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Famous Murray State University Alumni

Updated June 14, 2019 14.4k views41 items

List RulesPeople 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

    Inventor, Engineer
    John Paul Hogan (August 7, 1919 – February 19, 2012) was an American research chemist. Along...  more
  • 2

    James Singleton

    Basketball player
    James Alexander Singleton (born July 20, 1981) is a former American professional basketball...  more
  • 3

    Mandy Murphey

    FOX 2 News ' ' ' Mandy Murphey ' ' ' is a Reporter and Co-Anchor of FOX 2 News at 5 and 9 pm,...  more
  • 4

    Jim Varney

    Comedian, Musician
    James Albert Varney Jr. (June 15, 1949 – February 10, 2000) was an American actor, comedian,...  more

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    #393 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive#62 of 75 The Greatest Guest Appearances in The Simpsons History

  • 5

    Chris Thile

    Musician, Singer-songwriter
    Christopher Scott Thile (; born February 20, 1981) is an American mandolinist, singer,...  more

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    #1 of 70 The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time#1 of 58 The Best Mandolinists in the World

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    Jeff Easley

    Jeff Easley (born 1954 in Nicholasville, Kentucky) is an oil painter who creates fantasy...  more
  • 7

    Derrick Cullors

    American football player
    Derrick Shane Cullors (born December 26, 1972) is a former American football player in the...  more
  • 8
    William Thomas "Bill" Redmond (born January 28, 1955) is a former Republican member of the...  more
  • 9

    Jude Deveraux

    Novelist, Writer
    Jude Deveraux (born September 20, 1947 in Fairdale, Kentucky; real name Jude Gilliam...  more
  • 10

    William Earl Brown

    Screenwriter, Actor
    William Earl Brown (born September 7, 1963) is an American actor, writer, producer, and...  more
  • 11

    Marcus Brown

    Basketball player
    Marcus James Brown (born April 3, 1974) is a retired American professional basketball player....  more
  • 12

    Popeye Jones

    Basketball player
    Ronald Jerome "Popeye" Jones (born June 17, 1970) is an American professional basketball coach...  more
  • 13
    Terrina Chrishell Hartley (née Stause; , born July 21, 1981), is an American actress. She is...  more
  • 14

    Reggie Swinton

    American football player
    Reginald "Reggie" Terrell Swinton (born August 24, 1975) is a former American football wide...  more
  • 15

    Gil Mains

    American football player
    Gilbert Lee Mains (December 17, 1929 – January 10, 2009) was an American football defensive...  more
  • 16
    Harry Lee Waterfield (January 19, 1911 – August 4, 1988), a Democrat, served as the 42nd and...  more
  • 17

    Kirk Rueter

    Baseball player
    Kirk Wesley Rueter (born December 1, 1970) is a former left-handed pitcher in Major League...  more
  • 18

    Bud Foster

    Coach, American football player
    Bud Foster (born July 28, 1959) is an American college football coach and former player. He...  more
  • 19
    Terry Lamon Yates (17 March 1950 – 11 December 2007) was an American biologist and academic...  more
  • 20

    Joe Fulks

    Basketball player
    Joseph Franklin "Jumping Joe" Fulks (October 26, 1921 – March 21, 1976) was an American...  more

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    #146 of 232 The Best White Players in NBA History#93 of 168 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

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    Rex Geveden (born 1962 in Mayfield, Kentucky) is the president and chief executive officer of...  more
  • 22

    Shane Andrus

    American football player
    Shane Andrus (born October 2, 1980) is a former American football placekicker. He was signed...  more
  • 23

    Jeff Martin

    Basketball player
    Jeffery Allen Martin (born January 14, 1967) is a retired American professional basketball...  more
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    Dick Cunningham (born July 11, 1946) is an American retired professional basketball player. A...  more
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    Bennie Purcell

    Bennie Allen Purcell (December 10, 1929 – February 12, 2016) was a basketball player who...  more