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Famous McMaster University Alumni

Updated June 14, 2019 9.8k views167 items

List RulesPeople 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?”
  • Martin Short1

    Martin Short

    Comedian, Television producer


    BirthplaceHamilton, Canada

    Martin Hayter Short (born March 26, 1950) is a Canadian-American comedian, actor, voice...  more

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  • John Sessions2

    John Sessions

    Comedian, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceLargs, United Kingdom

    John Gibb Marshall (11 January 1953 – 2 November 2020), better known by the stage name John...  more
  • Roberta Bondar3

    Roberta Bondar

    Neurologist, Educator


    BirthplaceSault Ste. Marie, Canada

    Roberta Bondar (; born December 4, 1945) is Canada's first female astronaut and the first...  more


    #76 of 319 The Most Inspiring (Non-Hollywood) Female Role Models#4 of 43 Female Space Travelers: A Complete List

  • Eugene Levy4

    Eugene Levy

    Television director, Songwriter


    BirthplaceHamilton, Canada

    Eugene Levy, (born December 17, 1946) is a Canadian actor, comedian, producer, director, and...  more

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    #654 of 1,017 The Best Actors in Film History#79 of 339 The Funniest People Of All Time

  • Steve Mann5

    Steve Mann

    Professor, Scientist


    BirthplaceHamilton, Canada

    Steven Mann (born 1962) is a Canadian researcher and inventor best known for his work on...  more
  • Doug Henning6

    Doug Henning

    Politician, Illusionist

    AgeDec. at 53 (1947-2000)

    BirthplaceWinnipeg, Canada

    Douglas James Henning (May 3, 1947 – February 7, 2000) was a Canadian magician, illusionist,...  more
  • Ivan Reitman7

    Ivan Reitman

    Businessperson, Television producer


    BirthplaceKomárno, Slovakia

    Ivan Reitman, (born October 27, 1946) is a Slovak-Canadian film producer and director, best...  more
  • Michael Ruse8

    Michael Ruse

    Professor, Philosopher


    BirthplaceBirmingham, United Kingdom

    Michael Ruse, (born 21 June 1940) is a British-born Canadian philosopher of science who...  more
  • Dan Milisavljevic9
    Dan Milisavljevic (born January 31, 1980) is a Canadian astronomer and assistant professor of...  more
  • Lisa Langlois10


    BirthplaceNorth Bay, Canada

    Lisa Langlois (born March 15, 1959) is a Canadian actress, who has appeared in movies,...  more
  • Kerrie Keane11


    Kerrie Keane is a Canadian actress.She graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of...  more
  • 12

    Cem Kaner

    Programmer, Software Tester
    Cem Kaner J.D., Ph.D., is a Professor of Software Engineering at Florida Institute of...  more
  • 13

    Michael Frank Goodchild

    Educator, Geographer


    Michael Frank Goodchild (born February 24, 1944) is a British-American geographer. He is an...  more
  • Scott Tremaine14
    Scott Duncan Tremaine (born 1950) is a Canadian-born astrophysicist. He is a fellow of the...  more
  • Heather Munroe-Blum15
    Heather Anne Elyse Lilian Munroe-Blum (born August 25, 1950) is a Canadian academic and...  more
  • 16


    BirthplaceHilversum, Kingdom of the Netherlands

    Bartha Maria Knoppers, (born May 26, 1951) is a Canadian lawyer and an expert on the ethical...  more
  • Jesse Lumsden17

    Jesse Lumsden

    Bobsleigher, Footballer


    BirthplaceEdmonton, Canada

    Jesse Lumsden (born August 3, 1982) is a Canadian Olympic bobsledder and a retired Canadian...  more
  • 18
    Herbert Allan Borden Leal, (June 15, 1917 – October 12, 1999) was a Canadian civil servant...  more
  • Myron Scholes19

    Myron Scholes

    Professor, Scientist


    BirthplaceTimmins, Canada

    Myron Samuel Scholes ( SHOHLZ; born July 1, 1941) is a Canadian-American financial economist. ...  more
  • 20

    Harold E. Johns

    Physicist, Educator

    AgeDec. at 83 (1915-1998)

    BirthplaceChengdu, China

    Harold Elford Johns, OC (4 July 1915 – 23 August 1998) was a Canadian medical physicist, noted...  more
  • Dave Thomas21

    Dave Thomas

    Comedian, Television producer


    BirthplaceSt. Catharines, Canada

    David William Thomas (born May 20, 1949) is a Canadian comedian, actor and television writer....  more

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  • James Orbinski22



    James Jude Orbinski, (born 1960 in England) is a Canadian physician, humanitarian activist,...  more
  • 23

    Sheila Copps

    Politician, Journalist


    BirthplaceHamilton, Canada

    Sheila Maureen Copps, (born November 27, 1952) is a former Canadian politician who also...  more
  • Stephen A. Kent24

    Stephen A. Kent

    Sociologist, Professor
    Stephen A. Kent, is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta...  more
  • Syl Apps25
    Charles Joseph Sylvanus Apps, (January 18, 1915 – December 24, 1998) was a Canadian...  more