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

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

Examples of graduates on this list: Ray Rice, Kristin Davis and more famous Rutgers alumni.

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

Rutgers famous alumni? This list has them. Let's go Scarlet Knights!
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James Gandolfini is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Rutgers University Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Actor

Age: Dec. at 52 (1961-2013)

Birthplace: Westwood, New Jersey, United States of America

James Joseph Gandolfini Jr. (Italian: [ɡandolˈfiːni]; September 18, 1961 – June 19, 2013) was an American actor best known for his role as Tony Soprano, the Italian-American crime boss in HBO's ...more

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Jane Krakowski is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Rutgers University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting, Singer

Age: 50

Birthplace: Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey, United States of America

Jane Krakowski (; born Jane Krajkowski; October 11, 1968) is an American actress and singer. She is best known for the roles of Cousin Vicki in National Lampoon's Vacation, and Jenna Maroney in ...more
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Roy Scheider is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Rutgers University Alumni
Actor

Age: Dec. at 76 (1932-2008)

Birthplace: Orange, New Jersey, United States of America

Roy Richard Scheider (November 10, 1932 – February 10, 2008) was an American actor and amateur boxer. Scheider gained fame for his leading and supporting roles in several iconic films from the ...more

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Kristin Davis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Rutgers University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting

Age: 54

Birthplace: USA, Boulder, Colorado

Kristin Landen Davis (born February 23, 1965) is an American actress. She is known for playing Brooke Armstrong on the soap opera Melrose Place (1995–1996), and Charlotte York Goldenblatt on ...more

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Paul Robeson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Rutgers University Alumni
Actor, Athlete, Singer

Age: Dec. at 78 (1898-1976)

Birthplace: Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America

Paul Leroy Robeson ( ROHB-sən; April 9, 1898 – January 23, 1976) was an American bass baritone concert artist and stage and film actor who became famous both for his cultural accomplishments and ...more

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Elizabeth Warren is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Rutgers University Alumni
Politician, Professor, Author

Age: 69

Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States of America

Elizabeth Ann Warren (née Herring; born June 22, 1949) is an American politician and former academic serving as the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts since 2013. She was ...more

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Mario Batali is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Rutgers University Alumni
TV chef, Author, Actor

Age: 58

Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America

Mario Francesco Batali (born September 19, 1960) is an American chef, writer, restaurateur, and media personality. Batali formerly co-owned restaurants in New York City; Las Vegas; Los Angeles ...more

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Judy Gold is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Rutgers University Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter

Age: 56

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

Judy Gold (born November 15, 1962) is an American standup comedian, actress, television writer, and producer. She won two Daytime Emmy Awards for her work as a writer and producer on The Rosie ...more

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Chris Christie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Rutgers University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: 56

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

Christopher James Christie (born September 6, 1962) is an American politician, former federal prosecutor, and political commentator who served as the 55th Governor of New Jersey from 2010 to ...more

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Ozzie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Rutgers University Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: Dec. at 69 (1906-1975)

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

Oswald George Nelson (March 20, 1906 – June 3, 1975) was an American band leader, actor, director, and producer. He originated and starred in The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, a radio and ...more
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Terry Hart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Rutgers University Alumni
Pilot, Astronaut

Age: 72

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Clark V. Poling is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Rutgers University Alumni
Chaplain

Age: Dec. at 33 (1910-1943)

Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio

Clark Vandersall Poling (August 7, 1910 – February 3, 1943) was a minister in the Reformed Church in America and a lieutenant in the United States Army. He was one of the Four Chaplains who gave ...more
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Bill Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Rutgers University Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, VJ

Age: 53

Birthplace: USA, Newark, New Jersey

William Bellamy (born April 7, 1965) is an American actor and stand-up comedian. Bellamy first gained national notoriety on HBO's Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam, where he is credited for ...more

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David Stern is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Rutgers University Alumni
Businessperson, Lawyer

Age: 76

Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York

David Joel Stern (born September 22, 1942) is an American businessman and lawyer who served as the fourth commissioner of the National Basketball Association. He started with the Association in ...more
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Paul Wesley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Rutgers University Alumni
Model, Actor

Age: 36

Birthplace: New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States of America

Paweł Tomasz Wasilewski (Polish: ['pavɛw vaɕi'lɛfskʲi]; born July 23, 1982), known professionally as Paul Wesley and formerly as Paul Wasilewski, is an American actor, director, and producer. He ...more

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Natalie Morales-Rhodes ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Rutgers University Alumni
Journalist, Television producer, Actor

Age: 43

Birthplace: Kaohsiung, Taiwan

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Judith Viorst is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Rutgers University Alumni
Journalist, Researcher, Author

Age: 88

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey

Judith Viorst (née Stahl, February 2, 1931) is an American writer, newspaper journalist, and psychoanalysis researcher. She is known for her humorous observational poetry and for her ...more
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Paul Lisicky is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Rutgers University Alumni
Novelist, Writer

Age: 59

Paul Lisicky (born July 9, 1959) is an American novelist and memoirist. He is an associate professor in the MFA Program at Rutgers University-Camden, and the author of several books.
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Robert Ferro is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Rutgers University Alumni
Novelist, Writer

Age: Dec. at 47 (1941-1988)

Birthplace: Cranford, New Jersey

Robert Ferro (October 21, 1941 – July 11, 1988) was an American novelist whose semi-autobiographical fiction explored the uneasy integration of homosexuality and traditional American upper ...more
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Gabe Saporta is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Rutgers University Alumni
Bassist, Musician, Lyricist

Age: 39

Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Gabriel Eduardo "Gabe" Saporta (born October 11, 1979) is an Uruguayan-American musician and entrepreneur. Through late 2015, he was a singer and the primary creative force behind the ...more
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Charles Hallahan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Rutgers University Alumni
Actor

Age: Dec. at 54 (1943-1997)

Birthplace: USA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Charles John Hallahan (July 29, 1943 – November 25, 1997) was an American film, television and stage actor known for his performances in Going in Style, The Thing, Cast a Deadly Spell, and ...more
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Tim DeKay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Rutgers University Alumni
Actor

Age: 55

Birthplace: Ithaca, New York, United States of America

Timothy Robert DeKay (born June 12, 1963) is an American actor. He starred in the USA Network series White Collar (2009–2014), which chronicled the partnership between a con artist (played by ...more
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Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Rutgers University Alumni
Film Producer, Film Editor, Sound Recordist

Age: Dec. at 63 (1947-2010)

Birthplace: Fort Benning, Georgia

Larry Alderman (L. A.) Johnson (June 11, 1947 – January 21, 2010) was an American film and music producer, director, and editor best known for his long association with musician Neil Young.
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Milton Friedman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Rutgers University Alumni
Milton Friedman Researcher, Scientist, Essayist

Age: Dec. at 94 (1912-2006)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Milton Friedman (; July 31, 1912 – November 16, 2006) was an American economist who received the 1976 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his research on consumption analysis, monetary ...more
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Randal Pinkett is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Rutgers University Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Writer

Age: 48

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Randal D. Pinkett (born 1971) is an American business consultant who in 2005 was the winner of season four of the reality television show, The Apprentice. Pinkett is the first African American ...more