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Famous Occidental College Alumni

Updated June 14, 2019 17.3k views110 items

List RulesPeople 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

    Barack Obama

    Politician, Author

    Age59

    BirthplaceHonolulu, Hawaii, United States of America

    Barack Hussein Obama born August 4, 1961is an American attorney and politician who served as... more on Wikipedia

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    Ben Affleck is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni

    Ben Affleck

    Businessperson, Professional Poker Player

    Age48

    BirthplaceBerkeley, California, United States of America

    Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt (born August 15, 1972) is an American actor, director, producer,... more on Wikipedia

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    Jason Sellards is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni

    Jason Sellards

    Singer-songwriter, Singer

    Age41

    BirthplaceMesa, Arizona, United States of America

    Jason F. Sellards (born October 3, 1978), better known as Jake Shears, is an American singer... more on Wikipedia

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    George Nader is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni

    AgeDec. at 81 (1921-2002)

    BirthplacePasadena, California, United States of America

    George Nader (October 19, 1921 – February 4, 2002) was an American film and television actor.... more on Wikipedia
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    Curtis Harrington is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni

    Curtis Harrington

    Television director, Film Director

    AgeDec. at 81 (1926-2007)

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Gene Curtis Harrington (September 17, 1926 – May 6, 2007) was an American film and television... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Robinson Jeffers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni

    Robinson Jeffers

    Poet, Environmentalist

    AgeDec. at 75 (1887-1962)

    BirthplaceAllegheny, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    John Robinson Jeffers (January 10, 1887 – January 20, 1962) was an American poet, known for... more on Wikipedia

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    #265 of 342 The Greatest American Writers of All Time#98 of 369 The Greatest Poets of All Time

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    Joanna Gleason is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni

    Joanna Gleason

    Television director, Actor

    Age70

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Joanna Gleason (née Hall; born June 2, 1950) is a Canadian actress and singer. She is a Tony... more on Wikipedia
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    Luke Wilson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni

    Luke Wilson

    Actor, Film Director

    Age49

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas, United States of America

    Luke Cunningham Wilson (born September 21, 1971) is an American actor known for his roles in... more on Wikipedia
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    Fred Lawrence Whipple is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni

    AgeDec. at 98 (1906-2004)

    BirthplaceRed Oak, Iowa

    Fred Lawrence Whipple (November 5, 1906 – August 30, 2004) was an American astronomer, who... more on Wikipedia
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    Pete McCloskey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni

    Pete McCloskey

    Politician

    Age93

    BirthplaceLoma Linda, California, United States of America

    Paul Norton "Pete" McCloskey Jr. (born September 29, 1927) is a former Republican politician... more on Wikipedia
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    Glenn S. Dumke is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
    Glenn Schroeder Dumke (May 5, 1917 – June 29, 1989) was a historian and chancellor of the... more on Wikipedia
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    Kirsten Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni

    Kirsten Smith

    Novelist, Film Producer

    Age50

    BirthplacePort Ludlow, Washington

    Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith (born August 12, 1970) is an American screenwriter and novelist whose... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Maurissa Tancharoen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni

    Maurissa Tancharoen

    Television producer, Screenwriter

    Age44

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Maurissa Tancharoen (born November 28, 1975 in Los Angeles, California) is an American... more on Wikipedia
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    Will Friedle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni

    Will Friedle

    Comedian, Actor

    Age44

    BirthplaceHartford, Connecticut, USA

    William Friedle (; born August 11, 1976) is an American actor, writer and comedian. He is best... more on Wikipedia

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    Fred Thomson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni

    Fred Thomson

    Chaplain, Actor

    AgeDec. at 38 (1890-1928)

    BirthplacePasadena, California, United States of America

    Not to be confused for a silent film director Frederick A. Thomson (1869-1925) Frederick... more on Wikipedia
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    Dennis R. Patrick is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni

    Age69

    BirthplaceCalifornia

    Dennis R. Patrick (born June 1, 1951 in Los Angeles, California) currently serves as President... more on Wikipedia
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    Terry Gilliam is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni

    Terry Gilliam

    Film Producer, Screenwriter

    Age79

    BirthplaceArea code 218, Minneapolis, Area code 612, United States of America, United States

    Terrence Vance Gilliam (; born 22 November 1940) is an American-born British screenwriter,... more on Wikipedia

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    Jack Kemp is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni

    Jack Kemp

    Politician, American football player

    AgeDec. at 74 (1935-2009)

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Jack French Kemp (July 13, 1935 – May 2, 2009) was an American politician and a professional... more on Wikipedia

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    #23 of 150 Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative#189 of 433 The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

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    John J. Clague is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni

    John J. Clague

    Professor, Geologist

    Age74

    John Joseph Clague PhD FRSC (born 1946) is an award-winning Canadian authority in Quaternary... more on Wikipedia
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    Eddie Galan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni

    Eddie Galan

    Record producer, Songwriter

    Age41

    Eddie Galan is a Los Angeles-born Talent manager, acting manager, and former songwriter,... more on Wikipedia
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    Mark Dery is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni

    Mark Dery

    Journalist

    Age60

    BirthplaceBraintree, Massachusetts

    Mark Dery (born December 24, 1959) is an American author, lecturer and cultural critic. An... more on Wikipedia
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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...
  • 23
    William G. Bonelli is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni

    William G. Bonelli

    Politician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 75 (1895-1970)

    BirthplaceKingman, Arizona

    William George Bonelli (November 9, 1895 – November 21, 1970) was a California Republican... more on Wikipedia
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    Franklin Patterson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni

    AgeDec. at 78 (1916-1994)

    BirthplaceEllsworth, Iowa

    Franklin Kessel Patterson (September 14, 1916 – July 13, 1994) was a professor and author, and... more on Wikipedia
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    Steve Coll is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni

    Steve Coll

    Editor, Businessperson

    Age61

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    Steve Coll (born October 8, 1958) is an American journalist, academic and executive. He is... more on Wikipedia
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