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

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

Martin Short and Eugene Levy are only the beginning of the graduates on this list.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to McMaster University?” and “Which celebrities are McMaster University alumni?”
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Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer
Martin Hayter Short, CM is an Canadian-American actor, comedian, writer, singer and producer. He is best known for his comedy work, particularly on the TV programs SCTV and Saturday Night Live. ...more
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John Sessions is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor
John Gibb Marshall, better known by the stage name John Sessions, is a British actor and comedian. He is known for comedy improvisation in television shows such as Whose Line Is It Anyway?; as a ...more
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Roberta Bondar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Neurologist, Educator, Astronaut
Roberta Bondar OC O.Ont FRCP FRSC is Canada's first female astronaut and the first neurologist in space. Following more than a decade as NASA's head of space medicine, Bondar became a consultant ...more
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Eugene Levy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Television director, Songwriter, Comedian
Eugene Levy, CM is a Canadian actor, comedian, producer, director, musician, and writer. He is the only actor to have appeared in all eight of the American Pie films, with his role as Noah ...more
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Steve Mann is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Professor, Scientist, Electrical engineer
Steven Mann is a researcher and inventor best known for his work on computational photography, particularly wearable computing and high dynamic range imaging.
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Doug Henning is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Politician, Illusionist, Actor
Douglas James Henning was a Canadian magician, illusionist, escape artist and politician.
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Ivan Reitman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer
Ivan Reitman, OC is a Jewish Czechoslovak-born Canadian film producer and director, best known for his comedy work, especially in the 1980s and 1990s. He is the owner of The Montecito Picture ...more
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Michael Ruse is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Professor, Philosopher
Michael Ruse, FRSC is a philosopher of science who specializes in the philosophy of biology and is well known for his work on the relationship between science and religion, the ...more
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Dan Milisavljevic is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Dan Milisavljevic is a Canadian astronomer and postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Milisavljevic received his undergraduate education at McMaster University, ...more
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Lisa Langlois is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Actor
Lisa Langlois is a Canadian actress, who has appeared in movies, television and theater.
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Kerrie Keane is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Actor
Kerri Keane is a Canadian actress. She graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Arts in history in 1970. She was nominated for the 1989 Genie Award for Best Performance by an ...more
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Cem Kaner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Programmer, Software Tester, Writer
Cem Kaner J.D., Ph.D., is a Professor of Software Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology, and the Director of Florida Tech's Center for Software Testing Education & Research since ...more
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Michael Frank Goodchild is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Educator, Geographer
Michael Frank Goodchild is a British-American geographer. He is an Emeritus Professor of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara. After nineteen years at the University of ...more
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Scott Tremaine is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Scott Duncan Tremaine is a Canadian-born astrophysicist. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of London, the Royal Society of Canada and the National Academy of Sciences. Tremaine is widely ...more
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Heather Munroe-Blum is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Heather Anne Elyse Lilian Munroe-Blum, OC OQ FRSC is the former principal and vice-chancellor of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the ...more
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Bartha Knoppers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Lawyer
Bartha Maria Knoppers, OC OQ is a Canadian lawyer and an expert on the ethical aspects of genetics, genomics and biotechnology. Born in Hilversum, Netherlands, she received a Bachelor of Arts ...more
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Jesse Lumsden is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Bobsleigher, Footballer
Jesse Lumsden is a Canadian Olympic bobsledder and a retired Canadian football player, who played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Edmonton Eskimos and Calgary Stampeders.
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Allan Leal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Herbert Allan Borden Leal, OC QC was a Canadian civil servant and academic. He was Deputy Attorney General of Ontario, Dean of Osgoode Hall Law School, and Chancellor of McMaster University. ...more
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Myron Scholes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Professor, Scientist, Economist
Myron Samuel Scholes is a Canadian-American financial economist. In 1997 he was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for a method to determine the value of derivatives. The ...more
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Harold E. Johns is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Physicist, Educator
Harold Elford Johns, OC was a Canadian medical physicist, noted for his extensive contributions to the use of ionizing radiation to treat cancer.
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Dave Thomas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer
David William "Dave" Thomas is a Canadian comedian, actor and television writer. He is best known for portraying Doug McKenzie on SCTV as well as in the film Strange Brew, which he
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James Orbinski is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Physician
James Jude Orbinski, OC, OOnt, MSC is a Canadian physician, writer, and humanitarian activist. He is an associate professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and a Fellow at the Munk ...more
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Sheila Copps is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Politician, Journalist
Sheila Maureen Copps, PC OC, is a former Canadian politician who also served as Deputy Prime Minister of Canada from November 4, 1993, to April 30, 1996, and June 19, 1996, to June 11, 1997. ...more
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Stephen A. Kent is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Sociologist, Professor
Stephen A. Kent, is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He researches new religious movements, and has published research on ...more
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Syl Apps is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Charles Joseph Sylvanus Apps, CM of Paris, Ontario, was a Canadian pole vaulter and professional hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1936 to 1948 and a Conservative Member of ...more