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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

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Olin Browne is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Olin Browne Golfer Olin Douglas Browne is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour as well as the Champions Tour. Browne was born in Washington, D.C. He graduated from St. Albans School in 1977. ...more

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Kathy Augustine is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Politician Kathy Marie Alfano Augustine was a U.S. Republican Party politician from Nevada. She served in the Nevada Assembly and in the Nevada Senate. She was Nevada's first female State Controller, ...more

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Glenn Corbett is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Model, Actor Glenn Corbett was an American actor, best known for his roles as the original Zefram Cochrane, the inventor of warp drive, on the original Star Trek series, and Lincoln Case on the CBS adventure ...more

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Roger Guenveur Smith is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Theatre Director, Actor, Film Director Roger Guenveur Smith is an American actor, director, and writer.

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Carmen Chu is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Politician Carmen Chu is the elected Assessor-Recorder of San Francisco. Up until February 27, 2013, she was a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors representing District 4. In 2000, she earned ...more

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Dan Springer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Businessperson Dan Springer brings over 20 years of executive leadership and strategic sales and marketing consulting experience to Responsys, with proven success in interactive marketing, e-commerce, and ...more

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Toby Olson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Toby Olson Novelist, Writer Toby Olson is an American novelist.

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Patt Morrison is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Patt Morrison Journalist, Author Patt Morrison is a journalist, author, and radio-television personality based in Los Angeles and Southern California.

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John Ingle is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Actor, Teacher John Ingle was an American actor best known for his role as scheming patriarch Edward Quartermaine in the ABC soap opera General Hospital.

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Ron Botchan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Ronald Leslie "Ron" Botchan is a retired American football official from the National Football League. Prior to that he was an American football linebacker in the American Football ...more

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Loren Lester is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Actor, Voice acting Loren Lester is an American actor of stage, screen, and voice, best known for his portrayal of DC Comics superhero Robin and Nightwing in the numerous Batman animated series and features in the ...more

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Scott O'Dell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer Scott O'Dell was an American author of 26 novels for young people, along with three novels for adults and four nonfiction books. He wrote historical fiction, primarily, including several ...more

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Ernesto Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Politician, Entrepreneur, Actor Ernesto Rubio Hernandez is a Mexican-American Business Owner, actor, and politician, currently serving as a Council-member for the City of San Fernando, California. Hernandez worked as a ...more

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U. Alexis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Politician, Diplomat U. Alexis Johnson was a United States diplomat.

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J. P. Mallory is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
J. P. Mallory Archaeologist James Patrick Mallory is an Irish-American archaeologist and Indo-Europeanist. Mallory is an emeritus professor at Queen's University, Belfast, a member of the Royal Irish Academy and the editor ...more

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William Cameron Townsend is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Missionary William Cameron Townsend was a prominent twentieth-century American Christian missionary who founded Wycliffe Bible Translators and Summer Institute of Linguistics, both of which have long had ...more

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Homer Lea is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Politician Homer Lea, was an American adventurer, author and geopolitical strategist. He is today best known for his involvement with Chinese reform and revolutionary movements in the early twentieth ...more

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Howard Ahmanson, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Howard Ahmanson, Jr. Howard Fieldstead Ahmanson Jr. is an heir of the Home Savings bank fortune built by his father Howard Fieldstead Ahmanson, Sr. Ahmanson Jr. is a multi-millionaire philanthropist and financier of ...more

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Jim E. Mora is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
American Football coach, Coach, American football player James Ernest Mora is a retired football coach, formerly the head coach of the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League and the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars of ...more

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Eqbal Ahmad is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Journalist Eqbal Ahmad was a Pakistani political scientist, writer, journalist, and anti-war activist. He was strongly critical of the Middle East strategy of the United States as well as what he saw as ...more

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Linda Bradford Raschke is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Linda Bradford Raschke Businessperson, Entrepreneur Linda Bradford Raschke is a commodities and futures trader who is President of LBRGroup, Inc., a registered CTA and money management firm and president of LBR Asset Management, a Commodity Pool ...more

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Carol Plantamura is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Singer Carol Plantamura is an American soprano specializing in 17th and 20th century music. She graduated from Occidental College and was an original member of the Rockefeller Foundation-funded ...more

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Rosalind Wiseman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Educator, Author Rosalind Wiseman is an American parenting educator and author of several publications. Her New York Times best-selling book Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, ...more

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Cory Ohnesorge is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Cory Ohnesorge American football player Cory Ohnesorge is a former American football punter.

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Marshall Cook is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Occidental College Alumni
Television producer, Visual Effects Artist, Film Producer Marshall Cook is a director, actor and film producer.