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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Portland State University and be of some renown.

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

List features Sara Jean Underwood, Holly Madison and more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Portland State University?” and “Which celebrities are Portland State University alumni?”

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Sara Jean Underwood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Portland State University Alumni
Model, Actor Sara Jean Underwood is an American model and actress who was chosen as the Playmate of the Month for the July 2006 issue of Playboy magazine and later became Playmate of the Year in 2007. She is ...more

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Holly Madison is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Portland State University Alumni
Television producer, Model, Actor Holly Sue Cullen, known professionally as Holly Madison, is an American model, showgirl and television personality. She is widely known for being one of Hugh Hefner's girlfriends on the reality ...more

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Kari Ann Peniche is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Portland State University Alumni
Model, Actor Kari Ann Peniche is an actress and entertainer from Fairview, Oregon. She has held the Miss Oregon Teen USA and Miss United States Teen titles. She was stripped of the latter title after ...more

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Randall Woodfield is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Portland State University Alumni
Randall Brent "Randy" Woodfield is an American serial killer who was dubbed The I-5 Killer or The I-5 Bandit by law enforcement due to the crimes he committed along the Interstate 5 ...more

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Jennifer Lyon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Portland State University Alumni
Photographer Jennifer "Jenn" Jane Lyon was one of the competitors in Survivor: Palau. She finished fourth in the competition.

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Jim Moeller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Portland State University Alumni
Politician James C. "Jim" Moeller is an American politician and mental health professional from Washington State and a member of the Washington State House of Representatives representing the ...more

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Mark Dacascos is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Portland State University Alumni
Actor, Martial artist Mark Alan Dacascos is an American actor and martial artist. He won numerous karate and various styles of kung fu championships between the ages of 7 and 18. Beginning in January 2005, Dacascos ...more

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Eric Gunderson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Portland State University Alumni
Baseball player Eric Andrew Gunderson is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played in the major leagues from 1990–1992 and 1994–2000. He attended college at Portland State University.

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Terence Knox is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Portland State University Alumni
Actor Terence Knox is an American actor. Knox was born Terry Davis in Richland, Washington, and attended Washington State University and Portland State University. He is perhaps best known for his ...more

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Kent Ehrhardt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Portland State University Alumni
TV Meteorologist, Meteorologist Meteorologist ' ' ' Kent Ehrhardt ' ' ' delivers weekday weathercasts on "News 4 St. Louis ", Since joining "News 4 St. Louis" Ehrhardt has covered severe weather, including ...more

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Bree Schaaf is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Portland State University Alumni
Bobsleigher, Athlete Bree Schaaf is an American skeleton racer who competed from 2002 to 2007, then switched over to bobsled since 2007. Her best Skeleton World Cup finish was sixth at Calgary in November 2006.

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Charles Moose is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Portland State University Alumni
Police officer, Writer Charles Alexander Moose is an American author and former police officer. He is best known for his role as being the primary official in charge of the efforts to apprehend the D.C. snipers in ...more

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Larry Galizio is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Portland State University Alumni
Teacher Larry Galizio was a Democratic member of the Oregon House of Representatives, representing District 35 from 2004 to 2010. House District 35 includes parts of Tigard, Southwest Portland, King ...more

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Ron Packard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Portland State University Alumni
Politician Ronald C. Packard, D.M.D. is a retired Republican politician from California who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1983 to 2001.

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Shaun Bodiford is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Portland State University Alumni
Shaun Bodiford American football player Shaun Bodiford is a former American football wide receiver. He was signed by the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at Portland State. Bodiford has also ...more

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Sho Dozono is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Portland State University Alumni
Businessperson Sho Dozono is a Portland, Oregon businessman and was a candidate for the 2008 Portland mayoral race. Portland City Commissioner Sam Adams was the front runner throughout the race. Dozono, who ...more

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Bill Plympton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Portland State University Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Film Producer Bill Plympton is an American animator, graphic designer, cartoonist, director, screenwriter and producer best known for his 1987 Academy Award-nominated animated short Your Face and his series ...more

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Esperanza Spalding is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Portland State University Alumni
Bassist, Musician, Composer Esperanza Spalding is an American jazz bassist, cellist and singer, who draws upon many genres in her own compositions. She has won four Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Award for Best New ...more

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Ted Newsom is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Portland State University Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Film Editor Ted Newsom is an American writer, director, producer and actor.

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Jean M. Auel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Portland State University Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer Jean Marie Auel is an American writer. She is best known for her Earth's Children books, a series of novels set in prehistoric Europe that explores interactions of Cro-Magnon people with ...more

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Paul De Muniz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Portland State University Alumni
Judge Paul J. De Muniz is a retired American judge in the state of Oregon. He is the first Hispanic Chief Justice in the history of the Oregon Supreme Court. He was elected to the court in 2000, and ...more

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Betty Roberts is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Portland State University Alumni
Judge Betty Cantrell Roberts was a politician and judge in the U.S. state of Oregon. She was the 83rd Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, the highest state court in Oregon. She was the ...more

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Freeman Williams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Portland State University Alumni
Basketball player Freeman Williams is a retired American and professional basketball player. He was the 1978 NCAA men's basketball Division I scoring champion, and the Portland State University all-time scoring ...more

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Tony Curtis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Portland State University Alumni
Painter, Actor Tony Curtis was an American film actor whose career spanned six decades, but had his greatest popularity during the 1950s and early 1960s. He acted in more than 100 films in roles covering a ...more

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Dave Carter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Portland State University Alumni
Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Singer Dave Carter was an American folk singer-songwriter who described his style as "post-modern mythic American folk music." He was one half of the duo Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer, who ...more