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List of famous alumni from Ohio State University, with photos when available. OSU alumni have a lot to be proud of, as many well-known people were once Buckeyes during their college years. Prominent graduates from Ohio State University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. Many famous NFL football players emerged from the school as well, including Nick Mangold, A.J Hawk, and Cris Carter. This list of distinguished Ohio State University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Ohio State University 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 Ohio State University.

Alumni include John Havlicek, Jeffrey Dahmer and more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Ohio State University?” and “Which celebrities are Ohio State University alumni?”

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George Steinbrenner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Businessperson, Theatrical producer, Investor George Michael Steinbrenner III was an American businessman who was the principal owner and managing partner of Major League Baseball's New York Yankees. During Steinbrenner's 37-year ownership ...more

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R. L. Stine is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Television producer, Novelist, Screenwriter Robert Lawrence Stine, known as R. L. Stine, and Jovial Bob Stine, is an American writer and producer. Stine, who is called the "Stephen King of children's literature," is the author ...more

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Bob Knight is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Commentator, Basketball Coach, Coach Robert Montgomery "Bob" Knight is a retired American basketball coach. Nicknamed "The General", Knight won 902 NCAA Division I men's college basketball games, the most ...more

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Dwight Yoakam is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor Dwight David Yoakam is an American singer-songwriter, actor and film director, most famous for his pioneering country music. Popular since the early 1980s, he has recorded more than 21 albums ...more

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Jeffrey Dahmer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Criminal Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer, also known as the Milwaukee Cannibal who committed unspeakable acts between 1978 and 1991. Diagnosed by psychiatrists as suffering from a borderline personality disorder, ...more

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Jack Nicklaus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Golfer, Athlete, Architect Jack William Nicklaus, nicknamed "The Golden Bear", is a retired American professional golfer. He is widely regarded as the greatest professional golfer of all time, winning a total of ...more

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Jesse Owens is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Athlete James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens was an American track and field athlete and four-time Olympic gold medalist. Owens specialized in the sprints and the long jump and was recognized in his ...more

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Richard Lewis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor Richard Philip Lewis is an American comedian and actor.

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Patricia Heaton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Actor Patricia Helen Heaton is an American actress and producer. She is known for portraying Debra Barone on the CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond from 1996 to 2005, for which she won two Primetime ...more

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A. J. Hawk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
American football player Aaron James Hawk is an American football linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers fifth overall in the 2006 NFL Draft. He ...more

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Cris Carter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
American football player Graduel Christopher Darin "Cris" Carter is a former American football and Hall of Fame player in the National Football League. He was a wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles, the ...more

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Charles F. Kettering is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Inventor, Engineer Charles Franklin Kettering was an American inventor, engineer, businessman, and the holder of 186 patents. He was a founder of Delco, and was head of research at General Motors from 1920 to ...more

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Bruce Vilanch is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Songwriter, Screenwriter, Actor Bruce Vilanch is an American comedy writer, songwriter and actor. He is a six-time Emmy Award-winner. Vilanch is best known to the public for his four-year stint on Hollywood Squares, as a ...more

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Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Pilot, Astronaut Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr. was a United States Air Force officer and the first African-American astronaut.

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Sally Sarell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
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William Alfred Fowler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Astronomer William Alfred "Willie" Fowler was an American nuclear physicist, later astrophysicist, who, with Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar won the 1983 Nobel Prize in Physics;.

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James Thurber is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Humorist, Cartoonist, Author James Grover Thurber was an American cartoonist, author, journalist, playwright, and celebrated wit. Thurber was best known for his cartoons and short stories, published mainly in The New Yorker ...more

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Rosie Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Golfer Rosie Jones is an American professional golfer, with 13 LPGA Tour career victories and nearly $8.4 million in tournament earnings.

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Jack Tatum is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
American football player John David "Jack" Tatum was an American football safety who played ten seasons from 1971 through 1980 for the Oakland Raiders and Houston Oilers in the National Football League. He was ...more

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Jon Whitcomb is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Illustrator Jon Whitcomb was an American illustrator. He was well known for his pictures of glamorous young women. He was born in Weatherford, Oklahoma and grew up in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. He attended Ohio ...more

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Walter E. Brehm is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Walter Ellsworth Brehm was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

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Les Wexner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Les Wexner Businessperson, Entrepreneur Leslie "Les" H. Wexner is an American businessman and philanthropist from New Albany, Ohio, and currently chairman and CEO of the L Brands corporation.

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Mary Oliver is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Poet, Author, Writer Mary Oliver is an American poet who has won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. The New York Times described her as "far and away, [America's] best-selling poet".

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Chris Wedge is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Film Producer, Cartoonist, Animator John Christian "Chris" Wedge is an American director, producer and voice actor of animation, best known for the films Ice Age, Robots and Epic.

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Ammon Hennacy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Ammon Ashford Hennacy was an Irish-American pacifist, Christian anarchist, social activist, member of the Catholic Worker Movement and a Wobbly. He established the "Joe Hill House of ...more

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Vince Edwards is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Television director, Actor, Singer Vince Edwards was an American actor, director, and singer. He was best known for his TV role as doctor Ben Casey and as Major Cliff Bricker in the 1968 war film The Devil's Brigade.

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Renee Powell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Golfer, Athlete Renee Powell is an American professional golfer who played on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour and is currently head professional at her family's Clearview Golf Club in East Canton, Ohio. She was the ...more

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Paul Flory is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Chemist, Scientist, Engineer Paul John Flory was an American chemist and Nobel laureate who was known for his work in the field of polymers, or macromolecules. He was a leading pioneer in understanding the behavior of ...more

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Jean Peters is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Actor Jean Peters was an American actress, known as a star of 20th Century Fox in the late 1940s and early 1950s, and as the second wife of Howard Hughes. Although possibly best remembered for her ...more

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Jayaprakash Narayan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Politician Jayaprakash Narayan, popularly referred to as JP or Lok Nayak, was an Indian independence activist, social reformer and political leader, remembered especially for leading the mid-1970s ...more

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Buz Lukens is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Politician Donald Edgar "Buz" Lukens was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Ohio. His political career ended in disgrace in 1990 when he was charged with ...more

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Cindy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Singer Cindy Jackson, born in 1956 in Hazard, Kentucky, United States is an American plastic surgery pioneer and best-selling author and television personality known for being listed in the Guinness ...more

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Berenice Abbott is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Artist, Photographer Berenice Abbott, born Bernice Abbott, was an American photographer best known for her black-and-white photography of New York City architecture and urban design of the 1930s.

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Bob Ney is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Politician Robert William "Bob" Ney is an American politician from the U.S. state of Ohio. In 2007 he was convicted on charges of corruption and served a 30-month jail sentence. A Republican, Ney ...more

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Eileen Heckart is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Actor Eileen Heckart was an American actress of film, stage, and television.

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Thrity Umrigar is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Author, Writer Thrity Umrigar is an Indian-American journalist, critic, and novelist.

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Alex Pacheco is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Social activist Alexander Fernando Pacheco is an American animal rights activist. He is co-founder and former chairman of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and a member of the advisory board of the ...more

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Israel Moore Foster is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Israel Moore Foster Politician Israel Moore Foster was a Republican Representative in the United States Congress from the State of Ohio. Born in Athens, Ohio, Foster attended the public schools, and graduated from the Ohio ...more

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Cynthia Ozick is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Poet, Novelist, Author Cynthia Ozick is an American-Jewish short story writer, novelist, and essayist.

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Calie Pistorius is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Carl Wilhelm Irene Pistorius is a South African academic who is currently the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hull, Kingston upon Hull, United Kingdom.

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Ron O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director Ron O'Neal was an American actor, director and screenwriter, who rose to fame in his role as Youngblood Priest, a New York cocaine dealer in the blaxploitation film Super Fly and its sequel ...more

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Ron Springs is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
American football player Ronald Edward "Ron" Springs was a professional American football running back, who played eight seasons in the NFL, for the Dallas Cowboys from 1979 to 1984, followed by the Tampa Bay ...more

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Jeff Yagher is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Actor Jeffrey Brian "Jeff" Yagher is an American actor. Born in Lawrence, Kansas, he graduated from Ohio State University and then attended the Yale School of Drama, where he appeared in ...more

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Wayne Hays is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Wayne Levere Hays was an American politician whose strong rule of the House Administration Committee extended to even the smallest items. In the mid-1970s, lawmakers avoided crossing Hays for ...more

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Yang Huiyan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Yang Huiyan Yang Huiyan is the majority shareholder of Country Garden Holdings and the fifth wealthiest person in mainland China. She is currently the youngest female billionaire as well as the richest ...more

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Louis E. Strigari is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Researcher Louis Strigari is a research associate in KIPAC at Stanford University.

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Greg Oden is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Basketball player, Athlete Gregory Wayne Oden, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. Oden, a 7 ft 0 in, 273-pound center, played ...more

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Robert Bales is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Soldier United States Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, age 38, is the primary suspect in the murder of 16 Afghan civilians on March 11, 2012 in the Panjwai District of ...more

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Charles Bassett is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Astronaut Charles Arthur "Charlie" Bassett II, was an American electrical engineer and United States Air Force test pilot. He was selected as a NASA astronaut in 1963 and assigned to Gemini 9, ...more

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John A. White Jr. is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Businessperson John Austin White, Jr, Ph.D., P.E. was the fourth chancellor of the University of Arkansas. He succeeded Daniel Ferritor in 1997 after previously serving as the dean of Georgia Institute of ...more