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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Pennsylvania State University and be of some renown.

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

Examples of graduates on this list: Rick Santorum, Franco Harris and more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Pennsylvania State University?” and “Which celebrities are Pennsylvania State University alumni?”
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Patricia A. Woertz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Certified Public Accountant, Businessperson

Age: 65

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Patricia Ann Woertz, (born March 17, 1953), is a retired American businesswoman. She has formerly served as the President and CEO of Archer Daniels Midland. She was previously Executive Vice ...more
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Guion Bluford is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Pilot, Astronaut

Age: 76

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Guion Stewart Bluford Jr., Ph.D. (born November 22, 1942), (Col, USAF, Ret.), is an American aerospace engineer, retired U.S. Air Force officer and fighter pilot, and former NASA astronaut, who ...more
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Chip Kidd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Editor, Musician, Author

Age: 54

Birthplace: Reading, Pennsylvania

Charles Kidd (born 1964) is an American graphic designer, best known for his book covers. Based in New York city, Kidd has become one of the most famous book cover designers to date.
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Jonathan Frakes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Author

Age: 66

Birthplace: Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Jonathan Scott Frakes (born August 19, 1952) is an American actor and director. Frakes is best known for his portrayal of Commander William T. Riker in the television series Star Trek: The Next ...more

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John Amaechi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Basketball player, Athlete

Age: 48

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

John Uzoma Ekwugha Amaechi, OBE (; born 26 November 1970) is an English psychologist, consultant and former professional basketball player. He played college basketball at Vanderbilt and Penn ...more

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Pia Reyes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Actor

Age: 54

Birthplace: Philippines, Manila

Pia Reyes (born July 3, 1964) is a Filipino American model and actress. She was the November 1988 Playboy Playmate of the Month, and appeared in the 1993 cult horror film Return of the Living ...more
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Courtney Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 41

Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina

Courtney Lanair Brown (born February 14, 1978) is a former American college and professional football player who was a defensive end in the National Football League (NFL) for seven seasons. He ...more
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David Bohm is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Physicist, Scientist, Philosopher

Age: Dec. at 75 (1917-1992)

Birthplace: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

David Joseph Bohm (; December 20, 1917 – October 27, 1992) was an American scientist who has been described as one of the most significant theoretical physicists of the 20th century and who ...more
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Bruce Davison is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Television director, Actor, Film Director

Age: 72

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Bruce Davison (born June 28, 1946) is an American actor and director of television, film, and theater. Davison is well known for his starring role as Willard Stiles in the cult horror films ...more

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Diane Whipple is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni

Age: Dec. at 33 (1968-2001)

Birthplace: Princeton, New Jersey

Diane Alexis Whipple (January 21, 1968 – January 26, 2001) was a lacrosse player and college coach. She was killed in a dog attack in San Francisco on January 26, 2001. The dogs involved were ...more
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Donald Bellisario is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Screenwriter

Age: 83

Birthplace: Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area, Contiguous United States, United States of America, + more

Donald Paul Bellisario (born August 8, 1935) is an American television producer and screenwriter who created and sometimes wrote episodes for the TV series Magnum, P.I. (1980), Tales of the Gold ...more
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Ty Burrell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Businessperson, Comedian, Actor

Age: 51

Birthplace: Grants Pass, Oregon, United States of America

Tyler Gerald Burrell (born August 22, 1967) is an American actor and comedian. He originally rose to prominence in several roles on Broadway including Macbeth, and the off-Broadway plays ...more

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Lex Luger is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Wrestler, American football player

Age: 60

Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States of America

Lawrence Wendell Pfohl (born June 2, 1958) better known by the ring name Lex Luger, is an American retired professional wrestler, television producer and football player currently working with ...more

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David Macklin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 37

Birthplace: Virginia

David Thurman Macklin (born July 14, 1978 in Newport News, Virginia) is a former American football cornerback. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the third round of the 2000 NFL Draft. ...more
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Richard Trumka is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Politician

Age: 69

Birthplace: Nemacolin, Pennsylvania

Richard Louis Trumka (born July 24, 1949) is an organized labor leader in the United States. He was elected president of the AFL-CIO on September 16, 2009, at the federation's convention in ...more
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Rosey Grier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Actor, Singer, Minister of religion

Age: 83

Birthplace: Cuthbert, Georgia, United States of America

Roosevelt Grier (born July 14, 1932) is an American actor, singer, Protestant minister, and former professional football player. He was a notable college football player for The Pennsylvania ...more
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Barbara Harbach is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Professor, Harpsichordist, Composer
Barbara Harbach is a composer, harpsichordist, organist and teacher. Since 2004, she has been Professor of Music at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She founded Women in the Arts-St. Louis ...more
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Ben Cohen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur

Age: 67

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

Bennett Cohen (born March 18, 1951) is an American businessman, activist, and philanthropist. He is a co-founder of the ice cream company Ben & Jerry's.
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Richard T. James is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Inventor

Age: Dec. at 60 (1914-1974)

Richard Thompson James (January 1, 1914 in Delaware, US – July 13, 1974 in Bolivia) was a naval engineer, best known for inventing the Slinky spring toy with his wife Betty James in Clifton ...more
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Jerry Sandusky is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
American Football coach, Coach

Age: 75

Birthplace: Washington, Pennsylvania

Gerald Arthur Sandusky (born January 26, 1944) is an American retired college football coach who was convicted of rape and child sexual abuse. Sandusky served as an assistant coach for his ...more

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Roland G. Fryer, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Economist

Age: 41

Birthplace: Daytona Beach, Florida

Roland Gerhard Fryer Jr. (born June 4, 1977) is an American economist. In 2007, at age 30, he became the youngest African-American to ever receive tenure at Harvard.. In 2019, Fryer was ...more
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Patrick Fabian is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Actor

Age: 54

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, USA, Pennsylvania

Patrick Fabian (born December 7, 1964) is an American actor of film, stage and television. He is best known for his role on Better Call Saul as Howard Hamlin, the lawyer who, while cocky and ...more
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Robert Witt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni

Age: 78

Robert E. Witt (born September 16, 1940) is an American businessman, and academic administrator. He is the current Chancellor of the University of Alabama System, concurrently serving as the ...more
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Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Master of Ceremonies, Rapper, Social activist

Age: 41

Birthplace: Lima, Peru

Felipe Andres Coronel (born February 19, 1978), better known by the stage name Immortal Technique, is a Peruvian American hip hop recording artist and activist. Most of his lyrics focus on ...more

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Scott Hazelcorn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni

Age: Dec. at 29 (1972-2001)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Scott Hazelcorn ('Haze'), was born in Brooklyn, New York on Aug. 14, 1972, and was raised in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. After graduating from Penn State University in 1994, Scott joined ...more