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Famous San Diego State University Alumni

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

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

These SDSU graduates, like Raquel Welch and Gregory Peck include images when available. Go Aztecs!

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

Take a look at these SDSU alumni!
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Raquel Welch is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous San Diego State University Alumni
Businessperson, Actor

Age: 78

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

Raquel Welch (born September 5, 1940) is an American actress and singer. She first won attention for her role in Fantastic Voyage (1966), after which she won a contract with 20th Century Fox. ...more

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Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous San Diego State University Alumni
Baseball player

Age: Dec. at 54 (1960-2014)

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Anthony Keith Gwynn Sr. (May 9, 1960 – June 16, 2014), nicknamed "Mr. Padre", was an American professional baseball right fielder, who played 20 seasons (1982–2001) in Major League ...more

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Carl Weathers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous San Diego State University Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Actor

Age: 71

Birthplace: USA, New Orleans, Louisiana

Carl Weathers (born January 14, 1948) is an American actor and former professional football player. He is best known for portraying Apollo Creed in the Rocky series of films, Al Dillon in ...more

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K. D. Aubert is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous San Diego State University Alumni
Fashion Model, Actor

Age: 40

Birthplace: USA, Shreveport, Louisiana

Karen Denise Aubert (born December 6, 1978), better known as K.D. Aubert or K.D. Rose, is an American actress, fashion model and singer. She owns her own record label, Roseland.
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Marion Ross is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous San Diego State University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting

Age: 90

Birthplace: Watertown, Minnesota, United States of America

Marion Ross (born October 25, 1928) is a retired American actress. Her best-known role is that of Marion Cunningham on the ABC television sitcom Happy Days, on which she starred from 1974 to ...more

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Ellen Ochoa is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous San Diego State University Alumni
Astronaut, Engineer

Age: 60

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Ellen O. Ochoa (born May 10, 1958) is an American engineer, former astronaut and former Director of the Johnson Space Center. Ochoa became director of the center upon the retirement of the ...more

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Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous San Diego State University Alumni
Film Producer, Actor

Age: Dec. at 87 (1916-2003)

Birthplace: La Jolla, San Diego, California, United States of America

Eldred Gregory Peck (April 5, 1916 – June 12, 2003) was an American actor. He was one of the most popular film stars from the 1940s to the 1960s. Peck received five Academy Award for Best Actor ...more

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Art Linkletter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous San Diego State University Alumni
Radio personality, Actor, Presenter

Age: Dec. at 98 (1912-2010)

Birthplace: Moose Jaw, Canada

Arthur Gordon Linkletter (born Arthur Gordon Kelly or Gordon Arthur Kelley (sources differ), July 17, 1912 – May 26, 2010) was a Canadian-born American radio and television personality. He was ...more
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Stephen Strasburg is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous San Diego State University Alumni
Baseball player

Age: 30

Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States of America

Stephen James Strasburg (born July 20, 1988) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). Strasburg was selected by Washington with ...more

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Cleavon Little is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous San Diego State University Alumni
Actor

Age: Dec. at 53 (1939-1992)

Birthplace: Chickasha, Oklahoma, USA

Cleavon Jake Little (June 1, 1939 – October 22, 1992) was an American stage, film, and television actor. He began his career in the late 1960s on the stage. In 1970, he starred in the Broadway ...more

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J. Michael Straczynski ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous San Diego State University Alumni
Journalist, Television producer, Novelist

Age: 64

Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey, United States of America

Joseph Michael Straczynski (; born July 17, 1954) is an American television and film screenwriter, producer, director, and comic book writer. He is the founder of Studio JMS, and is best known ...more

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Marshall Faulk is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous San Diego State University Alumni
Actor, Athlete, American football player

Age: 45

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Marshall William Faulk (born February 26, 1973) is a former American football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for twelve seasons. He played college football ...more

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Jason Lewis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous San Diego State University Alumni
Model, Actor

Age: 47

Birthplace: USA, California, Newport Beach

Jason Lewis (born June 25, 1971) is an American actor and former fashion model. He is known for his role as Jerry "Smith" Jerrod on the HBO series Sex and the City.
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Julie Kavner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous San Diego State University Alumni
Comedian, Actor, Voice acting

Age: 68

Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California

Julie Deborah Kavner (born September 7, 1950) is an American actress, voice actress and comedian. She first attracted notice for her role as Brenda Morgenstern, the younger sister of Valerie ...more

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Dave Smith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous San Diego State University Alumni
Baseball player

Age: Dec. at 53 (1955-2008)

Birthplace: Richmond, California

David Stanley Smith (January 21, 1955 – December 17, 2008) was a Major League Baseball relief pitcher. Smith was born in Richmond, California, and attended San Diego State University. He was ...more
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Brooke Langton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous San Diego State University Alumni
Model, Actor

Age: 48

Birthplace: Arizona, USA

Brooke Langton (born November 27, 1970) is an American actress. She is best known for the role of Samantha Reilly in the Fox prime time soap opera, Melrose Place from 1996 to 1998. Langton later ...more
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Lanford Wilson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous San Diego State University Alumni
Screenwriter, Author, Playwright

Age: Dec. at 74 (1937-2011)

Birthplace: Lebanon, Missouri

Lanford Wilson (April 13, 1937 – March 24, 2011) was an American playwright. His work, as described by The New York Times, was "earthy, realist, greatly admired [and] widely ...more
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Fred Dryer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous San Diego State University Alumni
Fred Dryer Television director, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 72

Birthplace: USA, California, Hawthorne

John Frederick Dryer (born July 6, 1946) is an American actor, radio host, and former American football defensive end in the National Football League (NFL). He played for 13 years in the NFL, in ...more

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Kathleen Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous San Diego State University Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 65

Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States of America

Kathleen Kennedy (born June 5, 1953) is an American film producer. In 1981, she co-founded the production company Amblin Entertainment with Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall. She has been the ...more
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Cris Kobryn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous San Diego State University Alumni
Computer scientist

Age: 67

Cris Kobryn (1952) is an American technologist, system architect and entrepreneur who specializes in advanced software and systems development.
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Matt McCoy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous San Diego State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 33

Birthplace: Tustin, California

Matthew Garrett McCoy (born October 14, 1982) is a former American football linebacker. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college ...more
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James Sinegal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous San Diego State University Alumni

Age: 83

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

James D. Sinegal (born January 1, 1936), also known as Jim Sinegal, is a retired American billionaire businessman who is the co-founder and former CEO of the Costco Wholesale Corporation, an ...more
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Anwar al-Aulaqi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous San Diego State University Alumni
Author, Imam, Preacher

Age: Dec. at 40 (1971-2011)

Birthplace: Las Cruces, New Mexico

Anwar al-Awlaki (also spelled al-Aulaqi, al-Awlaqi; Arabic: أنور العولقي‎ Anwar al-‘Awlaqī; April 21/22, 1971 – September 30, 2011) was a Yemeni-American imam. U.S. government officials allege ...more
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Charles Brandes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous San Diego State University Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur

Age: 76

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Charles H. Brandes is an American investor, businessman, and philanthropist. He is a disciple of the Benjamin Graham school of value investing. Brandes Investment Partners, which was started in ...more
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Ken Calvert is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous San Diego State University Alumni
Businessperson, Politician, Real Estate Broker

Age: 65

Birthplace: Corona, California, United States of America

Kenneth Stanton Calvert (born June 8, 1953) is the U.S. Representative for California's 42nd congressional district, and previously the 44th and 43rd, serving since 1993. He is a member of the ...more