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Famous Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni

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List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Southern Illinois University Carbondale and be of some renown.

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?”
  • 1
    Jenny McCarthy

    Jenny McCarthy

    Comedian, Television producer


    BirthplaceEvergreen Park, Illinois, United States of America

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    John Belushi

    John Belushi

    Comedian, Musician

    AgeDec. at 33 (1949-1982)

    BirthplaceHumboldt Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA

    John Adam Belushi (January 24, 1949 – March 5, 1982) was an American comedian, actor, and... more on Wikipedia

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    #28 of 233 The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time#79 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive

  • 3
    Dick Gregory

    Dick Gregory

    Comedian, Entrepreneur


    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

    Richard Claxton Gregory (October 12, 1932 – August 19, 2017) was an American comedian, civil... more on Wikipedia

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    #3 of 17 Celebrities Who Died in Pairs (and Trios)#126 of 315 American Stand-Up Comedians: The Best Comics In the USA

  • 4
    Dennis Franz


    BirthplaceProviso Township, Maywood, Illinois, United States of America

    Dennis Franz Schlachta (; born October 28, 1944), known professionally as Dennis Franz, is an... more on Wikipedia

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    #50 of 101 The Most Beloved US Veterans#112 of 461 The Best TV Actors of All Time

  • 5
    Joan Higginbotham

    Joan Higginbotham

    Astronaut, Engineer


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Joan Elizabeth Higginbotham (born August 3, 1964) is an American engineer and a former NASA... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Timothy Krajcir


    BirthplaceAllentown, Pennsylvania

    Timothy Wayne Krajcir (pronounced /ˈkraɪtʃər/) (born Timothy Wayne McBride; November 28, 1944)... more on Wikipedia

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    #75 of 130 Famous American Serial Killers#14 of 20 20 Famous Serial Killers of Women

  • 7
    Richard Roundtree

    Richard Roundtree

    Model, Actor


    BirthplaceNew Rochelle, New York, United States of America

    Richard Roundtree (born July 9, 1942) is an American actor and former model. Roundtree is... more on Wikipedia

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    #72 of 190 The Greatest Black Actors in Film History#74 of 101 The Best African-American Film Actors

  • 8
    Walt Frazier

    Walt Frazier

    Basketball player, Actor


    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, United States of America

    Walter "Clyde" Frazier (born March 29, 1945) is an American former basketball player in the... more on Wikipedia

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    #504 of 786 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#18 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

  • 9
    Steve James

    Steve James

    Film Producer, Screenwriter



    Steve James (born March 8, 1954) is an Oscar-nominated American film producer and director of... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    Shawn Colvin

    Shawn Colvin

    Songwriter, Musician


    BirthplaceVermillion, South Dakota, United States of America

    Shawn Colvin (born January 10, 1956) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. While... more on Wikipedia

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  • 11
    David Selby

    David Selby

    Actor, Voice acting


    BirthplaceMorgantown, West Virginia, United States of America

    David Lynn Selby (born February 5, 1941) is an American film, television and stage actor. He... more on Wikipedia
  • 12

    Donald F. Mchenry

    Businessperson, Diplomat


    BirthplaceArea code 557, St. Louis, St. Louis County, Area code 314, United States of America

    Donald Franchot McHenry is an American former diplomat. He was the United States Ambassador... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Brandon Jacobs

    Brandon Jacobs

    American football player


    BirthplaceHouma, Louisiana

    Brandon Christopher Jacobs (born July 6, 1982) is a former American football running back, who... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Troy Hudson

    Troy Hudson

    Basketball player


    BirthplaceCarbondale, Illinois

    Troy Elderon Hudson (born March 13, 1976) is an American retired professional basketball point... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Jim Belushi

    Jim Belushi

    Spokesperson, Film Score Composer


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA

    James Adam Belushi (; born June 15, 1954) is an Albanian-American actor, voice actor,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16

    Chander Raman

    Chander Raman (b. 1961), Associate Professor of Medicine, received his B.Sc. degree in Zoology...
  • 17
    Don S. Davis

    Don S. Davis

    Sculptor, Painter

    AgeDec. at 66 (1942-2008)

    BirthplaceAurora, Missouri, United States of America

    Don Sinclair Davis (August 4, 1942 – June 29, 2008) was an American character actor best-known... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Roland Burris

    Roland Burris

    Politician, Lawyer


    BirthplaceIllinois, United States of America, Clinton County, Washington County, Centralia

    Roland Wallace Burris (born August 3, 1937) is an American politician and attorney who is a... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Justin Hartley

    Justin Hartley

    Television director, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceKnoxville, Illinois, United States of America

    Justin Scott Hartley (born January 29, 1977) is an American actor. He is known for his... more on Wikipedia

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  • 20
    Bart Scott

    Bart Scott

    American football player


    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    Bartholomew Edward Scott (born August 18, 1980) is a former American football player and... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    William "Bill" Ernest (born December 16, 1950) is the CEO of Saudi Entertainment Ventures... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Benjamin Percy

    Benjamin Percy

    Author, Writer


    BirthplaceEugene, Oregon

    Benjamin Percy is an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, comics writer, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Lena Taylor


    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

    Lena C. Taylor (born July 25, 1966) is a Democratic member of the Wisconsin Senate,... more on Wikipedia
  • 24

    Greg A. Lee

    Greg A. Lee is Senior Vice President, Human Resources for Motorola. In this role, Lees...
  • 25
    Tom Baugh

    Tom Baugh

    American football player


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Thomas Anthony Baugh (born December 1, 1963) is a former professional American football... more on Wikipedia