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Famous Ohio University Alumni

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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?”
  • Paul Newman1

    Paul Newman

    Activist, Businessperson

    AgeDec. at 83 (1925-2008)

    BirthplaceShaker Heights, Ohio, United States of America

    Paul Leonard Newman (January 26, 1925 – September 26, 2008) was an American actor, film... more on Wikipedia

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  • Krista Allen2


    BirthplaceVentura, California, USA

    Krista Allen (born April 5, 1971) is an American model and actress. She is best known for... more on Wikipedia
  • Arsenio Hall3

    Arsenio Hall

    Comedian, Television producer


    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio, United States of America

    Arsenio Hall (born February 12, 1956) is an American comedian, talk show host, actor, writer... more on Wikipedia

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    #125 of 190 The Greatest Black Actors in Film History#75 of 131 The Most Annoying TV Hosts

  • Nancy Cartwright4

    Nancy Cartwright

    Comedian, Actor


    BirthplaceDayton, Ohio, United States of America

    Nancy Jean Cartwright (born October 25, 1957) is an American actress, voice actress, and... more on Wikipedia


    #17 of 126 The All-Time Best Voice Actors#3 of 17 18 Voice Actors Who Look Nothing Like Their Characters

  • Matt Lauer5

    Matt Lauer

    Journalist, Newsreader


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Matthew Todd Lauer (; born December 30, 1957) is an American former television news anchor. He... more on Wikipedia

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    #268 of 269 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World#46 of 48 The Best Today Show Hosts

  • Betty Thomas6

    Betty Thomas

    Television director, Film Producer


    BirthplaceUSA, St. Louis, Missouri

    Betty Thomas (born Betty Lucille Nienhauser, July 27, 1948) is an American actress, director,... more on Wikipedia

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    #436 of 743 The Greatest Directors In Movie History#63 of 131 The Greatest Female Film Directors

  • Joe Eszterhas7

    Joe Eszterhas

    Journalist, Film Producer


    BirthplaceCsákánydoroszló, Hungary

    Joe Eszterhas (; Hungarian: [ˈjoːʒɛf ˈɛstɛrhaːʃ]; born November 23, 1944) is a... more on Wikipedia
  • Adam Russell8

    Adam Russell

    Baseball player


    BirthplaceNorth Olmsted, Ohio

    Adam William Russell (born April 14, 1983) is an American former professional baseball... more on Wikipedia
  • 9

    Clemencia Rodriguez

    Professor, Researcher


    Clemencia Rodriguez is a Colombian US-based media and communication scholar recognized for her... more on Wikipedia
  • Piper Perabo10

    Piper Perabo

    Television producer, Film Producer


    BirthplaceDallas, Texas, United States of America

    Piper Lisa Perabo ( (listen); born October 31, 1976) is an American film and television... more on Wikipedia

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    #366 of 843 The Best Actresses in Film History#205 of 348 The Best American Actresses Working Today

  • Michael Krasny11

    Michael Krasny

    Talk show host, Journalist


    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio

    Michael Jay Krasny (born September 22, 1944) is an American radio host and professor who is... more on Wikipedia
  • Abyss12


    Wrestler, Actor


    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    Christopher Joseph Parks (born October 4, 1973) is an American professional wrestler, best... more on Wikipedia
  • Renee Powell13

    Renee Powell

    Golfer, Athlete



    Renee Powell (born May 4, 1946) is an American professional golfer who played on the US-based... more on Wikipedia
  • George Voinovich14

    George Voinovich

    Politician, Lawyer


    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio, United States of America

    George Victor Voinovich (July 15, 1936 – June 12, 2016) was an American politician from the... more on Wikipedia
  • Lee Rich15

    Lee Rich

    Television producer, Film Producer

    AgeDec. at 94 (1918-2012)

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio

    Lee Rich (December 19, 1918 – May 24, 2012) was an American film and television producer, who... more on Wikipedia
  • Richard Dean Anderson16

    Richard Dean Anderson

    Television producer, Film Producer


    BirthplaceMinneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

    Richard Dean Anderson (born January 23, 1950) is an American actor and producer. He began his... more on Wikipedia

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  • Marie Tharp17

    Marie Tharp


    AgeDec. at 86 (1920-2006)

    BirthplaceYpsilanti, Michigan

    Marie Tharp (July 30, 1920 – August 23, 2006) was an American geologist and oceanographic... more on Wikipedia
  • Ed O'Neill18

    Ed O'Neill

    Actor, American football player


    BirthplaceYoungstown, Ohio, United States of America

    Edward Leonard O'Neill (born April 12, 1946) is an American actor and comedian. His roles... more on Wikipedia

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    #23 of 461 The Best TV Actors of All Time#5 of 82 The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won An Emmy (For Acting)

  • Dave Zastudil19

    Dave Zastudil

    American football player


    BirthplaceBay Village, Ohio

    David Michael Zastudil (born October 26, 1978) is a former American football punter. He played... more on Wikipedia
  • William Sooy Smith20

    William Sooy Smith

    Civil engineer, Engineer

    AgeDec. at 86 (1830-1916)

    BirthplaceTarlton, Ohio

    William Sooy Smith (July 22, 1830 – March 4, 1916) was a West Point graduate and career civil... more on Wikipedia
  • 21

    Dick Feagler



    BirthplaceOhio, United States of America

    Richard Feagler (July 29, 1938 – July 1, 2018) was an American journalist, playwright and... more on Wikipedia
  • 22

    Dwight Lauderdale

    Commentator, Journalist


    BirthplaceColumbus, Ohio, United States of America

    Dwight Lauderdale (born in Columbus, Ohio) is a former TV news anchor. He was the first... more on Wikipedia
  • Wilson Shannon23

    Wilson Shannon


    AgeDec. at 75 (1802-1877)

    BirthplaceBelmont County, Ohio, United States of America, United States, with Territories

    Wilson Shannon (February 24, 1802 – August 30, 1877) was a Democratic politician from Ohio and... more on Wikipedia
  • Maureen F. McHugh24

    Maureen F. McHugh

    Novelist, Author


    BirthplaceLoveland, Ohio

    Maureen F. McHugh (born February 13, 1959) is a science fiction and fantasy writer.
  • Jenny Holzer25


    BirthplaceGallipolis, Gallipolis Township, Ohio, United States of America

    Jenny Holzer (born July 29, 1950) is an American neo-conceptual artist, based in Hoosick... more on Wikipedia