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Famous Northwestern University Alumni

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

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

A list made up of graduates like Zooey Deschanel and Cindy Crawford.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Northwestern University?” and “Which celebrities are Northwestern University alumni?”
  • 1
    Zooey Deschanel

    Zooey Deschanel

    Television producer, Musician


    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Zooey Claire Deschanel (born January 17, 1980) is an American actress, model and... more on Wikipedia

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    Cindy Crawford

    Cindy Crawford

    Pin-up girl, Fashion Model


    BirthplaceDeKalb, Illinois, United States of America

    Cynthia Ann "Cindy" Crawford (born February 20, 1966) is an American model. Her success at... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Stephen Colbert

    Stephen Colbert

    Television Show Host, Comedian


    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    Stephen Tyrone Colbert ( kohl-BAIR; born May 13, 1964) is an American comedian, writer,... more on Wikipedia

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    Hugh Hefner

    Hugh Hefner

    Editor, Publisher


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA

    Hugh Marston Hefner (April 9, 1926 – September 27, 2017) was an American magazine publisher,... more on Wikipedia

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    Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Comedian, Television producer


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus Hall (; born January 13, 1961) is an American actress,... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Cloris Leachman

    Cloris Leachman

    Comedian, Actor


    BirthplaceDes Moines, Iowa, United States of America

    Cloris Leachman (born April 30, 1926) is an American actress and comedian. In a career... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Megan Mullally

    Megan Mullally

    Actor, Voice acting


    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

    Megan Mullally (born November 12, 1958) is an American actress, comedian and singer. She is... more on Wikipedia

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    Zach Braff

    Zach Braff

    Television director, Television producer


    BirthplaceSouth Orange, New Jersey, United States of America

    Zachary Israel Braff (born April 6, 1975) is an American actor, director, screenwriter and... more on Wikipedia

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    Mary Ann Leeper

    Mary Ann Leeper

    Biochemist, Radiobiochemist
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    Jeri Ryan


    BirthplaceMunich, Germany

    Jeri Lynn Ryan (born Jeri Lynn Zimmermann; February 22, 1968) is an American actress best... more on Wikipedia

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    Charles Busch

    Charles Busch

    Novelist, Drag queen


    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Charles Louis Busch (born August 23, 1954) is an American actor, screenwriter, playwright and... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Warren Beatty

    Warren Beatty

    Film Producer, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceRichmond, Virginia, United States of America

    Henry Warren Beatty (born March 30, 1937) is an American actor and filmmaker. He has been... more on Wikipedia

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    Actor, Singer


    BirthplaceStockholm, Sweden

    Ann-Margret Olsson (born April 28, 1941), known simply as Ann-Margret, is a Swedish-born,... more on Wikipedia

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    David Schwimmer

    David Schwimmer

    Television director, Theatre Director


    BirthplaceFlushing, New York City, New York, USA

    David Lawrence Schwimmer (born November 2, 1966) is an American actor, director, activist, and... more on Wikipedia

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    Patricia Neal

    AgeDec. at 84 (1926-2010)

    BirthplaceUSA, Packard, Kentucky, Kentucky

    Patricia Neal (born Patsy Louise Neal, January 20, 1926 – August 8, 2010) was an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Patti Davis

    Patti Davis

    Author, Actor


    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Patricia Ann Davis (née Reagan; October 21, 1952) is an American actress and author. She is... more on Wikipedia


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    Samantha Harris

    Samantha Harris

    Model, Actor


    BirthplaceHopkins, Minnesota, United States of America

    Samantha Harris (born Samantha Harris Shapiro; November 27, 1973) is an American television... more on Wikipedia
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    Shelley Long


    BirthplaceFort Wayne, Indiana, USA

    Shelley Lee Long (born August 23, 1949) is an American actress and comedian. She is best known... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    Robert Reed

    AgeDec. at 60 (1932-1992)

    BirthplaceHighland Park, Illinois, United States of America

    Robert Reed (born John Robert Rietz Jr.; October 19, 1932 – May 12, 1992) was an American... more on Wikipedia

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    Charlton Heston

    Charlton Heston

    Actor, Voice acting

    AgeDec. at 85 (1923-2008)

    BirthplaceEvanston, Illinois, United States of America

    Charlton Heston (born John Charles Carter; October 4, 1923 – April 5, 2008) was an American... more on Wikipedia

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    Paula Prentiss


    BirthplaceSan Antonio, Texas, United States of America

    Paula Prentiss (born Paula Ragusa; March 4, 1938) is an American actress best known for her... more on Wikipedia

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    Rod Blagojevich

    Rod Blagojevich

    Prosecutor, Politician


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Rod Blagojevich (, born December 10, 1956) is an American former politician who served as the... more on Wikipedia
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    Edgar Bergen

    Edgar Bergen

    Comic book creator, Comedian

    AgeDec. at 75 (1903-1978)

    BirthplaceMichigan, USA, Decatur

    Edgar John Bergen (born Edgar John Berggren, February 16, 1903 – September 30, 1978) was an... more on Wikipedia

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    Paul Lynde

    Paul Lynde

    Character actor, Comedian

    AgeDec. at 56 (1926-1982)

    BirthplaceMount Vernon, Ohio, USA

    Paul Edward Lynde (; June 13, 1926 – January 11, 1982) was an American comedian, voice artist,... more on Wikipedia

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    Craig Bierko

    Craig Bierko

    Actor, Singer


    BirthplaceUSA, Rye Brook, New York

    Craig Philip Bierko (born August 18, 1964) is an American actor and singer.