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Famous McGill University Alumni

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List RulesPeople 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?”
  • William Shatner1

    William Shatner

    Spokesperson, Television director


    BirthplaceCôte Saint-Luc, Canada

    William Shatner (born March 22, 1931) is a Canadian actor, author, producer, director, and...  more

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  • Rufus Wainwright2

    Rufus Wainwright

    Songwriter, Musician


    BirthplaceRhinebeck, New York, United States of America

    Rufus McGarrigle Wainwright (born July 22, 1973) is an American-Canadian singer, songwriter,...  more

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  • Mia Kirshner3

    Mia Kirshner

    Actor, Writer


    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Mia Kirshner (born January 25, 1975 or 1976) is a Canadian actress, writer and social activist...  more

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  • Charles R. Drew4

    Charles R. Drew

    Researcher, Physician

    AgeDec. at 46 (1904-1950)

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Charles Richard Drew (June 3, 1904 – April 1, 1950) was an American surgeon and medical...  more
  • Leonard Cohen5

    Leonard Cohen

    Film Score Composer, Poet


    BirthplaceWestmount, Canada

    Leonard Norman Cohen (September 21, 1934 – November 7, 2016) was a Canadian singer,...  more

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  • Robert Thirsk6

    Robert Thirsk

    Flight engineer, Astronaut


    BirthplaceNew Westminster, Canada

    Robert Brent "Bob" Thirsk, (born August 17, 1953) is a Canadian engineer and physician, and a...  more
  • Douglas Coupland7

    Douglas Coupland

    Novelist, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceEurasia, CFB Baden-Soellingen, Germany

    Douglas Coupland ( KOHP-lənd) (born December 30, 1961) is a Canadian novelist and artist. His...  more
  • Charles Krauthammer8

    Charles Krauthammer

    Psychiatrist, Commentator


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Charles Krauthammer (; March 13, 1950 – June 21, 2018) was an American political columnist. A...  more

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  • Dafydd Williams9

    Dafydd Williams

    Astronaut, Physician


    BirthplaceSaskatoon, Canada

    Dafydd Rhys "Dave" Williams OC OOnt CCFP FCFP FRCPC FRCP (born May 16, 1954) is a Canadian...  more
  • Julie Payette10

    Julie Payette

    Flight engineer, Astronaut


    BirthplaceMontreal, Canada

    Julie Payette (born October 20, 1963) is the Governor General of Canada, the 29th...  more
  • Patrick Allen11

    Patrick Allen

    Actor, Voice acting

    AgeDec. at 79 (1927-2006)

    BirthplaceNyasaland, London, United Kingdom

    John Keith Patrick Allen (17 March 1927 – 28 July 2006) was a British actor and voice actor....  more
  • Thomas Neill Cream12

    AgeDec. at 42 (1850-1892)

    BirthplaceGlasgow, United Kingdom

    Dr. Thomas Neill Cream (27 May 1850 – 15 November 1892), also known as the Lambeth Poisoner,...  more

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  • Burt Bacharach13

    Burt Bacharach

    Conductor, Film Score Composer


    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, United States of America

    Burt Freeman Bacharach (born May 12, 1928) is an American composer, songwriter, record...  more

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  • Ian Stevenson14
    Ian Pretyman Stevenson (October 31, 1918 – February 8, 2007) was a Canadian-born U.S....  more
  • Laurie Holden15

    Laurie Holden

    Film Producer, Actor


    BirthplaceLos Angeles, USA, California

    Heather Laurie Holden (born December 17, 1969) is an American actress, producer, model, and...  more
  • Edgar Bronfman, Sr.16

    Edgar Bronfman, Sr.

    Businessperson, Film Producer

    AgeDec. at 84 (1929-2013)

    BirthplaceMontreal, Canada

    Edgar Miles Bronfman (June 20, 1929 – December 21, 2013) was a Canadian-American businessman...  more
  • James Naismith17

    James Naismith

    Professor, Coach

    AgeDec. at 78 (1861-1939)

    BirthplaceAlmonte, Canada

    James Naismith (November 6, 1861 – November 28, 1939) was a Canadian-American physical...  more
  • Donald MacLaren18
    Donald Roderick MacLaren DSO, MC & Bar, DFC (28 May 1893 – 4 July 1988) was a Canadian World...  more
  • Rachelle Lefevre19


    BirthplaceMontreal, Canada

    Rachelle Marie Lefevre (; born February 1, 1979) is a Canadian actress. She has starred in the...  more

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  • Mortimer Zuckerman20

    Mortimer Zuckerman

    Editor, Publisher


    BirthplaceMontreal, Canada

    Mortimer Benjamin Zuckerman (born June 4, 1937) is a Canadian-born American media proprietor,...  more
  • Steven Pinker21

    Steven Pinker

    Linguist, Cognitive scientist


    BirthplaceMontreal, Canada

    Steven Arthur Pinker (born September 18, 1954) is a Canadian-American cognitive psychologist,...  more

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  • Rudolph A. Marcus22

    Rudolph A. Marcus

    Chemist, Scientist


    BirthplaceMontreal, Canada

    Rudolph Arthur Marcus (born July 21, 1923) is a Canadian-born chemist who received the 1992...  more
  • Stu Nahan23

    Stu Nahan

    Journalist, Newsreader

    AgeDec. at 81 (1926-2007)

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Stu Nahan (June 23, 1926 – December 26, 2007) was an American sportscaster best known for his...  more
  • Samantha Bee24

    Samantha Bee

    Comedian, Actor


    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Samantha Anne Bee (born October 25, 1969) is a Canadian-American comedian, writer, producer,...  more

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  • Bernard Nathanson25

    AgeDec. at 85 (1926-2011)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Bernard N. Nathanson (July 31, 1926 – February 21, 2011) was an American medical doctor and...  more