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

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

This list includes Paul Ryan, Ben Roethlisberger and more.

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

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Ben Roethlisberger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Miami University
Actor, Athlete, American football player

Age: 33

Birthplace: Lima, Ohio, United States of America

Benjamin Todd Roethlisberger Sr. (; born March 2, 1982), nicknamed Big Ben, is an American football quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played ...more

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Nick Lachey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Miami University
Songwriter, Television producer, Screenwriter

Age: 45

Birthplace: Harlan, Kentucky, USA

Nicholas Scott Lachey ( lə-SHAY; born November 9, 1973) is an American actor, singer, and television personality. He rose to fame as the lead singer of the multi-platinum-selling boyband 98 ...more

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Paul Ryan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Miami University
Politician

Age: 49

Birthplace: Janesville, Wisconsin, USA

Paul Davis Ryan (born January 29, 1970) is an American politician who served as the 54th speaker of the United States House of Representatives from October 2015 to January 2019. He was also the ...more

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Tina Louise is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Miami University
Author, Actor, Singer

Age: 85

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Tina Louise (born February 11, 1934) is an American actress best known for playing movie star Ginger Grant in the CBS television situation comedy Gilligan's Island. She began her career on stage ...more

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The Miz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Miami University
Media Personality, Announcer, Wrestler

Age: 38

Michael Gregory Mizanin (born October 8, 1980) is an American professional wrestler, actor and media personality. He is currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the Raw brand under the ring ...more

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Christine Chubbuck is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Miami University
Journalist, TV Journalist

Age: Dec. at 30 (1944-1974)

Birthplace: Hudson, Ohio

Christine Chubbuck (August 24, 1944 – July 15, 1974) was an American television news reporter who worked for WTOG and WXLT-TV in Florida. She is known for being the first person to commit ...more
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Enrique Iglesias is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Miami University
Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter

Age: 43

Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler (born 8 May 1975) is a Spanish singer, songwriter, actor and record producer who is widely regarded as the King of Latin Pop. Iglesias began his career during ...more

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Samuel Laws is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Miami University
Inventor

Age: Dec. at 97 (1824-1921)

Samuel Spahr Laws (March 23, 1824 – January 9, 1921) was an American minister, professor, physician, college president, businessman and inventor best known today as the inventor of the Laws Gold ...more
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Mojo Nixon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Miami University

Age: 61

Birthplace: USA, North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Mojo Nixon (born Neill Kirby McMillan, Jr.; August 2, 1957) is an American psychobilly musician. He has officially retired from playing live and recording, though he does host several radio ...more

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Alan Shepard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Miami University
Pilot, Astronaut, United States Naval Aviator

Age: Dec. at 75 (1923-1998)

Birthplace: Derry, New Hampshire, United States of America

Rear Admiral Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. (November 18, 1923 – July 21, 1998) was an American astronaut, naval aviator, test pilot, and businessman. In 1961 he became the first American to travel ...more

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Benjamin Harrison is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Miami University
Politician, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 68 (1833-1901)

Birthplace: North Bend, Ohio, United States of America

Benjamin Harrison (August 20, 1833 – March 13, 1901) was an American politician and lawyer who served as the 23rd president of the United States from 1889 to 1893. He was a grandson of the ninth ...more

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Art Clokey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Miami University
Screenwriter, Animator, Film Director

Age: Dec. at 89 (1921-2010)

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Arthur "Art" Clokey (born Arthur Charles Farrington; October 12, 1921 – January 8, 2010) was an American pioneer in the popularization of stop motion clay animation, best known as the ...more
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Katie Lee is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Miami University
Cook, Author, Food critic

Age: 37

Birthplace: Huntington, West Virginia, United States of America

Katherine "Katie" Lee (born September 14, 1981) is an American cookbook author, television food critic, and novelist.

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C. Michael Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Miami University
Businessperson

Age: 80

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

C Michael Armstrong (born October 18, 1938 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American business executive and former AT&T chairman and CEO. He tried to reestablish AT&T as an end-to-end carrier ...more
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Brian Pillman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Miami University
Wrestler, American football player

Age: Dec. at 35 (1962-1997)

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

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Allan Sandage is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Miami University
Scientist, Astronomer

Age: Dec. at 84 (1926-2010)

Birthplace: Iowa City, Iowa

Allan Rex Sandage (June 18, 1926 – November 13, 2010) was an American astronomer. He was Staff Member Emeritus with the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, California. He determined the first ...more
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John Shoemaker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Miami University
John Shoemaker

Age: 62

John Shoemaker (born August 18, 1956 in Chillicothe, OH, USA) is a former minor league baseball player who is currently manager of the Great Lakes Loons. Shoemaker attended Waverly High School ...more
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Louis E. Strigari is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Miami University
Researcher
Louis Strigari is a research associate in KIPAC at Stanford University.
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P. J. O'Rourke is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Miami University
Journalist, Screenwriter, Satirist

Age: 71

Birthplace: Area codes 419 and 567, Ohio, Area code 419, United States of America, United States, + more

Patrick Jake O'Rourke (born November 14, 1947) is an American political satirist and journalist. O'Rourke is the H. L. Mencken Research Fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute and is a regular ...more
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John Shaw Billings is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Miami University
Librarian, Physician, Surgeon

Age: Dec. at 75 (1838-1913)

Birthplace: Cotton Township, Indiana

John Shaw Billings was an American librarian and surgeon best known as the modernizer of the Library of the Surgeon General's Office of the Army and as the first director of the New York Public ...more
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Whitelaw Reid is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Miami University
Publisher, Politician, Diplomat

Age: Dec. at 75 (1837-1912)

Birthplace: Cedarville, Ohio, United States of America

Whitelaw Reid (October 27, 1837 – December 15, 1912) was an American politician and newspaper editor, as well as the author of a popular history of Ohio in the Civil War.After assisting Horace ...more
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Patricia B. Morrison is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Miami University
Businessperson

Age: 60

Patricia B. Morrison has been the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Motorola Inc. since July 25, 2005. In this role, Ms. Morrison oversees all strategic, operational and ...more
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Bo Schembechler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Miami University
American Football coach, American football player

Age: Dec. at 77 (1929-2006)

Birthplace: Barberton, Ohio, United States of America

Glenn Edward "Bo" Schembechler Jr. ( SHEM-bek-lər; April 1, 1929 – November 17, 2006) was an American football player, coach, and athletics administrator. He served as the head ...more

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Jim Kelly is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Miami University
Actor, American football player

Age: 59

Birthplace: USA, Pennsylvania, East Brady

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Ron Harper is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Miami University
Basketball player, Coach

Age: 55

Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio

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