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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
Maria Kanellis 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
Dan Castellaneta 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
Markos Moulitsas 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
Jimmy Chamberlin 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
Robert Zemeckis 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
Tom Wittum 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
Joan Allen 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
Doug Free 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
Carrie Snodgress 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
Roger Margason 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
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Will Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
Will Wilkinson 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
Michael Turner 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
Justin McCareins 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
Ken Henry 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
Dennis Hastert 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
Richard Holmes 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
Hollis Thomas 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
Ryan Diem 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
Sam Hurd 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
Timothy P. Marshall 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
George O'Meara 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

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Wood Harris is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
Wood Harris Actor Sherwin David "Wood" Harris is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as high school student Julius Campbell in the 2000 film Remember the Titans and the drug kingpin Avon ...more

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John Dunn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
John Dunn John M. Dunn is the eighth president of Western Michigan University. Dunn earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Northern Illinois University, and he earned an Ed.D. in physical ...more

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Ralph de la Vega is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
Ralph de la Vega Businessperson Ralph de la Vega, a native of Cuba, since October 2008 is president and CEO of AT&T Mobility. Previously, he had been in charge at Cingular Wireless and assumed further responsibilities when ...more

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Larry English is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
Larry English American football player Larry English is an American football defensive end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the first round of the 2009 NFL ...more

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Matt Walsh is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
Matt Walsh Television director, Comedian, Television producer Matthew Paul "Matt" Walsh is an American actor, comedian, director, and writer best known as a founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade improvisational sketch comedy troupe and ...more

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Michael J. Roche is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
Michael J. Roche Businessperson Michael J. Roche is senior vice president for the Allstates Claim organization and a member of Allstate's senior management team.

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Chandler Harnish is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
Chandler Harnish American football player Chandler Harnish is an American football quarterback who is currently on the Arizona Cardinals in the National Football League. He was the final pick of the 2012 NFL Draft, selected 253rd ...more

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Paul Sereno is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
Paul Sereno Professor, Author Paul Callistus Sereno is a professor of paleontology at the University of Chicago and a National Geographic "explorer-in-residence" who has discovered several new dinosaur species on ...more

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Justin Mentell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
Justin Mentell Actor Justin Michael Mentell was an American artist and actor. He was best known for his role as Garrett Wells on Boston Legal. He died in a car accident in Iowa County, Wisconsin.

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Eddie Davis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
Eddie Davis American football player Eddie Davis is a former defensive halfback with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. He played his college football for Northern Illinois University. He was often teamed ...more

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Richard Schneirov is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
Richard Schneirov Historian Richard Schneirov is a professor of history and noted labor historian at Indiana State University.

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LeShon Johnson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
LeShon Johnson American football player LeShon Eugene Johnson is a former American college and professional football player who was a running back and kick returner in the National Football League for six seasons during the 1990s. He ...more

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Justin Anderson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
Justin Anderson American football player Justin Anderson is a former running back for the Northern Illinois Huskies. He was the backup in 2006 for phenom Garrett Wolfe, and in 2007 was the starter for the Huskies. In 2008 he lost many ...more

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Sue Price is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
Sue Price Bodybuilder Sue Price is an American professional bodybuilder and actress, probably best known for playing Alex Sinclair in the Nemesis film series, a character inspired by the movie's original hero, Alex ...more

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Clarence Vaughn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
Clarence Vaughn American football player Clarence Vaughn is a former American football safety in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins.

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Dan Sheldon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
Dan Sheldon American football player

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Darrell Hill is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
Darrell Hill American football player Darrell Frederick Hill is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the Tennessee Titans and the Kansas City Chiefs. He played college football at Northern ...more

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Joe Dunn is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
Joe Dunn Certified Public Accountant Joe Dunn is a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 96th district from 2003 until January 2009. In July 2007 Dunn had announced that he would not seek ...more

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A. J. Harris is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
A. J. Harris American football player A. J. Harris is a Canadian football running back who is currently a free agent. Harris played 44 games over four years at Northern Illinois University, rushing 342 times for 1 616 yards and 12 ...more

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P. J. Fleck is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
P. J. Fleck American Football coach, American football player Phillip John Fleck is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head coach at Western Michigan University. Fleck played as a wide receiver for Northern Illinois ...more

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Fritz Peterson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
Fritz Peterson Baseball player Fritz Fred Peterson is a former Major League Baseball player who played for the New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, and Texas Rangers from 1966 to 1976. Peterson was a southpaw starting pitcher ...more

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G. A. Stampanato is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
G. A. Stampanato Gary A. Stampanato is vice president of Caterpillar's Infrastructure Product Development Division. He has worldwide product development responsibility for motor graders, hydraulic excavators, ...more

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Ned Colletti is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
Ned Colletti Ned Louis Colletti, Jr. is the senior adviser to the president of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He previously was general manager of the Dodgers from 2006 through 2014. Before moving to the Dodgers, ...more

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Randy Clark is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
Randy Clark American football player Randall Byron Clark was a tackle who played eight seasons in the National Football League for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Atlanta Falcons.

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Gregg Andrews is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Northern Illinois University Alumni
Gregg Andrews Historian Gregg Andrews is a professor of history and labor historian at Texas State University. Additionally, he is assistant director of the Center for Texas Music History and assistant director and ...more