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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
Nude Glamour Model
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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 (September 10, 1935-January 17, 2019) was an American poet who has won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. The New York Times described her as "far and away, ...more
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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