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Famous Ohio State University Alumni

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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?”
  • George Steinbrenner1

    George Steinbrenner

    Businessperson, Theatrical producer

    AgeDec. at 80 (1930-2010)

    BirthplaceRocky River, USA, Ohio

    George Michael Steinbrenner III (July 4, 1930 – July 13, 2010) was an American businessman who...  more

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    #43 of 48 The Worst Team Owners of All Time#115 of 151 The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s

  • R. L. Stine2

    R. L. Stine

    Television producer, Novelist


    BirthplaceColumbus, Ohio, United States of America

    Robert Lawrence Stine (; born October 8, 1943), sometimes known as Jovial Bob Stine and Eric...  more

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    RL Stine Wrote Steamy YA Novels That Are Way Scarier Than You Remember#310 of 1,172 The Best Writers of All Time

  • Bob Knight3

    Bob Knight

    Commentator, Basketball Coach


    BirthplaceMassillon, Ohio, United States of America

    Robert Montgomery Knight (born October 25, 1940) is a former American basketball coach....  more
  • Dwight Yoakam4

    Dwight Yoakam

    Musician, Singer-songwriter


    BirthplacePikeville, USA, Kentucky

    Dwight David Yoakam (born October 23, 1956) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and...  more

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  • Jeffrey Dahmer5

    AgeDec. at 34 (1960-1994)

    BirthplaceWest Allis, Wisconsin, United States of America

    Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer (; May 21, 1960 – November 28, 1994), also known as the Milwaukee...  more

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    #32 of 130 Famous American Serial Killers#3 of 61 The Scariest Serial Killers In History

  • Jack Nicklaus6

    Jack Nicklaus

    Golfer, Athlete


    BirthplaceUpper Arlington, Ohio, United States of America

    Jack William Nicklaus, nicknamed "The Golden Bear", is a retired American professional golfer....  more

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    #24 of 150 Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative#117 of 904 Celebrity Death Pool 2021

  • Jesse Owens7

    AgeDec. at 67 (1913-1980)

    BirthplaceOakville, Alabama, United States of America

    James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens (September 12, 1913 – March 31, 1980) was an American track and...  more

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    #1227 of 1,355 The Greatest Minds of All Time#38 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time

  • Richard Lewis8

    Richard Lewis

    Comedian, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    Richard Philip Lewis (born June 29, 1947) is an American stand-up comedian and actor. He came...  more

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    #148 of 233 The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time#81 of 112 The Funniest Jewish Comedians And Actors

  • Patricia Heaton9

    Patricia Heaton

    Television producer, Film Producer


    BirthplaceBay Village, Ohio, USA

    Patricia Helen Heaton (born March 4, 1958) is an American actress and comedian. She is known...  more

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    #119 of 269 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World#317 of 843 The Best Actresses in Film History

  • A. J. Hawk10

    A. J. Hawk

    American football player


    BirthplaceKettering, Ohio

    Aaron James "A. J." Hawk (born January 6, 1984) is a former American football linebacker who...  more
  • Cris Carter11

    Cris Carter

    American football player


    BirthplaceTroy, Ohio, USA

    Graduel Christopher Darin Carter (born November 25, 1965) is a former American football player...  more

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    #6 of 214 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time#5 of 83 The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time

  • Charles F. Kettering12

    Charles F. Kettering

    Inventor, Engineer

    AgeDec. at 82 (1876-1958)

    BirthplaceLoudonville, Ohio

    Charles Franklin Kettering (August 29, 1876 – November 25, 1958) sometimes known as Charles...  more
  • Bruce Vilanch13

    Bruce Vilanch

    Songwriter, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Bruce Gerald Vilanch (born November 23, 1948) is an American comedy writer, songwriter and...  more
  • Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr.14

    AgeDec. at 32 (1935-1967)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Robert Henry Lawrence Jr. (October 2, 1935 – December 8, 1967) was a United States Air Force...  more
  • William Alfred Fowler15

    AgeDec. at 84 (1911-1995)

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    William Alfred Fowler (August 9, 1911 – March 14, 1995) was an American nuclear physicist,...  more
  • James Thurber16

    James Thurber

    Humorist, Cartoonist

    AgeDec. at 67 (1894-1961)

    BirthplaceColumbus, Ohio

    James Grover Thurber (December 8, 1894 – November 2, 1961) was an American cartoonist, author,...  more

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    #49 of 171 The Best Short Story Writers of All Time#6 of 11 Writers Who Died Of Alcoholism

  • Rosie Jones17


    BirthplaceSanta Ana, California

    Rosie Jones (born November 13, 1959) is an American professional golfer, with 13 LPGA Tour...  more

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    #86 of 205 College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay#48 of 75 Famous Lesbian Athletes

  • Jack Tatum18

    Jack Tatum

    American football player

    AgeDied at 62 (1948-2010)

    BirthplaceCherryville, North Carolina

    John David Tatum (November 18, 1948 – July 27, 2010) was an American football safety who...  more

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    #14 of 322 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame#132 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever

  • 19

    Jon Whitcomb


    AgeDec. at 82 (1906-1988)

    BirthplaceWeatherford, Oklahoma

    Jon Whitcomb (1906–1988) was an American illustrator. He was well known for his pictures of...  more
  • 20
    Walter Ellsworth Brehm (May 25, 1892 – August 24, 1971) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio....  more
  • Les Wexner21

    Les Wexner

    Businessperson, Entrepreneur


    BirthplaceDayton, Ohio

    Leslie H. Wexner (born September 8, 1937) is a billionaire American businessman, and the...  more
  • Mary Oliver22

    Mary Oliver

    Poet, Author


    BirthplaceMaple Heights, Ohio

    Mary Jane Oliver (September 10, 1935 – January 17, 2019) was an American poet who won the...  more
  • Chris Wedge23

    Chris Wedge

    Film Producer, Cartoonist


    BirthplaceUSA, Binghamton, New York

    John Christian "Chris" Wedge (born March 20, 1957) is an American animated film director, ...  more
  • Ammon Hennacy24
    Ammon Ashford Hennacy (July 24, 1893 – January 14, 1970) was an American Christian pacifist,...  more
  • Vince Edwards25

    Vince Edwards

    Television director, Actor

    AgeDec. at 68 (1928-1996)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Vince Edwards (born Vincent Edward Zoine; July 9, 1928 – March 11, 1996) was an American...  more