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Many of the most powerful people in the world went to prep school. The children of wealthy parents - often "old money" and prep school alumni themselves - are often given the best opportunities in life, starting with top drawer education. This list of celebrities who went to prep school includes many of the more privileged actors, musicians, athletes, and politicians in the public sphere. 

What imagery does the term "prep school" bring to mind? These famous prep school alumni are sure to have worn trad uniforms in their days - khaki, OCBDs, and penny loafers. Far from the preppy fashionistas that flood the Internet these days, these celebrities are the real deal, with authentic battle scars and stories to prove it. After graduation, many have gone on to study at prestigious universities and, well, become famous.

Often private, exclusive, and expensive, college preparatory schools are designed to ready students for university & adult life. Students are shaped into well-rounded adults through challenging academics, competitive team and solo sports, and enriching extracurriculars like clubs and musical pursuits. 

Christian Slater is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Christian Slater Dalton School

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Mindy Kaling is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Mindy Kaling Buckingham Browne & Nichols

James Cromwell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
James Cromwell The Hill School

Claire Danes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Claire Danes Dalton School, Lycée Français de Los Angeles

Clancy Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Clancy Brown St. Albans School

Whitney Cummings is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Whitney Cummings St. Andrew's Episcopal School

Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Marlon Brando Shattuck-St Mary's School

Jessica Biel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Jessica Biel Lycée Français de Los Angeles

Benicio del Toro is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Benicio del Toro Mercersburg Academy

Ana Gasteyer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Ana Gasteyer Sidwell Friends School

Chris Farley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Chris Farley La Lumiere School

Salma Hayek is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Salma Hayek Academy of the Sacred Heart

Topher Grace is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Topher Grace Brewster Academy, Fay School

Lana Del Rey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Lana Del Rey Kent School

Matthew Perry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Matthew Perry Ashbury College

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Lily Allen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Lily Allen Bedales School, Millfield

Gene Siskel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Gene Siskel Culver Military Academy

Leelee Sobieski is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Leelee Sobieski Lycée Français de Los Angeles

Jack Hanna is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Jack Hanna The Kiski School

Yeardley Smith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Yeardley Smith Maret School

Luke Wilson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Luke Wilson St. Mark's School of Texas

Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Jodie Foster Lycée Français de Los Angeles

Jack Kerouac is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Jack Kerouac Horace Mann School

Liv Tyler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Liv Tyler Waynflete School, York Preparatory School

Jim Rash is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Jim Rash Lawrenceville School

Jennifer Coolidge is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Jennifer Coolidge The Cambridge School of Weston

Paul Giamatti is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Paul Giamatti Choate Rosemary Hall, Foote School

Julianna Margulies is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Julianna Margulies High Mowing School

Paul Thomas Anderson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Paul Thomas Anderson Cushing Academy

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Edie Sedgwick is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Edie Sedgwick St. Timothy's School

Ethan Hawke is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Ethan Hawke Hun School of Princeton

Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Emma Watson Headington School Oxford

Bill Nye is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Bill Nye Sidwell Friends School

Bette Davis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Bette Davis Cushing Academy

Richard Ayoade is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Richard Ayoade St Joseph's College Ipswich

Dana Delany is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Dana Delany Phillips Academy Andover

James Spader is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
James Spader Phillips Academy Andover, Brooks School

Joely Richardson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Joely Richardson The Thacher School

James Van Der Beek is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
James Van Der Beek Cheshire Academy

Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Emma Thompson Sherborne School

Jennifer Grey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Jennifer Grey Dalton School

Chevy Chase is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Chevy Chase Dalton School

Will Arnett is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Will Arnett Lakefield College School

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Charlie Korsmo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Charlie Korsmo Breck School

Steve Lemme is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Steve Lemme Dalton School, Fountain Valley School of Colorado

Anderson Cooper is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Anderson Cooper Dalton School

Carol Grace is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Carol Grace Dalton School

Mary Stuart Masterson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Mary Stuart Masterson Dalton School

Wallace Shawn is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Wallace Shawn The Putney School

Eric Schlosser is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School
Eric Schlosser Dalton School