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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Syracuse University and be of some renown.

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

This list is made up of many different graduates, including Shaquille O'Neal and Carmelo Anthony.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Syracuse University?” and “Which celebrities are Syracuse University alumni?”
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Vanessa Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
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Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Certified Public Accountant, Television producer, Actor

Age: Dec. at 84 (1927-2011)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Peter Michael Falk (September 16, 1927 – June 23, 2011) was an American actor, known for his role as Lieutenant Columbo in the long-running television series Columbo (1968–2003), for which he ...more

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Robert Jarvik is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Researcher, Inventor, Scientist

Age: 72

Birthplace: Midland, Michigan

Robert Koffler Jarvik, M.D. (born May 11, 1946) is an American scientist, researcher and entrepreneur known for his role in developing the Jarvik-7 artificial heart.
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Joe Biden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: 76

Birthplace: Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. (; born November 20, 1942) is an American politician who served as the 47th vice president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. Biden also represented Delaware in ...more

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Ted Koppel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Commentator, Journalist, Television producer

Age: 79

Birthplace: Nelson, United Kingdom

Edward James Martin Koppel (born February 8, 1940) is a British-born American broadcast journalist, best known as the anchor for Nightline, from the program's inception in 1980 until 2005. ...more

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Jerry Stiller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Author

Age: 88

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

Gerald Isaac Stiller (June 8, 1927 – May 11, 2020) was an American comedian and actor. He spent many years in the comedy team Stiller and Meara with his wife, Anne Meara. He later played Frank ...more

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Eileen Collins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Astronaut

Age: 62

Birthplace: Elmira, New York

Eileen Marie Collins (born November 19, 1956) is a retired NASA astronaut and a retired United States Air Force colonel. A former military instructor and test pilot, Collins was the first female ...more

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Michelangelo Signorile ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Journalist, Writer, Broadcaster

Age: 58

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Michelangelo Signorile (; born December 19, 1960) is an American journalist, author and talk radio host. His radio program is aired each weekday across the United States and Canada on Sirius XM ...more
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Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Basketball player, Television producer, Actor

Age: 34

Birthplace: Red Hook, New York City, New York, United States of America

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Taye Diggs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Television producer, Actor, Singer

Age: 48

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey

Scott Leo "Taye" Diggs (born January 2, 1971) is an American actor and singer. He is known for his roles in the Broadway musicals Rent and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the TV series ...more

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Dick Clark is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Businessperson, Television producer, Game Show Host

Age: Dec. at 83 (1929-2012)

Birthplace: Mount Vernon, New York, United States of America

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Aaron Sorkin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: 57

Birthplace: New York City, Manhattan, USA, New York

Aaron Benjamin Sorkin (born June 9, 1961) is an American screenwriter, director, producer, and playwright. His works include the Broadway plays A Few Good Men, The Farnsworth Invention and To ...more

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Story Musgrave is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Biophysicist, Public speaker, Physiologist

Age: 83

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Franklin Story Musgrave, M.D. (born August 19, 1935) is an American physician and a retired NASA astronaut. He is a public speaker and consultant to both Disney's Imagineering group and Applied ...more

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Bob Costas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Bob Costas Commentator, Talk show host, Announcer

Age: 66

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Robert Quinlan Costas (born March 22, 1952) is an award-winning American sportscaster, who is employed by MLB Network, where he does play-by-play and hosts an interview show called Studio 42 ...more

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Al Davis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Businessperson, Coach

Age: Dec. at 82 (1929-2011)

Birthplace: Brockton, Massachusetts

Allen Davis (July 4, 1929 – October 8, 2011) was an American football coach and executive. He was the principal owner and general manager of the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League ...more

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Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Film Producer, Actor, Athlete

Age: 79

Birthplace: St. Simons, Georgia, United States of America

James Nathaniel Brown (born February 17, 1936) is an American former professional football player and actor. He was a running back for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL) ...more

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Fremont Rider is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Librarian, Inventor, Writer

Age: Dec. at 77 (1885-1962)

Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey

Arthur Fremont Rider (May 25, 1885 – October 26, 1962) was an American writer, poet, editor, inventor, genealogist, and librarian. He studied under Melvil Dewey, of whom he wrote a biography for ...more
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Steve Rubell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni

Age: Dec. at 46 (1943-1989)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Steve Rubell (December 2, 1943 – July 25, 1989) was an American entrepreneur and co-owner of the New York disco Studio 54.
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Paul Taylor is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Choreographer

Age: 88

Birthplace: Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, USA

Paul Belville Taylor, Jr. (July 29, 1930 – August 29, 2018) was an American dancer and choreographer. He was among the last living members of the third generation of America's modern dance ...more
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Emme is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Model

Age: 56

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Emme (born Melissa Owens Miller; June 30, 1963) is an American plus-size model, social reformer and body image advocate. Emme gained worldwide fame as the first full-figured model chosen for ...more
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Joyce Carol Oates is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Editor, Poet, Literary critic

Age: 80

Birthplace: Lockport, New York

Joyce Carol Oates (born June 16, 1938) is an American writer. Oates published her first book in 1962 and has since published 58 novels, as well as a number of plays and novellas, and many ...more

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Camille Paglia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Cultural critic, Author, Writer

Age: 71

Birthplace: Broome County, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America, United States, + more

Camille Anna Paglia (; born April 2, 1947) is an American feminist academic and social critic. Paglia has been a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, since ...more
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Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter

Age: Dec. at 71 (1942-2013)

Lewis Allan Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American musician, singer, songwriter and poet. He was the lead guitarist, singer and principal songwriter for the rock band the Velvet ...more

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William Safire is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Speechwriter, Journalist, Author

Age: Dec. at 80 (1929-2009)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

William Lewis Safir (December 17, 1929 – September 27, 2009), better known as William Safire (), was an American author, columnist, journalist, and presidential speechwriter. He was a long-time ...more
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Vera Farmiga is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Actor, Film Director

Age: 45

Birthplace: USA, Clifton, New Jersey

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