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

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

Examples of graduates on this list include William Shatner and Leonard Cohen.

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

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William Shatner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
William Shatner Spokesperson, Television director, Television producer William Shatner is a Canadian actor, singer, author, producer, director, spokesman, and comedian. He gained worldwide fame and became a cultural icon for his portrayal of James T. Kirk, Captain ...more

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Rufus Wainwright is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Rufus Wainwright Songwriter, Musician, Actor Rufus McGarrigle Wainwright is an American-Canadian singer-songwriter and composer. He has recorded seven albums of original music and numerous tracks on compilations and film soundtracks. He ...more

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Mia Kirshner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Mia Kirshner Actor, Writer Mia Kirshner is a Canadian actress, writer and social activist who works in movies and television series. She is known for her role as Jenny Schecter on the cable TV series The L Word, and for ...more

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Charles R. Drew is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Charles R. Drew Researcher, Physician, Surgeon Charles Richard Drew was an American physician, surgeon, and medical researcher. He researched in the field of blood transfusions, developing improved techniques for blood storage, and applied ...more

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Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Leonard Cohen Film Score Composer, Poet, Musician Leonard Norman Cohen, CC GOQ is a Canadian singer–songwriter, musician, poet, and novelist. His work has explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships. Cohen has ...more

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Robert Thirsk is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Robert Thirsk Flight engineer, Astronaut, Physician Robert Brent "Bob" Thirsk, OC OBC is a Canadian engineer and physician, and a former Canadian Space Agency astronaut. He holds the Canadian records for the longest space flight and the ...more

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Douglas Coupland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Douglas Coupland Novelist, Screenwriter, Writer Douglas Coupland OC OBC is a Canadian novelist and artist. His fiction is complemented by recognized works in design and visual art arising from his early formal training. His first novel, the ...more

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Charles Krauthammer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Charles Krauthammer Psychiatrist, Commentator, Journalist Charles Krauthammer is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist, author, political commentator, and physician. His weekly column is syndicated to more than 400 newspapers ...more

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Dafydd Williams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Dafydd Williams Astronaut, Physician Dafydd Rhys "Dave" Williams OC is a Canadian physician and a retired CSA astronaut. Williams was a mission specialist on two space shuttle missions. His first spaceflight, STS-90 in ...more

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Julie Payette is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Julie Payette Flight engineer, Astronaut, Engineer Julie Payette, OC, CQ is a Canadian engineer and astronaut. Payette has completed two spaceflights, STS-96 and STS-127, logging more than 25 days in space. She served as Chief Astronaut for the ...more

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Patrick Allen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Patrick Allen Actor, Voice acting John Keith Patrick Allen was an English film, television and voice actor.

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Thomas Neill Cream is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Thomas Neill Cream Physician Dr. Thomas Neill Cream, also known as the Lambeth Poisoner, was a Scottish-Canadian serial killer, who claimed his first proven victims in the United States and the rest in England, and possibly ...more

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Burt Bacharach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Burt Bacharach Conductor, Film Score Composer, Arranger Burt Freeman Bacharach is an American singer, songwriter, composer, record producer and pianist. A six-time Grammy Award winner and three-time Academy Award winner, he is known for his popular ...more

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Ian Stevenson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Ian Stevenson Ian Pretyman Stevenson was a Canadian-born U.S. psychiatrist. He worked for the University of Virginia School of Medicine for fifty years, as chair of the department of psychiatry from 1957 to ...more

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Laurie Holden is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Laurie Holden Film Producer, Actor Heather Laurie Holden, better known as Laurie Holden, is an American actress, producer model and human rights activist. She is perhaps best recognized for her roles as Marita Covarrubias in The ...more

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Edgar Bronfman, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Edgar Bronfman, Sr. Businessperson, Film Producer Edgar Miles Bronfman was a Canadian-American businessman and philanthropist, He was a notable member of the Bronfman family.

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James Naismith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
James Naismith Professor, Coach, Teacher James Naismith was a Canadian American sports coach and innovator. He invented the sport of basketball in 1891. He wrote the original basketball rulebook, founded the University of Kansas ...more

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Donald MacLaren is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Donald MacLaren Donald Roderick MacLaren DSO, MC & Bar, DFC was a Canadian World War I flying ace. He was credited with 54 victories and, after the war, helped found the Royal Canadian Air Force. Donald ...more

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Rachelle Lefevre is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Rachelle Lefevre Actor Rachelle Lefevre is a Canadian actress. She has starred in the television series Big Wolf on Campus and had recurring roles in What About Brian, Boston Legal, and Swingtown. She played the ...more

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Mortimer Zuckerman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Mortimer Zuckerman Editor, Publisher, Businessperson Mortimer Benjamin "Mort" Zuckerman is a Canadian-born American media proprietor, magazine editor, and investor. He is the co-founder, executive chairman and former CEO of Boston ...more

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Steven Pinker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Steven Pinker Linguist, Cognitive scientist, Professor Steven Arthur Pinker is a Canadian-born American experimental psychologist, cognitive scientist, linguist, and popular science author. He is a Harvard College Professor and the Johnstone Family ...more

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Rudolph A. Marcus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Rudolph A. Marcus Chemist, Scientist Rudolph Arthur Marcus is a Canadian-born chemist who received the 1992 Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for his contributions to the theory of electron transfer reactions in chemical ...more

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Stu Nahan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Stu Nahan Journalist, Newsreader, Actor Stu Nahan was a Canadian American sportscaster best known for his television broadcasting career in Los Angeles from the 1950s through the 1990s. He is also remembered for his role as a boxing ...more

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Samantha Bee is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Samantha Bee Comedian, Actor Samantha Bee is a Canadian comedic actress and author best known as a cast member on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. In 2012, Bee surpassed Stephen Colbert as The Daily Show '​s longest-serving ...more

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Bernard Nathanson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Bernard Nathanson Physician Bernard N. Nathanson was an American medical doctor from New York who helped to found the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws, but later became a pro-life activist. He was the ...more

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Izabella St. James is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Izabella St. James Actor, Writer Izabella St. James (born Izabella Katarina Kasprzyk on September 25, in Kraków, Poland) is a writer, actress and a former girlfriend of Hugh Hefner. She is best known as the author of a ...more

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Gail Simmons is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Gail Simmons Food critic, Chef Gail Simmons is a Canadian culinary expert, food writer and television personality, and is the Special Projects Director with Food & Wine magazine. In addition to her role with Food & ...more

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Anand Patwardhan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Anand Patwardhan Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer Anand Patwardhan is an Indian documentary filmmaker known for his socio-political, human rights oriented films. Several of his films cover the rise of religious fundamentalism, sectarianism and ...more

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Henry Mintzberg is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Henry Mintzberg Professor Henry Mintzberg, OC OQ FRSC is an internationally renowned academic and author on business and management. He is currently the Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at the Desautels Faculty ...more

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Robert Barsky is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Robert Barsky Robert Franklin Barsky is a professor in the French and Italian Department, the English Department, the Center for Latin American Studies, and the Programs in Jewish Studies European Studies, ...more

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Walter Lincoln Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Walter Lincoln Hawkins Chemist Walter Lincoln Hawkins was an African-American scientist and inventor who, while working at Bell Laboratories in the 1940s, helped to make universal service possible. Hawkins developed a plastic ...more

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John Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
John Kennedy Engineer Sir John Kennedy was a Canadian civil engineer. He was born at Spencerville, Ontario, and was educated at McGill University. In 1863 he was appointed assistant city engineer of Montreal. In 1871 ...more

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Andrea Casiraghi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Andrea Casiraghi Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi is the eldest son of Caroline, Princess of Hanover, and her second husband Stefano Casiraghi, and the eldest grandchild of Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, and ...more

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Sugar Sammy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Sugar Sammy Comedian, Actor Samir Khullar, better known as Sugar Sammy, is a Canadian comedian, actor, writer and producer from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. His comedy routines are delivered in a mixture of fluent English, ...more

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Samuel Weiss is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Samuel Weiss Chemist Samuel Weiss is a Canadian neurobiologist. Weiss was an undergraduate at McGill University, where he received a B.Sc. in Biochemistry. He then went on to take his Ph.D. in Neurobiology at the ...more

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Ricky Blitt is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Ricky Blitt Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor Richard Michael "Ricky" Blitt is a screenwriter, film director, producer, and voice actor. Early in his career, Blitt was a writer on The Parent Hood, The Jeff Foxworthy Show, The Jon ...more

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Michael I Mills is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Michael I Mills Cognitive scientist Michael Mills is a cognitive scientist with extensive experience in interface, product design and user studies. He has a track record of innovation and accomplishment in real-world interface ...more

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Lester B. Pearson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Lester B. Pearson College Administrator, Politician, Soldier Lester Bowles "Mike" Pearson, PC, OM, CC, OBE was a Canadian scholar, statesman, soldier and diplomat, who won the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1957 for organizing the United Nations ...more

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Conrad Black is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Conrad Black Publisher, Businessperson, Investor Conrad Moffat Black, Baron Black of Crossharbour, KSG is a Canadian-born British former newspaper publisher and writer. He is a non-affiliated life peer, and a convicted felon in the United ...more

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David McCurdy Baird is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
David McCurdy Baird Science writer, Geologist, Photographer David McCurdy Baird, OC FRSC is a Canadian geologist, photographer, and academic.

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Zbigniew Brzezinski is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Zbigniew Brzezinski Politician, Political scientist, Author Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski is a Polish American political scientist, geostrategist, and statesman who served as a counselor to Lyndon B. Johnson from 1966–1968 and held the position of United ...more

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Margaret Somerville is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Margaret Somerville Pharmacist, Professor, Law professor Margaret Anne Ganley Somerville, AM, FRSC is the Samuel Gale Professor of Law at McGill University, as well as professor in the university's faculty of medicine and the founding director of the ...more

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Howard Irwin Ross is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Howard Irwin Ross Accountant, Educator Howard Irwin Ross was a Canadian accountant, academic administrator, and Chancellor of McGill University. Born in Montreal, Quebec, the son of John Wardrop and Gertrude Holland Ross, he attended ...more

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Hubert Reeves is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Hubert Reeves Astrophysicist, Physicist, Science writer Hubert Reeves, CC OQ is a French Canadian astrophysicist and popularizer of science.

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Raoul Bott is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Raoul Bott Mathematician Raoul Bott, ForMemRS was a Hungarian mathematician known for numerous basic contributions to geometry in its broad sense. He is best known for his Bott periodicity theorem, the Morse–Bott ...more

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Justin Trudeau is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Justin Trudeau Politician, Critic, Teacher Justin Pierre James Trudeau PC MP (born December 25, 1971) is a Canadian politician serving as the 23rd and current Prime Minister of Canada since 2015 and Leader of the Liberal Party since ...more

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S. I. Hayakawa is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
S. I. Hayakawa English Studies, Politician, Writer Samuel Ichiye "S. I." Hayakawa was a Canadian-born American academic and politician of Japanese ancestry. He was an English professor, and served as president of San Francisco State ...more

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F. R. Scott is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
F. R. Scott Poet, Lawyer Francis Reginald Scott, CC, commonly known as Frank Scott or F. R. Scott, was a Canadian poet, intellectual and constitutional expert. He helped found the first Canadian social democratic party, ...more

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Jack Layton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Jack Layton Activist, Politician, Professor John Gilbert "Jack" Layton, PC was a Canadian social democratic politician and Leader of the Official Opposition. He was leader of the New Democratic Party from 2003 to 2011, and ...more

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Martin Wilk is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous McGill University Alumni
Martin Wilk Statistician Martin Bradbury Wilk, OC was a Canadian statistician, academic, and the former Chief Statistician of Canada. In 1965, together with Samuel Shapiro, he developed the Shapiro–Wilk test, which can ...more