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Famous North Carolina State University Alumni

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

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

List features Philip Rivers, Russell Wilson and more famous NCSU people. Go Wolfpack!

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

Take a look at this list of famous NC State alumni!
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Zach Galifianakis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Comedian, Pianist, Television producer

Age: 49

Birthplace: Wilkesboro, North Carolina, United States of America

Zachary Knight Galifianakis (; born October 1, 1969) is an American actor, comedian, and writer who came to prominence with his Comedy Central Presents special in 2001 and presented his own show ...more

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John Edwards is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Politician, Writer, Lawyer

Age: 65

Birthplace: Seneca, South Carolina, USA

Johnny Reid "John" Edwards (born June 10, 1953) is an American lawyer and former politician who served as a U.S. Senator from North Carolina. He was the Democratic nominee for Vice ...more

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John Tesh is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Film Score Composer, Journalist, Pianist

Age: 66

Birthplace: USA, New York, Garden City

John Frank Tesh (born July 9, 1952) is an American pianist and composer of pop music, as well as a radio host and television presenter. His Intelligence for Your Life radio show airs on nearly ...more

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Dean Kamen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Inventor

Age: 67

Birthplace: Rockville Centre, New York, United States of America

Dean Lawrence Kamen (born April 5, 1951) is an American engineer, inventor, and businessman. He is known for his invention of the Segway, as well as founding the non-profit organization FIRST ...more
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Russell Wilson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Athlete, American football player

Age: 30

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio

Russell Carrington Wilson (born November 29, 1988) is an American football quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the ...more

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Anthony James Barr is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Software Engineer, Entrepreneur, Inventor

Age: 79

Birthplace: New York

Anthony James Barr (born September 24, 1940), aka Tony Barr or Jim Barr, is an American programming language designer, software engineer and inventor. Among his notable contributions are the ...more
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Tim Kirkman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Screenwriter, Film Director

Age: 52

Birthplace: Monroe, North Carolina, United States of America

Writer and director Tim Kirkman was born in Monroe, North Carolina, the third child of a public school educator and a music teacher, and spent his childhood in nearby Wingate, North Carolina. He ...more
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Jill Wagner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Model, Actor

Age: 40

Birthplace: USA, North Carolina, Winston-Salem

Jill Suzanne Wagner (born January 13, 1979) is an American film and television actress, model, and game show personality. She was a co-host for the ABC comic competition show Wipeout from 2008 ...more

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Philip Rivers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 37

Birthplace: Decatur, Alabama

Philip Michael Rivers (born December 8, 1981) is an American football quarterback for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at North Carolina ...more

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James Goodnight is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Businessperson, Software Engineer, Entrepreneur

Age: 76

Birthplace: Salisbury, North Carolina

James Howard Goodnight (born January 6, 1943) is an American billionaire businessman and software developer. He has been the CEO of SAS Institute since 1976, which he co-founded that year with ...more
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Scotty McCreery is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Singer

Age: 25

Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina, United States of America

Scott Cooke McCreery (born October 9, 1993) is an American country music singer. He won the tenth season of American Idol on May 25, 2011. His debut studio album, Clear as Day, was released in ...more

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Torry Holt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 39

Birthplace: Gibsonville, North Carolina

Torry Jabar Holt (born June 5, 1976) is a former professional American football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons. He was named to the Pro ...more

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Raymond T. Odierno is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni

Age: 64

Birthplace: Hibernia, New Jersey

Raymond Thomas "Ray" Odierno (; born 8 September 1954) is a retired four-star general of the United States Army who served as the 38th Chief of Staff of the Army. Prior to his service ...more
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Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 55

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas

Anthony Jerome "Spud" Webb (born July 13, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball point guard. Webb, who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA), is known for ...more

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Jim Hunt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Politician, Farmer, Lawyer

Age: 81

Birthplace: Wilson, North Carolina, United States of America

James Baxter Hunt Jr. (born May 16, 1937) is a retired American politician who was the 69th and 71st Governor of North Carolina (1977–1985, and 1993–2001). He is the longest-serving governor in ...more
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Jerricho Cotchery is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 33

Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama

Jerricho Cotchery (born June 16, 1982) is a former American football wide receiver who played in the National Football League (NFL) with the Carolina Panthers, New York Jets, and Pittsburgh ...more
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Nate McMillan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Nate McMillan Basketball player, Coach

Age: 54

Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina

Nathaniel McMillan (born August 3, 1964) is an American basketball coach and former player who is the head coach for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He coached ...more
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Adrian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 39

Birthplace: High Point, North Carolina

Adrian Lemar Wilson (born on October 12, 1979) is a former American football safety. He played college football at NC State, and was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round of the ...more
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Mario Williams is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 30

Birthplace: Richlands, North Carolina

Mario Jerrel Williams (born January 31, 1985) is a former American football defensive end. He played college football for North Carolina State University, and was selected first overall by the ...more
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Rajendra K. Pachauri is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Professor, Scientist, Economist

Age: 78

Birthplace: Nainital, India

Rajendra Kumar Pachauri (born 20 August 1940) was the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and was replaced by Hoesung Lee. He held the post from 2002 until his ...more
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Chris Dieterich is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 60

Birthplace: Freeport, New York

Christian Jeffrey Dieterich (born July 27, 1958) is a retired American football player who played his entire career with the Detroit Lions from 1980 to 1986.
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John David Hayworth, Jr.... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Politician, Journalist

Age: 60

Birthplace: High Point, North Carolina, United States of America

John David Hayworth Jr. (born July 12, 1958) is an American television host and former politician. He served as a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to ...more
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Patrick McHenry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Politician

Age: 43

Birthplace: Gastonia, North Carolina, United States of America

Patrick Timothy McHenry (born October 22, 1975) is the U.S. Representative for North Carolina's 10th congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party. He was a member of the North ...more
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Robert Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Spokesperson, Strategist, Political Consultant

Age: 47

Birthplace: Auburn, Alabama, United States of America

Robert Lane Gibbs (born March 29, 1971) is an American communication expert who is the executive vice president and global chief communications officer of McDonald's. He served as the ...more
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James Owens is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Businessperson

Age: 73

Birthplace: Elizabeth City, North Carolina

James W. Owens is an American economist and manufacturing executive. He is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Caterpillar Inc., the world's largest manufacturer of construction ...more