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Famous Ohio State University Alumni

Updated November 22, 2019 149.5k views1.1k items

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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  • 1
    George Steinbrenner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    R. L. Stine is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni

    R. L. Stine

    Television producer, Novelist

    Age77

    BirthplaceColumbus, Ohio, United States of America

    Robert Lawrence Stine (; born October 8, 1943), sometimes known as Jovial Bob Stine and Eric... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Bob Knight is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni

    Bob Knight

    Commentator, Basketball Coach

    Age79

    BirthplaceMassillon, Ohio, United States of America

    Robert Montgomery Knight (born October 25, 1940) is a former American basketball coach.... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Dwight Yoakam is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni

    Dwight Yoakam

    Musician, Singer-songwriter

    Age63

    BirthplacePikeville, USA, Kentucky

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

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  • 5
    Jeffrey Dahmer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni

    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 on Wikipedia

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    #32 of 130 Famous American Serial Killers#4 of 61 The Scariest Serial Killers In History

  • 6
    Jack Nicklaus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni

    Jack Nicklaus

    Golfer, Athlete

    Age80

    BirthplaceUpper Arlington, Ohio, United States of America

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

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    #24 of 150 Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative#1 of 153 The Best Golfers Of All Time

  • 7
    Jesse Owens is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Richard Lewis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni

    Richard Lewis

    Comedian, Screenwriter

    Age73

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

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

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    #150 of 233 The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time#75 of 112 The Funniest Jewish Comedians And Actors

  • 9
    Patricia Heaton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni

    Patricia Heaton

    Television producer, Film Producer

    Age62

    BirthplaceBay Village, USA, Ohio

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

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    #128 of 269 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World#309 of 853 The Best Actresses in Film History

  • 10
    A. J. Hawk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni

    A. J. Hawk

    American football player

    Age36

    BirthplaceKettering, Ohio

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

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    #198 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History#118 of 154 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time

  • 11
    Cris Carter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni

    Cris Carter

    American football player

    Age54

    BirthplaceTroy, Ohio, USA

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

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    #7 of 214 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time#7 of 83 The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time

  • 12
    Charles F. Kettering is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Bruce Vilanch is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni

    Bruce Vilanch

    Songwriter, Screenwriter

    Age71

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Bruce Gerald Vilanch (born November 23, 1948) is an American comedy writer, songwriter and... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni

    AgeDec. at 32 (1935-1967)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Robert Henry Lawrence Jr. (October 2, 1935 – December 8, 1967) was a United States Air Force... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    William Alfred Fowler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni

    AgeDec. at 84 (1911-1995)

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    William Alfred Fowler (August 9, 1911 – March 14, 1995) was an American nuclear physicist,... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    James Thurber is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni

    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 on Wikipedia

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

  • 17
    Rosie Jones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni

    Age60

    BirthplaceSanta Ana, California

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

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

  • 18
    Jack Tatum is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni

    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 on Wikipedia

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    #133 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever#16 of 322 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • 19
    Jon Whitcomb is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni

    Jon Whitcomb

    Illustrator

    AgeDec. at 82 (1906-1988)

    BirthplaceWeatherford, Oklahoma

    Jon Whitcomb (1906–1988) was an American illustrator. He was well known for his pictures of... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Walter E. Brehm is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
    Walter Ellsworth Brehm (May 25, 1892 – August 24, 1971) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.
  • 21
    Les Wexner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni

    Les Wexner

    Businessperson, Entrepreneur

    Age83

    BirthplaceDayton, Ohio

    Leslie H. Wexner (born September 8, 1937) is a billionaire American businessman, and the... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Mary Oliver is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni

    Mary Oliver

    Poet, Author

    Age85

    BirthplaceMaple Heights, Ohio

    Mary Jane Oliver (September 10, 1935 – January 17, 2019) was an American poet who won the... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Chris Wedge is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni

    Chris Wedge

    Film Producer, Cartoonist

    Age63

    BirthplaceUSA, Binghamton, New York

    John Christian "Chris" Wedge (born March 20, 1957) is an American animated film director, ... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Ammon Hennacy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
    Ammon Ashford Hennacy (July 24, 1893 – January 14, 1970) was an American Christian pacifist,... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Vince Edwards is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni

    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 on Wikipedia

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