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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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