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

Alumni include Sarah Shahi, Kourtney Kardashian and many additional graduates as well.

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

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Kourtney Kardashian is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Fashion designer, Socialite, Businessperson Kourtney Mary Kardashian is an American television personality and model. In 2007, she and her family were commissioned to star in the reality television series Keeping Up with the Kardashians. ...more

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Jayne Mansfield is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Pin-up girl, Pianist, Model Jayne Mansfield was an American actress in film, theatre, and television. She was also a nightclub entertainer, a singer. She was a major Hollywood female symbol of the 1950s and early 1960s and ...more

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Sarah Shahi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Model, Actor, Cheerleader Aahoo Jahansouz "Sarah" Shahi is an American television actress and former NFL Cheerleader. She played Kate Reed in the USA Network legal drama Fairly Legal in 2011–12 and currently ...more

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Laura Bush is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Librarian, Author, Teacher Laura Bush is the wife of the forty third President of the United States George W. Bush and the incumbent First Lady of the United States. Born in 1946 in Midland, Texas, Mrs. Bush always had an ...more

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Angela Braly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Angela Fick Braly is an American executive. She served as President and Chief Executive Officer for WellPoint, Inc., a large US-based health care company, and was a member of the company's board ...more

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Aaron Spelling is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter Aaron Spelling was an American film and television producer. As of 2009, Spelling's eponymous production company Spelling Television holds the record as the most prolific television writer, with ...more

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Lauren Graham is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Television producer, Novelist, Actor Lauren Helen Graham is an American actress, producer and novelist. She is best known for playing Lorelai Gilmore on the WB Network dramedy series Gilmore Girls and Sarah Braverman on

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Kathy Bates is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Film Score Composer, Television director, Actor Kathleen Doyle "Kathy" Bates is an American actress and film director. After appearing in several minor roles in film and television during the 1970s and the 1980s, Bates rose to ...more

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Robert Dennard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Inventor, Electrical engineer, Engineer Robert Dennard is an American electrical engineer and inventor. Dennard was born in Terrell, Texas, U.S.. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist ...more

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Stephen Tobolowsky is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Theatre Director, Screenwriter, Actor Stephen Harold Tobolowsky is an American actor, author and musician. He played annoying insurance salesman Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day, as well as such television characters as Commissioner ...more

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Don Meredith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Announcer, Actor, American football player Joseph Don "Dandy Don" Meredith was an American football quarterback, sports commentator and actor. He spent all nine seasons of his professional playing career with the Dallas Cowboys ...more

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Joe Phillips is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
American football player Joseph Gordon Phillips is a former professional American football defensive tackle who played fourteen seasons in the National Football League. After his football career he became an attorney ...more

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Jim Duggan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Wrestler, Actor James Edward "Jim" Duggan Jr., better known by his ring name "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, is an American professional wrestler. He is signed with World Wrestling Entertainment in a ...more

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Belita Moreno is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Actor Aurabela "Belita" Moreno is a Mexican-American actress best known for her roles as Benita "Benny" Lopez on the ABC sitcom George Lopez and Edwina Twinkacetti/Lydia Markham on

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Henry Nash Smith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Researcher Henry Nash Smith was a scholar of American culture and literature. He was co-founder of the academic discipline "American studies". He was also a noted Mark Twain scholar, and the ...more

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Ray L. Hunt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Businessperson Ray L. Hunt, Chief Executive Officer of Hunt Oil Company and Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hunt Consolidated, Inc., was elected to PepsiCo's Board in 1996. Mr. ...more

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H. L. Hunt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Haroldson Lafayette "H. L." Hunt, Jr., known throughout his life as H. L. Hunt, was a Texas oil tycoon and conservative Republican political activist. By trading poker winnings for oil ...more

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Page McConnell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Musician Page Samuel McConnell is an American multi-instrumentalist most noted for his work as a songwriter and keyboardist with the American rock band Phish. He plays on stage right which is referred to ...more

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Fritz Von Erich is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Wrestler, American football player Jack Barton Adkisson was an American professional wrestler under the ring name Fritz Von Erich, better known today as a wrestling promoter and the patriarch of the Von Erich family. He was also ...more

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Eric Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Athlete, American football player Eric Demetric Dickerson is a former American college and professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League for eleven seasons during the 1980s and 1990s. ...more

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Sarah Jane Morris is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Actor Sarah Jane Morris is an American actress best known for her role as Julia Walker in the ABC drama series Brothers & Sisters.

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David Richards is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
American football player David Reed Richards is a former professional American football guard who played nine seasons in the National Football League. A standout at Highland Park High School in Dallas, Texas, the ...more

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Beth Clayton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Beth Clayton Singer Laura Beth Clayton is an American mezzo-soprano opera singer, and a native of Malvern, Arkansas.

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Dorothy Malone is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Actor Dorothy Malone is an American actress. Her film career began in 1943, and in her early years she played small roles, mainly in B-movies. After a decade in films, she began to acquire a more ...more

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Doak Walker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
American football player Ewell Doak Walker, Jr. was an American football player. He played college football as a halfback at Southern Methodist University, where he won the Heisman Trophy in 1948. Walker then played ...more

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Joey Slotnick is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Actor Joey Slotnick is an American film actor and voice actor.

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Reginald Ballard is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Comedian, Actor Reginald Ballard is an American character actor and comedian from Galveston, Texas, who is probably best known as "Bruh-man from the fifth flo'" in the Fox sitcom Martin. After ...more

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Jeffrey Nordling is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Actor Jeffrey Richard Nordling is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Jake Manning in Once and Again, Larry Moss in 24, and Nick Bolen in Desperate Housewives as well as various films.

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Katie Featherston is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Actor Katie Dianne Featherston is an American actress. She is best known for playing the role of Katie, the main protagonist of the Paranormal Activity series.

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Robert Rowling is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Businessperson Robert B. Rowling is the founder of TRT Holdings, the holding company of Omni Hotels and Gold's Gym.

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Artemis Pebdani is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Actor Artemis Pebdani is an actress best known for her work as Artemis on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, in which she plays a foul-mouthed friend of Sweet Dee.

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William Clyde Martin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Bishop, Pastor William Clyde Martin was a Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, The Methodist Church and the United Methodist Church. He distinguished himself in military service during World War I ...more

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John Tower is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Politician John Goodwin Tower was the first Republican United States senator from Texas since Reconstruction. He served from 1961 until his retirement on January 3, 1985, after which time he was appointed ...more

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James Hendler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Professor, Computer scientist James Alexander Hendler is an artificial intelligence researcher at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA, and one of the originators of the Semantic Web.

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Eddie Bernice Johnson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Nurse, Politician Eddie Bernice Johnson is a politician from the state of Texas, currently representing the state's 30th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. An African-American, ...more

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Sam Johnson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Politician, Fighter pilot Samuel Robert "Sam" Johnson is an American politician and a retired career United States Air Force officer and fighter pilot. A Republican, he has served as a member of the United ...more

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Mary Ellen Weber is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Astronaut, Scientist, Engineer Mary Ellen Weber, is an American executive, scientist, aviator, speaker, and a former NASA astronaut.

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Amy Acker is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Model, Actor, Voice acting Amy Louise Acker is an American actress. She played Winifred Burkle and Illyria on the TV series Angel and Kelly Peyton on Alias. She currently plays Samantha "Root" Groves on Person ...more

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Lee Haney is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Bodybuilder Lee Haney is an American former IFBB professional bodybuilder. Haney is the joint record holder, along with the Greatest of All-time Ronnie Coleman, for winning the most Mr. Olympia titles, with ...more

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Dylan Baker is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Actor Dylan Baker is an American actor, known for playing supporting roles in both major studio and independent films along with regular work in television and on stage.

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Pamela Porter is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Poet, Author, Writer Pamela Porter is an award-winning author.

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Wayne Watts is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Lawyer

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Stefanie de Roux is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Fashion Model Stefanie de Roux Martin is a Panamanian model is a TV Host and beauty pageant contestant winner of the Señorita Panamá little for Miss Universe 2003 pageant held on Panama City, ...more

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Karen Hughes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Journalist, Diplomat Karen Parfitt Hughes is the global vice chair of the public relations firm Burson-Marsteller. She served as the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs in the U.S. ...more

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John A. Davis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor John Alexander Davis is an American film director, writer, animator, voice actor and composer known for his work both in stop-motion animation as well as computer animation, Live action and ...more

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Dennis Moore is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Politician Dennis Moore is a former U.S. Representative for Kansas's 3rd congressional district, serving from 1999 until 2011. He is a member of the Kansas Democratic Party.

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David M. Moffett is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Businessperson David McKenzie Moffett is an American businessman and was formerly the CEO of Freddie Mac. He was previously an executive with U.S. Bancorp. He also served as senior advisor to the Carlyle ...more

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Powers Boothe is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Actor Powers Allen Boothe is an American television and film actor. Some of his most notable roles include his Emmy-winning 1980 portrayal of Jim Jones in Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones and ...more

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James Cronin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Physicist James Watson Cronin is an American nuclear physicist. Cronin was born in Chicago, Illinois and attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Cronin and co-researcher Val Logsdon Fitch ...more

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Lamar S. Smith is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Southern Methodist University Alumni
Politician Lamar Seeligson Smith is the U.S. Representative for Texas's 21st congressional district, serving since 1987. The district includes most of the wealthier sections of San Antonio and Austin, as ...more