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Famous North Carolina State University Alumni

Updated June 14, 2019 43.2k views51 items

List RulesPeople 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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  • 1

    Zach Galifianakis

    Comedian, Pianist

    Age51

    BirthplaceWilkesboro, North Carolina, USA

    GenderMale

    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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  • 2

    John Edwards

    Politician, Writer

    Age67

    BirthplaceSeneca, South Carolina, USA

    GenderMale

    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 President in 2004,...  more

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  • 3

    John Tesh

    Film Score Composer, Journalist

    Age68

    BirthplaceGarden City, New York, United States of America

    GenderMale

    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 300...  more

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  • 4

    Dean Kamen

    Businessperson, Entrepreneur

    Age69

    BirthplaceRockville Centre, New York, United States of America

    GenderMale

    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 with...  more
  • 5

    Russell Wilson

    Athlete, American football player

    Age27

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio

    GenderMale

    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 University of...  more

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  • 6

    Anthony James Barr

    Software Engineer, Entrepreneur

    Age80

    BirthplaceNew York

    GenderMale

    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
  • 7

    Tim Kirkman

    Screenwriter, Film Director

    Age53

    BirthplaceMonroe, North Carolina, United States of America

    GenderMale

    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
  • 8

    Jill Wagner

    Model, Actor

    Age41

    BirthplaceWinston-Salem, North Carolina, USA

    GenderFemale

    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 to...  more

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  • 9

    Philip Rivers

    American football player

    Age38

    BirthplaceDecatur, Alabama

    GenderMale

    Philip Michael Rivers (born December 8, 1981) is a 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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  • 10

    James Goodnight

    Businessperson, Software Engineer

    Age77

    BirthplaceSalisbury, North Carolina

    GenderMale

    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 other...  more
  • 11

    Age26

    BirthplaceRaleigh, North Carolina, United States of America

    GenderMale

    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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  • 12

    Torry Holt

    American football player

    Age44

    BirthplaceGibsonville, North Carolina

    GenderMale

    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 Bowl...  more
  • 13
    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 as Chief of...  more
  • 14

    Spud Webb

    Basketball player

    Age57

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    GenderMale

    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 winning a Slam...  more

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  • 15

    Jim Hunt

    Politician, Farmer

    Age83

    BirthplaceWilson, North Carolina, United States of America

    GenderMale

    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 the...  more
  • 16

    Jerricho Cotchery

    American football player

    Age38

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama

    GenderMale

    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 Steelers...  more
  • 17

    Nate McMillan

    Basketball player, Coach

    Age56

    BirthplaceRaleigh, North Carolina

    GenderMale

    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 the...  more
  • 18

    Adrian Wilson

    American football player

    Age40

    BirthplaceHigh Point, North Carolina

    GenderMale

    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 2001...  more
  • 19

    Mario Williams

    American football player

    Age35

    BirthplaceRichlands, North Carolina

    GenderMale

    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
  • 20

    Rajendra K. Pachauri

    Professor, Scientist

    Age80

    BirthplaceNainital, India

    GenderMale

    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
  • 21

    Chris Dieterich

    American football player

    Age62

    BirthplaceFreeport, New York

    GenderMale

    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....  more
  • 22

    John David Hayworth, Jr.

    Politician, Journalist

    Age62

    BirthplaceHigh Point, North Carolina, United States of America

    GenderMale

    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 2007...  more
  • 23

    Patrick McHenry

    Politician

    Age44

    BirthplaceGastonia, North Carolina, United States of America

    GenderMale

    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
  • 24

    Robert Gibbs

    Spokesperson, Strategist

    Age49

    BirthplaceAuburn, Alabama, United States of America

    GenderMale

    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 twenty-fifth...  more
  • 25

    James Owens

    Businessperson

    Age74

    BirthplaceElizabeth City, North Carolina

    GenderMale

    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 and...  more