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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

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Tom Baugh is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Tom Baugh American football player Thomas Anthony Baugh is a former professional American football player. He was a center who played four seasons in the National Football League for two teams. A 1981 graduate of Riverside ...more

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Jamaal Tatum is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Basketball player Jamaal Tatum is an American professional basketball guard. He is 6'2" and 175 pounds. As a high schooler, Tatum was a finalist as the Missouri Mr. Basketball, becoming the leading scorer at ...more

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Antonio Harvey is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Basketball player Antonio Harvey is a retired American professional basketball player. He attended Southern Illinois University, Connors State College, the University of Georgia, and Pfeiffer University. He was ...more

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Rich Whitney is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Rich Whitney is an Illinois politician and civil rights attorney who was the Illinois Green Party's nominee for Governor of Illinois in the elections of 2006 and 2010. During the 2006 campaign ...more

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Bil Dwyer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Comedian, Game Show Host, Actor William Michael "Bil" Dwyer is an American stand-up comedian and game show host. Television shows he has hosted include GSN's Extreme Dodgeball, I've Got A Secret and The 50 Greatest ...more

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Kevin Kessinger is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Businessperson Kevin Kessinger is the Chief Operations and Technology Officer at Citi. He has had many senior position within the company.

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Loren Coleman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Loren Coleman Author, Actor, Writer Loren Coleman is an author of books on a number of topics, including cryptozoology.

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Kel Gleason is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Kel Gleason is a former contestant on the reality television show Survivor: The Australian Outback.

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Matthew F. Hale is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Matthew F. Hale, more commonly known as Matt Hale, was the third Pontifex Maximus of the nontheistic and ethnocentric religion, Creativity, and the founder of the group formerly known as the ...more

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Eugene A. Delaney is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Businessperson Eugene A. Delaney serves as President of Government Public Safety - Enterprise Mobility Business and Senior Vice President of (Europe, Middle East and Africa) A/P (Asia/Pacific) Sales of ...more

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Ijaz-ul-Haq is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Politician Muhammad Ijaz-ul-Haq is a Pakistani politician and leader of the rightwing Pakistan Muslim League party. He served as Minister for Religious Affairs and Minorities in the government of General ...more

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Dave Stieb is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Baseball player David Andrew Stieb is a former Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays. A seven-time All-Star, he also won The Sporting News '​ Pitcher of the Year Award in ...more

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Ravi Batra is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Professor, Economist Raveendra Nath "Ravi" Batra, is an Indian-American economist, author, and professor at Southern Methodist University. Batra is the author of six bestselling books, two of which ...more

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Patrick Welch is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Lawyer Patrick Daniel Welch was a Democratic member of the Illinois Senate, representing the 38th district from 1983 through 2005. He served as an Assistant Majority Leader during his final term.

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Heather Vandeven is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Pornographic actor, Nude Glamour Model, Actor Heather Vandeven is an American model, mainstream actress, and pornographic actress. She was chosen as a Penthouse Pet of the Month in 2006, and later became the magazine's 2007 Pet of the

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Houston Antwine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
American football player New England Patriots 50th Anniversary Team Houston J. Antwine was a college and professional American football player from Southern Illinois University. He was drafted by the American Football ...more

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Lionel Antoine is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Lionel Antoine American football player Lionel Sylvester Antoine was an American football player. He's one of seven children born to Bertrand and Gertrude Antoine, Sr. in Biloxi, Mississippi. He has six children and is still married ...more

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Sam Silas is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
American football player Samuel Louis Silas is a former American football defensive lineman in the National Football League. Drafted by the Boston Patriots in the sixth round of the 1963 AFL Draft. He went to one Pro ...more

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Carl Bearden is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Consultant Carl Bearden is a Missouri Republican politician who was the Speaker pro Tempore for the Missouri House of Representatives from 2005 to 2007. He lives in St. Charles, Missouri, with his wife, ...more

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Martin Hochertz is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
American football player Martin Hochertz was an American football defensive end in the National Football League for the Atlanta Falcons, the Washington Redskins, and the Miami Dolphins. He played college football at the ...more

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Terry Taylor is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Terry Taylor American football player Terry Lee Taylor, grew up on the Youngstown Northside and played his High school sports of Football, Basketball and ran track at Youngstown Rayen High School. Terry Taylor is a former ...more

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Carl Mauck is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Carl Mauck American football player Carl Mauck is a former American football player who was a center who played thirteen seasons in the National Football League for four teams, and later served as an offensive line coach for ...more

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Jim Hart is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
American football player James Warren "Jim" Hart is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1966 through 1983 and the Washington

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Bonnie Garcia is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Bonnie Garcia Politician Bonnie Garcia is a California politician. She was the representative for California's 80th State Assembly district, serving eastern Riverside County and all of Imperial County, from 2002 through ...more

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Steve Finley is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni
Baseball player Steven Allen Finley is a former Major League Baseball outfielder. He was a two-time All-Star, World Series champion, and five-time Gold Glove Award winner.