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

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

Popeye Jones and Joe Fulks are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

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

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J. Paul Hogan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
J. Paul Hogan Inventor, Engineer John Paul Hogan was an American research chemist. Along with Robert Banks he discovered methods of producing polypropylene and high-density polyethylene. Hogan was born in Lowes, Kentucky to ...more

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James Singleton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
James Singleton Basketball player James Alexander Singleton is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League. The 6'8" forward played two years of college ...more

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Jesse Santana is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Jesse Santana Pornographic actor Jesse Santana, born May 8, 1986) is an American pornographic actor who has appeared in gay pornography; both in pornographic films and online at commercial amateur porn websites. Born in Texas, ...more

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Mandy Murphey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
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Jim Varney is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Jim Varney Comedian, Musician, Actor James Albert "Jim" Varney, Jr. was an American actor, voice actor, comedian, and writer best known for his role as Ernest P. Worrell, who was used in numerous television commercial ...more

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Chris Thile is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Chris Thile Musician, Singer-songwriter Christopher Scott "Chris" Thile is an American virtuoso mandolinist, best known as the mandolinist and a singer for the progressive acoustic trio Nickel Creek and the acoustic ...more

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Jeff Easley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Jeff Easley Jeff Easley is an oil painter who creates fantasy artwork in the tradition of Frank Frazetta.

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Derrick Cullors is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Derrick Cullors American football player Derrick Shane Cullors is a former American football player in the NFL. He played two years for the New England Patriots, primarily as a special teams kick returner. In 1998, he finished tied for ...more

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William T. Redmond is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
William T. Redmond Teacher William Thomas "Bill" Redmond is a former Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from New Mexico. Redmond was born in Chicago. He graduated from Lincoln ...more

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Jude Deveraux is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Jude Deveraux Novelist, Writer Jude Deveraux is an American Romance novel author who is well known for her historical romances. As of 2010, 36 of her novels had been on The New York Times Best Seller list, including among the ...more

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Tericka Dye is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Tericka Dye Pornographic actor, Teacher Tericka Dye is an American former pornographic actress whose stage name was Rikki Anderson. Later known by the name Tera Myers, she made national headlines when, after retiring from the adult ...more

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William Earl Brown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
William Earl Brown Screenwriter, Actor William Earl Brown is an American character actor who has appeared in many mainstream film and television projects, more recently in the series American Crime. He is perhaps best known as Dan ...more

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Marcus Brown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Marcus Brown Basketball player Marcus James Brown is a retired American professional basketball player. At 6'4", he played as a shooting guard. A three time All-Euroleague selection, Brown has been mentioned as being one ...more

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Popeye Jones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Popeye Jones Basketball player Ronald Jerome "Popeye" Jones is a retired American professional basketball player and is currently an assistant coach for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association.

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Chrishell Stause is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Chrishell Stause Actor Terrina Chrishell Stause is an American actress, best known for her television roles as Amanda Dillon on All My Children and Jordan Ridgeway on Days of Our Lives.

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Reggie Swinton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Reggie Swinton American football player Reginald "Reggie" Terrell Swinton is a former American football wide receiver and return specialist.

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Gil Mains is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Gil Mains American football player Gilbert Lee Mains was an American football defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions. He attended Murray State University. Gil Mains performed as a pro wrestler during the off-season in the late ...more

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Harry Lee Waterfield is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Harry Lee Waterfield Politician Harry Lee Waterfield, a Democrat, served as the 42nd and 44th Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky and unsuccessfully sought election as Governor of Kentucky. Waterfield was originally from Calloway ...more

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Kirk Rueter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Kirk Rueter Baseball player Kirk Wesley Rueter is a former left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball, and is the most successful left-hander in San Francisco Giants history. Rueter played for the Montreal Expos and the ...more

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Bud Foster is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Bud Foster Coach, American football player Bud Foster is a college football coach and former player. He is the current defensive coordinator for the Virginia Tech team. Following the 2006 season, he received the Frank Broyles Award, ...more

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Terry Yates is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Terry Yates Terry Lamon Yates was an American biologist and academic who is credited with discovering the source of the hantavirus in the American Southwest in 1993. Yates' specialty as a biologist was the ...more

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Joe Fulks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Joe Fulks Basketball player Joseph Franklin "Jumping Joe" Fulks was an American professional basketball player, sometimes called "the first of the high-scoring forwards". He was one of the first ...more

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Rex Geveden is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Rex Geveden Rex Geveden is the Executive Vice President of Teledyne Technologies Inc and President of Teledyne Dalsa in Waterloo, Ontario. Previously he was the president of Teledyne Brown Engineering and ...more

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Shane Andrus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Shane Andrus American football player Shane Andrus is a former American football placekicker. He was signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at Murray State. Andrus has also ...more

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Jeff Martin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Jeff Martin Basketball player Jeffery Allen Martin is a retired American professional basketball player. Martin, a 6'5" shooting guard from Murray State University, was selected in the second round, 31st overall in the ...more

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Dick Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Dick Cunningham Dick Cunningham is a retired American professional basketball player. A 6'10" center born in Canton, Ohio, Cunningham led NCAA Division I in rebounding as a junior at Murray State ...more

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Bennie Purcell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Bennie Purcell Bennie Purcell is a basketball player who became a tennis coach at Murray State University, coaching the Racers for 28 years. His teams won 11 Ohio Valley Conference men's tennis championships, ...more

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Justin Fuente is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Justin Fuente American Football coach Justin Fuente is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head football coach at the University of Memphis. He grew up in Oklahoma and attended the University of ...more

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Jason French is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Jason French Jason French is a former professional Canadian football slotback. He was drafted by the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the second round of the 2001 CFL Draft. He played college football for the ...more

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Tony Franklin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Tony Franklin American Football coach, Coach, American football player Tony Franklin is an American college football coach, currently serving as the offensive coordinator for the California Golden Bears of Pac-12 Conference. Franklin was previously the quarterbacks ...more

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Robert Burton, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Robert Burton, Sr. Businessperson Robert G. Burton, Sr., a printing industry executive with cost-cutting turnaround experience with major companies, is currently chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cenveo, Inc.

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Rod Harper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Rod Harper Rod Harper is an American football wide receiver for the Spokane Shock of the Arena Football League. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Green Bay Packers in 2008. He played college ...more

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Andrew Nowacki is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Andrew Nowacki Andrew Nowacki is a former professional Canadian football wide receiver. He last played for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. He was drafted by the Eskimos in the third round ...more

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Cuthbert Victor is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Cuthbert Victor Cuthbert Victor is a U.S. Virgin Islander professional basketball player. Nicknamed the "Greek God" by Virgin Island fans, he is a long-time member of the U.S. Virgin Islands national

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Kenneth W. Winters is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Kenneth W. Winters Kenneth W. Winters is a Republican former member of the Kentucky State Senate from Murray in western Kentucky, who formerly served as president of Baptist-affiliated Campbellsville University. ...more

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Fred Sowerby is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Fred Sowerby Frederick Oliver Newgent "Fred" Sowerby, Sr. is an Track and Field athlete from Antigua and Barbuda, known primarily for running the 400 metres.

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Bill Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Bill Cunningham Bill Cunningham was elected to the Kentucky Supreme Court in November 2006 to represent the 1st Appellate District.

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Jeffrey D. Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Jeffrey D. Armstrong Jeffrey D. Armstrong is the President of California Polytechnic State University.

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Austen Lane is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Austen Lane American football player Austen D. Lane is an American football defensive end free agent. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at Murray State. ...more

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Richard Thomas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Richard Thomas Richard Thomas is an American author. His focus is on neo-noir fiction, typically including elements of violence, mental instability, breaks in reality, and tragedies. His work is rich in ...more

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Isaiah Canaan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Coleton_j added Isaiah Canaan Basketball player Isaiah Canaan is an American basketball player.

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Ed Daniel is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
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