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

Examples of graduates on this list include Jenny McCarthy and John Belushi.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Southern Illinois University Carbondale?” and “Which celebrities are Southern Illinois University Carbondale alumni?”

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Jenny McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Model Jennifer Ann "Jenny" McCarthy is an American model, television host, comedian, actress, author, and anti-vaccine activist. She began her career in 1993 as a model for Playboy magazine ...more

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John Belushi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Comedian, Musician, Screenwriter John Adam Belushi was an American comedian, actor, and musician. He is best known for his "intense energy and raucous attitude" which he displayed as one of the original cast members ...more

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Dick Gregory is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Comedian, Entrepreneur, Actor Richard Claxton "Dick" Gregory is an American comedian, civil rights activist, social critic, conspiracy theorist, writer and entrepreneur. Gregory is an influential American comedian ...more

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Dennis Franz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Actor Dennis Franz is an American actor best known for his role as Detective Andy Sipowicz in the ABC television series NYPD Blue.

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Joan Higginbotham is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Astronaut, Engineer Joan Elizabeth Higginbotham is an American engineer and a former NASA astronaut. She flew aboard Space Shuttle Discovery mission STS-116 as a mission specialist.

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Timothy Krajcir is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Sailor Timothy Wayne Krajcir is a convicted American serial killer from West Mahanoy Township, Pennsylvania who has confessed to killing over nine women: five in Missouri and four others in Illinois ...more

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Carol Imhof is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Nude Glamour Model

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Richard Roundtree is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Model, Actor Richard Roundtree is an American actor. He has been called "the first black action hero" for his portrayal of private detective John Shaft in the 1971 film, Shaft, and its sequels, ...more

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Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Basketball player, Actor Walter "Clyde" Frazier is an American former basketball player in the National Basketball Association. As their floor general, he led the New York Knicks to the franchise's only two ...more

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Steve James is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer Steve James is an American film producer and director of several documentaries, including the award-winning Hoop Dreams and Stevie.

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Shawn Colvin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin is an American singer-songwriter and musician widely known for her Grammy-winning 1997 single "Sunny Came Home."

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David Selby is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Actor, Voice acting, Writer David Lynn Selby is an American character and stage actor. He has worked in movies, soap operas and television. Selby is best known for playing the roles of Quentin Collins on the ABC-TV serial ...more

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Donald F. Mchenry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Businessperson, Diplomat Donald Franchot McHenry is an American former diplomat. He was the United States Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations from September 1979 until January 20, 1981.

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Brandon Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
American football player Brandon Christopher Jacobs is a former American football running back, who spent the majority of his career with the New York Giants of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Giants ...more

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Troy Hudson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Basketball player Troy Hudson is an American retired professional basketball point guard who last played with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League.

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Jim Belushi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Spokesperson, Film Score Composer, Television director James Adam "Jim" Belushi is an American actor, comedian and musician. He is best known for playing the role of James "Jim" Orenthal on the long-running sitcom According to ...more

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Chander Raman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Professor Chander Raman (b. 1961), Associate Professor of Medicine, received his B.Sc. degree in Zoology from Madras University, India (1980). He subsequently received his M.S. degree in Microbiology from ...more

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Don S. Davis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Sculptor, Painter, Soldier Don Sinclair Davis, PhD was an American character actor best known for playing General George S. Hammond in the television series Stargate SG-1, and earlier for playing Major Garland Briggs on ...more

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Roland Burris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Roland Wallace Burris is a former United States Senator from the state of Illinois and a member of the Democratic Party. In 1978, Burris was the first African-American elected to statewide ...more

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Justin Hartley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Television director, Screenwriter, Actor Justin Scott Hartley is an American actor, known for his roles as Fox Crane in the NBC daytime soap opera Passions and Oliver Queen in The CW's superhero series Smallville. Hartley also starred ...more

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Bart Scott is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
American football player Bartholomew Edward Scott is a former American football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League for eleven seasons. After playing college football for Southern Illinois ...more

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Bill Ernest is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
William "Bill" Ernest is the President and Managing Director, Asia, for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. He assumed this new role in April 2008. Ernest was formally the Executive Vice ...more

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Benjamin Percy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Author, Writer Benjamin Percy is a contemporary American writer.

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Lena Taylor is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Lawyer Lena C. Taylor is a Democratic member of the Wisconsin Senate, representing the 4th District since 2005, and formerly served as the co-chair of the powerful Joint Committee on Finance. She ...more

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Greg A. Lee is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Businessperson Greg A. Lee is Senior Vice President, Human Resources for Motorola. In this role, Lees worldwide responsibilities include workforce development, organizational effectiveness, benefits and ...more