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Famous Ryerson University Alumni

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

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

List features graduates like Nina Dobrev, Gail Kim and more!

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Ryerson University?” and “Which celebrities are Ryerson University alumni?”
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Kenny Hotz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Television director, Businessperson, Comedian

Age: 51

Birthplace: Canada, Ontario, Toronto, Americas

Kenneth Joel Hotz (born May 3, 1967) is a Canadian producer and entertainer. Hotz is a former South Park staff writer, "Kenny" of the Comedy Central television series Kenny vs. Spenny, ...more

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J. Timothy Hunt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Journalist, Author, Writer

Age: 59

Birthplace: Lynwood, California

James Timothy Hunt (born April 1, 1959) is an American-Canadian author and journalist. He has also written children's books under the pen name Tim Beiser.
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Jeremy Podeswa is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter

Age: 57

Birthplace: Canada, Ontario, Toronto, Americas

Jeremy Podeswa (born 1962) is a Canadian film and television director. He is best known for directing the films The Five Senses (1999) and Fugitive Pieces (2007). He has also worked as director ...more
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Gail Kim is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Wrestler, Model, Actor

Age: 42

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Gail Kim (born February 20, 1977) is a retired Canadian-American professional wrestler, currently signed to Impact Wrestling, where she serves as a producer. In Impact Wrestling, she is also a ...more

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Nina Dobrev is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Gymnast, Model, Actor

Age: 30

Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria

Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva (born January 9, 1989), known professionally as Nina Dobrev (), is a Canadian actress. Her first acting role was as Mia Jones in the drama series Degrassi: The ...more

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Tanya Huff is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer

Age: 62

Birthplace: Halifax, Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada

Tanya Sue Huff (born 1957) is a Canadian fantasy author. Her stories have been published since the late 1980s, including five fantasy series and one science fiction series. One of these, her ...more
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Tyler Stewart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Musician, Drummer

Age: 51

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Tyler Joseph Stewart (born September 21, 1967) is the drummer for the Canadian music group Barenaked Ladies.
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Charlotte Arnold is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Actor

Age: 29

Birthplace: Ajax, Canada

Charlotte Arnold (born July 27, 1989) is a Canadian actress. She is best known for her roles as Sadie Hawthorne in Naturally, Sadie and as Holly J. Sinclair in Degrassi: The Next Generation, for ...more
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Nia Vardalos is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: 56

Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada

Antonia Eugenia "Nia" Vardalos (born September 24, 1962; Greek: Νία Βαρντάλος) is a Canadian-American actress, screenwriter, and producer of Greek descent. Her most notable work is the ...more

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Jessica Holmes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: 45

Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada

Jessica Holmes (born August 29, 1973) is a Canadian comedian and actress. She is best known for her work with the Royal Canadian Air Farce, which she joined in 2003, after starring in her own ...more
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Mary Walsh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter

Age: 66

Birthplace: St. John's, Canada

Mary Cynthia Walsh (born May 13, 1952) is a Canadian actress, comedian, and writer. She is known for her work on This Hour Has 22 Minutes.
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Sabrina Jalees is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Comedian, Actor

Age: 33

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Sabrina Jalees (born April 19, 1985) is a Canadian comedian from Toronto, Ontario, now based in New York City, who writes a weekly column in the Toronto Star's ID section. Most recently, she was ...more

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Robert J. Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer

Age: 58

Birthplace: Canada, Ontario, Ottawa Valley, Ottawa, Americas

Robert James Sawyer (born April 29, 1960) is a Canadian science fiction writer. He has had 23 novels published, and his short fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Amazing ...more
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Cathy Crowe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Nurse

Age: 67

Birthplace: Kingston, Canada

Cathy Crowe, (born 1952) is a Canadian "street nurse", educator, author, social justice activist and filmmaker, specializing in advocacy for the homeless in Canada. She is a frequent ...more
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Natalie Glebova is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni

Age: 34

Birthplace: Tuapse, Russia

Natalie Glebova (born Natalya Vladimirovna Glebova; 11 November 1981) is a Russian-Canadian television host, author, dancer, model, and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Universe ...more
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Beatrice Politi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Journalist, TV Journalist, Television Editor

Age: 46

Birthplace: Greater Sudbury, Canada

Beatrice Politi is a Canadian television journalist who works for Global Television Network. The Sudbury, Ontario native studied political science and mass media at York University and graduated ...more
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Bill Reid is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Sculptor, Jeweller, Artist

Age: Dec. at 78 (1920-1998)

Birthplace: Victoria, Canada

William Ronald "Bill" Reid Jr., OBC (12 January 1920 – 13 March 1998) (Haida) was a Canadian artist whose works include jewelry, sculpture, screen-printing, and paintings. Some of his ...more
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Isadore Sharp is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni

Age: 87

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Isadore "Issy" Sharp, OC is a Canadian hotelier and writer. He is founder and chairman of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.
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David James Elliott is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Actor

Age: 58

Birthplace: Milton, Canada

David James Elliott (born September 21, 1960) is a Canadian actor who was the star of the series JAG, playing lead character Harmon Rabb Jr. from 1995 to 2005.

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Omar Alghabra is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Engineer

Age: 49

Birthplace: Arabian Peninsula, Middle East, Eurasia, Asia, Arab world, + more

Omar Alghabra (born October 24, 1969) is a Canadian politician. He is a Liberal Member of Parliament who was elected from 2006 to 2008 and again in 2015. He represents the riding of Mississauga ...more
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Brian Stewart is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Newsreader

Age: 76

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Brian Stewart, (born April 21, 1942) is a Canadian journalist. Stewart is best known for his news reports and documentary features as Senior Correspondent of the Canadian Broadcasting ...more
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Monita Rajpal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Newsreader

Age: 45

Birthplace: Hong Kong, China

Monita Rajpal (born February 20, 1974 in Hong Kong) is a Canadian CNN International news anchor, based at the network's Hong Kong office where she anchored NewsCenter with Monita Rajpal and Talk ...more
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Christie Blatchford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Journalist

Age: 67

Birthplace: Rouyn-Noranda, Canada

Christie Blatchford (born May 20, 1951) is a Canadian newspaper columnist, journalist and broadcaster. She has published four non-fiction books.
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Liane Balaban is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Actor

Age: 38

Birthplace: North York, Toronto, Canada

Liane Balaban (born June 24, 1980) is a Canadian actress. Her film debut was in New Waterford Girl (1999), playing Agnes-Marie "Mooney" Pottie, and has since appeared in the films ...more
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Marco Brambilla is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Video Artist, Artist, Film Director

Age: 59

Birthplace: Lombardy, Eurasia, Italy, Milan, Province of Milan

Marco Brambilla is an Italian-born Canadian video collage and installation artist based in New York City, known for his elaborate recontextualizations of popular and found imagery, which Vanity ...more