved global...  more
  • 10

    Michael W. Smith

    Songwriter, Musician


    BirthplaceKenova, West Virginia, United States of America

    Michael Whitaker Smith (born October 7, 1957) is an American musician, who has charted in both contemporary Christian and mainstream charts. His biggest success in mainstream music was in 1991 when...  more

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  • 11

    AgeDec. at 59 (1830-1889)

    BirthplaceNew Hanover Township, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    John Frederick Hartranft (December 16, 1830 – October 17, 1889) was the United States military officer who read the death warrant to the individuals who were executed on July 7, 1865 for conspiring...  more
  • 12

    Byron Leftwich

    American football player


    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    Byron Antron Leftwich (born January 14, 1980) is an American football coach and former quarterback who is the current offensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football...  more
  • 13

    Chris Hanson

    American football player


    BirthplaceRiverdale, Georgia

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  • 14

    Soupy Sales

    Comedian, Actor

    AgeDec. at 83 (1926-2009)

    BirthplaceFranklinton, North Carolina, USA

    Milton Supman (January 8, 1926 – October 22, 2009), known professionally as Soupy Sales, was an American comedian, actor, radio/television personality, and jazz aficionado. He was best known for his...  more

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  • 15

    Jason Williams

    Basketball player


    BirthplaceBelle, West Virginia

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  • 16

    Chris Crocker

    American football player


    BirthplaceChesapeake, Virginia

    Christopher Alan Crocker (born March 9, 1980) is a former American football safety. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at...  more
  • 17

    Chris Massey

    American football player


    BirthplaceChesapeake, West Virginia

    Christopher Todd Massey (born November 21, 1979) is a former American football long snapper. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college...  more
  • 18

    John Wade

    American football player


    BirthplaceHarrisonburg, Virginia

    Robert John Wade (born January 25, 1975) is a former American football center. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fifth round of the 1998 NFL Draft. He played college football at...  more
  • 19

    Johnathan Goddard

    American football player

    AgeDec. at 27 (1981-2008)

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California

    Jonathan Bruce Goddard (May 11, 1981 – June 15, 2008) was an American defensive end in the National Football League and Arena Football League. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions and also spent time...  more
  • 20

    Nelson S. Bond

    Novelist, Writer

    AgeDec. at 98 (1908-2006)

    BirthplaceScranton, Pennsylvania

    Nelson Slade Bond (November 23, 1908 – November 4, 2006) was an American author who wrote extensively for books, magazines, radio, television and the stage. The 1998 recipient of the Nebula Author...  more
  • 21

    Olandis Gary

    American football player


    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Olandis Gary (born May 18, 1975) is a former American football running back who played for the Denver Broncos from 1999 to 2002 and the Detroit Lions from 2003 to 2004. He is an alumnus of the...  more
  • 22

    Mike D'Antoni

    Basketball Coach, Basketball player


    BirthplaceMullens, West Virginia

    Michael Andrew D'Antoni (born May 8, 1951) is an American-Italian professional basketball coach and former player who is the head coach of the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association...  more
  • 23

    Mitch Bowling

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  • 24

    Jermaine Wiggins

    American football player


    BirthplaceEast Boston, Boston, Massachusetts

    Jermaine Wiggins (born January 18, 1975) is a former American football tight end. He played college football at Georgia, and signed with the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent in 1999. Wiggins...  more
  • 25

    Mike Bartrum

    American football player


    BirthplaceGallipolis Township, Gallipolis, West Virginia

    Mike Weldon Bartrum (born June 23, 1970) is a former American football long snapper and tight end who played 13 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He was considered one of the best long...  more