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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

Age: Dec. at 80 (1930-2010)

Birthplace: Rocky River, USA, Ohio

George Michael Steinbrenner III (July 4, 1930 – July 13, 2010) was an American businessman who was the principal owner and managing partner of Major League Baseball's New York Yankees. During ...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

Age: 75

Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States of America

Robert Lawrence Stine (; born October 8, 1943), sometimes known as Jovial Bob Stine and Eric Affabee, is an American novelist, short story writer, television producer, screenwriter, and ...more

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Bob Knight is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Commentator, Basketball Coach, Coach

Age: 78

Birthplace: Massillon, Ohio, United States of America

Robert Montgomery Knight (born October 25, 1940) is a former American basketball coach. Nicknamed "the General", Knight won 902 NCAA Division I men's college basketball games, a record ...more
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Dwight Yoakam is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor

Age: 62

Birthplace: Pikeville, USA, Kentucky

Dwight David Yoakam (born October 23, 1956) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor, known for his pioneering style of country music. First becoming popular in the mid-1980s, ...more

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

Age: Dec. at 34 (1960-1994)

Birthplace: West Allis, Wisconsin, United States of America

Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer (; May 21, 1960 – November 28, 1994), also known as the Milwaukee Cannibal or the Milwaukee Monster, was an American serial killer and sex offender who committed the rape, ...more

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Jack Nicklaus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Golfer, Athlete, Architect

Age: 79

Birthplace: Upper Arlington, Ohio, USA

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

Age: Dec. at 67 (1913-1980)

Birthplace: Oakville, Alabama, United States of America

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Richard Lewis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: 71

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

Richard Philip Lewis (born June 29, 1947) is an American stand-up comedian and actor. He came to prominence in the 1980s as a comedian specializing in self-deprecating humor before turning to ...more

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Patricia Heaton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Actor

Age: 60

Birthplace: Bay Village, USA, Ohio

Patricia Helen Heaton (born March 4, 1958) is an American actress and comedian. She is known for her starring role as Debra Barone in the CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond (1996–2005) and as ...more

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

Age: 31

Birthplace: Kettering, Ohio

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

Age: 53

Birthplace: Troy, Ohio, USA

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

Age: Dec. at 82 (1876-1958)

Birthplace: Loudonville, Ohio

Charles Franklin Kettering (August 29, 1876 – November 25, 1958) sometimes known as Charles "Boss" Kettering was an American inventor, engineer, businessman, and the holder of 186 ...more
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Bruce Vilanch is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Songwriter, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: 70

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Bruce Gerald Vilanch (born November 23, 1948) 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 ...more
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Robert Henry Lawrence, J... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Pilot, Astronaut

Age: Dec. at 32 (1935-1967)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Robert Henry Lawrence Jr. (October 2, 1935 – December 8, 1967) was a United States Air Force officer and the first African-American astronaut.
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William Alfred Fowler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Astronomer

Age: Dec. at 84 (1911-1995)

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

William Alfred Fowler (August 9, 1911 – March 14, 1995) was an American nuclear physicist, later astrophysicist, who, with Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar won the 1983 Nobel Prize in Physics. He is ...more
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James Thurber is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Humorist, Cartoonist, Author

Age: Dec. at 67 (1894-1961)

Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio

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

Age: 59

Birthplace: Santa Ana, California

Rosie Jones (born November 13, 1959) 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) 18 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
American football player

Age: Died at 62 (1948-2010)

Birthplace: Cherryville, North Carolina

John David Tatum (November 18, 1948 – July 27, 2010) was an American football safety who played 10 seasons from 1971 through 1980 for the Oakland Raiders and Houston Oilers in the National ...more

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

Age: Dec. at 82 (1906-1988)

Birthplace: Weatherford, Oklahoma

Jon Whitcomb (1906–1988) 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 ...more
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Walter E. Brehm is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni

Age: Dec. at 79 (1892-1971)

Birthplace: Perry County, Ohio, United States, with Territories, Somerset

Walter Ellsworth Brehm (May 25, 1892 – August 24, 1971) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.
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Les Wexner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Les Wexner Businessperson, Entrepreneur

Age: 81

Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio

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Mary Oliver is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Poet, Author, Writer

Age: 83

Birthplace: Maple Heights, Ohio

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Chris Wedge is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Film Producer, Cartoonist, Animator

Age: 61

Birthplace: USA, Binghamton, New York

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Ammon Hennacy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni

Age: Dec. at 77 (1893-1970)

Birthplace: Negley, Ohio

Ammon Ashford Hennacy (July 24, 1893 – January 14, 1970) was an American Christian pacifist, anarchist, social activist, member of the Catholic Worker Movement, and Wobbly. He established the ...more
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Vince Edwards is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Ohio State University Alumni
Television director, Actor, Singer

Age: Dec. at 68 (1928-1996)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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