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Famous Portland State University Alumni

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List RulesPeople 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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    BirthplacePortland, Oregon, United States of America

    Sara Jean Underwood (born March 26, 1984) is an American model, television host, and actress who was chosen as the Playmate of the Month for the July 2006 issue of Playboy magazine and later became...  more
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    Television producer, Model


    BirthplaceAstoria, Oregon, United States of America

    Holly Madison (born December 23, 1979) is a model, showgirl, television personality and New York Times best-selling author. Madison is known for her role in the E! reality television show The Girls...  more

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    Model, Actor


    BirthplaceSan Diego, California, USA

    Kari Ann Peniche Williams ( peh-NEE-chay; born March 20, 1984) is an actress and entertainer from Fairview, Oregon. She has held the Miss Oregon Teen USA and Miss United States Teen titles. She was...  more
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    Randall Brent "Randy" Woodfield (born December 26, 1950) is an American serial killer, rapist, kidnapper, and robber who was dubbed The I-5 Killer or The I-5 Bandit by the media due to the crimes he...  more

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    AgeDec. at 37 (1972-2010)

    BirthplaceBoulder City, Nevada, USA

    Jennifer "Jenn" Jane Lyon (February 27, 1972 – January 19, 2010) was an American actress and one of the competitors in Survivor: Palau. She finished fourth in the competition....  more
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    BirthplaceVancouver, Washington

    James C. Moeller is an American politician and mental health professional from Washington State and a member of the Washington State House of Representatives representing the 49th Legislative...  more
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    Actor, Martial artist


    BirthplaceHonolulu, Hawaii, USA

    Mark Alan Dacascos (born February 26, 1964) is an American actor and martial artist. He has won numerous karate and kung fu championships between the ages of 7 and 18. He is best known for his roles...  more

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    Baseball player


    BirthplacePortland, Oregon

    Eric Andrew Gunderson (born March 29, 1966) 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....  more
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    BirthplaceRichland, Washington, USA

    Terence Knox (born December 16, 1946) is an American film, stage, and television actor. He made his debut in Robert Zemeckis's Used Cars (1980), and appeared in numerous television series, including...  more
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    TV Meteorologist, Meteorologist

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri

    Meteorologist ' ' ' Kent Ehrhardt ' ' ' delivers weekday weathercasts on "News 4 St. Louis ", Since joining "News 4 St. Louis" Ehrhardt has covered severe weather, including tornadoes, threatening...
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    Bobsleigher, Athlete


    BirthplaceBremerton, Washington

    Bree Schaaf (born May 28, 1980) is an American skeleton racer who competed from 2002 to 2007, then switched over to bobsled as a pilot from 2007-2014. Her best Skeleton World Cup finish was sixth at...  more
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    Police officer, Writer


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Charles Alexander Moose (born 1953) 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...  more
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    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Lawrence A. Galizio (born January 27, 1964) is a Democratic politician, formerly a member of the Oregon House of Representatives, representing District 35 from 2004 to 2010. House District 35...  more
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    BirthplaceMeridian, Idaho, United States of America

    Ronald C. "Ron" Packard, D.M.D. (born January 19, 1931) is a retired Republican politician from California who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1983 to 2001....  more
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    American football player


    BirthplaceFederal Way, Washington

    Shaun Bodiford (born May 4, 1982, in Federal Way, Washington) is a former American football wide receiver. He was signed by the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college...  more
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    Sho Dozono (born 1944) is a Japanese-American businessman and politician from Portland, Oregon. He was a nominee in the 2008 Portland mayoral race. Portland City Commissioner Sam Adams was the front...  more
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    Television director, Television producer


    BirthplacePortland, Oregon, United States of America

    Bill Plympton (born April 30, 1946) is an American animator, graphic designer, cartoonist, and filmmaker best known for his 1987 Academy Awards-nominated animated short Your Face and his series of...  more
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    Bassist, Musician


    BirthplacePortland, Oregon

    Esperanza Emily Spalding (born October 18, 1984) is an American jazz bassist and singer. Spalding was raised in Portland, Oregon, and was a musical prodigy, playing violin in the Chamber Music...  more

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    Film Producer, Screenwriter


    BirthplacePortland, Oregon, United States of America

    Ted Newsom (born December 3, 1952) is an American writer, director, producer and actor. Newsom has worked primarily as a documentary filmmaker, specializing in documentaries on the history of the...  more
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    Novelist, Author


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Jean Marie Auel (; née Untinen; born February 18, 1936) is an American writer who wrote the Earth's Children books, a series of novels set in prehistoric Europe that explores human activities during...  more
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    BirthplaceGlendale, California

    Paul J. De Muniz (born June 8, 1947) 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...  more
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    AgeDec. at 88 (1923-2011)

    BirthplaceArkansas City, Kansas, United States of America

    Betty Cantrell Roberts (February 5, 1923 – June 25, 2011) was an American politician and judge from the U.S. state of Oregon. She was the 83rd Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, the...  more
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    Basketball player


    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Freeman Williams (born May 15, 1956) is a retired American professional basketball player. He was the 1978 NCAA men's basketball Division I scoring champion, and the Portland State University...  more
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    Painter, Actor

    AgeDied at 85 (1925-2010)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Tony Curtis (born Bernard Schwartz; June 3, 1925 – September 29, 2010) was an American film actor whose career spanned six decades but who achieved the height of his popularity in the 1950s and early...  more

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    Songwriter, Singer-songwriter

    AgeDec. at 49 (1952-2002)

    BirthplaceOxnard, California

    Dave Carter (August 13, 1952 – July 19, 2002) was an American folk singer-songwriter who described her style as "post-modern mythic American folk music." She was one half of the duo Dave Carter and...  more