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

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This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Santa Clara University?” and “Which celebrities are Santa Clara University alumni?”

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Shemar Moore is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Fashion Model, Actor Shemar Franklin Moore is an American actor and former fashion model. His notable roles are that of Malcolm Winters on The Young and the Restless from 1994 to 2005, Derek Morgan on CBS's Criminal ...more

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Dee Dee Myers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Spokesperson, News analyst, Author Dee Dee Myers, a political analyst, was the White House Press Secretary during the first two years of the Clinton administration, from January 1993 to December 1994. She was the first woman and ...more

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Benjamin Cruz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Benjamin Joseph "BJ" Franquez Cruz is a judge and politician from Guam and the current vice-speaker of the Guam Legislature since January 2009.

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Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Basketball player, Athlete Stephen John "Steve" Nash, OC, OBC is a Canadian retired professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association. He was an eight-time NBA All-Star and a ...more

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Gavin Newsom is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Politician Gavin Christopher Newsom is an American politician. He is the 49th and current lieutenant governor of California, after being elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. In 2003, he was elected the ...more

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Kurtwood Smith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting Kurtwood Larson Smith is an American television and film actor. He is known for playing Clarence Boddicker in RoboCop and Red Forman in That '70s Show, and for his appearances in the genre of ...more

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Jorma Kaukonen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician Jorma Ludwik Kaukonen, Jr. is an American blues, folk, and rock guitarist, best known for his work with Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna.

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Jackie Coogan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Child Actor, Actor John Leslie "Jackie" Coogan was an American actor who began his movie career as a child actor in silent films. Charlie Chaplin's film classic The Kid made him one of the first child ...more

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Jerry Brown is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Edmund Gerald "Jerry" Brown Jr. is an American attorney, politician and member of the Democratic Party who has served as the 39th Governor of California since 2011, having previously ...more

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Reza Aslan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Professor, Author, Writer Reza Aslan is an Iranian-American writer, scholar of religious studies and a professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside. He is a member of American Academy of ...more

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Mike Espy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Politician Alphonso Michael "Mike" Espy is a United States Democratic politician. From 1987 to 1993, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives from Mississippi. From 1993 to 1994 he was ...more

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Janet Napolitano is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Janet Ann Napolitano is an American politician, lawyer, and university administrator who served as Governor of Arizona from 2003 to 2009 and United States Secretary of Homeland Security from ...more

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Ron Reis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Wrestler Ronald Allen "Ron" Reis is an American professional wrestler. He is best known for his appearances with World Championship Wrestling between 1995 and 1998 under the ring names The Yeti

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Dennis W. Chiu is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni

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Lloyd Bacon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director Lloyd Francis Bacon was an American screen, stage and vaudeville actor and film director. As a director he made films in virtually all genres—westerns, musicals, comedies, gangster films, crime ...more

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Paul Kantner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Film Score Composer, Guitarist, Musician Paul Lorin Kantner is an American rock musician, known for co-founding the counterculture era psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane and its spin-off band Jefferson Starship. He was born in ...more

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Brooke Hart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Brooke Hart was the oldest son of Alexander Hart, the owner of Leopold Hart and Son Department Store at the SE corner of Market and Santa Clara Street in downtown San Jose, California. His ...more

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John A. Sobrato is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
John A. Sobrato Businessperson, Entrepreneur John Albert Sobrato is the founder of Cupertino, California-based The Sobrato Organization, a prominent Silicon Valley development firm specializing in commercial and residential real estate. He ...more

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Khaled Hosseini is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Novelist, Author, Physician Khaled Hosseini is an Afghan-born American novelist and physician. After graduating from college, he worked as a doctor in California, an occupation that he likened to "an arranged ...more

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Frank Murkowski is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Politician, Banker Frank Hughes Murkowski is an American politician and a member of the Republican Party. He was a United States Senator from Alaska from 1981 until 2002 and the eighth Governor of Alaska from 2002 ...more

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Bob Miller is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Politician, Attorney at law, Lawyer Robert Joseph "Bob" Miller is an American attorney and politician. He was the 26th Governor of the U.S. state of Nevada, serving from 1989 to 1999. He is a member of the Democratic ...more

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Mike Carey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Referee, American Football Official Michael "Mike" Carey is a retired American football official in the National Football League. His uniform number was 94. Prior to his officiating career, he played college football as ...more

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Brendan Eich is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Programmer Brendan Eich is an American technologist and creator of the JavaScript programming language. He co-founded the Mozilla project, the Mozilla Foundation and the Mozilla Corporation, and served as ...more

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John F. McCool is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Engineer John McCool is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Ciscos Data Center, Switching and Services Group. He is responsible for driving the strategy, engineering, and marketing direction of ...more

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Leon Panetta is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Leon Edward Panetta is an American statesman, lawyer, and professor. He served in the Barack Obama administration as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2009 to 2011 and as ...more

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Max Baer, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor Max Baer is an American actor, screenwriter, producer, and director. He is best known for playing Jethro Bodine on The Beverly Hillbillies and in January 2015, after the death of Donna Douglas, ...more

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Zoe Lofgren is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Politician Zoe Lofgren, pronounced ZO, is the U.S. Representative for California's 19th congressional district, serving in Congress since 1995. She is a member of the Democratic Party. The district is ...more

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Richard J. Justice is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Businessperson Richard Justice is Executive Vice President of Worldwide Operations and Business Development for Cisco.

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James Barrett is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Venture capitalist Jim joined NEA in 2001 as a General Partner. He specializes in biotechnology and works with members of NEA's healthcare investment group on medical devices, healthcare information systems and ...more

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Ron Hansen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Educator, Novelist, Screenwriter Ron Hansen is an American novelist, essayist, and professor.

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Sam Farr is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Politician Samuel Sharon "Sam" Farr is the U.S. Representative for California's 20th congressional district, serving in Congress since 1993. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He was elected ...more

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Mark Jon Bluth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Mark Jon Bluth joined NetApp in June 1997 as director of Manufacturing. He was promoted to vice president, Manufacturing Operations, in August 1999 and to senior vice president, Operations, in ...more

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Vincent Thomas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Vincent Tomasevich-Thomas was a Democratic Party politician from California who represented San Pedro's 68th and 52nd Districts in the California Assembly from 1941 to 1979.

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Brandi Chastain is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Footballer Brandi Denise Chastain is a professional American soccer defender and midfielder who plays for the team California Storm of Women's Premier Soccer League and is a former member of the United ...more

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Sandra McCoy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Actor, Dancer Sandra McCoy is an actor.

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George Reyes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
George Reyes is the former CFO of Google. He was formerly a director of BEA Systems, Symantec, and LifeLock. Reyes was the CFO of Google from 2003–2008, his announcement of retirement came in ...more

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Michael Trucco is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Actor Edward Michael Trucco is an American actor known for his role as Samuel T. Anders on the reimagined Battlestar Galactica and as Justin Patrick on the USA Network television series Fairly Legal. ...more

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Brent Jones is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
American football player Brent Michael Jones is a former American football tight end who played almost his entire National Football League career with the San Francisco 49ers from 1987 to 1997. He was selected in the ...more

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William M. Holt is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Businessperson William Bill Holt is senior vice president and general manager of Intel Corporation's Technology and Manufacturing Group. He shares responsibility with Robert Baker for managing Intel's ...more

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Frank Cepollina is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Inventor, Engineer Frank J. "Cepi" Cepollina was born in 1936 in Castro Valley, California is an American engineer and inventor. He was officially inducted to the National Inventors Hall of Fame for his ...more

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Steve Gomo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Steve Gomo joined Network Appliance in August 2002. He is responsible for the company's finance, information technology, legal, and investor relations functions. Gomo is a seasoned veteran with ...more

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Dan Pastorini is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Race car driver, Actor, American football player Dante Anthony "Dan" Pastorini is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League for the Houston Oilers, Oakland Raiders, Los Angeles Rams, and the Philadelphia ...more

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Peter Oppenheimer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Until 2014, Peter Oppenheimer was Apple Inc.'s senior vice president and Chief Financial Officer. As CFO, Oppenheimer oversees the controller, treasury, investor relations, tax, information ...more

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Grendel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Grendel Lawyer

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Everett Alvarez, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Pilot Everett Alvarez appeared in the documentary, Return With Honor.

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Tom McEnery is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Tom McEnery is an American author, businessman, and teacher from San Jose, California, who served as the 61st mayor of that city from 1983 to 1991. McEnery attended Santa Clara University, ...more

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Albert J. Ruffo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Lawyer Albert J. Ruffo was an American politician, philanthropist, educator, lawyer, and football coach. Ruffo grew up in Tacoma, Washington. In 1927 he moved to San Jose, California to attend nearby ...more

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Jim Vogt is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Jim Vogt brings to Trapeze Networks over 20 years of business and technology experience in the voice and data network and communications market place. Prior to joining Trapeze, Jim was president ...more

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Kurt Rambis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Basketball player, Coach Darrell Kurt Rambis is an American basketball coach and former professional basketball player. He currently works as an assistant coach for the New York Knicks. He previously served as a head ...more

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A. P. Hamann is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Lawyer Anthony P. Hamann, better known as A. P. Hamann or Dutch, was the city manager of San Jose, California, USA, from 1950 to 1969. During his tenure, San Jose grew from a small agriculture-based ...more