Famous Santa Clara University Alumni

List RulesPeople 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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    Fashion Model, Actor


    BirthplaceOakland, California, USA

    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 Morgan  ...more

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    Spokesperson, News analyst


    BirthplaceQuonset 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 Clinton  ...more
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    Politician, Lawyer


    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, 2017 to  ...more
  • 4
    Basketball player


    BirthplaceJohannesburg, South Africa

    Stephen John Nash OC OBC (born 7 February 1974) is a Canadian professional basketball coach and former player who is the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA).  ...more

    #29 of 289 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#344 of 1,316 The Best Athletes Of All Time#14 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

  • 5

    Gavin Newsom



    BirthplaceSan Francisco Peninsula, Northern California, California, Contiguous United States, San Francisco Bay Area

    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, he  ...more

    #15 of 29 The Hottest Male World Leaders#13 of 51 The Most Important Politicians Of 2019#217 of 432 Famous Tall Men Over 6'2

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    Actor, Voice acting


    BirthplaceNew 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 his  ...more
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    Guitarist, Songwriter


    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., USA

    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 on  ...more

    #54 of 100 Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time#181 of 542 The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time#192 of 645 The Greatest Lead Guitarists Of All Time

  • 8
    Child Actor, Actor

    AgeDec. at 69 (1914-1984)

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

    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 films.Charlie  ...more
  • 9
    Politician, Lawyer


    BirthplaceSan Francisco, California, USA

    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
  • 10
    Professor, Author


    BirthplaceTehran, 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 religion: No  ...more
  • 11


    BirthplaceYazoo City, Mississippi, USA

    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 and  ...more
  • 12
    Politician, Lawyer


    BirthplaceNew York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, 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 States  ...more
  • 13


    BirthplaceSan Jose, California, USA

    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.  ...more
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    Screenwriter, Actor

    AgeDec. at 65 (1889-1955)

    BirthplaceSan Jose, USA, California

    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
  • 16
    Film Score Composer, Guitarist


    BirthplaceUSA, California, San Francisco

    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 leading  ...more

    #236 of 259 The Best Frontmen in Rock#265 of 525 Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?#251 of 750 These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time

  • 17
    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 in  ...more
  • 18

    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 specializing  ...more
  • 19
    Novelist, Author


    BirthplaceKabul, 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
  • 20
    Politician, Banker


    BirthplaceSeattle, 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 eighth  ...more
  • 21
    Politician, Attorney at law


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA

    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.  ...more
  • 22
    Referee, American Football Official


    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 college  ...more
  • 23


    BirthplacePittsburgh, 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
  • 24
    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
  • 25
    Politician, Lawyer


    BirthplaceMonterey, California, USA

    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 House  ...more