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Famous Syracuse University Alumni

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List RulesPeople 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?”
  • Vanessa Williams1
  • Peter Falk2

    Peter Falk

    Certified Public Accountant, Television producer

    AgeDec. at 84 (1927-2011)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Peter Michael Falk (September 16, 1927 – June 23, 2011) was an American actor, known for his... more on Wikipedia

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  • Robert Jarvik3

    Robert Jarvik

    Researcher, Inventor


    BirthplaceMidland, Michigan

    Robert Koffler Jarvik, M.D. (born May 11, 1946) is an American scientist, researcher and... more on Wikipedia
  • Joe Biden4

    Joe Biden

    Politician, Lawyer


    BirthplaceScranton, Pennsylvania, USA

    Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. (; born November 20, 1942) is an American politician who served as... more on Wikipedia

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  • Ted Koppel5

    Ted Koppel

    Commentator, Journalist


    BirthplaceNelson, United Kingdom

    Edward James Martin Koppel (born February 8, 1940) is a British-born American broadcast... more on Wikipedia

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  • Jerry Stiller6

    Jerry Stiller

    Comedian, Television producer


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Gerald Isaac Stiller (June 8, 1927 – May 11, 2020) was an American comedian and actor. He... more on Wikipedia

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  • Eileen Collins7


    BirthplaceElmira, New York

    Eileen Marie Collins (born November 19, 1956) is a retired NASA astronaut and a retired United... more on Wikipedia
  • Michelangelo Signorile8

    Michelangelo Signorile

    Journalist, Writer


    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Michelangelo Signorile (; born December 19, 1960) is an American journalist, author and talk... more on Wikipedia
  • Carmelo Anthony9

    Carmelo Anthony

    Basketball player, Television producer


    BirthplaceRed Hook, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Carmelo Kyam Anthony (born May 29, 1984) is an American professional basketball player who is... more on Wikipedia

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  • Taye Diggs10

    Taye Diggs

    Television producer, Actor


    BirthplaceUSA, Newark, New Jersey

    Scott Leo "Taye" Diggs (born January 2, 1971) is an American actor and singer. He is known for... more on Wikipedia

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  • Dick Clark11

    Dick Clark

    Businessperson, Television producer

    AgeDec. at 83 (1929-2012)

    BirthplaceMount Vernon, New York, United States of America

    Richard Augustus Wagstaff "Dick" Clark, Jr. was an American radio and television personality,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Aaron Sorkin12

    Aaron Sorkin

    Television producer, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Aaron Benjamin Sorkin (born June 9, 1961) is an American screenwriter, director, producer, and... more on Wikipedia
  • Story Musgrave13

    Story Musgrave

    Biophysicist, Public speaker


    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Franklin Story Musgrave, M.D. (born August 19, 1935) is an American physician and a retired... more on Wikipedia
  • Bob Costas14

    Bob Costas

    Commentator, Talk show host


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Robert Quinlan Costas (born March 22, 1952) is an award-winning American sportscaster, who is... more on Wikipedia


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  • Al Davis15

    Al Davis

    Businessperson, Coach

    AgeDec. at 82 (1929-2011)

    BirthplaceBrockton, Massachusetts

    Allen Davis (July 4, 1929 – October 8, 2011) was an American football coach and executive. He... more on Wikipedia
  • Jim Brown16

    Jim Brown

    Film Producer, Actor


    BirthplaceSt. Simons, Georgia, United States of America

    James Nathaniel Brown (born February 17, 1936) is an American former professional football... more on Wikipedia

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  • 17

    Fremont Rider

    Librarian, Inventor

    AgeDec. at 77 (1885-1962)

    BirthplaceTrenton, New Jersey

    Arthur Fremont Rider (May 25, 1885 – October 26, 1962) was an American writer, poet, editor,... more on Wikipedia
  • Steve Rubell18
    Steve Rubell (December 2, 1943 – July 25, 1989) was an American entrepreneur and co-owner of... more on Wikipedia
  • Paul Taylor19

    Paul Taylor



    BirthplaceWilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, USA

    Paul Belville Taylor, Jr. (July 29, 1930 – August 29, 2018) was an American dancer and... more on Wikipedia
  • Emme20




    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Emme (born Melissa Owens Miller; June 30, 1963) is an American plus-size model, social... more on Wikipedia
  • Joyce Carol Oates21

    Joyce Carol Oates

    Editor, Poet


    BirthplaceLockport, New York

    Joyce Carol Oates (born June 16, 1938) is an American writer. Oates published her first book... more on Wikipedia

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  • Camille Paglia22

    Camille Paglia

    Cultural critic, Author


    BirthplaceBroome County, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America, United States

    Camille Anna Paglia (; born April 2, 1947) is an American feminist academic and social critic.... more on Wikipedia
  • Lou Reed23

    Lou Reed

    Record producer, Guitarist

    AgeDec. at 71 (1942-2013)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division, Area code 917, Contiguous United States

    Lewis Allan Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American musician, singer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • William Safire24

    William Safire

    Speechwriter, Journalist

    AgeDec. at 80 (1929-2009)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    William Lewis Safir (December 17, 1929 – September 27, 2009), better known as William Safire... more on Wikipedia
  • Vera Farmiga25

    Vera Farmiga

    Actor, Film Director


    BirthplaceClifton, New Jersey, USA

    Vera Ann Farmiga (; born August 6, 1973) is an American actress, director, and... more on Wikipedia

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