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Famous Marshall University Alumni

Updated June 14, 2019 22.9k 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?”
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    Billy Crystal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Marshall University Alumni

    Billy Crystal

    Television presenter, Comedian

    Age72

    BirthplaceUpper East Side, New York City, New York, United States of America

    William Edward Crystal (born March 14, 1948) is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer,... more

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    #37 of 233 The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time#204 of 301 The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

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    Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Marshall University Alumni

    Randy Moss

    Athlete, American football player

    Age43

    BirthplaceRand, West Virginia

    Randy Gene Moss (born February 13, 1977) is a television sports analyst and former American... more

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    #379 of 580 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time#233 of 329 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

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    Robert Byrd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Marshall University Alumni

    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... more
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    Conchata Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Marshall University Alumni

    Age77

    BirthplaceUSA, West Virginia, Charleston

    Conchata Galen Ferrell (March 28, 1943-October 12, 2020) was an American actress. Although she... more
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    Chad Pennington is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Marshall University Alumni

    Chad Pennington

    American football player

    Age44

    BirthplaceKnoxville, Tennessee, United States of America

    James Chadwick Pennington (born June 26, 1976) is a former American football quarterback who... more

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    #106 of 252 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time#71 of 119 The Greatest College Football Quarterbacks of All Time

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    Ahmad Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Marshall University Alumni

    Ahmad Bradshaw

    American football player

    Age34

    BirthplaceBluefield, West Virginia

    Ahmad Bradshaw (born March 19, 1986) is a former American football running back. He was... more
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    Brad Dourif is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Marshall University Alumni

    Brad Dourif

    Actor, Voice acting

    Age70

    BirthplaceHuntington, West Virginia, United States of America

    Bradford Claude Dourif (; born March 18, 1950) is an American actor. He was nominated for an... more
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    Troy Brown is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Marshall University Alumni

    Troy Brown

    American football player

    Age49

    BirthplaceBarnwell, South Carolina

    Troy Fitzgerald Brown (born July 2, 1971) is a former American football wide receiver in the... more

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    #36 of 55 The Best NFL Buys for the Money#5 of 246 The Best New England Patriots Of All Time

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    Lonnie Thompson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Marshall University Alumni

    Lonnie Thompson

    Professor, Scientist

    Age72

    BirthplaceHuntington, West Virginia

    Lonnie Thompson (born July 1, 1948), is an American paleoclimatologist and Distinguished... more
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    Michael W. Smith is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Marshall University Alumni

    Michael W. Smith

    Songwriter, Musician

    Age62

    BirthplaceUSA, West Virginia, Kenova

    Michael Whitaker Smith (born October 7, 1957) is an American musician, who has charted in both... more

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    The Best Michael W. Smith Albums of All Time#10 of 121 The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists

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    John F. Hartranft is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Marshall University Alumni

    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... more
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    Byron Leftwich is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Marshall University Alumni

    Byron Leftwich

    American football player

    Age40

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    Byron Antron Leftwich (born January 14, 1980) is an American football coach and former... more

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    #140 of 142 The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts#51 of 114 The Best Jacksonville Jaguars of All Time

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    Chris Hanson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Marshall University Alumni

    Chris Hanson

    American football player

    Age43

    BirthplaceRiverdale, Georgia

    Chris Hanson may refer to: Chris Hanson (American football) (born 1976), American football... more
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    Soupy Sales is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Marshall University Alumni

    Soupy Sales

    Comedian, Actor

    AgeDec. at 83 (1926-2009)

    BirthplaceFranklinton, North Carolina, United States of America

    Milton Supman (January 8, 1926 – October 22, 2009), known professionally as Soupy Sales, was... more

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    #221 of 279 The Greatest American Rock Bands#117 of 221 Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album

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    Jason Williams is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Marshall University Alumni

    Jason Williams

    Basketball player

    Age44

    BirthplaceBelle, West Virginia

    Jason Williams may refer to: SportspeopleJason Williams (American football) (born 1986),... more

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    #96 of 733 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#38 of 213 The Best White Players in NBA History

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    Chris Crocker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Marshall University Alumni

    Chris Crocker

    American football player

    Age40

    BirthplaceChesapeake, Virginia

    Christopher Alan Crocker (born March 9, 1980) is a former American football safety. He was... more
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    Chris Massey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Marshall University Alumni

    Chris Massey

    American football player

    Age40

    BirthplaceChesapeake, West Virginia

    Christopher Todd Massey (born November 21, 1979) is a former American football long snapper.... more
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    John Wade is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Marshall University Alumni

    John Wade

    American football player

    Age45

    BirthplaceHarrisonburg, Virginia

    Robert John Wade (born January 25, 1975) is a former American football center. He was drafted... more
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    Johnathan Goddard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Marshall University Alumni

    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... more
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    Nelson S. Bond is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Marshall University Alumni

    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... more
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    Olandis Gary is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Marshall University Alumni

    Olandis Gary

    American football player

    Age45

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Olandis Gary (born May 18, 1975) is a former American football running back who played for the... more
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    Mike D'Antoni is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Marshall University Alumni

    Mike D'Antoni

    Basketball Coach, Basketball player

    Age69

    BirthplaceMullens, West Virginia

    Michael Andrew D'Antoni (born May 8, 1951) is an American-Italian professional basketball... more
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    Mitch Bowling is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Marshall University Alumni

    Mitch Bowling

    Businessperson
    Mitch Bowling serves as Senior Vice President and General Manager ofOnline Services for... more
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    Jermaine Wiggins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Marshall University Alumni

    Jermaine Wiggins

    American football player

    Age45

    BirthplaceEast Boston, Boston, Massachusetts

    Jermaine Wiggins (born January 18, 1975) is a former American football tight end. He played... more
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    Mike Bartrum is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Marshall University Alumni

    Mike Bartrum

    American football player

    Age50

    BirthplaceGallipolis Township, Gallipolis, West Virginia

    Mike Weldon Bartrum (born June 23, 1970) is a former American football long snapper and tight... more
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