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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Occidental College and be of some renown.

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

Items on this list include Barack Obama and Ben Affleck.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Occidental College?” and “Which celebrities are Occidental College alumni?”

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Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Politician, Author, Law professor
Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is an American politician who served as the 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2017. The first African American to assume the ...more

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Ben Affleck is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Businessperson, Professional Poker Player, Television producer
Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt, better known as Ben Affleck, is an American actor and filmmaker. Throughout his career, he has won two Academy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards. Affleck ...more

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Jason Sellards is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Singer-songwriter, Singer
Jake Shears is an American singer, best known as the lead male singer for the pop band Scissor Sisters.

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George Nader is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Actor
George Nader was an American film and television actor. He appeared in a variety of films from 1950 through 1974, including Phone Call from a Stranger, Congo Crossing, and The Female Animal. ...more

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Curtis Harrington is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Television director, Film Director
Gene Curtis Harrington was an American film and television director whose work included experimental films, horror films, and episodic television. He is considered one of the forerunners of New ...more

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Robinson Jeffers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Poet, Environmentalist
John Robinson Jeffers was an American poet, known for his work about the central California coast. Most of Jeffers' poetry was written in narrative and epic form, but today he is also known for ...more

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Joanna Gleason is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Television director, Actor, Voice acting
Joanna Gleason is a Canadian actress and singer. She is a Tony Award-winning musical theatre actress and has also had a number of notable film and TV roles.

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Luke Wilson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Actor, Film Director
Luke Cunningham Wilson is an American actor known for his roles in films such as Idiocracy, Old School, Bottle Rocket, The Royal Tenenbaums, Blue Streak, Bongwater, and Legally Blonde. He is the ...more

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Fred Lawrence Whipple is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Astronomer
Fred Lawrence Whipple was an American astronomer, who worked at the Harvard College Observatory for over 70 years. Amongst his achievements, he discovered some asteroids and comets, came up with ...more

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Pete McCloskey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Politician
Paul Norton "Pete" McCloskey, Jr. is a former Republican politician from the U.S. state of California who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1967 to 1983. He ran on an ...more

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Glenn S. Dumke is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Glenn S. Dumke was a historian and chancellor of the California State University system from 1962 to 1982 – most of its first twenty years. He developed common standards for the colleges and ...more

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Kirsten Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Novelist, Film Producer, Screenwriter
Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith is an American screenwriter and novelist. She wrote most of the screenplays with her screenwriter partner Karen McCullah Lutz. Most of the scripts seems to follow ...more

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Maurissa Tancharoen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Television producer, Screenwriter, Lyricist
Maurissa Tancharoen Whedon is an American television producer/writer, actress, singer, dancer, and lyricist.

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Will Friedle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Comedian, Actor, Voice acting
William Alan "Will" Friedle is an American actor, voice actor and comedian. He is best known for his comedic roles, most notably the underachieving elder brother Eric Matthews on the ...more

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Fred Thomson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Chaplain, Actor
Frederick Clifton Thomson was an American silent film cowboy who rivaled Tom Mix in popularity before dying at age 38 of tetanus.

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Dennis R. Patrick is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Politician
Dennis R. Patrick currently serves as President and Chief Executive of Pillar Productions, an independent film and television production company. Between 2001 and 2013, Mr. Patrick served as ...more

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Terry Gilliam is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor
Terry Gilliam is a actor, animator, film director, film producer, screenwriter, and a writer.

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Jack Kemp is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Politician, American football player
Jack French Kemp was an American politician and a collegiate and professional football player. A Republican, he served as Housing Secretary in the administration of President George H. W. Bush ...more

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John J. Clague is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Professor, Geologist
John Joseph Clague PhD FRSC is an award-winning Canadian authority in Quaternary and environmental earth sciences. He is a Professor of Earth Sciences at Simon Fraser University and an Emeritus ...more

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Eddie Galan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Record producer, Songwriter, Singer
Eddie Galan is a Los Angeles born singer/musician, songwriter, record producer, music manager and acting manager. Galan has achieved 20x Multi-Platinum status and worked on albums that have gone ...more

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Mark Dery is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Mark Dery Journalist
Mark Dery is an American author, lecturer and cultural critic. He writes about "media, the visual landscape, fringe trends, and unpopular culture." From 2001 to 2009, he taught media ...more

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Paul G. George is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Paul G. George was named executive vice president for Human Resources in August 2005. Prior to Freddie Mac, he served as senior executive vice president of Human Resources at Wachovia Corp. for ...more

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William G. Bonelli is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer
William G. Bonelli was a California Republican politician who became a member of the state Board of Equalization who fled to Mexico to avoid arrest on a corruption indictment.

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Franklin Patterson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Writer
Franklin Kessel Patterson was a professor and author, and the first president of Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He was also, along with the other presidents of the Five Colleges, a ...more

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Steve Coll is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Editor, Businessperson, Journalist
Steve Coll is an American journalist, author, and business executive. He is currently the dean of Columbia Journalism School. He is a former president and CEO of New America Foundation, and has ...more