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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
Paul Leonard Newman was an American actor, film director, entrepreneur, professional racing driver, auto racing team owner, environmentalist, social activist and philanthropist. He won numerous ...more
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Krista Allen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Actor
Krista Allen is an American actress. She is best known for her work in the television series, Days of Our Lives, and Baywatch Hawaii, and in the Hollywood films Liar Liar, Confessions of a ...more
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Arsenio Hall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer
Arsenio Cheron Hall, Sr. is an American comedian and talk show host. He is best known for hosting The Arsenio Hall Show, a late-night talk show that ran from 1989 until 1994, and a revival of ...more
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Nancy Cartwright is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Comedian, Actor, Voice acting
Nancy Jean Cartwright is an American voice artist, film and television actress, and comedian. She is known for her long-running role as Bart Simpson on the animated television series The ...more
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Matt Lauer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Journalist, Newsreader, Actor
Matthew Todd Lauer (born December 30, 1957) is an American television news anchor. He was the co-host of NBC The Today show, with Savannah Guthrie. He was with NBC from 1997 to 2017 and a ...more
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Betty Thomas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Television director, Film Producer, Actor
Betty Thomas is an American actress, director of television, and motion pictures. She is known for her Emmy-award winning role as Lucy Bates on the television series Hill Street Blues.
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Joe Eszterhas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Journalist, Film Producer, Screenwriter
József A. "Joe" Eszterhas is a Hungarian-American writer, offspring of the aristocratic House of Esterházy. He has worked on 16 films that have grossed approximately one ...more
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Adam Russell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Baseball player
Adam William Russell is an American professional baseball pitcher who is currently a free agent. 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
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
Piper Lisa Perabo is an American stage, film and television actress. Since her breakthrough role in Coyote Ugly, she has appeared in films such as Lost and Delirious, Cheaper by the Dozen, ...more
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Michael Krasny is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Talk show host, Journalist, Writer
Michael J. Krasny is an American radio broadcaster, who is currently the host and senior editor of KQED-FM radio's award-winning Forum, a news and public affairs program covering politics, ...more
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Abyss is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Wrestler, Actor
Christopher "Chris" J. Parks, better known by his ring name "The Monster" Abyss, is an American professional wrestler signed with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Alongside ...more
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Renee Powell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Golfer, Athlete
Renee Powell is an American professional golfer who played on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour and is currently head professional at her family's Clearview Golf Club in East Canton, Ohio. She was the ...more
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George Voinovich is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer
George Victor Voinovich was a United States Senator from the state of Ohio from 1999 to 2011. Voinovich, a member of the Republican Party, previously served as the 65th Governor of Ohio from ...more
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Lee Rich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer
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
Richard Dean Anderson is an American television and film actor, television producer and composer. He began his television career in 1976 as Dr. Jeff Webber in the American soap opera series ...more
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Marie Tharp is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Geologist
Marie Tharp was an American geologist and oceanographic cartographer who, in partnership with Bruce Heezen, created the first scientific map of the entire ocean floor. Tharp's work revealed the ...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
Edward Leonard "Ed" O'Neill is an American actor. He is best known for his role as the main character, Al Bundy, on the Fox Network sitcom Married... with Children, for which he was ...more
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Dave Zastudil is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
American football player
David Michael Zastudil is an American football punter for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League He played college football at Ohio, and was drafted in the fourth round of the ...more
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William Sooy Smith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Civil engineer, Engineer
William Sooy Smith was a West Point graduate and career United States Army officer who rose through the ranks to become a major general in the Union Army during the American Civil War. In ...more
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Dick Feagler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Presenter
Richard "Dick" Feagler is a newspaper columnist, playwright and television personality from Cleveland, Ohio. After attending Ohio University he entered journalism in 1963, writing ...more
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Dwight Lauderdale is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Commentator, Journalist, Broadcaster
Dwight Lauderdale 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 running anchors.
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Wilson Shannon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Politician
Wilson Shannon 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 the state. Shannon was the second ...more
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Maureen F. McHugh is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer
Maureen F. McHugh 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
Jenny Holzer is an American conceptual artist. Holzer lives and works in Hoosick Falls, New York.