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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
Comedian, Television producer, Actor
John Stephen Goodman (born June 20, 1952) is an American actor and voice artist. Early in his career, he was known for playing Dan Conner on the ABC TV series Roseanne (1988–1997; 2018), for ...more
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Kathleen Turner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Theatre Director, Actor, Voice acting
Mary Kathleen Turner (born June 19, 1954), better known as Kathleen Turner, is an American film and stage actress and director. Known for her distinctive husky voice, Turner has won two Golden ...more
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Jolie Justus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer
Jolie L. Justus (born February 24, 1971) is an American lawyer and politician from Missouri. A Democrat, she was a member of the Missouri State Senate representing the 10th Senatorial District ...more
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Ryan Howard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Baseball player
Ryan James Howard (born November 19, 1979), nicknamed "The Big Piece", is an American former professional baseball first baseman. Howard spent his entire Major League Baseball (MLB) ...more
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Tess Harper is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting
Tessie Jean "Tess" Harper (née Washam; born August 15, 1950) is an American actress. She was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her first film ...more
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James Theodore Richmond is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Librarian, Conservationist, Writer
James Theodore (Ted) Richmond also known as "Twilight Ted" (May 26, 1890 – December 3, 1975) 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
Sculptor, Painter, Soldier
Don Sinclair Davis (August 4, 1942 – June 29, 2008) was an American character actor best-known for playing General Hammond in the television series Stargate SG-1 (1997–2007), and earlier for ...more
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Sandy Miller is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
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
Model, American football player
Sean James (born March 15, 1969, in Meridian, Mississippi) is a former American football player and activist who signed as a rookie free agent with the Minnesota Vikings (1991–1992). Sean is the ...more
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Bob Holden is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Politician
Robert Lee Holden Jr. (born August 24, 1949) is an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the 53rd Governor of Missouri from 2001 to 2005.
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Todd Tiahrt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Politician
William Todd Tiahrt ( TEE-hart; born June 15, 1951) 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 ...more
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Marion Tinsley Bennett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Judge, Lawyer
Marion Tinsley Bennett (June 6, 1914 – September 6, 2000) served as a member of the United States Congress, as a Judge of the United States Court of Claims and as a United States Circuit Judge ...more
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Brad Ziegler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Baseball player
Brad Gregory Ziegler (born October 10, 1979) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He pitched in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Oakland Athletics, Arizona Diamondbacks, ...more
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Frank Barnitz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Politician, Farmer
Frank Barnitz (born March 17, 1968) is a Missouri farmer and former Democratic member of the Missouri State Senate. He is the owner and operator of Networth Feeds and Feeding, a custom feed mill ...more
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Kevin P. Engler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Kevin P. Engler (born June 23, 1959) is an American politician. A Republican, elected St.Francois County Clerk in November 2018, he represented District 116 in the Missouri House of ...more
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Roy Blunt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Politician
Roy Dean Blunt (born January 10, 1950) is an American politician who is the senior United States Senator from Missouri, serving since 2011. A member of the Republican Party, he previously served ...more
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Blake Ahearn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Basketball player
Blake Ahearn (born May 27, 1984) is an American former professional basketball player and current head coach for the Austin Spurs of the NBA G League. He played college basketball for Missouri
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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 (born January 21, 1933) 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 ...more
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Brad St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
American football player
Brad Allen St. Louis (born August 19, 1976) 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 ...more
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Cecile Reynaud is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Missouri State University Alumni
Dr. Cecile Reynaud is a volleyball educator and retired coach of the Florida State Lady Seminoles volleyball team. After her retirement from coaching she was an associate professor with the ...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 (born September 13, 1948) is a retired American basketball player. Born in Washington, D.C., he attended Southwest Missouri State University and played at forward. Perry was ...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 (born March 6, 1986) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the ...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 (born December 14, 1981) is an American former professional baseball pitcher, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Toronto Blue Jays, Milwaukee Brewers, New York ...more