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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
Paul Newman 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
Krista Allen 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
Arsenio Hall 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
Nancy Cartwright 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
Matt Lauer 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
Betty Thomas 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
Joe Eszterhas 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
Adam Russell 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
Clemencia Rodriguez 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
Piper Perabo 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
Michael Krasny 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
Abyss 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
Renee Powell 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
George Voinovich 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
Lee Rich 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
Richard Dean Anderson 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
Marie Tharp 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
Ed O'Neill 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
Dave Zastudil 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
William Sooy Smith 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
Dick Feagler 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
Dwight Lauderdale 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
Wilson Shannon 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
Maureen F. McHugh 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
Jenny Holzer Artist Jenny Holzer is an American conceptual artist. Holzer lives and works in Hoosick Falls, New York.

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Chuck Cooper is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Chuck Cooper Actor Chuck Cooper is an American actor. Cooper made his Broadway debut in 1983 in the musical Amen Corner, playing the role of "Brother Boxer". He was an understudy in the original Broadway ...more

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Bob Huggins is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Bob Huggins Basketball Coach, Coach Robert Edward "Bob" Huggins, nicknamed "Huggy Bear", is the head coach of the West Virginia Mountaineers men's basketball team. Huggins previously held the head coaching ...more

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William O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
William O'Neill Politician William "Bill" Michael O'Neill is an American lawyer, judge and political figure. He was elected to the Ohio Supreme Court in 2012, for a term beginning January 2013. He served as an ...more

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Mike Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Mike Schmidt Manager, Baseball player Michael Jack Schmidt is an American baseball third baseman who played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies. Schmidt was a twelve-time All-Star and a three-time ...more

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Gary Trent is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Gary Trent Basketball player Gary Dajaun Trent is an American retired professional basketball player. Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Trent played his high school basketball at Hamilton Township High School. His senior ...more

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Peter King is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Peter King Sports journalism, Journalist, Television producer Peter King is a television producer.

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Martin Savidge is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Martin Savidge Journalist Martin Savidge is an Edward R. Murrow and local Emmy Award-winning American television news correspondent. Savidge worked for NBC News and was a special correspondent and former anchor for ...more

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Clarence Page is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Clarence Page Journalist, Writer Clarence Page is an American journalist, syndicated columnist, and senior member of The Chicago Tribune editorial board.

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Thomas Ewing is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Thomas Ewing Politician, Lawyer Thomas Ewing, Sr. was a National Republican and Whig politician from Ohio. He served in the U.S. Senate as well as serving as the Secretary of the Treasury and the first Secretary of the ...more

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Erma Bombeck is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Erma Bombeck Journalist, Author, Writer Erma Louise Bombeck was an American humorist who achieved great popularity for her newspaper column that described suburban home life from the mid-1960s until the late 1990s. Bombeck also ...more

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Brandon Hunter is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Brandon Hunter Basketball player Brandon Hunter is an American professional basketball player who last played for Club Atlético Aguada in Uruguay. Most of his career he has been a journeyman player.

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Vanessa Bell Calloway is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Vanessa Bell Calloway Television producer, Actor, Dancer Vanessa Bell Calloway is an American actress who has appeared in a number of films, including Biker Boyz, Love Don't Cost a Thing, What's Love Got to Do with It, Coming to America, and Cheaper ...more

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Jim Dine is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Jim Dine Artist Jim Dine is an American pop artist. He is sometimes considered to be a part of the Neo-Dada movement.

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Walter Tevis is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Walter Tevis Novelist, Writer Walter Stone Tevis was an American novelist and short story writer. Three of his six novels were adapted into major films: The Hustler, The Color of Money and The Man Who Fell to Earth. His ...more

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Samuel Bigger is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Samuel Bigger Lawyer Samuel Bigger was the seventh Governor of the U.S. state of Indiana from December 9, 1840 to December 6, 1843. Bigger was nominated to run for governor because he had no connection to the failed ...more

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Edward James Roye is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Edward James Roye Politician Edward James Roye served as the fifth President of Liberia from 1870 to his overthrow in 1871 and subsequent violent death. He had previously served as the 4th Chief Justice of Liberia from 1865 ...more

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Edward Lachman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Edward Lachman Cinematographer, Film Director, Photographer Edward Lachman, A.S.C. is an American cinematographer. Lachman is mostly associated with the American independent film movement, and has served as director of photography on films by Todd Haynes ...more

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Robert Arter is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Robert Arter Robert Arter is a retired United States Army Lieutenant General and former commanding general of the Sixth United States Army. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry from Ohio ...more

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Thom Brennaman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Thom Brennaman Announcer, Sports commentator Thomas Wade "Thom" Brennaman is an American sportscaster and the son of current Cincinnati Reds radio sportscaster Marty Brennaman.

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Robert D. Walter is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Robert D. Walter Businessperson Robert D. Walter is an American businessman. In 1971 he purchased Cardinal Foods, a small Ohio food wholesaler, in a leveraged buyout. Cardinal Health is now an $87 billion USD Fortune 100 ...more

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Matthew Rubel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Matthew Rubel Matthew E. Rubel is an American entrepreneur and investor and is now Senior Advisor at TPG Capital. Formerly he was Chairman, CEO and President of Collective Brands, Inc. Collective Brands was ...more

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Leon Harris is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Leon Harris Journalist, TV Journalist Leon Harris is an American journalist and newscaster. Harris was born to Leon Sr. and Lorrene Harris in Akron, Ohio. He has three brothers: Marcus, Jerry, and J.J., who still reside in Akron; ...more

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Pete Abele is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Pete Abele Judge, Politician Homer E. "Pete" Abele was an American politician of the Ohio Republican party. Abele graduated from Wellston High School in his birthplace of Wellston, Ohio in 1934. From 1935 to 1936, ...more

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Mary Murphy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Mary Murphy Choreographer, Actor Mary Ann Murphy is a ballroom dance champion, accredited dance judge, and a judge and choreographer on the Fox dance competition-reality show So You Think You Can Dance.

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Roderick J. McDavis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Ohio University Alumni
Roderick J. McDavis Roderick J. McDavis, Ph.D., is the 20th and current President of Ohio University, located in Athens, Ohio. Dr. McDavis has more than 35 years of service in higher education, including roles as ...more