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Famous Missouri State University Alumni

Updated June 14, 2019 11.2k views58 items

List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Missouri State University and be of some renown.

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

Examples include Rush Limbaugh and John Goodman.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Missouri State University?” and “Which celebrities are Missouri State University alumni?”
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  • 1
    John Goodman

    John Goodman

    Comedian, Television producer

    Age63

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

    John Stephen Goodman (born June 20, 1952) is an American actor and voice artist. Early in his... more on Wikipedia

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    Kathleen Turner

    Kathleen Turner

    Theatre Director, Actor

    Age66

    BirthplaceSpringfield, Missouri, United States of America

    Mary Kathleen Turner (born June 19, 1954), better known as Kathleen Turner, is an American... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Jolie Justus

    Jolie Justus

    Politician, Lawyer

    Age49

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, United States of America

    Jolie L. Justus (born February 24, 1971) is an American lawyer and politician from Missouri. A... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Ryan Howard

    Ryan Howard

    Baseball player

    Age40

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri

    Ryan James Howard (born November 19, 1979), nicknamed "The Big Piece", is an American former... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    Tess Harper

    Tess Harper

    Actor, Voice acting

    Age70

    BirthplaceMammoth Spring, USA, Arkansas

    Tessie Jean "Tess" Harper (née Washam; born August 15, 1950) is an American actress. She was... more on Wikipedia

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    James Theodore Richmond

    James Theodore Richmond

    Librarian, Conservationist

    AgeDec. at 85 (1890-1975)

    BirthplaceOgallala, Nebraska

    James Theodore (Ted) Richmond also known as "Twilight Ted" (May 26, 1890 – December 3, 1975)... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Don S. Davis

    Don S. Davis

    Sculptor, Painter

    AgeDec. at 66 (1942-2008)

    BirthplaceAurora, Missouri, United States of America

    Don Sinclair Davis (August 4, 1942 – June 29, 2008) was an American character actor best-known... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Sandy Miller

    Sandy Miller

    Newsreader

    Age57

    Sandy Lee Miller is a journalist and news anchor from Missouri. Miller currently co-anchors... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Sean James

    Sean James

    Model, American football player

    Age51

    BirthplaceMeridian, Mississippi

    Sean James (born March 15, 1969, in Meridian, Mississippi) is a former American football... more on Wikipedia
  • 10

    Bob Holden

    Politician

    Age71

    BirthplaceShannon County, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Birch Tree

    Robert Lee Holden Jr. (born August 24, 1949) is an American politician. A member of the... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Todd Tiahrt

    Todd Tiahrt

    Politician

    Age69

    BirthplaceVermillion, South Dakota, United States of America

    William Todd Tiahrt ( TEE-hart; born June 15, 1951) is an American politician who was the U.S.... more on Wikipedia
  • 12

    AgeDec. at 86 (1914-2000)

    BirthplaceBuffalo, Missouri, United States of America

    Marion Tinsley Bennett (June 6, 1914 – September 6, 2000) served as a member of the United... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Brad Ziegler

    Brad Ziegler

    Baseball player

    Age40

    BirthplacePratt, Kansas

    Brad Gregory Ziegler (born October 10, 1979) is an American former professional baseball... more on Wikipedia
  • 14

    Frank Barnitz

    Politician, Farmer

    Age52

    BirthplacePoplar Bluff, Missouri, United States of America

    Frank Barnitz (born March 17, 1968) is a Missouri farmer and former Democratic member of the... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Kevin P. Engler (born June 23, 1959) is an American politician. A Republican, elected... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Roy Blunt

    Roy Blunt

    Politician

    Age70

    BirthplaceNiangua, Missouri, United States of America

    Roy Dean Blunt (born January 10, 1950) is an American politician who is the senior United... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Blake Ahearn

    Blake Ahearn

    Basketball player

    Age36

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri

    Blake Ahearn (born May 27, 1984) is an American former professional basketball player and... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    John Q. Hammons

    John Q. Hammons

    Businessperson, Sailor

    AgeDec. at 94 (1919-2013)

    Ol' John Q. Hammons was an American businessman and one of the nation's premier developers of... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Chase D. Waggoner

    Chase D. Waggoner

    Politician

    Age37

    BirthplaceLebanon, Missouri

  • 20
    Norma Champion (born January 21, 1933) is a former children's TV show host and retired... more on Wikipedia
  • 21

    Brad St. Louis

    American football player

    Age44

    BirthplaceMissouri

    Brad Allen St. Louis (born August 19, 1976) is a former American football long snapper. He was... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Dr. Cecile Reynaud is a volleyball educator and retired coach of the Florida State Lady... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Curtis Perry

    Curtis Perry

    Basketball player

    Age72

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Curtis R. Perry (born September 13, 1948) is a retired American basketball player. Born in... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Ross Detwiler

    Ross Detwiler

    Baseball player

    Age34

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri

    Ross Emery Detwiler (born March 6, 1986) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Shaun Marcum

    Shaun Marcum

    Baseball player

    Age38

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri

    Shaun Michal Marcum (born December 14, 1981) is an American former professional baseball... more on Wikipedia