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Famous San Francisco State University Alumni

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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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Dana Carvey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter

Age: 63

Birthplace: Missoula, Montana, United States of America

Dana Thomas Carvey (born June 2, 1955) is an American comedian, actor, screenwriter and producer. He is widely famous for being a cast member on the show Saturday Night Live (from 1986 to 1993), ...more

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Anne Rice is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer

Age: 77

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Anne Rice (born Anne O'Brien, October 4, 1941) is an American author of gothic fiction, Christian literature, and erotic literature. She is perhaps best known for her series of novels, The ...more

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Annette Bening is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting

Age: 60

Birthplace: Topeka, Kansas, United States of America

Annette Carol Bening (born May 29, 1958) is an American actress. She began her career on stage with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival company in 1980, and played Lady Macbeth in 1984 at the ...more

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Danny Glover is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Activist, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 72

Birthplace: USA, California, San Francisco

Danny Lebern Glover (; born July 22, 1946) is an American actor, film director, and political activist. He is known for his lead role as Roger Murtaugh in the Lethal Weapon film series. He also ...more

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Jacki R. Chan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Musician, Model, Actor

Age: 38

Birthplace: USA, California, San Francisco

Jaclyn Roxane Chan (born December 2, 1980), 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 ...more
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Stephen Colletti is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Actor, TV Personality

Age: 33

Birthplace: Newport Beach, California, United States of America

Stephen Colletti (born February 7, 1986) is an American actor and television personality. He portrayed Chase Adams on The CW drama series One Tree Hill. and appeared for two seasons on the MTV ...more
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BD Wong is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting

Age: 55

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Bradley Darryl Wong (born October 24, 1960) is an American actor. Wong won a Tony Award for his performance as Song Liling in M. Butterfly, becoming the only actor in Broadway history to receive ...more

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Alvin Ailey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Choreographer, Dancer

Age: Dec. at 58 (1931-1989)

Birthplace: Texas, Rogers, USA

Alvin Ailey (January 5, 1931 – December 1, 1989) was an African-American dancer, director, choreographer, and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, one of the most ...more
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Jeffrey Tambor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Announcer, Acting Coach, Actor

Age: 71

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Jeffrey Michael Tambor (born July 8, 1944) is an American actor and voice artist. He is known for his television roles such as Hank Kingsley on The Larry Sanders Show (1992–1998), George Bluth ...more

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David Carradine is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Musician

Age: Dec. at 73 (1936-2009)

Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, Hollywood, California

David Carradine (born John Arthur Carradine; December 8, 1936 – June 3, 2009) was an American actor, best known for playing martial arts roles. He is perhaps best known as the star of the 1970s ...more

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Johnny Mathis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Songwriter, Actor, Singer

Age: 83

Birthplace: Gilmer, Texas, United States of America

John Royce Mathis (born September 30, 1935) is an American singer-songwriter of popular music. Starting his career with singles of standard music, he became highly popular as an album artist, ...more

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Danielle Gamba is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Fashion Model, Model

Age: 36

Birthplace: Pleasant Hill, California

Danielle Elizabeth Gamba (born November 22, 1982) is an American model, dancer, and former NFL Cheerleader of Italian and Spanish descent.
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Lou Harrison is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Film Score Composer, Composer

Age: Dec. at 86 (1917-2003)

Birthplace: Portland, Oregon

Lou Silver Harrison (May 14, 1917 – February 2, 2003) was an American composer. He was a student of Henry Cowell, and Arnold Schoenberg. He worked with noted Javanese Gamelan musician K. P. H. ...more
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Kari Byron is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Artist

Age: 44

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Kari Elizabeth Byron Urich (née Byron, born December 18, 1974) is an American television host and artist, best known for her featured role on the Discovery Channel show MythBusters and ...more
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Robert Culp is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Television director, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: Dec. at 80 (1930-2010)

Birthplace: Oakland, USA, California

Robert Martin Culp (August 16, 1930 – March 24, 2010) was an American actor, screenwriter, voice actor, and director, widely known for his work in television. Culp earned an international ...more

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Tom Ammiano is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Politician, Actor

Age: 77

Birthplace: Montclair, New Jersey, United States of America

Tom Ammiano (born December 15, 1941) is an American politician and LGBT rights activist from San Francisco, California. Ammiano, a member of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus, served as a ...more
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Manny Mashouf is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Businessperson

Age: 81

Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

Manny Mashouf (born 6 July 1938) is an Iranian-American businessman and philanthropist known for founding Bebe Stores.
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Rosie Malek-Yonan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Rosie Malek-Yonan Producer, Documentary Filmmaker, Author

Age: 53

Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

Rosie Malek-Yonan (b. July 4, 1965) is an Assyrian-American actress, author, director, public figure and activist. Malek-Yonan became a noted pianist at an early age. Having graduated from the ...more
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Barbara Hammer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Professor, Film Producer, Screenwriter

Age: 79

Birthplace: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Barbara Jean Hammer (May 15, 1939 – March 16, 2019) was an American feminist filmmaker known for being one of the pioneers of lesbian film whose career spanned over 50 years. Hammer is known for ...more
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Greg Proops is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: 59

Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona, United States of America

Gregory Everett Proops (born October 3, 1959) is an American actor, stand-up comedian, voice artist and television host. He is widely known for his work as an improvisational comedian on the ...more
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Keir Dullea is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Actor

Age: 82

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America

Keir Atwood Dullea (; born May 30, 1936) is an American actor best known for his portrayals of astronaut David Bowman in the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey and its 1984 sequel, 2010: The Year ...more
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Alex Borstein is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 46

Birthplace: Highland Park, Illinois, United States of America

Alexandrea Borstein (born February 15, 1971) is an American actress, writer, producer, and comedian. She is known for voicing Lois Griffin on the animated comedy series Family Guy ...more

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Kirk Hammett is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Bassist, Guitarist, Songwriter

Age: 56

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Kirk Lee Hammett (born November 18, 1962) is an American musician who has been lead guitarist and a contributing songwriter for the heavy metal band Metallica since 1983. Before joining ...more

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Chandra Levy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni

Age: Dec. at 24 (1977-2001)

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio

Chandra Ann Levy (April 14, 1977 – c. May 1, 2001) 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 ...more
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Daren Kagasoff is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Actor

Age: 31

Birthplace: Encino, California, United States of America

Daren Maxwell Kagasoff [KA-guh-sawf] (born September 16, 1987) is an American actor. He is known for starring as Ricky Underwood on the ABC Family teen drama series The Secret Life of the ...more