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Famous Occidental College Alumni

Updated June 14, 2019 17.5k 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?”
  • Barack Obama1

    Barack Obama

    Politician, Author


    BirthplaceArea code 808, Honolulu County, Hawaiian Islands, United States of America, United States

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

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  • Ben Affleck2

    Ben Affleck

    Businessperson, Professional Poker Player


    BirthplaceBerkeley, California, United States of America

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

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  • Jason Sellards3

    Jason Sellards

    Singer-songwriter, Singer


    BirthplaceMesa, Arizona, United States of America

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

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  • George Nader4

    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
  • Curtis Harrington5

    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
  • Robinson Jeffers6

    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
  • Joanna Gleason7

    Joanna Gleason

    Television director, Actor


    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Joanna Gleason (née Hall; born June 2, 1950) is a Canadian actress and singer. She is a Tony...  more
  • Luke Wilson8

    Luke Wilson

    Actor, Film Director


    BirthplaceTexas, USA, Dallas

    Luke Cunningham Wilson (born September 21, 1971) is an American actor known for his roles in...  more

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  • Fred Lawrence Whipple9

    AgeDec. at 98 (1906-2004)

    BirthplaceRed Oak, Iowa

    Fred Lawrence Whipple (November 5, 1906 – August 30, 2004) was an American astronomer, who...  more
  • Pete McCloskey10

    Pete McCloskey



    BirthplaceLoma Linda, California, United States of America

    Paul Norton "Pete" McCloskey Jr. (born September 29, 1927) is a former Republican politician...  more
  • Glenn S. Dumke11
    Glenn Schroeder Dumke (May 5, 1917 – June 29, 1989) was a historian and chancellor of the...  more
  • Kirsten Smith12

    Kirsten Smith

    Novelist, Film Producer


    BirthplacePort Ludlow, Washington

    Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith (born August 12, 1970) is an American screenwriter and novelist whose...  more
  • Maurissa Tancharoen13

    Maurissa Tancharoen

    Television producer, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Maurissa Tancharoen (born November 28, 1975 in Los Angeles, California) is an American...  more
  • Will Friedle14

    Will Friedle

    Comedian, Actor


    BirthplaceHartford, Connecticut, USA

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

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  • Fred Thomson15

    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
  • 16



    Dennis R. Patrick (born June 1, 1951 in Los Angeles, California) currently serves as President...  more
  • Terry Gilliam17

    Terry Gilliam

    Film Producer, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceMinneapolis, USA, Minnesota

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

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  • Jack Kemp18

    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

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  • John J. Clague19

    John J. Clague

    Professor, Geologist


    John Joseph Clague PhD FRSC (born 1946) is an award-winning Canadian authority in Quaternary...  more
  • Eddie Galan20

    Eddie Galan

    Record producer, Songwriter


    Eddie Galan is a Los Angeles-born Talent manager, acting manager, and former songwriter,...  more
  • Mark Dery21

    Mark Dery



    BirthplaceBraintree, Massachusetts

    Mark Dery (born December 24, 1959) is an American author, lecturer and cultural critic. An...  more
  • 22
    Paul G. George was named executive vice president for Human Resources in August 2005. Prior to...  more
  • William G. Bonelli23

    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
  • Franklin Patterson24

    AgeDec. at 78 (1916-1994)

    BirthplaceEllsworth, Iowa

    Franklin Kessel Patterson (September 14, 1916 – July 13, 1994) was a professor and author, and...  more
  • 25

    Steve Coll

    Editor, Businessperson


    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

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