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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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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