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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 adult film actress, adult film director, sex educator, sex-positive feminist, 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, and erotica. She is perhaps best known for her popular and influential series of novels, The Vampire Chronicles, ...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

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Daren Kagasoff is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Actor Daren Maxwell Kagasoff is an American actor. He is best known for starring as Ricky Underwood on the ABC Family teen soap The Secret Life of the American Teenager from 2008-2013.

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Keith Kerr is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Keith Kerr, Colonel, USA-ret, and BG, CSMR-ret., is a retired United States Army Reserve Colonel, who later was given the rank of Brigadier General in the California State Military Reserve, part ...more

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Vartan Gregorian is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Vartan Gregorian is an Iranian-born Armenian-American academic, serving as the president of Carnegie Corporation of New York. Gregorian came to the United States in 1956 as a freshman, attending ...more

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Marty Balin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Musician, Singer-songwriter Marty Balin (January 30, 1942 – September 27, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter, and musician best known as the founder and one of the lead singers and songwriters of Jefferson Airplane ...more

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Wilma Mankiller is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Tribal chief, Writer Wilma Pearl Mankiller was the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation. She served as principal chief for ten years from 1985 to 1995. She is the author of a national-bestselling autobiography, ...more

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Cleve Jones is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Businessperson, Actor, Social activist Cleve Jones is an American AIDS and LGBT rights activist. He conceived of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt which has become, at 54 tons, the world's largest piece of community folk art as ...more

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Pauline Oliveros is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Accordionist, Composer Pauline Oliveros is an American composer and accordionist who is a central figure in the development of experimental and post-war electronic art music. She was a founding member of the San ...more

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Kate Linder is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Actor, Flight attendant Kate Linder is an American actress, best known for her role as Esther Valentine on The Young and the Restless, which she has played since 1982.

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George Fenneman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Announcer, Actor, Presenter George Watt Fenneman was an American radio and television announcer. Fenneman was born in Peking, China, the only child of American parents in the import-export business. He was nine months old ...more

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Del Martin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Journalist, Author Del Martin is an award winning author.

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Micah Saul is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Ontologist Deedle deedle deedle!!!!

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Alec Flett is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Software Engineer

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Frances Mayes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Poet, Memoirist, Novelist Frances Mayes is an American university professor, poet, memoirist, essayist, and novelist. Born and raised in Fitzgerald, Georgia, Mayes attended Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, ...more

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Willie Brown is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Politician, Author, Lawyer Willie Lewis Brown, Jr. is an American politician of the Democratic Party. He served over 30 years in the California State Assembly, spending 15 years as its speaker, and later served as the ...more

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George Duke is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Jazz Pianist, Record producer, Keytarist George Duke was an American musician, known as a keyboard pioneer, composer, singer and producer in both jazz and popular mainstream musical genres. He worked with numerous acclaimed artists as ...more

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Jody Diamond is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Journalist, Composer Jody Diamond is an American composer, performer, writer, publisher, editor, and educator. She specializes in traditional and new music for Indonesian gamelan and is active internationally as a ...more

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Kimberly Hunt is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Journalist Kimberly Hunt, an Emmy Award winner, is a San Diego news anchor/reporter for KGTV. During her career, Hunt has interviewed sitting Presidents, Oprah Winfrey, and other military, political and ...more

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Peter Coyote is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Screenwriter, Author, Actor Peter Coyote is an American actor, author, director, screenwriter and narrator of films, theatre, television and audiobooks. His voice work includes narrating the opening ceremony of the 2002 ...more

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Yvonne Cagle is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Astronaut, Physician Yvonne Darlene Cagle is an African American NASA astronaut.

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Heather Fong is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Police officer Heather Jeanne Fong is the former chief of police for San Francisco, California, United States. Her ancestral roots are in Ho Chung village, Chung Shan County, Guangdong Province, China. She is ...more

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Larry Galizio is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Teacher Larry Galizio was a Democratic member of the Oregon House of Representatives, representing District 35 from 2004 to 2010. House District 35 includes parts of Tigard, Southwest Portland, King ...more

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Melissa Ng is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Actor Melissa Ng Mei-hang is a semi-retired China-born Hong Kong television actress. She has been under contract to the television station TVB since 1996 after coming second in the Miss Chinese ...more

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Kent Nagano is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Conductor, Music Director Kent George Nagano is an American conductor and opera administrator. He is currently the music director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and the Bavarian State Opera.

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Richard Melo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Novelist, Writer, Critic Richard Melo is an American author and book reviewer. He is the author of the novels Happy Talk and Jokerman 8.

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Cal Tjader is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous San Francisco State University Alumni
Musician, Bandleader, Composer Callen Radcliffe Tjader, Jr., known as Cal Tjader, was an American Latin jazz musician, known as the most successful non-Latino Latin musician. He also explored various other jazz idioms but ...more