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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Phillips Academy and be of some renown.

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

This list features graduates like Olivia Wilde and George W. Bush.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Phillips Academy?” and “Which celebrities are Phillips Academy alumni?”

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George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Pilot, Public speaker, Businessperson George Walker Bush is an American politician and businessman who served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009, and the 46th Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000. The eldest ...more

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Olivia Wilde is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Film Producer, Model, Actor Olivia Wilde is an American actress, producer, and model. She has appeared in several television series including The O.C., The Black Donnellys and House. She has appeared in the films Alpha ...more

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Dick Wolf is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Film Producer Richard Anthony "Dick" Wolf is an American television producer, specializing in crime dramas such as Miami Vice and the Law & Order franchise. He has won several awards including ...more

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John F. Kennedy, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Pilot, Businessperson, Journalist John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr., often referred to as JFK Jr. or John-John in the press, was an American lawyer, journalist, and magazine publisher. He was the only surviving son of U.S. President ...more

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George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Businessperson, Politician, Soldier George Herbert Walker Bush is a retired American politician who served as the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993. A Republican, he had previously served as the 43rd Vice ...more

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Jack Lemmon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Musician, Actor John Uhler "Jack" Lemmon III was an American actor and musician. Lemmon was an eight time Academy Award nominee, with two wins. He starred in over 60 films, such as Some Like It Hot, ...more

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Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Actor Humphrey DeForest Bogart was an American screen actor whose performances in such iconic 1940s films noir as The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, and The Big Sleep, earned him the legacy of cultural ...more

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Samuel Morse is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Painter, Inventor, Artist Samuel Finley Breese Morse was an American painter and inventor. After having established his reputation as a portrait painter, in his middle age Morse contributed to the invention of a ...more

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Nathan Ames is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Inventor Nathan Ames was a patent solicitor who held the first patent in the United States for an escalator-like machine. The patent was granted on August 9, 1859 for an invention he called ...more

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Francis Robbins Upton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Mathematician, Physicist, Inventor Francis Robbins Upton was an American physicist and mathematician.

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Willow Bay is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Journalist, Presenter Willow Bay is an American television correspondent, editor, author, and former model. She is currently director of the USC Annenberg School of Journalism and was previously senior editor for the ...more

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William Sloane Coffin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Chaplain William Sloane Coffin, Jr. was an American Christian clergyman and long-time peace activist. He was ordained in the Presbyterian church and later received ministerial standing in the United ...more

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Dana Delany is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting Dana Welles Delany is an American film, stage, and television actress, producer, presenter, and health activist. Delany has been active in show business since the late 1970s. Following small ...more

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James Spader is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Actor, Voice acting James Todd Spader is an American actor. He is best known for portraying eccentric characters in such films as the action science fiction film Stargate, the controversial psychological thriller ...more

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Frederick Law Olmsted is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Journalist, Designer, Architect Frederick Law Olmsted was an American landscape architect, journalist, social critic, and public administrator. He is popularly considered to be the father of American landscape architecture, ...more

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Walker Evans is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Journalist, Artist, Photographer Walker Evans was an American photographer best known for his work for the Farm Security Administration documenting the effects of the Great Depression. Much of Evans's work from the FSA period ...more

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Daniel Pinkham is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Composer, Organist Daniel Rogers Pinkham, Jr. was an American composer, organist, and harpsichordist.

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Henry L. Stimson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Diplomat, Lawyer Henry Lewis Stimson was an American statesman, lawyer and Republican Party politician and spokesman on foreign policy. He served as Secretary of War under Republican William Howard Taft, and as ...more

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William Cogswell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
William Cogswell was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts and a colonel in the Union Army during the American Civil War who was awarded the honorary grade of brevet brigadier general, U.S. ...more

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Seth Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Professor, Mechanical engineer, Engineer Seth Lloyd is a professor of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He refers to himself as a "quantum mechanic". His research area is the interplay of ...more

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Patrick J. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Politician Patrick Joseph Kennedy II is an American politician. He is the former U.S. Representative for Rhode Island's 1st congressional district, serving from 1995 until 2011. He is a member of the ...more

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John S.C. Knowlton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
John Stocker Coffin Knowlton was an American newspaper editor, publisher and politician who served in both branches of the Massachusetts legislature, as the Mayor of Worcester, Massachusetts, ...more

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Isaac N. Carleton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Isaac N. Carleton was an educator. He taught at Phillips Academy and was the principal of State Normal School in New Britain, Connecticut for twelve years. He was the founder of Carleton School ...more

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Christian Clemenson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Actor Christian Clemenson is an American film and television actor. He is well known for his portrayal of Jerry "Hands" Espenson in the television series Boston Legal, for which he won the ...more

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Moses T. Stevens is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Moses Tyler Stevens was an American textile manufacturer and a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.

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George Perkins Marsh is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
George Perkins Marsh, an American diplomat and philologist, is considered by some to be America's first environmentalist and the precursor to the sustainability concept, although ...more

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Theodore J. Forstmann is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Businessperson, Lawyer Theodore Joseph "Ted" Forstmann was one of the founding partners of Forstmann Little & Company, a private equity firm, and chairman and CEO of IMG, a global sports and media ...more

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Daniel W. Gooch is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Daniel Wheelwright Gooch was a United States Representative from Massachusetts. Gooch, the son of John and Olive Gooch, was born in Wells, Maine on January 8, 1820. He attended the public ...more

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Britton Keeshan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Britton Keeshan MD, MPH is one of the youngest persons to climb the tallest mountains on all seven continents in a feat known as the Seven Summits. He accomplished this feat on May 24, 2004, ...more

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Clay Johnson III is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Clay Johnson III was the Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget at the White House starting in 2003.

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Charles West Kendall is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Librarian, Miner, Politician Charles West Kendall was an American politician, lawyer, librarian, editor, proprietor and miner in California, Nevada and Colorado. Born in Searsmont, Maine, Kendall attended Phillips Academy ...more

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Ming Tsai is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Restaurateur, Author, Presenter Ming Tsai is an American restaurateur, television personality, and celebrity chef of fusion cuisine. Tsai currently hosts Ming's Quest, a cooking show featured on the Fine Living Network, and ...more

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Jeb Bush is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Politician, Real estate development, Banker John Ellis "Jeb" Bush is an American politician. He served as the 43rd Governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007. He is the second son of former President George H. W. Bush and former ...more

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Bill Belichick is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
American Football coach, American football player William Stephen "Bill" Belichick is an American football head coach for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He also has extensive authority over the Patriots' ...more

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Lyman Spitzer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Astronomer Lyman Strong Spitzer, Jr. was an American theoretical physicist, astronomer and mountaineer. As a scientist, he carried out research into star formation, plasma physics, and in 1946, conceived ...more

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Marvin Minsky is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Professor, Computer scientist, Scientist Marvin Lee Minsky is an American cognitive scientist in the field of artificial intelligence, co-founder of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's AI laboratory, and author of several texts ...more

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A. Bartlett Giamatti is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Commissioner of Baseball, Author, Teacher Angelo Bartlett "Bart" Giamatti was the president of Yale University and later the seventh Commissioner of Major League Baseball. Giamatti negotiated the agreement terminating the Pete ...more

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Barry McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Professor Barry Richard McCaffrey is a retired United States Army general, news commentator and business consultant. He received three Purple Heart medals for injuries sustained during his service in ...more

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Gordon Lish is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Editor, Journalist, Novelist Gordon Jay Lish is an American writer. As a literary editor, he championed many American authors, particularly Raymond Carver, Barry Hannah, Amy Hempel, Rick Bass, and Richard Ford. He is the ...more

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Peter Sellars is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Television director, Theatre Director, Opera Director Peter Sellars is an American theatre director, noted for his unique contemporary stagings of classical and contemporary operas and plays. Sellars is professor of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA, ...more

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Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Novelist, Author, Physician Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. was an American physician, poet, professor, lecturer, and author based in Boston. A member of the Fireside Poets, his peers acclaimed him as one of the best writers of ...more

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Duncan Sheik is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik is an American singer-songwriter and composer. Initially finding success as a singer, most notably for his 1996 debut single "Barely Breathing", he later expanded to ...more

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Carleton S. Coon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Anthropologist Carleton Stevens Coon was an American physical anthropologist, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, lecturer and professor at Harvard, and president of the American ...more

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Charles Greeley Abbot is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Astrophysicist, Astronomer Charles Greeley Abbot was an American astrophysicist and the fifth secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, serving from 1928 until 1944. Abbot went from being director of the Smithsonian ...more

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Cory Schneider is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Ice Hockey Player Cory Franklin Schneider is an American-Swiss professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the New Jersey Devils in the National Hockey League. Schneider was selected in the first ...more

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Teddy Dunn is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Actor Edward Wilkes "Teddy" Dunn is an Australian-born American actor known for his portrayal of Duncan Kane in the Rob Thomas television series Veronica Mars.

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L. Paul Bremer is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Diplomat Lewis Paul Bremer III is an American diplomat. He is most notable for leading the occupational authority of Iraq following the 2003 invasion by the United States. He served in this capacity from ...more

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Matt Salinger is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Film Producer, Actor Matthew Robert "Matt" Salinger is an American actor. He is the son of author J. D. Salinger and psychologist Claire Douglas.

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Zak DeOssie is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
American football player Zackary Robert "Zak" DeOssie is an American football linebacker and long snapper for the New York Giants of the National Football League. He played college football for Brown ...more

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Othniel Charles Marsh is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Othniel Charles Marsh was an American paleontologist. Marsh was one of the preeminent scientists in the field; the discovery or description of dozens of new species and theories on the origins ...more