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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Pasadena City College and be of some renown.

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

A factual list, featuring graduates like Jackie Robinson and David Lee Roth.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Pasadena City College?” and “Which celebrities are Pasadena City College alumni?”

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Nick Nolte is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
Nick Nolte Comedian, Model, Actor Nicholas King "Nick" Nolte is an American actor. Nolte has appeared in films such as The Deep, 48 Hrs., Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Another 48 Hrs., Everybody Wins, The Prince of ...more

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Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
Jackie Robinson Baseball player, Athlete Jack Roosevelt "Jackie" Robinson was an American baseball player who became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era. Robinson broke the baseball ...more

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David Lee Roth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
David Lee Roth Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter David Lee Roth is an American rock vocalist, songwriter, actor, author, and former radio personality. In 2007, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Roth is best known as the ...more

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William Holden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
William Holden Conservationist, Actor William Holden was an American actor, who was one of the biggest box office draws of the 1950s. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1953 for his role in Stalag 17, and a Primetime Emmy ...more

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Steven Adler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
Steven Adler Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Musician Steven Adler is an American musician. He is best known as the former drummer and co-songwriter of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s. ...more

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Dennis Cooper is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
Dennis Cooper Editor, Poet, Novelist Dennis Cooper is an American novelist, poet, critic, editor and performance artist.

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Jack Larson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
Jack Larson Librettist, Film Producer, Screenwriter Jack Edward Larson is an American actor, librettist, screenwriter and producer. He is best known for his portrayal of photographer/cub reporter Jimmy Olsen on the TV series Adventures of

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Michael Dorn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
Michael Dorn Spokesperson, Television director, Actor Michael Dorn is an American actor and voice artist who is best known for his role as the Klingon Worf in the Star Trek franchise. From his first appearance in Star Trek: The Next Generation ...more

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Daryl Gates is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
Daryl Gates Police officer, Sailor Daryl Gates was the Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department from 1978 to 1992. His length of tenure was second only to that of William H. Parker. As chief of police, he took a hardline, ...more

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George Reeves is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
George Reeves Actor George Reeves was an American actor known for his role as Superman in the 1950s television program Adventures of Superman. His death at age 45 from a gunshot remains a polarizing topic; the ...more

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John Singleton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
John Singleton Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter John Daniel Singleton is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer best known for directing Boyz n the Hood in 1991. For the film, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best ...more

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Bob Mackie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
Bob Mackie Fashion designer, Costume Designer Robert Gordon "Bob" Mackie is an American fashion designer, best known for his dressing of entertainment icons such as Carol Burnett, Cher, RuPaul, Barbara Eden, Bette Midler, Diana ...more

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Whitney Blake is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
Whitney Blake Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor Whitney Blake was an American film and television actress, director and producer. She is known for her four seasons as Dorothy Baxter, the mother, on the NBC early 1960s sitcom Hazel, and as ...more

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Clive Cussler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
Clive Cussler Novelist, Maritime Archaeologist, Author Clive Eric Cussler is an American adventure novelist and marine archaeologist. His thriller novels, many featuring the character Dirk Pitt, have reached The New York Times fiction best-seller ...more

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Robert Bruce Merrifield is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
Robert Bruce Merrifield Chemist Robert Bruce Merrifield was an American biochemist who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1984 for the invention of solid phase peptide synthesis.

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Jaime Escalante is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
Jaime Escalante Teacher Jaime Alfonso Escalante Gutierrez was a Bolivian educator known for teaching students calculus from 1974 to 1991 at Garfield High School, East Los Angeles, California. Escalante was the subject ...more

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Kenny Loggins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
Kenny Loggins Record producer, Songwriter, Musician Kenneth Clark "Kenny" Loggins is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is known for soft rock music beginning in the 1970s, and later for writing and performing for movie ...more

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Armie Hammer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
Armie Hammer Actor Armie Hammer is an actor.

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Michael Anthony is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
Michael Anthony Bassist Michael Anthony Sobolewski, known professionally as Michael Anthony, is an American musician who is currently the bass player in the rock supergroup Chickenfoot. Anthony is best known as the ...more

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Dennis Muren is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
Dennis Muren Special Effects Artist, Actor, Film Director Dennis Muren, ASC is an American film special effects artist, most notable for his work on the films of Steven Spielberg, James Cameron and George Lucas. He has won nine Oscars for Best Visual ...more

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Jerome Harrison is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
Jerome Harrison American football player Jerome Harrison is a former American football running back who played six seasons in the National Football League. He played college football for Washington State University, and was recognized ...more

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Michael Cooper is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
Michael Cooper Basketball Coach, Basketball player Michael Jerome Cooper is an American basketball coach, currently serving as head coach of the Atlanta Dream of the WNBA, and retired professional player. Prior to joining Atlanta, he coached the ...more

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Judi Evans is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
Judi Evans Actor Judi Evans is an American Emmy Award–winning actress,. She played Beth Raines on the CBS series Guiding Light from, but is best known for playing Adrienne Johnson Kiriakis a role she originated ...more

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William D. McElroy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
William D. McElroy Chemist William David McElroy was an American biochemist and academic administrator.

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Octavia E. Butler is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
Octavia E. Butler Novelist, Author, Writer Octavia Estelle Butler was an American science fiction writer. A multiple-recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula awards, Butler was one of the best-known women in the field. In 1995, she became ...more

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Tim Brewster is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
Tim Brewster American Football coach, Coach, American football player Tim Brewster is an American football player and coach. He most recently served as the head coach of the University of Minnesota from 2007 until he was fired midway through the Golden Gophers' ...more

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Vic Carroll is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
Vic Carroll American football player Victor Eugene Carroll was an American football offensive lineman in the National Football League for the Boston/Washington Redskins and the New York Giants. He played college football at the ...more

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Martin Imhof is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
Martin Imhof American football player Martin Carl Imhof is a former American football defensive end for the National Football League for the St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Redskins, New England Patriots, and Denver Broncos. He ...more

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Wolfgang Reitherman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
Wolfgang Reitherman Television director, Film Producer, Animator Wolfgang Reitherman, also known and sometimes credited as Woolie Reitherman, was a Disney animator and one of Disney's Nine Old Men.

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Sirhan Sirhan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
Sirhan Sirhan Groom Sirhan Bishara Sirhan is a Palestinian of Jordanian citizenship who was convicted of the 1968 assassination of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy. He is currently serving a life sentence at the ...more

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Verne Winchell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
Verne Winchell Businessperson Verne Hedges Winchell was the founder of Winchell's Donuts.

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Lamont Johnson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
Lamont Johnson Television director, Actor, Film Director Lamont Johnson was an American actor and film director who has appeared in and directed many television shows and movies. He won two Emmy Awards.

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Yura Movsisyan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
Yura Movsisyan Footballer Yura Movsisyan is an Armenian football player who currently plays forward for the Armenian national team and for Spartak Moscow in the Russian Premier League.

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Rodney Walker is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
Rodney Walker Architect Rodney Walker was a midcentury modern designer and builder who specialized in residential architecture in the Southern California area. He contributed three designs to Arts & Architecture ...more

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Larry Shinoda is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
Larry Shinoda Lawrence Kiyoshi Shinoda was a noted American automotive designer who was best known for his work on the Chevrolet Corvette and Ford Mustang. Shinoda was born in Los Angeles, California, and ...more

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Jerry Tarkanian is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
Jerry Tarkanian Basketball Coach, Coach Jerry Esther Tarkanian was an American basketball coach. He coached college basketball for 31 seasons over five decades at three schools. He spent the majority of his career coaching with the ...more

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Lee Ji-ah is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
Lee Ji-ah Actor Lee Ji-ah is an actress.

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Arthur Duncan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
Arthur Duncan Actor, Entertainer, Dancer Arthur Duncan is a tap dancer, known for his stint as a performer on The Lawrence Welk Show from 1964 to 1982, which made him the first African-American regular on a variety television program. ...more

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Judy Niemack is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
Judy Niemack Judy Niemack is an American jazz vocalist.

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Stan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
Stan Atkinson Stan Atkinson was a television news reporter and anchor for over 45 years, mostly in the Sacramento area, including many years as principal news anchor for KCRA, Channel 3, in Sacramento. and ...more

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Antonia Darder is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
Antonia Darder Antonia Darder is a scholar, artist, poet, activist, and public intellectual. Darder holds the Leavey Presidential Endowed Chair in Ethics and Moral Leadership in the School of Education at ...more

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Joan Jensen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
Joan Jensen Historian Joan M. Jensen is an American historian.

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Ken Shutt is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
Ken Shutt Ken Shutt was an American sculptor and watercolorist who was born in Long Beach, California. He graduated from Pasadena City College, the Art Center College of Design and the Chouinard Art ...more

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Nate Montana is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
Nate Montana American football player Nathaniel Joseph "Nate" Montana is an American football quarterback who is currently a free agent. After walking-on at Notre Dame as a freshman in 2008, he transferred to Pasadena City ...more

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Kemper Nomland is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Pasadena City College Alumni
Kemper Nomland Architect Kemper Nomland Jr. was a modernist architect in Los Angeles, California and part of a father-son architectural team with his father Kemper Nomland. He was also a painter and printer of poetry ...more