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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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Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Basketball player, Rapper, Television producer Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal, nicknamed Shaq, is an American retired professional basketball player, former rapper, actor and current analyst on the television program Inside the NBA. Standing 7 ft ...more

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Vanessa Williams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni

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Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Certified Public Accountant, Television producer, Actor Peter Michael Falk was an American actor, best known for his role as Lt. Columbo in the television series Columbo. He appeared in numerous films such as The Princess Bride, The Great Race and ...more

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Robert Jarvik is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Researcher, Inventor, Scientist Robert Koffler Jarvik, M.D. 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) 5 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer 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. A member of the Democratic Party, he ...more

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Ted Koppel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Commentator, Journalist, Television producer Edward James Martin "Ted" Koppel is a British American broadcast journalist, best known as the anchor for Nightline from the program's inception in 1980 until his retirement in late ...more

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Jerry Stiller is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Author Gerald Isaac "Jerry" Stiller is an American comedian and actor. He spent many years in the comedy team Stiller and Meara with his wife, Anne Meara. Stiller and Meara are the parents of ...more

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Eileen Collins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Astronaut Eileen Marie Collins 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 pilot and first female ...more

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Michelangelo Signorile is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Journalist, Writer, Broadcaster Michelangelo Signorile 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 Radio and globally online. ...more

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Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Basketball player, Television producer, Actor Carmelo Kyam Anthony (born May 29, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has been named an NBA All-Star ten ...more

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Taye Diggs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Television producer, Actor, Singer Scott Leo "Taye" Diggs is an American theatre, film and television actor, best known by his nickname, Taye Diggs. He is perhaps best known for his roles in the Broadway musical Rent, ...more

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Dick Clark is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Businessperson, Television producer, Game Show Host Richard Augustus Wagstaff "Dick" Clark, Jr. was an American radio and television personality, as well as a cultural icon who remains best known for hosting American Bandstand from 1957 ...more

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Aaron Sorkin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor Aaron Benjamin Sorkin is an American screenwriter, producer, and playwright. His works include the Broadway plays A Few Good Men and The Farnsworth Invention; the television series Sports Night, ...more

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Story Musgrave is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Biophysicist, Public speaker, Physiologist Franklin Story Musgrave is an American physician and a retired NASA astronaut. He is a public speaker and consultant to both Disney's Imagineering group and Applied Minds in California. In 1996 ...more

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Bob Costas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Commentator, Talk show host, Announcer Robert Quinlan "Bob" Costas is an American sportscaster, on the air for NBC Sports television since the early 1980s. He has been prime-time host of nine Olympic games. He also does ...more

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Al Davis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Businessperson, Coach Allen "Al" Davis was an American football coach and executive. He was the principal owner and general manager of the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League from 1972 to 2011. ...more

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Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Film Producer, Actor, Athlete James Nathaniel "Jim" Brown is an American former professional football player and actor. He is best known for his exceptional and record-setting nine year career as a running back for ...more

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Fremont Rider is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Librarian, Inventor, Writer Arthur Fremont Rider was an American writer, poet, editor, inventor, genealogist, and librarian. He studied under Melvil Dewey, of whom he wrote a biography for the ALA. Throughout his life he ...more

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Steve Rubell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Steve Rubell was an American entrepreneur and co-owner of the New York disco Studio 54.

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Paul Taylor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Choreographer Paul Taylor is widely considered to be one of the foremost American choreographers of the 20th century. Paul Taylor is among the last living members of the second generation of America’s modern ...more

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Emme is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Model Melissa Aronson, professionally known as Emme, is a plus-size model, and is largely recognized as the leading model in the profession, as well as its highest earner.

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Joyce Carol Oates is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Editor, Poet, Literary critic Joyce Carol Oates is an American author. Oates published her first book in 1963 and has since published over forty novels, as well as a number of plays and novellas, and many volumes of short ...more

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Camille Paglia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Cultural critic, Author, Writer Camille Anna Paglia is an American academic and social critic. Paglia, a self-described dissident feminist, has been a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, ...more

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Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. After serving as guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the Velvet Underground, his solo career ...more

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William Safire is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Speechwriter, Journalist, Author William Lewis Safire was an American author, columnist, journalist, and presidential speechwriter. He was perhaps best known as a long-time syndicated political columnist for the New York Times ...more

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Vera Farmiga is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Actor, Film Director Vera Ann Farmiga is an American actress, film director and producer. Farmiga made her feature film debut in the 1998 drama-thriller Return to Paradise. This was followed by the supporting role ...more

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Warren Casey is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Librettist, Lyricist, Actor Warren Casey was an American theatre composer, lyricist, writer, and actor. He is best known for being the writer and composer, with Jim Jacobs, of the stage and film musical Grease.

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Riki Lindhome is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Comedian, Musician, Screenwriter Erika "Riki" Lindhome is an American actress, comedian and musician. She is best known for roles in television shows including Gilmore Girls, House, The Big Bang Theory and United ...more

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Joanna Cassidy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Sculptor, Painter, Fashion Model Joanna Cassidy is an American film and television actress. She is best known for her roles as the replicant Zhora in Ridley Scott's film Blade Runner and Dolores in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. She ...more

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Robert R. Davila is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Dr. Robert Davila served as the ninth president of Gallaudet University, the world's only university in which all programs and services are specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of ...more

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Howard Wyeth is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Jazz Pianist, Drummer, Keyboard player Howard Pyle Wyeth, also known as Howie Wyeth, was an American drummer and pianist. Wyeth is remembered for work with the saxophonist James Moody, the rockabilly singer Robert Gordon, the ...more

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Felix Cavaliere is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Record producer, Songwriter, Musician Felix Cavaliere is an American singer, songwriter, music producer and musician. Although he was a member of Joey Dee and the Starliters, best known for their hit "Peppermint Twist", he ...more

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Maria Sansone is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
VJ, Actor Maria Grace Sansone is an American television personality, and currently the co-anchor of Good Day LA on KTTV FOX 11 in Los Angeles. She is former field reporter for WNBC 4 New York who appeared ...more

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Neal McDonough is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting Neal P. McDonough is an American film, television, actor and voice actor, known for his portrayal of Lieutenant Lynn "Buck" Compton in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, Deputy ...more

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Kevin Michael Richardson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting Kevin Michael Richardson is an American actor who provides voices for a number of characters in animation and video games. He is known for his deep voice and has been playing a wide variety of ...more

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Suzanne Pleshette is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting Suzanne Pleshette was an American actress and voice actress. After beginning her career in the theatre, she began appearing in films in the early 1960s, such as Rome Adventure and Alfred ...more

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Franklin G. Reick is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Pilot, Inventor

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Levi L. Conant is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Mathematician Levi Leonard Conant was an American mathematician specializing in trigonometry.

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Michael Cole is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Commentator, Announcer, Wrestler Michael Coulthard is a film actor.

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Debra Wilson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Comedian, Actor, Voice acting Debra Renee Wilson, also known as Debra Wilson Skelton or Debra Skelton, is an American actress and comedian. Wilson is known for being the longest-serving original cast member on the sketch ...more

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Sheldon Leonard is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Film Producer Sheldon Leonard was a pioneering American film and television producer, director, writer, and actor.

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Jennifer Meyer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer is an American jewelry designer.

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Lisa Lampanelli is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Journalist, Film Producer, Screenwriter Lisa Lampanelli is an American stand-up comedian and insult comic. She is noted for her racy and controversial style of comedy. Much of her material is ethnic humor, centering around various ...more

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Deb Henretta is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni

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Carl Gottlieb is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Television director, Comedian, Television producer Carl Gottlieb is an American screenwriter, actor, comedian and executive. He is probably best known for co-writing the screenplay for Jaws, as well as directing the 1981 low-budget cult film

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Ivan Fisher is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Lawyer Ivan S. Fisher is a prominent New York criminal defense attorney. He represents white-collar clients and others targeted or charged in complex federal matters. In 1980, The New York Times listed ...more

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Dick Beyer is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Wrestler Dick Beyer is an American retired professional wrestler who is best known by his ring names, The Destroyer or Doctor X. He is the father of Kurt Beyer.

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Miriam Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Actor Ellen Miriam Hopkins was an American film and TV actress known for her versatility. She first signed with Paramount in 1930, working with Ernst Lubitsch and Joel McCrea, among many others. Her ...more

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Peter Guber is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Author Howard Peter Guber born March 1, 1942 is an executive, entrepreneur, educator, and author. He is Chairman and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment. Guber's most recent films from Mandalay Entertainment ...more

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George Wyner is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Actor George Wyner is an American film and television actor. He is probably best known for his role as ADA Bernstein on the series Hill Street Blues. Wyner graduated from Syracuse University in 1968 ...more