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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Santa Clara University and be of some renown.

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.

The list you're viewing contains graduates like Steve Nash and Shemar Moore.

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

Age: 48

Birthplace: Oakland, California

Shemar Franklin Moore (born April 20, 1970) 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 ...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

Age: 57

Birthplace: Quonset Point

Margaret Jane "Dee Dee" Myers (born September 1, 1961) is an American political analyst who served as the seventeenth White House Press Secretary during the first two years of the ...more
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Benjamin Cruz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: 67

Benjamin Joseph "BJ" Franquez Cruz (born (1951-03-03)March 3, 1951) is an American judge and politician from Guam and the current Speaker of the 34th Guam Legislature from January 2, ...more
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Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Basketball player, Athlete

Age: 45

Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Stephen John Nash (born 7 February 1974) is a Canadian former professional basketball player who played 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was an eight-time NBA All-Star ...more

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Gavin Newsom is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Gavin Newsom Politician

Age: 51

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Gavin Christopher Newsom (born October 10, 1967) is an American politician and businessman who is the 40th governor of California, serving since January 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, ...more

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Kurtwood Smith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting

Age: 75

Birthplace: New Lisbon, Wisconsin, United States of America

Kurtwood Larson Smith (born July 3, 1943) is an American television and film actor. He is known for playing Clarence Boddicker in RoboCop (1987) and Red Forman in That '70s Show, as well as for ...more

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Jorma Kaukonen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician

Age: 78

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Jorma Ludwik Kaukonen, Jr. (; YOR-mə KOW-kə-nen; born December 23, 1940) is an American blues, folk, and rock guitarist. Kaukonen performed with Jefferson Airplane and still performs regularly ...more

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Jackie Coogan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Child Actor, Actor

Age: Dec. at 70 (1914-1984)

Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California

John Leslie Coogan (October 26, 1914 – March 1, 1984), known professionally as Jackie Coogan, was an American actor and comedian who began his movie career as a child actor in silent ...more
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Jerry Brown is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: 80

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Edmund Gerald Brown Jr. (born April 7, 1938) is an American politician who served as the 34th and 39th governor of California from 1975 to 1983 and from 2011 to 2019. A member of the Democratic ...more
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Reza Aslan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Professor, Author, Writer

Age: 46

Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

Reza Aslan (Persian: رضا اصلان‎, IPA: [ˈɾezɒː æsˈlɒːn]; born May 3, 1972) is an Iranian-American scholar of religious studies, writer, and television host. He has written three books on ...more
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Mike Espy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Politician

Age: 65

Birthplace: Yazoo City, Mississippi, United States of America

Alphonso Michael Espy (born November 30, 1953) is an American politician who served as the 25th United States Secretary of Agriculture from 1993 to 1994. He was both the first African American ...more
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Janet Napolitano is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: 61

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Janet Ann Napolitano (; born November 29, 1957) is an American politician, lawyer, and university administrator who served as the 21st Governor of Arizona from 2003 to 2009 and as the United ...more
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Ron Reis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Wrestler

Age: 48

Birthplace: San Jose, California, United States of America

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

Age: 47

Birthplace: Oakland, California

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Lloyd Bacon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director

Age: Dec. at 66 (1889-1955)

Birthplace: San Jose, California, United States of America

Lloyd Francis Bacon (December 4, 1889 – November 15, 1955) was an American screen, stage and vaudeville actor and film director. As a director he made films in virtually all genres, including ...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

Age: 77

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Paul Lorin Kantner (March 17, 1941 – January 28, 2016) was an American rock musician. He is best known as the co-founder, rhythm guitarist, and occasional vocalist of Jefferson Airplane, a ...more

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Brooke Hart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni

Age: Dec. at 22 (1911-1933)

Brooke Hart (June 11, 1911 – November 9, 1933) was the eldest son of Alexander Hart, the owner of Leopold Hart and Son Department Store at the southeast corner of Market and Santa Clara Street ...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 (born c. April 1939) is an American real estate developer, and the founder of the Cupertino, California-based Sobrato Organization, a Silicon Valley development firm ...more
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Khaled Hosseini is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Novelist, Author, Physician

Age: 53

Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan

Khaled Hosseini (Persian: خالد حسینی‎ [ˈxɒled hoˈsejni]; ; born March 4, 1965) is an Afghan-American novelist and physician. After graduating from college, he worked as a doctor in California, a ...more

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Frank Murkowski is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Politician, Banker

Age: 85

Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, USA

Frank Hughes Murkowski (born March 28, 1933) is an American retired politician and a member of the Republican Party. He was a United States senator from Alaska from 1981 until 2002 and the ...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

Age: 73

Birthplace: Chicago metropolitan area, Illinois, Chicago, United States of America, United States, + more

Robert Joseph Miller (born March 30, 1945) is an American former attorney and politician who served as the 26th Governor of Nevada from 1989 to 1999. He is a member of the Democratic Party.
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Mike Carey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Referee, American Football Official

Age: 70

Michael "Mike" Carey (born c. 1949) is a retired American football official in the National Football League (NFL). His uniform number was 94. Prior to his officiating career, he played ...more
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Brendan Eich is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Santa Clara University Alumni
Programmer

Age: 58

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Brendan Eich (; born July 4, 1961) is an American technologist and creator of the JavaScript programming language. He co-founded the Mozilla project, the Mozilla Foundation and the Mozilla ...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

Age: 80

Birthplace: Monterey, California, United States of America

Leon Edward Panetta (born June 28, 1938) is an American politician who has served in several different public office positions, including the Secretary of Defense, Director of the CIA, White ...more