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Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni

Updated June 14, 2019 23.6k views861 items

List RulesPeople 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?”
  • Patricia A. Woertz1

    Patricia A. Woertz

    Certified Public Accountant, Businessperson


    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Patricia Ann Woertz, (born March 17, 1953), is a retired American businesswoman. She has...  more
  • Guion Bluford2

    Guion Bluford

    Pilot, Astronaut


    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    Guion Stewart Bluford Jr., Ph.D. (born November 22, 1942), (Col, USAF, Ret.), is an American...  more
  • Chip Kidd3

    Chip Kidd

    Editor, Musician


    BirthplaceReading, Pennsylvania

    Charles Kidd (born 1964) is an American graphic designer, best known for his book covers....  more
  • Jonathan Frakes4

    Jonathan Frakes

    Television director, Television producer


    BirthplaceBellefonte, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Jonathan Scott Frakes (born August 19, 1952) is an American actor and director. Frakes is best...  more

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  • John Amaechi5

    John Amaechi

    Basketball player, Athlete


    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts, United States of America

    John Uzoma Ekwugha Amaechi, OBE (; born 26 November 1970) is an English psychologist,...  more

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  • Pia Reyes6


    BirthplacePhilippines, Manila

    Pia Reyes (born July 3, 1964) is a Filipino American model and actress. She was the November...  more
  • Courtney Brown7

    Courtney Brown

    American football player


    BirthplaceCharleston, South Carolina

    Courtney Lanair Brown (born February 14, 1978) is a former American college and professional...  more
  • David Bohm8

    David Bohm

    Physicist, Scientist

    AgeDec. at 75 (1917-1992)

    BirthplaceWilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

    David Joseph Bohm (; December 20, 1917 – October 27, 1992) was an American scientist who has...  more
  • Bruce Davison9

    Bruce Davison

    Television director, Actor


    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Bruce Davison (born June 28, 1946) is an American actor and director of television, film, and...  more

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  • Diane Whipple10
    Diane Alexis Whipple (January 21, 1968 – January 26, 2001) was a lacrosse player and college...  more
  • Donald Bellisario11

    Donald Bellisario

    Television director, Television producer


    BirthplacePennsylvania, USA

    Donald Paul Bellisario (born August 8, 1935) is an American television producer and...  more
  • Ty Burrell12

    Ty Burrell

    Businessperson, Comedian


    BirthplaceGrants Pass, Oregon, United States of America

    Tyler Gerald Burrell (born August 22, 1967) is an American actor and comedian. He originally...  more
  • Lex Luger13

    Lex Luger

    Wrestler, American football player


    BirthplaceBuffalo, New York, United States of America

    Lawrence Wendell Pfohl (born June 2, 1958) better known by the ring name Lex Luger, is an...  more

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  • David Macklin14

    David Macklin

    American football player



    David Thurman Macklin (born July 14, 1978 in Newport News, Virginia) is a former American...  more
  • Richard Trumka15

    Richard Trumka



    BirthplaceNemacolin, Pennsylvania

    Richard Louis Trumka (born July 24, 1949) is an organized labor leader in the United States....  more
  • Rosey Grier16

    Rosey Grier

    Actor, Singer


    BirthplaceCuthbert, Georgia, United States of America

    Roosevelt Grier (born July 14, 1932) is an American actor, singer, Protestant minister, and...  more
  • Barbara Harbach17

    Barbara Harbach

    Professor, Harpsichordist
    Barbara Harbach is a composer, harpsichordist, organist and teacher. Since 2004, she has been...  more

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    #41 of 57 The Best Harpsichordists in the World#40 of 58 The Greatest Harpsichordists of All Time

  • Ben Cohen18

    Ben Cohen

    Businessperson, Entrepreneur


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Bennett Cohen (born March 18, 1951) is an American businessman, activist, and philanthropist....  more
  • Richard T. James19

    AgeDec. at 60 (1914-1974)

    Richard Thompson James (January 1, 1914 in Delaware, US – July 13, 1974 in Bolivia) was a...  more
  • Jerry Sandusky20

    Jerry Sandusky

    American Football coach, Coach


    BirthplaceWashington, Pennsylvania

    Gerald Arthur Sandusky (born January 26, 1944) is an American retired college football coach...  more

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  • 21


    BirthplaceDaytona Beach, Florida

    Roland Gerhard Fryer Jr. (born June 4, 1977) is an American economist. In 2007, at age 30, he...  more
  • Patrick Fabian22


    BirthplacePittsburgh, USA, Pennsylvania

    Patrick Fabian (born December 7, 1964) is an American actor of film, stage and television. He...  more
  • 23
    Robert E. Witt (born September 16, 1940) is an American businessman, and academic...  more
  • Immortal Technique24

    Immortal Technique

    Master of Ceremonies, Rapper


    BirthplaceLima, Peru

    Felipe Andres Coronel (born February 19, 1978), better known by the stage name Immortal...  more

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  • Scott Hazelcorn25
    Scott Hazelcorn ('Haze'), was born in Brooklyn, New York on Aug. 14, 1972, and was raised in...  more