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Famous Murray State University Alumni

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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
Inventor, Engineer

Age: Dec. at 93 (1919-2012)

Birthplace: Lowes, Kentucky, Kentucky

John Paul Hogan (August 7, 1919 – February 19, 2012) was an American research chemist. Along with Robert Banks, he discovered methods of producing polypropylene and high-density ...more
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James Singleton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 37

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

James Alexander Singleton (born July 20, 1981) is a former American professional basketball player and current assistant coach of Austin Spurs of the NBA G League. The 6'8" forward played ...more
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Mandy Murphey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Journalist
FOX 2 News ' ' ' Mandy Murphey ' ' ' is a Reporter and Co-Anchor of FOX 2 News at 5 and 9 pm, Mandy was named co-anchor of FOX 2 News in January of 1993, Only a year and a half after she joined ...more
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Jim Varney is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Comedian, Musician, Actor

Age: Dec. at 51 (1949-2000)

Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America

James Albert Varney Jr. (June 15, 1949 – February 10, 2000) was an American actor, comedian, and writer. He is best known for his role as Ernest P. Worrell, who was used in numerous television ...more

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Chris Thile is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Musician, Singer-songwriter

Age: 38

Birthplace: Oceanside, California

Christopher Scott Thile (; born February 20, 1981) is an American mandolinist, singer, songwriter, composer, and radio personality, best known for his work in the progressive acoustic trio ...more

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Jeff Easley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Jeff Easley

Age: 65

Birthplace: Nicholasville, Kentucky

Jeff Easley (born 1954 in Nicholasville, Kentucky) is an oil painter who creates fantasy artwork for role-playing games, comics, and magazines, as well as non-fantasy commercial art.
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Derrick Cullors is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 46

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas

Derrick Shane Cullors (born December 26, 1972) is a former American football player in the National Football League. He was with the New England Patriots for 4 years, as a runningback and kick ...more
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William T. Redmond is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Teacher

Age: 65

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

William Thomas "Bill" Redmond (born January 28, 1955) is a former Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from New Mexico. Redmond was born in Chicago. He ...more
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Jude Deveraux is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Novelist, Writer

Age: 71

Birthplace: Fairdale, Louisville, Kentucky

Jude Deveraux (born September 20, 1947 in Fairdale, Kentucky; real name Jude Gilliam Montassir) is an American author of historical romances. Deveraux has written over 40 novels, many of which ...more
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William Earl Brown is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Screenwriter, Actor

Age: 55

Birthplace: Golden Pond, Kentucky, USA, Kentucky

William Earl Brown (born September 7, 1963) is an American actor, writer, producer, and musician. He is perhaps best known for his role as Dan Dority on the HBO series Deadwood. He also played ...more
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Marcus Brown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Marcus Brown Basketball player

Age: 44

Birthplace: West Memphis, Arkansas

Marcus James Brown (born April 3, 1974) is a retired American professional basketball player. At 6'3" (1.93 m), he played as a shooting guard. A three time All-EuroLeague selection, Brown ...more
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Popeye Jones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 48

Birthplace: Dresden, Tennessee

Ronald Jerome "Popeye" Jones (born June 17, 1970) is an American professional basketball coach and former player. He is currently an assistant coach for the Indiana Pacers of the ...more
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Chrishell Stause is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Actor

Age: 37

Birthplace: Draffenville, Kentucky, United States of America

Terrina Chrishell Hartley (née Stause; , born July 21, 1981), is an American actress. She is known for her role on the Netflix reality show Selling Sunset, along with previous television ...more
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Reggie Swinton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 43

Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas

Reginald "Reggie" Terrell Swinton (born August 24, 1975) is a former American football wide receiver and return specialist in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, ...more
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Gil Mains is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
American football player

Age: Dec. at 80 (1929-2009)

Birthplace: Mount Carmel, Illinois

Gilbert Lee Mains (December 17, 1929 – January 10, 2009) was an American football defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions (1953–1961). He attended Murray State University. Gil Mains performed as ...more
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Harry Lee Waterfield is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Politician

Age: Dec. at 77 (1911-1988)

Birthplace: Kentucky, United States of America

Harry Lee Waterfield (January 19, 1911 – August 4, 1988), a Democrat, served as the 42nd and 44th Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky and unsuccessfully sought election as Governor of Kentucky. ...more
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Kirk Rueter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Baseball player

Age: 48

Birthplace: Hoyleton, Illinois

Kirk Wesley Rueter (born December 1, 1970) is a former left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball. Rueter played for the Montreal Expos and the San Francisco Giants.
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Bud Foster is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Coach, American football player

Age: 59

Birthplace: Somerset, Kentucky

Bud Foster (born July 28, 1959) is an American college football coach and former player. He is the current associate head coach, linebackers coach, and defensive coordinator for the Virginia ...more
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Terry Yates is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni

Age: Dec. at 57 (1950-2007)

Birthplace: Mayfield, Kentucky

Terry Lamon Yates (17 March 1950 – 11 December 2007) was an American biologist and academic who is credited with discovering the source of the hantavirus in the American Southwest in 1993. ...more
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Joe Fulks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Basketball player

Age: Dec. at 55 (1921-1976)

Birthplace: Birmingham, Kentucky

Joseph Franklin "Jumping Joe" Fulks (October 26, 1921 – March 21, 1976) was an American professional basketball player, sometimes called "the first of the high-scoring ...more

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Rex Geveden is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Rex Geveden (born 1962 in Mayfield, Kentucky) is the president and chief executive officer of BWX Technologies. Previously he was chief operating officer. Prior to his tenure with BWXT, Geveden ...more
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Shane Andrus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Shane Andrus American football player

Age: 38

Birthplace: Murray, Kentucky

Shane Andrus (born October 2, 1980) 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 ...more
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Jeff Martin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Jeff Martin Basketball player

Age: 52

Birthplace: Cherry Valley, Arkansas

Jeffery Allen Martin (born January 14, 1967) is a retired American professional basketball player. Martin, a 6'5" shooting guard from Murray State University, was selected in the second ...more
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Dick Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni

Age: 72

Birthplace: Canton, Ohio, United States of America

Dick Cunningham (born July 11, 1946) is an American retired professional basketball player. A 6'10" center born in Canton, Ohio, Cunningham led NCAA Division I in rebounding as a junior at ...more
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Bennie Purcell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Murray State University Alumni
Bennie Purcell

Age: 90

Birthplace: Mount Vernon, Illinois

Bennie Allen Purcell (December 10, 1929 – February 12, 2016) was a basketball player who became a tennis coach at Murray State University, coaching the Racers for 28 years. His teams won 11 Ohio ...more