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Famous People who Majored in Anthropology

Updated June 8, 2017 13.8k views54 items

List of famous people who majored in anthropology, including photos when available. This list of famous anthropology majors is ordered loosely by relevance, meaning the most well-known people are at the top. This list includes popular actors, musicians, athletes and more that majored or minored in anthropology. You can find various bits of information below, such as what year the person was born and what their profession is. If you're looking for a particular celebrity who majored in anthropology you can use the "search" bar to find a specific name.

This list below has a variety of people in it, from Glenn Close to Giada De Laurentiis.

This list answers the questions, "Which celebrities were anthropology majors?" and "Which famous people studied anthropology?"
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  • Dax Randall Shepard (born January 2, 1975) is an American actor, writer, director and podcast host. He is best known for his work in the feature films Without a Paddle (2004), Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005), Employee of the Month (2006), Idiocracy (2006), Let's Go to Prison (2006), Hit and Run (2012), and CHiPs (2017), the last pair of which he also wrote and directed, and the MTV practical joke reality series Punk'd (2003). He portrayed Crosby Braverman in the NBC comedy-drama series Parenthood from 2010 to 2015. Since 2018, he has hosted the popular podcast Armchair Expert.... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 45
    • Birthplace: Milford, Michigan, United States of America

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  • Kurt Vonnegut is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People who Majored in Anthropology
    Photo: Jean-Christian Bourcart/ Getty Images Entertainment / Getty Images
    Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (; November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007) was an American writer. In a career spanning over 50 years, Vonnegut published fourteen novels, three short story collections, five plays, and five works of non-fiction, with further collections being published after his death. He is most famous for his darkly satirical, best-selling novel Slaughterhouse-Five (1969). Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Vonnegut attended Cornell University but dropped out in January 1943 and enlisted in the United States Army. As part of his training, he studied mechanical engineering at Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) and the University of Tennessee. He was then... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 85 (1922-2007)
    • Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

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  • Glenn Close is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People who Majored in Anthropology
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    Glenn Close (born March 19, 1947) is an American actress, singer, and producer. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including three Primetime Emmy Awards, three Tony Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards. A seven-time Academy Award nominee, she holds the record as the actress to have the most nominations without a win. In 2016, Close was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame, and in 2019, Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Close majored in theater and anthropology at the College of William & Mary. She began her professional career on stage in 1974 with Love for Love and was mostly a New York stage actress until the early 1980s. Her... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 73
    • Birthplace: Greenwich, Connecticut, United States of America

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  • Michael Savage is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People who Majored in Anthropology
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    Michael Alan Weiner (born March 31, 1942), better known by his professional name Michael Savage, is an American radio host, author, activist, nutritionist, and conservative political commentator. He is the host of The Savage Nation, a nationally syndicated talk show that aired on Talk Radio Network across the United States until 2012, and in 2009 was the second most listened-to radio talk show in the country with an audience of over 20 million listeners on 400 stations across the United States. Since October 23, 2012, Michael Savage has been syndicated by Cumulus Media Networks. He holds master's degrees from the University of Hawaii in medical botany and medical anthropology, and a Ph.D.... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 78

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