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

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

The list you're viewing contains graduates like Annette Bening and Danny Glover.

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

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Nina Hartley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Pornographic actor, Nurse, Educator Nina Hartley is an American film actress, film director, and author.

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Dana Carvey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter Dana Thomas Carvey is an American actor and stand-up comedian, known for his work as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and for playing the role of Garth Algar in the Wayne's World films. He ...more

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Anne Rice is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer Anne Rice is an American author of gothic fiction, Christian literature. She is perhaps best known for her popular and influential series of novels, The Vampire Chronicles, revolving around the ...more

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Annette Bening is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting Annette Carol Bening is an American actress. She began her career on the stage and in 1987 she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in Coastal ...more

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Danny Glover is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Activist, Television producer, Film Producer Daniel Lebern "Danny" Glover is an American actor, film director and political activist. Glover is well known for his roles as Mr. Albert Johnson in The Color Purple, Michael Harrigan ...more

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Jacki R. Chan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Musician, Model, Actor Jaclyn Roxane Chan, also known simply as Jacki R. Chan or Jacki Chan, is an American actress, musician, and Model. She has appeared in various magazines, calendars and print ads, as well as ...more

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Stephen Colletti is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Actor, TV Personality Stephen Colletti is an American actor and television personality who portrayed Chase Adams on The CW Drama television series One Tree Hill. Colletti appeared for two seasons on the MTV reality ...more

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BD Wong is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting Bradley Darryl "B. D." Wong is an American actor. He won a Tony Award for his performance as Song Liling in M. Butterfly. He has also played Dr. George Huang on Law & Order: ...more

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Alvin Ailey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Choreographer, Dancer Alvin Ailey was an African-American choreographer and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. He is credited with popularizing modern dance and ...more

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Jeffrey Tambor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Announcer, Acting Coach, Actor Jeffrey Michael Tambor is an American actor and voice actor, best known for his roles as Hank Kingsley on The Larry Sanders Show, as well as George Bluth Sr. and Oscar Bluth on Arrested ...more

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David Carradine is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Musician David Carradine was an American actor and martial artist, best known for his leading role as a warrior monk, Kwai Chang Caine, in the 1970s television series Kung Fu. He was a member of a ...more

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Johnny Mathis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Songwriter, Actor, Singer John Royce "Johnny" Mathis is an American singer of popular music. Starting his career with singles of standard music, he became highly popular as an album artist, with several dozen ...more

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Danielle Gamba is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Fashion Model, Model Danielle Elizabeth Gamba is an American model, dancer, and former NFL Cheerleader of Italian and Spanish descent.

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Lou Harrison is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Film Score Composer, Composer Lou Silver Harrison was an American composer. He was a student of Henry Cowell, Arnold Schoenberg, and K. P. H. Notoprojo. Harrison is particularly noted for incorporating elements of the music ...more

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Kari Byron is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Artist Kari Elizabeth Byron is an American television host and artist, best known for her featured role on the Discovery Channel show MythBusters.

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Robert Culp is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Television director, Screenwriter, Actor Robert Martin Culp was an American actor, screenwriter, voice actor and director, widely known for his work in television. Culp earned an international reputation for his role as Kelly Robinson ...more

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Tom Ammiano is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Politician, Actor Tom Ammiano is an American politician and LGBT rights activist from San Francisco, California. Ammiano, a member of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus, served as a member of the California ...more

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Manny Mashouf is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Businessperson Manny Mashouf is an American businessman born in Tehran. He came to the USA in his teens and settled first in Washington DC, then in San Francisco. There, he went to San Francisco State ...more

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Rosie Malek-Yonan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Producer, Documentary Filmmaker, Author Rosie Malek-Yonan is an actress, author, director, public figure and activist.

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Barbara Hammer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Professor, Film Producer, Screenwriter Barbara Hammer is an American filmmaker in the genre of experimental films and a professor at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee. Hammer is known for creating experimental films dealing ...more

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Greg Proops is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor Gregory Everett "Greg" Proops is an American actor, stand-up comedian and television host. He is widely known for his work as an improvisational comedian on the UK and U.S. versions of ...more

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Keir Dullea is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Actor Keir Dullea is an American actor best known for the character of astronaut David Bowman, whom he portrayed in the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, and in 1984's 2010: The Year We Make Contact. ...more

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Alex Borstein is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer Alexandrea "Alex" Borstein is an American actress, writer, producer, and comedian. She is well known for her long-running role as Lois Griffin on the animated television series Family ...more

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Kirk Hammett is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Bassist, Guitarist, Songwriter Kirk Lee Hammett is the lead guitarist and a songwriter in the heavy metal band Metallica and has been a member of the band since 1983. Before joining Metallica he formed and named the band ...more

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Chandra Levy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Chandra Ann Levy was an American intern at the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Washington, D.C., who disappeared in May 2001. She was presumed murdered after her skeletal remains were found in Rock ...more