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Famous Purdue University Alumni

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List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Purdue University and be of some renown.

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

List features graduates like Drew Brees, Neil Armstrong and other famous Boilermakers.

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

Take a look at these notable Purdue University alumni. These very famous Purdue alumn!
  • 1
    Herman Cain

    Herman Cain

    Businessperson, Politician


    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America

    Herman Cain (December 13, 1945 – July 30, 2020) was an American business executive, syndicated... more on Wikipedia

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    #48 of 107 Famous Politicians You'd Want to Have a Beer With#6 of 39 The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats

  • 2
    Drew Brees

    Drew Brees

    Athlete, American football player


    BirthplaceAustin, Texas, United States of America

    Drew Christopher Brees (; born January 15, 1979) is an American football quarterback for the... more on Wikipedia

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    #2 of 252 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time#4 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever

  • 3
    Jim Gaffigan

    Jim Gaffigan

    Comedian, Television producer


    BirthplaceUSA, Illinois, Elgin

    James Christopher Gaffigan (born July 7, 1966) is an American stand-up comedian, actor,... more on Wikipedia

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    #24 of 233 The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time#109 of 339 The Funniest People Of All Time

  • 4
    David Crosthwait

    David Crosthwait

    Inventor, Engineer

    AgeDec. at 78 (1898-1976)

    BirthplaceNashville, Tennessee

    David N. Crosthwait Jr. (May 27, 1898 – February 25, 1976) was an African-American mechanical... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Ted Allen

    Ted Allen

    Journalist, Author


    BirthplaceColumbus, Ohio, United States of America

    Edward Allen (born May 20, 1965) is an American author and television personality. He was the... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Orville Redenbacher

    Orville Redenbacher

    Businessperson, Entrepreneur

    AgeDec. at 88 (1907-1995)

    BirthplaceBrazil, Indiana

    Orville Clarence Redenbacher (July 16, 1907 – September 19, 1995) was an American businessman... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Neil Armstrong

    Neil Armstrong

    Professor, Astronaut

    AgeDec. at 82 (1930-2012)

    BirthplaceOhio, United States of America

    Neil Alden Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012) was an American astronaut and... more on Wikipedia

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    #21 of 269 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World#829 of 1,357 The Greatest Minds of All Time

  • 8
    George Peppard

    George Peppard

    Film Producer, Actor

    AgeDec. at 66 (1928-1994)

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    George Peppard Jr. (; October 1, 1928 – May 8, 1994) was an American film and television... more on Wikipedia

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    #248 of 301 The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)#358 of 1,030 The Best Actors in Film History

  • 9
    Edmund O. Schweitzer, III

    Edmund O. Schweitzer, III

    Inventor, Electrical engineer


    BirthplaceEvanston, Illinois

    Edmund O. Schweitzer III (born 1947, Evanston, Illinois) is an electrical engineer, inventor,... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Gary Payton

    Gary Payton

    Pilot, Astronaut


    BirthplaceRock Island, Illinois

    Colonel Gary Eugene Payton, USAF, (born June 20, 1948) is an American astronaut, and worked as... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Games Slayter

    AgeDec. at 68 (1896-1964)

    Games Slayter (9 December 1896 – 15 October 1964) was a prolific U.S. engineer and inventor.... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Robert C. Baker

    Robert C. Baker

    Inventor, Scientist

    AgeDec. at 85 (1921-2006)

    Robert C. Baker (December 29, 1921 – March 13, 2006) was an inventor and Cornell University... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Loren Shriver

    Loren Shriver



    BirthplaceJefferson, Iowa

    Loren James Shriver (born September 23, 1944) is a former NASA astronaut, aviator, and a... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Gus Grissom

    Gus Grissom

    Astronaut, Military aviator

    AgeDec. at 41 (1926-1967)

    BirthplaceMitchell, Indiana, United States of America

    Virgil Ivan "Gus" Grissom (April 3, 1926 – January 27, 1967) was one of the seven original... more on Wikipedia

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    #592 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive#47 of 137 Famous People Buried at Arlington National Cemetery

  • 15
    Guy Gardner

    Guy Gardner



    BirthplaceAltavista, Virginia

    Guy Spence Gardner (born January 6, 1948) is a United States Air Force officer and a former... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Andrew J. Feustel

    Andrew J. Feustel

    Geophysicist, Astronaut


    BirthplaceLancaster, Pennsylvania

    Andrew Jay "Drew" Feustel (; born August 25, 1965) is an American/Canadian NASA astronaut and... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Jerry L. Ross

    Jerry L. Ross

    Flight engineer, Astronaut


    BirthplaceCrown Point, Indiana

    Jerry Lynn Ross (born January 20, 1948, Crown Point, Indiana) is a retired United States Air... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    John Casper

    John Casper



    BirthplaceGreenville, South Carolina

    John Howard Casper (born July 9, 1943) is an American astronaut and United States Air Force... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    David Wolf

    David Wolf

    Astronaut, Physician


    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana

    David Alexander Wolf (born August 23, 1956) is an American astronaut, medical doctor and... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Charles D. Walker

    Charles D. Walker

    Astronaut, Engineer


    BirthplaceBedford, Shawswick Township, Indiana

    Charles David "Charlie" Walker (born August 29, 1948) is an American engineer who flew on... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Ray Ewry
    Raymond "Ray" Clarence Ewry (October 14, 1873 – September 29, 1937) was an American track and... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Matt Hamill

    Matt Hamill

    Mixed Martial Artist


    BirthplaceLoveland, Ohio, United States of America

    Matthew Stanley Hamill (born October 5, 1976) is an American mixed martial artist and wrestler... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    William Afflis

    William Afflis

    Wrestler, Actor

    AgeDec. at 62 (1929-1991)

    BirthplaceUSA, Indiana, Delphi

    William Fritz Afflis (June 27, 1929 – November 10, 1991) was an American professional wrestler... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Brian Lamb

    Brian Lamb

    Journalist, Television producer


    BirthplaceLafayette, Fairfield Township, Indiana, United States of America

    Brian Patrick Lamb (; born October 9, 1941) is an American journalist and the founder,... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Toby Moskowitz


    BirthplaceWest Lafayette, Wabash Township, Indiana

    Tobias Jacob "Toby" Moskowitz (born February 3, 1971) is an American financial economist and... more on Wikipedia