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Famous Occidental College Alumni

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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

    Barack Obama

    Politician, Author


    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

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Jason Sellards

    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 on Wikipedia

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    #89 of 145 The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians#257 of 310 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School

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    George Nader

    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
  • 5
    Curtis Harrington

    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

    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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    #255 of 342 The Greatest American Writers of All Time#88 of 168 The Best Poets of the 20th Century

  • 7
    Joanna Gleason

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Luke Wilson

    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 on Wikipedia

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    #550 of 1,030 The Best Actors in Film History#134 of 187 The Best Living American Actors

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    Fred Lawrence Whipple

    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
  • 10
    Pete McCloskey

    Pete McCloskey



    BirthplaceLoma Linda, California, United States of America

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

    Kirsten Smith

    Novelist, Film Producer


    BirthplacePort Ludlow, Washington

    Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith (born August 12, 1970) is an American screenwriter and novelist whose... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Maurissa Tancharoen

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Will Friedle

    Will Friedle

    Comedian, Actor


    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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  • 15
    Fred Thomson

    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 (born June 1, 1951 in Los Angeles, California) currently serves as President... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Terry Gilliam

    Terry Gilliam

    Film Producer, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceMinneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

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

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    Jack Kemp

    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#54 of 252 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time

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    John J. Clague

    John J. Clague

    Professor, Geologist


    John Joseph Clague PhD FRSC (born 1946) is an award-winning Canadian authority in Quaternary... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Eddie Galan

    Eddie Galan

    Record producer, Songwriter


    Eddie Galan is a Los Angeles-born Talent manager, acting manager, and former songwriter,... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Mark Dery

    Mark Dery



    BirthplaceBraintree, Massachusetts

    Mark Dery (born December 24, 1959) is an American author, lecturer and cultural critic. An... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Paul G. George was named executive vice president for Human Resources in August 2005. Prior to...
  • 23
    William G. Bonelli

    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
  • 24
    Franklin Patterson

    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

    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 on Wikipedia