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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

Age: 72

Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

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Olivia Wilde is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Film Producer, Model, Actor

Age: 34

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

Olivia Wilde (born March 10, 1984), is an American actress, producer, director, and activist. She is known for her role as Remy "Thirteen" Hadley on the medical-drama television series ...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

Age: 72

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

Richard Anthony Wolf (born December 20, 1946) is an American television producer, best known as the creator and executive producer of the Law & Order franchise, which since 1990 has included ...more

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John F. Kennedy, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Pilot, Businessperson, Journalist

Age: Dec. at 39 (1960-1999)

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

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George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Businessperson, Politician, Entrepreneur

Age: 94

Birthplace: Eastern United States, Milton, New England, Norfolk County, United States of America, + more

George Herbert Walker Bush (June 12, 1924 – November 30, 2018) was an American politician and businessman who served as the 41st president of the United States from 1989 to 1993 and the 43rd ...more

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Jack Lemmon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Musician, Actor

Age: Dec. at 76 (1925-2001)

Birthplace: Newton, Massachusetts, United States of America

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Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Actor

Age: Dec. at 58 (1899-1957)

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

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Samuel Morse is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Painter, Inventor, Artist

Age: Dec. at 81 (1791-1872)

Birthplace: Charlestown, Boston, Massachusetts

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Nathan Ames is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Inventor

Age: Dec. at 39 (1826-1865)

Birthplace: Roxbury, New Hampshire

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Francis Robbins Upton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Mathematician, Physicist, Inventor

Age: Dec. at 69 (1852-1921)

Birthplace: Peabody, Massachusetts

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Willow Bay is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Journalist, Presenter

Age: 55

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

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William Sloane Coffin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Chaplain

Age: Dec. at 82 (1924-2006)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

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Dana Delany is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

Age: 62

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

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James Spader is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Actor, Voice acting

Age: 59

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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Frederick Law Olmsted is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Journalist, Designer, Architect

Age: Dec. at 81 (1822-1903)

Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut

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Walker Evans is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Journalist, Artist, Photographer

Age: Dec. at 72 (1903-1975)

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri

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Daniel Pinkham is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Composer, Organist

Age: Dec. at 83 (1923-2006)

Birthplace: Lynn, Massachusetts

Daniel Rogers Pinkham, Jr. (June 5, 1923 – December 18, 2006) 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

Age: Dec. at 83 (1867-1950)

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

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William Cogswell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni

Age: Dec. at 57 (1838-1895)

Birthplace: Bradford, Massachusetts, United States of America

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Seth Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Professor, Mechanical engineer, Engineer

Age: 58

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Patrick J. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Politician

Age: 51

Birthplace: Brighton, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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John S.C. Knowlton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni

Age: Dec. at 73 (1798-1871)

Birthplace: Hopkinton, New Hampshire, United States of America

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Isaac N. Carleton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni

Age: Dec. at 70 (1832-1902)

Birthplace: Bradford, Massachusetts

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Christian Clemenson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni
Actor

Age: 60

Birthplace: USA, Humboldt, Iowa

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Moses T. Stevens is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Phillips Academy Alumni

Age: Dec. at 82 (1825-1907)

Birthplace: Andover, Massachusetts, United States of America

Moses Tyler Stevens (October 10, 1825 in North Andover, Massachusetts – March 25, 1907) was an American textile manufacturer and a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.