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Famous North Carolina Central University Alumni

Updated March 24, 2019 28.9k views69 items

List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to North Carolina Central University and be of some renown.

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

List is made up of many different graduates, including Sam Jones and André Leon Talley.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to North Carolina Central University?” and “Which celebrities are North Carolina Central University alumni?”
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  • 1
    Editor, Journalist

    Age72

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    André Leon Talley (born October 16, 1949) is an American fashion journalist, who is the former American editor-at-large of Vogue magazine. Talley has also served as international editor of the...  more

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  • 2
    Businessperson, Politician

    AgeDec. at 65 (1938-2003)

    BirthplaceTexas, Dallas, Contiguous United States, Area code 972, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Maynard Holbrook Jackson Jr. (March 23, 1938 – June 23, 2003) was an American politician and attorney from Georgia, a member of the Democratic Party, and elected in 1973 at the age of 35 as the first...  more
  • 3
    Stunt Double, Film Producer

    AgeDec. at 76 (1931-2008)

    BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Ivan Nathaniel Dixon III (April 6, 1931 – March 16, 2008) was an American actor, director, and producer best known for his series role in the 1960s sitcom Hogan's Heroes, for his role in the 1967...  more
  • 4
    Insurance broker, Politician

    Age91

    BirthplaceDurham, North Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Henry McKinley "Mickey" Michaux Jr. (born September 4, 1930) is an American civil rights activist and former Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly, having represented the state's...  more
  • 5
    Librarian, Politician

    Age89

    BirthplaceRochester, Rochester, Minnesota metropolitan area, United States of America, United States

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Eleanor G. 'Ellie' Kinnaird (born November 14, 1931) is a North Carolina politician who served as a Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the state's 23rd Senate...  more
  • 6
    Footballer, Writer

    AgeDec. at 70 (1938-2009)

    BirthplaceDurham, North Carolina, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Ernest Eugene Barnes Jr. (July 15, 1938 – April 27, 2009) was an American artist, well known for his unique style of elongation and movement. He was also a professional football player, actor and...  more
  • 7

    Age79

    BirthplaceSpring Lake, North Carolina

    Marvin Willis Lucas, Jr. (born 1941) is a Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the state's forty-second House district since 2001. His district includes constituents...  more
  • 8
    Politician, Lawyer

    Age71

    BirthplaceEdgecombe County, Nash County, Rocky Mount, United States of America, United States

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Michael Francis Easley (born March 23, 1950) is an American lawyer and politician who served as the 72nd governor of the U.S. state of North Carolina from January 2001 to January 2009. A member of...  more
  • 9

    Age85

    BirthplaceRocky Mount, North Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Herman Ike Boone (born October 28, 1935) is a former American high school football coach, most famous for coaching the 1971 T. C. Williams High School football team to a 13–0 season, state...  more
  • 10
    Record producer, Songwriter

    Age47

    BirthplaceWinston-Salem, North Carolina, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Sunshine Jocelyn Sian Anderson (born June 7, 1974) is a female American R&B and soul singer and songwriter. ...  more
  • 11
    Politician

    Age87

    BirthplaceSavannah, Georgia, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Eva McPherson Clayton (born September 16, 1934) is an American politician from North Carolina. On taking her seat in the United States House of Representatives following a special election in 1992,...  more
  • 12

    AgeDec. at 76 (1936-2013)

    BirthplaceMount Gilead, North Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Julius LeVonne Chambers (October 6, 1936 – August 2, 2013) was an American lawyer, civil rights leader and educator....  more
  • 13
    Politician, Lawyer

    Age72

    BirthplaceNorth Carolina, United States of America

    Daniel Terry Blue Jr. (born April 18, 1949) is a Democratic member of the North Carolina Senate, representing the state's 14th Senate district, and is the Senate minority leader....  more
  • 14
    American football player

    AgeDec. at 80 (1932-2012)

    BirthplaceHickory, North Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Ernest "Ernie" "Big Hoss" Warlick (July 21, 1932 – November 24, 2012) was a tight end from North Carolina Central University who played American collegiate and Professional Football as well as...  more
  • 15
    Politician, Lawyer

    Age79

    BirthplaceEastern North Carolina, Atlantic coastal plain, United States of America, United States, with Territories

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Frank Winston Ballance Jr. (February 15, 1942 – February 22, 2019) was an American politician and attorney who was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from 2003 to 2004,...  more
  • 16

    Age74

    BirthplaceEastern North Carolina, Atlantic coastal plain, Wilson, United States of America, United States

    NationalityUnited States of America

    George Kenneth Butterfield Jr. (born April 27, 1947) is an American politician serving as a U.S. Representative, first elected to Congress in 2004. He is a member of the Democratic Party. His...  more
  • 17
    Politician, Funeral director

    AgeDec. at 80 (1921-2002)

    BirthplaceWake County, Area codes 919 and 984, United States of America, United States, with Territories

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Clarence Everett Lightner (August 15, 1921 – July 8, 2002) was an American politician and mortician. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as Mayor of Raleigh, North Carolina from 1973 to 1975....  more
  • 18
    Actor, Televangelist

    Age68

    BirthplaceHuntersville, North Carolina, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Eddie Lee Long (May 12, 1953 – January 15, 2017) was an American pastor who served as the senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, a megachurch in unincorporated DeKalb County, Georgia,...  more
  • 19
    American football player

    Age37

    BirthplaceKenansville, North Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Greg Peterson may refer to: Greg Peterson (American football) (born 1984), American football defensive end Greg Peterson (Canadian football) (born 1960), football player in the CFL Greg Peterson...  more
  • 20

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Thomas A. Stith III is a North Carolina political figure. Stith was a member of the city council of Durham, North Carolina from 1999 to 2007. More recently, he has served as Program Director for...  more
  • 21
    American football player

    Age37

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio

  • 22
    Record producer

    Age46

    BirthplaceWinston-Salem, North Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Patrick Denard Douthit (born January 15, 1975), better known as 9th Wonder, is a hip hop record producer, record executive, DJ, lecturer, and rapper from Midway, North Carolina, U.S. He began his...  more
  • 23
    Rapper, Singer

    Age43

    BirthplaceGreensboro, North Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Phonte Lyshod Coleman, better known mononymously as Phonte (born December 28, 1978), is an American rapper, formerly of the now defunct North Carolina trio Little Brother (revived in 2019 without...  more

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  • 24
    Comedian, Actor

    Age59

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Kim LaShaunda Coles (born January 11, 1962) is an American actress, comedian and game show host. Coles is known for her roles as a cast member on In Living Color for the first season (1990-1991) and...  more
  • 25
    American football player

    Age59

    BirthplaceGreenville, North Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    William Jasper Frizzell (born September 8, 1962 in Greenville, North Carolina) is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League for the Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles, and...  more