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List Rules People 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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John Goodman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
John Goodman Comedian, Television producer, Actor John Stephen Goodman is an American actor who is known for his comedic and dramatic roles. Early in his career, he was best known for playing Dan Conner on the television series Roseanne, for ...more

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Kathleen Turner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Kathleen Turner Theatre Director, Actor, Voice acting Mary Kathleen Turner, better known as Kathleen Turner, is an American film and stage actress and director. Turner came to fame during the 1980s, after roles in Body Heat, Romancing the Stone, ...more

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Jolie Justus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Jolie Justus Politician, Lawyer Jolie L. Justus is an American lawyer and politician from Missouri. A Democrat, she was a member of the Missouri State Senate representing the 10th Senatorial District in Kansas City, serving as ...more

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Ryan Howard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Ryan Howard Baseball player Ryan Howard is an American professional baseball first baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball. Howard stands 6 feet 4 inches and weighs 240 pounds. He bats and throws ...more

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Tess Harper is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Tess Harper Actor, Voice acting Tess Harper is an American actress. She received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her first film role, opposite Robert Duvall in 1983s Tender Mercies. For her role ...more

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James Theodore Richmond is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
James Theodore Richmond Librarian, Conservationist, Writer James Theodore Richmond also known as "Twilight Ted" was an American writer, conservationist, non-denominational preacher, and noted librarian.

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Don S. Davis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Don S. Davis Sculptor, Painter, Soldier Don Sinclair Davis, PhD was an American character actor best known for playing General George S. Hammond in the television series Stargate SG-1, and earlier for playing Major Garland Briggs on ...more

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Sandy Miller is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Sandy Miller Newsreader Sandy Lee Miller is a journalist and news anchor from Missouri. Miller currently co-anchors weekdays for FOX 2 News at 6 p.m and is an anchor for Fox2 NewsEdge at 10:00 p.m. She joined FOX 2 in ...more

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Sean James is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Sean James Model, American football player Sean James is a former American football player who signed as a rookie free agent with the Minnesota Vikings. Sean is the cousin of father and son Major League Baseball players Cecil Fielder and ...more

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Bob Holden is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Bob Holden Politician Robert Lee "Bob" Holden, Jr. is an American politician of the Democratic Party who served as the 53rd Governor of Missouri.

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Todd Tiahrt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Todd Tiahrt Politician William Todd Tiahrt is an American politician who was the U.S. Representative for Kansas's 4th congressional district from 1995 to 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district ...more

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Marion Tinsley Bennett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Marion Tinsley Bennett Judge, Lawyer Marion Tinsley Bennett served the United States for over 56 years in all three branches of the federal government of the United States, having been a federal judge, a member of Congress, and a ...more

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Brad Ziegler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Brad Ziegler Baseball player Brad Gregory Ziegler is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball. He previously played for the Oakland Athletics.

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Frank Barnitz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Frank Barnitz Politician, Farmer Frank Barnitz is a Missouri farmer and former Democratic member of the Missouri State Senate. He currently resides in Lake Spring, Missouri.

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Kevin P. Engler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Kevin P. Engler Kevin P. Engler is a Republican a former member of the Missouri Senate, representing the 3rd District from 2004 to 2008. He became Majority leader in January 2009. Previously he was a member of ...more

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Roy Blunt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Roy Blunt Politician Roy Dean Blunt is the junior United States Senator from Missouri, in office since 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party. Blunt served as the United States Representative from Missouri's ...more

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Blake Ahearn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Blake Ahearn Basketball player Blake Ahearn is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League. He played college basketball for Missouri State.

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John Q. Hammons is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
John Q. Hammons Businessperson, Sailor Ol' John Q. Hammons was an American businessman and one of the nation's premier developers of upscale luxury hotels and resorts. With over 50 years of experience in the hotel industry, John Q. ...more

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Chase D. Waggoner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Chase D. Waggoner Politician

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Norma Champion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Norma Champion Norma Champion is a former children's TV show host and retired university professor who served as a Republican in both the Missouri House of Representatives from 1995 through 2003 and the ...more

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Brad St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Brad St. Louis American football player Brad Allen St. Louis is a former American football long snapper. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the seventh round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played college football at Southwest ...more

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Cecile Reynaud is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Cecile Reynaud Dr. Cecile Reynaud is a well-known volleyball educator and a retired coach of the Florida State Lady Seminoles volleyball team. She is currently an associate professor with the sport management ...more

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Curtis Perry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Curtis Perry Basketball player Curtis R. Perry is a retired American basketball player. Born in Washington, D.C., he attended Southwest Missouri State University and played at forward. Perry was selected by the San Diego ...more

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Ross Detwiler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Ross Detwiler Baseball player Ross Emery Detwiler is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball. He is a 6 ft 5 in left-handed pitcher who has pitched out of the bullpen and in ...more

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Shaun Marcum is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Shaun Marcum Baseball player Shaun Michal Marcum is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball. He has played in MLB for the Toronto Blue Jays, Milwaukee Brewers, and New ...more

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Matt Palmer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Matt Palmer Baseball player Jonathan Matthew "Matt" Palmer is an American professional baseball pitcher currently a free agent. He bats and throws right-handed. He attended Southwest Missouri State University.

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Matt Pickens is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Matt Pickens Matt Pickens is an American soccer player who currently plays for the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the North American Soccer League.

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Adrion Smith is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Adrion Smith Adrion "Pee Wee" Smith was a football player in the CFL for twelve years. Smith played defensive back for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Memphis Mad Dogs and Toronto Argonauts from ...more

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Hilda Neihardt is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Hilda Neihardt Lawyer Hilda Neihardt was one of her father John G. Neihardt's "comrades in adventure," and at the age of 15 accompanied him as "official observer" to meetings with Black Elk, the ...more

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Andrea Bogart is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Andrea Bogart Actor Andrea Bogart is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Abby Haver on General Hospital.

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Scott Bailes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Scott Bailes Baseball player Scott Alan Bailes is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who pitched for three teams during a nine-year Major League career. During his youth, he moved to Missouri, and participated in Little ...more

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Bill Mueller is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Bill Mueller Baseball player William "Bill" Richard Mueller is an American retired professional baseball third baseman. Mueller's playing career was spent with the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red ...more

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Ron Richard is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Ron Richard Politician Ronald F. "Ron" Richard is an American politician from the state of Missouri. A Republican, Richard served in the Missouri House of Representatives, including as Speaker of the House ...more

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Jay Kenneth Johnson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Jay Kenneth Johnson Jay Kenneth Johnson is an American actor from Springfield, Missouri.He is best known for portraying Philip Kiriakis on the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives.

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Mel Hancock is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Mel Hancock Melton D. "Mel" Hancock was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Missouri's 7th congressional district. Hancock was born in Cape Fair, Stone County, Missouri and ...more

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Douglas Nygren is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Douglas Nygren Douglas Dean Nygren, is a fish and wildlife conservationist in the United States. He served as President of the Kansas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society in 1988, past Chairman of the ...more

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Doug Harpool is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Doug Harpool Politician Mark Douglas "Doug" Harpool is a United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri. He also has been a Democratic American ...more

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Sara Lampe is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Sara Lampe Teacher Sara N. Lampe is a Democratic Party member of the Missouri House of Representatives, representing District 138 since 2004. She currently serves as Minority Caucus Secretary. Lampe is term ...more

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Jackie Stiles is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Jackie Stiles Basketball player, Coach Jackie Marie Stiles is a retired basketball shooting guard who set scoring records in college, and then played briefly in the Women's National Basketball Association.

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Jason Whittle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Jason Whittle American football player Jason Whittle is a former American football guard. He went to high school in Camdenton, Missouri and played for the Camdenton Lakers. He spent four years at Missouri State University playing ...more

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Wendell Bailey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Wendell Bailey Politician R. Wendell Bailey is an American politician from Missouri. He graduated from Southwest Missouri State University with a degree in Business Administration and owned an automobile dealership in ...more

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Winston Garland is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Winston Garland Basketball player Winston Kinnard Garland is an American former professional basketball player on the point guard position. He played collegiately at the Southeastern Community College for two seasons, and then ...more

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Bill Roderick is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Bill Roderick Bill Roderick is the Acting Inspector General, Office of the Inspector General in the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

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Ryan McKenna is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Ryan McKenna Ryan Glennon McKenna is a Democratic member of the Missouri Senate, representing the 22nd District since 2007. Previously he was a member of the Missouri House of Representatives from 1999 ...more

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David D. Glass is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
David D. Glass David D. Glass is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and is currently the Owner and Chief Executive Officer of the Kansas City Royals on April 18, 2000 ...more

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Eric Stanger is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
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Delbert Lee Scott is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Delbert Lee Scott Delbert Lee Scott is a businessman and politician from Missouri. He has served as a city councilman for Lowry City, Missouri, as a Republican member of the Missouri House of Representatives, and ...more

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David Gregory Kays is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
David Gregory Kays David Gregory Kays is a United States federal judge. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Kays received a B.S. from Southwest Missouri State University in 1985 and a J.D. from the University of ...more

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Bob Dees is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Bob Dees Robert Leslie Dees was an American football defensive tackle in the National Football League who played for the Green Bay Packers. Dees played collegiate ball for Southwest Missouri State ...more

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Julie Blackmon is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Julie Blackmon Photographer Julie Blackmon is a photographer who lives and works in Missouri. Blackmon's photographs are inspired by her experience of growing up in a large family, her current role as both mother and ...more