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Famous Santa Clara University Alumni

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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
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 and as the third permanent host ...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 and businessman who is the Governor-elect of California. A member of the Democratic Party, he has been the 49th Lieutenant Governor of ...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