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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Northern Illinois University and be of some renown.

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

Alumni include Maria Kanellis, Robert Zemeckis and more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Northern Illinois University?” and “Which celebrities are Northern Illinois University alumni?”

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Maria Kanellis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
Wrestler, Singer-songwriter, Model Maria Kanellis Bennett is an American professional wrestler also known simply as Maria. She is best known for her time with World Wrestling Entertainment, and is working for Ring of Honor as the ...more

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Dan Castellaneta is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter Daniel Louis "Dan" Castellaneta is an American actor, voice actor, comedian and screenwriter. Noted for his long-running role as Homer Simpson on the animated television series The ...more

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Markos Moulitsas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
Publisher, Political writer, Author Markos Moulitsas Zúniga, often known by his username and former military nickname "Kos", is the founder and publisher of Daily Kos, a blog focusing on liberal and Democratic ...more

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Jimmy Chamberlin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
Record producer, Songwriter, Drummer James Joseph "Jimmy" Chamberlin is an American drummer, songwriter, and producer. He is best known as the former drummer for the alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins. Following ...more

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Robert Zemeckis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
Pilot, Television director, Television producer Robert Lee Zemeckis is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. Zemeckis first came to public attention in the 1980s as the director and creator of the science fiction comedy Back ...more

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Tom Wittum is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
American football player Tom Wittum was an American football player. He had a 5-year career in the National Football League from 1973 to 1977 as a punter. He played in two Pro Bowls as a member of the San Francisco ...more

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Joan Allen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
Actor Joan Allen is an American actress, who has worked in theatre, film and television. She is a Tony Award winner, and a three-time Academy Award nominee. Allen began her acting career in 1977 with ...more

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Doug Free is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
American football player Doug Free is an American football offensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He played college football at Northern Illinois University and high school for Lincoln ...more

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Carrie Snodgress is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
Actor Caroline "Carrie" Snodgress was an American actress.

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Roger Margason is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
Writer Roger Margason, who uses the pseudonym of Dorien Grey, is an openly gay American author,. Margason served in the U.S. Navy and graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BA in English. ...more

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John Sall is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
John Sall Businessperson John P. Sall is a businessman and computer software developer, who cofounded SAS Institute and created the JMP statistical software. Sall grew up in Rockford, Illinois and earned degrees in ...more

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Cedric G Hurst II is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
Software Engineer

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Will Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
Commentator, Public intellectual, Writer Will Wilkinson is an American writer. Until August 2010, he was a research fellow at the Cato Institute where he worked on a variety of issues including Social Security privatization and, most ...more

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Michael Turner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
American football player Michael Turner is a former American football running back in the National Football League. He last played for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League. He was drafted by the San Diego ...more

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Garrett Wolfe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
Garrett Wolfe American football player Garrett Wolfe is a former American football running back. He was drafted by the Bears in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played his college football at Northern Illinois.

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Justin McCareins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
American football player Justin Morgan McCareins is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the fourth round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He also ...more

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Ken Henry is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
Speed Skater Kenneth "Ken" Charles Henry was a speed skater from the United States. Henry won the gold medal in the 500 m at the 1952 Winter Olympics held in Oslo, Norway in front of 28,000 people ...more

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Dennis Hastert is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
Politician, Lobbyist, Teacher John Dennis "Denny" Hastert is an American politician, lobbyist and member of the Republican Party who was the 59th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, serving from ...more

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Richard Holmes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
Military Historian, Soldier, Professor Brigadier Edward Richard Holmes, CBE, TD, JP, known as Richard Holmes, was a British soldier and noted military historian, particularly well-known through his many television appearances. He was ...more

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Hollis Thomas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
American football player Hollis Thomas, Jr. is a former American football defensive tackle who is currently the Defensive line coach for the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League. He was signed by the ...more

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Ryan Diem is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
American football player Ryan Edwin Diem is a former American football offensive lineman who played his entire professional career for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. Diem was born in Roselle, ...more

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Sam Hurd is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
American football player Samuel George Hurd, III is a former American football wide receiver who played in the National Football League for six seasons. He played college football at Northern Illinois University, and, ...more

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Timothy P. Marshall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
Editor, Civil engineer, Engineer Timothy Patrick Marshall is an American structural engineer and meteorologist concentrating on damage analysis, particularly that from wind and other weather phenomena. He is also a pioneering ...more

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Brad Cieslak is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
Brad Cieslak American football player Bradley Ryan Cieslak is a former American football tight end. He was signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2004. He played college football at Northern Illinois.

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George O'Meara is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
Businessperson George O'Meara is Senior Vice President of Cisco Services for the US and Canada. He leads a diverse organization with responsibilities for technical and advanced services sales, field marketing, ...more