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List of famous alumni from Ohio University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Ohio University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Ohio University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Ohio 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 University.

A list made up of graduates like Paul Newman and Piper Perabo.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Ohio University?” and “Which celebrities are Ohio University alumni?”
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Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Activist, Businessperson, Entrepreneur

Age: Dec. at 83 (1925-2008)

Birthplace: Shaker Heights, Ohio, United States of America

Paul Leonard Newman (January 26, 1925 – September 26, 2008) was an American actor, film director, producer, race car driver, IndyCar owner, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He won and was ...more

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Krista Allen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Actor

Age: 47

Birthplace: Ventura, California, USA

Krista Allen (born April 5, 1971) is an American model and actress. She is best known for playing lead character Emmanuelle in the erotic movie series Emmanuelle in Space, her work in the ...more
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Arsenio Hall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 63

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America

Arsenio Hall (born February 12, 1956) is an American comedian, talk show host, actor, writer and producer. He is best known for hosting The Arsenio Hall Show, a late-night talk show that ran ...more

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Nancy Cartwright is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Nancy Cartwright Comedian, Actor, Voice acting

Age: 61

Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States of America

Nancy Jean Cartwright (born October 25, 1957) is an American actress, voice actress, and comedian, known for her long-running role as Bart Simpson on the animated television series The Simpsons. ...more

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Matt Lauer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Journalist, Newsreader, Actor

Age: 61

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

Matthew Todd Lauer (; born December 30, 1957) is an American former television news anchor. He was the co-host of NBC's Today show from 1997 to 2017, and a contributor for Dateline NBC. With ...more

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Betty Thomas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Television director, Film Producer, Actor

Age: 70

Birthplace: USA, St. Louis, Missouri

Betty Thomas (born Betty Lucille Nienhauser, July 27, 1948) is an American actress, director, and producer of television and motion pictures. She is known for her Emmy Award-winning role as ...more

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Joe Eszterhas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Journalist, Film Producer, Screenwriter

Age: 74

Birthplace: Csákánydoroszló, Hungary

Joe Eszterhas (; Hungarian: [ˈjoːʒɛf ˈɛstɛrhaːʃ]; born November 23, 1944) is a Hungarian-American writer. He wrote the screenplays for the films Flashdance, Jagged Edge, Basic Instinct and ...more
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Adam Russell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Baseball player

Age: 35

Birthplace: North Olmsted, Ohio

Adam William Russell (born April 14, 1983) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. In 2004, Russell was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the sixth round as the 179th overall
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Clemencia Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Professor, Researcher

Birthplace: Colombia

Clemencia Rodriguez is a Colombian US-based media and communication scholar recognized for her role in establishing and promoting the field of alternative media studies in English language media ...more
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Piper Perabo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Actor

Age: 42

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States of America

Piper Lisa Perabo ( (listen); born October 31, 1976) is an American film and television actress. Since her breakthrough role in Coyote Ugly (2000), her films have included Lost and Delirious ...more

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Michael Krasny is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Talk show host, Journalist, Writer

Age: 75

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio

Michael Jay Krasny (born September 22, 1944) is an American radio host and professor who is currently the host of Forum, a news and public affairs program on San Francisco public radio station ...more
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Abyss is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Wrestler, Actor

Age: 45

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Christopher Joseph Parks (born October 4, 1973) is an American professional wrestler, best known for his time with Impact Wrestling (originally Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling) under the ...more
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Renee Powell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Golfer, Athlete

Age: 72

Birthplace: Ohio

Renee Powell (born May 4, 1946) is an American professional golfer who played on the US-based LPGA Tour and is currently head professional at her family's Clearview Golf Club in East Canton, ...more
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George Voinovich is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: 82

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America

George Victor Voinovich (July 15, 1936 – June 12, 2016) was an American politician from the state of Ohio. A member of the Republican Party, Voinovich served as a United States Senator from 1999 ...more
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Lee Rich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer

Age: Dec. at 94 (1918-2012)

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio

Lee Rich (December 19, 1918 – May 24, 2012) was an American film and television producer, who won the 1973 Outstanding Drama Series Emmy award for The Waltons as the producer. He is also known ...more
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Richard Dean Anderson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Actor

Age: 69

Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

Richard Dean Anderson (born January 23, 1950) is an American actor and producer. He began his television career in 1976, playing Dr. Jeff Webber in the American soap-opera series General ...more

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Marie Tharp is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Geologist

Age: Dec. at 86 (1920-2006)

Birthplace: Ypsilanti, Michigan

Marie Tharp (July 30, 1920 – August 23, 2006) was an American geologist and oceanographic cartographer who, in partnership with Bruce Heezen, created the first scientific map of the Atlantic ...more
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Ed O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Actor, American football player, Teacher

Age: 72

Birthplace: Youngstown, Ohio, United States of America

Edward Leonard O'Neill (born April 12, 1946) is an American actor and comedian. His roles include Al Bundy on the Fox Network sitcom Married... with Children, for which he was nominated for two ...more

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Dave Zastudil is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
American football player

Age: 37

Birthplace: Bay Village, Ohio

David Michael Zastudil (born October 26, 1978) is a former American football punter. He played college football at Ohio, and was drafted in the fourth round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the ...more
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William Sooy Smith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Civil engineer, Engineer

Age: Dec. at 86 (1830-1916)

Birthplace: Tarlton, Ohio

William Sooy Smith (July 22, 1830 – March 4, 1916) was a West Point graduate and career civil engineer who became a brigadier general in the Union Army during the American Civil War. In civilian ...more
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Dick Feagler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Presenter

Age: 80

Birthplace: Ohio, United States of America

Richard Feagler (July 29, 1938 – July 1, 2018) was an American journalist, playwright and television personality from Cleveland, Ohio. After attending Ohio University, he entered journalism in ...more
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Dwight Lauderdale is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Commentator, Journalist, Broadcaster

Age: 67

Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States of America

Dwight Lauderdale (born in Columbus, Ohio) is a former TV news anchor. He was the first African American news anchor in South Florida and became one of the state's most watched and longest ...more
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Wilson Shannon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Politician

Age: Dec. at 75 (1802-1877)

Birthplace: Belmont County, Ohio, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more

Wilson Shannon (February 24, 1802 – August 30, 1877) was a Democratic politician from Ohio and Kansas. He served as the 14th and 16th Governor of Ohio, and was the first governor of Ohio born in ...more
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Maureen F. McHugh is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Maureen F. McHugh Novelist, Author, Writer

Age: 60

Birthplace: Loveland, Ohio

Maureen F. McHugh (born February 13, 1959) is a science fiction and fantasy writer.
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Jenny Holzer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Artist

Age: 68

Birthplace: Gallipolis, Gallipolis Township, Ohio, United States of America

Jenny Holzer (born July 29, 1950) is an American neo-conceptual artist, based in Hoosick Falls, New York. The main focus of her work is the delivery of words and ideas in public spaces.Holzer ...more